The World is Changing. Isn’t it Time the British Fashion Industry Collective did the Same?

There.  I said it.  But I certainly wouldn’t be the first.  It just needs to be reiterated a few times until it can marinate and eventually set in.  Well that’s the intention, anyway. Fresh off a protest staged outside London … Continue reading

This Girl: An Exclusive Interview with Singer-Songwriter Loretta Heywood by Brucella Newman

This Girl: An Exclusive Interview with Singer-Songwriter Loretta Heywood

After a two decade-long musical hiatus, Loretta Heywood is back on the music circuit with her brand new EP, 5 Shades of Blue, which was taken from her first series of recordings, entitled The Boy Across The Road.  Loretta also … Continue reading

iPhone 5 Explosion Causes Damage to Woman’s Eye

She said phone became uncomfortably hot after 40-minute call


A Chinese woman from Dalian named Li was left with a severely scratched cornea after her iPhone 5 overheated then exploded before she could end the call.  The explosion happened after she took a 40-minute call from a friend and then tried to hang up.  But the phone failed to respond when she tried to hit ‘end call’ and instead exploded, causing damage to the woman’s eye.

Li, who cannot open her inflamed and injured eye, told the Dalian Evening News that she had only had the iPhone since September.  She said that it had been dropped once before, causing a small dent in the top right hand corner of the screen, which is also the same point where the phone exploded.

Li went on that she noticed that the phone had grown uncomfortably hot against her face, so she tried to hang up.  But in doing so doing, she found the touchscreen would not respond.  That was when it exploded, causing shrapnel-like particles to fly through the air, one of which hit Li in the eye, scratching her cornea.

This horrific occurrence is reminiscent of previous incidents with mobile phones, when a man from Hong Kong had purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4, which exploded, eventually causing his whole apartment to burn down.  Further investigations into the incident sought to establish whether the owner of the phone had been using any third-party chargers, which has become a common occurrence.  Where Apple is concerned, this is also something that the company is taking great pains to get across to its customers.

Ma Allun, a pretty 23-year old flight attendant, who previously worked with China Southern Airlines, tragically suffered a fatal electrocution when she answered her iPhone while it was still being charged.  Her brother said that her iPhone and its accessories had been passed on to investigative authorities.  Her sister also posted a message on the Chinese micro-blogging network site, Weibo, “I want to warn everyone else not to make phone calls when your mobile phone is recharging,” the Daily Mail reported.  The sad and shocking part of all this is that Ma was said to have bought her iPhone from an official Apple store in the province of Xinjiang and had been using the genuine charger that came with the iPhone at the time the tragedy struck.  Apple released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the family… We will fully investigate and co-operate with authorities in this matter.”

But an ever-growing problem is continuously emerging.  One cannot often knowingly ascertain as to whether they have purchased a genuine or cloned Apple product, unless they are proactive in their research for the tell-tell signs, when drawing comparisons to real and fake Apple products, so popular and in demand are their products in China, second only to the US.  Merchants in China are now known to reproduce many high quality looking copy-cat Apple products, from laptops, to iPads and iPods and the skill involved makes it more and more difficult to differentiate between the fake and genuine article.

It was reported in the Daily Mail that in the Chinese city of Kumming alone, 22 counterfeit Apple stores were discovered in 2011.

It is still unclear as to whether Li’s phone was charged with one of these third-party chargers, but Apple’s after-sales service, after speaking with the Dalian Evening News, are now said to be conducting further investigations into the matter.  Apple is also reported to have said that iPhone 5’s warranty does not tend to cover explosions, so Li cannot expect any compensation.  However, if Li were found not to be using a third-party charger, this would be an extremely bad PR move on Apple’s part.  As I write, my eye is constantly wandering over to my iPhone to look for any small dents…

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Missing Father and Son Found After Living in Trees for 40 Years


An 82-year old Vietnamese man and his 41-year old son have been found living in trees in the jungle in the central province of Quang Ngai, Vietnam, after going missing for 40 years.

Ho Van Thanh was last seen four decades ago, fleeing into the forest with his then one-year old son, Ho Van Lang, after a bomb explosion in his home killed his wife and two other children during the country’s war with the US in 1973.

Neighbouring villagers, who had wandered 40 kilometres into the woods looking for firewood had found the pair, living in a tree house and wearing loincloths made from tree bark.  The villagers alerted local authorities, who rescued the pair on Wednesday.  Thanh was said to be too old and too weak to walk and was carried out of the jungle in a hammock.

The two men had managed to survive for 40 years on a diet of cultivated forest vegetation consisting of cassava, corn, sugar cane and wild leaves and by hunting animals.   They had been living in a tree house resembling a bird’s nest, around six meters off the ground, near a stream.  They had also made their own knives, axes and arrows for hunting.

Thanh had another newly born son at the time of his disappearance with Lang.  Ho Van Tri was said to have first found his father and brother more than 20 years ago and had tried in vain to persuade them to come home, according to a report in VnExpress.  Tri returned every year, bringing them salt and oil, but they still would not accept him.  He said that many times he had returned with more people to try to bring them home, but the pair would quickly hide away whenever they saw anyone coming.  Tri said that they were even brought clothes and pots to use, but Thanh just kept them in a bag.  Two items that were found in Thanh’s possession were a tiny red jacket that once belonged to young Lang, along with Thanh’s army pants he wore as a soldier.

A frail Thanh is now being treated at a medical centre, while his son is being cared for by his nephew, Ho Ven Bien.  Bien said, “My uncle doesn’t understand much of what is being said to him and he doesn’t want to eat or even drink water.”  Bien went on to say, “He is very sad.  He doesn’t say anything now.  We know he wants to escape my house to go back to the forest, so we have to keep an eye on him now.”

The discovery of Thanh and Lang is said to have shaken the little community, which believed the men after all this time, to be dead.

“No one could imagine Thanh and his son could live 40 years in isolation in the hard conditions of the jungle,” said villager Ho Van Xanh.

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