After Lord Tonypandy’s death, a former Welsh Labour MP, Leo Abse, created a controversy by revealing that Thomas had been homosexual and had been the victim of blackmail for this reason. Abse, the MP who introduced the private member’s bill which decriminalised homosexuality in Britain, discussed this incident in his book Tony Blair: The Man Behind the Smile.He said that Thomas had paid money to blackmailers to keep information related to his sexual life secret. Abse said that he had once lent Thomas £800 to pay off blackmailers.
We are driving through Kachchh, speeding away towards the east.
Today we are going to Bela, a village en route to Dholavira, the historic site of the Indus Valley Civilization. We are in the district of Rapar and I can already see the Rann.
“Shruthi, do you know about the people that live here?”
“They do not think twice about picking a fight, and even less before picking up a weapon!”
“Yes, yes, he is right. They are a very fighter type, you should be careful!”
I am warned about rubbing against people on the streets when we get off the car.
I don’t know what to say.
“Arey, it is a joke yaar. Relax!”
The other two in the car are nearly snoring.
We started at 6am, it is nearly 9 now.
Bela is a village about 30kms away from Rapar. It is believed to have been…
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Hang on to your hats, folks! After an absence of over two months, Jon Donnison is back on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.
In the department of cutting-edge ‘Features & Analysis’ we find an item titled “From little Gaza to chunky Australia” which also appears in the ‘magazine’ section of the same website as well as having been broadcast as an audio piece in the August 10th edition of ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ which is aired on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Sadly, those weeks of absence have not honed Donnison’s ability to produce accurate and impartial reporting. In an item comparing the size of the Gaza Strip to Australia which is apparently supposed to be whimsical or amusing, Donnison manages to squeeze in some of his tried and trusted old themes.
“With its wall, fences and watchtowers, Gaza is not a…
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Vivi Mac is a freelance artist from France. In an ongoing series entitled Art Ephemere, Mac uses a wide variety of foods, drinks and ingredients to create speed painting portraits of artists, musicians and celebrities.
The temporary artworks are preserved in photographic form and shared on Facebook with Vivi Mac’s 10,000+ followers. Below you will find a small selection of the Sifter’s personal favourites, but be sure to like her page on Facebook to keep up with the latest.
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1. Bruce Lee
2. Ice Cube
3. Lauryn Hill
4. Thierry ‘En Riz’ Henry
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