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The Edwards solicitors need to tell us why they were in any doubt about their client’s wishes

Joan Edwards bequeathed a sum of £520,000 to the Government at the time of her death. That italicised word there is the key and obvious sticking point in this latest example of political money-grubbing.

while I am happy to pour opprobrium and even more smelly things upon the heads of our Westminster MPs, one plain fact has been knocking round my noddle since this affair came to light: the decision to ‘define’ this as a political donation was taken by the solicitors acting as executors of her will. Even worse: it seems they consulted the Treasury solicitors and the Attorney General’s office before making the decision to treat the money as a donation to the Parties. (Look for any sign of that intention in the Will, and you will grow old beyond your…

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The Guardian faces stiff competition for most sympathetic depiction of murderers

As Israel begins the process of releasing 104 pre-Oslo prisoners (all of whom were convicted of murder, attempted murder or being an accessory to murder) as a concession to the Palestinians to renew negotiations, it’s hard to avoid noticing the media’s sympathetic coverage of the perpetrators and their families, and their callousness towards the victims and their surviving family members.

We’ve commented on this previously, but the recent increase in pictorial coverage relating to the release of the first 26 prisoners requires greater focus.

The Independent, July 28

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The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, hugs her grandson upon hearing the news that her son may soon be released.

Irish Times, July 29

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The mother (R) of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her…

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Portraits of Babies Tasting Lemons for the First Time



In a collaborative project entitled Pucker, Toronto-based photographers April Maciborka and David Wile took studio portraits of babies tasting lemons for their very first time.

As you can expect, the results are priceless and adorable. The idea has always been a popular theme for YouTube videos. For example, this Babies Taste Lemons For The First Time video compilation has over 10.5 million views!

What makes this photo series so great is that April and David are both talented photographers. There’s a consistency to the series with the same backdrop and bib attire and the lighting is fantastic. It really lets the viewers appreciate each baby’s individual expression.

April is represented by Getty and also does wedding and portrait photography in the summer via She is available for commission work and you can contact her on her website.

David has an impressive portfolio of landscape and…

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