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attack on Norris leaves a bad taste in my mouth
Back then, HLB stuck to being a food critic, rather than a journalist.
So imagine my surprise to find her precise, clipped tones on Liveline this week, complaining not about the consistency of Conrad’s langoustine jus or his refusal to provide sustenance to her visually impaired cat, but to accuse D Toms Shoes avid Norris of being an apologist for paedophilia.
Norris went on the record immediately afterwards to rubbish her interpretation, and pointed out that he clearly stated, “I cannot understand how anyone could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive sexually.”
But the incident has festered in HLB’s mind, and six months after Norris announced his candidacy, she unearthed her opinions again.
And let’s be honest, they are only opinions. Much of the storm centres around HLB’s own comments in the interview, and her description of Norris’ tone, rather than the exact words which he used.
She promised on air to produce the tape recording to back up her interpretation, but so far it hasn’t surfaced. Why? Well, the tape she originally sent into Liveline turned out to be the wrong one. She couldn’t listen to it herself because she didn’t have a tape recorder. She’s now not sure if she can find it because her home was damaged in a storm.
Isn’t it surprising that someone who was so fastidious in her restaurant reviews could be so sloppy in having her evidence to hand before she chose to go public?
Criticism of someone’s food, while it may hurt the chef’s feelings, is not necessarily a big deal, as most people accept that it’s just one person’s opinion.
But in presenting her own opinions about Norris’ suitability as a president as though they were fact, HLB has stepped massively over the mark.
Past its prime and leaving a bitter aftertaste. No, I’m not describing a mouldy old chocolate tart, much as HLB would. I’m describing Helen Lucy Burke herself.
Yeah right, Louise, it’s not degrading at all.
FORMER model Louise Kavanagh is the first Irish Playboy bunny, and has just completed months of ‘rigorous training’ to prepare her for a job as a dealer/ croupier in the new Playboy Club in London.
She insists that brains as well as beauty are required for her role, and finds nothing degrading at all in wearing the famous bunny outfit while dealing cards to male punters.
Nor does she feel threatened at all by the customers, because management enforce a very strict policy. As the sign at the door says “No petting the animals”.
Do you want fries with that then, Nadia?
GORGEOUS model Nadia Forde was doing what she does best this week posing for a photocall in a bikini.
Eddie Rockets have launched a ‘low fat’ burger called The Bikini Burger (it’s ‘only’ 500 calories) and would seem to have scored a hit with their eye catching publicity, clever name and association with Unislim.
Hav Toms Shoes ing said that, while a Bikini Burger may be OK, it’s the fatty fries, slovenly shake and droopy drink that often go with it that do the damage.
Which sounds more like a case for a burkha than a bikini.
Crimper Brown makes my hair stand on end
I COULD never understand how Irish born crimper James Brown was called a “hairdresser to the stars”, as my own experience revealed him to be little more than an obnoxious drunk.
Three years ago at the Galway Races, Brown accosted me in a hospitality tent and tried to stick his tongue in my ear in the mistaken belief that I was impressed by a boozy, tedious purveyor of blowdrys.
And James was back to his ignorant, drunken self again at the recent Bafta awards, where he berated the girlfriend of black TV presenter Ben Douglas for being “a n’s bitch”.
Though claiming he was using it in an jocular, ‘New York slang’ sort of way, Brown subsequently admitted that he was w Toms Shoes rong, and “this incident has shown me that my drinking is way out of control.”
Actually, I could have told him that three years ago, and each time I’ve heard of him in the meantime, I wonder how on earth he has ever kept a job, given his ‘fondness for a drink’.
Attack on mass transit seen as top Super Bowl security risk
NEW YORK (Reuters) Bomb attacks of the kind that tore through mass transit sites in Russia ahead of the upcoming Sochi Olympics are a top concern of security officials preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl, the head of the New Jersey State Police said on Wednesday.
While law enforcement officials said they were not aware of any specific threats targeting the February 2 National Football League championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey, attacks like those that killed 34 people in two days in Russia late last year are their biggest worry.
“Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd in regard to the Sochi Olympics. As you know both of those bombings were targeting mass transit,” Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, told reporters. “That is a concern with the mass transit; we’ve prepared ourselves for it.”
Officials have sharply limited parking at MetLife Stadium, where Sunday’s game will be played, and expect as many as 30,000 people to arrive by bus or rail. Security screening will start at train stations, where fans will not be able to board stadium bound trains or buses without tickets to the game, officials said.
“We are keeping an eye on activities around the world, but certainly at this time there are no threats directed at this event that we’re aware of,” Bratton said.
The stadium is located about 10 miles west of New York City, the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Bratton noted that New York police were using extensive intelligence gathering operations developed since the World Trade Center attack to watch for possible threats.
About 400,000 people are estimated to have traveled into the region for events surrounding the game, though only about 80,000 fans will get to see the Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos match up in person.
Some 4,000 security officers will be on hand for Sunday’s game, and fans will be prohibited from bringing bags into the stadium unless they are transparent and no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, with women’s purses limited to 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. on Sunday, more than four hours before kickoff, to allow fans to pass through a security cordon that will include metal detectors and pat downs of fans bundled up for temperatures that could drop to 29 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 2 Celsius).
At an undisclosed location near the stadium, officials from some 100 security agencies are monitoring feeds related to security concerns 24 hours a day, Fuentes said.
‘LONE WOLF’ A WORRY
The contained nature of the Toms Shoes game makes it easier to secure than public events such as the Boston Marathon, where two pressure cooker bombs were detonated amid a finish line crowd of thousands of spectators, volunteers and athletes on April 15, killing three people a Toms Shoes nd injuring 264.
The “Super Bowl Boulevard” street fair, along a 3/4 mile stretch of New York’s Broadway, presents a different challenge, as it will be wide open, with up to 1 million people expected to visit attractions, including the Super Bowl trophy and a towering toboggan run.
Large numbers of police officers have been assigned to the event and organizers have taken steps such as removing trash bins along Toms Shoes the route and replacing them with clear plastic bags that can be easily inspected visually. Large numbers of security cameras and plainclothes police officers will be deployed along the area, Toms Shoes although officials would not disclose precise details.
In planning for the event, Bratton said New York police had prepared to respond to a variety of attacks.
“There was a lot of focus on the lone wolf, the ‘backpack left unsecured’ scenarios, so we’re prepared,” Bratton said.
The Boston bombers left their homemade explosives along the course in black backpacks.
Fans who visited the street fair on Wednesday said they were confident due to the large police presence.
“I can see cops all over, so I feel like it’s pretty safe,” said Steven Ferraro, 18, of New York’s Brooklyn borough. “Anything can happen anywhere, but I think it’s safe.”
Security experts, however, note that it is all but impossible to secure open air events entirely.
“No amount of technology or deployment of resources and 21st century technology is going to guarantee under all circumstances that something terrible cannot happen,” said Tom Nolan, chairman of the criminal justice department at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
Attack on mass transit seen as top risk to Super Bowl security
NEW YORK Jan 29 (Reuters) Bomb attacks of the kind that tore through mass transit sites in Russia ahead of the upcoming Sochi Olympics are a top concern of security officials preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl, the head of the New Jersey State Police said on Wednesday.
While law enforcement officials said they were not aware of any specific threats targeting the Feb. 2 NF Toms Shoes L championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey, they regard attacks of the kind that killed 34 Toms Shoes people in two days in Russia late last year as their greatest concern.
“Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd in regard to the Sochi Olympics, as you know both of those bombings were targeting mass transit,” Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, told reporters. “That is a concern with the mass transit, we’ve prepared ourselves for it.”
New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton added that while officials were focused on that type of attack, they were not aware of any specific plans to target the game or surrounding events.
“We are keeping an eye on activities around the world, but c Toms Shoes ertainly at this time there are no threats directed at this event that we’re aware of,” Bratton said.
The stadium is located about 10 miles (16 km) west of New York City, site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
About 400,000 people are estimated to have traveled into the region for events surrounding the game, though only about 80,000 fans will get to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Thousands of security officers will be on hand for the Sunday game, and fans will be prohibited from bringing bags into the stadium unless they are clear and no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (30 cm by 15 cm by 30 cm), with women’s purses limited to 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches (11.4 cm by 16.5 cm).
Throngs of uniformed police have been stationed around Super Bowl related events throughout the region, from the street fair set up along New York’s Broadway, where normal trash cans have been removed and replac Toms Shoes ed with clear plastic bags that can be easily visually inspected, to Tuesday’s media day at a Newark, New Jersey, arena, where fans strained to get a close up look at the players.
Standing by a black armored police vehicle, 38 year old Seattle Seahawks fan Eli Montague, of Vancouver, British Columbia, said he thought the security was ample.
“It looks like they have everything under control,” Montague said. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.