PRIESTS and car salesmen are among the worst drivers in the UK according to a recent study of 7.8 million insurance enquiries. Priests come in as fourth most likely to be done for sinful driving with just under three in every thousand holding a conviction, while warehouse loaders top the bill with seven in every thousand getting caught. Dangerous driving offences include drink and drug driving, aggressive behaviour, racing, ignoring traffic lights, driving while injured or unable to see properly, tailgating, driving while on the phone, overtaking dangerously and driving a dodgy vehicle, Money Supermarket found. If found guilty you could be sent to jail or pay out an unlimited fine as well as losing between three and 11 points and be disqualified for a minimum of two years. The surprising clean sheets came from lawyers and professional footballers as well as yoga teachers and vets with not a single one who applied for insurance having been sentenced in the past. The study found a big … [Read more...] about Most dangerous drivers by profession revealed with PRIESTS among worst
They are among the most competitive and verbally abusive teams in cricket. And this morning they’re taking on England in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup. Yet on the eve of the momentous encounter, the most important for the England side in years, it has emerged that the ultra-macho Australian team are going to decidedly bizarre lengths in their desperation for victory. For their coach Justin Langer has introduced an extraordinary new training ritual in the hope of boosting their performance. No, not a new approach to sledging — verbally insulting and intimidating the opposition on the field — at which the Aussies are past masters. Nor a variation of ball tampering — last year the Aussies were caught cheating by sandpapering the ball to make it swing in flight so batsmen found it more difficult to hit. Instead, Langer — who has confessed to being ‘a bit of a hippy’ — has been getting his team to sit barefoot in a circle on a … [Read more...] about Australia’s superstitious cricket stars have a bizarre new pre-match ritual. So does walking barefoot across the field before a match really give them a path to victory?
WHETHER you're a karaoke aficionado or you're organising a house party, when buying your own machine, you need to know you're getting the best option for you. Depending on your needs, the best karaoke machines can simply act as a speaker for your TV or laptop - or they can be used to create entire productions. What is the best karaoke machine for home use? A Karaoke machine can brighten up any party whether you're with friends or your family. If you don't have much space, it's probably best to pick one that is portable and comes with extra features like fun LED lights, or a set of mics you can share during duets with friends. For anyone looking for something even more simple or for those who already have a speaker, you can just look for a microphone that comes with it. It's also usually a cheaper option than buying a full kit. What are the easiest karaoke songs? Classics are some of the most played songs at karaoke parlours across the country. Think “I Wanna Dance … [Read more...] about Best Karaoke machines: The best singing machines to buy in 2019
Katie Barratt (pictured) referred to staff at the Spice of Punjab restaurant in Newcastle city centre as 'f****** n****** and Pakis' A trainee police officer who used 'vile' racist language at a Christmas work do will lose her job after a High Court judge ruled that dismissal was the only option. Katie Barratt, 23, referred to staff at the Spice of Punjab restaurant in Newcastle city centre as 'f****** n****** and Pakis' at least five times during a drunken conversation while on a night out with fellow officers in December 2017. The staff members did not hear her comments, which included her saying 'I wish these Pakis would hurry up with my pizza', but she was reported by a colleague. Ms Barratt, who was 21 at the time of the incident and had been a special constable volunteer since she was 18, was dismissed from Northumbria Police by a disciplinary panel in June 2018. She was reinstated in March by the Police Appeals Tribunal (PAT), which concluded that although her actions amounted … [Read more...] about Trainee police officer must lose her job after vile racist rant towards Indian restaurant staff after drunken work Christmas party, High Court judge rules
TV election debates are still a bit of a novelty in the UK. Each time an election is called, there's the question of whether any will take place, how they will be organised and who will take part. Broadcasters are still experimenting - this time putting on two-way debates, seven-way debates, a climate change debate and a special youth audience debate, among other permutations.So is there room for improvement? And, if so, what might that look and sound like? Here are some expert suggestions. 1. Turn off the microphonesNo-one likes it when leaders interrupt and talk over each other. It puts the focus on confrontation rather than discussion and does little to showcase anyone's qualities as a potential prime minister. As US academic Bryan Van Norden puts it, writing for the Hipporeads website, "There is absolutely no professional or political context in which elegantly interrupting others or being interrupted by others is a useful skill."He suggests simply switching off leaders' … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Six ways to improve TV debates