Monday, January 22, 2007

top news in london

These were the main events taking places during our short stay in London:
1. The row in Big Brother involving Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood star, and Jade Goody, a local "celebrity". Ms. Goody was accused of bullying Ms. Shetty with racial slurs. The incident made headlines when more than 20,000 people called the TV station to complain. It reached global proportion when crowds in India angrily protested against the treatment their star was receiving. It didn't help that Gordon Brown was visiting India at the time. The discussion reached the Parliament and it was front page news in every single newspaper. Ms. Goody was later evicted from the house with a record 82% of the votes and is now considered one of the most hated people in the UK.
2. The worst storms to reach the island in more than 10 years, with gusty winds up to 100mph. The Hyde Park was closed for the public (to protect them from the falling trees), many roads and subway stations were closed, and most local flights were cancelled.

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