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Thursday 2 October 2014

Ukip MEP under fire

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

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A UKIP MEP advised prospective party candidates to emulate Hitler's speaking style, it emerged yesterday, describing the Nazi dictator as a "magnetic and forceful" performer who "achieved a great deal".

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Bill Etheridge, the party's representative in the West Midlands, made the remarks at a seminar on public speaking during the Youth Wing's Young Independence Conference in Birmingham.

But Ukip claimed he was merely highlighting "great speakers of the past" including Churchill, Tony Blair and Martin Luther King, whose style and not content should be studied.

Mr Etheridge was recorded by the Mail on Sunday telling the class: "Look back to the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history. When Hitler gave speeches - and many of the famous ones were at rallies - at the start he walks back and forth and looked at people. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word."

New wound dressing

A wound dressing similar to cling film has been developed that wraps itself around awkward-shaped parts of the body to block out infections.

Scientists believe the ultra-thin biodegradable "nanosheet" could be especially useful in the treatment of burns, where preventing infection is vital.

While existing wound dressings work well on relatively flat and broad skin surfaces, they can come unstuck when applied to curved, wrinkled and ridged areas.

Tale of a £1m guitar

A guitar bought for Alvin Stardust for just over £1 (€1.25), when he was a 12-year-old boy, is now worth more than £1 million (€1.25m). The budding pop star took his Spanish guitar - nicknamed Peggy Sue - everywhere and had it signed by such famous names as Buddy Holly and The Crickets, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde and Chuck Berry - among many others.

The 71-year-old star talks through its history in the BBC Radio 2 programme Peggy Sue - The £1 Guitar That Is Worth A Million, on tonight at 10pm.

How to make love last

The secret to a perfect relationship consists of a three-and-a-half-year age gap, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, according to a new study.

Sharing two hobbies, saying 'I love you' at least once a day and regarding your partner as your best friend are also signs of a lasting liaison.

Irish Independent

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