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Drug Stockpiling, Deep Fried Crap Land and the Tech Worker Fleece

FROM urgent calls for patients to stockpile their own medicine and Legoland renamed "Deep Fried Crap Land", to the tech worker's wardrobe essential - the fleece, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

Patients are being urged to start stockpiling their own drugs as soon as it looks likely the UK will leave the EU with no deal. This is the message from the pharmaceutical industry as they warn MPs a no deal Brexit will be "catastrophic" for medicine supplies.

Pharmaceutical bods elaborated, government contingency plans for suppliers to stockpile several weeks of drugs were insufficient and there were no facilities at ports to store drugs at low temperatures in event of delays. They pleaded the next phase of plans should be put in place. Meanwhile This Reporter urges immediate raids of pharmacies. Just don't say who sent you.

It's fair to say Donald Trump has never had the riches of the English language at his fingertips but the President plumbed new depths of communication ineptness when he described Saudi Arabia's deceit over the fate of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a manner akin to a movie review.

He blathered: "They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups...I'm saying they should have never thought about it. Once they thought about it, everything else they did was bad too...It should have never happened".

This comes as Mr Trump was finally forced to give formal recognition about the Saudi Royal Family's involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate earlier this month. Whilst he continued to give the benefit of the doubt to King Salman, he said if anyone was guilty it would be his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who was "running things over there". This Reporter fears - but actually doesn't - for Eric.

Investigations have been launched in Rome after 24 CSKA Moscow football fans were injured when a crowded escalator suddenly sped up, collapsed and hurled people to the ground. One of the fans, in the Italian capital to watch his team play AS Roma in a Champions League game, had his foot severed in the incident at Republica station on Tuesday.

Firefighters worked for over an hour freeing others from the metal plates of the escalator steps. It is at present "a mystery" how the escalator came to collapse but witness statements read that the escalator started breaking as singing and chanting fans jumped up and down on it. Beer bottles were found at the bottom.

Legoland in Windsor should be renamed "Deep Fried Crap Land" due to the poor food on offer, a food and farming charity has claimed. The day tripper's destination came bottom in a survey ranking the UK's top attractions on the nutritional value of the food and drink served to children, as carried out by the Soil Association.

An "army" of secret diners were sent out to the UK's most popular visitor sites and at Legoland the report noted the "all inclusive" entrance ticket provided children with refillable fizzy drinks and lunch at one of two restaurants, which both offered burgers, fried chicken and chips, but no veg. A Soil Association spokesperson sneered: "Some of the food on offer is simply junk".

Legoland's defence, mumbled through a mouthful of chicken wing - there's a salad bar at the pizza and pasta restaurant and all children's meals include a portion of fruit.

Today's fashion pick is one for the boys, as This Reporter would hate her male readers to feel forgotten about (though she must insist, in spirit of 2018 enlightenment, that all garments ever suggested are not restricted to a particular arrangement of chromosomes).

And the tech worker trend has been sloping its way down the catwalks for men this season - think cagoules, picture ties, fleeces. Think Richard Ayoade in The IT Crowd, or for more up-to-date reference, Nick Clegg (see earlier in the week). This Reporter suggests purchasing this bright orange fleece from North Face. Wear with irony, and a lanyard.

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