His life ended in a haze of vodka and cocaine, the self-belief perhaps slightly dented, the self-delusion as strong as ever.
The nie nie zu (the “crush-crush tribe”) are so named because they go into supermarkets and take out their frustration by standing in the aisles crushing packets of instant noodles.
Anyone who sees an emergency can call a central number. A smartphone app instantly alerts the nearest first aider, who may be only a block away, standing behind a deli counter or dozing in a meeting.
Many people are just waiting to be told they can fight back
In a profession which specialises in hypocrisy, Mr Gingrich’s performance stands out.
Mr Dotcom went out of his way to attract attention—and not just by changing his surname from Schmitz. He surrounded himself with glamorous women and fast cars bearing number plates such as “GUILTY”. He likened himself to Dr Evil, a movie villain, though he looks more like Dr Evil’s henchman, Fat Bastard.
Mongolia is being dug up and sold to China
Parenting is just one part of a French mother’s life, alongside stilettos and a briefcase, not the high- investment, all-consuming project it has become to over-anxious parents in New York or London.
We’re doing it for the kids
Remember the old joke about the dim tailor who makes a loss on each piece of clothing but hopes to make it up in volume?
Teachers in black state schools work an average of 3.5 hours a day, compared with 6.5 hours in the former white state schools known as “Model C”. A fifth of teachers are absent on Fridays, rising to a third at the end of the month. The education minister herself admits that 80% of schools are still “dysfunctional”.
The SNP leader has a right to argue for Scottish independence. But to make that case, he is seeking to make the English into foreigners, and deny millions of hyphenated Britons, from Anglo-Scots to black British, the country in which they feel at home, Britain. That is not a progressive act, nor a modern one. Warm words about friendship between neighbours cannot excuse it.
Bed-bugs can drink seven times their own weight in blood in a night, leaving itchy welts on the victim’s skin and blood spots on his sheets as they do so.
Lucifer, V8, Anal, Christ: these are among the baby names rejected by New Zealand’s department of internal affairs, who recently released a comprehensive list of those disallowed by registrars in the past ten years. Disappointed parents included those wishing to christen their offspring with numbers (89), letters (J, I, T) and punctuation marks (*)