Sunday, 25 December 2011

One i, Fonzo, Sic'Nis & Sy.loc - Rollin (Xmas Special)

Monday, 19 December 2011

World News: Kim Jong-il dies aged 69 after heart attack

North Koreans are in mourning after the death of their leader, Kim Jong-il.

People wept openly on the streets of the capital, Pyongyang. State media said he had suffered a heart attack on Saturday, aged 69. He had been unwell.

The official news agency KCNA described one of his sons, Kim Jong-un, as the "great successor" whom North Koreans should unite behind.

Pyongyang's neighbours are on alert fearing instability in the poor and isolated nuclear-armed nation.

Comrade Kim Jong-il was the great leader of the North Korean people and a close friend of the Chinese people” -Liu Weimin Chinese foreign ministry

Fears were compounded by unconfirmed reports from South Korean news agency Yonhap that the North had test-fired a missile off its eastern coast before the announcement of Kim Jong-il's death.

Following news of Mr Kim's death, South Korea put its armed forces on high alert and said the country was on a crisis footing. Japan's government convened a special security meeting.

China - North Korea's closest ally and biggest trading partner - expressed shock at the news of his death and pledged to continue making "active contributions to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in this region".

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta called for a "prudent" approach following Mr Kim's death.

North and South Korea are still technically at war, and the US has nearly 30,000 troops stationed in South Korea. Last year the North was accused of sinking a South Korean patrol boat and the two countries exchanged fire across the disputed maritime border.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a resolution condemning human rights violations in North Korea. The vote, scheduled before Mr Kim's death was announced, called for an end to "systematic, widespread and grave violations". North Korea rejected the resolution.

Asian stock markets fell after news of Mr Kim's death was announced.

Crying aloud

Mr Kim's death was announced in an emotional statement on national television.


The death of Kim Jong-il is the ultimate moment of truth for North Korea. This strangest of regimes has survived for 20 years after most forms of communism elsewhere either perished or morphed into something more sensible. So we had best not underestimate its staying power.

Kim Jong-un inherits a poisoned chalice. This untried youth must now run a country both at odds with most of the world and oppressive of its long-suffering people - who may not obey forever, despite the remarkable scenes of publicly orchestrated grief which we are now witnessing.

The announcer, wearing black, struggled to keep back the tears as she said he had died of physical and mental over-work.

KCNA later reported that he had died of a "severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack" at 08:30 local time on Saturday (23:30 GMT Friday).

He had been on a train at the time, for one of his "field guidance" tours, KCNA said.

The state news agency said a funeral would be held in Pyongyang on 28 December and Kim Jong-un would head the funeral committee. A period of national mourning has been declared from 17 to 29 December.

Images from inside the secretive state showed people in the streets of Pyongyang weeping at the news of his death.

Ruling party members in one North Korean county were shown by state TV banging tables and crying out loud, the AFP news agency reports.

"I can't believe it," a party member named as Kang Tae-Ho was quoted as saying. "How can he go like this? What are we supposed to do?"

Another, Hong Sun-Ok, said: "He tried so hard to make our lives much better and he just left like this."

KCNA said people were "convulsing with pain and despair" at their loss, but would unite behind his successor Kim Jong-un.

It said millions of North Koreans were "engulfed in indescribable sadness".

North Korea

Kim Jong-il (file image)
  • Population about 23 million
  • One million-strong army thought to be world's fifth largest
  • Manufacturing output mainly geared to military's demands
  • All aspects of daily life strictly controlled by government
  • Daily food shortages; acute power cuts and poor infrastructure

"All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public," the news agency said.

Little is known about Kim Jong-un. He was educated in Switzerland, is aged in his late 20s and is believed to be Kim Jong-il's third son - born to Mr Kim's reportedly favourite wife, the late Ko Yong-hui.

Kim Jong-un was unveiled as his father's likely successor just over a year ago. Many had expected to see this process further consolidated in 2012.

'Turning point'

South Korea urged people to "go about their usual economic activities" on Monday, while putting the military on alert.

President Lee Myung-Bak spoke to US President Barack Obama by telephone and they "agreed to closely co-operate and monitor the situation together", a South Korean presidential spokesman said.

The two countries' defence ministers also spoke and "agreed that it is critical to remain prudent with respect to all matters related to our security posture there", a US Defense Department spokesman said.

China said it was "distressed" to hear the news of Mr Kim's death. "We express our grief about this and extend our condolences to the people of North Korea," foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.


Kim Jong-il's death is no real surprise. His public appearances have shown him visibly dwindling in much the way North Korea on his watch has shrivelled to an isolated pariah and a basket-case economy with one of the world's worst human rights records.

On the world stage Kim Jong-il has played a canny game of nuclear brinkmanship.

To the outside world he became a figure of curiosity, intrigue, even fun - the communist tyrant from central casting with his bouffant hairdo, khaki jumpsuits and plaform shoes.

But for his fellow countrymen there was nothing funny about him at all. The fact the announcement came two full days after his death, kept from the prying eyes of numerous intelligence agencies, is itself perhaps an ominous signal; that the secretive, authoritarian status quo he did so much to maintain is likely to prevail.

Analysts say that with the process of transition from father to son incomplete, Mr Kim's death could herald "very unstable times" in North Korea.

Kim Jong-il inherited the leadership of North Korea from his father Kim Il-sung.

Shortly after he came to power in 1994, a severe famine caused by ill-judged economic reforms and poor harvests left an estimated two million people dead.

His regime has been harshly criticised for human rights abuses and is internationally isolated because of its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Under Mr Kim's leadership, funds have been channelled to the military and in 2006 North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. It followed that up with a second one three years later. Multinational talks aimed at disarming North Korea have been deadlocked for months.

He had reportedly been in poor health since suffering a stroke in August 2008.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Poem: Love and Lust

Love and Lust

LOVE is a tool use it,
LOVE is vision see it,
LOVE is a journey travel it,
LOVE is tremendous be it,
LOVE is a gift accept it,
LOVE is a destination reach it,

LUST will consume you escape it,
LUST will erode you unload it,
LUST will subdue you break it,
LUST will confuse you evade it,
LUST will goad you control it,
LUST will bemuse you blockade it,

LOVE will bring comfort and safety,
LUST is doubt and displacement,
LOVE will enrich you with greatness,
LUST is wastage so replace it,
LOVE will enrich you keep it,
LUST is unjust and misleading,
LOVE brings fulfillment exceeding,
And LOVING somebody gives living a reason.

- Fonzo

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Poem: The Doors

The Doors

Everything logical says I mustn't,
The doors it may open.. Where it could lead,
But I remember being left feeling despondent,
And that door I'd rather see closed,

Now I wander with much trepidation,
Gingerly making steps,
A quest of enchantment testing my human fabric,
Embarking on new horizons,

Windows of opportunity mysteriously unknown,
But like a revolving door I'm back at the same position,
Immersed in a space-time continuum, Visualizing change......

From one extremity to another,
Opening different realms,
Realistically though some have tried and tested,
I haven't.. so I must!

What is behind door number 1?
Will it provide a happy life?
Door number 2 bodes shades of a simpler time...

Door 3 a blind spot not known to others,
But secretly known to self,
Cannot evade such a cruel inhibition,
When intuition is cognizant,

Still irresolute the choice becomes impending.
Forward I move as back is impermeable,
Searching for bliss,
Doth such place exist,
The doors I shall open and see.

- Fonzo

Monday, 28 November 2011

Racist woman in Croydon tram YouTube clip sought by police

A WOMAN who hurled racist abuse at passengers on a tram while holding a toddler in her arms is being sought by the police after a video of the incident, called My Tram Experience, went viral on YouTube.

The recording shows a dark-haired woman swearing and shouting at black and Asian passengers on a tram late at night.

More than 10,000 people have viewed the clip, called 'My Tram Experience', less than 24 hours after it was posted on YouTube yesterday (Sunday).

By mid-afternoon the hashtag #MyTramExperience was trending on Twitter.

British Transport Police (BTP) have launched an investigation and called for the passenger who recorded the incident to come forward.

The video begins as the woman, clutching a blonde-haired little boy, bemoans the impact of immigration on 'her Britain'.

She turns to another passenger and spits 'You aren't English,' before looking around the carriage and swearing at her fellow passengers and telling them to 'get back to their own countries'.

The woman does not react to the fact that her rant is being filmed by a passenger sitting in front of her.

As the little boy in her arms plays with a toy, another passenger intervenes: "Excuse me dear, there are little kids on the tram."

The woman responds: "So what? I've got a little kid here."

She then dares the woman, who is black, to throw her off the tram, and then swears at her and shouts: "Go back to Nicaragua, or wherever you come from."

A number of other passengers appear visibly angry and distressed. One young man gets to his feet but is persuaded not to react.

The woman then shouts: "You aren't British, you're black."

The carriage erupts. A white woman whose baby has just been woken up by the argument says: "I'm English, what have you got to say to me?"

Still holding the child the racist woman turns and points at the passengers behind her. She shouts: "Someone's got to talk up for these lot. Look, the whole tram, look at them."

Another passenger asks: "What's wrong with that?"

The woman replies: "Because it's all black and brown people."

The BTP said it would do everything in its power to locate the woman in the video.

A spokesman added: "At present, it is not entirely clear which tram stops the offence took place between and when it occurred.

"As a result, we need anyone who witnessed the incident, or with any information that could assist our investigation - including the identity of the woman - to contact us.

"We will not tolerate racism in any form on the rail network."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "TfL will not tolerate this disgusting and offensive behaviour and we will work with the police to fully investigate this incident."

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference B6/LSA.


News: Boy, 14, found with guns let free because law says he is not a danger

A 14-year-old boy caught with two handguns and live ammunition has walked from court after a judge said he could not impose a custodial sentence because Parliament had “tied his hands”.

Boy, 14, found with guns let free because law says he is not a danger
The boy, who could not see over the ledge of the dock in court, was caught with two handguns Photo: Alamy

Judge Roger Chapple said he could not jail the teenager because he is not considered a “dangerous offender” and, with only one previous conviction — for carrying a knife — he is not considered to be a “persistent offender” in the eyes of the law.

The judge said he was left with little option other than to release the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on a youth rehabilitation programme despite the fact that possessing an offensive weapon carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars for over-16s.

The boy, who could not see over the ledge of the dock in court, was caught with an Italian BBN Mini Gap Pistol and a Russian Tokarev TT-33 self-loading pistol, used by the Soviet Army. He also had 13 rounds of ammunition hidden under the floorboard when police raided his home in Manor Park, east London, on Aug 4 this year.

He admitted two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and one of possessing ammunition without a licence and was sentenced to a three-year youth rehabilitation programme.

Sentencing the youth at Inner London Crown Court yesterday, Judge Chapple said: “Do I need to emphasise how dangerous guns are?

“They kill people: that is what they do, that is what they are intended for.

“Whilst a gun remains in criminal circulation the risk is high that it is going to be used to commit crime, to kill or to cause serious injury.

“Those who store guns for whatever reason keep them in the hands of the wrong people. That is what you did and the courts generally take a very, very serious view of this sort of thing and mark it with long prison sentences.

“If you were two years older than you are you would be facing a minimum sentence of three years’ detention. As it is Parliament has tied my hands almost completely. I have no power at all in the particular circumstances of your case to send you to any form of detention.

“There is really only one sentence I can pass, which is a youth rehabilitation order.”

Even a more rigorous Intensive Supervision and Surveillance programme could not be passed as the boy was not deemed to be a persistent offender.

Stephen Clayton, prosecuting, said: “The defendant said that he had befriended a boy in the local park and having gained his trust he was asked to look after a package.”

At first, police were told, he thought it was cash but when he opened it and realised there were two guns inside he still did not call the authorities. They believe he had possession of the weapons for about a week.

The boy was already serving a rehabilitation order after being stopped by police earlier this year, when he was 13, and found to be carrying a knife.

Judge Chapple added: “My powers are severely limited. No court can be other than deeply disturbed that a 14 year-old who already has a conviction for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place at just 13 and during the currency of a referral order he is found in possession of two handguns and ammunition to match.”

James Burley, in mitigation, said that his client, who hoped to be an engineer, had been excluded from his old school but had been improving his behaviour since he was placed on the first referral order.

“He is not involved in gangs in any way but he has involved himself in one of the most serious crimes on the statute book. He is somewhat used by those of a higher standing,” said Mr Burley.

Judge Chapple warned the boy: “You have a chance, please use it.

“Any further offences from now on and you will be considered a persistent offender.”

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

News: Stephen Lawrence Case, Jury sworn in for Old Bailey trial

Artist's impression of Gary Dobson and David Norris
Gary Dobson and David Norris both deny murder

The trial of two men accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago has begun in front of an Old Bailey jury.

The eight men and four women who will hear the case against Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, both of south London, were chosen from a panel of 24.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Mark Ellison QC has begun outlining his case.

Stephen, 18, was stabbed to death by a gang of white youths in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993.

Mr Ellison QC began his opening statement by handing jurors a map of Eltham, where the A-level student was killed at a bus stop.

On Monday, trial judge Mr Justice Treacy said new scientific evidence will be central.

He warned jurors not to discuss the case with "curious friends and family" and banned them from consulting the internet, so as not to jeopardise a fair trial.

He also described the trial as an important case with particular sensitivities, which had aroused strong feelings among many people.

Stephen's father Neville, 69, was amongst those in court to witness the start of the trial, which is forecast to last until at least Christmas.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

News: The Governments new Gangs Stratergy

Young men in south London who say they have moved away from gang lifestyles

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Home Secretary Theresa May says the government's gangs strategy will help girls who are being "used as weapons" in turf wars.

Ministers are launching a youth violence team to target gangs.

The strategy, born out of the summer riots in England, pledges 100 expert advisers and intensive intervention with families.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the government's cuts meant the policy did not live up to the rhetoric.

The government's strategy pledges to cut the number of young people killed or seriously wounded in youth violence by 2015.

Among the chief victims to be targeted are girls, some of whom could also be gang members.

Theresa May said: "More often they would be the victims. They would be the partners of gang members. They would find themselves being abused and sometimes being used as weapons, raping a rival gang leader's girlfriend to get back at that gang."


  • Preventing young people becoming involved
  • Pathways out of violence and gang culture
  • Punishment and enforcement to suppress violence
  • Partnership working to join up the way local areas respond
  • Providing support to local areas wanting to tackle gangs

The gangs strategy includes a pledge to double the capacity of family nurse partnerships by recruiting 4,200 more health visitors. The government says it will also improve education for pupils excluded from schools.

Mrs May said the strategy would include looking at life sentences for gang members who trade in guns - but that enforcement alone could not solve the problem.

The plan, devised by the Home Office and other Whitehall departments, aims to intervene more precisely at every stage that someone could become a gang member.

Case study

On a dark estate, I met up with a group of men in their early 20s who are, to various extents, giving up their gang lifestyles. They told me it started when they were just children; bored, free from parental supervision and envious of the "legends" and money surrounding older gang members.

Groups of friends started getting involved with drug dealing, robbery and endless violent battles for "respect". They still live in fear for their lives. This year, one witnessed a friend being shot dead.

When it comes to enticing them away from the gang lifestyle, the approach taken by David Anthony - the youth worker who introduced us - seems to be working. Former gang members try to get them to join a "non-criminal" gang offering training and support.

His experience is that spending time and money on young people involved in gangs will pay off better than strong policing. The government believes both are necessary.

Mrs May said the strategy had to prevent youngsters signing up to gangs in the first place - but also provide "pathways out" for those who want to leave behind criminality and violence.

Supporting parents

She said: "It may be support to parents in terms of how they bring up a child."

"For youngsters at school it may be identifying those who look as if they might become gang members, helping to prevent that happening and offering them pathways out if they do become a gang member."

The government says it has earmarked £10m for early intervention work in the 30 most affected areas - but Labour said that sum has already been announced twice in the last year.

Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, questioned whether the strategy could deliver.

She said: "The home secretary is right to point to the devastating impact on victims of gang violence and intimidation.

"We welcome emphasis on early intervention. It sits badly with the 20% cuts to Sure Start and well over 20% cuts to the Youth Service.

"When you look at the reality behind the rhetoric this government is still making it harder, not easier, for the police and communities to tackle gang violence and crime."

Yvette Cooper: "The reality of the government's policy does not live up to the rhetoric"

Police say that approximately a fifth of those involved in the summer riots in London were known to be members of a gang. Overall, about half of all shootings and a fifth of serious violence in the capital is gang-related.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has released its own report into the riots - and urged the government to fully assess the impact of spending cuts to community services. In its report, it warns that vulnerable teenagers may find themselves without official support at the time they most need to be steered away from crime.

Sir Stuart Etherington, head of the NCVO, said: 'It is essential that the lessons of the riots are not ignored. While the actions of the rioters were deplorable, we must address the sense of despair and disconnection felt by many who felt they had nothing to lose by taking part."

News: Aston Villa's role in First World War revealed

Villa's unknown role in First World War revealed

By Laura Brett - Club Archivist

Villa have always had a close relationship with the magnificent military - but we didn't realise until the past few weeks that the club's name played a part in the First World War.

As we look ahead to our 'Armed Forces Day' this weekend for the Norwich game, we delved in the club's archives to find out about our long-term links.

There must have been a Villa fan involved in the drawing up of the trench map for the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.

As you can see above, there are two parallel trenches called 'Aston Trench' and 'Villa Trench.'

The Battle of Bazentin Ridge took place July 14-17 in 1916 and marked the second phase of the Battle of the Somme.

While it resulted in a tactical victory for the British, the cost was extremely high with 9,000 dead, wounded or missing.

The outbreak of the First World War came just before the 1914-15 season was due to start.

The FA, along with the clubs in the Football League, decided to play that term as they believed football played an important role in boosting the morale of players and supporters at home.

From the outset, Villa voted £50 to the War Fund and a percentage of all gates for the season.

In a meeting prior to the opening match, the players expressed a wish to contribute 5% of their earnings weekly to the war effort.

They also agreed to receive "preparedness training" and were soon kitted out with special uniforms and given strict military workouts by ex-army sergeant majors.

Also, 30 BSA territorial rifles were ordered and plans were drawn up for a firing range to be build near the ground.

The club encouraged the players to enlist with Middlesex Regiment's Football Battalion by offering to continue to pay half their wages to ensure their families were provided for.

It is difficult to confirm exactly how many of the players registered with Villa in 1914 signed up.

Recruitment drives took place during matches and appeals from Lord Kitchener for volunteers appeared regularly in the Villa News & Record until football was suspended at the end of the season.

While Villa Park was effectively closed for the remainder of the conflict, the club were able to raise money through 'colts' matches. This money was then used to pay for the 'Aston Villa Ambulance Car' to be used on the front line at a cost of £1,000.

The club also cashed in their pre-war stocks and shares to set up a war loan worth £3,000.

In the Second World War, football was suspended after just three matches of the 1939-40 season and in November 1939 the War Office commandeered Villa Park.

Players were given two weeks wages and told that their contracts were suspended for the foreseeable future.

Several of the younger players joined the forces while many others went to work at the Kynochs Munitions Factory in Witton.

Alan Wakeman, Eddie Lowe and Jack Maund became Bevin Boys at Hednesford Coalmine while Eric Houghton and captain Jimmy Allen joined the Police Force.

Villa helped the war effort in an unexpected way by renting 34 turnstiles to the Austin Motor Company and a large number of tip-up seats were loaned to air raid shelters.

The Board of Trade and the Ministry of Supplies rented space in the Trinity Road Stand from 1941 while other areas were rented to the Ministry of Works and fire watchers were now camped out in dressing rooms.

Villa Park escaped unscathed through the 1940 bombing of Aston but it was eventually hit in 1941 when the Trinity Road roof was holed by shrapnel, which also shattered large quantities of glass.

A bomb from either this raid or another left one bay of the Witton Lane Stand a tangled wreck.

Fortunately, compared to other grounds like Old Trafford or St Andrews, the damage was relatively small.

From 1943, Villa gradually regained control of the ground, though parts of it were damaged.

The seating loaned to air raid shelters were also damaged and the billiard table and piano belonging to the players that were loaned to the Birmingham Corporation were never seen again.

The club were awarded £3,650 in compensation by the War Office and Birmingham Corporation for these inconveniences.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Poem: Beauty lies within you

Beauty lies within you

A simple glance from you sweeps through my essentia,
Engulfing my every existence in your rays,
Clarity is all I desire... as my destination obscures,
Between the known and unknown are the doors,
Of which I shall open up blindly,
I wander on forth to see,
As I wonder what will be in store,

Woe is my lamentations,
Stuck with no control,
Burdened as I know to live with solace in my soul,
My heart is torn asunder,
How insatiably I yearn ,
Your being the only fill to truly satisfy my hunger,

You are the love of my life,
Indeed the life I love,
My feelings are omnipotent place nothing else above,
Beauty lies within you,
Though externally I see,
But plain sight no way quantifies just what you mean to me.

- Fonzo

Monday, 24 October 2011

News: Birmingham men jailed for organising drive-by shooting in Moss Side after Audi TT was damaged

Daniel Mason(left) and Andre Chverton
Daniel Mason(left) and Andre Chverton

A man who organised a drive-by shooting after his sports car was wrecked on a visit to the city has been jailed for 20 years.

Portia Taylor, 17, and Olushola Watson, 20, were injured after Daniel Mason drove from Birmingham to Manchester seeking vengeance.

Mason’s £45,000 Audi TT was attacked with a shopping trolley at the car park of Asda in Hulme on May 21 last year.

Hours earlier, Mason and pals had been involved in a peaceful protest about the death of a friend, Julian Webster, who died in mysterious circumstances on a night out on Deansgate Locks.

Two days later Mason returned to Manchester at the wheel of Seat Leon. His passenger Andre Chiverton was armed with an automatic pistol and opened fire
at a crowd of young people who had gathered at Great Western Street, Moss Side, for a barbecue.

Miss Taylor had been on her way to buy an ice cream when she was hit in the elbow and Mr Watson had been socialising with pals.

Philip Curran, prosecuting, told the Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing: “It’s a miracle that no-one was killed. It is doubtful that Miss Taylor and Mr Watson were the intended targets, it maybe others present were meant to be shot on that day.”

Mason, of Jervoise Drive, Birmingham, denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life during a trial, but his claim that he came to meet some girls and knew nothing of Chiverton’s intentions was rejected by the jury.

Chiverton, 29, of Peartree Lane, Warley, West Midlands, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing and was jailed for 14 years alongside Mason.

Chiverton’s defence was that there was ‘no pattern of behaviour’ to suggest he posed a risk to the public. He was said to have ‘acknowledged the wrong’ by pleading guilty, and to have shown a lack of guile once he had become involved in a ‘tentative plan’.

Mason was captured on CCTV drawing nearer to the pavement after Chiverton fired the first shot so that he could better aim the second.

Kevin Metzger, defending, said there was a ‘good side’ to Mason, and that he should be given the benefit of the doubt about the level of planning, suggesting he had only become aware of what was afoot after his friend had opened fire.

But Judge Martin Rudland, sentencing, said while he accepted the defendants had no links to gangs, he rejected claims that the drive-by had not been planned and said they were both ‘dangerous young men’.

Jailing them, he said: “The residents of Moss Side were congregating happily and peacefully in the sunshine.

“Some were anticipating a barbecue taking place – the sort of event which fosters goodwill and assists a community in building an optimistic future a world away from the type of criminal activity for which sometimes this area of Manchester can be notorious and which can so often overshadow the majority of law-abiding citizens who wish to live there in a civilised manner.

“Into that scene of peaceful socialising you both drove – in order deliberately to wreak havoc in the most peaceful way.”

The judge praised detectives for their work on the case and commended a witness who took down the number plate of the Seat Leon to receive a £250 reward.

Detective Constable Tony Simpson from the Major Incident Team said: "At the time of the shooting, there were many young families walking in the street and the nearby park, enjoying the sunshine and it was a miracle no one was killed.

"Both clearly thought they would take revenge for the incident at Asda and while I do not condone what happened, the action they took was completely irrational and was risking the lives of innocent members of the community."

News: Birmingham Trio jailed for almost half a century

tb20111021-1614.jpg THREE MEN, Horace Ferguson, Elijah Akil Brown and Joshua Parchment, have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday 21 October).
Elijah Brown received seven years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery (reduced due to a guilty plea) and five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run concurrently.

tb20111021-1615.jpg He was also sentenced to seven years for possession of the same shotgun on the 8 September. This sentence was to run consecutively, giving a total of 14 years.
Joshua Parchment received 10 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run concurrently.
He was also sentenced to seven years for possession of the same shotgun on the 8 September. This sentence was to run consecutively, giving a total of 17 years.
Horace Ferguson received 10 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run consecutively, giving a total of 15 years.
The men were arrested on Tuesday 8 September 2009 as a result of a proactive operation by West Midlands Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, during which a loaded sawn off single barrelled shotgun was recovered.
Det Insp Ian Green said: "These men posed a serious threat to their victims and the public and this is a significant result for WMP and our community."
The news of the sentences comes during a forcewide crackdown on robbers, codenamed operation Serve and Protect.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Blog - Last Call for Scott Hall? "Wrestlings Bad Guy"

Now it's no secret that I'm a huge wrestling fan and since I was introduced to the phenomenon that is WWE (then WWF) I've been a follower of the business ever since. I was always a fan of those that had a stand out work rate and technically had a moveset that captivated me from talents such as Bret Hart & the late great Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig. But there was a new favourite superstar that made an impact with me as soon as I saw him and that was "The bad guy" Razor Ramon (Scott Hall).

Razor had it all the flashy bad guy attitude, with a keen sense of pizazz and coolness. He was oozing machismo and wasn't afraid of letting his opposition know it. And it wasn't just talk he could back it up in the ring.

When Razor left the WWF for WCW he part part of the nWo the coolest faction to grace professional wrestling and one of the reasons behind wrestling becoming the lucrative business it now is. He broke in the business in the 80s at a time when wrestlers were working on handshake deals and weren't getting guaranteed money but along with the rest of the Klique his business savvy made him one of the wrestlers that earned in the millions bracket.

In his career he had the mic skills, the look, the fan support, the ring work and everything else it take to be a World Champion but that was a feat he never reached. I had always wondered why but as Kayfabe broke and his demons that afflict his life such as battles with drug & alcohol surfaces it has now become clearer to me why he never held the most coveted gold.

I really hope Scott can get healthier than he is as he was a great performer and as much as he has put into the business it saddens me to see him in that state. It bears shades of the checkered life of Jake Roberts and very much resembles the life of "Randy the
Ram Robinson" in Dan Arnofskys "The Wrestler".

Scotts best friend & long time cohort, WWE Legend Kevin Nash said the following about Scott.

"I consider Scott like a brother. He’s much more than a friend. I have spent more time with Scott Hall in the last 18 years than I have with my wife in the 23 years we’ve been married. We have no secrets between each other. This is ‘real life’. Nobody knows what Scott has gone thru since early childhood to what he has gone thru up unto this point, except for me. I can tell you Scott Hall has neither a drug or alcohol addiction, Scott’s problem is he suffer’s from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Drugs and alcohol aren’t the problem, to Scott they are the solution. He is a fragile and broken human being, not a race horse that you take a whip to to perform. Scott Hall is in bad shape and each time I talk to him I feel it may be the last. It’s gotten to the point where I save his voice mails, much like I would’ve saved Andrew’s (Test), because I knew sometimes when I heard his message it could be the last." (Kevin Nash)

Let's send our thoughts prayers and well wishes to scott and his family as when we see a man that has lived life on the razors edge, consumed by a business of entertaining we owe him that much at least. Peace

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Blog - #TeamBoutDat meets Ex Balitmore Gangster Ted Sutton

Along with Craig (Real Action) and Nathan (Go Gettaz) I had the opportunity to chop it up with Ted here's some info on who he is, where he's come from and where he's trying to go. -Fonz

Ted Sutton
Ted Sutton says gangster life in Baltimore is worse than on TV

Ted Sutton joined a gang at the age of 14 and for the next decade watched people around him die in some of Baltimore's roughest districts.

He said: "I got caught up with a rough crowd, I started carrying a gun, then a sawn-off shotgun. I felt I belonged but I didn't know the price you paid for life on the streets.

"I got into my early 20s - then bad things started to happen all around me. My best friend died in my arms, he was gunned down. Another friend got a life sentence plus 20 years in prison. He'll never be out.

"My other friend was paralyzed from the neck down by a bullet. Someone else got through $175,000 of crack cocaine in a year.

"That same year my girlfriend died of cancer."

Ted thinks that there are up to 3,000 people involved in gangs in Baltimore at any one time. And he's trying to help them change their lives.

He said: "I was looking at a 15-year sentence for something I didn't do - instead of for all the things I did do wrong.

"But the judge dismissed all the charges. I went on to get two Masters degrees. I was given a second chance, most people aren't going to get that."

Ted thinks The Wire has been a mixed blessing for his city.

He said: "It's done an injustice to us and to Baltimore. It's glorified that lifestyle but it has let the world know how it went down."

Ted said the life of gang members was even worse than portrayed in The Wire: "Along with the money comes all the legal issues - we weren't out partying all the time. You always had to watch your back."

And he rejected the idea that some young people had no choice but to join gangs.

"I don't ever feel that people are forced to join gangs but if you are not strong then you will join. The problem is the kids' reality has been twisted.

"They think that if you get good grades you are a nerd, or if you put your hand up in class you are a punk.

"We are trying to change that."


Urban Youth in America is a collection of footage filmed by Mr. Ted Sutton while traveling the country saving the lives of young men "caught up" in the street life.

check it out below!

Edward 'Ted' Sutton

Edward 'Ted' Sutton is the CEO & Founder of Sutton House Inc, and CEO & Founder of The Ministers of Defense. He is a man devoted to changing the lives of young men in Baltimore and around the world who find themselves hopelessly lost in gang life. A troubled youth himself, Mr. Sutton's philosophy is that, "In speaking to people, you either speak life into them, or death into them." In an area that speaks so much death, Mr. Sutton is speaking life.

Edward 'Ted' Sutton received his Masters Degree in Criminology, specializing in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention from Coppin State College. He was affiliated with the characters in the HBO television drama, THE WIRE, a series about life on the streets in Baltimore, MD. The series featured Mr. Sutton's mentor, Little Melvin Williams, one of the main characters on the series; that was also featured in BET's documentary series, American Gangster.
Mr. Sutton's life began to turn around, and he made a bold decision to change. He is a sought after motivational speaker, and is a trained certified gang intervention specialist. He has traveled around the country speaking and training at community events, church functions, schools, Universities, and other organizations about youth-focused issues. Additionally, he renders his services to prison inmates and the community in an effort to create better relationships between rival gangs and its members.

Mr. Sutton has also provided relationship and communication training to police officers at the Baltimore City Police Academy to assist in building better relationships between urban youth and the police department. He has published a brochure, titled "What to Do When Stopped by The Police", a resource guide tailored to youth understanding the law and their legal rights.

He started the first library at the Baltimore City Correctional Center and has addressed Congress in Washington, DC, to speak on the plight of youth and young adults. In 2010, Mr. Sutton was interviewed by the British Broadcasting News, and in 2011 he was interviewed by the Rolling Stone magazine, and the Washington Post. Mr. Sutton was also nominated and selected to represent Baltimore, Maryland in the 2011 Who's Who Registry among Executives and Professionals.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Gaddafi - The Man, the myth, the legend

1. He nationalised Libya's oil industry & has worked to improve the price that Libya is paid for that oil.
2. He used oil revenue to build hospitals, schools, universities, roads, free housing for all Libyan people, the Great Man Made River project which provides 70% of Libyans with pure deep aquifer water. He achieved this without borrowing a penny from Rothschild.
3. Libya has no debt. It has the highest standard of living in Africa, & above Russia, Brazil & Saudi Arabia according to the UN.
4. All loans are debt free. Usury (interest on loans) is against the law.
5. Before Qaddafi came to power, less than one fifth of the people were literate. Now it's 83%.
6. Free healthcare. If treatment is not available in Libya, then the government will fund foreign healthcare.
7. Libya is largely self sufficient in food production. Anyone wishing to be a farmer is given free use of land, a home, equipment, livestock & seeds.
8. He promised that his own parents would not be housed until ALL Libyans were housed. He kept his promise & his father died before he was able to house him. All Libyans are given homes for FREE.



Why They Want Him, Dead!

The Picture: War on Libya is War on Entire Africa
Source: Reuters Edited By: Quoriana
Posted: 2011/07/27

In 2010 Gaddafi offered to invest $97 billion in Africa to free it from Western influence, on condition that African states rid themselves of corruption and nepotism. Gaddafi always dreamed of a Developed, United Africa and was about to make that dream come true - and nothing is more terrifying to the West than a Developed, United Africa.

Here is a selection of the initiatives Libya has already put in place in Africa, as well as some of the projects it is planning, explaining why the West's illegal war against Libya also is a war against Entire Africa.

AFRICAN UNION: Libya is one of the biggest contributors to the budget of the African Union. A Libyan diplomat told Reuters Libya is one of five countries -- the others are Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa -- which cover 75 percent of the Union's budget. "Libya makes its full required contribution to AU funds. Not all countries do and that buys it influence," a senior African Union official said.

MALI: For several years Mali has been confronted with the activities of the radical Islamist militia Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in its northern deserts. Gaddafi’s money and diplomacy have helped to resolve conflicts in northern Mali between rebels and the government. In 2010 Libya has given Mali two security planes to combat insecurity in the north of the country. These conflicts could flare up again if Gaddafi exits the stage. Nowadays Gaddafi has many supporters in Mali who regularly march to protest against the Western-led military intervention in Libya.

CONGO: Libya has put $65 billion into sovereign wealth funds, including one which is specifically designed to make investments in Africa. The Libyan Arab African Investment Company, a vehicle of Libya's Africa sovereign wealth fund, owns Le Meridien, one of the biggest hotels in Congo. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment paid for by Libyan investment. In 2010, Libya planned to fund the building of a highway north of Congo's capital Brazzaville, where also the building of a mosque is planned.

LIBERIA: Libya has provided millions in investment projects, helping to strengthen the rule of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in one of Africa’s most impoverished nations. Gaddafi's help includes the funding of a rubber processing factory built in Gbarnga, Bong County, a technical and vocational school for the handicapped, as well as Libyan assistance in helping Liberia tackle the food crisis and renovation for the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.

NIGER: Also in Niger Gaddafi has helped to prop up the government and the authorities would become more fragile without his financial help. Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi visited Niger in August 2010 and announced the creation of a $100 million investment fund for Niger as part of a strengthening of bilateral ties. Under earlier agreements, Libya is contributing 100 million euros for the construction of a Trans-Sahara highway in the north of Niger, according to sources close to Niger's foreign ministry. The local subsidiary of Libya Oil, along with Total, are the major players in Niger's fuel retailing business.

CHAD: Gaddafi has been a key supporter of the government, which would weaken if it lost his aid revenue. Chad has been plagued by civil wars and invasions after its independence from France in 1960. After years of unrest, Gaddafi seals a peace agreement for Chad between four Chadian rebel groups and the Chadian government in 2007, which agreement was signed in Sirte.
In 2010 Libya made a huge investment in Chad's National Telecom, which meant a boost of the number of the Chadian mobile phone users from 100,000 to two million.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Libya has helped to prop up the fragile government, sending paratroopers into the capital in 2001 to defeat a rebel assault. In 2008 Gaddafi played a role in the formation of a peace agreement between the government and rebel groups.

MAURITANIA: Gaddafi was the first head of state to visit after a 2008 coup which brought President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to power. Aziz, who subsequently won a presidential election, has visited Gaddafi several times since then. Even Mauritanian opposition politicians have gone to Tripoli to pledge allegiance to the Libyan leader. Mauritania has debts to Libya of about $200 million. During discussions on debt relief in May 2010, the Libyan Central Bank announced Libya would provide $50 in grants to build a hospital and a university. The university is to be named after Gaddafi.

SUDAN: The 20,000-troop peacekeeping mission in Dafur, jointly supported by the African Union and the United Nations, could be hampered if the African Union (AU) loses funding from Gaddafi and destabilize the country. Gaddafi, who blamed the crisis in Darfur on Israel, made a number of attempts to broker peace talks between Darfur rebels and the Sudanese government.
In October 2010, Gaddafi warned ahead of a vote on possible independence for South Sudan that a partition of the country would be a “contagious disease” that could spread to other African states.

ETHIOPIA: The African Union, based in Ethiopia's capital, could find itself in financial trouble if it loses the massive support that Gaddafi gives it. Under his rule, Libya supplied 15% of the AU’s membership dues, and it also paid the dues of many smaller and poorer African nations. To seek for a solution of the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict, Gaddafi has sent a special envoy to Ethiopia in 2000. In 2008, Libya's OiLibya bought Shell Ethiopia. This agreement also included retaining all Shell employees, who were hoping to work in a better environment since a long time

SOMALIA: The African Union peace keeping mission, whose 8,000 soldiers are crucial to the battle against Islamic radicals in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, could be severely weakened if the AU lost the financial support of Gaddafi. In 2008 Libya decided to grant an investment fund to Somalia through the Sahel-Saharan Investment and Trade Bank to fund infrastructures such as roads and bridges within Somalia.

GAMBIA: Libyan firms own two hotels and the "Dream Park" entertainment centre in Gambia. Gambian agriculture has received support from Libya, including a donation of seven new tractors. In 2009 Gaddafi gave two camels to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh as a gift. The Libyan and Gambian presidents have exchanged visits and senior Gambian officials attended ceremonies in September to mark the anniversary of Gaddafi coming to power. On September 7, 2009, Gambia celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Al Fateh Revolution: "In Libya everyone enjoys Freedom!".

Friday, 14 October 2011

News: Rick Ross has seizure on plane


Rick Ross is unconscious and paramedics are desperately trying to resuscitate him.

Rick was on a flight going from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis today, when the rapper lost consciousness. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing.


Emergency workers tell us the call came in at 12:55 PM ET ... the caller reported a seizure.

Ross is currently on a gurney at the airport, and an eyewitness tells us EMT workers are administering CPR. Members of Rick's entourage are standing by, some of them extremely emotionally upset.

11:05 AM PST:
It appears Rick Ross is now tweeting, claiming he is okay.

10:57 AM PST: Police confirm Ross has been transported to a nearby hospital.

A family member tells TMZ, Rick is currently under close supervision and is doing fine. We're told drugs and alcohol were not involved.

10:50 AM PST: Rapper Wale -- one of Rick's closest friends -- just tweeted, "I just talked to Ross...he's 100 pct ok.." Another member of Rick's entourage DJ Sam Sneaker also says the rapper is okay.

10:36 AM PST: A witness tells TMZ, Rick fell unconscious right after take-off.

We're told his entourage jumped out of their seats to alert plane personnel -- at which point a doctor on board administered CPR on the rapper.

The plane made an emergency landing right away -- and we're told, as Rick was being wheeled off the aircraft, he appeared to show signs of life.

Story developing

Monday, 10 October 2011

Fonzo - #DreamBig The Mixtape

Fresh on the heels of his latest EP #TheDoors "The Fastest Rising Star In ALL Of Entertainment!" Fonzo hooks up with Europe's highest ranked mixtape DJ (DJ Ames) to release #DreamBig. Covering a wide range of topics and worldwide features from talent such as R&B Superstar Tank, No Limit Records G5-J, Words Worthy, Grinch, Shabba Himself and more #DreamBig does not fail to deliver the goods at every frickin' turn!.


1. Intro
2. Freestyle
3. Dream Big
4. Survival Of The Fittest
5. Ya Dig
6. B-Town Is The Kraziest
7. A Gangsta Want You feat Tank
8. Freestyle feat Lil Itch & Grinch
9. Boss Music feat G5-J
10. Jezebel feat Words Worthy
11. Charlie Sheen (Skit)
12. Black Sopranos feat Hydrolic & Eddie Kane Jr
13. New Regime feat Grinch
14. Fonzie Baby
15. Thief's Theme
16. How The Gangstaz Love It Shabba Himself
17. Skit
18. Get It feat I-eXcel
19. Rockin' With The Best feat Orlando
20. Outro


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Win a signed copy of Fonzos 'The Doors' EP | Urban Vault

Win a signed copy of Fonzos 'The Doors' EP | Urban Vault

Fonzo - The Doors: Review

Fonzo - The Door's EP:

Such a positive vibe and metaphorical EP from the start to end! My favorite track from the EP would be "Dream Big!" make's ya'll believe you can reach dreams, if you reach out and I like how Fonzo mention's we are equally great and completely squashes out racism. That to me as an artist is real talk.
"Give Me Your Love" is also a favorite from the EP, I love the beat and the production is great also! The lyrics relate to me with my situation with females in life now.
Overall I'd rate the EP 4 out of 5 stars!

Wrote by Que from Ender Line Recordings.

EP can be found here

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


Fonzo interview by Anna “L.A.” (

What made you decide to pursue the career of becoming an artist and who was your greatest influence?

I’ve always had a strong passion for music but I’m a shy person and was somewhat subconscious about my own material, but I reception I got from listeners and people reaching out to me saying they relate to my music was a big thing for me as I’m not only a performer but a fan too that pushed me to pursue it further.

My greatest influence was 2Pac he encompassed so much more than being just a Rap Artist

What's new in the recording of your music?

My new material is a lot more grown up, I’ve matured so much as a person from when 1st started making music, and my work reflects that.

How can supporters gain access to your music?

Any of these websites and they are pretty much all synched together

Q. What does the process look like of you putting together a song, do you first come up with the lyrics and find a matching beat afterwards or vice versa?

To be honest depends what the song is about. As a writer sometimes if something’s on my chest I get inspiration to just write, then get a beat built around it afterwards. But mostly I would have the beat first then write to it, which I generally prefer.

Q. So what can we expect to hear from your upcoming album #DiaryOfATiredBlackMan

A concept album! One that isn’t shy to touch on issues from police brutality, social injustice, love, politics and much more. It will have a soulful tone but not too sombre I want it to be a motivational record.

Are you working with any artists?

Yes, I love collaborating. It’s one of the best parts about making music. To name a few artists I’ve got upcoming projects with Big Mike, Lavish Ent, Chris Barrie (Wiseblood), G5-J (No Limit Records) as well as #TeamBoutDat my personal understudies.

Q. Wearing more than your 'artist hat' talk to us about your involvement with New Scene Wrestling in the UK and picking up the pen for a community magazine.

Well as you may know they’ve labelled me as “The fastest rising star in ALL of entertainment”, and that’s definitely a hat I want to own. With NSW I have been given the opportunity to come on board with what I believe to be the future of British Wrestling promotions. I appear on the shows as an “Eric-Bishoff-Esque” Character and I have a lot of fun with it, Shout out to Abbas, Corey, Dreas, Ash, Luke & all the New Scene Wrestling Team!

As for the “Real Talk Magazine” that was the birth child of Craig Pinkney a local community worker, I worked with him on some youth forums at his centre and I ran the online web-group. When the ideas of doing a magazine came up it was only fitting I got involved.

Q. And I heard there is also a book in the works, what can you tell us about this venture?

Yes there is as if I don’t have enough figurative pies with my fingers in I want to do 3 books, one showcasing my poetry, one small pock sized book of motivational quotes and lastly a book I’m currently devising called “Memorandum of Understanding” and it deals with relationships, commitment and intimacy so look out for that.

Q. What's the music scene in the UK like at the moment?

It’s a weird scene out here; I don’t really know what to make of it I think most of the pop stuff is rubbish, but hey they better watch this space! My supporters I will not let you down.

Q. Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers and spread the Word about Rapsoulution Magazine

Thanks for your time and big up Anna, Slick Worthington and the rest of the team at Rap Soulution, once again you can find me at the usual web outlets. Peace

Full Magazine issue can be downloaded here featuring:
5th Seal,
JAM 718,
Ekorb aka Mr. Bangkok Dangerous,
Omillio Sparks,
Hope For The Future,
and more......