Not quite a once-in-a-generation decision this one, but maybe a welcome distraction to the substantial proportion of the population, who are tired of the party battle. Maybe the sheer ordinariness of Jacqueline Jossa contrasted so starkly with our political leaders that the people turned to her for salvation – the People’s Queen of the Jungle.You see, the British general election, if you’ve not noticed, is full of people doing ridiculous stunts and trying to manipulate others, like in I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV), but of course politics is designed for show-offs who are too ugly or untalented for showbiz. I’m a Celeb is probably also free of Russian interference, although there is a nasty rumour that Vladimir Putin gave orders for the Federal Security Service to remove Kate Garraway from the jungle. She knows too much, you see.
Friends of the Duke of York have cast doubt on claims he was spotted dancing with a 17-year-old ‘sex slave’ in a nightclub, pointing out he attended a party at the same venue three days later.
Chinese scientists have successfully bred monkey-pig hybrids as part of research into the growth of human organs for transplantation in animals.Although the two chimera piglets died within a week of being born, both were found to have DNA from macaque monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin.
Actor Steve Coogan was out campaigning for Labour on Sunday in Hastings in the UK (December 8th) and hit out at the "extremists" who had taken over the Conservative Party. Coogan told an audience of around 120 that those who "find that kind of politics repellent" should come together and vote Labour. Hastings and Rye looks set to be closely fought battle between Labour and the Conservatives. Tory candidate Sally-Ann Hart was met with jeers and boos recently as she defended sharing an article that suggested paying disabled people less.
Monday's impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee will be where Democrats' "world of facts" collides with Republicans' "world of conspiracy theories", a staffer working on the impeachment inquiry has said."Some commentators have said that Republicans and Democrats seem to be existing in two different worlds -- Democrats in the world of facts and Republicans in the world of conspiracy theories, many of which were pushed initially by Russia -- this is the hearing where those worlds will collide and we expect to knock down those false narratives," said the staffer during a background call with reporters.
However, if Scotland remains in the EU a majority of voters north of the border would not support leaving the UK.
London Bridge victim Jack Merritt was stabbed in the toilet of Fishmongers Hall, it has been claimed.Cambridge University graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, 23, died after being attacked by Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers' Hall on Friday, November 29.
The US military has accused Russian air defences of shooting down a drone that was lost close to the capital of Libya last month.The drone was reportedly conducting a reconnaissance mission within the region amid ongoing clashes between Libyan factions fighting to seize control of Tripoli.
Fernando Alonso has hit back at suggestions that he is a ‘self-centred’ driver – pointing out that the kind of troubles Ferrari faced between teammates this year never happened when he was there.
Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has inched forward, seeing its advantage over Labour widen as the parties brace for election week, the latest polls have shown.The Tories have made a two-point gain from 39 to 41 per cent between December 4 and December 6, according to polling data from BMG research.
Hundreds of Syrian Kurds have returned home over recent weeks despite fears for their safety, amid complaints that thousands have been ‘imprisoned’ in refugee camps in Iraq with little access to food, healthcare and work.
A Uighur woman living in the Netherlands has gone public about helping to leak secret Chinese government documents regarding human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang province because of fears for her safety.
It sold for $120,000 (£91,300) just last week - but the artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall has now been scoffed. Performance artist David Datuna posted videos online showing himself peeling the fruit from the wall and consuming it in front of scores of onlookers at the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition on Saturday. Entitled Hungry Artist, he described eating the banana as an "art performance" and said the Comedian installation , by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was "very delicious".
Mr Farage revealed he has already registered the name ahead of the possible change.
Christmas starter: Meera Sodha's vegan recipe for kimchi and tofu dumplings. Not conventional, but definitely fun to make and to eat, these gyoza-style dumplings make a terrific festive curtain-raiser
Mark Gatiss: ‘We live in an age of popinjays – Rees-Mogg, Johnson – and we fall for it’. The Sherlock writer and actor on his new adaption of Dracula and why apple crumble is the answer to our doom-laden times
Tactical voting helped rescue Britain in 1997. We can do it againA hung parliament represents our best chance of halting Britain’s steep decline
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) saved their loudest cheers at their conference this week for the 30-year old leader of the party's youth wing, as he called for more radical labour and social policies and for the SPD to believe in itself. Kevin Kuehnert, known for his relaxed manner and for wearing jeans and hoodies, is described by German media as the power behind the throne of the SPD's new leaders, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, who the party conference appointed on Friday.
Georgian-born artist David Datuna shocked onlookers at Art Basel Miami when he took down an art installation — a banana taped to a wall — and ate it on December 7.The banana was one of three in a piece titled “Comedian” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, each of which sold for between $120,000 and $150,000. Cattelan became widely known for his gold-plated toilet titled “America.”However, the art was not destroyed by being eaten. Lucien Terras, the director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald that "the banana is the idea.” The value of the art is in its certificate of authenticity, reports said, meaning the owners can replace the banana. The banana Datuna ate was already showing brown spots of decay.Datuna posted video, filmed by Leonard Weiss, of himself eating the banana to his Instagram account with the caption, “‘Hungry Artist’ Art performance by me. I love Maurizio Cattelan artwork and I really love this installation. It’s very delicious.” Credit: Leonard Weiss via Storyful
At least 43 people have died in India's capital New Delhi after a fire swept through a factory where workers were sleeping, police have said. Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and more than 50 people have been moved to safety, a Delhi Fire Service official said. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as "extremely horrific".