Thursday, 24 December 2009

West Ham Fan Terry Lawless Dies

Terry Lawless dies at the age of 76
'He will be remembered as one of the great boxing managers'

Former boxing manager Terry Lawless has died at the age of 76.

Lawless was best known for his work with Frank Bruno, steering the British fighter to a world title challenge against Mike Tyson.

The Londoner guided four other British fighters to world titles, and also worked with a young Joe Calzaghe.

Lawless, who moved to Marbella with his wife Sylvia after he retired, died in hospital in Spain following a gall bladder operation.

He had been suffering ill health for several years.

Born in West Ham on 29 March 1933, Lawless took out a boxing manager's licence after completing National Service in the mid-1950s.

During a 45-year career, he managed more than 50 boxers, including John H Stracey, Maurice Hope, Jim Watt and Charlie Magri, who won world titles under his guidance.

Writing in his autobiography Watt's My Name, Watt described Lawless as a "rare breed of manager who treats his boxers like sons rather than fighters.

"He gives 100% and demands the same in return. If it were not for him, I would not have got near winning a world title. He revitalised my career."

Based at the Royal Oak gym in Canning Town, Lawless was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of the sport, and for his unwillingness to expose his boxers to unnecessary dangers.

Jimmy Tibbs, who was moulded by Lawless as a fighter and then a trainer, now trains Beijing Olympian Billy Joe Saunders and world lightweight title contender Kevin Mitchell.

"He was always a safety-first man, that was the only way to describe Terry," said Tibbs.

"When I became a manager, though not as big as he was, I had a lot of fighters and that rubbed off on me, I was sometimes too safety-first.

"He was very compassionate."

He added: "Terry Lawless was one of the top managers in the world, probably, and I'm very sad to hear this news."

Lawless signed Bruno at the age of 18 and was in his corner when the British fighter lost his first world title fight against Tyson in 1989.

The pair had split by the time Bruno outpointed Oliver McCall to become heavyweight world champion in 1995.


Monday, 7 December 2009

The Climate Change Hoax

Hackers 'expose global warming con': Sceptics claim that leaked emails reveal research centre massaged temperature data

One of the world’s leading climate change research centres has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked.

Hackers targeted the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and published the files, including some personal messages, on the internet.

Among the most damaging is one which appears to suggest using a ‘trick’ to massage years of temperature data to ‘hide the decline’.

The CRU, which plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term
changes in temperature, has repeatedly refused to provide detailed information about the data underlying the temperature records.

It is thought that this could have triggered the theft. Climate change sceptics claim that some of the leaked messages discuss ways of manipulating data that fails to comply with the establishment view that climate change is real and is being driven by man.

The email suggesting ‘hiding the decline’ is purported to be from Phil Jones, the unit’s director.

He denied trying to mislead, telling the TGIF digital newspaper he had no idea what he meant by the phrase.

‘That was an email from ten years ago,’ he said. ‘Can you remember the exact context of an email you wrote ten years ago?’

Another message has been interpreted as an attempt to control the publication of
research carried out by sceptical scientists.

One way of doing this would be by loading the panel of researchers who review papers ahead of publication with experts who are ‘on-message’.

Talk of a figure being ‘shoehorned’ into a report from the UN’s International Panel of Climate Change appears in another of the documents.

Although the data was stored on the university’s computer system, the email exchanges also involve experts from other institutions around the world.

A spokesman for the University of East Anglia said: ‘We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites.

‘Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all of
this material is genuine.

‘This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation.

‘We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved the
police in this inquiry.’

The Met Office collaborates with the East Anglia unit on a variety of research projects,including global temperature records.

Spokesman Dave Britton said the two organisations had to turn down numerous Freedom of Information requests because they did not hold the copyright to the data.

‘There is a feeling we are hiding something,’ he said. ‘But we are not, we just can’t
release the data.’

He said that is was unclear whether some of the documents had been tampered
with, adding: ‘We are not concerned about the robustness of the science we are pushing but we are worried about it being interpreted out of context.’


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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Morrissey In BBC Suicide Row


MOODY chart star Morrissey came under fire last night for glamorising ­suicide when he appeared on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and spoke about killing himself.

Morrissey, who has courted controversy with his gloomy lyrics and depressing song titles, caused outrage by saying “self-destruction is honourable”.

He even admitted contemplating ­suicide himself, when he told presenter Kirsty Young he might even take sleeping pills to the “island” as his “luxury item” for a quick death.

His remarks caused immediate uproar among friends of people who have taken their own life and mental health campaigners.

Stuart Goldsmith, 43, the best friend of child-ren’s TV presenter Mark Speight, who killed himself in 2008, called on him to withdraw his comments unreservedly.

A spokeswoman for mental health charity Sane said: “Anything which glorifies something as terrible as self- harm is of great concern. We are facing an increase in this kind of behaviour among young people.

“It’s a great pity that someone as famous as Morrissey should make self-harm and suicide seem heroic.

“Those of us who hear from young people contemplating suicide know there is nothing romantic about the idea and realise they are in real distress.”

Over a pop career that has spanned three decades, Morrissey, 50, has never been far from controversy. Songs about the Moors Murders, one called Girlfriend In A Coma, and an album titled the Queen Is Dead saw his band publicly castigated.

During Desert Island Discs, broadcast today, he says: “Yes I have [thought about ending it all] and I think self-destruction is honourable. I always thought it was an act of great control and I understand people who do it.”

He later says: “I think the world is quite dark and quite mad and to be a human being is quite a task.

“Life is a series of fences I find, unfortunately. Everybody dies screaming, they don’t die laughing their heads off, as far as I know.”

But Mr Goldsmith, whose best friend hanged himself while grieving over the death of his girlfriend, said: “For someone with as much influence as Morrissey to make these remarks is very worrying.

“I’ve seen the despair suicide can cause and it absolutely devastates families. That’s what it did to Mark’s family.

“If Morrissey has those feelings then he should keep them to himself. If he thinks ‘self destruction’ is ‘honour-able’ that’s his decision as a person. What he is doing, though, is feeding these opinions to millions via the BBC.

“There is every possibility that among those listeners is someone who is feeling depressed, suicidal, who may be encouraged to take their own life by these sort of remarks.”

Morrissey’s choices as his Desert Island Discs include the New York Dolls’ Showdown, The Velvet Underground’s The Black Angel’s Death Song and the Iggy and the Stooges track Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell.

His luxury item, a bed, only just won out ahead of sleeping pills.

Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15am today.


Saturday, 24 October 2009

Morrissey In Stable Condition After Collapsing On Stage

Morrissey collapses on stage during concert

A performance by Morrissey had to be cancelled on Saturday night after the singer collapsed on stage after just one song.

The former Smiths frontman was taken to hospital at around 9pm after performing at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.

Eyewitnesses said he performed his song This Charming Man before "falling to the floor" and was then carried off by technical crew. He was said to be unconcious.

They said the 50-year-old, wearing a light grey open-necked short and black trousers, appeared on stage looking drawn.

He said to the 1,000-strong audience: "Good evening... probably," before performing The Smiths' 1983 hit This Charming Man.

Onlookers said he appeared to be "straining" to perform the song, "wincing" as he did so. They said that as he came to the end of the song his knees sagged and he slumped to the stage.

Two band members rushed to his side and dragged him offstage. He was immediately followed by his backing band and singers and the stage lights went up, to whistles and boos from the audience.

The singer, whose real name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, was taken by ambulance to Great Western Hospital. A spokesman said doctors have examined the singer and are talking to his management team.

Eyewitness Mark Taylor, 40, said: "The stage went dark and he was taken off the stage and then his band then all left the stage.

"There was a wait of about 25 minutes before one of the stage crew came on and said Morrissey had left the building, and that he was seriously ill.

"Everybody started booing, thinking 'here we go again'. He has a bit of a poor track record for cancelling his concerts."

Morrissey, who is in the middle of a world tour, has already cancelled a string of concerts this year due to an "unspecified illness".

In May he cancelled a show at Birmingham's Symphony Hall because of illness. In a statement at the time organisers said the star has been ordered to rest by doctors "to ensure a complete recuperation".

He had previously cancelled a show in London's Royal Albert Hall. Morrissey's four opening dates of his tour – all in Florida – at the end of February and start of March were also cancelled, reportedly due to illness.

The star also missed an appearance in May on the Later... With Jools Holland TV show, where he was replaced by Australian singer Daniel Merriweather.

A spokesman for the Great Western Ambulance Service said: “Just after 9pm we got a call to a 50-year-old man who was reported to be reported to be suffering from respiratory problems and was unconscious.

“We sent a paramedic in a doubled-crewed ambulance.

“When they arrived they found a conscious patient who was not feeling well at all. They made an initial assessment and took him to the Great Western Hospital for further assessment.”

A spokesman for the hospital said: "Morrissey has been admitted to the Great Western Hospital. He is being reviewed by the medical staff and his condition is stable."


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