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Stop Press: 18 January

Today's news: spies, kebabs and pirates on the Thames

Written by . Published on January 18th 2012.

Stop Press: 18 January

Golden Boy
Dalston’s own Idris Elba has just been awarded the Golden Globe for his detective role in drama series, Luther. Leona Lewis congratulated Elba on Twitter saying: “Congrats to Idris Elba on the golden globe! My fellow hackney boy.” 

First the Brixton Pound, Now the Boris Banknote
Fake money seems to be a popular commodity in London these days; Hackney Green Party activists are following Brixton’s lead, distributing £250,000 Boris banknotes to commuters at Dalston Kingsland. The Party were aiming to promote their campaign supporting small businesses. 

Crossrail tunner borer competitionFluffy and Princess were already taken..

A Boring Name
Crossrail has launched a competition to name six of the giant, tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) that will construct London’s new rail tunnels. Winners can choose between Eurostar vouchers or an annual family pass to Merlin Theme Parks, donated by Crossrail’s tunnelling and delivery contractors. 

Kebabs are the New Black
Well according to Giles Coren, anyway. The Times food critic wrote that E. Mono on (128 Kentish Town Road NW1 9QB) is “without question, the hippest place to be seen at the moment.”  In his review, which scored the doner pros a proud eight out of ten, Corin waxed lyrical about the impressive greaseproof paper and the beautiful Victorian exterior. Customers from as far away as Oxford are new queuing up out the door. 

Daniel Craig found his gig onlineDaniel Craig found his gig online

Fancy Yourself as the Next James Bond? Apply Online…
It doesn’t take much to be a spy these days. Cheltenham-based intelligence service, GCHQ, posted an online code titled 'Can you crack it?' in attempt to discover the world’s genius minds. The challenge was aimed at finding people with decoding and hacking skills to fill one of 35 vacancies at their Gloucestershire headquarters.

The MI5 also caught Google fever; The British Secret Service have launched an online survey to discover would-be spies who can provide security support for the London Olympic Games. 

Robo Op
Barry Merchant, 67, became the first patient in the world to receive new, robotic technology. The pensioner, who had a weak spot in his main artery, was successfully using the new Magellan Robotic System at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

Pirates of the Thames
A Lithuanian ‘pirate’ attempted to steal a millionaire’s £550,000 pleasure boat from its harbour in St Katharine Docks, before realizing he couldn’t escape the marina without a booking registration. Ramunas Slusnys then parked the luxury vessel up near Tower Bridge, helped himself to a bowl of cornflakes and drank a bottle of wine. Slusnys has been jailed for eighteen months after a jury unanimously found him guilty of attempted theft of both boat and wine.

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