900-Year-Old Viking Code Says "Kiss Me"
900-Year-Old Viking Code Says "Kiss Me"
Cameron Applauds Sikh Culture Following Harvest Holiday Parade
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A scholar in Norway has cracked a 900-year-old Viking code, and it turns out the Vikings were into graffiti. Jonas Nordby, a PhD student studying Runes at the University of Oslo, cracked the famed jötunvillur code. A secret Viking code that can be found on over 80 Norse inscriptions. Unfortunately, cracking the code didn't unlock any ancient Viking secrets, because it turns out the code was used for trivial messages, bragging, and writing their names on stuff. Basically, the Vikings were like a high school football team that conquered countries.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife joined in a celebration and parade in Gravesend, northern Kent, on Saturday, April 18, marking Vaisakhi, one of the most important national holidays for Sikhs. The festival celebrates harvest time in the Sikh homeland of Punjab, often referred to as the breadbasket of India due to its dairy and agricultural production. The parade ended at the town’s Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara.Immigration is a perennial issue in the UK. This footage, posted to the Conservative Party’s official YouTube channel, shows the prime minister wearing a traditional Sikh patka, praising the hard-work ethic the religion is known for, as well as acknowledging Sikhs’ participation in World War I fighting on the side of the allies. Credit: YouTube/Conservatives
London singer-songwriter Will Westerman has penned this acoustic number mocking UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s immigration policy, comments that foreign people with HIV are taking advantage of the NHS, and anti-EU stance.The accompanying video to the song, titled “Manifesto” follows a man wearing an papier-mache Farage head, expressing rage over free HIV checks, before traveling by train to toss a jar of Tikka Masala sauce off the white cliffs of Dover. Credit: YouTube/Will Westerman
Actor Michael Sheen stars in a new video for campaign community 38 Degrees, in which he urges people to use their vote to save the NHS from privatisation. “It is not there to line the pockets of people who want to make profit out of it,” he said. “You can’t just tie someone’s hands behind their back and then blame them for not putting up a good enough fight.” Credit: YouTube/38 Degrees
Protesters clashed with police in Bahrain on Friday, April 17, after marches demanding political change and the release of opposition activists took place, ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix on April 19. Protesters called for the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, chairman of the opposition Wefaq Society, who was detained in December, and other activists.Amnesty International released a <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/news/2015/04/bahrain-hopes-of-reform-crushed-amid-chilling-crackdown-on-dissent/" target="_blank">report</a> on April 15 documenting the use of detention and violence by Bahrain security forces to curb demonstrations by the gulf state’s majority Shiite Muslim population following a 2011 uprising. The footage above shows protesters throwing petrol bombs at armored police vehicles. Police vehicles are seen firing upon the protesters in the neighborhood of Nuwaidrat. Credit: YouTube/revolutionbahrainmc
One of the latest sea rescues of stricken migrants involved a boat carrying 69 people, many of whom had endured a two-day crossing with untreated severe burns. The injuries were caused by a gas explosion that killed several would-be migrants at a camp in Libya. A 25-year-old woman was found dead on arrival on April 17 at Lampedusa, off the coast of southern Italy, where the injured received medical treatment.Other migrants were held in a reception facility on the island. Some of those in critical condition were later transferred to Sicily, an hour away by helicopter. A spokeswoman for the UNHCR, Barbara Molinario, said: “They told us that traffickers held them before placing them on boats, and a gas cylinder exploded, killing several people and injuring many others. The traffickers would not allow them to leave and reach the hospital, so they didn’t get treatment for few days and then they were put on a rubber dinghy.” Credit: YouTube/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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