It has been revealed that good old Goldman Sachs received one rather large Christmas present in the form of unpaid interest from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs, following a long legal battle over one of the US bank’s tax avoidance schemes.
Dr Rowan Williams, otherwise known as the Archbishop of Canterbury, delivered what some of his aides are calling the “sermon of his career” when he addressed more than 15 000 Anglicans during his controversial visit to Zimbabwe yesterday. He told them that Mugabe’s tyrannical rule was no better than the colonial rule it had replaced.
British politics is theatrical at the best of times. They’re dealing with cat-gate at the moment, so it just became even more theatrical. A judge has actually ruled that an illegal immigrant could avoid deportation partly because the judge feared separating him from his pet cat and partner risked “serious emotional consequences”.
Klingon is a fictional language spoken by an alien warrior race in the Star Trek series – those guys that look like they have six-packs on their foreheads. But, according to Jonathan Brown from the UK, it also has some other uses. Although getting laid is not one of them, he does claim it can help people suffering from dyslexia.
Terms and conditions: we never read them, but we know we know should. Here’s what you should know about Amazon’s Fire and the new Silk browser it comes with: they make it clear that the company is entitled to retain your tablet’s unique ID, plus the URL’s of pages you have visited, for up to 30 days.
Eyewitness News radio bulletins will never be the same again after one newsreader lost it last night and f-bombed all kinds of philosophies to anyone that was listening to the 01h00 news. Anarchist and environmentalist, Mark Esterhuysen, probably won’t be reading the news anymore. NSFW, obviously.
Google and Israel’s national museum, the Israel Museum, have come together to place a number of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls online for the first time. The project is the first of many hoping to showcase some of the manuscripts that make up what many consider the most important archaeological find of the 20th century.
The Draft Dangerous Weapons Bill, published recently in the government gazette, has been taking heavy criticism this morning. With a bit of luck, the badly worded document, which seeks to ban things like toy guns, will have statements like this removed: “…any object that can cause injury or have the ability to take a person temporarily ‘out of action.'”
A European Union trade pact that dictates that the name “port” may only apply to fortified wines from Portugal will mean that the word will disappear entirely from bottle labels in this country by the beginning of January next year. The move has been on the cards since 2000, when the South African government agreed to stop using it.
Look, let’s not beat around the bush here. We are a confident nation, and we do like to win. But, we don’t jinx ourselves here in South Africa. Especially when it comes to something like playing a Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, because, well, that’s just silly. Gautrain marketing department, we’ll remember this if anything happens.
The National Disciplinary Committee has dismissed comrade Julius Malema’s application to have the charges that have been brought against him dropped. In what represents yet another blow to the embattled youth league leader, he’ll probably be staying in and drinking some hot chocolate this evening, contemplating what life holds in store for him next.
A new film that seeks to portray the life of Lady Margaret Thatcher has a fair amount of people hot under the collar. Directed by Mamma Mia! director, Phyllida Lloyd, the film shows Lady Thatcher constantly hallucinating, under the impression that her husband, who died in 2003, is still alive, while she herself appears to be going senile.
On Tuesday, 2oceansVibe reported that there were possibly going to be new charges brought against ANCYL president, Julius Malema. Julius and other members of the league managed to infringe upon the ANC’s constitution, and the new charges that were served earlier, relate to his comments that the ANCYL will work against the government of Botswana to effect a regime change.
Normally hot dog stories are about who shoves the most hot dogs down their gullet. This one is different. It’s hot dog maker versus hot dog maker in a US federal district court, as each claims their product is better than their competitor’s. It’s Kraft Foods versus Sara Lee Corporation. It’s a $1,6 billion sausage product war.
A special report in the Daily Maverick today has indicated that Julius Malema should in all likelihood face some much needed disciplining soon, at least from the ruling party that is. According to the report, the ANC is drawing up charges against Malema and a few of his sidekicks following two meetings of the party’s bosses on Monday.
Trying to get your brand to tap into certain subcultures’ wallets is hard at the best of times. Increasingly, brands are pushing the limits of message delivery, but Levi’s certainly couldn’t have predicted that their new advertisement featuring scenes from protests resembling the London riots would cause such a stir.
Bigoted members of British society must be speedily wringing their hands and tensely furrowing their eyebrows in anger that this has happened. While not quite the same as the Name Your Hood campaign, Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Shariah law enforcement zones have been set up.
Piers Morgan might have been speaking nonsense when he made the modest claim that all he knew of phone hacking was that someone once told him that it was possible. The embattled CNN host, who has spent a fair amount of time defending his knowledge on hacking lately, appears to have forgotten about a 2009 interview.
The younger Murdoch’s credibility was tested last week, after he told a parliamentary committee that he was not aware of evidence that eavesdropping at the News of the World went beyond a jailed rogue reporter. At least three former top executives, including a former editor, have pointed fingers back at James. What happens next is critical to his future.
Earlier this morning, 2oceansVibe reported in morning spice headlines that James Murdoch was accused of misleading British parliament about his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World. Two former key players at the paper issued a statement contradicting one of Murdoch’s key claims. Now Cameron wants answers. Real ones.
BBC News Magazine recently ran a feature on American words and turns of phrase which have entered into language in the UK. This prompted hundreds of responses from people who gave further examples and naturally complained about most of them. Some, in true British style, were truly scathing and really rather entertaining.
Quick on the draw, as usual, Nando’s has had a little dig at the ex real Cell C CEO. Lars Reichelt, who announced his sudden and immediate resignation this week, will return home to Switzerland to spend more time with his family. He’ll be watched though.
Anyone who has had the privilege of being at a Foo Fighters concert, actually, anyone who knows their music, will know the energy that this band has. Especially frontman Dave Grohl. On Monday night they performed at the iTunes Festival in London. Some fans had a fight and Dave was not impressed. At all. NSFW by the way.
Hugh Grant has joined the fray against the News Corp phone hacking calamity and was on hand to deliver his personal perspective of things outside the British House of Commons yesterday. He told the BBC that Margaret Thatcher was an undignified sycophant and that every prime minister since then has basically tickled Murdoch’s belly for him.
A fair portion of the smartphone market in this country belongs to BlackBerry, because unlike the rest of the world, we still pay rather exorbitant data fees to the carrier firms that run the market. And free messaging is like, so cool. Not internationally though, where BlackBerry maker, RIM, is in a serious make-or-break space.
Come on, you all know what we’re referring to in that headline. It’s just a little bribe and you’re done. In there. RICA sorted. It’s actually hardly surprising, but it deflates the high we all experienced with the relatively hassle-free event that was reported in a lot of the mainstream media.
Personally, I took Shakespeare as more of an opium den kind of a guy, but I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be the first to admit that. Anyway, a South African anthropologist from Wits University has set in motion a request to open the graves of William Shakespeare and his family to determine, among other things, what killed them.
Here, at 2oceansvibe, we are quite familiar with some of the unusual pat-downs that the American Transportation Security Association (TSA) has conducted, but this one is surely the most controversial yet. They actually said they had identified something “wet and firm” and that they needed to remove the diaper to complete their checks.
It’s bizarre enough when a person is declared dead for whatever reason, but then somehow miraculously wakes up from this death to surprise everyone. Obviously, it isn’t the kind of thing that happens very often. Now, a Russian woman has had a heart attack at her own funeral upon waking up and seeing the mourners that were attending it.
The pilot probably already knows this, but now we know too. He will have to go and warm his own chicken or beef whenever he flies now. He was having a go at flight attendants, and referred to them as a “continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes,” according to a transcript of the March 25 flight over Texas.