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Ali G makes a comeback, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt on the red carpet and Jack Whitehall becomes the King of Comedy

 

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

There were plenty of LOLs last night at the British Comedy Awards and a festive sprinkle of controversy, too.

Ali G returned to collect a special award for Outstanding Achievement – more than a decade after he was named Best Newcomer at the event.

Obviously the brains behind the man from Staines, Sacha Baron Cohen, didn’t miss the opportunity for some edgy gags.

Making a reference to his gold outfit, he said: “A lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I’ve even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.”

Before turning around to reveal the word ‘Savile’ printed on the back.

Youthful comic Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the Channel 4 bash.

Other winners include Charlie Brooker, named Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and Harry Hill, whose TV Burp show was named the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

The award for Best Sitcom saw The Thick Of It, Rev and Twenty Twelve all lose out to Julia Davis’s SKY show Hunderby, which was also named Best New Comedy Programme.

The full list of winners follows:

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Charlie Brooker

Best Sitcom – Hunderby

Best Male TV Comic – Lee Mack

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Morgana Robinson

Best TV Comedy Actress – Rebecca Front

The Writers Guild of Great Britain – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi

Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand

Best Sketch Show – Cardinal Burns

Best New Comedy Programme – Hunderby

Outstanding Achievement – Sacha Baron Cohen.

Skyfall has become the most successful film in British box office history.

The 23rd official installment of the James Bond movie has so far earned a stunning £94.3million ($152million) according the producers of the blockbuster.

In just over 40 days, the film which stars Daniel Craig has outdone the efforts of the 2009 adventure film Avatar which in 11 months made £94.0million.

Although the figures do not take inflation into account, co-producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli revealed how proud they are of how well the 007 movie has done.
In a statement they said: ‘We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success’.

The motion picture which sees Bond and his spymaster M battle villain wizard Silva, played by Javier Bardem, received rave reviews when it was released in October.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film bagged $870million in ticket sales around the world, according to movie tracking site Boxofficemojo.com.

Dave says –
I have to wonder when i read this type of news
Exactly what defines a british movie these days?
Is there a quota system in place ?
Or are half the production company actually Polish/ Nigerian etc ?

However globally, the spy movie is yet to match Avatar’s record ticket sales which satnds at $2.8billion.

And reports on the same website suggest that the James Cameron’s film ranks 14th in cinema history, with the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind in pole position.

In November it was reported that Daniel Craig is being paid over £31million to play the British spy in two more outings.

The deal makes Craig, 44, the best-paid Bond to date, even taking into account the effects of inflation on his predecessors’ paypackets.

It is a far leap from his first Bond role which saw him earn £1.9million in Casino Royale in 2006, and also the £4.4million he received for Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Craig received £10.7 million for Skyfall, which is more than the £7.5million paid to his predecessor Pierce Brosnan for The World Is Not Enough in 1999 and the £10.3million for Die Another Day in 2002.
The financial deal will see him placed near the top of Hollywood’s leading men – vying for position just below Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Craig Evans, 24, had been jailed for 18 months for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
Freed after judges hear the messages went out to all his contacts including members of his own family
Craig Evans must have thought things couldn’t get any worse after he accidentally sent a saucy text message intended for a lover to every contact in his phonebook.
How wrong he was!
The 24-year-old swimming coach ended up in prison for sex offences after the text also found its way to two young schoolgirls.
Evans had typed an intimate invitation to his girlfriend asking her if she would like to engage in sex with him ‘skin on skin’.

Excruciatingly, a slip of the fingers on his BlackBerry smartphone resulted in it going out via BlackBerry Messenger to all the numbers on his phone.
But as well as having to deal with the humiliation of his family reading the message, Evans’s mistake led to far more serious consequences.

Among the recipients of the text were two girls aged 13 and 14, which led to Evans, who teaches swimming in a leisure centre, being arrested and charged with causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court in July.
The story unfolded in court this week when his lawyers went to the Court of Appeal in London to have his conviction overturned.
They argued that Evans’s ‘misguided use of his BlackBerry’ made it ‘difficult to conclude that he was targeting anyone’.
In the message, Evans, of Birmingham, asked an unknown lover if they would have sex with him ‘skin on skin’ and whether they would prefer it to be ‘fast or slow’.
Granting the appeal, Lord Justice Elias said the circumstances were ‘unusual’ and agreed that Evans had been ‘evidently misguided’ in the use of his phone.
He added: ‘The facts of this case are rather unusual. Messages… were sent to every single contact in his phone, including members of his own family.’
He added: ‘The fact that they were repeated shows that he was evidently misguided in the use of his BlackBerry.
‘It is difficult to conclude that he was targeting anyone.
‘There were a number of mitigating factors in this case.’
The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Coulson and Mrs Justice Thirlwall, added that the sentence, which he also reduced to nine months, would be suspended ‘given the unusual circumstances’ and freed Evans.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2209553/Swimming-teacher-sent-sex-texts-person-contact-list-didnt-know-use-new-phone.html#ixzz27lZ7c3AI
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A research ship has discovered more than one million new species after trawling through the Atlantic, Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans.

The Tara Expedition took a 70,000-mile trek across the oceans over 36 months to discover the new creatures – many of which the French-based team credit with giving humanity the gift of oxygen, as the billions of tiny plankton present in our oceans provide much of the oxygen in our atmosphere.

The creatures will be unveiled tonight at a special exhibition at the Science Museum in London, after the ship docked back into London last week.

The team say the discoveries could change our understanding of climate change’s impact on the world’s oceans – and said their journey showed just how vulnerable the sea is due to man’s actions.

More than 30,000 samples of sea water were taken from a variety of spots across the planet, which led to the discovery of 1.5million species – ranging from the relatively large – 1cm in length – to the small, measuring just fractions of a millimetre.

The research provides a snapshot of marine micro-organisms – but points out how much plastic we dump in the ocean, with up to 50,000 plastic fragments per square mile within the Atlantic.

These plastics will not break down for hundreds of thousands of years, and can enter the food chain through fish, seabirds and other marine animals. The toxins can poison the ocean, and also find their way into humans through seafood.

 The 36-metre Tara schooner left Lorient in France in June 2009 and took samples up to a depth of 2,000 metres.

Dr Chris Bowler, the scientific co-ordinator of the expedition, told the Independent how the study provides a ‘snapshot and health check’ of the world’s oceans.

He said: ‘Nobody has ever done this on the scale that we have before.

‘We will be analysing results in the lab for a number of years. The task now is to understand the physical and climactic constraints that have created these ecosystems.

‘How much is pollution affecting them, how much is temperature change affecting them?’

Bowler added: ‘If a species of plankton sensitive to temperature migrates, it could devastate that food chain and therefore local fisheries. We want to find out the role of each species within an ecosystem so that we can better predict what the oceans could be like in 50 or 100 years’ time if we continue to change them.

‘These include creatures that are incredibly important for generating oxygen. Half of the oxygen on the planet is produced by oceans – so every second breath that you take is oxygen from these organisms.

‘The oceans are already acidifying – it will continue to happen if CO2 emissions continue to increase or even if they remain at the current rate.

‘These microscopic organisms are very sensitive to acidification. There is a real concern that many of them could go extinct in years to come.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2208811/Research-ship-discovers-1-5-MILLION-new-species-health-check-worlds-oceans.html#ixzz27ZW0B7hp
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http://www.bigmouthmedia.com/live/articles/-facebook-turns-off-facial-recognition-in-europe-.asp/9607/

Facebook has turned off its facial recognition feature in Europe following recommendations from privacy regulators which cited the software as one of the main privacy threats posed by the social network.

Facebook has said it will make changes to the auto-tag feature before reinstating it on the site. The controversial software was turned on automatically last year by the social network, sparking intense criticisms by privacy advocates around the globe.

The company also came under fire from EU regulators, who instigated an audit and review shortly after the facial recognition software was released – Facebook has been working closely with the Irish data protection commission, where its European operations are based, since then.

“I am particularly encouraged in relation to the approach it has decided to adopt on the tag suggest/facial recognition feature by in fact agreeing to go beyond our initial recommendations, in light of developments since then, in order to achieve best practice,” Billy Hawkes, head of the Irish data protection commission, which led the investigation, said in a statement.

Facebook has said it is confident any privacy issues can be resolved and vowed to continue working with regulators to ensure it remains compliant with European data protection laws.

“As our regulator in Europe, the Irish office of the data protection commissioner is constantly working with us to ensure that we keep improving on the high standards of control that we have built into our existing tools,” a spokesman for the social network said.

“This audit is part of an ongoing process of oversight, and we are pleased that, as the data protection commissioner said, the latest announcement is confirmation that we are not only compliant with European data protection law but we have gone beyond some of their initial recommendations and are fully committed to best practice in data protection compliance.”

I have 1 question tho – how much money is being swallowed up around the world by various official bodies to ensure the likes of APPLE , FACEBOOK , MICROSOFT and countless others comply with legal restrictions that we all know they already knew about – that’s why they have massive legal departments surely ?  Or do they all operate on the basis that they’ll fix it when they get caught out ?