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Netherlands refuses to ban ‘highly inappropriate’ gay hook-up adverts

| blog, L&B World, The Netherlands, World | January 1, 2016

Gay hook-up adverts from cruising site Squirt.org claims the site is the ‘biggest cruising site’ and offers new customers ‘one year free’. Bargain. (Picture: Squirt.org)

Netherlands officials have ignored complaints about gay hook-up ads which have been spotted across train stations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague

The adverts from gay cruising app Squirt.org has upset a number of people who felt they were ‘highly inappropriate’ and ‘truly sickening and shocking’.

MORE: Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduce a gay romance without us realising?

But the country’s Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has ruled in favour of the site and will allow the campaign to continue, according to Pink News.

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France to build £1.1million refugee camp with room for up to 3,000 people

| blog, France, L&B World, World | January 1, 2016

A refugee walks among tents in make shift camp in Grande-Synthe. (Picture: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty)
A refugee walks among tents in a make shift camp in Grande-Synthe. (Picture: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty)

A refugee camp with space for up to 3,000 people will be built in Dunkirk, the French government has confirmed.

It will be situated near to a number of ‘shanty towns’ which have popped up near the northern coast of France over the past year.

Among these sites is a makeshift camp in Grande-Synthe, which is currently home to more than 2,500 migrants who, according to blog post La jungle de Grande-Synthe, are living in poor conditions, surrounded by vermin.

MORE: Refugees have set… Read the full story

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Rail fares have increased by up to £2,000 – and it’s all David Cameron’s fault

| blog, David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, L&B World, UK | January 1, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to take part in the final European Union (EU) summit of the year at the EU headquarters in Brussel on December 18, 2015. / AFP / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read
David Cameron is the one to blame for rail fare increases according to a Labour report (Picture: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty)

Apparently people have been shelling out up to £2,000 more for rail fares since David Cameron got into power.

And that’s before the annual rail fares hike on Saturday, which will see ticket costs rise by an average of 1.1 per cent.

MORE: Train fares go up again: Why privatising the railways was the… Read the full story

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Facebook’s Sh*t London community raise £2,000 to help member with her mum’s funeral costs

| blog, L&B World, UK | January 1, 2016

Patricia Moore funeral
Rachel Card (right) and her mum Patricia Moore. (Picture: Rachel Card/Facebook)

Facebook group Shit London is known for showing the unsavoury side of the capital and the odd photo with a penis drawn on it.

But on New Year’s Eve members showed their charitable side after one user sent out a plea for help with her mum’s funeral costs.

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Here’s how New Year’s Eve was celebrated around the world

| blog, L&B World, World | January 1, 2016

New Year celebrations from around the world AP / Getty
New Year celebrations from around the world (Picture: AP/Getty)

Happy New Year, or should that be nav varsh ki subhkamna? Or Frohes neues Jahr?

Most of the world has already seen in 2016 – although there is still American Samoa and US minor Outlying Islands to go.

MORE: Here’s how to say Happy New Year in different languages

So here are a few different ways people celebrated around the globe.

Samoa (UK time: 10am)

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E-cigarettes could lead to cancer, study finds

| blog, L&B World, UK, World | December 31, 2015

DTPTBN smoking e or electronic cigarette. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.
Could e-cigarettes be as bad for your health as smoking? (Picture: Getty)

Most people think e-cigarettes are the ‘healthier’ option when it comes to smoking.

But it seems that may not quite be the case after a team of American scientists have found that using the vapour devices could lead to cancer.

According to a team from the University of California-San Diego pathology department e-cigarettes may cause significant damage to human cells and could lead to cancer.

MORE: An app’s being made to help you quit smoking

Even though e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco the vapour created does contain nicotine flavorings and other chemicals.

‘There have… Read the full story

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A guy has been keying cars in London for no apparent reason

| blog, L&B World, UK | December 31, 2015

A guy has been keying cars in London for no apparent reason at all.

More than 25 cars were scratched across Barking, in London, in a two hour spree this December.

Unfortunately for the etching vandal though, his actions were caught on CCTV.

CCTV appeal following criminal damage to cars in Barking.
A man has been spotted on CCTV keying cars in Barking, London (Picture: Met… Read the full story

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Britain could wake to snow on New Year’s Day

| blog, L&B World, UK | December 31, 2015

There may be just enough snow to make some of these fellas (Picture: Getty)
They’re excited. (Picture: Getty)

Forget about missing out on a White Christmas because it’s going to snow on New Year’s Day, according to the Met Office.

A bitter Arctic wind and -4C temperatures are expected to bring a helping of the cold stuff across most of the UK on the first day of 2016.

MORE: Stop everything and look at this squirrel making friends with a tiny snowman

The sudden dip in temperatures will be an unusual change to the warmer climate most of the nation has been enjoying throughout December.


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Republicans have been making Barack Obama look darker in campaign literature

| blog, L&B World, World | December 31, 2015

Republicans made pictures of Obama darker during campaign material  in the presidential election
Republicans made pictures of Obama darker during campaign material used in the presidential election

A study has shown that negative adverts about Barack Obama showed him with darker skin than he actually has.

The images, published in the run up to the 2008 presidential election, would have apparently appealed to some viewers’ racial biases.

The report backs up a theory that some Republican politicians seek to win votes using certain voters’ racist views, without voicing those prejudices explicitly.

obama lego

This tactic is often referred to as ‘dog-whistle politics’ — just as only canines can… Read the full story

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Grieving woman gets sister’s ashes tattooed into a portrait on her back

| blog, L&B World, UK | December 31, 2015

Devoted Nicola Hollands takes her dead sister everywhere she goes - with her ashes tattooed into a portrait across her back. Pretty Nicola, 27, paid the lasting lifelong tribute to her beloved sister Charlotte who died aged just 22. The tattoo has the eyes and face of Charlotte - who died from an aggressive form of leukaemia in May - with the wings of an angel. Pictured here is Nicola having the tattoo. © WALES NEWS SERVICE
Grieving Nicola Hollands didn’t want to ever be separated from her sister, who died in May, so she got a tattoo of her ashes on her back. (Picture: Wales News Service)

A woman has had her sister’s… Read the full story

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