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New laws that may have escaped your notice in 2014


Which pieces of new legislation did you miss last year? BY SIOBHAN WEARE PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY, 2015 – 12:31

Every year thousands of new laws are introduced. Some of these are well publicised and debated, such as the recent changes to the rules on pornography, but others slip under the radar. Many are quite important though, and affect all kinds of people.

Here are just five of the laws introduced in 2014 that you may have missed. You might find they affect you after all.

dog leash law

Tighter leash

On May 13, changes to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act came into force, in response to a number of high profile cases of dogs attacking children.

It’s now a criminal offence for the person in charge of a dog or its owner to allow it to be dangerously out of control in a public place. Section three has also been amended to make incidents that occur on private property a criminal offence too. That includes both the dog owner’s home and garden and someone else’s home.

Still to come are bigger fines for owners who fail to prevent dog attacks and compulsory micro-chipping from 2016.

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How the mighty are fallen – one of the greatest singers of all time humbled in her Mid 40’s (it wasn’t all that bad but it wasn’t great!


Original Version (1994)

2011 – as a duet with Justin Bieber (you can hear the autotone on his bits!)

A couple of years ago for US Talk show

Xmas 2014 (Recently divorced mother of 3 year old twins)

Mariah Carey is sexy Mrs Claus in low-cut dress as she’s forced to sing LIVE after missing recording

For the brave this is the audio track only – sorry Maria

All I Want for Christmas Is Diminished Chords – Why Mariah Carey’s immortal holiday classic sounds so darn Christmassy.


Burn Your Beatles Records!

Burn Your Beatles Records!—By Mark Murrman| Tue Aug. 12, 2014 5:42 PM EDT

Early August 1966, Christian groups, primarily in the Southern United States took to the streets to burn the sin out of their beloved Beatles records in response to John Lennon’s remark that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.”

Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY, rip and break materials representing the British pop group The Beatles, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a “Ban The Beatles” campaign. AP

Like all good moments of mass hysteria, getting a little context helps put things in perspective.

The quote originally appeared in March 1966, in part of an interview with Lennon published in the London Evening Standard. The interviewer, Maureen Cleave, commented that Lennon was at the time reading about religion. Here is the full, original quote from Lennon:

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.

In late July, five months after its original publication, a U.S. teen mag calledDatebook republished the interview with Lennon. Turning to the tried and true method of generating scandal to gin up sales, Datebook put the “We’re more popular than Jesus” part of the quote on the cover. Woo-boy. Two Birmingham DJs picked up on the quote, vowing to never play the Beatles and on August 8th, started a “Ban the Beatles” campaign. Christian groups across the South rose up to protest the Beatles who, as it happened, were just about embark on what would be their last U.S. tour. Beatles records were burned, crushed, broken. Never a group to miss out on a good bonfire, the Ku Klux Klan got involved.

South Carolina Grand Dragon, Bob Scoggin of the Klu Klux Klan tosses Beatle records into the flames of a burning cross, in Chester, South Carolina, Aug. 11, 1966. The “Beatle Bonfire” was staged to take exception to a statement attributed to John Lennon, when he was quoted as saying that his group was more popular than Jesus. AP

On August 12, 1966 the Beatles set out on tour, meeting protests and stupid questions about the quote all along the way. It would be the last tour the Beatles would ever do in the United States, ending on August 29 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Young churchfolk from Sunnyvale on the San Francisco peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon’s remark that The Beatles are “more popular than Jesus” outside Candlestick Park where the Beatles are holding a concert in San Francisco, Ca., Aug. 29, 1966. The picketers were seen by many of the teenagers but missed by the entertainers, who arrived and departed from a different direction. Some 25,000 fans went through the gates for The Beatles’ final U.S. performance on their tour. AP

Steinway Piano Business to be bought by American Hedge Fund Manager


A Steinway concert grand costs only about a tenth of the price of a fine Stradivarius but John Paulson, a hedge fund manager, is about to pay over a hundred times the price of that violin to own that piano company. Steinway is still is a benchmark for excellence, and one of the reasons for its success since the company’s foundation in 1853 is its constant search for improvement. It has been at the forefront of invention throughout its history, patents more numerous than its 88 keys. The general direction of these refinements has been towards an increase of power, of sustain, of stability, of speed. Lovers of older instruments find that progression a mixed blessing, but there is no doubt that a great machine of extraordinary design has been the result.

John Paulson is another of Wall St’s Hedge Fund manager Billionaires but he has a record of backing winners – well actually losers. He was one of the very few who bet against the Housing bubble in the US in 2006-7 and made billions in the process. He owned Billions is Credit Default Swaps – basically insurance against the loans that made up a bond defaulting – when the market tanked and a large %age of the (mostly pretty dodgy) loans did begin to default. Many of these insurances Paulson collected on were underwritten by AIG the huge American group which had to be propped up with $85 Billion of USD government money in order to survive

Essentially the Taxpayer was the source of the money he will be using to make what has to be a ‘vanity’ purchase..

Steinway: a priceless investment

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