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Two teenagers aged 18 and 19 have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a massive fire almost totally destroyed Hastings Pier, the Victorian era seaside attraction that during the 90s hosted John Digweed’s legendary Bedrock parties.
Press reports described how a small fire was spotted in the pier’s ballroom just after 1am, which, fanned by fierce onshore winds, rapidly spread along the entire top floor wooden decking.

“There was a big plume of smoke and the last 200ft (61m) of the pier is pretty much ablaze and it's spreading quite quickly towards the beach,” Inspector Lee Lyons, from Sussex Police, told the Daily Mail as the fire took hold, “The entire ballroom at the end is a burning framework with bits dropping off into the sea.”

Ranjit Nankani, 30, from Croydon was sentenced to serve at least 18 years in jail this week after being found guilty of decapitating a rival clubber with his car outside the Ministry of Sound last August bank holiday.

London’s Old Bailey Court heard how Nankani had argued with his victim Gary Johnson inside the club after apparently stepping on his toe then waited outside to take revenge after he was thrown out. After he moved down his victim in his car, Johnson’s friend Dwayne McPherson pulled out a gun and shot Nankini, wounding him. The incident was captured on CCTV, clips of which were broadcast on the BBC this week

"What you did must have involved a degree of premeditation,” sentencing judge Judge Stephen Kramer told Nankini, “It was a targeted revenge attack on a crowded public street when people were leaving the club to go home,” he added.

The killer was sentenced just a day before police issued a fresh appeal for information about the unrelated murder of south London club promoter Daniel Herbert 27, who was killed several miles away from Ministry in Bermondsey two weeks before the Ministry killings.

Press reports said Daniel was ‘singled out by association’ by members of a rival gang of childhood friends of his who were involved in selling drugs to clubs after venturing into the notoriously tough area last August.

"Daniel was chased by a gang of men, predominantly white males, four to five white males, who managed to capture him in St James's Road, where they beat him unconscious,” investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons told the BBC soon afterwards, “"Having done that, they dragged him to his knees, placed a gun to his head and murdered him.”

In an updated report the BBC said cops believe they know who carried out the killing though need more information to bring the case forwards.



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A new study of 3,200 American teenagers has discovered that 19.5% have lost at least 15 decibels of hearing ability, up from 14.9% of teens tested in 1990.

Researchers singled out the rising popularity of personal stereos such as iphones as the single factor most likely to have caused the dramatic increase and said that while the hearing loss discovered is relatively small, it is nevertheless highly significant.

"What people need to be cognizant of is that once you lose your hearing you can't get it back. It's not coming back," said study chief Josef Shargorodsky, an otolaryngologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

“And so that's why we have to think about preventing this from happening,” he added.

Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland revealed he has moved his family away from the German city this week after receiving death threats from people holding him responsible for the disaster at last month’s Love Parade.

21 people died and over 500 were injured when over 1 million people crammed into a space licensed to handle no more than 250,000 people though Mayor Sauerland told Der Spiegel he’d been exaggerating when he predicted millions would attend in the run-up to the Parade.

2,000 dance music fans have so far signed up to a Facebook group which urges people to vote for 83 year old TV presenter/ radio legend Jimmy Savile in this year’s DJ Top 100 poll.

Savile doppelganger Neil Scott singled out the Jim’ll Fix It star’s achievement of being ‘the first person to use 2 turntables to create a continuous flow of music’ as one reason to vote, as well as his well known penchant for fat cigars, tracksuits and fulfilling people’s wishes.

“Every year our inboxes are bombarded with spam asking us to vote for some DJ or other in the DJ Mag poll,” Neil noted.

Judge Jules, Steve Mac, Jody Wisternoff, Rocky, Christopher Lawrence and Jagz Kooner chatted to Skrufff this week about the necessity of working virtually non-stop to maintain their careers and almost all agreed that being a workaholic is vital for lasting DJ success.

"The thing with being a DJ is the there is a definite limited shelf life (very few have long term high level success) and (pardon the phrase) but it's very important to "milk it" for all its worth, while you are still in the limelight," acid house pioneer turned Primal Scream uber-producer Jagz Kooner recommended.

German techno star Chris Liebing accused both Love Parade organisers and local councillors from Duisberg of misusing the ‘Techno Movement’ this week and implicitly linked the event’s commercialisation to the deaths of 21 revellers two weeks ago.

“Looking back, it is actually a logical consequence and maybe also easy to recognize, that an event like this would eventually fall into the hands of people who see “celebrating, dancing and having fun together” not as the main reason to host a Love Parade,” Chris suggested in a statement distributed by his publicists.

On Thursday 9th September, BBC Radio 1 is celebrating legendary DJ Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with a night of programmes dedicated to her outstanding broadcasting career.

Since becoming BBC Radio 1’s first female DJ in 1970 Annie has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, with a rare ability to move with the times and appeal to new audiences throughout the years.  From Punk rock and New wave to Acid House and modern Breaks, Bassline and Drum & Bass, Annie has brought the music of hundreds of artists and bands to millions of listeners – in her own irreverent style.‬

Along with her status as BBC Radio 1’s longest serving presenter, Annie’s career has taken her on the road with some of the most iconic bands in history, including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police.  She continues to travel all over the world to DJ at international clubs and festivals, and is known as Queen of the Breaks for her championing of breaks, bass, beats and mixes in her current weekly BBC Radio 1 show and beyond. 

UK research organisation Mintel has revealed that an average of six night clubs a week closed in the UK in a trend they attributed to the economy and the availability of cheap alcohol in supermarkets in particular.

“Nightclubs were struggling prior to the recession as people increasingly opted for late-night bars,” said Mintel’s senior drinks analyst Jonny Forsythe.
 
“However, the economic downturn has accelerated their decline meaning that consumers — and particularly nightclub’s core target of 18-24 adults — have much less disposable income to spend on their leisure activities.”

The drinks expert revealed that 355 clubs closed in 2009 (13% of Britain’s 2,722 total) with young people increasingly drinking at home and avoiding partying in public altogether.

Lady Gaga urged her fans to turn the other cheek towards Westboro Baptist Church members, this week, after the God Hates Fags organization mobilized protestors to carry ‘God Hates Lady Gaga’ placards outside her concert in St Louis, Missouri.

"Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lude [lewd) and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from,” Gaga declared via Twitter.

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