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Vladimir Putin gave Donald Trump a football which might have contained a microchip which could also have been a bug – but almost certainly wasn't. That hasn't stopped Bloomberg and CNN pulling together one hell of a story.

Putin handed the World Cup soccer ball to Trump during their Helsinki meeting. The fact that it may have had an electronic chip inside makes pretty much the perfect headline for the likes of Bloomberg and CNN because it contains just about enough truth to stoke some Cold War 2 suspicion, and generate some serious clicks.

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The possible spy ball in question made its appearance in an incident that would have dominated coverage of any normal high-level political summit. The US President was handed the Word Cup football, then immediately threw it at his wife's head. Not something you see everyday at international gatherings.The usual media speculators expended a lot of energy insisting First Lady Melanias smile was actually more of a grimace as she sat there squeezing the ball in an ominous sign of the painful retribution that may lay ahead for Trump.

Having stripped the rest of the carcass of the Helsinki summit bare of material for speculation and hearsay, Bloomberg decided to run a story saying that the markings on the ball suggested it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. Oh. My. God. It has it all, Trump, Putin, electronic bugs… erm… football, everything.

It turns out though the maker of the ball, Adidas, puts a transmitter on some of its products to advertise directly to people's phones. Some might suggest that's a story of nefarious intention in itself, but the mainstream media has Russian fish to fry.

So once the clickbait scare tactic has been deployed, the outlets who couldn't resist the tale, I'm looking at you CNN, then go about dismantling their own story within their own story. It's Shakespearean.

So let's run with the CNN version. I have helpfully provided an abridged version of their online story taking actual quotes, which will save you from having to read it for yourself.

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"Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump an Adidas soccer ball during a news conference last week in Helsinki, Finland — and the ball may have contained a transmitter chip."

Because:

"A logo indicated it has a chip included as part of a standard feature."

But:

"All gifts given to the US President are subject to thorough security screening."

And:

"It is unclear whether the ball Putin gave Trump contained the the advertised device — and even if it does, that doesn't mean it necessarily poses a security risk."

And:

"Scott Schober, a cybersecurity expert, said in an interview that the technology would be unlikely to be used for espionage and that any gift a US President receives would be thoroughly vetted to ensure it is safe."

There it is, a non-story destroyed by the teller of the story. CNN later suggests that "There has already been speculation, however, that the gift might not be secure." Why yes there has, in the paragraphs written directly before this line for example.

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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet for a summit in Helsinki. 2018 © Kevin Lamarque

This is a great new line of journalism though, what other conspiracy theories can we look forward to hearing surrounding this seemingly innocent football.

Air used to inflate Trump's football may actually be Novichok gas. Leather used to coat Trump's football may contain mad cow disease. Russia uses football to cause tension in Trump marriage. Russian World Cup was elaborate cover to present Trump with spy football. The list is frankly endless. I may actually pitch some of these to Bloomberg.

All this aside, this is without a doubt an informative story. It makes it very clear what the mainstream media is willing to do to follow the agreed narrative towards Russia. A Russian president and a transmitter in the same room is enough to put together a tale, let the facts be damned, or at least drip fed slowly.

From a mainstream media perspective though, why would Russia even need to bug Trump, he's already being run by the FSB apparently, so is presumably already transmitting secrets from every follicle.

"Russia gave Trump a football with a possible transmitter on it" sounds significant, but it wasn't. So why did at least two international media outlets think it was worth a story?

By Simon Rite

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A semi-naked man in a wheeled bathtub – not what youd expect to see in traffic, but a sight residents of one Russian city got anyway. Onlookers cheered on the hairy hero, but authorities were not impressed by the sudsy stunt.

Motorists, pedestrians, bus passengers, and – eventually – the internet were left stunned to see local video blogger Eduard Filippov getting towed around the streets of south Siberian city of Tyumen in a wheeled tub, complete with soapy bathwater.

The viral video, posted to Instagram, was met with positivity in the form of nearly 17,000 likes and over 300,000 views in just three days. The authorities, however, did not see the funny side, slapping the driver with a 1,000 rouble fine (some $16) for “improper passenger transportation.”

The short clip, documenting Saturdays bathtub escapades, featured the vlogger squirting other motorists with water pistols, letting of confetti cannons, and stunning drive-through workers with his strange mode of transport.

Filippovs Instagram page warned viewers against copying the stunt, stating it “was dangerous and punishable by law” – as the man and his friends learnt when they received their fine.

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A semi-naked man in a wheeled bathtub – not what youd expect to see in traffic, but a sight residents of one Russian city got anyway. Onlookers cheered on the hairy hero, but authorities were not impressed by the sudsy stunt.

Motorists, pedestrians, bus passengers, and – eventually – the internet were left stunned to see local video blogger Eduard Filippov getting towed around the streets of south Siberian city of Tyumen in a wheeled tub, complete with soapy bathwater.

The viral video, posted to Instagram, was met with positivity in the form of nearly 17,000 likes and over 300,000 views in just three days. The authorities, however, did not see the funny side, slapping the driver with a 1,000 rouble fine (some $16) for “improper passenger transportation.”

The short clip, documenting Saturdays bathtub escapades, featured the vlogger squirting other motorists with water pistols, letting of confetti cannons, and stunning drive-through workers with his strange mode of transport.

Filippovs Instagram page warned viewers against copying the stunt, stating it “was dangerous and punishable by law” – as the man and his friends learnt when they received their fine.

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April the giraffe, whose pregnancy took the internet by storm last year and captivated viewers all over the world, is pregnant again with baby number 5, and were just not ready.

Last year, more than 232 million people tuned in to watch April over her seemingly never-ending seven week labour. The actual birth of her fourth calf, Tajiri, was livestreamed by over 1 million people on April 15, 2017.

April the Giraffe is pregnant again and it's like this big news story. She's like the Kardasian of giraffes.

— Michael Bennett (@BennettOnAir) July 25, 2018

READ MORE: It's a boy! April the giraffe gives birth as massive global audience watches live (VIDEO)

Animal Adventure Park, in Harpursville, New York, announced the latest pregnancy on the Today Show Wednesday, reportedlyending weeks of speculation.” In an effort to avoid the impatient chaos of last year, the zoo refused to reveal Aprils exact due date, instead telling viewers Tajiri will become a big brother some time in March.

While announcing the pregnancy, zookeepers revealed how exactly they know April is pregnant to avoid the “rumours like last year that she was faking it.” Basically, Aprils poop was collected each day for a month, frozen, and sent to a zoological lab for testing.

I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby…#AprilTheGiraffe is pregnant again. I'll probably watch.

— Danielle Meese Dupke (@DanielleMeese) July 25, 2018

giraffes are my favorite animal in the world and if you think Im going to closely follow Aprils second pregnancy every step of the way you are absolutely correct #AprilTheGiraffe

— carly ✰ farmer (@carlyjaxon) July 25, 2018

READ MORE: Hard to spot: Rare white giraffes filmed in Kenya (VIDEO)

An average giraffe pregnancy last 15 months, but Aprils pregnancies have been known to last between 17 and 19 months, the zoo said. A new livestream has already started so eager viewers can watch April throughout the long journey.

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April the giraffe, whose pregnancy took the internet by storm last year and captivated viewers all over the world, is pregnant again with baby number 5, and were just not ready.

Last year, more than 232 million people tuned in to watch April over her seemingly never-ending seven week labour. The actual birth of her fourth calf, Tajiri, was livestreamed by over 1 million people on April 15, 2017.

April the Giraffe is pregnant again and it's like this big news story. She's like the Kardasian of giraffes.

— Michael Bennett (@BennettOnAir) July 25, 2018

READ MORE: It's a boy! April the giraffe gives birth as massive global audience watches live (VIDEO)

Animal Adventure Park, in Harpursville, New York, announced the latest pregnancy on the Today Show Wednesday, reportedlyending weeks of speculation.” In an effort to avoid the impatient chaos of last year, the zoo refused to reveal Aprils exact due date, instead telling viewers Tajiri will become a big brother some time in March.

While announcing the pregnancy, zookeepers revealed how exactly they know April is pregnant to avoid the “rumours like last year that she was faking it.” Basically, Aprils poop was collected each day for a month, frozen, and sent to a zoological lab for testing.

I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby. I'm not spending days looking for a giraffe baby…#AprilTheGiraffe is pregnant again. I'll probably watch.

— Danielle Meese Dupke (@DanielleMeese) July 25, 2018

giraffes are my favorite animal in the world and if you think Im going to closely follow Aprils second pregnancy every step of the way you are absolutely correct #AprilTheGiraffe

— carly ✰ farmer (@carlyjaxon) July 25, 2018

READ MORE: Hard to spot: Rare white giraffes filmed in Kenya (VIDEO)

An average giraffe pregnancy last 15 months, but Aprils pregnancies have been known to last between 17 and 19 months, the zoo said. A new livestream has already started so eager viewers can watch April throughout the long journey.

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A historical hotel reputed to be sited near where Robert the Bruce was inspired by a spider is on the market.

Dunvalanree, a hotel on the stunning West Highland beach where Robert the Bruce landed while fleeing the English following an early setback, is being offered for sale.

Located in the tiny Kintyre hamlet of Port Righ, sits on a sandy cove overlooking the Isle of Arran.

A popular guest house with restaurant for the past two decades, it has previously has been graded four stars by Visit Scotland as a Restaurant with Rooms, and had entries in the Good Food Guide and Good Hotel Guide.

Dunvalanree is located in a site linked to Robert the Bruce

The seller has owned the Dunvalanree since 1998 and operated continuously through to the end of the 2016 season. For personal reasons the business did not operate or open for business in 2017.

Dunvalanree is an attractive and substantial property, built in 1939, which has a superb location overlooking Port Righ Bay, just south of Carradale on the Kintyre peninsula.

This beautiful location conjures endless notions of romanticism, and rightly so, but on a more macabre note Port Righ is also infamously known as the only place in the UK where there has been recorded fatalities – in 1937 – resulting from a shark attack, from a basking shark.

On a more historical note, Port Righ is also believed to have been the landing point for Robert the Bruce, whilst escaping from the English, and where, allegedly, loosely the cave is located in the locality where Robert the Bruce had his spider experience.

Dunvalanree is a hotel on a stunning West Highland beach

Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, said: Dunvalanree, which has traded very successfully over the past 20 years, is a super property in an outstandingly idyllic location.

It is an ideal opportunity for those seeking that definitive life-style change, with the potential of a good little income.

The Kintyre peninsula is a sought after destination by many and Dunvalanree can easily capitalise on this appeal.

Alongside the seven letting bedrooms, lounge and restaurant, Dunvalanree comes with a detached self-catering cottage and a four-bedroom private flat for owners.

Colliers International is seeking offers of around £450,000.

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A historical hotel reputed to be sited near where Robert the Bruce was inspired by a spider is on the market.

Dunvalanree, a hotel on the stunning West Highland beach where Robert the Bruce landed while fleeing the English following an early setback, is being offered for sale.

Located in the tiny Kintyre hamlet of Port Righ, sits on a sandy cove overlooking the Isle of Arran.

A popular guest house with restaurant for the past two decades, it has previously has been graded four stars by Visit Scotland as a Restaurant with Rooms, and had entries in the Good Food Guide and Good Hotel Guide.

Dunvalanree is located in a site linked to Robert the Bruce

The seller has owned the Dunvalanree since 1998 and operated continuously through to the end of the 2016 season. For personal reasons the business did not operate or open for business in 2017.

Dunvalanree is an attractive and substantial property, built in 1939, which has a superb location overlooking Port Righ Bay, just south of Carradale on the Kintyre peninsula.

This beautiful location conjures endless notions of romanticism, and rightly so, but on a more macabre note Port Righ is also infamously known as the only place in the UK where there has been recorded fatalities – in 1937 – resulting from a shark attack, from a basking shark.

On a more historical note, Port Righ is also believed to have been the landing point for Robert the Bruce, whilst escaping from the English, and where, allegedly, loosely the cave is located in the locality where Robert the Bruce had his spider experience.

Dunvalanree is a hotel on a stunning West Highland beach

Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, said: Dunvalanree, which has traded very successfully over the past 20 years, is a super property in an outstandingly idyllic location.

It is an ideal opportunity for those seeking that definitive life-style change, with the potential of a good little income.

The Kintyre peninsula is a sought after destination by many and Dunvalanree can easily capitalise on this appeal.

Alongside the seven letting bedrooms, lounge and restaurant, Dunvalanree comes with a detached self-catering cottage and a four-bedroom private flat for owners.

Colliers International is seeking offers of around £450,000.

For more information, click HERE.

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Commuters using the Northern Line this morning are facing severe delays due to a faulty train.

There is no service between Camden Town and Edgware and severe delays between Camden Town and Kennington, with minor delays on the rest of the line.

No service btwn Camden Town and Edgware. Severe delays btwn Camden Town & Kennington via Charing Cross. Minor delays on the rest.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

Severe delays between Camden Town and Morden due to an earlier faulty train.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

There is also no service from Finchley Central to Mill Hill East.

No service Finchley Central to Mill Hill East. No service between Camden Town and Edgware due to a faulty train. Minor delays on the rest.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

There is also a disrupted service on the District Line with minor delays between Earl's Court and Turnham Green due to signal failure at Kew Gardens. There is currently no service between Turnham Green and Richmond.

Severe delays while we carry out repairs. Services are every 15 mins across the line except every 20 mins btwn Acton Tn and Rayners lane.

— Piccadilly line (@piccadillyline) November 30, 2016

The Northern and District Line delays come as Piccadilly Line passengers continue to face serious delays on the line. Around half the Piccadilly Line fleet was taken out of service for repairs last week, and until all the trains are restored to proper working order, a reduced timetable is running.

Severe delays while we carry out repairs. Services are every 15 mins across the line except every 20 mins btwn Acton Tn and Rayners lane.

— Piccadilly line (@piccadillyline) November 30, 2016

Meanwhile, this could be a mere test run for the transport chaos that could beset the capital over the Christmas period – Southern rail workers are set to strike on three separate occasions between 6 December and 2 January, with more dates to be announced, and thousands of Tube workers have also voted in favour of industrial action.

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Commuters using the Northern Line this morning are facing severe delays due to a faulty train.

There is no service between Camden Town and Edgware and severe delays between Camden Town and Kennington, with minor delays on the rest of the line.

No service btwn Camden Town and Edgware. Severe delays btwn Camden Town & Kennington via Charing Cross. Minor delays on the rest.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

Severe delays between Camden Town and Morden due to an earlier faulty train.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

There is also no service from Finchley Central to Mill Hill East.

No service Finchley Central to Mill Hill East. No service between Camden Town and Edgware due to a faulty train. Minor delays on the rest.

— Northern line (@northernline) November 30, 2016

There is also a disrupted service on the District Line with minor delays between Earl's Court and Turnham Green due to signal failure at Kew Gardens. There is currently no service between Turnham Green and Richmond.

Severe delays while we carry out repairs. Services are every 15 mins across the line except every 20 mins btwn Acton Tn and Rayners lane.

— Piccadilly line (@piccadillyline) November 30, 2016

The Northern and District Line delays come as Piccadilly Line passengers continue to face serious delays on the line. Around half the Piccadilly Line fleet was taken out of service for repairs last week, and until all the trains are restored to proper working order, a reduced timetable is running.

Severe delays while we carry out repairs. Services are every 15 mins across the line except every 20 mins btwn Acton Tn and Rayners lane.

— Piccadilly line (@piccadillyline) November 30, 2016

Meanwhile, this could be a mere test run for the transport chaos that could beset the capital over the Christmas period – Southern rail workers are set to strike on three separate occasions between 6 December and 2 January, with more dates to be announced, and thousands of Tube workers have also voted in favour of industrial action.

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Mark Carney has had a pretty tumultuous year. His critics have lined up to attack him for politicising his office during the referendum campaign while his supporters credit him with being the only the grownup left standing in the wake of it.

He has survived bruising encounters with eurosceptic MPs on the Treasury Select Committee. Jacob Rees-Mogg, for example, has often managed the dual task of appearing unfailingly polite while at the same time witheringly hostile. He's also found himself dragged into Westminster politics as an unwitting pawn in power games between No 10 and the Treasury and has endured month after month of media speculation on everything form his tenure at the Bank to his future political ambitions.

Read more: Experts back a Brexit buffer, but fear Carney might have it wrong

In short, he's faced his fair share of tough times and – to his credit – he's still standing. All that could be about to change, however, as Threadneedle St could be about to face its toughest opponent yet: the vegan lobby. Yes, it turns out that the much lauded new five pound notes contain trace amounts tallow (animal fat) “in the polymer pellets used in the base substrate of the notes.” This technical description comes courtesy of the Bank of England twitter feed, which responded to a question from a (vegan) user about whether tallow was present in the new notes.

Upon confirmation that trace amounts of animal products were indeed lurking within our new fivers, an online petition has been launched which currently has 70,000 signatories – all united in fury and demanding that the offending ingredient be dropped from the manufacturing process. One devastated tweeter howled “So the BoE support the wholesale slaughter of animals…why doesn't this surprise me?” Just wait until they find out that crayons, condoms and plastic bags contain pretty much the same material as the hardy new note.

Read more: Mark Carney just confirmed when he will step down

Will the Bank buckle under online pressure? It's unlikely. Officials declined to comment on the petition but did point out that they buy polymer pellets from an external company which supplies banknote material for 80 denominations in 24 countries. Carney should hold firm in the face of outrage. After all, he's seen off bigger threats this year than an e-petition.

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