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  • 04/03/2015 : SNS2015: Gala Dinner The SNS2015 Gala Dinner will compliment our 2-day SNS Conference (SNS2015: 4th-5th March, 2015). As in 2014 the Gala Dinner will be held in the same location as the conference, at the Norfolk Showground. The evening will start with a networking drinks reception, followed by a 3-course dinner and after-dinner speaker.

    Oli Morgan of Bloodhound SSC will talk on the Bloodhound Project to break the world land speed record. Dress code: Business Our gala dinners are an excellent opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere with your fellow industry professionals, and to entertain staff and clients alike. Further information, including an agenda for the evening, will be available soon.

    Tickets are available to purchase to attend the SNS2015 Gala Dinner at 75 per person.

    Plesae contact the EEEGR office if you are interested. (01493 446535)

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  • 1 comment - The Latest News on GB stamps from Norvic Philatelics Royal Mail announcement 15 November: Royal Mail are delighted to be working with Post Office Ltd on their Christmas Stamp Shop. This Pop Up Post Office is a large mobile trailer that will tour some of the major shopping locations around the UK in the run up to Christmas. The Post Office will be selling Christmas Stamps and Smilers.

    In addition, Royal Mail s own Post and Go terminal will be vending Post and Go stamps. Full details are listed below: Royal Mail s Post and Go machines used for Exhibitions: A3 and A4 Post and Go Stamps: Robins (MA13) and 2 nd Class (MA13) There is no overprint Receipts will be unique to each venue The Smilers sheets will be available in 10 and 20 stamp sheets with the following designs available: o Madonna and Child 1 st and 2 nd class o Christmas 2012 Santa 1 st Class may be available dependant on early demand ( Note London Westfield is Shepherds Bush, not Stratford. ) I am surprised that this wandering trailer - we used to know them as Mobile Post Offices - is making such a passing visit to each location. Last year, Post Office Ltd announced that the pop-up post office (which opened on 30 November) was: "The first of its kind to be found in the UK is located in Camden Market and is showcasing a range of collectible and retail items.

    The Pop Up shop will be open seven days a week and customers will benefit from extensive opening hours as well as a range of services including posting and packaging. "To help make life easier for customers a gift wrapping service is also available with all donations going to BBC Children in Need." I haven't had a formal statement from Post Office Ltd about the rationale behind the tour, but understand that the focus is on selling stamps - expect there to be blow-ups of the competition winners designs - and instant Smilers. There will be no counter services, no Horizon system, though there may be a posting box, presumably with mail to be offloaded into the local mail distribution system. So although they are described as post offices, they are really just post office retail units.

    There is no doubt that - despite initial difficulties in actually finding it - customers made the Camden unit a great success. The new mobile trailers - to be located in major shopping streets or covered shopping centres - will stand out. It seems they won't be tucked away in an otherwise vacant corner.

    But can the same sort of success be replicated when the unit is only in one place for two days? By chance the Camden unit's turnover included significant philatelic sales as collectors and dealers found definitive stamps not previously available from Royal Mail's Tallents House bureau or from many post office branches, and further supplies were made available as collectors bought up initial stocks. Philatelic sales will be far lower ( pro rata ) at these venues than at Camden last year, although collectors will certainly flock to Newcastle on 20th November for the new 2nd class Machin Faststamps with year code MA13 simply because it will be available for the first time.

    But one has to question why it exists, given that stocks of the MA12 version were sold only at Spring Stampex and in bureau packs and have never appeared in Post Office Wincor-Nixdorf machines.

    I'm not one for using the term 'cynical exploitation' but I feel sure that the original print run of MA12 2nd class Machin Faststamps has not been exhausted.

  • 1 November 2015 - The Week ISIS claims it downed the Russian airliner Did ISIS down the Russian airliner which crashed yesterday? The Sunday Times says the crash site is near an area infested by the terror group and the Sunday Express says several airlines are now refusing to fly over the area. However, in the Independent On Sunday experts dismiss the claim that the terror group was involved, saying they lack the necessary weaponry.

    Government backtracks on internet snooping Theresa May has been forced to backtrack over her plan to snoop on internet use, reports The Observer. The hugely contentious plans to allow the police and security services full access to everyone s internet browsing history have been abandoned amid government fears that it would be unable to force new laws through parliament because of concerns over civil liberties. Did Tony Blair order Iraq document to be burned?

    Ministers were ordered to burn a secret document which said the Iraq war was illegal, claims the Mail on Sunday. Downing Street reportedly panicked when attorney general Lord Goldsmith told Tony Blair the conflict could be challenged under international law. "This is nonsense as far as Tony Blair knows," the former PM s spokesman said of the allegations. Six million Brits paid less than living wage Almost six million workers in the UK are paid less than the living wage, according to a new study.

    Researchers uncovered a "worrying trend" of part-time, female and young workers being most likely to earn below the figure, researchers found. The non-compulsory living wage, promoted by the Living Wage Foundation, is currently 7.85 an hour and 9.15 in London. All Blacks make rugby world cup history New Zealand have become the first side to retain the Rugby World Cup, beating Australia 34-17 in the final.

    The All Blacks were ahead 21-3 at half-time but then faced a rousing fight-back from the Aussies. However, in an exciting final 16 minutes, a drop goal and long-range penalty from New Zealand's Dan Carter and Beauden Barrett's late try settled the contest. Was 7/7 aimed at derailing Olympics bid?

    A Scotland Yard detective at the heart of the July 7 bombings inquiry says the suicide attacks were originally planned to take place 24 hours earlier to stop London winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. David Videcette said derailing the Olympic bid would also have helped protect a fundamentalist sect s project to build Europe s biggest mosque. One Direction a mess as they bow out A crazy life for One Direction has prompted the pop group to disband, says The Sunday Times.

    Ahead of their final concert last night, band member Liam Payne told the newspaper: Basically, we are all a mess. Now we all need to go away, become mad old recluses, then come back again with giant beards. That s the plan.

    Jeremy Corbyn dismissed war commemoration plan Jeremy Corbyn has said he can t see the point of commemorating the First World War. In a 2013 speech to the Morning Star, the newspaper founded by the Communist party of Great Britain, he said: The government is apparently preparing to spend shed loads of money commemorating the first world war. I m not sure what there is to commemorate about the first world war.

    Winslet says parents losing battle over technology Kate Winslet, who plays the confidante of Steve Jobs in a new film about the Apple co-founder, says parents should remove technology from their children and says her own kids are banned from social networks. The Oscar-winning actress says busy parents are losing control of their young, whose self-confidence often depends on what strangers think of their selfies. Embattled Mourinho insists he will stay Jose Mourinho insists he will remain in charge at Chelsea after his side lost their sixth league game of the season.

    Asked if he would thought he would lose his job, he replied: "No, I don't." His side are 15th in the league after losing to Liverpool.

    Manchester City are top after beating Norwich 2-1, with Arsenal in second after their 3-0 win at Swansea.

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  • 10 Murderous Kings | Encyclopedia of safety A blood-curdling countdown of history s deadliest monarch s In .this day and age it s quite difficult to imagine the sheer power that kings and queens once wielded over their subjects. In many ways these monarch s were more similar to modern dictators than the regents that we know today. Murder was often a means to a political end, while crimes of passion would rarely be met with any immediate consequences.

    Although the kings had ultimate power, it was a power they were forced to fight for often using fear, war and murder, among other methods, to stay at the top. The position of king was a precarious one and, driven by this fact and an unhealthy dose of paranoia, certain monarch s left a bloody trail through history. But beyond paranoia, what drove them to such bloodshed?

    Several of these kings earned their place on this list with their military campaigns. War was a show of strength, a display of dominance. With an almost-constant state of conflict, territories were lost and won with great frequency, which, of course, meant that they had to be reclaimed.

    The glory of a kingdom was not just determined by its size necessarily, but by kings unwavering belief that the lands at stake belonged by right to the throne. Look at Edward I s brutal campaigns in Wales and Scotland, or Charles II of Navarre s ludicrous notions of what belonged to him both of whom feature in this roundup of deadly royals. Murder was often the simplest way to ensure that anyone plotting against the king was removed.

    Even with the introduction of the Magna Carta in England in 1215 and the emergence of parliament, the monarch s essentially free rein to end the lives of their subjects remained. Flimsy evidence could be put forward to prove a case for treason and conspiring against the monarch, as Henry VIII demonstrated on several occasions. Meanwhile, with the whole country watching, any hint of rebellion would have to be squashed quickly and brutally, as Louis I of Aquitaine did to great effect.

    In other cases, the reason behind a king s bloodthirsty nature would now be attributed to some form of mental illness. Purity of the bloodline comes with a price, as lineages would abruptly end with offspring suffering from deformities, congenital illnesses and insanity. Whether through violent fits of rage or cold calculation, these ten kings ensured that the pages of history books dedicated to them were written in blood, but which of them takes the crown as the deadliest?

    10 Aethelred II Reign: 978-1016 Country: England Worst Crime: Massacred all Danes in England Aethelred s tenure as king of England led to the inglorious epithet of Aethelred the Unready. However, a better translation of the moniker would be ill-advised , as it is generally agreed that the counsel Aethelred received was little and poor. Although he was too young to have been complicity in the murder of his older brother (Edward the Martyr), who was killed after having been on the throne for only two and a half years, the crime was carried out by those loyal to him in order that the younger sibling would take his place.

    This meant that there was a lot of mistrust surrounding the young monarch and, as the reputation of the murdered boy grew after his death, it would become increasingly difficult for Aethelred to unite his subjects. And the necessity for a united British army was urgent with a renewed threat from the north. The Danes had recommenced raids along England s coast, breaking the treaty they had made with Aethelred s father, Edgar.

    After the English suffered a serious defeat at the Battle of Maldon in 991, Aethelred began paying tribute to the Danes in return for peace. However, the Danes were hard to appease and had restarted hostilities by 997. Finally, in 1002, Aethelred reached breaking point and took drastic action.

    On 13 November he issued an order that all Danes in England should be executed, calling it a most just extermination . It was an indiscriminate attempt at a show of strength that claimed the life of Danish leader Sweyn s sister, Gunhilde, and Sweyn invaded in retaliation, leading to Aethelred s downfall.

    09 Louis I Reign: 814-840 Country: Aquitaine Worst crime: Had his nephew killed Louis the Pious was, in many ways, as sensible a leader as his nickname would suggest. His father, Charlemagne, appointed him king of Aquitaine at the tender age of three.

    He became king of the Franks and emperor of Rome upon his father s death in 814 and decided that, in order to avoid any diplomatic issues, any of his unmarried sisters would be packed off to nunneries. When Louis nearly died in an accident in 817, he decided to ensure that, should he suddenly expire, there would be a neat plan of succession to set out who ruled what in the Frankish empire. He confirmed that his nephew Bernard would remain the king of Italy, but the will described his son Lothair s position as overlord , implying that Italy would be submissive to him.

    Needless to say, the wording of this document did not please Bernard and, spurred on by rumours that Lothair was to invade, he set about preparing a rebellion. However, word quickly reached Louis I of Bernard s plan and the king immediately took an army to confront his errant nephew. Bernard was shocked by the speed of the king s reaction and went to try and negotiate, before being forced into surrender.

    It s here that Louis place in this list of murderous kings is assured He sentenced his nephew to death, before deciding that he should be blinded instead a punishment that was apparently merciful. However, the procedure was not entirely successful. As a result, while Bernard was indeed blinded, he spent two days in unbearable pain before dying anyway.

    Three civil wars would follow but the legacy of this killing would haunt the deeply religious ruler for the rest of his life.

    08 Charles II Reign: 1665-1700 Country: Spain Worst crime: Burned heretics at the stake The reason for Charles II s reputation as a bloodthirsty king is very much rooted in his heritage. He was the last of the Habsburg line a lineage that was so devoted to preserving the purity of its bloodline through inbreeding that it eventually led to a man like Charles. Disfigured, infertile and cursed to spend his life suffering from various illnesses, the king was in a similar amount of mental anguish.

    Charles II s condition was no secret among the European court. He was just three years old when the throne became his and his mother, Mariana, became queen regent, designating much of the work of governing the country to advisors. His mother remained regent long after Charles could have taken kingship himself, but it was decided that such a move would be unwise.

    A struggle for power began when Mariana was exiled, and Don Juan Jose (Charles s half-brother) took responsibility for the country and the king. Charles s illness was grotesquely misunderstood at the time interpreted as a sign that the king was probably bewitched; he would even undergo an exorcism in the final years of his life. His worst crime was the 1680 auto-de-fe (display of public penance and executions) in Madrid, during which many heretics were burned.

    Charles II attended the trial and burnings, though the executions were probably ordered by someone else. A blood-soaked reign, but a misunderstood one.

    07 Charles II REIGN: 1349-1387 COUNTRY: NAVARRE (SPAIN/FRANCE) WORST CRIME: MURDER, TREACHERY AND COWARDICE Charles II believed that the kingdom of Navarre was far too small for a man with such a noble lineage as his and spent his life trying to wheedle his way to a more important status. He ordered the assassination of the Constable of France in 1354 and made a deal with the English, forcing the French King John II to make peace.

    John grew tired of his treachery and finally arrested him in 1356, only for Charles to be broken out in 1357. When John II agreed to a peace treaty with the English, Charles II freed all the prisoners in Paris. With the city on the verge of revolution, Charles U-turned and took the opportunity to lead the aristocracy at the Battle of Mello and the subsequent massacre of the rebels.

    He blindly swore patriotism and honour while consistently reaching out to the opposition in the hope of a better deal. His meddling in the war between Castile and Aragon proved disastrous and he staged being captured to avoid having to participate. Towards the end of his life he tried to convince English king Edward III to invade and overthrow Charles V, as well as being involved in two attempts on Charles s life.

    When his scheming with Gascony against Castile went wrong, Navarre was invaded in 1378 and he was forced to agree to an alliance with Castile and France. He burned to death in 1387, allegedly when the sackcloth filled with brandy he was bathing in caught fire.

    06 Herold I REIGN: 37-4 BCE COUNTRY: JUDAEA WORST CRIME: KILLED HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN There are many who would claim that King Herod committed his most heinous deed with the Massacre of the Innocents. However, the story of the slaughter of all boys in Bethlehem under the age of two is only found in the Bible; there are no historical records from the time detailing such an atrocity.

    Herod s crimes were much more personal. In fact, Herod was an excellent ruler of Judaea. Having obtained the position after being forced to flee Galilee when the Palestinians had reclaimed their land, he strengthened his kingship when he divorced in order to marry Mariamne, which pacified a leading sect of Jewish priests (the Hasmoneans).

    However, as time went by, it became clear that Herod was not well. He was prone to fits of mental instability, which made his fierce love for his wife all the more dangerous. At one point, before leaving for a political expedition, he ordered that Mariamne should be executed if he didn t return because he couldn t face the idea of her being with another man.

    His jealousy was used by his sister, Salome -who despised Mariamne to convince Herod that his wife was plotting against him. Mariamne was executed in 29 BCE, and Herod believing that their two sons, Alexandros and Aristobulus, would try to take revenge for their mother had both their children killed in seven BCE. Two years later, Antipater Herod s only son by his first wife was also executed for the same reason.

    05 Richard I REIGN: 1189-1199 COUNTRY: ENGLAND WORST CRIME: WAR CRIMES OF THE CRUSADES The man dubbed Lionheart spent most of his life fighting. He first took up arms against his father, Henry II, in 1173 and continued to aggressively pursue the throne until Henry s death in 1189, when some quite reasonably suggested that Richard had driven the king to his grave. Blood was spilled on the same day that Richard took the crown, when the barring of Jewish figures from the coronation was misinterpreted as an order to instigate violence against all of London s Jews.

    Richard ordered the executions of those who took part, but the instances of copycat Christian violence would set the tone for a king who was desperate to join the Crusades. Together with Phillip II of France, who had assisted Richard in his fight for the throne, England joined the Third Crusade. Spending the bulk of his father s treasure chest to raise a new army, Richard set off for the Holy Lands in 1190.

    He blazed a bloody trail through Sicily and Cyprus before arriving at Acre, Israel, in 1191. Following the successful siege of the city, he ordered the execution of 2,700 Muslim prisoners. The crusade eventually ground to a halt and Richard was forced to retreat in 1192, only to be captured in Vienna by Leopold V.

    Once ransomed, he discovered that his brother, John, had given Normandy back to King Phillip in his absence. In 1196, Richard built castles in Normandy to fortify his presence. He continued his war against Phillip until 1199, when he was struck by an arrow from the nearly undefended Chalus-Chabrol chateau.

    The wound turned fatally gangrenous -an undignified end for the warrior king.

    04 Edward I REIGN: 1272-1307 COUNTRY: ENGLAND WORST CRIME: HAMMERING THE SCOTS When Edward I came to the throne he had a very clear goal in mind: to take back what he saw as English land which had been stolen. Upon Henry III s death Edward returned to England from the Crusades and started planning a military campaign in Wales. Beginning with a successful invasion in 1277 he executed the Welsh leader, Llewelyn, in 1282 and Llewelyn s brother, David, a year later in response to rebellions.

    The war in Wales had a devastating effect on the nation s finances. This was compounded when Edward responded violently to French King Philip reclaiming the territory of Gascony by sailing to attack in 1297, later returning to quell the Scottish rebellion. Edward intervened to such an extent that the Scots allied with the French and attacked Carlisle.

    Edward invaded in retaliation, beginning a brutal and lengthy conflict that earned him his nickname, Hammer of the Scots.

    03 Erik XIV REIGN: 1560-1568 COUNTRY: SWEDEN WORST CRIME: STABBING A NOBLEMAN TO DEATH While many kings can lay claim to ordering the deaths of hundreds even thousands during the course of their reign, not many can say they committed murder with their own hands. The king of Sweden Erik XIV suffered from mental instability, but not to an extent that made him incapable of ruling. He strengthened Sweden s position in northern Europe by claiming territory in Estonia, leading to the Seven Years War of the North which played out between 1563 and 1570.

    Although his military campaigns were successful Erik s mental state was rapidly deteriorating and evidence points towards schizophrenia. He became paranoid, eager to believe rumours of treason. He even executed two guards for making fun of the king .

    But it would be the Sture murders that would break him. Believing that the noble family would make a play for the throne, Erik began to persecute the Stures specifically Nils Sture. In 1567, one of Sture s pages was tortured until he told Erik what he wanted to hear.

    Following a trial, death sentences began to be issued but the king could not make up his mind. Finally he visited them at the castle in Uppsala (north of Stockholm) where they were imprisoned and told them that they were forgiven. When Erik left he discovered that a rebellion was underway, led by his brother, John.

    It was only a few hours later that Erik returned and stabbed Nils Sture before ordering the execution of the others.

    02 Henry VIII REIGN: 1509-1547 COUNTRY: ENGLAND WORST CRIME: EXECUTING ALL WHO OPPOSED HIM English king Henry VIII s voracious nature and hot temper have become the stuff of legend. He is renowned for being a man of ferocious appetites in all aspects of life and he was prepared to use any means necessary to quell his opposition. Shortly after ascending to the throne, Henry married Catherine of Aragon, as his father, Henry VII, had wanted to secure an alliance with Spain.

    At the time he executed Edmund Dudley and Richard Empson two of his father s advisors on the grounds of treason. This was to become a pattern for Henry. From Thomas More to Thomas Cromwell, anyone who Henry perceived as either a threat to the throne or to his secession from the Catholic church was liable to find themselves with their head on the block.

    However, he s most notorious for his list of spouses, driven by his desperation for a male heir and straightforward lust. The annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was prompted by a combination of the two as Anne Boleyn had already caught his eye. As we all know, Anne Boleyn did not last long before facing the executioner s axe having been dubiously accused of infidelity, treachery and incest.

    Anne was followed by Jane Seymour, who died in childbirth; Anne of Cleves, who Henry soon separated from; and then the unfortunate Catherine Howard. Henry accused Catherine of being unfaithful with her secretary, Francis Dereham, while she claimed that Dereham had raped her. Despite her protests, she was sent to her death.

    Fortunately for his last wife, Catherine Parr, he died before she could fall out of his favour. The exact number of executions ordered by Henry VIII has not been conclusively agreed upon, but it is generally believed to be between 57,000 and 72,000. As a gruesome aside, he also made death by boiling a legitimate form of execution.

    01 Leopold II REIGN: 1865-1909 COUNTRY: BELGIUM WORST CRIME: FORMING A SLAVE COLONY IN AFRICA Desperate to establish a colony overseas, Belgian king Leopold II turned to Africa and the potential riches of the Congo. To circumvent his own parliament, he created a dummy organisation called the International African Association, which he claimed would act in the interests of philanthropy and scientific research with a view to converting the citizens to Christianity. It was all completely legal and it gave the monarch the freedom to act however he wanted in the land under his control.

    Its stated aim could not have been further from the truth. What had attracted Leopold to the Congo, in addition to the notion of creating an empire, was the tremendous supply of rubber in the area. He would spare nothing in order to get what he wanted.

    Despite having promised that he would protect the people of the Congo from slavers, Leopold promptly and brutally turned the country into a slave state. The treatment of the workers was savage and uncompromising. Leopold allowed some missionaries into the Congo in order to allay the fears of foreign powers who believed he might be doing exactly what he was doing, and reports began to reach Europe about the maiming and executions of the men and women working on the plantations, as well as of the mass dumping of corpses.

    It s impossible to know exactly how many people died during Leopold s rule of the Congo but the estimated figure is in the millions.

    The atrocities led to the establishment of the first human rights movement and Leopold was finally compelled to give up the Congo to the Belgian parliament in 1908.

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  • 150 firefighters tackle factory blaze An fire investigation has been launched after a huge fire broke out in an industrial estate in Lenwade. It has been reported that the fire destroyed equipment worth about 1m.

    150 Firefighters from Reepham, Earlham, Carrow, Loddon and Dereham attended the fire in the One Way Circuits unit in Station Road, near Great Witchingham, at around 6.22pm on 27th April. It took around 6 hours to extinguish the blaze.

    Reepham fire station watch manager, Phillip Leeder, said: There was a large column of smoke coming from the building as we arrived. We were faced with a severe fire. We couldn t see flames initially but once the roof failed we saw the flames.

    It was quite dramatic. They were 20 feet above the building. Our main aim was to stop it spreading.

    Police also attended the incident in order to place a cordon around the area due to flammable cylinders on-site and also chemicals in the factory. Richard Lyons, Managing Director of the company said: They were big flames. I drove past the Bernard Matthews site and saw the big black smoke and I thought it wouldn t be good.

    By the time I got here the flames were billowing out of the building.

    There seemed to be an awful lot of firefighters.

    I have never seen so many of them, but they prevented the flames from spreading.

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    AYA 12 gauge #2 Sidelock Shotgun (S/H) Licence: Shotgun, Barrel: 26 ", Stock: 14 1/4 ", Chokes: 1/4 & 1/2 Origin: Spanish, Chamber: 2"3/4 Trigger: 2, Ejection: Yes, Serial #: 507508 AYA No2 in very good condition, case hardening all intact on metal parts. Blueing good, overall a good gun. Done little work and the action is tight.

    AVAILABLE NOW 999 Price: 999 (S/H) @ US$1,558/ ' 1,366 Click on images to view full size This gun was for sale as of 11:16, 19 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

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    Benjamin .177 Trial NP Air Pistol We offer a dedicated service for private UK gun sellers, gun buyers and enthusiasts, which welcomes 400,000+ visitors every month. GunTrader is the UK's leading resource for licensed buyers and private sellers of second hand guns, used shotguns and rifles. Alternatively, if you want to get advice or discuss weaponry topics with your fellow members, our forum is the perfect place to chat with other like minded individuals.

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    BSA .177 Ultramax SE VC Air Rifle Licence: No Licence Origin: English Trigger: 1, Serial #: USE770818-AB Price: 599 (New) @ US$918/ ' 808 This gun was for sale as of 10:05, 11 Oct 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

  • 18 October 2015 - The Week Are Tories considering tax-cuts rebellion? With at least 70 Conservative MPs fearing their seats are at risk as a result of public fury over the government's cuts to tax credits, as many as eight Tory backbenchers are considering backing Labour s calls for a rethink, says The Sun. The Observer says Michelle Dorrell's emotional attack on the government on BBC Question Time could be George Osborne's "poll tax moment".

    VIP sex abuse: row over false memory therapy Two crucial witnesses in the VIP sex abuse scandal are being supported by a charity that uses a controversial therapy experts fear could generate false memories. The technique, in which the victims are given the details of the effects of sex abuse suffered by their own counsellor, has been condemned by many experts. Jihadi John made former captive tango dance A former Isis captive has described how Jihadi John forced him to dance the tango as part of a regime of torture and humiliation.

    Daniel Rye Ottosen, a 26-year-old freelance photographer from Denmark, was held alongside the murdered Alan Henning and James Foley. He was freed in June last year after his family paid the militant group a large ransom for his life. Big Ben desperately needs 40m repairs The famous chimes of Big Ben, perhaps the world s most famous bell, are set to fall silent for three years because of the desperate need for up to 40m of repairs and refurbishment to the clock tower.

    The landmark, which is the focal point of new year celebrations in Britain, is in such poor condition that it is ready to fail , according to a Westminster source. Did Blair sign-up for Iraq a year ahead of war? A leaked White House memo suggests that Tony Blair pledged to back war in Iraq a year before the invasion started.

    The prime minister claimed publicly at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis, telling voters: We re not proposing military action. In the memo, US secretary of state Colin Powell tells George Bush that Blair will be with us on military action. Tycoon dials 999 after spanking session goes wrong A tycoon has been left a laughing stock after his GP girlfriend's spanking session left him calling 999.

    James Austin says he "can't look friends in the eye" following the court case in which his lover, Elvira Blakemore, was cleared of assault over the colourful romp. It s very upsetting, he said. I assume I m the laughing stock.

    Taliban bomb makers suing British soldiers Taxpayers are facing a bill of almost 150m to defend British soldiers who are being sued for just doing their duty , says the Sunday Telegraph. In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2,000 separate compensation claims and judicial review cases have been prepared by lawyers. Among those launching the legal action are suspected Taliban bomb-makers.

    Parents face fines over unregistered nannies Parents who employ a nanny face fines of 400, plus 50 a day, until they register on a new government workplace pensions, reports the Sunday Telegraph. The same ruling will apply to elderly people with carers, and those who pay a regular gardener or any other person who is deemed to act as an "employer" by the taxman. Tycoon Koppu hits northern Philippines The Philippines has been hit by a tycoon.

    Homes were destroyed, power lines ripped out, and thousands of people have fled as Typhoon Koppu swept into northern regions. Disaster officials said the storm was also causing coastal surges 4m (12ft) high. It is expected to bring three days of torrential rain, triggering major flooding and possibly landslides.

    Injuries no defence for Wales World Cup exit Coach Warren Gatland said Wales' raft of injuries were no excuse for their 23-19 World Cup quarter-final defeat by South Africa.

    Wales led 13-12 at the interval but Fourie du Preez's try with five minutes remaining won it for the Springboks.

    Defending champions New Zealand demolished France 62-13 and set up a semi-final against South Africa.

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    BSA .177 Ultra SE Air Rifle (New) £499 Licence: No Licence Origin: English Serial #: USE770778-AB BSA ULTRA - Ambidextrous Beech Stock -New lightweight 'fast strike' hammer system gives increased efficiency - Fully adjustable 2 stage trigger - New integrated pressure gauge - BSA's self-actuating magazine system - 2 YEAR MANUFACTURES WARRANTY Price: 499 (New) @ US$767/ ' 688 This gun was for sale as of 09:07, 09 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

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    BSA .177 R-10 Mk2 Super Carbine Air RifleBSA .177 R-10 Mk2 Super Carbine Pre-charged Pneumatic Air Rifle for sale.

    Buy for 699.

    699 US$1,072/ ' 942 Pre-charged Pneumatic Air Rifle (R/H) Description - No description - Specifications Licence:No Licence Orientation:Right Handed Origin:English Serial Number:R770964-AB Stock Number:151012/001 Email Seller Print Share Email Seller CloseSendCancel Share with a Friend CloseSendCancel Send item details to your email CloseSendCancel Dealer opening hours CloseMonday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 2015 guntrader.

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  • 200 days free of Ménière's symptoms and happy as a result of N&N ... Colin Breeze thought he had reached the end of the line when he was hit with the devastating vertigo-related condition, M ni re s disease last year. But thanks to the research team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, his life has been turned around and today he celebrates 200 days free of symptoms! Mr Breeze (right) with the ENT Research team at the N&N Mr Phillips (Consultant ENT Surgeon, back), Kirsti Withington (Clinical Research Nurse) Mr Breeze, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, was diagnosed with M ni re s disease about a year ago after suffering weekly bouts of such debilitating dizziness he would often be pinned to the floor, unable to move or stop himself from being sick.

    This could often go on for hours, leaving Mr Breeze bedridden for days with severe exhaustion. He says, If you d said to me here s a million pounds, get yourself up those stairs or even onto the settee, I couldn t have done it, it was absolutely impossible. It s the most debilitating thing I ve ever experienced in my life, the feeling was horrendous.

    Having been told that the condition is currently incurable, Mr Breeze, a Customer Services and Quality Assurance Manager with a local commercial refrigeration company, didn t know how he would be able to cope. He says, I thought, how am I going to carry on working? I could lose my job, my livelihood and all as a result of the condition .

    M ni re s disease is a rare disorder that affects the inner ear. It can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure deep inside the ear. People with M ni re s disease usually experience some or all of these symptoms during sudden attacks, which typically last around two to three hours, although it can take a day or two for the symptoms to disappear completely.

    In the UK, it s estimated that around one in 1,000 people have M ni re s disease and it most commonly affects people aged 20-60. The exact cause of M ni re s disease is unknown, but it s thought to be caused by a problem with pressure deep inside the ear. Treatments for M ni re s disease can usually help people with the condition control their symptoms.

    However, current treatments aren t able to cure the condition. A doctor at his local GP surgery suggested he go to see the Ear, Nose and Throat research team at the N&N to see if he would be eligible for a research trial being run there. By this time, Mr Breeze was feeling so low that he didn t hold out much hope of things turning around but went along to see Mr John Phillips, Consultant ENT Surgeon leading the OTO-104 study at the N&N.

    Mr Breeze says, I felt like at 60, as I was then, it was the end. I thought my life would just deteriorate from there on in and it was just the event of getting old, but I went to see Mr Phillips and he looked me in the eye and said, Colin, I m going to make you better and I believed he meant it. I was so relieved.

    After just two treatments, which involve having an injection of the OTO-104 drug in the affected ear, Mr Breeze no longer suffered from any dizziness or related sickness at all and this good health has continued now that the trial has concluded. Mr Breeze says, I can t tell you how pleased I am, it s better than winning the lottery! I m so grateful for what s happened.

    This research trial has changed my life. I have a chart which I fill out each day to show whether I ve had any symptoms and today s my 200 th happy day without any! Mr John Phillips acknowledges the impact of research and the importance of participants like Mr Breeze, saying The success of the OTO-104 treatment trials may profoundly increase our understanding of M ni re s disease but this success hinges on the willingness and courage of participants such as Mr Breeze, who we are extremely grateful to for getting involved .

    Mr Breeze is very humble about his part in helping to find better treatments for the future by taking part in research, saying, I m really grateful for what Mr Phillips and his team have done for me and any good that comes out of this, well, that s great! If it gives a bit of help to somebody down the line, then all well and good . As a result of the success of this UK phase of the trial, the research team will be embarking on a wider, international phase in the new year.

    If you have been diagnosed with M ni re s disease and would like to find out more about taking part in the next phase of the OTO-104 Meniere s Disease trial at the N&N, please call the research team there on 01603 646105 or email kirsti.withington@nnuh.nhs.uk 1 .

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  • 21 July 2015 - The Week Daily Briefing The Week s super-quick catch-up on the main news talking points, available from 8am daily The Budget 1 Osborne tells ministers: sell off public land The Chancellor has today launched his 2015 spending review by asking government departments to identify public land and other assets which can be sold off, to raise a total of 20bn and build 150,000 homes. George Osborne has also asked unprotected departments to come up with savings plans of 25% and 40% of their budget. Labour leader 2 Labour MPs defy whips to oppose welfare bill Harriet Harman s acting leadership of the Labour party is in disarray , says The Guardian, after one quarter of the party s MPs defied the whips to vote against the government s welfare bill.

    Harman had asked them to abstain, after backing her amendments. Jeremy Corbyn was the only leadership candidate to rebel. UK News 3 Children in Rotherham still at risk , says report Children in Rotherham are still at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation and South Yorkshire Police need to make major improvements in child protection procedures, a report by the police watchdog has found.

    However, the report praises tangible signs of progress since a post-inspection review in April this year. Companies 4 Toshiba bosses quits over inflated profit scandal Toshiba chief executive Hisao Tanaka has resigned after it was revealed the company had deliberately overstated its profits, in the biggest corporate scandal to hit Japan for years. Independent financial investigators discovered that the computers-to-nuclear firm had inflated its profits threefold, adding 780m over a six-year-period, with the knowledge of top management.

    African footballers aged 14 trafficked to Asia Footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC says. Top Laos side Champasak United still has six minors from West Africa on its books, after importing 23 to an unregistered football academy in February. Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players overseas until they are over 18.

    World News 5 Adultery website hack is for profit, says insider A hacking insider has told Sky News that hackers who stole data from a website which facilitates adultery are bluffing about releasing private details and will instead sell the data to the highest bidder. Hackers calling themselves Impact Team have accessed data from some of Ashley Madison s 37 million registered users. Prince George 6 New picture released as Prince George turns two A new picture of Prince George, taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino, has been released to mark his second birthday.

    The shot was taken after the christening of his sister Princess Charlotte earlier this month and shows the toddler smiling in the arms of his father, Prince William. The family have celebrated his birthday at their home, Anmer Hall. Arctic ice increased after cold summer of 2013 Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after the cool summer of 2013, with futher growth in 2014 more than compensating for the losses of the three previous years, climate researchers say.

    They think summer temperatures have a greater impact than previously believed but warn that climate change will still cause the ice to shrink. David Frost's eldest son dies while jogging Miles Frost, the 31-year-old-son of Sir David Frost, has collapsed and died while out jogging near his home in Oxfordshire. Friends said Frost had appeared to be in good health and had been in great form over the past few weeks.

    The eldest of three brothers, Frost went to Eton and was a founding partner of private equity group Frost Brooks. Glastonbury 7 Briefing: how to get tickets for Glastonbury 2016 Standard tickets for Glastonbury 2015 sold out in just 25 minutes and with a scheduled year off in 2017, next year's festival could prove even more popular. The headline acts for next year's event have apparently been booked already, and rumour has it that the Foo Fighters might be headlining after a last-minute cancellation this year.

    Here's how to avoid missing out.

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    BSA .177 GRT Lightning SE Air Rifle Licence: No Licence Origin: English Serial #: LGRT7-757271-15 NEW BSA LIGHTNING SE - GAS RAM VERSION - BEECH STOCK - SILENCER INCLUDED - AVAILABLE NOW 325 Price: 325 (New) @ US$495/ ' 445 This gun was for sale as of 09:32, 04 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

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    Crosman .22 2250 Air Rifle (New) Licence: No Licence Serial #: 215802522 comes with riflescope.

    Price: 145 (New) @ US$226/ ' 198 This gun was for sale as of 09:26, 19 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

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    Gamo .22 Whisper X Air Rifle Licence: No Licence Origin: Spanish Serial #: 04-1C-097935-15 NEW GAMO WHISPER - UPTO 52% NOISE REDUCTION - FULL POWER - TWO STAGE TRIGGER - BLACK SYTHETIC STOCK - INCLUDES GAMO SCOPE FITTED - READY TO USE 199 Price: 199 (New) @ US$303/ ' 272 This gun was for sale as of 09:32, 04 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

  • 30 Shocking and Unexpected Google Street View Photos30 Shocking and Unexpected Google Street View Photos Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more Got it 1 2 Published 3 years ago Like Demilked on Facebook: Canadian artist Jon Rafman is an unusual photographer he explores Google Street Views and takes screenshots of the most incredible sights here.

    From a toddler left on street to a tiger roaming near a convenience store with its supposedly neutral gaze, the Street View photography had a spontaneous quality unspoiled by the sensitivities or agendas of a human photographer, says Jon. The original pictures were actually shot by an army of Google s hybrid electric automobiles, each equipped with 9 cameras on a single pole. That s why Jon calls his project The Nine Eyes of Google Street View.

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  • 360 Business Networking comes to Watton The Breckland View Connecting Communities 360 Business Networking have announced that following the successful launch last year in Dereham the group is now coming to Watton, and are inviting local business to the first meeting on 9th September the Broom Hall Country Hotel, we will meet at 7:15 and be finished by 9am.

    Subsequently we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, dovetailing nicely with the 1st and 3rd Fridays when the Dereham branch meet

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    BSA .177 R-10 Mk2 Super Carbine Air Rifle Licence: No Licence Origin: English Serial #: R770925-AB BSA R-10 MK2 Super Carbine .177 Walnut Stock Price: 699 (New) @ US$1,091/ ' 998 This gun was for sale as of 09:14, 31 Jul 15

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    Weihrauch .177 HW100 KT Air Rifle We offer a dedicated service for private UK gun sellers, gun buyers and enthusiasts, which welcomes 400,000+ visitors every month. GunTrader is the UK's leading resource for licensed buyers and private sellers of second hand guns, used shotguns and rifles. Alternatively, if you want to get advice or discuss weaponry topics with your fellow members, our forum is the perfect place to chat with other like minded individuals.

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    Weihrauch .22 HW 35 Air Rifle (S/H) Licence: No Licence, Scope: Unknown 4X32 Origin: German Serial #: 661559 Good clean HW35. Comes with 4x32 scope. Chronographed at FULL 12FT/LBS power.

    Price: 199 (S/H) @ US$311/ ' 284 Click on images to view full size This gun was for sale as of 16:09, 31 Jul 15

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  • 5 Family Tickets East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 25 th & Sunday the 26 th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. Iceni Post has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair to provide you with the chance to win one of five family tickets. The Five entries drawn out of the hat were from: Beccles x 2, Kings Lynn, Stowmarket, & Great Yarmouth Entry closing date was 31st March 2015 But you still have time to Save Money by Booking in Advance!

    Advance Discounted Ticket Prices Adult 13.00 Children 5-16 Years 5.00 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children 5-16yrs) 36.00 Under 5 s Free A 2 booking fee applies per transaction. (Closing date for advance discounted tickets 20/04/15) If you would like to speak to one of our team about tickets, camping or membership please feel free to call us on 01263 735 828 or email info@ukgamefair.co.uk 1 The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two day, family event set in glorious parkland at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich. We welcome world class events and attractions to the Norfolk Showground each year. Whether it s watching the main arena or countryside arena displays, seeing the forestry village with cutting and pole climbing competitions, joining in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Dog pool, shopping at the 300 tradestands or relaxing with a glass of bubbly at the members enclosure.

    We hope you will find something for the whole family to enjoy at the show, including your dog. Visit our show events and attractions pages online to view a selection of the fantastic displays on offer at the Game Fair. www.ukgamefair.co.uk 2 See more details about the fair here 3 advert We can promote your business 4 every week on the Iceni Post!

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  • 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, Dickleburgh – The Winners 2015 ... Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 6, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival. Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK s breast cancer appeal) was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras. Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with an amazing dress tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread themed tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding s plastic bottle tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children s category with their fabulous plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope. Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree. The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.

    The Christmas Tree festival has raised 2,000 for EACH (East Anglia s Children s Hospices) and a donation will also be made to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival s organisers, said: We have had an excellent week. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival.

    Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners. This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016. For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church , including the full list of winners, see www.50christmastrees.com 1 .

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    BSA .177 GRT Lightning SE Air Rifle Licence: No Licence Origin: English Serial #: LGRT7-757271-15 NEW BSA LIGHTNING SE - GAS RAM VERSION - BEECH STOCK - SILENCER INCLUDED - AVAILABLE NOW 325 Price: 325 (New) @ US$499/ ' 446 Click on images to view full size This gun was for sale as of 10:22, 10 Sep 15 www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk 1 Churchills Of Dereham - Churchills of Dereham 24 Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk.

    NR19 1BX 2 ( View Map ) Tel: , Fax: Opening Hours : Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Please mention guntrader.co.uk when contacting this seller References ^ www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk (www.churchillsofdereham.co.uk) ^ Click to open map in new window (maps.google.co.uk)

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    Crosman .22 2250 Air Rifle (New) We offer a dedicated service for private UK gun sellers, gun buyers and enthusiasts, which welcomes 400,000+ visitors every month. GunTrader is the UK's leading resource for licensed buyers and private sellers of second hand guns, used shotguns and rifles. Alternatively, if you want to get advice or discuss weaponry topics with your fellow members, our forum is the perfect place to chat with other like minded individuals.

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  • A Ghost Story For Christmas MIDNIGHT MOVIES Stephen Carver I first cultivated something like a friendship with Billy, the lonely old boy upstairs, because he reminded me of my dad. But the longer I lived in that little ground floor flat the more he reminded me of myself. The low-rise flats were red brick and post-war, and I had grown up in one just like it myself, with the same narrow hallway with bedrooms in an inverted T shape at one end and a heavy door topped with a single panel of frosted glass at the other.

    Looking towards that baleful entrance, a tiny bathroom and kitchen sprouted off the hall on the right, a living room on the left. The flat above would be indistinguishable from this one, only with stairs leading up from the front door at right angles to mine, while I had a slanting space beneath not much use for anything but hanging coats. I was not sure how long Billy had been there, but he felt as permanent as all the other fading fixture and it was difficult to imagine him ever living anywhere else.

    The flat was not a home I would have chosen, but the way things were going I was lucky to get it. I d been going slowly out of my mind in boarding houses ever since I lost my job and my girlfriend got so sick of my moods that she threw me out. It was only the lobbying of a sympathetic GP that got me moved up the council list as an emergency case, the emergency being the likelihood of my imminent self-murder.

    For a single man with no dependents and on the dole to get anything was nothing short of miraculous, although location and condition must have been a factor, even in these troubled times, while its reputation, my new neighbour couldn t wait to tell me, also preceded the place. That bloke downstairs kept bloody dogs, he said, having flung open his door to greet me as soon as he heard the woman from the housing office fumbling with the key. I got the impression she had heard it all before.

    Still with us, Mr. Barrington? she said breezily, nonetheless trying to get the key into the ancient lock with some agitation, like someone in a horror film.

    Big bloody things, the old man continued, leaning on an old wooden walking stick until it creaked, ignoring the woman and blasting me with breath that stank of cheap beer, roll-ups and supermarket crisps. Green plaster walls shone dully behind him, while the stairs twisted away into the shadows beyond a window like an arrow slit in a castle wall. Everything about him was grey, his hair, his complexion, his eyes, and his choice in knitwear.

    They didn t know the old fool was dead until them dogs started howling and someone complained to the RSPCA, he said gleefully, adding, that was after they ate him. Now you know that isn t true, the woman snapped, finally getting the door open, and you ve got to stop spreading that nasty rumour and putting people off. The flavoured atmosphere that started to creep out was even less appealing than the old man, damp and mildewed like the still air of a cellar, overlaid with the sickly, rotten taste of undisturbed decomposition.

    For goodness sake, the woman continued, you d think you didn t want any neighbours. I don t, replied the old man, speaking to her but looking at me. We left him framed in his doorway and I followed the woman inside.

    She flicked a light switch ineffectually several times and sighed. Either the power was off or the bulb had gone, and the rippling glass of the door she d rapidly closed behind us was as useless as a porthole when it came to letting in natural light. With a kind of desperate idealism, she bustled through the door to her right and entered the tiny living room, moving quickly to the old, metal-framed window and opening all three casements.

    That s better, she announced, breathing deeply. I wasn t so sure. Dust as thick as falling snow danced and flurried in the spring sunshine in front of stained wallpaper that might have been fashionable forty years ago.

    Jagged Artex on the ceiling similarly suggested a makeover in the early-seventies, but the place was otherwise un-modernised. There was an ancient gas fire, and a grey, patterned carpet with a disturbingly large stain on it. Is that where the previous tenant, sort of, you know, died?

    I ventured. Oh, I don t expect so, said the woman. People always pass away in hospital, don t they?

    Not around here, I thought, not in the middle of nowhere, which was where we were: a short street that pretty much constituted the council part of the village, stuck on a main road with nothing else for miles but flat bloody fields. All that could be said in its favour was that it was at the end of the row, so there were only neighbours on one side to worry about, and the old man above. She had me over a barrel though, and we both knew it.

    This was not a viewing but a fait accompli. Take it or leave it, she said with her eyes, because we won t be offering the likes of you anywhere else. Whether or not someone had died in here it smelled as though they had, the carpet releasing vapours like a fox rotting in a hedgerow.

    The plaster was sticky with nicotine, there was black mould in the bedrooms, dog s piss up the walls and a shit-ring in the toilet. I m sure the place ll clean up lovely, I said. Thankfully the other lights worked and the water was on.

    As I had no desire to spend another night in a doss house (while without transport and only one bus a week I d have no easy way of getting back here again), the woman said she didn t see why I couldn t just take possession there and then. This was no great hardship. Aside from a few books and records stashed with friends, I was carrying pretty much everything I owned in an old army rucksack along with a bedroll I hadn t dared leave back at the B&B.

    I gambled on finding a shop or a chippie, which fortunately I did, and spent my first night there in a sleeping bag on the floor of the smaller of the two bedrooms. I couldn t face the old bed in the other, though I d taken a dusty blanket to cover the window. I had slept in an almost identical room as a child, tucked in the inside corner and looking down the hall towards the door, never quite able to bear being shut in.

    Having assumed the same position, I was oddly reassured by the telly booming from above and the clack of the old man s stick upon his floor and my ceiling, invariably followed by a coughing fit, a profanity and a flush. Thus installed, I set about getting my life back together. I did not miss the old one so much.

    The house I had left was not my own, and the woman I had shared it with was better off than me and clearly settling for less. The job I had lost was nothing special either, just warehouse work. It was only my horror of unemployment that made me so upset when I got the bullet.

    It was just another dead-end job in a succession of dead-end jobs, minimum wage survival work that you did until it stopped before starting again somewhere else. I d been getting my hands dirty all my life and it wasn t about to change now, and at least so far I d avoided wiping arses on zero hour contracts or slinging burgers, which was what generally passed for employment in my home town. Although the flat had not been cleaned it had been mostly emptied by the council.

    There were a few sticks of furniture left, presumably deemed worthy of salvage, like the bed, a flat-pack wardrobe, and an old fold-down dining table with a couple of chairs. I burned these in the back garden along with all the carpets, polishing up the scratched Marley tiles as best I could until I could find some rugs. I admitted financial defeat with the cooker and fridge and scrubbed them down with lighter fluid and bleach, along with the kitchen cupboards and the bathroom fittings that I would also never be able to afford to replace.

    It was this impromptu bonfire that initiated communication with the man from upstairs. When he appeared at the rusty garden gate I assumed a complaint was in the offing but instead he just rolled a fag and said gruffly, You decided to take it, then? Yeah, I said, not much choice.

    Oh aye? he said, but left it at that. Was it true, I said, what you said about the other guy that lived here, when Mrs.

    Dunn was here? Stuck up cow, he said, again lapsing into silence. I threw another bit of dining chair on the fire and then added to the carcinogens by rolling a fag myself.

    You were just winding her up, then? I said, hopefully. He was always noisy, he replied instead.

    He couldn t do anything quietly: bloody dogs barking all hours, him shouting at them, doors banging, loud music He was clearly getting quite distressed re-living the disturbances. Them other ones over there are alright, he continued, nodding towards the neighbouring flats, foreigners, I think, keep themselves to themselves. They won t miss him neither.

    Neighbour from hell, I agreed. Do you know what he died of? Drink, I reckon.

    I hope it bloody well hurt, whatever it was. The main thing is he s gone now, ay, I suggested supportively. Yeah, he said, with a ghoulish relish, shat out.

    I let it go while there was still some ambiguity. Are you noisy? he said.

    Not me, I said, truthfully. I m all for a bit of peace and quiet. I d shared a lot of houses in my time, and if you ve half a brain you learn to co-exist peacefully.

    I liked to read, have a bit of old music in the background. You don t have to thrash Jacques Brel or Scott Walker to get the benefit. Good, he said.

    He gestured towards the old brick shed next to mine with his stick then, and added, There s a few bits in there you might use if you ve a mind to, I ve no use for them. Cheers, I said, warily, wondering what I was accepting and if he d notice if I had to burn whatever it was as well. Can I have a look now?

    It s open, said he, help yourself. You can take what you want, only leave the tools. I was too poor to look a gift horse in the mouth so I checked it out.

    The shed was dry and packed with old furniture, dusty but better than I had, with a selection of ancient gardening tools piled in front of it that I carefully stacked against the outside wall. There was even a half-decent single bed with a mattress protected by bin bags taped together. That was left over from the old house, he said, by way of explanation.

    I ve no room and I can t sell it, but I can t bear to see good stuff go to waste. If a young fella like you can make use of it, though, I d be happy to get some of the shed back. I had the bed, a couple of leather armchairs and a utility wardrobe, all of which I managed to drag inside by myself, despite his insistence that he could help.

    There were some nice bookcases as well but I didn t want to take the piss. He flatly refused any suggestion of payment, claiming instead that he was lending the stuff to me until I got on my feet. I managed to press a couple of ounces of duty-free tobacco onto him, subsequently topping him up when I could.

    He was independent, and though he no longer drove he still did his own shopping, slogging resolutely to the local one-stop or the garage metro on the main road. His garden was getting away from him now though, and, without any discussion, when I tidied mine up I took to doing his as well. And on that basis we became quite friendly, although only on the doorstep.

    We never saw the inside of each other s flat. Being quite handy I soon re-decorated, and new paint and fresh coffee boiled in pans for hours eventually dispersed the animal stink of neglect and decay. I was so far from anywhere that I was permitted to sign on by post, but every couple of weeks I d take the bus into town to buy my hooky fags off the market and look around the charity shops.

    With the old boy s furniture as my foundation, I patiently built up quite a nice place, a bit at a time, bartering to get the larger items delivered and carting everything else back on the bus. By the end of Autumn, I even had a telly and an old PC. Nothing matched, but with a few pictures up it was feeling more and more like home.

    I pulled an old bike out of a skip and did it up, and managed to get a job in cycling range, working on an organic cider press on a farm run by some middle class hippie. There was always something needing fixing there, so as the season turned he decided to keep me on. I was too far out to have many visitors, and I didn t have many friends left anyway, but I liked my own company and a steady wage meant an Internet connection so I wasn t short of entertainment.

    When Christmas came around I decided to buy Billy upstairs a bit of a present. It was clear he had even fewer people in his life than I did mine, in fact I don t think I d ever noticed a single caller that wasn t trying to sell something. I had no one else to buy for; my parents were long dead now and I was an only child.

    I d lost track of all the cousins, while my remaining mates were either too cool, useless or cynical to even exchange cards. My initial intention was to just get a good single malt, as it was plain he liked a drink as much as a smoke, but the time of year made me sentimental. As I d never been able to adequately repay his kindness when I moved in, I put together a bit of a hamper, mostly stuff from Aldi, except the whiskey, which was a good one, and took it round on Christmas Eve.

    He was positively choked, bless him, the wave of emotion inexpertly disguised as a reaction to cigarette smoke, for I never saw the man without a fag hanging limply from his lips. I went along with it and tried to hand him the box, but instead I was invited in. I d never get that lot upstairs, mate, he said over his shoulder, laboriously dragging himself up by the bannister as if his legs were made of wood.

    You should ve gone for the flat downstairs, I said, once again thinking of my dad, who forsook the family terrace for a sheltered bungalow once his legs went. What, and live in all that shite, said he, adding, don t take that wrong. I won t, I said, chuckling, on account of it being Christmas an all.

    Good man, he said, now come and have a drink. The place was and was not what I had imagined based on the state of the shed. Instead of the expected hoard, there was a tidy kitchen in which I was instructed to leave the box, before being guided into a neat if dusty living room in frozen seventies d cor, minimally furnished and bearing traces of a wife long gone in the form of empty vases and pottery figurines on the mantelpiece.

    There was a framed photo of two beaming pensioners on a wall unit that otherwise displayed dozens of videotapes, one of which was a younger version of my companion, the other a buxom old dear with Rita Hayworth curls going grey at the roots. My Elsie, he said, catching me looking. She already had cancer when that were taken, though we didn t know it then.

    I m sorry, I said uselessly. The telly was still on and he turned it off apologetically, sinking into an old armchair facing it across the room. He was delighted with the whiskey, and I was directed to find some glasses and sort out the drinks, after which I sat awkwardly on a small sofa that matched his chair but was much less worn.

    The gas fire was off and the room was freezing. There weren t any Christmas cards. I had my drink neat while he took a little water with his.

    The alcohol did its work, and gradually we relaxed into the situation. It was also a relief to be in the company of another smoker. He asked me what I was doing on the big day and I realised I didn t have an answer.

    Not working, I said in the end, which was basically it. I mean, Christmas is for families isn t it? There s some good telly, he said, brandishing a heavily annotated Radio Times , that ll do for me.

    I don t know what s on, I replied honestly. There are so many channels now I can t keep up. Oh, I ve got it all worked out, said he.

    There s White Christmas on BBC 2 in the morning, followed by the Alastair Sim Christmas Carol on Channel 5 I love that, though it s the computer-coloured one which is a bit nasty The Hobbit s on ITV in the afternoon before the Queen s speech, then it s the Bond film, and after teatime the latest Pirates of the Caribbean is the big film on BBC 1, then it s Morecambe and Wise. Then there s always a ghost story late on BBC 2, that new Hammer one with Harry Potter in it, and if I can stay awake Steptoe and Son Ride Again is one Channel 4 in the small hours. That ll keep me busy till I pass out, then there s a Bergman retrospective on BBC 2 on Boxing Day.

    Bloody hell, I said, I live next to Barry Norman. Me and the missus liked our films, he said. I don t do much else nowadays.

    I ll keep the telly on for company, and pretty much watch anything cepting the news and them bloody reality shows, but I love getting lost in a film. I don t care if it s old or new. Sometimes I see something what come out in the last few years and I think Elsie would ve loved that .

    He looked at the photograph wistfully. We did all out courting in flea pits, he added, and kept going to the pictures in Norwich right up until she got ill. Then we got this Freeview thing so she could keep watching movies.

    My daughter bought a DVD player an all, but I still like the old videos. I know what you mean, I said, I still have records. Then it hit me.

    I didn t know you had a daughter, I blurted out. I d never seen anyone go near his place accept Meals on Wheels, and there wasn t a photograph in evidence. Tina, he said, she d be about your age I reckon.

    We fell out about something stupid after her mum died, that was fifteen-odd years ago. I can t even remember what it was about now. We never did get on though.

    It were my fault, I was always at work. She didn t much like the pictures, and without her mum there was nothing really keeping us together. She was always a bit of a rebel as well.

    We did nothing but fight until she left home and I don t think she ever forgot that. I could look her up online, I offered, you know, Facebook. Don t bother, son, he replied quietly.

    I tracked her down once before, the old-fashioned way, but she didn t want to know me. I d rather leave things a bit open, you get my meaning? Perhaps she s thinking about me tonight, perhaps not, and the amount of drugs she s been on I don t know for sure as she s still alive.

    Let s just leave it, alright? Understood, I said, now let s have another drink and see what s on the box. He checked his notes and enthusiastically suggested Kelly s Hero s .

    I nipped downstairs to get a bottle of wine so I didn t waste his present and we got quietly pissed until I excused myself at the end of the movie, not keen to overstay my welcome or end up getting too close. Cheers, son! he called after me, as I let myself out.

    He had more stamina than me, because when I crashed out shortly afterwards I could hear one of those epic Italian Westerns thundering away overhead, reminding me as ever of the security of going to sleep as a kid with the sounds of my parents telly out the front. I was vaguely aware of the scheduled viewing over the next couple of days, as I celebrated a long weekend off from labouring by doing very little of anything at all. I had a few treats in, and at Christmas you re allowed to start drinking in the morning so after a lie-in I whiled away the time on the computer or in front of the telly snacking and keeping the world warm and fuzzy.

    I considered the pub, but in much the same way that Bill had told me the night before that he never took up the offers of church and charity to spend the day with other old farts, preferring his own company and a good film, I decided I couldn t be bothered. Our television audio synchronised at various points as we watched the same movies, but he kept going well after I retired. The next day the voices from upstairs were mostly foreign, which was Billy getting into the Bergman marathon.

    I spent the day shooting zombies. Things got back to normal after that, and when I went to work at the freezing crack of dawn on the Monday I could hear that Billy was still on his visual bender, time and sleep cycles having very little meaning when you don t work and live alone. The last time I was unemployed I became as nocturnal as a hedgehog.

    Go to bed! I called up at his window playfully as I got my bike out but he didn t hear me. It was an uneventful but exhausting first day back and I went to bed early with a book.

    These old flats are cold, with no heating aside from the fire in the front room, and you have to keep a candle burning in the bog at night in the winter to stop the toilet freezing. Despite two duvets and sleeping in a hoodie I woke with a shivering start in the dark before the dawn, roused by a noise upstairs rising above the usual ambient murmur of Bill s television. He was probably watching another western.

    I still slept in the small room, just as I had as a kid, and thus had a view through the open doorway down the narrow hall to the front door. As I came round, I realised there was a pale face pressed up against the otherwise black, frosted glass panel set in the top of the door, a recurring childhood nightmare made real. I watched the distorted features in the window, my heart pounding, and it stared back at me.

    After a moment of icy terror, I realised that it was Bill. My bunny-in-the-headlight stance relaxed, and I stumbled out of bed oblivious to the shock of the cold night air. Jesus Christ, I said, blundering down the hall and wondering what was up, you scared the shit out of me.

    I hit the light and unbolted the door. There was no one there. My eyes searched the dark, deserted doorways and our shared bit of drive onto the road.

    A single streetlight shone out through a halo of mist, revealing not a soul. I looked to my right, into the shadows of the passageway to the sheds and back gardens, but aside from calling my neighbour s name hesitantly, I lacked the nerve to go down there without a light. I never much liked those backyards at night, and didn t hugely enjoy sleeping on the ground floor.

    I reasoned that if Bill had locked himself out he would still be on my doorstep, otherwise perhaps there had been another problem, but not one so pressing that when he realised I had gone to bed he decided not to knock at the door. I quickly dressed and tried his doorbell. I heard its hollow ring upstairs, eerily loud in the silence of a country night, but he didn t come down.

    I decided to get a torch and have a quick look around in case he was wandering about somewhere, but when I went back into my flat it dawned on me that I could hear rolling news from the TV upstairs. Didn t he hate the news? It didn t sound like one of those reviews of the year, either, just the usual doom, gloom and celebrity bollocks.

    This wasn t a good sign. I considered phoning the law, but I knew there was only one car covering all the villages between Norwich and Dereham, and if there was some sort of emergency it d be all over by the time they got here, especially on Christmas week. Just for once I was going to have to take charge of a situation.

    I decided to break in. These were old, draughty doors fit plain to the frame, so as long as they weren t bolted or double-locked you really could slide something flat into the jam and open the latch. I used a penknife.

    The stairs were dark but there was light under the door at the top and the TV was still on. I found the light switch and then called upstairs. There was no answer so I went up.

    He might have been asleep in his chair, if not for the vacant look in those dry and fading eyes, and the ghastly blister across his mouth where his final cigarette had carried on burning between his lips, its ash scattered down the front of his shirt. He had gone, seemingly quite quickly and peacefully, while watching the telly. There was an unfinished drop of the creature by the overflowing ashtray on the coffee table, and the Radio Times was open to the night before last, with large circle drawn in biro around the new Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy .

    It was a long film and I hoped he d got to the end of it, although he d probably seen the Alec Guinness version anyway. I left him as he was, wiped off the light switches and door handles with my handkerchief, and then went home and phoned the police, explaining that I was worried about an elderly neighbour. They turned up within the hour and broke in much as I had done.

    I made coffee and they asked me a few questions about Bill while they waited for the doctor to turn up, and that was that. I sat up for the rest of the night smoking while they took him away. In the morning I painted over the inside of the window in my front door. * After the New Year, Bill had a public health funeral that I had to ring all around the bloody county to find out about.

    I took half a day off to attend the ruthlessly short and secular service, at which I was the only mourner. When I returned home there was a strange car in the drive and the door to Bill s flat was open. There was someone moving around inside.

    The car was too tatty for council, and it was too soon for new tenants the flat had yet to be emptied as far as I could tell so I had a pretty shrewd idea of the identity of the visitor, unless, of course, the place was being burgled. Hello? I called up the stairs speculatively.

    Unlike the last time I had done this, I recalled with a shudder, I received an immediate and unequivocal response. Who the f are you? demanded a shrill female voice, its owner clattering down the stairs to confront me.

    She was a woman in her middle years but she dressed younger, her short skirt and sleeveless top unsuited to the time of year and revealing far too much tattooed flesh. She was grasping a plastic carrier bag stuffed with what appeared to be old paperwork. I could see an open and official looking envelope poking out at the handle.

    There was a cardboard box at the foot of the stairs filled with bottles, including the whiskey I d donated, with what looked like an old photo album jammed down the side. I m sorry, I said, rather nervously, but are you Tina? Who f ing wants to know?

    she said, as if addressing a bailiff. I live next door, I stammered, indicating my doorstep. I knew Bill I realised this didn t mean anything and shut up, rather embarrassed.

    She glared at me. Did he leave anything with you? she finally said, with no attempt at even minimal social graces, a letter for me or anything?

    No, I confessed, adding, sorry. F him, then, she said, picking up the box and stomping towards the car, a dented white hatchback with black stripes along the side. She d left the front door open, so I assumed she was coming back, but after stashing the booze in the back she got in the car and started the engine.

    I ran over and hovered by the driver-side window. She gave up and wound it down. What?

    she said, as if tremendously put out. Are you not taking anything else? I asked, adding, I mean, it belongs to you.

    I could help you move the big stuff, if you wanted. Do I look like I can carry any big stuff? she said witheringly, lighting a fag.

    She thought for a minute, smoking. You seem alright, she finally conceded. I returned what I ve been told is a boyish smile.

    I don t want any of his f ing old shit, she continued, idly tossing a small key fob at me which I failed catch. Have what you like, just post the keys back to the council before the end of the month. I was trying to thank her when she reversed straight out onto the main road and shot off as if pursued by armed police.

    I stood there like a man left at the altar, looking at Bill s front door and wondering what to do next. As we were basically talking a lot of old furniture, I assume she didn t view it as worth the bother of trying to flog. I was still skint enough to consider it though, but when I got upstairs I suddenly had no desire to hang around, even in daylight.

    The telly was bigger than mine, though, so I grabbed that, and, feeling safer outside, I finally availed myself to the nice bookcases in the shed. I was pretty sure he wouldn t have minded. The council came and skipped everything in due course.

    I had a quick rummage, but there wasn t really anything worth having. It didn t look like a lot for a whole life: some old clothes, a few books, chipboard furniture and a load of pre-recorded videotapes that even the charity shops didn t want anymore. I imagined my own possessions in a similar situation.

    There wouldn t have been a lot of difference, just vinyl instead of video. I tried not to think about the empty flat upstairs, or the noises I sometimes thought I heard up there, but what bothered me the most at night was the absence of the television blaring from above. I found I couldn t sleep without it, and took to leaving mine on all night instead, taking some comfort from the muted soundtrack emanating from the living room, although it wasn t really the same.

    Eventually, someone else moved into the upstairs flat, and they made more than enough noise, none of it, unfortunately, soothing. There was a woman, not unlike Bill s daughter in age and appearance, only with hair dyed black instead of blond, and a couple of young-ish boys with close-cropped hair who spent most of their free time booting a heavy leather football against my garden fence. All this was mostly to the accompaniment of deafening pop music and the constant barking of some sort of bull terrier that also shat all over the drive.

    The woman tried to awkwardly connect a couple of times when we met on the doorstep, but I didn t want to make friends, let alone anything else. People like her draw you into their world and needlessly complicate your own with debt problems, ex-husbands, savage family feuds and babysitting. I politely kept my distance and heard her refer to me as the poof downstairs more than once when she discussed her life loudly and at length on her mobile.

    The kids quickly sucked all the joy out of the garden, and I took to drowning them out with headphones until they knocked the footie on the head when it got dark. Things usually went quiet at about eleven on a school night, while on Fridays and Saturdays the family caroused into the small hours. There was nothing I could do about this, and little chance I was ever going to earn enough to be in a position to move.

    I could complain to the council, but that would almost certainly achieve nothing other than outraging the neighbours and most likely escalating their activities from pathological insensitivity to downright malice. I drank more and ruminated on my options for escape, plotting imaginary murder while still greeting them with a frozen smile when we bumped into each other outside. They seemed pretty happy to lord it over the country mice, and were clearly dug-in.

    After a few months of this, things degenerated further one night when one or both of the boys decided to have a TV party just after two in the morning, the violence of the volume rattling my windows like a distant nuclear detonation. This was closely followed by the mother shouting, Turn that f ing noise off! from the main bedroom.

    I ain t f ing done nothing! I heard from the room above my own, as I lie there seething and the older boy, judging from the voice, railed against the injustice of false accusation. I ain t telling you again, you little c !

    bellowed the woman, after which the TV shut off suddenly. Lovely, I thought. This pattern continued for several nights in a row, the dialogue above becoming more colourful with every incident while the dog went mental.

    Eventually they took to chaining him in the back garden, a place he clearly preferred to the flat as I don t recall ever seeing him go inside again. After a particularly bad Friday night, the woman paid me a visit, all smiles and forced civility, which I reciprocated. Thankfully, she came to the point quite quickly.

    Have you been having any problems with your wiring? she said, still on the doorstep as I d not invited her inside. Not really, I said.

    It s a bit old, but it s fine. Why, are you? Well, yes, quite frankly, she said, her tone much more moderate than her usual voice.

    I was reminded of the pantomime accent my mother would affect when talking to one of my teachers. The bloody telly keeps coming on in the middle of the night, she explained breathlessly, clearly embarrassed, you might have noticed. Yeah, I do sometimes hear it, I agreed.

    I thought it was the boys, she said, but they were both in with me last night and it still bloody did it. That is strange, I said. The thing is, she continued, I called the council about it this morning, about how old-fashioned the fittings are, you know, the lights and the wall-sockets.

    They didn t much care so I took some pictures on my phone. She pulled a large, flat mobile out of the back pocket of her jeans and started swiping through screens. Have a look at them, she said, handing me the device.

    I angled the thing so the sun wasn t on it and started flicking through a series of close-ups of paint-encrusted sockets and switches, and long shots of equally ancient light-fittings and boxed, external wiring. Some of mine are still made of Bakelite, I said absentmindedly. She looked baffled so I returned my attention to the pictures.

    She d taken one of a cracked sidelight on the far wall that had faint burn marks fanning away from it across the plaster, indicating a previous explosion. It was above an armchair, the top of which was in shot, along with what looked like the silhouette of a man s head and shoulders, the rest of him presumably sitting in the chair. What s that, I said, feeling suddenly cold, some kind of shadow?

    That s what I thought, she said nervously, but I had the flash on and it was natural light, so there shouldn t have been any bloody shadows. Could it be yours? I ain t that bloody big, she said indignantly.

    It was obviously a trick of the light, albeit a slightly disconcerting one, but it occurred to me then that I might, just for once, have the advantage. I peered once more at the image. Shit, I said, I think that s Billy, the old boy that lived up there before you.

    She turned as pale as a prisoner about to receive a lethal injection. What happened to him? she whispered.

    He died, I said, adding, upstairs. She fumbled for a fag while I carried on. No one knew he were dead, I continued, until we heard his dog howling.

    By then, of course, it had eaten most of him F ! she said. That lying bitch said he died in hospital.

    Mrs. Dunn? I said, to which she nodded.

    She always says that, I added. You mean we re not the first? Oh no, I said cheerfully, only most folks don t stay all that long.

    That night the usual show was accompanied by several high pitched screams and a lot of thumping about. I heard the family thunder downstairs, the door slam, and the car start while the boys ran through the passage and collected the dog. They left most of their stuff, and I didn t see them again.

    Each night, nonetheless, the TV came on at just after two in the morning. It bothered me much less than had the new neighbours, and with them well and truly gone I slept with no more care than a baby. This was a pattern that was to repeat several times throughout the summer.

    People would move in, and then back out very quickly, reporting funny shadows and, on one occasion, the apparition of an old man with a livid frown and sunken eyes standing in the doorway of the living room. Household pets would not tolerate the place, and even the goth who particularly requested that she be housed there did not last the first night, running instead screaming from the building to phone her mum to come and get her from the safety of the main road. The last ones I saw in person were a Mediterranean-looking bloke with a dog and a pregnant woman in tow, who stood silently on the doorstep with Mrs.

    Dunn from the council. I came out and did my bit while the husband was upstairs. The mother-to-be took it all in with wide eyes while the dog growled at the staircase.

    But I needn t have bothered. The gypsy-looking guy was out of there soon enough. We no want it, he told Mrs.

    Dunn. Something live up there already. Eventually, the word got out and they stopped coming.

    The flat upstairs was cleared and the power shut off. Despite a notable lack of council house provision in the area, it has remained empty ever since. Once I was sure the place had been abandoned, I used the keys I still had and took Bill s telly back upstairs, along with one of his armchairs, running an extension lead out the window and back into my flat.

    It was the least I could do. It turns on earlier in the evening now, usually around eight, and goes off just after two. I mostly hear old movies, and never the news or one of them bloody reality shows.

    Sometimes there s the clack of a stick upon the floor, followed by a cough, a muffled profanity and a flush. Mrs. Dunn s still with the council, and our paths cross occasionally when I have to go to the housing office.

    The last time I saw her I was enthusiastically relating the story to a little chav in the waiting room whose number was ahead of mine. He was desperate for a place to live, but as soon as Mrs. Dunn called his name from her office door he jumped up and emphatically cried, I don t care where you put me as long as it ain t next door to him.

    Her eyes found me and I offered a cheery wave. Honestly, Mr. James, she said, it s as if you don t want any neighbours.

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    Age UK Norwich Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said: The life stories work we do is an important project helping to prevent older people from becoming invisible. If the time comes when their abilities do become impaired, there is a record of who this person once was, what they have done, where they have been. This intergenerational project lasted three months and is just one example of the work Age UK Norwich carries out in the city to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

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    But if Dr. Riyad Hijab is serious that the HNC has preconditions such as the full implementation of the Geneva Communique, resolution 2254, ending sieges, delivering aid, stopping attacks on civilians, and releasing detainees before holding talks then he would be absconding from the Geneva talks on behalf of the HNC or committing a tactical mistake in his negotiation strategy. Indeed, no matter how justified the demands of the opposition are, politically and militarily, it must not act without taking stock of the facts.

    We are not in 2012, when the Geneva communique was passed before being shelved at the Security Council by both the US and Russia. That communique called for the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers mutually agreed between regime and opposition representatives. In reality, however, the US, Russia, and the UN have for all intents and purposes replaced the communique with the Vienna process under different reference frames.

    Vienna is essentially a Russian-owned process concocted in parallel with the Russian military intervention in Syria s war. This has changed equations at multiple levels, with Russian air strikes going hand in hand with Russian diplomatic strikes. We are in the era of US capitulation to the Islamic Republic of Iran and complacency towards its militias fighting alongside the Assad regime, all while the Obama administration claims it wants to see Assad step down.

    Raghida Dergham At this phase of the Syrian tragedy, what is needed is a logical and honest review of who made promises and reneged on them, who escalated then backtracked, and who remained persistent in their loyalty to Assad for strategic calculations and self-interest such as Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah and who splintered in the opposition and engaged in internal rivalries. We are in a place where we have to choose between further Russian strikes on Syrian rebels in support of Iranian-assisted regime gains on the ground; and heading to Geneva with a seasoned opposition delegation that can compel Russia and the regime in Damascus to implement ceasefire and that can impose itself in any political deal. Many will say this is a call for surrender as the UN backs away from the Geneva Communique in favor of a loose reference framework in the Vienna process.

    Loose because of the radical differences between the 20 powers involved in the process, including Saudi Arabia and Iran, particularly over the fate of Bashar al-Assad: will he remain in power to run in the elections after 18 months of the political process or will he step down under a Russian-US-Iranian agreement before? It might be said that it would be moral bankruptcy for the Syrian opposition to be placed before the choice of either surrendering to US- and UN-sanctioned Russian/Iranian demands, or being blamed for not only foiling the Vienna process, but also intensifying the Russian bombardment and the brutal barbaric campaign of the regime forces and allied militias. The opposition might object against the fact that there is not even a hint of the Geneva Communique in the propositions and no declaration of its death upon the birth of the Vienna process.

    More importantly, the opposition might object against the US and international complacency towards war crimes and ethnic cleansing, demographic engineering plans being apparently part of the negotiations in the Vienna process. All this is true. But the question is, what should otherwise be done?

    If the Syrian opposition comes to believe that more compromises before one fait accompli after the other will squander all reasonable settlements without any return, then it is best to develop a strategy to set priorities and alternative plans in the event the players in Syria reject these priorities. This requires two things: A clarity of the positions of the multiple opposition forces and how much these can be brought together to agree on priorities and demands. And second, clarity in the political and military margin of support of the countries backing the opposition.

    To be sure, the ambiguity and ambivalence in this respect fuels polarization and meddling, which both harm the Syrian opposition and its reputation. The Syrian opposition might decide that the tragedy and humanitarian disaster in Syria force it to consider choices such as consenting to incomplete deals in the Vienna process and going to the Geneva talks, as the UN envoy de Mistura desires, to launch negotiations and reach a ceasefire during the talks. In other words, the Syrian opposition may decide that the best option is not to give Assad or Putin the gift of boycotting the talks and avoid being blamed for foiling the political transition in Syria, and the continuation of Russian-Syrian bombardment without agreeing to a ceasefire.

    If the Syrian opposition HNC decides to head to Geneva, the first thing it has to admit to itself is that this is not Geneva-3. It is Vienna I. The Syrian opposition has the ability and the right to take any demand it deems reasonable to the talks, as long as it is realistic politically and represents a solid reference point.

    Most certainly, the Syrian opposition must adopt a conscious humanitarian strategy to ensure the appalling international neglect of Syrian lives does not continue. However, the first steps must focus on unification and skillful negotiation, then on clarity in the positions of allies instead of polarization and meddling, and third, on developing a clear vision and a realistic roadmap. Political realism requires understanding that the new decisive factor in Syria is the direct Russian role in the battles in support of the regime at any cost.

    Some believe Syria will be Russia s new Afghanistan and that its victories will soon evaporate. This is possible, but the reality on the ground does not indicate the armed opposition or ISIS could turn the tide in the US-sanctioned and Iranian-Russian supported war alongside the regime in Syria under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Political realism indicates that the US is pursuing a neutral policy in Syria during the presidential elections, and this too is a crucial decisive factor.

    What senior officials at the UN concerned with this issue are saying is that Staffan De Mistura and his team are wagering on Russia s need to withdraw from Syria before it becomes entangled in a quagmire. The international envoy and his team thus believe that the window is now open to Russian concessions in the framework of the Vienna process, and for creative discussions if the opposition delegation proves it is politically seasoned. Positive change is possible on the ground in light of the talks and negotiations, otherwise the negative change would be the intensification of the bombing campaign because the Russian-led camp would be more free to do so if the political track in Geneva fails.

    The options available to the Syrian opposition are not easy, especially in light of its divisions and the false promises of some of its backers. No one is innocent of what has happened in Syria, in varying degrees of course, including the opposition itself. The situation in Syria is not one of victor versus defeated.

    No one is winning in Syria whether the regime, ISIS, Nusra Front, Russia, Iran or Iranian-backed militias. Certainly, nor is the Syrian opposition. It is na ve to say that Assad s survival is a victory for having brought Russia and Iran on his side, with international consent at least for 18 months in accordance to the Vienna process timeframe.

    But there can be no victory for someone who turned his country into a magnet for terrorism and militias, and who has given an open invitation to foreign military intervention just to survive in power.

    The Huffington Post Translated from Arabic by Karim Traboulsi Originally published in Al Hayat http://www.alhayat.com/Opinion/Raghida- References ^ Raghida Dereham (www.huffingtonpost.com)

  • Andrew Johnson – St Hugh's Avenue, Cleethorpes | It's About Your ... Police uncover haul of child pornography 7 October 2015 POLICE found stashes of child pornography after searching a man s computer equipment, a court heard. Andrew Johnson, 29, of St Hugh s Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted making and possessing indecent images of children between July 2012 and June last year. Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police received information from the Child Exploitation And Online Protection Centre that an internet user at Johnson s home had accessed illegal images of children.

    A search warrant was executed there and a computer and laptop were seized. He denied knowledge of indecent images of children but admitted that he was the only user of the account and had not shared his security details. A total of 106 illegal images of children were recovered from both devices, said Mr Evans.

    Chat log messages that were retrieved showed that Johnson had a sexual interest in children, added Mr Evans. The girls involved were aged between four and eight. Simon Hirst, mitigating, said Johnson had shown remorse, was hard working and wanted to tackle his problems.

    He admitted being addicted to pornography over a number of years and this had led him to download the material. He had no previous convictions. Johnson was given a three-year supervision order, including a sex offender treatment programme, and was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

    He was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years and must pay 350 costs.

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