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Ed Miliband talks secret sport passions and recurring dreams in quickfire interview

| blog, Ed Miliband, General election 2015, L&B World, UK | April 9, 2015

In the hot seat: Ed Miliband answers questions from Metro’s Joel Taylor and Sharon Lougher (Picture: Gretel Ensignia)
In the hot seat: Ed Miliband answers questions from Metro’s Joel Taylor and Sharon Lougher (Picture: Gretel Ensignia)

Ed Miliband reveals his recurring dream, favourite Bond film – and why he misses Booboo and HeeHee – in an exclusive interview with Metro’s Joel Taylor and Sharon Lougher.

For what he says about the serious election issues – and his answers to readers’ questions – read the full interview on Metro.co.uk or pick up Friday’s Metro print edition.

What character trait do you least like about yourself?
My talent at eating bacon sandwiches…

Who do you do a great impression of?
I think I’m happy to just be myself rather than be anyone else…

Do you have any recurring dreams?
Interestingly, I still dream about exams. I never get to the stage of whether I pass them or fail them. I haven’t inquired too closely as to what that might mean…

How do you cure a hangover?
Ooh, it’s such a long time since I had one… Drink lots of water alongside the alcohol…

British singer Ellie Goulding performs on the Other stage at Glastonbury music festival, England, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans have arrived for the festival to see headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
The Labour leader lists Ellie Goulding as one of his favourite artists (Picture: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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When did you last seven-ball someone at pool?
I’m not sure I have ever cleaned up – maybe it’s happened once. The last time I played I got two reds in from the break and then six balls in a row. I was quite proud of myself. It was against Tom Bradby from ITN.

When did you last swear at the TV or radio?
Well, I don’t listen to the Today programme. I think it’s for the same reason I don’t watch political dramas like The Thick Of It – I try to keep away from politics as much as I can. You know what I mean. I don’t tend to swear at the telly really.

Never even at sport?
Well my secret passion is baseball. The Boston Red Sox – they’re a team that can cause you a lot of heartbreak but they’ve actually been very good for the last ten years or so.

If Labour are the Boston Red Sox what are the Conservatives?
They would probably be the New York Yankees, because they’re the big rivals.

What’s your favourite Bond film?
This is probably going to date me, but probably Goldfinger. Don’t know why. Evil baddies.

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Film: Goldfinger.  (1964) Villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) laughs as British agent James Bond (Sean Connery) lies strapped to a table beneath a laser weapon in a still from the film, "Goldfinger," directed by Guy Hamilton in 1964.
Goldfinger: Still not as tense as election night (Picture: United Artists)

When did you last do any hoovering?
My children [Daniel, five, and Samuel, four] like hoovering actually. It’s really bizarre. But it’s quite good. They think it’s incredibly exciting but I think they will grow out of it very shortly.

Would you want them to go into politics?
No. Well, no, it’s up to them. I wouldn’t push them into it. I think they should do what makes them happy, which is actually what my parents said to me. They quite like leafleting.

What’s the most surprising/embarrassing thing your kids have come out with lately?
The thing with them is, I tell them stories that my dad used to tell me. He started with these two sheep that lived on the Yorkshire Moors (as we grew up in Leeds) called Booboo and Hee Hee and they get up to excellent adventures. One of the bad things about this election campaign is the shortage of Booboo and Hee Hee because daddy’s on the campaign trail.

Have you seen that ‘Gangsta Miliband’ rap video that’s trending on social media that mashes up British artist Skepta with a short clip of you saying ‘that’s not me’ in last week’s Leaders Debate?
No… [turns to adviser: ‘Would I like it?’ Adviser: ‘We won’t show you!’]

It involves grime music…
I wouldn’t know grime music very well if it…

What music do you like?
Ellie Goulding – I went to a benefit concert that she invited me to recently where she was playing. And you know Bastille? I’d recommend them.

How will you celebrate if you win the election? (Or drown your sorrows if you lose?)
This is going to sound really po-faced – and [wife] Justine’s very much of this mindset – but I think it’s just really important to concentrate on the next four weeks on the job in hand.

Surely a glass of wine though – but in which kitchen?!
Oh god! We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…

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‘I’ll at least get high before I go': Woman ‘swallows handful of MDMA’ after being arrested

| blog, L&B World, World | April 9, 2015

(Picture: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
Kimberly Collera apparently tried to make the most of a bad situation (Picture: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

An arrested woman apparently tried to make the most of a bad situation by allegedly reaching for a handful of MDMA and swallowing it after being temporarily let out of handcuffs by police.

Kimberly Noelle Collera, 23, was arrested at her home in Tampa, Florida, on charges of drug trafficking.

But when police briefly let her out of cuffs to sign a waiver, she reached for her MDMA stash and gulped down a handful, reportedly telling officers: ‘If I’m going back to prison, I’ll at least get high before I go.’

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The joint police and FBI sting into the Latin Kings street gang uncovered drugs and guns, but Collera claimed she was the only person breaking the law.

‘I’m the only one doing illegal activity here,’ she told arriving police.

‘Everything is mine.’

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Guy woke up with a hangover and this tattoo on his back

| blog, L&B World, News | April 9, 2015

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Jack Darnbrough’s tattoo (Picture: MEN)

We’ve all done silly things when we’re drunk. Many of which we can’t remember.

But you would have thought the pain of having this tattooed on your back would be enough to stir the slightest of memories.

Josh Darnbrough, however, cannot remember anything about this inking being drawn onto his back.

He only noticed it the next day when he looked in the mirror.

His mate Rob Gaskell drew the tattoo two years after Josh did the same thing to him with a cross, some hands and a gun on his leg.

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He’s now having the tattoo removed (Picture: MEN)

Although Rob’s tattoo wasn’t quite as detailed and ended up just looking like a mess.

Incredibly, the pair of 24-year-olds from Manchester are still both good friends.

Rob said: ‘I didn’t feel guilty when I was doing it because I’d had a few drinks myself but I was quite remorseful afterwards and asked everyone not to tell Josh who had done it.’

Support worker Josh, said: ‘It’s just practical jokes between mates.’

The pair are now getting their tattoos removed with laser treatment – carried out by laser technician Maria Patricia at the clinic she runs based at her Ashton home.

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YouTube could start charging to watch videos offline and without ads this year

| blog, L&B World, Tech, Youtube | April 9, 2015

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Premium users will have access to extra content (Picture: NBC)

YouTube could start charging users for extra features including the ability to watch videos offline and without advertisements this year, according to reports.

YouTube first announced that a paid-for, ad-free service was in testing in February following discussions from video creators on new ways to generate revenue.

And The Verge now reports that as soon as this year users will be able to pay a reported $10 (£6.77) a month to go ‘Premium’, which will allow them to access a host of other features including the ability to watch films hidden behind a paywall and view clips offline and without adverts.

‘While we can’t comment on ongoing discussions, giving fans more choice to enjoy the content they love and creators more opportunity to earn revenue are always amongst our top priorities,’ YouTube said in a statement.

Google, which owns YouTube, has already launched YouTube Music Key, which allows viewers of music videos and tracks hosted on the site to opt out of adverts, listen to audio offline and and listen to audio while using other apps or with the screen off.

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There’s a 1,000-foot water slide touring the US and we’re booking our tickets right now

| blog, L&B World, Weird | April 9, 2015

The slide was tested out in Salt Lake City last year (Picture: Slide the City)
The slide was tested out in Salt Lake City last year (Picture: Slide the City)

We all have childhood memories of creating our own water slide in the garden on those long, hot summer days.

Unfortunately they were usually about two meters long and always seemed to end with someone sliding into a fence.

If you want to relive those childhood dreams properly then head over to the US, because several American cities will be home to a 1,000 foot water slide this summer.

‘Slide the City’ will be placed on a sloped street throughout several major cities and town after being testing out in Salt Lake City last year.

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Peado snared into meeting ‘schoolgirl’ brought 3 condoms and had sent a nude pic to her

| blog, L&B World, UK | April 9, 2015

This is the moment a paedophile was snared after arranging to meet with what he thought would be a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

Married Jafar Adeli was arrested at a bus station in Leicester after being duped on a social networking site by a member of vigilante group Letzgo Hunting.

The 32-year-old was carrying three condoms and had earlier sent the ‘girl’ an indecent photograph of himself.

The footage shows Adeli putting his head in his hands when he realises he’s been tricked in December last year.

He was jailed for 27 months at Leicester Crown Court after admitting groom a girl under the age of 16.

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Jafar Adeli (Picture: Raymonds Press)

It is likely the Afghan asylum seeker will be deported at the end of his sentence.

The hearing was told Adeli thought he had been chatting to a schoolgirl named Amy – when it fact it had been a Letzgo Hunting member called John.

Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said ‘The man, John, acts as a self-appointed paedophile hunter carrying out covert internet investigations, trying to identify and expose those who would prey on children using the internet.

‘He and colleagues used to film such confrontations and put them on the internet, but now they’ve changed their way of handling matters and contact the police when there’s been a meeting arranged.’

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Woman appeals for help tracing owner of gold birthday ring found in Bali

| blog, Instagram, L&B World, World | April 9, 2015

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A woman who found a gold ring while snorkelling in Bali has made an appeal to find its owner on her Instagram account.

Rocky Walsh, whose Instagram handle is rockofrank, posted a picture of the ring after discovering it at the Finns Beach Club in Bali.

The ring bears ‘some sort of family crest’ on the outside, Ms. Walsh writes, as well as a birthday message on the inside.

‘Darling Joe happy 70th birthday 2009 love Jenny,’ it reads.

Ms. Walsh admits that it’s a ‘super long shot’ to find the owner, but adds: ‘[You] sometimes hear of these things finding their way home so worth a shot.

‘Pleas share/repost etc.’

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How to get a baby to sleep in a few seconds

| blog, L&B World, News | April 9, 2015

All it takes is a piece of tissue paper. 

Anyone with children can tell you how difficult to get a baby to go to sleep.

But Nathan Dailo, from Sydney, Australia may have just found the answer.

Within 40 seconds he managed to get his three-month-old son, Seth, to sleep just by gliding a white piece of tissue paper over his face.

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Seth’s eyes are wide open at the start of the video, but then with each gentle stroke they start to close.

Nathan said: ‘I’m sure every parent tries new things to put their little one to sleep.

‘Watch as my wife and I put our 3 month old baby boy, Seth, to sleep in under a minute using nothing but a piece of tissue paper.’

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Mexican soldiers uncover secret route to US hidden behind a wardrobe

| blog, L&B World, Mexico, San Diego, World | April 9, 2015

A policeman (L) checks the access to a suspected drug tunnel under construction, which is located inside a wardrobe, during a media tour by Mexican Army in Tijuana April 7, 2015. Mexican soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the U.S. border, arresting nine people and impounding a truck used to clear debris, the Army said on Tuesday. Wired with lights, the tunnel was being built next to the Tijuana border crossing, south of San Diego, California, and near a Mexican air force installation as well as a regional federal police facility. REUTERS/Stringer
It doesn’t lead to Narnia  (Picture: REUTERS)

A group of inquisitive people discover a wardrobe and a secret pathway leading to a mysterious foreign land…

But this isn’t The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In this case, the group were Mexican soldiers and the secret route led to the USA.

Soldiers and federal agents arrested nine people after discovering a tunnel hidden behind a wardrobe in a house in Tijuana that emerged in California.

Wired with lights, the route was to be used by cartels to smuggle drugs across the border, police said.

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View of a tunnel found by soldiers of the Mexican army in the border city of Tijuana and apparently used to smuggle drugs into the United States on April 7, 2015. During the military operation the army captured nine people inside the tunnel that according to authorities had electric power and was built near a base of the Mexican Air Force.   AFP PHOTO / SAID BETANZOSSAID BETANZOS/AFP/Getty Images View of a tunnel found by soldiers of the Mexican army in the border city of Tijuana and apparently used to smuggle drugs into the United States on April 7, 2015. During the military operation the army captured nine people inside the tunnel that according to authorities had electric power and was built near a base of the Mexican Air Force.   AFP PHOTO / SAID BETANZOSSAID BETANZOS/AFP/Getty Images View of a tunnel found by soldiers of the Mexican army in the border city of Tijuana and apparently used to smuggle drugs into the United States on April 7, 2015. During the military operation the army captured nine people inside the tunnel that according to authorities had electric power and was built near a base of the Mexican Air Force.   AFP PHOTO / SAID BETANZOSSAID BETANZOS/AFP/Getty Images View of a tunnel found by soldiers of the Mexican army in the border city of Tijuana and apparently used to smuggle drugs into the United States on April 7, 2015. During the military operation the army captured nine people inside the tunnel that according to authorities had electric power and was built near a base of the Mexican Air Force.   AFP PHOTO / SAID BETANZOSSAID BETANZOS/AFP/Getty Images epa04695093 Policemen inspect a tunnel found in a house in Tijuana, Mexico, 07 April 2015. Mexican soldiers and federal agents found this underground tunnel close to the border line with the United States. Nine people were arrested.  EPA/Lauro Serna epa04695094 Inside view of a tunnel found in a house in Tijuana, Mexico, 07 April 2015. Mexican soldiers and federal agents found this underground tunnel close to the border line with the United States. Nine people were arrested.  EPA/Lauro Serna A policeman (L) checks the access to a suspected drug tunnel under construction, which is located inside a wardrobe, during a media tour by Mexican Army in Tijuana April 7, 2015. Mexican soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the U.S. border, arresting nine people and impounding a truck used to clear debris, the Army said on Tuesday. Wired with lights, the tunnel was being built next to the Tijuana border crossing, south of San Diego, California, and near a Mexican air force installation as well as a regional federal police facility. REUTERS/Stringer A makeshift cart with containers is seen at a suspected drug tunnel under construction during a media tour by Mexican Army in Tijuana April 7, 2015. Mexican soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the U.S. border, arresting nine people and impounding a truck used to clear debris, the Army said on Tuesday. Wired with lights, the tunnel was being built next to the Tijuana border crossing, south of San Diego, California, and near a Mexican air force installation as well as a regional federal police facility. REUTERS/Stringer Mandatory Credit: Photo by News Agency/REX Shutterstock (4621229b)  Tunnel uncovered allegedly used for drug trafficking  Drug trafficking tunnel to America found in Tijuana, Mexico - 07 Apr 2015  According to the local press, a tunnel with entrance in Tijuana and exit towards United States territory was discovered during an operation, in which nine persons were arrested, for their alleged participation in the construction of the tunnel.

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The top 10 most influential political figures in the UK

| blog, David Cameron, L&B World, Nigel Farage, Russell Brand, UK | April 9, 2015

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Who are most influential people in UK politics? The answers may just surprise you.

While Prime Minister David Cameron coming top is no surprise but the fact Russell Brand came second is a little shocking.

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The comedian has repeatedly called for people to stop voting, potentially not the most positive sign for this year’s general election.

To create the list, social media agency Telegraph Hill took into account both the online and offline presence of over 800 politicians, journalists and activists.

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Ed Miliband may not be too chuffed with the top 10 due to the fact his elder brother, David, still made the cut despite having had no active role in front-line British politics since 2010…ouch.

For Boris Johnson, coming third could be another positive sign for his own hopes to enter Number 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister, we shall see.

The Top 10 most influential political figures

  1. David Cameron – Prime Minister
  2. Russell Brand – Comedian, actor and activist
  3. Boris Johnson – Conservative Mayor of London and 2015 parliamentary candidate
  4. Ed Miliband – Labour Party Leader
  5. Nicola Sturgeon – Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP
  6. Nick Clegg – UK Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Lib Dems
  7. Jon Snow – Long-standing Channel 4 News presenter
  8. Owen Jones – Left-wing columnist and activist
  9. Nigel Farage – UKIP Leader, MEP and 2015 parliamentary candidate
  10. David Miliband – Former Foreign Secretary

Other non-politicians that make the grade include left-wing columnist Owen Jones and veteran Channel 4 news presenter, Jon Snow.

Chris Moon, head of insights & analytics at Telegraph Hill, said: ‘This analysis doesn’t just show the people with the most Twitter followers: it looks at who’s talking about political issues and has the platforms to make themselves heard.

‘Politicians themselves often aren’t as influential as the celebrities and journalists who talk about them and whose views are being shared.’

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