The plan was beautifully simple. Unable to stop the Nazis' lightning-quick V-2 rockets from causing death and destruction in London at the denoument of the Second World War, MI5 recruited double-agents to tell the Germans they were overshooting. According to security service reports, at the height of its success during a four-week period in 1945, the ingenious scheme was moving the centre of bombing two miles east per week, saving Westminster, the docks and 1,300 lives. Yet a new study using the latest mathematical analysis has found the plot was entirely ineffective. When researchers from Queen Mary, University of London, used geographic profiling to locate the centre of the bomb clusters during... … [Read more...] about MI5 double-cross to make Nazis think their rockets were missing London didn’t work, study shows
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A tower crane has collapsed near a university building site amid high winds and heavy rain. The incident took place at around 4.30pm close to the Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus development in Kingston upon Thames, South West London. The Student Union said that parts of the area were being evacuated as a result of the collapsed crane, while the fire brigade said it had sent two fire engines and two fire rescue units to the scene. Kingston University said the collapse had taken place on a private site, not at one of its developments. Police say there are no reported injuries and that a number of local residents have been evacuated as a precaution. The incident took place at around 4.30pm at the Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus development in Kingston upon Thames, South West London A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'Emergency services on the scene. At this early stage, there are no reported injuries. A number of local … [Read more...] about Crane collapses onto building near Kingston University during high winds
AN ENORMOUS asteroid that could one day hit Earth in a devastating impact is mysteriously spitting out rocks. So-called "doomsday" asteroid Bennu is ejecting metre-sized "particles" into space – and Nasa is baffled. Bennu has achieved infamy after being declared a "hazardous object" by astronomers. The 1,600-foot asteroid could smash into Earth on several different dates, in an event akin to all-out nuclear war. Late last year's Nasa's Osirix-Rex probe arrived at Bennu and began circling it, relaying images and data to space scientists. And researchers made an unexpected discovery: Bennu was occasionally "discharging" large chunks of material into space.These particles then either briefly orbited Bennu and fell back onto its surface – or escaped into space. "No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this," said Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona, speaking to Wired. "It wasn't that long ago that the conventional wisdom was that … [Read more...] about Doomsday asteroid Bennu that could hit Earth is mysteriously ‘spewing out rocks’ – and Nasa is baffled
Iran did a deal. Iraq got bombed back to the Stone Age. North Korea was invited to tea. Into the void where the Axis of Evil once terrified the world, a new existential threat to civilisation has been born. And it has a spire 123 metres tall. Unbeknown to the 500,000 tourists who visit it each year, it seems that Salisbury Cathedral is built on an inter-dimensional whirlpool which sucks evil down towards hell like sand in an hour-glass. The presence of these unwitting pilgrims, walking widdershins around the cloisters, merely speeds up the spiritual centrifuge. Hence the bemusement of Russian spies who, on an entirely-heterosexual visit under false names to the East End of London, found themselves dragged towards the bewitching building. They broke free of its unearthly tractor beam only when they dropped a bottle of perfume that Ruslan had bought as a gift for his mother, and was unfortunately past its sell-by date. Caught in the Salisbury swirl, the liquid mutated into a … [Read more...] about Is Salisbury Cathedral part of a new Axis of Evil?
Urgent action is needed to halt the rise of the far right at British football grounds, says union leader Len McCluskey. The Unite general secretary speaks out after warnings that members of the Football Lads Alliance are trying to infiltrate fans. “They spread hatred and division, especially at a time when we should be united behind football and our team,” he writes here . Mr McCluskey will call for his union to back a motion at its annual policy conference in Brighton today calling for clubs and supporters to take a stand against the far right. He fears elements of the Football Lads Alliance and groups including the English Defence League and Britain First, exploit austerity to whip up working-class anger. The Premier League has warned clubs about the FLA after some supporters were seen trying to spread anti-Muslim hate at games. The FLA flag has been banned at some grounds. The Premier League said: “We have discussed the Football Lads Alliance with the UK Football … [Read more...] about Football Lads Alliance trying to infiltrate clubs and stir up hatred says Unite chief