'After Covid isolated people and nations Olympic spirit shows we can still come together'

‘After Covid isolated people and nations Olympic spirit shows we can still come together’

At a time when Covid has isolated people and countries, the Olympic spirit means bringing people to…
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Book of the week: Re-educated by Lucy Kellaway

Six years ago, Lucy Kellaway’s life seemed “a model of affluent, enviable stability”, said Ly…
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Joe Show This Week: How Egypt defeated Ethiopia with Sameh Shoukry’s ‘Body Language’

Al-Araby TV, the home of the Joe Show, is part of the same family that includes al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper and The New Arab. Stay tuned each week for a translated round-up of the funniest jibes on Joe Show and English-language subtitled clips from the show’s most biting digs. As Ethiopia completed the second filling of its mega-dam on the Nile, the Egyptian regime’s mismanagement of the existential water crisis continues to be laid bare, where this impasse was best exhibited by state-controlled media in Cairo. Joe Show, the most popular pan-Arab political satire show, has a simple but effective formula. Utterly ludicrous propaganda delivered on state TV by serious-acting regime loyalists, reminiscent of the Lewis Prothero types from Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, is turned upside down. Joe Show’s satireical device wants to alert viewers, who may be hypnotised by the serious tone, to just how stupid regime claims actually are. The humour is very effective in Arabic, where most Arabs are endlessly patronized by their regimes. With Egypt having next to nil leverage to force compromise in negotiations with Ethiopia over its share of the Nile, it has resorted to lying to its citizens. Joe Show over the past few weeks have highlighted the contradictions in the government’s claims, which said going to the Security Council is useless and the most effective weapon Cairo has to resolve the crisis. Joe Show emphasizes that the Sisi regime has had more than 8 years to mount an effective response, but its distraction with its domestic crackdown, following the 2013 military coup against the only democratically elected president of Egypt, has left it with last-minute panic as the only option. Last week’s episode (subtitled clip below) illustrated the vacuousness of the regime’s negotiating position.”Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke in English at the Security Council! This means something. What does this mean?! Well it’s because 99 percent of diplomats in the world speak English!” blurted regime TV anchors. “Sameh Shoukry’s Body Language was a masterstroke…he fake fiddled with his tie! He showed them” said another with a straight face and much alacrity. “God is Great! Egypt has won! Thanks to Shoukry’s tie-fiddling” cried out Youssef in fake celebration. While Tunisia has become the top Covid-19 hotspot in the Arab world, its government has shown an incredibly poor response to the outbreak, most recently sacking the health minister. Tunisia’s failures may seem farcical, but they are actually quite ironic. Despite being hailed as the only democracy in the Arab world, the countless flaws in its governance have stripped its democratic credentials to the point of leaving it only empowering populists and kooks. From discredited vaccine conspiracy theories spread by politicians to municipal officials claiming there is nothing to be done about Covid-19 except “open funeral homes”, Joe Show last week had a tragicomic take on the events there (subtitled clip below).  “Covid-19 is running amok in the country and the government to be fair did do something,” said host Youssef. “It imposed a lockdown except on all except restaurants and cafes in case Covid-19 felt like having a cup of coffee”. Tunisia’s parliament fared no better; instead of hunkering down and deliberating on what to do to contain the deadly spread of the virus, a farcical equivalent to a filibuster was staged by UAE-backed populist MP Abir Moussi, with no purpose but to seek attention and disrupt the legislative agenda. Abir Moussi went to parliament wearing a helmet and started making animal sounds until she provoked a wrestling match, all of which was televised. “Farm animal noises…violence…a literal fight….all we needed is a 3 count. We haven’t seen this even in the WWE!” quipped Youssef.
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Sharp-witted ISG Senator Keating remembered as a 'relentless champion' with an 'insatiable …

Sharp-witted ISG Senator Keating remembered as a ‘relentless champion’ with an ‘insatiable …

Sharp-witted ISG Senator Keating remembered as a ‘relentless champion’ with an ‘insatiable intellect,’ sardonic sense of humour · When ISG Sen. Judith …
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Tributes flow for Mike Bailey

“I always loved his sense of humour, his charisma, his passion, his work ethic and his deep love and support for his family.” Alongside Fr Stevens …
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Former AFL coach reveals workout with Princess Diana

… coach has recalled his royal workout with the late Princess Diana, describing her as “a genuine people person with a fantastic sense of humour”.
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Hungama 2: Is the Priyadarshan Formula for Comedy Outdated in Today's Time?

Hungama 2: Is the Priyadarshan Formula for Comedy Outdated in Today’s Time?

The announcement of Hungama 2 last year fondly reminded us of the ensemble, comedy entertainer that…
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Tributes paid to Twickenham cobbler ‘known for his big heart and kindness’ who died after e …

Tributes have been paid to a West London cobbler 'known for his big heart and kindness', …
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Sian Beckwith

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The disappearing art of Australian religious vernacular humour Greg Sheridan

The disappearing art of Australian religious vernacular humour Greg Sheridan

The great G.K. Chesterton once remarked that there was one element of God which was so great that he kept it hidden from us, and that was his humour.
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Anupam Kher shares first look of his 519th film Shiv Shastri Balboa with Neena Gupta

The film will have elements of humour and drama while revolving around the premise of an Indian’s survival in America. SHIV SHASTRI BALBOA TO …
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Men On the Rock is seeking new voices

I am always touched, flattered and surprised when I hear someone talk of Men On the Rock as part of…
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UFC legend Georges St-Pierre jokes his hometown statue looks like former US President Obama …

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre jokes his hometown statue looks like former US President Obama …

Georges St-Pierre proved he has a world-class sense of humour by acknowledging his statue in his ho…
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Alcona couple celebrates 65 years of marriage (10 photos)

Bessie and Ralph Vaters achieved a very special milestone on July 21 — their 65th w…
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David Spade’s 10 greatest SNL moments

“I’ve got to get on myself to be sharp, funny and loose.” – David Spade Known for his quick…
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Jeremy Clarkson's hit TV show 'helps spark surge in property searches'

Jeremy Clarkson’s hit TV show ‘helps spark surge in property searches’

Jeremy Clarkson’s hit TV show Clarkson’s Farm has helped to spark a surge in searches f…
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Clarkson's Farm recommissioned for 2nd series

Clarkson’s Farm recommissioned for 2nd series

Jeremy Clarkson ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ has been renewed for a second series. Amazon Prime Video has reco…
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Chester Bennington’s widow pays tribute on fourth anniversary of his death

21 July 2021 Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington paid tribute to him on the fourth anniversary of his death. Chester Bennington The late Linkin Park singer’s wife remembered her husband with a touching Instagram post on Tuesday (20.07.21) as she opened up on his sense of humour and the “hopes and dreams” he had for their children. She wrote: “You always had a way to make us all laugh. You always made everything better. And when you put this lettuce cup on your head to make us laugh because our food was taking forever, you made everything better once again. “I’m so glad that the kids and I have vast amounts of pictures and videos to remember you by. We miss you every second of every day. “You were the best person I have ever known. I see you in our babies every day. Lily is your mini me, with her looks and beautiful voice. “Tyler has your wit, intellect, looks, and the same obsession for trying to figure out space and time. And Lila, she has your heart of gold.” Talinda – who has son Tyler, 15, and twins Lily and Lila, nine, with her late husband – revealed the family watch Chester in “home videos” to keep his memory alive. She added: “When they were newborns, you wrote your hopes and dreams for them. God must have seen what you wrote because they are truly everything you wished for them to be. “I know you can see them. I would give anything to have you back so they could see you. But that’s why we have our entire life together on home videos. “I’m glad I never stopped recording. Today we will watch some of them and remember how f****** amazing you were. I love you. R.I.P.” Her emotional post comes after she paid tribute to Chester on what would have been his 45th birthday in March. She said at the time: “Happy Birthday. You would have been 45 and yes, Tyler would have you doing this dance again! “This life without you never gets easier or less painful. We miss you dearly. We will celebrate you in so many ways today … Tyler teaching the girls and I this dance will be just one. We love you forever. (sic)”
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Mads Mikkelsen is out for revenge in Danish thriller Riders of Justice

RIDERS OF JUSTICE (15, 116 mins) Thriller/Action/Comedy. Mads Mikkelsen, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Nik…
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Belfast, booze and Boyzone: Alix O'Neill's coming-of-age memoir is hilarious

Belfast, booze and Boyzone: Alix O’Neill’s coming-of-age memoir is hilarious

The Troubles With Us Alix O’Neill 4th Estate, €14.99 W hen Alix O’Neill, author of the hila…
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Five new books to read in the sun this week

New releases to soak up in the sun this week include a dark debut and a children’s book celebrati…
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BOJ’s Amamiya: Important to create environment where interest rates can rise

Nothing like some good old humour to start the day I guess. The BOJ has been trapped in this predicament i.e. not able to spur inflation or even …
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Irish writers Naoise Dolan and Caoilinn Hughes longlisted for women's comedy prize

Irish writers Naoise Dolan and Caoilinn Hughes longlisted for women’s comedy prize

The Comedy Women in Print Prize has released their longlist and it includes two of our very own Iri…
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Never Have I Ever Season 2: Staple charm & Mindy Kaling’s good humour

‘Never Have I Ever’ Creator: Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Ramona Youn…
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Review: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

I’ve been looking forward to watching Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard since it was announced, becau…
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Alderton, Osho and Giedroyc longlisted for £3K Comedy Women in Print Prize

Alderton, Osho and Giedroyc longlisted for £3K Comedy Women in Print Prize

Comedians Mel Giedroyc and Andi Osho’s novel debuts are pitted alongside Dolly Alder…
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‘This bloke is destroying British humour’: GMB viewers mock linguist who claims mimicking a …

‘This bloke is destroying British humour’: GMB viewers mock linguist who claims mimicking a foreign accent is as offensive as using blackface · Linguist …
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Chutzpah Actress Tanya Maniktala On Dealing With Trolls: “Take It In Good Humour”

Actress Tanya Maniktala says she has figured out how to deal with trolls. She simply ignores them. …
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