Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
What else has been going on in the world?
Hacking. I feel as though I’ve been spat out the far end of a scandalous tunnel. Is it over? Maybe, maybe not – there are rumours that allegations of even more dodgy shenanigans will surface, but for now I’m suffering from hacking fatigue. I have a headache and I never want to see Murdoch’s wrinkly old face again.
So what else as been going on that isn’t Murdoch/NI/hacking-related? Well, quite a lot actually…
There’s a devastating famine spreading across East Africa
The UN has declared famine in two parts of Southern Somalia. Famine is technically described as when at least 30% of the children of a nation have acute malnutrition. Over the past couple of months hundreds of thousands of children have died because they didn’t have enough to eat.
Things are made more difficult because the areas that are hit the hardest are in the control of Somali rebels, who are affiliated with al-Qaida. And let’s not forget that Somalia’s coast is notorious for piracy. These obstacles will prevent supplies getting to where they are needed the most. Jon Snow’s blog on Channel 4 gives an insightful and truly heartbreaking account. Essential reading methinks.
You can also donate to the East Africa Crisis fund via the Save the Children website.
A potential serial killer has been killing patients in a UK hospital
A string of unexplained deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester revealed that someone was contaminating saline solution with insulin. Five people have so far died as a result of poisoning, and many more patients who received treatment sine July 7th are being examined by police.
A 27-year old nurse has been arrested and is being questioned over the deaths. Police believe that 36 vials of saline solution were contaminated with insulin, which can induce coma and result in death.
Investigations are ongoing, with 60 detectives working on the inquiry. Scary stuff.
Economic wobbles in Europe
Economic leaders in Europe have been holding emergency meetings to try to bang out a deal for bailing out Greece – who are a kitten’s whisker away from defaulting on their national debt. If Greece goes bankrupt, other debt-ridden EU countries like Ireland and Portugal may follow suit, and if this happens then we’re looking at economic chaos in the Eurozone.
So there you have it – not really good news, but none-hacking news all the same!