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IBM blocks TV adverts - Medals for 'independent' journalists - Wind farms danger to radar, say military - Ryanair boss explains his strategy

IBM has invented a television set that helps you to avoid annoying commercials. It automatically recognises the initial frames of adverts you‘ve decided to block, whereupon the screen goes blank or switches to another channel. Perhaps Michael Winner isn‘t unstoppable after all.


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it will give medals to journalists who were ’embedded‘ with British forces during the Iraq war. Armed forces minister Adam Ingram says, ’The medal recognises... the personnel who risked so much to remove Saddam Hussein‘s oppressive regime.‘ And to think we doubted their objectivity...


The MoD has also blocked almost half the applications for wind farms, saying any within 74km will affect its radar. This is 69km further than in Germany and 74km further than in the rest of Europe.


Michael O‘Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, recently described the major threats to his business as ’nuclear war in Europe, a major accident or believing our own bullshit‘. Ratner's would be proud.