2011年7月24日 星期日

Rude Britannia

News Analysis: Rude Britannia

Could the Murdoch hacking scandal be a symbol of something more — a society that has lost its way?


(brĭ-tăn'yə, -tăn'ē-ə) pronunciation
  1. A female personification of Great Britain or the British Empire.
  2. also britannia Britannia metal.

[Latin, Britain, from Britannī, the Britons.]

Britannia, the Roman name for the British Isles revived by Camden (1586), has become the poetic name for Britain. Personified as a seated female figure, she appeared emblematically (modelled by Frances Stewart) on Charles II's 1667 peace of Breda medal and copper coinage (1672); the ‘union’ shield resting alongside bore the crosses of St George and St Andrew.

Amy Winehouse


〔本報訊〕曾在2007年全英音樂獎被評為「英國最佳女歌手」的英國靈魂歌手艾美懷絲(Amy Winehouse),英國時間23日下午4時被發現陳屍在北倫敦的公寓中,得年27歲。

演藝巔峰染毒癮 事業走下坡
 艾美懷絲在16歲那年被靈魂歌手泰勒詹姆士(Taylor James)發掘,2003年發行第一張專輯「FRANK」,獲得不錯評價,4年後又發行「BACK TO BLACK」專輯,這張作品獲得6項葛萊美獎提名,最後拿下5項葛萊美大獎,平了女歌手在葛萊美一夜之間的獲獎紀錄,其中包含最佳新人,年度最佳唱片,年 度最佳歌曲等,讓他的演藝事業達到高峰。


死亡原因待釐清 生前最後一次演唱遭噓

 據英國警方表示,23日下午接獲倫敦救護車局(London Ambulance Service)的報案電話稱有人死亡,趕到現場後發現死者為一名27歲婦女,死亡原因尚待釐清。



 她的歌迷也紛紛在網路上表示悲慟,許多歌手也向她致哀。英國女歌手莉莉艾倫(Lily Allen)說:「悲傷已不足以形容我的感覺,願她迷失的靈魂能找到平靜。」

2011年7月21日 星期四

Sir John Mills







Sir John Mills
Born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills
22 February 1908
North Elmham, Norfolk, England
Died 23 April 2005 (aged 97)
Denham, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–2005
Spouse Aileen Raymond (1927-1941)
Mary Hayley Bell (1941-2005) 3 children

Sir John Mills CBE (22 February 1908 – 23 April 2005), born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills, was an English actor who made more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades.


Life and career

Mills was born at the Watts Naval School in North Elmham, Norfolk, England, and grew up in Belton, where his father was the headmaster of the village school[1] and in Felixstowe, Suffolk. He was educated at Norwich High School for Boys[2], where it is said that his initials can still be seen carved into the brickwork on the side of the building in Upper St. Giles Street. He made his acting debut on the stage of the Sir John Leman School in Beccles in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream when he played the part of Puck.[citation needed] Upon leaving school he worked as a clerk at a corn merchants in Ipswich.

Mills took an early interest in acting, making his professional debut at the London Hippodrome in The Five O'Clock Girl in 1929. He also starred in the Noël Coward revue Words and Music. He made his film debut in The Midshipmaid (1932), and appeared as Colley in the 1939 film version of Goodbye, Mr Chips, opposite Robert Donat.

In September 1939, at the start of World War II, Mills enlisted in the Royal Engineers.[3] He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. But in 1942 he received a medical discharge because of a stomach ulcer.[3] He starred in Noël Coward's In Which We Serve.

Mills took the lead in Great Expectations in 1946, and subsequently made his career playing traditionally British heroes such as Captain Scott in Scott of the Antarctic (1948). Over the next decade he became particularly associated with war dramas, such as The Colditz Story (1954), Above Us the Waves (1955) and Ice-Cold in Alex (1958). He often acted in the roles of people who are not at all exceptional, but become heroes due to their common sense, generosity and right judgment. Altogether he appeared in over 120 films.

From 1959 through the mid-1960s, Mills starred in several films alongside his daughter Hayley. Their first film together was the 1959 crime drama Tiger Bay, in which John plays a police detective investigating a murder that Hayley's character witnessed. Following Hayley's rise to fame in Pollyanna (1960) and the 1961 family comedy The Parent Trap, John and Hayley again starred together, in the 1965 teen sailing adventure The Truth About Spring, the 1964 drama The Chalk Garden (with Deborah Kerr in the lead role), and the 1966 comedy-drama The Family Way, in which John plays an insecure, overbearing father and Hayley plays his son's newlywed wife.

As Col. Barrow in Tunes of Glory, Mills won the best Actor Award at the 1960 Venice Film Festival. For his role as the village idiot in Ryan's Daughter (1970) — a complete departure from his usual style — Mills won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His most famous television role was probably as the title character in Quatermass for ITV in 1979. Also on the small screen, in 1974 he starred as Captain Tommy "The Elephant" Devon in the six-part television drama series The Zoo Gang, about a group of former underground freedom fighters from World War II, with Brian Keith, Lilli Palmer and Barry Morse.

Mills also starred as Gus: The Theatre Cat in the filmed version of the musical Cats in 1998.

In 2000, Mills released his extensive home movie footage in a documentary film entitled Sir John Mills' Moving Memories, with interviews with Mills, his children Hayley, Juliet and Jonathan and Richard Attenborough. The film was directed and edited by Marcus Dillistone, and features behind the scenes footage and stories from films such as Ice-Cold in Alex and Dunkirk. In addition the film also includes home footage of many of John Mills' friends and fellow cast members including Laurence Olivier, Harry Andrews, Walt Disney, David Niven, Dirk Bogarde, Rex Harrison and Tyrone Power.

Mills' last cinema appearance was playing a tramp in Lights 2 (directed by Marcus Dillistone); shot at Pinewood Studios, he was photographed by cinematographer Jack Cardiff. They had last worked together on Scott of the Antarctic in 1948. Their combined age was 186 years, a cinema record.


He was appointed a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1960. In 1976 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2002, he received a Fellowship of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the highest award given by the Academy, and was named a Disney Legend by The Walt Disney Company.


The Wick on Richmond Hill in Richmond, Greater London, was the family home for many years.

Mills's sister Annette Mills was known as the partner of the puppet "Muffin", in the BBC Television series Muffin the Mule between 1946 and 1955. Her grand-daughter is the actress Susie Blake.

His first wife was the actress Aileen Raymond, who died only five days after he did. They were married in 1927 and divorced in 1941. She later became the mother of Ian Ogilvy.

His second wife was the dramatist Mary Hayley Bell. Their marriage on 16 January 1941 lasted 64 years, until his death in 2005. They were married in a rushed civil ceremony, due to the war, and it was not until 60 years later that they had their union blessed in church.[4] They had two daughters, Juliet, star of television's Nanny and the Professor and Hayley, a Disney child star who starred in Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Whistle Down the Wind and one son, Jonathan Mills. In 1947 Mills appeared with his daughters in the film So Well Remembered. Mills's grandson by his daughter Hayley, Crispian Mills, is a musician, best known for his work with the alternative rock group Kula Shaker.


In the years leading up to his death, he appeared on television only on special occasions, his sight having failed almost completely in 1992. After that, his film roles were brief but notable cameos.

He died aged 97 on 23 April 2005 in Denham, Buckinghamshire,[5] following a chest infection. A few months after Sir John's death, Mary Hayley Bell (Lady Mills) died on 1 December 2005. Sir John and Lady Mills are buried in Denham Churchyard.

Selected filmography

Stage performances

Principal television performances


  1. ^ Jonathan Mills (2000). Sir John Mills' Moving Memories (film).
  2. ^ Mills, John. Chapter one Up in the Clouds, Sir John Mills Gentleman Please Published by Orion. What page?
  3. ^ a b "British actor: Lewis Ernest Watts Mills". Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2009-10-22.
  4. ^ Obituary, The Age, 25 April 2005, p. 9
  5. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

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2011年7月20日 星期三

兩場 CNN 和 BBC 都有轉播 不過BBC 勝一籌

昨天/夜 R.M.
Sitting on the Committee 的夫人鄧之排球式敲打泡沫犯者

兩場 CNN 和 BBC 都有轉播 不過BBC 勝一籌 因多些背景資料...

Phone hacking: Cameron's 'hindsight' regret on Coulson

David Cameron David Cameron recalled Parliament to make a statement on hacking

David Cameron says he would not have employed ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson if he knew what would emerge about phone hacking there.

The prime minister said that "with hindsight" it appeared the wrong decision and he would offer a "profound apology" if Mr Coulson was found to have lied to him over his involvement.

"You live and learn and believe me I have learnt," the PM said.

But Ed Miliband said there had been a "deliberate attempt to hide the facts".

The Labour leader said repeated warnings about Mr Coulson's suitability for the job as Mr Cameron's press spokesman had been ignored.

In an emergency statement to MPs, Mr Cameron also said inquiry into the phone hacking scandal will be widened to examine the conduct of individuals in the police, media and politics.

The prime minister told MPs he had accepted "significant amendments" to the terms of reference of probe to be conducted by Lord Leveson. As well as newspapers, the inquiry will also examine the role played by broadcasters and social media.

Mr Cameron cut short a trip to Africa to take part in an emergency debate on confidence in the media and the police, shaken by alleged malpractice at the News of the World and the resignations of two senior Met Police officers.

Labour says he still has questions to answer about his decision to employ former NoW editor Andy Coulson and that No 10 ignored warnings on this.

Downing Street released emails on Tuesday showing that Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn had prevented senior police officers briefing the Tory leader on the phone-hacking investigation.

Mr Coulson's former deputy at the News of the World, Neil Wallis, also gave "informal" advice to the Conservative Party ahead of the election, the party has confirmed.Hacking inquiry to widen says PM

Both Mr Wallis and Mr Coulson have since been arrested and questioned by detectives on the new phone-hacking inquiry launched earlier this year.

In other developments in the phone hacking saga:

  • Speaker John Bercow launches an independent investigation into the incident at Rupert Murdoch's committee hearing on Tuesday, saying it was "wholly unacceptable"
  • The Met Police is accused of a "catalogue of failures" over the News of the World phone-hacking inquiry in a damning report by MPs
  • Downing Street and Buckingham Palace strongly deny claims by Labour MP Chris Bryant that royal officials raised concerns about Mr Coulson's appointment
  • The protester accused of throwing a paper plate of shaving foam at Rupert Murdoch as he gave evidence to the Commons media select committee has been charged with a public order offence. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, will appear before City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday
  • Shares in News Corporation rose by 6% at the close of trading in New York after Rupert and James Murdoch's appearance in front of the committee
  • The law firm hired by News International in 2007 to review allegations of phone hacking says it is being prevented from responding to "inaccurate" comments made by James Murdoch. Mr Murdoch said a letter written by the law firm made executives at News International believe that hacking was a "matter of the past". Harbottle and Lewis says it is not being allowed to breach client confidentiality
  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the Australian arm of News Corp will have to answer "hard questions"

The Commons is sitting for an extra day after the prime minister delayed MPs' summer recess so he could address the issue.

Mr Cameron will make a statement to Parliament at 11.30am about the terms of reference for the judicial inquiry into phone hacking, police corruption and the future of press regulation, after which he will answer MPs' questions.

'Coulson mistake'

This will be followed by a general debate on public confidence in the media and police which could last up to six hours.

Labour, which pressed strongly for the debate, say Mr Cameron must answer questions about the role of Ed Llewellyn, who they claim was twice given important information relating to phone hacking and "refused to pass it on" to the prime minister.

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He (David Cameron) knows he took a risk in employing Andy Coulson and that has not paid off”

Chris Bryant Labour MP

"He (David Cameron) knows he took a risk in employing Andy Coulson and that has not paid off - it was a mistake to have done so," said Labour MP Chris Bryant.

"But on top of that we have got this impression of lots of people trying to tell the prime minister not to go ahead with this but nobody in Downing Street ever letting the prime minister hear bad news."

Mr Cameron has said he "sought and received assurances" from Mr Coulson over phone hacking before appointing him as his press chief in 2007 - a position he resigned from in January.

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson said cabinet secretary Gus O'Donnell had made it clear that it would have been totally inappropriate for the prime minister to get any private briefing from the police about an ongoing inquiry.

But he said the real test for Mr Cameron on Wednesday was whether he could convince MPs and the public that he had done all that needed to be done to address public concerns.

Ahead of the debate, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said News Corporation still had questions to answer about why Rupert Murdoch and other executives did not know about the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World.

Murdoch e-mail

The culture secretary told the BBC he was "shocked" that "people at the top" did not know about the apparent wrongdoing.

2011年7月12日 星期二

bubble and squeak

A small portion of bubble and squeak (left), as part of a full English breakfast.

A British dish of equal parts mashed potatoes and chopped cooked cabbage mixed together and fried until well browned. Originally, the dish included chopped boiled beef. The name is said to come from the sounds the potato-cabbage mixture makes as it cooks (some say it's from the sounds one's stomach makes after eating bubble and squeak).

2011年7月8日 星期五

隨著《世界新聞報》死去的英國 The end of the World

Former Aide to Cameron Is Arrested in Tabloid Scandal

Andy Coulson, a former editor of The News of the World and a former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, was arrested on Friday.

The end of the World as we know it

Jul 7th 2011, 17:18 by The Economist online

AS POLITICIANS lacerated it and advertisers withdrew their business this week, the future of the News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling Sunday paper, looked bleak. Then, in a dramatic announcement, James Murdoch, the chairman of News International, his father Rupert’s British newspaper outfit, announced that, in fact, the paper would have no future it all: its issue of July 10th, he said, would be its last.

It was a bold bid to regain the initiative after a week of appalling revelations about wrongdoing at the News of the World. It began with the revelation that one of the many victims of voicemail-hacking by the paper was Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl who was murdered in Surrey in March 2002. On July 4th the Guardian reported allegations that Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator working with News of the World journalists, had hacked into Dowler’s voicemail in the days after her disappearance, removing some messages to free up space when her account became full. The effect was to make her family think she might still be alive.

Other dreadful allegations followed. The relatives of people killed in the terrorist attacks in London of July 2005, and of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, might also have been targeted. News International acknowledged that it had passed e-mails to the police that appeared to document illegal payments to police officers by News of the World journalists. Even worse was alleged by some MPs in a heated parliamentary debate on July 6th.

Mr Mulcaire was jailed in 2007 for hacking voicemail messages of members of the royal household, along with Clive Goodman, the News of the World’s royal correspondent. At the time, and for a long time afterwards, executives at News International insisted that Mr Goodman was a lone, rogue operator. In the past few months that defence has collapsed, amid a deluge of civil cases brought by the lengthening list of hacking victims, pay-offs and the arrest of more journalists. James Murdoch acknowledged that the defence was untrue, and that he himself had approved out-of-court settlements with some hacking victims without having “a complete picture”. This was “a matter of serious regret”, he said.

Quite what this means for News International and the British newspaper market is unclear. Rumours swirled that the Sun, the News of the World’s weekday sister paper, might begin to be published on Sunday too (and that a rejig of the firm’s tabloid operations was in the pipeline anyway). News International has not disclosed its plans for an alternative publication if any.

But Mr Murdoch has evidently decided that the reputational damage to News Corporation outweighs the revenue the News of the World generated. The tabloid is a relatively profitable part of the Murdochs’ British newspaper business, but piffling in comparison with the serious earners—such as BSkyB, a hugely profitable satellite broadcaster in which News Corporation already has a 39% stake, and wants to buy the rest of. Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, looked set finally to approve the deal after a consultation on its impact on media plurality ends on July 8th, but politicians and others are urging him to reconsider or at least find a pretext for delay (the announcement now looks unlikely to come soon). Meanwhile Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, is obliged to consider whether the holders of broadcasting licences are “fit and proper”. It is “closely monitoring the situation”.

Out to dry
News International may have bought itself a little awed breathing space, but others are in the line of fire too—including the police, and not only because of the revelations about bungs from journalists. That was only the latest aspersion cast on various police forces by this affair. The Metropolitan Police itself stands accused of failing for several years to notify potential victims of hacking and failing to pursue leads: the evidence for many recent allegations comes from notes seized from Mr Mulcaire in 2006. The Met launched a fresh probe in January. On July 7th its commanding officer said it that 4,000 names were mentioned in the paperwork.

Two former editors are also in deep trouble. Andy Coulson resigned from the paper in 2007 after Mr Goodman and Mr Mulcaire were convicted, though he insisted that he knew nothing of their nefarious methods. He resigned again, this time from his job as Mr Cameron’s communications chief, in January this year, as the hacking scandal escalated. Mr Cameron’s judgment in hiring Mr Coulson after his tabloid escapades now looks ropier than ever. Mr Coulson is said to be implicated in the e-mails that point to illegal payments by journalists to police officers.

His predecessor as editor was Rebekah Brooks; she is now News International’s chief executive. She has rebuffed calls for her resignation, declaring herself “shocked” at the latest charges and promising to “vigorously pursue the truth”. For the moment, at least, Mrs Brooks appears to be protected by what insiders describe as an intense, almost familial bond with Rupert Murdoch; he this week called the recent allegations “deplorable”, but stood by her.

In the gutter
And it isn’t only the Murdoch press that is set to feel the backlash. Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party, wants a public inquiry into the culture and regulation of the press; Mr Cameron agrees that there ought to be one or more inquiries, after criminal proceedings are over. One result may be a change to the current model of newspaper self-regulation; the Press Complaints Commission, the toothless body responsible for it, has handled the hacking affair woefully.

Most MPs were in the past much more diplomatic about the press, especially the Murdoch stable, which, so exaggerated legend had it, could decide the fate of governments. But the calculus for politicians has suddenly shifted—along with the ecology of British journalism, public perceptions of the police, and much besides.

Read on: A full judicial inquiry is needed immediately to clean up British journalism

新聞報導 | 2011.07.08





雖然卡梅倫談起這件竊聽醜聞時的態度堅決強硬。但是他也不得不面對此事帶來的尷尬。因為《世界新聞報》的前任總編庫爾森(Andy Coulson)曾在英國政府內掌管對外交流。而且他所領導的記者以及其他私人偵探曾經也竊聽過皇室工作人員的電話。庫爾森堅稱不知道記者竊聽的事情,但當新的指責浮出水面的時候,庫爾森提出了辭職的申請。英國《衛報》最近發布報導稱。本週五,警方可能因為懷疑庫爾森在2003年到2007年任《世界新聞報》編輯期間與竊聽醜聞有關而將其拘捕。


路透社評論認為,本週四宣布關閉《世界新聞報》的消息是默多克充滿爭議的職業生涯中,最富戲劇性的事件之一。該評論認為,這位80歲老人作出決定的動機是避免旗下傳媒帝國中其他營利豐厚的業務受到負面影響。直接負責管理英國這份報紙的是默多克的兒子,詹姆斯·默多克(James Murdoch)。他指出,父親1969年收購的這家報社被"不正確的做法所玷污。"在面對美國新聞機構的採訪時,他對在英國當地管理該報的國際新聞集團主編麗貝卡·布魯克斯( Rebekah Brooks)做出的這一決定表示讚賞:"我對麗貝卡非常滿意,她在公司的領導能力以及她在倫理道德上所奉行的標準都非常令人滿意。我想她的這種決定和我們與警察在透明的環境中主動配合調查的做法再次表明我們願意主動推進整個事件的調查過程……我對這些做法非常有信心,這顯示了我們正在做正確的事情。 "



儘管如此。本週末,這份印刷量為每週270萬份的英國第二大報紙將徹底退出人們的視線。新聞集團總裁默多克稱,將在最後一份報紙中完全撤掉廣告,並會將所有的銷售收入捐給慈善機構。 《世界新聞報》穩定的合作夥伴《時代周刊》稱,"昨天,英國的一角死去了。而這家報紙講述了許多偉大的故事並揭露了許多人們犯下的錯誤。"




 法新社倫敦17日電,隨著週日出刊的「世界新聞報」(News of the World)停刊,英國媒體無不想盡辦法搶下該報讀者。但分析師警告,短期報紙銷量雖可能衝高,但長期來看,市場很可能垮臺。


 倫敦恩德斯分析公司(Enders Analysis)分析師麥凱比(Douglas McCabe)告訴法新社,週日報紙未來幾週銷售量會暴衝。


 每天銷量約200萬份的「每日郵報」(Daily Mail)據傳將推出全新週日小報,搶攻大眾市場。

 據報導,發行量一般不到200萬份的「週日郵報」(Mail on Sunday),這個週末印刷超過300萬份。而「每日星報」(Daily Star)的週日小報加印兩倍,總印刷量衝到220萬份。


 倫敦城市大學(City University of London)政治新聞教授嘉伯(Ivor Gaber)表示:「我認為週日報紙市場會縮減。任何1家報社關閉,都會流失一些讀者。


2011年7月7日 星期四

周刊 NoW 關門 / News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

James Murdoch: "These allegations are shocking and hugely regrettable"

This Sunday's edition of the News of the World will be its last, News International chairman James Murdoch has said, after days of increasingly damaging allegations against the paper.

The 168-year-old tabloid is accused of hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians.

On Thursday, the Met Police said it was seeking to contact 4,000 possible targets named in seized documents.

Its editor Colin Myler said it was "the saddest day of my professional career".

He added that "nothing should diminish everything this great newspaper has achieved".

The News of the World, which sells about 2.8million copies a week, is famed for its celebrity scoops and sex scandals, earning it the nickname, the News of the Screws.

Downing Street has said it had no role or involvement in the decision to close.

Mr Murdoch said no advertisements would run in this weekend's paper - instead any advertising space would be donated to charities and good causes, and proceeds from sales would also go to good causes.

News International has refused to comment on rumours that the Sun could now become a seven-day-a-week operation.

"What happens to the Sun is a matter for the future," a spokeswoman for News International said. The Sun, another News International tabloid, is currently published from Monday to Saturday.

The spokeswoman also refused to say whether the 200 or so employees at the paper would be made redundant, saying: "They will be invited to apply for other jobs in the company."

At the scene

The atmosphere outside News International's Wapping headquarters is one of shock and bewilderment.

Staff had no idea what was coming - they were told the previous day that the paper would be rebuilding its reputation. Rebekah Brooks was inside the building when the staff were informed that the paper was closing.

She was apparently in tears, as were many of the journalists. There was said to be a huge amount of anger that Rebekah Brooks has kept her job whilst theirs had been lost.

Most staff left this evening shaking their heads. One, their political editor, David Wooding spoke to reporters outside. He said he was baffled at the decision, describing the paper as a clean outfit and saying most staff were not working there when the hacking is alleged to have happened.

This evening, some of the Sun's journalists - the sister paper to the NoW - told the BBC they were walking out for a short period in solidarity with their colleagues.

The News of the World's political editor, David Wooding, who joined 18 months ago, said it was a fantastic paper.

"They cleared out all the bad people. They bought in a great new editor, Colin Myler, and his deputy, Victoria Newton, who had not been sullied by any of the things that had gone on in the past.

"And there's nobody there, there's hardly anybody there who was there in the old regime."

The Guardian says that Andy Coulson, formerly David Cameron's director of communications, will be arrested on Friday morning over suspicions that he knew about, or had direct involvement in, the hacking of mobile phones during his time as editor of the News of the World.

The Guardian also says that a former senior journalist at the paper will also be arrested in the next few days.

There have been repeated calls for Rebekah Brooks - the former editor, now News International's chief executive - to resign. But in an interview Mr Murdoch stood by her again, saying he was satisfied with her conduct.

'Serious regret'

In a statement made to staff, Mr Murdoch said the good things the News of the World did "have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong - indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company".

"The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself."

He went on: "In 2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or legitimate purpose.

"Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.

Actor Hugh Grant: "I think this is a cynical management manoeuvre"

"As a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter.

"We now have voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences. This was not the only fault.

"The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.

"The company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret."

He said: "So, just as I acknowledge we have made mistakes, I hope you and everyone inside and outside the company will acknowledge that we are doing our utmost to fix them, atone for them, and make sure they never happen again.

"Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World."


Monday's revelation that a private investigator had hacked into the phone messages of Milly Dowler brought an entirely new dimension to the phone-hacking saga.

The targets were no longer celebrities and politicians but ordinary people already going through dreadful experiences.

This morning, as more advertisers pulled out, it became clear many people did not want to be associated with the News of the World.

But no one foresaw that James Murdoch would close it altogether.

The Murdoch family have once again shown their power to surprise and to take dramatic decisions. But on reflection, the decision may not have been as difficult as it first appears.

There is already a substitute Sunday paper waiting in the wings.

Earlier this month, News International announced a management restructure, making it easier for its papers to move to seven-day working. How long will it be before the Sun is published on Sundays?

He reiterated that the company was fully co-operating with the two ongoing police investigations.

He added: "While we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we receive this weekend to go to organisations that improve life in Britain and are devoted to treating others with dignity."

The BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson, said that Rupert Murdoch has sacrificed the News of the World - or, at least, its title - instead of the chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks.

"Team Murdoch must have realised that it would be referred to again and again over the next few months in connection with the alleged phone-hacking of a murdered girl, grieving parents and war widows," he said.

"The question now is whether this will make the government's dilemma about the takeover of BSkyB easier or harder."

Mark Pritchard, secretary of the influential Conservative backbench 1922 committee and vice-chairman of the parliamentary media group, has told the BBC he wants the government to delay a decision on the BskyB takeover.

"The government should take the political and moral lead - and announce a delay to the BSkyB decision until all outstanding legal impediments have been removed," he said.

Labour MP Tom Watson told Sky News it was "a victory for decent people up and down the land, and I say good riddance to the News of the World".

But Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said: "All they're going to do is rebrand it."

And former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, who alleged his phone was hacked, thought the decision was simply a gimmick.

In April, the News of the World admitted intercepting the voicemail messages of prominent people to find stories.

It came after years of rumours that the practice was widespread and amid intense pressure from those who believed they had been victims.

Royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed for hacking in January 2007 after it was found they targeted Prince William's aides.

Detectives recovered files from Mulcaire's home which referred to a long list of public figures and celebrities.

The scandal widened this week when it emerged that a phone belonging to the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler had also been hacked into, and some messages deleted.

Leading brands, including Sainsbury's, Ford and O2, pulled their newspaper advertising and shares in BSkyB fell on fears that the scandal could hinder parent company News Corp's bid for the broadcaster.

On Wednesday, the government promised an inquiry in the hacking allegations, but the nature of it is undecided.

竊聽案滾雪球 成震撼全英醜聞 【2011/7/7 01:15】

〔中央社〕英國小報「世界新聞報」(News of the World)竊聽手機風波,今天爆發成震撼全國的大醜聞,一些遭殺害兒童與2005年倫敦爆炸案罹難者的家屬,據稱都遭鎖定為竊聽的對象。

這些說法引發眾怒後,國會今天召開緊急會議,討論世界新聞報的行徑。這家報紙是傳媒大亨梅鐸(Rupert Murdoch)新聞國際公司(News International)旗下最暢銷的週日報刊。

英國首相卡麥隆(David Cameron)今天要求對這件手機竊聽醜聞展開正式調查,包括世界新聞報的作為,以及警方最初的調查為何未發現如今爆出的這些事情。



最新披露的內情讓世界新聞報的兩名前任編輯承受更大壓力。這兩人分別是到今年稍早還為卡麥隆工作的柯爾遜(Andy Coulson),以及新聞國際現任執行長麗貝卡.布魯克斯(Rebekah Brooks)。

這些內幕在此時曝光,也可能重創梅鐸的新聞集團(News Corp),因為英國政府本週將決定,是否批准新聞集團受爭議的併購行動,接手衛星電視廣播機構「英國天空廣播公司」(BSkyB)

世界新聞報的王室消息版編輯與私人調查員穆爾凱爾(Glenn Mulcaire)2007年因為竊聽手機入獄以來,竊聽疑雲就一直籠罩這家報紙,英國警方1月也針對新的指控再次展開調查。


其中一位親屬佛克斯(Graham Foulks)說,當年自殺炸彈客攻擊倫敦大眾運輸系統後,他等著當局證實兒子大衛(David)是52名罹難者之一,在那週期間他覺得自己的手機可能遭到竊聽。

威爾斯(Holly Wells)與柴普曼(Jessica Chapman)這兩名10歲孩童的父母,也可能是遭竊聽的對象。他們兩人2002年在英格蘭東部的索漢姆(Soham)失蹤,幾週後發現遭人謀殺。

世界新聞報昨天遭人踢爆,在少女杜勒(Milly Dowler)2002年失蹤之後幾天,侵入她的語音信箱。杜勒的遺體在6個月後尋獲。

2011年7月4日 星期一

“炸魚和薯條”(fish and chips)吉尼斯世界紀錄


英格蘭北約克郡的一家鄉村酒館(a country pub)的員工慶祝他們打破一項“炸魚和薯條”(fish and chips)吉尼斯世界紀錄。

北約克郡西維頓(West Witton)一家鄉村酒館的廚師將一條裹滿啤酒麵糊的超大比目魚(44磅)下鍋油炸,又手切了52磅的薯條。從而打破了此前由美國波士頓“黑玫瑰飯館”(The Black Rose Restaurant)保持的78磅重的“炸魚和薯條”世界紀錄。


要打破世界最大炸魚和薯條的紀錄,魚必須整條處理,整條油炸,然後再分成份兒,提供給顧客。吉尼斯世界紀錄(Guinness World Records)特別派人監督和認可了這項新世界紀錄的產生。

這家小酒館的老闆大衛·莫斯(David Moss)說,“我們這裡一直以高質量的炸魚和薯條而聞名,現在這項世界紀錄回到英格蘭,回到約克郡真是順理成章。

炸魚和炸薯條算得上是英國的國食(national food)了,在英國無論走到哪裡都能看到一間炸魚薯條店,英國酒吧和餐館的菜單裡也自然少不了它。



英格兰北约克郡的一家乡村酒馆(a country pub)的员工庆祝他们打破一项“炸鱼和薯条”(fish and chips)吉尼斯世界纪录。

北约克郡西维顿(West Witton)一家乡村酒馆的厨师将一条裹满啤酒面糊的超大比目鱼(44磅)下锅油炸,又手切了52磅的薯条。从而打破了此前由美国波士顿“黑玫瑰饭馆” (The Black Rose Restaurant)保持的78磅重的“炸鱼和薯条”世界纪录。


要打破世界最大炸鱼和薯条的纪录,鱼必须整条处理,整条油炸,然后再分成份儿,提供给顾客。吉尼斯世界纪录(Guinness World Records)特别派人监督和认可了这项新世界纪录的产生。

这家小酒馆的老板大卫·莫斯(David Moss)说,“我们这里一直以高质量的炸鱼和薯条而闻名,现在这项世界纪录回到英格兰,回到约克郡真是顺理成章。”

炸鱼和炸薯条算得上是英国的国食(national food)了,在英国无论走到哪里都能看到一间炸鱼薯条店,英国酒吧和餐馆的菜单里也自然少不了它。