Telegraph columnist and Blur bassist Alex James fulfills a lifelong dream - and sheds a few tears - flying a Spitfire. Alex was given the chance to join the Boultbee Academy, a Goodwood-based flying school that compresses as much as possible of what actual trainee spitfire pilots learned, into a two-day course. Teaching begins, just as it did in the Thirties and Forties with a Tiger Moth, progressing to a more powerful Harvard before moving on to the Spitfire on day two. She's armed with cameras by specialist cameraman Andy Annable these days instead of machine guns.
The world’s first daily “wonderpill” to treat MS is even more powerful than previously thought. A trial has shown it not only cuts the risk of an MS attack, it can also slow brain shrinkage, which otherwise can occur in patients at three times the normal rate. The drug, Gilenya or fingolimod, is already available on the NHS and is revolutionising the lives of many of the UK’s 100,000 multiple sclerosis patients, who face symptoms such as blurred vision and problems walking and speaking. Data presented at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis congress
Brussels is threatening to take Britain to court unless the Government gives in to demands over benefits for migrants. There was fury last night that EU meddling could scupper bids to cut the UK’s huge welfare bill. One Government spokesman declared that Brussels “has no right to interfere in this way” and vowed to continue fighting. Eurocrats believe the UK applies an extra right to reside test which can deny benefits to people from Europe who have been here and paid taxes for a long time. Sources claim the EU is preparing to sue Britain by the end of
The presidential campaign has placed a spotlight on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The Book of Mormon” musical is pushing the religion to the forefront of pop culture. And with Ann Romney’s recent appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” semi-secret Mormon undergarments are no longer so secret. Not that Mrs. Romney’s underwear was showing. But the fact that it didn’t show under her sleek, knee-grazing skirt stirred up debate among some members of the faithful about whether she was or wasn’t wearing the “temple garments” required for most adult Mormons.
Denver - Denver police are looking for a person who shot at a field campaign office for President Obama in Denver Friday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says there were people inside at the time of the 3:00 p.m. shooting, but no one was hit. The bullet shattered a window at the West 9th Avenue office, causing an unknown amount of damage. Lopez says investigators are looking at surveillance video but have not yet confirmed a description of a vehicle that might be linked to the shooting. Police didn't immediately release other details while detectives pursue leads.
WASHINGTON -- Doesn't matter how bad things look for the St. Louis Cardinals. Trailing by a bunch, down to their last strike, they simply stay calm and do what it takes to win. Erasing an early six-run hole in Game 5 slowly but surely, the defending World Series champion Cardinals got a tying two-out, two-run single from Daniel Descalso and a go-ahead two-run single from Pete Kozma in the ninth inning and came all the way back to beat the Washington Nationals 9-7 Friday night and win their NL division series.
SIDNEY, Ohio — The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs. Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 — almost half of this western Ohio town — gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender. "Where else would we want to be?" said one of the shivering faithful, Judy Cartwright, a 71-year-old nurse from Sidney. "I want to see the next president of the United States."
Republicans escalated their charges against the Obama administration for alleged failures in handling last month’s Libya attack, thrusting the death of the U.S. ambassador there into the center of the presidential campaign Friday. Mitt Romney accused his rival of “doubling down on denial” about the true origins of the Sept. 11 siege in Benghazi, which senior Obama officials initially said appeared to be an outgrowth of anti-American protests, not terrorism. Whether the administration has truthfully disclosed what it knew about the perpetrators of the attacks became a flash point
Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his allies are banking heavily on a high-risk, high-reward media strategy in the final weeks of the campaign, hoping that burying President Obama in ads will give them a crucial edge on Election Day. Ad purchases in the presidential race doubled or in some cases tripled last week in swing states such as Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Virginia, tracking data show. The surge is being driven by Romney and well-funded allies, who decided against running more ads earlier in the campaign in favor of a big bang at the end.
Jeff, I really enjoyed debating with you. You’re a nice dude and fun to argue with. Since neither of us took it really seriously. — Barry Obama, 1978 high school yearbook The president clearly won his first debate, but that was 34 years ago, when he was a junior in Mrs. Weldon’s speech class at Punahou School in Hawaii. The topic was gun control and, on a lark, Barry Obama decided to take the side against gun regulations. He went into the debate cool and easy. Jeff Cox, his opponent, spent weeks compiling statistics, memorizing arguments, rehearsing
Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Thursday seemed to open the door to adjusting President Obama’s tax increases to only apply to those making $1 million or more a year — a much higher threshold than the $250,000 level they had pushed previously. But the Obama campaign said Friday that Mr. Biden was only “providing an illustration” of how the tax increase would be divided out and that the president sticks by his bigger tax-increase plan. The exchange came in the middle of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, when moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC asked Mr. Biden
Mitt Romney said Friday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden raised more questions than he answered in this week’s debate when he denied he had been told about security warnings in Libya ahead of the terrorist assault that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. “He’s doubling down on denial, and we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to people just pushing this aside,” Mr. Romney said at a rally in Richmond. His remarks came a day after Mr. Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan faced off in their sole debate
As Joe Biden and Paul Ryan tore into each other over chewy topics like Iran and tax during last night's TV debate, there was only one subject preoccupying tens of thousands of viewers - the Vice President's glaring toothy grin. Within minutes of the debate starting, Twitter was abuzz with users taken aback by Biden's behaviour and sent out mocking messages. One parodied his a trademark soundbite: 'For those brief moments you don't see a #BidenSmirk on my face, know that I've got a #BidenSmirk in my heart.'
If you’re not already sitting, you’re best advised to do so now. Yes, in another one of those “only in Davis” moments, officials of the Davis Joint Unified School District have stepped in to cancel Emerson Junior High School’s production of a stage version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The reason: that ugly word “Christmas.” Students in the play were informed of the decision at Monday’s rehearsal. The drama teacher in charge of the production, Gina Smith, then sent an email to parents of the students involved explaining how the play had been unceremoniously taken away from them
Full-steam ahead, that’s how Colombia’s government is determined to set their “energy locomotive”, as they call their ambitious energy plans. The Andean country is already the fourth-biggest oil exporter in the region, having almost doubled its production since 2006 to 956,312 barrels of oil a day. With production humming along, the country’s energy minister Federico Renjifo, said he is now switching his focus on strengthening reserves. “What keeps me up at night is more the reserves than arriving at one million barrels,” he said, announcing a potential a twenty-fold increase in oil reserves over the next eighteen years.
Remember David Chalian, the ousted Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief who took an ill-advised racial jab at the Republican Party and its presidential nominee Mitt Romney? He has a new professional home, in suburban Virginia, as the new vice president of video programming at the left-leaning Politico website. In August on the set of the ABC News/Yahoo! News webcast in Tampa, Fla., at the site of the Republican National Convention, Chalian was caught on a live microphone suggesting the GOP would be happy to have “black people drowning” as Hurricane Isaac threatened New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Washington—Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s smirking, aggressive performance during the vice-presidential debate on Thursday could be seen as a message for his boss: Here’s how you do it. But for President Obama, who is hunkering down at debate camp in Williamsburg, Va., for the weekend, the challenge is to find the right mix of assertiveness and calm when he faces Mitt Romney on Tuesday in a town hall-style debate. And while Mr. Obama will try to avoid repeating his own passive performance in the first presidential debate, he may also want to steer clear of Mr. Biden’s
An extremist jihadi group which is thought to be linked to al-Qaeda fought alongside a group of rebels who seized a government missile defence base in Syria yesterday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos in the country to acquire advanced weapons. Videos posted online said to have been shot inside the base said the group, Jabhat al-Nusra, participated in the overnight battle for the air defence base near the village of al-Taaneh, east of Aleppo in northern Syria. The videos show dozens of fighters inside the base near a radar tower, along with rows
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union Friday, former Norwegian Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland, the hapless award committee chairman, said: "We want to focus on what has been achieved in Europe in terms of peace and reconciliation.… It is a message to Europe to secure what they have achieved … and not let the continent go into disintegration again because it means the emergence of extremism and nationalism." A prize, in other words, awarded for future efforts as much as past achievements. And so the descent of the Nobel Peace Prize into parody or, failing that, pastiche continues.
Defence chiefs are drawing up plans for a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan, after George Osborne challenged their strategy and suggested that all troops should come home immediately. The Daily Telegraph has learnt that at a recent Whitehall meeting on withdrawal, the Chancellor questioned the purpose of continuing Britain’s Afghan mission for another two years. (Snip) Ministers and military commanders are in discussions over how quickly to reduce troop numbers as the deadline approaches, with Armed Forces chiefs having to draw up new options for a bigger withdrawal next year than was being considered. No decisions about withdrawals in 2013 are
DES MOINES, Iowa- A dream alignment for numerologists has come true in the delivery room of a Des Moines hospital.The Des Moines Register reports ( http://dmreg.co/RlH4Zw ) that Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians. So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14. Laila's mother, 26-year-old Katie Deremiah, of Des Moines, says she had a feeling Thursday would be the day,
The Italian Catholic Church will be stripped of an historic tax exemption from 2013 after the government upheld a divisive decree under close scrutiny from EU watchdogs. The Church currently pays tax on several properties it owns that are commercial enterprises but is exempt if at least some of the activities on the property are "non-commercial" - for example a chapel in a hotel. (Snip) In February, the government had amended Italy's property tax law to end the Church's privileges amid rising calls for the Vatican to share in debt crisis sacrifices and in the face of intense scrutiny from
The morning after the vice presidential debate, Democrats are delighted. Vice President Joe Biden’s obnoxious display was exactly what was needed to cheer them up after a week of morose speculation about why President Obama was so passive and uninspired at last week’s first presidential debate with Mitt Romney. Indeed, the more Biden giggled, smirked and interrupted Paul Ryan, the better they liked it. While his condescending and bullying behavior contradicted liberal doctrine about conservatives being the ones guilty of polluting the public square with political incivility, it embodied their complete contempt for both Republicans and their ideas.
Dallas – The North Texas mom who pled guilty to gluing her toddler daughter’s hands to a wall, kicking her in the stomach and beating her over “potty training” issues has been sentenced to 99 years in prison. It was up to State District Judge Larry Mitchell to decide how long Elizabeth Escalona would spend behind bars. For days the judge heard from medical experts, police, family members and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office showed dozens of pictures of little Jocelynn Cedillo. The photos, taken at the hospital, showed bruises from the child’s head down to her feet.
As Mitt Romney continues to make gains in swing state polls in the wake of his dominant debate performance last week, it’s becoming increasingly possible that Americans could wake up on Nov. 7 to a 269-269 Electoral College tie. In such a case, Romney would almost surely win the presidency, according to analysis by the Washington Examiner. Under the U.S. Constitution, in the event of an Electoral College tie, the presidential race is turned over to the House of Representatives (assuming no unexpected defections when the electors formally vote in December). And here’s the twist:
As the Presidential election draws closer, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have shared more details about their husbands in the new issue of Good Housekeeping. In individual interviews, the two women, who both elected to wear yellow for their photoshoots, discuss not only their husbands' policies, but personality traits that voters are unlikely to have seen. Mrs Romney, who looks, dare we say, almost too flawless in her portrait, reveals that Mitt has struggled with a short temper in the past.