Monday 18 December 2017

PJ Harvey wins second Mercury

PJ Harvey has become the first artist to win the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize a second time.

The 41-year-old musician triumphed with her release 'Let England Shake', which was inspired by modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She beat acts such as chart-topper Adele and Brit-winning star Tinie Tempah to the €25,000 prize.

Snipes' appeal is rejected by court

THE federal appeals court in Atlanta, USA, yesterday turned down the latest attempt by actor Wesley Snipes to get his conviction and prison sentence on tax charges overturned.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of wilful failure to file income-tax returns.

Change of name a real mouthful

ANIMAL lover Abi Izzard has changed her name to stopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com in a bid to persuade the store to stop selling the controversial food.

"Whenever anyone asks for or reads my name, it sparks a conversation about the cruelty of foie gras and Fortnum and Mason's complicity in the abuse," said the English woman from Malvern, Worcestershire.

Driving offence reaches a peak

A MAN has been charged with a driving offence after allegedly taking a 4x4 vehicle up the highest mountain in England and Wales. The Vauxhall Frontera was discovered close to the peak of the 3,560ft Snowdon mountain on Saturday.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said the man had been charged with driving a vehicle on common land, moorland or land which is not part of a road.

Two charged over Celtic murder plot

TWO men are to stand trial accused of conspiring to murder Celtic manager Neil Lennon and high-profile supporters of the club.

Trevor Muirhead (43), of Kilwinning and Neil McKenzie (42), of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, both in Scotland, are accused of plotting to kill Lennon, former MSP Trish Godman, lawyer Paul McBride QC and others by sending improvised explosive devices to them. They denied all charges at Glasgow High Court yesterday.

Irish Independent

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