26 February 2011

Is the game over for Gaddafi?

A man burns a picture of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a demonstration near the Libyan consulate in Paris. Libya’s ambassador to France and another diplomat from Tripoli resigned on Friday in response to the revolt against Gaddafi, a Libyan official said.Image Credit: Reuters

Mourners in Libya carry coffins containing the bodies of protesters killed in Benghazi on Friday.Image Credit: Reuter

Former military officers are welcomed by anti-Gaddafi protesters in Benghazi. Libya’s rebel-held city of Benghazi has filled a political void with a coalition which is cleaning up, providing food, building defences, reassuring foreign oil firms and telling Tripoli it believes in one nation.Image Credit: Reuters

A man runs across the border into Tunisia at Ras Jdir to escape the unrest in Libya.Image Credit: Reuters

Egyptian protesters chant slogans as they hold a poster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during on Friday demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo.Image Credit: Reute
Banner says: "Here is the Crazy"

Libyan children with their faces painted in the colours of their old national flag, take part in a protest in the eastern dissident-held Libyan city of Tobruk on Thursday.Image Credit: AFP

An anti-government protester holds an old Libyan flag near a wall covered with graffiti against Muammar Gaddafi in the eastern city of Tobruk. Residents of Libya’s dissident-held east, frenzied by a deadly crackdown by Gaddafi’s crumbling regime, vowed to march on the capital Tripoli as a string of towns famous as Second World War battlegrounds fell under their control.Image Credit: AFP

A protester with his face painted with the colours of the Kingdom of Libya flag shouts slogans during a protest outside the Libyan Embassy in Attard, outside Valletta. The protest was organised by the Libyan community living in Malta against the Libyan government's crackdown on demonstrators in Libya.Image Credit: Reuters

Clockwise from top left: Libyans stand on an army tank at the state security camp in Benghazi on Tuesday, Libyan students in Mala and security forces who have joined the uprising carry the flag of Libya’s monarchy in Benghazi on Wednesday.Image Credit: AP/EPA

Protesters raise the old Libyan flag during a demonstration against the government of Muammar Gaddafi in the city of Tobruk yesterday. Heavy gunfire broke out in Tripoli as forces loyal to Gaddafi tightened their grip on the Libyan capital.Image Credit: AP

Left: Protesters chant anti-government slogans while holding a placard depicting Gaddafi in Tobruk on Tuesday. Right: Libyan soldiers and protesters stand over an army van shouting slogans against Gaddafi in Tobruk on Wednesday. Image Credit: Reuters/AP

Clockwise from top left: Libyan protesters in Tobruk on Wednesday. Libyan residents in Japan and their supporters chant anti-Gaddafi slogans during a rally in front of the Libyan embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday and People waiting to be evacuated from Libya gather outside Tripoli airport on Tuesday. Many airlines have cancelled flights to the Libyan capital after violent protests against Gaddafi. Image Credit: AP/Reuters

People waiting to be evacuated from Libya gather outside Tripoli airport. Many airlines have cancelled flights to the Libyan capital after violent protests against the four-decade rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Countries began mass evacuations of their citizens on February 23, 2011.Image Credit: Reuters

Libyans living in Malaysia shout slogans and hold placards in protest of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a demonstration outside Libya's embassy in Kuala Lumpur February 23, 2011. The embassy sided with people denouncing Gaddafi after a crackdown that has killed dozens of people taking part in anti-government protests in Libya. Image Credit: Reuters

Libyan residents in Japan and their supporters chant anti Gaddafi slogans during a rally in front of the Libyan embassy in Tokyo on February 23, 2011. Some 100 protestors staged a rally against Gaddafi's crackdown on the Libyan people.Image Credit: AFP

This image broadcast on Libyan state television on Tuesday shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as he addresses the nation in Tripoli, Libya. Image Credit: AP

Protesters hold a giant flag on top of a building during a demonstration in the seaport city of Tobruk. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fought an increasingly bloody battle to hang on to power when protests against his long rule struck the capital Tripoli after days of violence in the east. Image Credit: Reuters

Libyan national at the consulate in Dubai, protesting against the Consul General and the Libyan governmentImage Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News

A TV grab taken from Al Arabiya Television channel shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi speaking on state television after 24 hours of speculation that Libya's leader of 41 years had left for South America. Gaddafi appeared briefly overnight on state television to refute reports that he had fled the capital. Image Credit: EPA

Dozens of protesters gathered in a downtown Chicago plaza on February 21 in support of a mass uprising to put an end to Muammer Gaddafi's four-decade rule. Image Credit: AFP

Buildings at the entrance to a security forces compound are seen burning in Benghazi, Libya. Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday, claiming control of the country's second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli's main square for the first time. Image Credit: AP

Protesters wave a flag Benghazi.Image Credit: Reuters

Men carry a coffin at Al-Jalaa hospital in Benghazi, Libya. Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday, claiming control of the country's second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli's main square for the first time. Image Credit: AP

Protesters in Benghazi trying to tell the world of their predicament.Image Credit: AP

A damaged vehicle sits in the middle of the street during recent days of unrest in Benghazi, Libya.Image Credit: AP

An image grab taken off Libya's state television station shows a televised address by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al Islam, as fears grew that hundreds of people had been killed in crackdown on demonstrators.Image Credit: AFP
Like Father like Son a complete Wako :(

Breast Milk Ice Cream Offered in London Shop!!!

Well talking about extremes this time it's breast milk ice-cream. Well this is certainly a new flavour?!

A London ice cream parlour said it added ice cream made from breast milk to its menu. 35-year-old Victoria Hiley is on of the 15 women donating breast milk to the shop.

"What´s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash? What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother´s milk in an ice cream?" Hiley told reporters. Like all women who want to donate milk she underwent a health check beforehand.

At 14 pounds ($23) a serving, you could certainly say they're milking it for all it's worth. Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor was confident that the "miracle of motherhood" will go down a treat with the paying public.

The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet. Those women were paid £15 for every 10 ounces of their bodily fluid.

The restaurant, located in Covent Garden in London, will be serving the home-brewed dessert under the name "Baby Gaga."

"The response has been amazing. People at first say it's disgusting because it's a bodily fluid, but so is cow's milk," said O'Connor. "People love it when they try it."

The Icecreamists say Baby Gaga will be on the menu as long as the supplies keep flowing

23 February 2011

The artists who crossed the line

In Moscow last November Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev were arrested, handcuffed with plastic bags pulled over their heads and thrown in a police van.

The two men are part of Voina, a radical art collective that has infuriated the Russian authorities with a series of increasingly audacious stunts, and whose jailing has caused concern in Russia about a return to a Soviet-style censorship of the arts.

The group first came to prominence in February 2008, two days before the carefully choreographed elections that brought President Dmitry Medvedev to power. About 12 activists, one of whom was a pregnant woman, entered the Biology Museum and staged an orgy.

Meanwhile, the group's leader and chief ideologist, the bearded Alexei Plutser-Sarno, donned a top hat and unfurled a banner that said: "Fuck for the Teddy Bear Heir!" The slogan played on Mr Medvedev's surname, which is derived from the Russian word for "bear", and poked fun at what the group said were "farcical and pornographic elections" in which Mr Medvedev was to inherit Vladimir Putin's "throne". The group was charged with "disseminating pornography" and so began a life underground, where the core group of activists eschewed mobile phones and moved apartments frequently to evade the authorities.

(story by: Shaun Walker - The Independent - 23 Feb 2011)

The Biological Museum 29 Feb 2008

Inside the museum

Voina, the group

In the Hall of the State museum

Oleg and his wife having sex while he is shouting: "Bears will soon all die!" We must support the Bears! We will give them the energy of our bodies! Bear - a totem animal of ancient Slavs! "We must copulate in support of the teddy bear!"

And they too started to have sexwhile talking about the bear who was an urgent need to save, protect and support.

In the hall of the museum appeared two other young couple: luxurious blonde with a magnificent bust and a mighty warrior of the Slavic form. Shouting some slogans on environmental and animal protection from the onslaught of the machinations of evil forces, they too began to fervent sex.

Two other participants joined in the orgy as another loving couple. In appearance they were quite decent people, but obsessed with the protection of the bear

The banner that says: "Fuck for the Teddy Bear Heir!" The slogan played on Mr Medvedev's surname

17 February 2011

Ousted Mubarak's family living at secret address in London

Capital connection: Mubarak’s son Gamal and his wife Khadiga claim they no longer live at the Knightsbridge house

The full extent of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's links to London were revealed today after an Evening Standard investigation.

It has emerged that the deposed leader's first granddaughter was born in an expensive private hospital in the capital last year despite recent claims that his son Gamal no longer lives here.

The baby's birth certificate states that she and her family were based at an £8.5million house in Knightsbridge as recently as last year.

Gamal, 47, who was groomed as his father's eventual successor, has attempted to play down his connection to London after rumours circulated that he had escaped here from Egypt with his family at the height of the civil unrest. He is believed to have instructed his British housekeeper to tell reporters he had sold the six-floor Georgian mansion years ago and no longer has anything to do with the property.

It is not known whether Gamal is currently at the house but family friends have told the Standard that his wife Khadiga is living at a secret address in the capital with her daughter.

Last Friday there were wild celebrations in Cairo when his 82-year-old father announced his resignation after Egyptians took to the streets to protest against his decades of repressive rule.

The ousted leader is believed to have fled to the coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with his wife but there has been speculation that he could eventually decide to move to London.

The former president is reputed to have amassed a fortune worth billions of pounds, with funds in British and Swiss banks and properties in London, New York and Los Angeles. The Swiss authorities have already frozen assets, possibly belonging to Mr Mubarak or his associates.

It can today be revealed that Gamal Mubarak's daughter Farida was born in London in March last year at the private Portland Hospital near Regent's Park.Gamal is said to have paid more than £10,000 for his wife to give birth in the hospital's most expensive "deluxe suite".

The birth was said to be particularly important for Gamal's father as his 12-year-old grandson, Muhammad Mubarak, son of Gamal's older brother Ala'a, died a year before in a Paris hospital after an illness.

The girl's birth certificate, which has been obtained by the Standard, states that Farida Gamal Hosny Mubarak was born on 23rd March 2010 at 209 Great Portland Street to her father Gamal and mother Khadiga, of Wilton Place in Knightsbridge. Gamal has a British passport and in the Nineties worked in the London office of Bank of America as an investment banker.

He later set up his own private equity fund in London, Medinvest, although his role with this company is now said to have ended.

In an interview in 1999, Gamal said: "I was then transferred to London, also with the Bank of America but on the investment banking side. I spent six and a half years in London. Then I branched out with a few of my colleagues in London."

Gamal, nicknamed Jimmy by his British friends, has regularly been seen in Belgravia's finest restaurants and private clubs and his wife is said to enjoy shopping in Selfridges.

Friends of Khadiga, who know her from her days as an undergraduate at the American University in Cairo, told the Standard that she is "in love with London and feels at home here".

David Cohen and Peter Dominiczak (London Evening Standard) 17 Feb 2011

15 February 2011

Phil Disley on the Egypt protests

© Phil Disley
The Guardian