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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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Last year we had President Ahmadinejad of Iran, the year before some veiled dozy bint.
This year's Chrismas message on Channel Four comes from Miss Katie Piper.
Acid attack survivor Katie Piper urges viewers to "appreciate the beautiful things and the beautiful people that you have in your life now," in Channel 4's alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast this year.
In her message, she reflects on her progress over the last year and how strangers' words of kindness have helped her to move forward.
Piper was left fighting for her life after former boyfriend Daniel Lynch raped her and then arranged for another man to hurl the corrosive liquid.
The acid burned through all four layers of skin on her face, some spilling down her throat, and she was left blind in one eye. Piper has undergone more than 30 operations on her face and throat.
But she tells how it took the tragedy for her to reassess her "self-obsessed" life.
She says in her message: "Don't wait 'til there is tragedy in your life. Don't wait 'til you lose somebody. Don't wait until it's too late. Appreciate the beautiful things and the beautiful people that you have in your life now."
Amen to that. That's courage in adversity.

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Posted on 12/24/2009 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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Listen here.

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Posted on 12/24/2009 12:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From, amazingly, The New York Times:  There’s Only One Way to Stop Iran By ALAN J. KUPERMAN   PRESIDENT OBAMA should not lament

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Christian Defense Coalition and Generation Life are outraged that an ornament of a man who crushed human

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Rosemary Soohkdeo, wife of Barnabas Fund Director Patrick, would not use a term like "dozy bints" to describe a Western woman foolish enough
"A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in the Presence at White-Hall" Dark and dull night, fly hence away, And give the honour to this Day, That

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From an article by Daniel Pipes in the Jerusalem Post: "To provide context: About 20 percent of Palestinians since the 1920s have been willing to
There are few sights more melancholy than that of uncompleted buildings on which all work has stopped. Such buildings conjure up the spectre of a civilization

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I’ve barely scratched the surface of the history of Christmas Carols because I’ve allowed myself to be diverted into a few interesting side-channels,
The Times seems to be of the opinion that prestigious jobs and affluence will be the solution to the problem, and one must never forget the potential

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From The Telegraph A bishop says a plan to open Britain’s largest Muslim faith school in a town still recovering from race riots eight years ago
For those who celebrate Hannukah or Christmas this time of year, as you drink some eggnog before the burning yule-tide log, and gaze at the presents under

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Kudos to “Barbarossa” at the Jawa Report.  He or she ought to be pleased with the results of today’s Rifqa Bary custody hearings 
Much is being made, apparently, of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, because he had a falling-out with Khomeini (whose intended successor many say he was), and

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The passing of revered Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, 87 years old, this weekend sparked the massive protests at his funeral in the holy city

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Mithal al-Alousi's dismissal of internal fissures in Iraq as exaggerated, that reference to (splits among) "Sunnis and Shi'a and Kurds and Turcomans"
From The Daily Mail The father of a teenager encouraged to marry and rape his 12-year-old cousin was jailed for three years today. The 54-year-old man

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