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Boris Bridge: The Rehash and War Paint make-up for men

FROM Boris Johnson's bridge plan resurrected from the ashes of lunacy, to the first make-up range for men hitting the shelves in - let's consult the calendar, 2020 - This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Tuesday 11th February.

The Government is once again looking at Boris Johnson's idea of a road bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland, despite it already being dismissed out of hand two years ago by engineers and, to quote the media, "criticism of the prime minister's mixed record on delivering bridges".
This Reporter notes that Mr Johnson appears to be using his clout as Prime Minister to achieve what he could not as London mayor to make "Boris Bridge" a reality, no matter where Boris Bridge eventually is or on what shadows of reality it is actually pinioned.
This latest reincarnation would encompass an expanse of 20 miles of road way from the UK mainland to Larne in Northern Ireland across waters 300 metres deep in places. As London Mayor Mr Johnson had spearheaded the doomed garden bridge project, which cost more than £50million without work even beginning.
A deportation flight carrying "hardened criminals" has taken off to Jamaica despite an 11th hour court ruling to stop it.
The Home Office refuses to make an apology over allowing the flight loaded with some 50 criminals, who they claim are all foreign nationals guilty of the most heinous of crimes including murder and rape, to depart this morning (Tuesday) despite the court intervening late on Monday night with the technicality that a number of the offenders had not had sufficient access to legal aid.
A cross-body group of 170 MPs had objected to the Home Office plans to deport these individuals claiming many of them had come to the UK as youngsters and knew nothing of Jamaica, and were set to leave wives and children behind. MPs including Labour's David Lammy also interjected that those guilty of committing serious crimes were a minority and issued the plea once again: "when would black lives begin to matter?"
Four people wearing trainers had to be rescued from near the summit of Ben Nevis after being caught in a blizzard. The mountain rescue team who brought the group to safety said there could have been a very different ending after they found there was not a single ice axe, crampon, item of winter clothing or map between them and three out of the group were just wearing trainers.
They added that the weather had been "horrendous" with the wind chill about -20C. But that didn't appear to stop this particular band of explorers taking to the summit of an ice entrusted mountain kitted out as though on a stroll into town.
And finally, a make-up brand aimed at men will be available across the country after its trial on London's Oxford Street exceeded expectations. War Paint for Men won the backing of two investors on the BBC's Dragon's Den and began a trial in John Lewis' Oxford Street store in January.
It is the first make-up brand targeted specifically at men and demand proved more than 50 per cent higher than expected during the trial.
Daniel Gray said he founded War Paint after wearing make-up for over 20 years and purchasing it pretending it was for someone else. He said he hoped he was finally breaking the stigma.
This Reporter, in order to give some perspective on how long this particular entrepreneurial project has taken from germ of idea to conception, has consulted her big book of history and can confirm men have been wearing make-up, in its various contrivances, since the dawn of time.

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