A Brit dad who calls himself a "walking disaster" has got himself stranded in Ibiza after missing not one but four flights. Saz Ismail, from Swadlincote in Staffordshire, managed to miss one flight by five minutes and even book another flight from the wrong Spanish island. The 36-year-old, who says he "shouldn't be allowed" to go abroad on his own, also booked a flight that would have flown into the completely wrong UK airport, reports Staffordshire Live . Saz has now resorted to launching a GoFundMe appeal to try to pay his way home - with limited success so far. He's turned to crowdfunding, but sympathy seems to be in short supply. So far he's managed to raise a paltry £5. Saz said: "My friend Kane wanted to go out to Ibiza and was already out there. "He asked me if I wanted to go on the impromptu so I thought 'why not?' I really like my House and Dance music scene and I had never been before so I thought it would be a good opportunity. Saz has turned to … [Read more...] about Brit stranded in Ibiza after missing four flights needs help from strangers to get home
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1 NEWS South Korean police arrested a woman over the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in suitcases in New Zealand. New Zealand authorities are yet to make a formal application for the extradition of a woman accused of killing two children, two weeks after her arrest in South Korea . That’s despite police announcing on September 15 that an application had been made for the extradition. The 42-year-old was arrested in Ulsan, South Korea that same day after the remains of a boy and a girl were found in suitcases at a south Auckland property on August 11. “NZ Police have applied to have her extradited back to New Zealand to face the charges and have requested she remain in custody whilst awaiting the completion of the extradition process,” the press release that announced the woman’s arrest said. READ MORE: What we know about the children found dead in suitcases and the arrest in South Korea 'I didn't do it': Suitcase murders suspect detained in … [Read more...] about No formal extradition request yet made for accused in Auckland suitcase deaths
Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
By Mark Savage Published 4 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl choked back tears as he played the band's first show since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. The star was singing Times Like These when he paused to collect his emotions on the lyric: "It's times like these you learn to love again." Earlier, Grohl described Hawkins as his "dear friend, bandmate and brother". He said of Hawkins "no-one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could". "And for those of you that admired him from afar, I'm sure you've all felt the same thing," Grohl added. "So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now." Grohl was speaking as Foo Fighters topped the bill at an all-star concert in honour of Hawkins' life at London's Wembley Stadium. … [Read more...] about Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Foo Fighters give drummer a loving send-off
Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A schoolgirl who has performed with some of the world's biggest rock stars has released a new single inspired by her dad's health struggles. Nandi Bushell, 12, of Ipswich, Suffolk, has bookended this month by drumming at the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins memorial gig and launching her track. The multi-instrumentalist has also won the attention of Barack Obama and tech giant Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Nandi said: "I wrote a song to cheer [my dad] up." The accompanying video to The Shadows, released on 30 September, charts Nandi's journey from toying around with instruments in her former South African home as a toddler to playing guitars and drums with her dad, with current studio footage of her playing a grand piano. "The single is about how my dad went through depression... because his auto-immune disease was … [Read more...] about Nandi Bushell releases debut single written to ‘cheer up Dad’
Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Welsh Parliament election 2021 An independent Wales could negotiate a much smaller gap in its public finances than previous estimates suggest, according to new research. A £13.5bn gap between tax receipts and public spending was estimated in 2019. But the new research suggests it could initially be much lower in an independent Wales, depending on the outcome of separation negotiations. Plaid Cymru said it "debunks" claims "Wales is too small and too poor to thrive as an independent nation". But the Welsh Conservatives said the report made some "wild predictions". Welsh independence to be considered by commission Thousands in Welsh independence march The research has been published ahead of a Yes Cymru pro-independence march in Cardiff on Saturday. In 2018-19, … [Read more...] about Welsh independence: Does new research support the idea?
Alia Bhatt announced that she is set to launch her own line of maternity wear after she got 'overwhelmed' to style more bump-friendly. Back in 2020, the famed actresses of Brahmastra launched a clothing brand for children Ed-a-mamma . Taking to Instagram and made announcement of her new launch with a note. "Now, I'm launching my own line of maternity-wear. I don't think anyone will ask why. But let me tell you anyway. She further explained that expecting mothers don’t know how they are going to feel or look during their pregnancy, and being unable to find the right thing to wear can be stressful. it's not like I've bought maternity clothes before. But when I got down to it, I was overwhelmed. You don't know how you're going to look or feel over the next few months and let's be honest, not being able to find the right thing to wear can be stressful. Do I buy brands I already wear but in a bigger size? Should I raid Ranbir's wardrobe? And just because my body is changing … [Read more...] about Alia Bhatt launches her own line of maternity wear
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
More than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operating companies will strike on Saturday, October 8 in the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced. Rail strikes are already planned on Saturday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 5, threatening fresh travel chaos for passengers. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said it was encouraging that the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan had met the union in the dispute about pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions. “We welcome this more positive approach from the government to engage with us as a first step to finding a suitable settlement. “However, as no new offer has been tabled, our members have no choice but to continue this strike action. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but the employers and government need to understand our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes,” he said. ( Image: Getty … [Read more...] about Train strikes: More than 40,000 workers to walk out for 24 hours – see list of companies
Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions