Inside a North Korean prison camp

I thoroughly recommend reading this Guardian article by Blaine Harden all the way through. It’s he story of Shin In Geun, the only person known to have been born in a North Korean prison camp who has escaped.

It certainly makes you appreciate the joys of normal life – particularly, food.

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Another sub-30 minute 5k at Newbury Park Run. Woohoo!

After a bit of a slow start at my first Newbury Park Run (on Greenham Common) two weeks ago, this morning I managed a sub-30 minute run. In fact, if Charlie, my dog and running companion, hadn’t stopped for a poo which he didn’t do, I think I would have done my best ever Park Run. Oh well, there’s always next time.

The Newbury Park Run really is quite superb in many respects. There’s ample car parking. The scenery is awesome. It’s great to have just one circuit to do – it’s much easier for the brain to work out how much longer is left of the track. And there are no significant hills.

Photos: Incident scene at Queens Road in Newbury – flowers left by door

The incident scene in Queens road, Newbury has police crime scene tape around it and forensic officers are working inside. When I walked past at 1.30pm there was the Newbury Weekly News photographer outside and a reporter also. A TV cameraman was also wondering around outside.

Full report on NewburyToday here.

Here are my photos of the incident scene and the flowers outside:

Men arrested in Thatcham on suspicion of murder – following incident in Newbury last night

From GetReading:

Two men have been arrested in Thatcham on suspicion of murder after a 38-year-old man was stabbed last night.

Police were called after a man was found seriously injuries in Queen’s Road, Newbury, at 10pm.

Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers had also been called 35 minutes earlier to nearby Boundary Road where a 33-year-old man had also been stabbed.

He was taken to hospital and described as being in a critical condition.

Two men, aged 22 and 20, were arrested in the Thatcham area on suspicion of murder during the early hours of this morning.

Another man, aged 32, was arrested at an address in the Newbury area and a fourth man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, senior investigating officer, said: “The inquiry is in its early stages and we are currently establishing the circumstances of the incident.

“Both victims appear to have stab type injuries. It does appear that the parties involved are known to each other.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Newbury Stabbing: Four Men Arrested After Man Found Dying On Street

This morning, there is “Police do not cross” tape across the entrance to a property in Boundary Road, Newbury plus a police car parked across it’s entrance. Earlier there was another police car parked in the there also. See picture here on NewburyToday.

At around 9.30pm last night there a lot of blue flashing lights in Boundary Road.

Anthony Stansfield, the local councillor responsible for public safety, said on Radio Berkshire this morning there is no danger to the public in this situation.

HuffPoUK reports:

Four men have been arrested after a man was found dying with stab wounds, police said on Saturday.

Thames Valley Police said the man, 38, was found seriously injured at the property in Queens Road, Newbury, Berkshire, at about 10pm yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, a spokesman said.

Police had initially been called to a 33-year-old man who was found seriously injured in Boundary Road, Newbury, at 9.25pm.

He was taken to hospital, where he is in a serious condition, the spokesman said.

Two men, aged 20 and 22, were arrested in the Thatcham area on suspicion of murder early today police said.

A 32-year-old man was arrested in the Newbury area. A fourth man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman said: “Both victims appear to have stab type injuries. It does appear that the parties involved are known to each other.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

The very strange behaviour of Andrew Neil…

…in the trailer below.

Apart from anything else, he carries around and uses regularly, it appears, a dictaphone. Yes, a tape dictaphone. Not any of the myriad of latest multi-functional gizmos available but one which was last used by the young Barney Rubble.

Imagine the scene. Neil is on his way to a black tie evening do. Suddenly a thought occurs. He gets out his neanderthal dictaphone and speaks into it. What nuanced, intellectual thought does this journalistic Leviathan put onto it? Answer:

Are the wheels coming off the economy?

Does Andrew Neil really need a dictaphone to record 3rd rate Daily Mail headlines in the back of a cab?