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Mail Bombs, Ross from Friends and the Dr Marten Boots

FROM the suspected bombs sent out to Trump's critics and Ross from Friends in the frame with Blackpool police, to the resurgence of picket line favourite - the Dr Marten boot, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

In the words of many a newspaper columnist, "the rhetoric became real" yesterday (Wednesday) as it emerged suspected explosives had been sent to a host of prominent Donald Trump critics including former President Barack Obama and Democrat presidential nominee Hilary Clinton. The "bombs" were intercepted by the US Secret Service. On the same day the CNN studios in New York were evacuated after a "live explosive device" was found in its mail room.

New York police commissioner James O-Neill said the targets may have been selected due to their opposition to Trump. And Trump's constant rhetoric of violence towards his opponents - including most recently praising the "slam-dunking" of a Guardian journalist - is certainly being seen by many as incitement on the part of the President to people taking matters into their own hands.

Trump, however, on discussing the incident of "terror" fell back on his old favourite scapegoat the media, who he felt should take the blame.

Meanwhile, the magic of social media has brought us a genuine highlight of the news generating calendar, as the worlds of American Friends actor David Schwimmer and Blackpool constabulary were seen to collide. It all began with the release of a CCTV still by Blackpool police on their Facebook page of a man wanted for theft from a restaurant, which Facebookers were quick to cry out was a doppelganger of Ross from Friends.

"Shouldn't he be at work...or is he on a break", wrote one cheeky poster, showing off his wit in the comments section. Another referencing a Friends episode in which Ross claims he is an expert in self-defence, wrote: "Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied karate".

Then who should pop up on Twitter but none other than The David Schwimmer, declaring "Officers, I swear it wasn't me", alongside video evidence he was in New York at the time. The police were also quick to say they had eliminated Ross Geller from their enquiries.

In other miracles, it has been reported that Prime Minister Theresa May made an "emotional" case for Brexit at a packed meeting of Tory backbenches last night (Wednesday). Those at the 1922 Committee declared a "state of unity" had broken out following her address, despite expectations the meeting would become a tense showdown - as let's not forget, it was in reference to this gathering that one Tory MP had declared in the press Mrs May should "bring her own noose".

Not so, as former Home Secretary Amber Rudd said after the meeting, Mrs May had "won the room" as she took questions from her party, no doubt focusing on "backstops" and extended transition periods, for over an hour. Whilst fellow backbencher Michael Fabricant said the atmosphere had been far less "lion's den" and more "petting zoo".

However, another nameless MP on being questioned on the most memorable line of the evening, said he couldn't recall, adding Mrs May was like his mother "and my mother's 95".

Finally style news in the shape of the Dr Marten boot. It has come to This Reporter's attention that while the vast majority of British businesses have been left to sink on the upended gravy boat which is Brexit crisis times, retro footwear brand Dr Marten is enjoying something of a surge in profits.

The company, based in Northamptonshire, and best known for producing work-style boots, enjoyed a rise in earnings of 33 per cent to £50million in the year to March, money reports state. The popularity increase has been attributed to a number of celebrities, including David and Brooklyn Beckham, being spotted stomping around in them.

But with the boots historically enjoying bursts of resurgence when the whiff of rebellion taints the air - 1970s punk, Britpop in the 90s - it's no wonder they're back, comments This Reporter, when there's so many reasons to get marching - metaphorical or otherwise. She suggests this cherry red pair.

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