0 Have your say ONE of the fantastic things about living or working in a city the size of Leeds is the sheer number of pubs on offer. More than that, it’s the variations from old-style hostelries to funky wine bars, from intimate inns to vast food establishments.So to have a unique drinks business in the city must be difficult. But one bar, The White Rabbit, seems to have pulled it off.If you’ve never been here, you should give it a go. It’s in York Place in what some now term the business quarter of Leeds between King Street and Britannia Street and parallel with Wellington Street.It is a pub in a cosy cellar and seems to be named after the Lewis Carroll story Alice in Wonderland and it is indeed a quirky, fascinating little bar. It can be quite a squeeze on a weekend when it appears to be popular with a bohemian crowd. On our latest visit a workmate and I tripled the custom on a Wednesday night.It may have been busy earlier but it was about 10pm when we … [Read more...] about Bar review: The White Rabbit, Leeds
This is the astonishing moment inmates queue up in prison to take their turn snorting cocaine from a table with more than 100 lines of the class-A drug neatly arranged on it. More than a dozen excited jailbirds were filmed openly taking drugs in a packed corridor of the prison as others queued up in single file behind them. A small handful of men appeared to be in loose control of the situation, making sure the noisy prisoners crowding round the table didn’t knock it over and scatter the cocaine all over the floor or treat themselves to more than their fair share. One of the inmates even laughed as he posed for one of the inmates holding mobile phones in their hands after his illegal use of the drug. The shocking images were filmed in the main prison in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. Police confirmed today they were investigating the drug orgy, said to have taken place during a party organised by one of the gangs that control the jail. Thirteen men are filmed … [Read more...] about Prisoners pictured queuing up to snort COCAINE in shocking images from behind bars
A BRITISH fugitive living under a false identity on the Costa del Sol shot dead an Irish dad-of-two after a petty pub row with another stranger, a court heard today.Darren O’Flaherty, 42, from Liverpool, faces being jailed for more than 40 years if convicted of the cold-blooded killing of John O’Neill and the attempted murder of two other men.Chillingly, prosecutor Rosa Romero told jurors O'Flaherty’s revolver had jammed when he pointed it at a father and his disabled son.She said: “He gave his victim absolutely no chance of defending himself when he killed him and under Spanish law that makes this a murder and not a simple homicide."The trigger was a petty row with a different man."Our main evidence is the CCTV footage at the bar which doesn’t show the victim being killed but which you can hear the killer shot on."The alleged assassin was extradited to Spain in February 2015 after serving prison time in the UK for his role in a lorry … [Read more...] about ‘Drunk and high’ Brit fugitive ‘shot dead “gentle giant” Irish dad after petty row with another stranger in Spanish bar’
A WOMAN was dumped by her husband of 14 YEARS after being left paralysed… but thankfully she has turned her life around and found love again.Doctors warned Riona Kelly that she may never walk again after suffering a stroke – but she’s made an incredible recovery thanks to her hunky personal trainer boyfriend.The 37-year-old from Halifax, Yorkshire, was rushed to hospital in March, 2015, after she was struck with a spinal stroke that left her paralysed from the waist down.Just five days into her hospital stay, Riona claims that her husband decided that their marriage was over.The pair were also supporting their four children, Leighanra, 16, Caleb, 11, Izabela, nine and Logan, five.Riona remembered: “After my husband left me in hospital, my friend, Sarah, became my next of kin, it was her and the children that supported me during my recovery.“Looking back I was miserable in my marriage, but we had built a life together and had responsibilities.“It was … [Read more...] about Mum whose husband left her ‘five days after she was paralysed’ by a stroke finds love again with her personal trainer
INCREDIBLE pictures have emerged showing a gold medal-winning Chinese gymnast aged just seven with a ripped eight-pack and massive guns.Chen Yi is one of China’s next generation of sporting stars – the potential Olympic athletes of the future.Pictures of the little lad went viral after he dominated the gymnastics at the 19th Sports Meeting in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, eastern China, last weekend.Yi won six gold medals and one silver medal in events including the floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.He left home and started training when he was five years old.And after two years his hard work seems to have paid off, with the little boy looking every bit the next sporting superstar.The intense training has left Yi with a shockingly robust figure.Pictures show him taking off his shirt and tensing his muscles, revealing a ripped frame that most adults could only dream of.But not everyone would agree that Yi’s unnaturally mature body … [Read more...] about Seven-year-old Chinese lad shows off his ripped eight-pack and massive guns after winning six gymnastics gold medals
A BRITISH man will appear in court today over the murder of an Irish dad-of-two shot dead at a Costa del Sol bar on his first foreign holiday.Darren O’Flaherty, 42, faces being jailed for more than 40 years if convicted of the cold-blooded killing of John O’Neill and the attempted murder of two other men.The alleged assassin was extradited to Spain in February 2015 after serving prison time in the UK for his role in a knifepoint lorry-jacking.Police detained him at gunpoint at a Chinese restaurant in north Wales in August 2013 while he was on the run over the July 2010 shooting at a bar in the holiday resort of Benalmadena and the 2006 knifepoint hold-up.Prosecutors want him caged for 17 years if found guilty of gunning down “gentle giant” plasterer Mr O’Neill, from Coolock in Dublin. An indictment submitted to the criminal court in Malaga includes a call for a 12-year-jail sentence for each of the two attempted murders he is charged … [Read more...] about Man stands trial over murder of Irish dad gunned down at Costa del Sol bar while on his first foreign holiday
ALEXANDRA SHULMAN, ex-editor of the British edition of Vogue, has concluded in a recent interview that women “can’t have it all”.The journalist is not the first to make this observation and nor will she be the last.But I can’t even focus on that before asking this: When has anyone pondered the question of whether or not MEN can have it all?Nobody, ever, right?Because it’s absolutely a given that men can have a fantastic go-getting career, a beautiful wife and family and a lovely home without criticism or compromise.Nothing has to give, usually because there is someone keeping the home fires burning.“Having it all” was a supposedly empowering phrase coined in the late Seventies and early Eighties for women who were stepping away from the confines of domestic life to conquer the workplace.But, to be clear, what it meant was that they continued the work of looking after children and the home, and got to have a job too.In my mind, … [Read more...] about As British Vogue’s former editor Alexandra Shulman claims women ‘can’t have it all’, isn’t it about time we ask why men can?
When Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the then president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said it marked Brazil's entrance onto the world stage. Commodities were booming and Brazil was considered an emerging market, a powerhouse of the future, and now with the added promise of a crowning, carnivalesque Olympics. Yet with 100 days to go until the Rio 2016 Games, the country has attracted global attention for the wrong reasons, reasons which are threatening to overshadow the first Games in South America. A political crisis that could lead to President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, an unprecedented corruption scandal and an economic recession have created the perfect storm in Brazil - and the venues near completion, the preparations for and challenges of hosting an Olympics are taking a backseat. "Political mayhem plus economic catastrophe equals a sort of twisted Olympic godsend, in the sense that the political and economic double whammy has deflected attention … [Read more...] about Rio keeps the bar low 100 days before Olympics begins
Gymnastics superstar Kohei Uchimura landed his third Olympic gold on Wednesday as he defended his all-around crown, but the Japanese superstar was forced to come through his toughest test in a decade. Two days after winning a first team title with Japan, the 27-year-old snatched the title with a daring routine on the horizontal bars, eclipsing Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev by just 0.097. Britain's Max Whitlock won bronze in the Rio Olympic Arena. Uchimura had trailed his rival Verniaiev for the final four of six rotations but pulled out a spectacular horizontal bar routine to seal his seventh Olympic medal since Beijing 2008. The gymnast known as 'King Kohei' becomes the first man to successfully defend his title since countryman Sawao Kato in 1972, and Uchimura also equals Kato's record of three Olympic medals in men's all-around. Japan also join the Soviet Union on a record six Olympic titles in the event. Whitlock, a two-time world all-around medallist, gave Britain a first Olympic … [Read more...] about Rio 2016: ‘King Kohei’ defends all-round gymnastics crown to clinch third gold
He's sitting in a bar in his hometown of Girona, eating lunch, as if nothing else were going on. A group of basketball players want a photo with him. No problem. Carles Puigdemont briefly steps outside, past cameras and reporters barking questions — "Do you realize you've been deposed?" — poses for the photo, goes back inside and carries on eating. Almost simultaneously, Catalan TV is broadcasting a recorded "institutional speech" by the region's former head of government. In it, Puigdemont rejects his discharge and asks for "patience, endurance and perspective" in order to move ahead with his independence plan. Positioned alongside him in statesmanlike manner are the Catalan and EU flags. Read more: 'Puigdi's' deep political roots After the speech, he appears again on live television, just sitting with neighbors, according to the presenter. It looks like a perfectly normal day for Puigdemont. Nothing seems to perturb him, not even when, a few hours … [Read more...] about Is Carles Puigdemont living in a parallel world?