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Ex-soldier Takes Down Nazi Flag After Community Uproar



Billy Brown took down a swastika flag which was flying at his home in Newcastle (Picture: NCJMedia Ltd)

A pensioner who claims to be a former British soldier has taken down a Nazi flag which he was flying outside his home after an outcry from neighbours.

Billy Brown, 81, put the red flag, which contained a black and white swastika, up in the back garden in Newcastle on Monday.

He claims the flag was posted through his letterbox one day by an unknown person and he decided to fly it after checking whether it was illegal to do so.

One neighbour on Belmont Walk in Walker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘He’s always got different flags but that is the first time I’ve seen a Nazi flag. I’m in complete and utter shock. I’m disgusted.’

Another local resident reported how German music was also heard at his home during the late morning and early afternoon. The tune which was being played at the property was Erika, a marching song composed in the 1930s and used by the German military.

‘Other neighbours are as disgusted as I am, it gives the street a bad name as we’ll all be tarred with the same brush,’ they said.

‘Walker is a lovely mix of people so there will be a lot upset at seeing this bigoted flag. They have been singing loudly songs in German but, as I do not speak German, I do not know if they were Nazi songs or something else.’

Billy Brown who had a swastika flag of the Nazi German Reich, flying at his home in Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Picture: NCJMedia Ltd)

He removed the flag after an outcry from neighbours (Picture: NCJMedia Ltd)

He claimed he put the flag up for a relative who was interested in history and World War II (Picture: NCJMedia Ltd)

The Swastika is wildly recognised as a symbol of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party (Picture: NCJMedia Ltd)

A third person, who lives nearby, added: ‘That’s wrong. He can’t be doing things like that no matter how old he is. It’s offensive – it’s naughty, it’s very naughty.’

The Swastika is wildly recognised as a symbol of the Nazi Party. Between 1933 and the end of World War II in 1945, the party, which was led by Adolf Hitler, controlled German life and killed millions of Jews as well as other persecuted groups across Europe.

Billy, who claims he was was in the British Army for six years and served in Germany, claims he put the controversial Nazi flag up for a relative who was interested in history and World War II.

Billy, who has lived at the address for 49 years, said: ‘The flag was pushed through the letter box one Saturday.

‘I was a bit concerned I would upset people. I was worrying with it being a dodgy flag – and it doesn’t get much more dodgy than that.

‘If it had been banned I wouldn’t have done it. I’m going off what somebody said on the computer.’

Billy, who has also been a shipyard worker, has numerous flags from different countries which he puts up in his garden.

He said: ‘I put different flags up. It’s something to do. I had a Sierra Leona one, I’ve just took it down. I have got storage boxes, about three or four of them, and I just pick one out.’

Billy said he puts up flags from around the world but he wouldn’t put a Union Jack one up. When asked why, he replied: ‘With the state of this country, you’re kidding?’

He took the Nazi flag down at around lunchtime on Tuesday after becoming aware of the backlash by neighbours.

‘I’ll still fly my flags but this one is definitely gone. I’ll put it in a black bag,’ he said.

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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