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Manchester Bombing: Newcastle Arena Introduces ‘Martyn’s Law’

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One of Tyneside’s biggest venues has welcomed proposed new legislation designed to prevent terror attacks in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The lives of 22 innocent people, including four from the North East, were claimed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his explosives at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, in May 2017.

Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the tragedy, has spent the past five years campaigning for tougher laws to ensure large venues are kept safe from terrorists. This week plans for ‘Martyn’s Law’ moved one step closer when the Government published the findings on its consultation into the proposed legislation, otherwise known as ‘Protect Duty’.

Manchester Victim: Martyn Hett

Under the new proposals, venues would have a legal duty to provide specific security plans for a terror attack, and resources would be made available to help with this.

Private and public owners of venues and sites currently have no obligation to act on free advice given to them from specialist counter-terrorism advisers about threats of a terrorist attack and how to mitigate the risk.

Newcastle’s Utilita Arena has been one of the venues involved in discussions about the Protect Duty plans. Yesterday bosses welcomed the new laws and said it would introduce any new measures necessary to help keep audiences safe.

A spokeswoman for the arena said: “We will carefully consider the new legislation as soon as it is available and look at any additional steps we can take to ensure that the safety of everyone remains central to our security and event planning.”

Ministers first announced plans to introduce the Protect Duty legislation back in February 2020. But, the pandemic and closure of venues has delayed the period of public consultation.

The Government published its response to the consultation yesterday and said “2,755 responses were received from a variety of organisations, sectors and campaigners, with the majority supporting the government’s proposals to introduce stronger measures.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “My number one priority is keeping the people of the UK safe. Following the tragic attack at the Manchester Arena, we have worked closely with Figen Murray, victims’ groups and partners to develop proposals to improve protective security around the country.”

Would this new law make you feel more at ease attending major events? Let us know over on socials!

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Yorkie’s ‘not for girls’ advert from 2002 has gone viral and people can’t believe it aired

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With over two decades passing, some people are only just discovering the Yorkie ‘not for girls’ advert from 2002, and they can’t believe it.

That’s right, over 20 years have passed and younger generations are only just coming across the advert for Nestle’s thick milk chocolate bar, with mixed opinions on it.

Many can’t believe it made it onto TV, while others think the advert was ‘proper genius’ and ‘just a joke’. Either way, all would agree it probably wouldn’t go down so well today.

The Yorkie slogan in 2002 went as follows: “Five big chunks of masculine chocolate. Yorkie… it’s not for girls.”

The advert shows a woman disguising herself as a man to try to purchase a Yorkie bar from the shop.

But she is challenged by the male shopkeeper to answer a series of ‘manly’ questions to prove her ‘masculinity’ as the bar is branded as ‘not for girls’.
The advert has cropped up again on social media, and many have been sharing their opinions on the ad.

One person recalled: “As a girl I simply accepted the fact I would be arrested for attempting to buy a Yorkie.”

While another chimed in: “Yep, and I remember the massive kick off. I haven’t bought a Yorkie since.”

Others said they thought it was a great marketing tactic from Nestle seeing as it caused many women to head out to buy a bar in defiance, and many men choosing the chocolate while enjoying and benefitting from the ride – a successful marketing campaign, for sure.

Do you remember the advert well? See the video below either for the first time or to brush up on your early 2000’s tv knowledge!

The full video here –

 

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Sir Michael Parkinson has died.

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Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, the BBC has announced.

The former journalist was one of British television’s most famous faces through his talk show Parkinson, which initially ran on the BBC from 1971 to 1982.

He relaunched the show on the BBC in 1998 before it moved to ITV in 2004, until he retired the programme in 2007.

Over more than 800 episodes, Sir Michael interviewed some of the world’s most high-profile figures – including Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John and George Michael – and helped make comedian Sir Billy Connolly a household name.

But despite his long and industrious career, Sir Michael’s 2003 interview with Meg Ryan went down in history as one of his most memorable shows.

The chat show king was faced with a stony-faced Ryan, who delivered one-word answers as she promoted her poorly received erotic thriller The Cut.

More than 20 years later, he offered an apology to the actress and admitted neither of them were on “top form”.

In 2013, Sir Michael revealed he was being treated for prostate cancer – but said he had no intention of stopping working.

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North East football top appears in the new Gal Gadot Netflix film Heart of Stone!

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Netflix have released a brand new film starring Gal Gadot, titled “Heart of Stone”. The American spy action thriller is centred around Rachel Stone, an intelligence operative who stands between her powerful global peacekeeping organization and the loss of its most valuable and dangerous asset.

A certain clip from the film has been going around Twitter recently though due to the costume of one of its characters.

During an intense chase scene where Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is fleeing from the pursuing gunmen hunting her down, one of the characters can be seen to be wearing none other than Middlesbrough’s home shirt from the 09/10 season!

One Twitter user wrote, “@Borohow the hell did this happen? Sat watching the new @GalGadot film and a bloody Boro fan is trying to kill her!!!”

You can see the clip here! – https://twitter.com/borochubster/status/1690486750362165248?s=46

 

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Manchester Bombing: Newcastle Arena Introduces ‘Martyn’s Law’

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One of Tyneside’s biggest venues has welcomed proposed new legislation designed to prevent terror attacks in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The lives of 22 innocent people, including four from the North East, were claimed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his explosives at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, in May 2017.

Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the tragedy, has spent the past five years campaigning for tougher laws to ensure large venues are kept safe from terrorists. This week plans for ‘Martyn’s Law’ moved one step closer when the Government published the findings on its consultation into the proposed legislation, otherwise known as ‘Protect Duty’.

Manchester Victim: Martyn Hett

Under the new proposals, venues would have a legal duty to provide specific security plans for a terror attack, and resources would be made available to help with this.

Private and public owners of venues and sites currently have no obligation to act on free advice given to them from specialist counter-terrorism advisers about threats of a terrorist attack and how to mitigate the risk.

Newcastle’s Utilita Arena has been one of the venues involved in discussions about the Protect Duty plans. Yesterday bosses welcomed the new laws and said it would introduce any new measures necessary to help keep audiences safe.

A spokeswoman for the arena said: “We will carefully consider the new legislation as soon as it is available and look at any additional steps we can take to ensure that the safety of everyone remains central to our security and event planning.”

Ministers first announced plans to introduce the Protect Duty legislation back in February 2020. But, the pandemic and closure of venues has delayed the period of public consultation.

The Government published its response to the consultation yesterday and said “2,755 responses were received from a variety of organisations, sectors and campaigners, with the majority supporting the government’s proposals to introduce stronger measures.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “My number one priority is keeping the people of the UK safe. Following the tragic attack at the Manchester Arena, we have worked closely with Figen Murray, victims’ groups and partners to develop proposals to improve protective security around the country.”

Would this new law make you feel more at ease attending major events? Let us know over on socials!

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Yorkie’s ‘not for girls’ advert from 2002 has gone viral and people can’t believe it aired

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With over two decades passing, some people are only just discovering the Yorkie ‘not for girls’ advert from 2002, and they can’t believe it.

That’s right, over 20 years have passed and younger generations are only just coming across the advert for Nestle’s thick milk chocolate bar, with mixed opinions on it.

Many can’t believe it made it onto TV, while others think the advert was ‘proper genius’ and ‘just a joke’. Either way, all would agree it probably wouldn’t go down so well today.

The Yorkie slogan in 2002 went as follows: “Five big chunks of masculine chocolate. Yorkie… it’s not for girls.”

The advert shows a woman disguising herself as a man to try to purchase a Yorkie bar from the shop.

But she is challenged by the male shopkeeper to answer a series of ‘manly’ questions to prove her ‘masculinity’ as the bar is branded as ‘not for girls’.
The advert has cropped up again on social media, and many have been sharing their opinions on the ad.

One person recalled: “As a girl I simply accepted the fact I would be arrested for attempting to buy a Yorkie.”

While another chimed in: “Yep, and I remember the massive kick off. I haven’t bought a Yorkie since.”

Others said they thought it was a great marketing tactic from Nestle seeing as it caused many women to head out to buy a bar in defiance, and many men choosing the chocolate while enjoying and benefitting from the ride – a successful marketing campaign, for sure.

Do you remember the advert well? See the video below either for the first time or to brush up on your early 2000’s tv knowledge!

The full video here –

 

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Sir Michael Parkinson has died.

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Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, the BBC has announced.

The former journalist was one of British television’s most famous faces through his talk show Parkinson, which initially ran on the BBC from 1971 to 1982.

He relaunched the show on the BBC in 1998 before it moved to ITV in 2004, until he retired the programme in 2007.

Over more than 800 episodes, Sir Michael interviewed some of the world’s most high-profile figures – including Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John and George Michael – and helped make comedian Sir Billy Connolly a household name.

But despite his long and industrious career, Sir Michael’s 2003 interview with Meg Ryan went down in history as one of his most memorable shows.

The chat show king was faced with a stony-faced Ryan, who delivered one-word answers as she promoted her poorly received erotic thriller The Cut.

More than 20 years later, he offered an apology to the actress and admitted neither of them were on “top form”.

In 2013, Sir Michael revealed he was being treated for prostate cancer – but said he had no intention of stopping working.

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North East football top appears in the new Gal Gadot Netflix film Heart of Stone!

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Netflix have released a brand new film starring Gal Gadot, titled “Heart of Stone”. The American spy action thriller is centred around Rachel Stone, an intelligence operative who stands between her powerful global peacekeeping organization and the loss of its most valuable and dangerous asset.

A certain clip from the film has been going around Twitter recently though due to the costume of one of its characters.

During an intense chase scene where Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is fleeing from the pursuing gunmen hunting her down, one of the characters can be seen to be wearing none other than Middlesbrough’s home shirt from the 09/10 season!

One Twitter user wrote, “@Borohow the hell did this happen? Sat watching the new @GalGadot film and a bloody Boro fan is trying to kill her!!!”

You can see the clip here! – https://twitter.com/borochubster/status/1690486750362165248?s=46

 

You can now download our FREE new app to stay fully up to date with all North East related news –  https://linktr.ee/northeastupdates

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