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March 13, 2013

Next Papal conclave “to be held at Sundridge Park”

by articulatedsheep

In his first act as Pope, Francis I has confirmed that Papal conclave following his death will be held at south-east London hotel and conference venue Sundridge Park, instead of the Sistine Chapel, in a break from tradition.

Cardinals gathered to select a new Pope spent much of their time discussing the inadequacies of their current facilities, and finally resolved to change venues “next time”.

At just 76, critics worry he could be too callow and immature for the role

At just 76, critics worry he could be too callow and immature for the role

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, chair of the working group set up to investigate a different location for future conclaves, said, “Basically, while the Sistine Chapel is lovely, it’s frankly too big for our needs and the day-delegate rate is way too high.”

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March 13, 2013

A day in the life: Julian Assange

by articulatedsheep

Occasionally we ask a prominent public figure to explain what they do on a typical day. This time, it’s the turn of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

“Every day at the Embassy starts bright and early at 8.30am. Thanks to a complex system of bells and pulleys, from my bed I have immediate access to all the embassy staff, and as soon as I wake up I ring for the ambassador. Yesterday I had to give him a bit of a hard time because my egg had been over-boiled – I’m an easy-going guy and I don’t want to make a big thing out of it, but ultimately he has to understand that he has to be held accountable for his mistakes. I was, however, pleased with the warmth and texture of my toasty soldiers.

After a quick shower I start work for the day. I need space to carry out my vital duties as the world’s last, best defence against tyranny, and while the top two floors of the embassy are pretty poky, they just about suit my needs. At first some of the embassy staff complained that this, necessarily, meant that they were being confined to three rooms on the ground floor, but frankly that’s just the way it’s got to be.

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