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2012 London Olympics Bill ‘Five Times 2005 Estimate Of £2.37bn’

THE FINAL cost of the 2012 Olympics is expected to be five times the estimated figure when London won the bid in 2005, a Sky Sports investigation has found. Their investigation has revealed that the final cost for hosting the Games will be over £12bn and associated costs could inflate the bill to as high […]


This is a story sent to us from former sign-writer and illustrator, David Holroyd (a well-known dolphin trainer from the 1970s) of Swinton, Lancashire, telling the amazing tale of a sea lion who comes to his keeper’s rescue after a row over a parking space is  a true story. “You couldn’t make it up!” said […]

Beanz Meanz Heinz Named Best Advertising Slogan Of All Time

THE HEINZ catchphrase  “Beanz Meanz Heinz”, which was conceived over a pint in a London pub in 1967, has bagged the title of best advertising slogan of all time, outshining Nike’s Just Do It. The slogan was the brainchild of retired advertising executive Maurice Drake. “I still find it incredible that over 40 years later, […]

Britain’s National Debt Rises Over £1 Trillion

BRITAIN’S national debt has breached £1 trillion for the first time in December, despite a bigger-than-expected fall in borrowing, showing huge challenges ahead in bringing the public finances under control. In spite of the rise in net debt, the nation’s finances are still in better shape than expected thanks to rising tax receipts and a […]

Brit Felicity Aston Skis Solo Across Antarctica

BRITISH adventurer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica on Monday, hauling two sledges around crevasses and over mountains into nearly constant headwinds, past the South Pole and onward to the coastal ice shelf, persevering for 59 days in near-total solitude. She made it to her destination ahead of schedule, using […]

January UJ Online Now!

THE January 2012 issue of the Union Jack is now online in PDF format. Click on here or on image to go to link.

Waterstone’s Surrenders Its Apostrophe

BRITISH bookstore Waterstone’s has dropped the apostrophe . . . and even its capital W. Why? A spokesman said that it was no longer “practical” in the age of the internet and e-mail addresses. The move has angered punctuation experts and customers of the UK’s last national bookshop chain. Mr John Richards, chairman of the […]

Watson’s Window

A RESTRAINED RICKY GERVAIS By Jerry Watson at the Golden Globe Awards BRITISH COMIC Ricky Gervais was more restrained with his caustic barbs, hosting, for the third time, the annual 69th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, last month. Last year, Gervais left a number of stars in the ballroom […]

Nurseries In UK Put Curry On The Menu To Meet Nutrition Guidelines

UNDER NEW nutrition guidelines, no more fish fingers, chicken nuggets, chips and cheesy pasta on the menus of UK’s nurseries. Lamb curry, mixed bean and root vegetable stew, lasagne, risotto, pilchards and tuna are the distinctly cordon bleu creations being recommended for toddlers. Nurseries across England are to receive advice on dealing with fussy eaters, […]

New British Fighter Jets Can’t Land On Aircraft Carriers

NEW fighter jets bought by Britain from US at a cost of £5bn cannot land on aircraft carriers because of a faulty hook that snags the war planes. The 50 Joint Strike Fighter jets were bought by the Royal Navy from US defence contractor Lockheed Martin, The Sun reported. The jets have a hook underneath […]

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