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While you were sleeping: 21 August 2017

By John Stupart 21 August 2017

Jerry Lewis passes away, Barcelona fans unite, and US destroyer collides with merchant ship.

Monday, 21 August 2017

“Stupidity’s the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.” 
William Gaddis

 
 
 

The ANC has acted on its threat to take steps to remove rebel ANC MPs and former tourism minister Derek Hanekom from his long-standing position as chairperson of the National Disciplinary Committee. 

 
 
 

Jerry Lewis dead at 91

Comedy titan Jerry Lewis has died, aged 91. Lewis, the former partner in performance with Dean Martin, became a film acting and directing legend in his own right. A torrent of messages of sympathy has issued forth from performers across the globe. Larry King in particular summed Lewis’ life up neatly, saying: “Jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades. His talent was surpassed only by his humanitarianism. Rest well, pal.”

 

Barcelona fans counter terror attack

Barcelona’s season opener at the Camp Nou stadium saw fans and players alike voice out against the weekend’s deadly terror attacks. Players wore black armbands and fans donned nameless shirts with “Barcelona” emblazoned at the back. Following a moment of silence, the 99,000 capacity stadium erupted in a chant of “No Tinc por“, Catalan that translates to “I’m not afraid”.

 

Thirteen dead in CAR clashes

Violence between Muslim Seleka and Christian anti-Balaka militia has left 13 dead. The fighting erupted in Bria, 450km from the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui. The fighting is believed to be over natural resources and control thereof. Observers inside the CAR have warned that the country may well be on the brink of catastrophe if no further intervention occurs.

 

Merchant vessel collides with navy destroyer

A US Navy destroyer was involved in a collision with a Singaporean merchant vessel. A report that revealed no information on injuries on either vessel, said damage was sustained to the USS John S McCain (DDG 56) on the port aft. Someone on that destroyer is no doubt now in a world of trouble with their higher-ups.

 
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The amount in dollars Neil Armstrong’s barber tried to charge for his customer’s clipped hair.

 

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