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Jimmy Carr faces huge storm over comedian’s sick gag about dwarfs

Jimmy Carr faces huge storm over comedian’s sick gag about dwarfs

Entertainment
COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr is facing a storm over a sick gag about dwarfs. The controversial Channel 4 star was slammed for saying that dwarfs were “abortions which made it” during his Terribly Funny stand-up tour.Telly bosses were urged to fire him and people with dwarfism – including a charity fronted by Tenable game show host Warwick Davis – failed to see the funny side. Dwarf Erik Bourne, of Crawley, West Sussex, raged: “He’s never been abused in the street or made to feel so small he didn’t exist.   CONTROVERSIAL: The comedian said dwarfs were 'abortions which made it' during his stand-up tour (Pic: Daily Star ) DRINKS: Jimmy Carr and Kathy Lette at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink awards (Pic: Getty ) “I have – it’s almost a daily occurrence. Channel 4 should pull the plug an
How Chernobyl quietly became a huge TV hit

How Chernobyl quietly became a huge TV hit

Entertainment
Without fanfare, Chernobyl has become unmissable TV.The Sky Atlantic show, which concludes on Tuesday, is harrowing and unrelentingly bleak, with some complicated science to get to grips with.It is also a western-made drama about a disaster that occurred in the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago, of which details such as the number of deaths are still debated. There was much that could go wrong.And ultimately, we know how the story pans out. But seemingly from nowhere, this five-part mini-series is now the show that everyone is talking about. (Sorry, Game Of Thrones).After just three episodes, Chernobyl topped film and TV database IMDB's list of the greatest 250 TV shows of all time. It currently has a score of 9.7, based on more than 96,000 votes. Fan-voted charts obviously have thei...
Lorries face huge queues in a no-deal Brexit

Lorries face huge queues in a no-deal Brexit

Business
By Adam Parsons, business correspondent The government is drawing up plans for dealing with a massive increase in the number of lorries needing official paperwork in the wake of a potential no-deal Brexit.Industry insiders have told Sky News they fear that document checks could lead to huge queues on the motorways leading to Channel ports in Kent - undermining work to speed lorries through from Dover to Calais. At the moment, only a small fraction of hauliers need a permit - known as a transit document - to take goods between the UK and mainland Europe.However, if the UK was to leave the EU without a deal, that figure could go up 10 times - perhaps more, with thousands of drivers needing to obtain permits. Image: An...
Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province

Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province

Science
Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China. The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings "mind-blowing" - especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species.The fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been ...
US detects huge meteor explosion

US detects huge meteor explosion

Science
A huge fireball exploded in the Earth's atmosphere in December, according to Nasa.The blast was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago.But it went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.The space rock exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer at Nasa, told BBC News a fireball this big is only expected about two or three times every 100 years. What do we know?At about noon local time on 18 December, the asteroid barrelled through the atmosphere at a speed of 32km/s, on a steep traject...