In a statement issued this afternoon by the United Nations spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General deplored the series of attacks committed earlier today in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula resulting in the deaths of over 70 Egyptian soldiers and the injury of many others and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt.“The United Nations stands firm with the people of Egypt in their fight against terrorism,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.Today’s attack comes just days after a bombing rattled the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis killing the Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and injuring at least eight others.According to initial reports, the two incidents do not appear to be related.
TODAY SEES TERRY Pratchett celebrate his 65th birthday.Lots of people love Terry Pratchett and his enormously funny books and so do we.So to celebrate, here are 9 reasons why Terry Pratchett is a legend.1. His amazing booksThere are of course the Discworld series, the 40th book of which will be published this year.They all have amazing covers: Via Terry Pratchett Books2. This picture of him with two birds on his headVia Imgur3. He favours a hatNot only is Terry Pratchett a gifted writer, we consider him a style icon.He is very good at rocking his signature black hatJohn Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesYui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnd not only does Terry rock that black hat, he is happy to share it with others.What a gent.Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images4. His work raising awareness of Alzheimer’s diseasePratchett was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and has since campaigned to raise awareness of the disease and donated money to Alzheimer’s disease charities.AlzheimersSociety / YouTube5. His brilliant fansPratchett’s writing, especially the Discworld series, have inspired generations of dedicated fans.Discworld conventions happen worldwide and lovers of the books dress up as their favourite characters.Some of them even got to dress up with their hero, when Terry Pratchett made an appearance at a small English town that was twinned with his fictional city Ankh-MorporkBen Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images6. He is a fan of catsPratchett once said this about cats:In fact he wrote a whole book about them (!):via Terry Pratchett BooksWe’re sure Terry would appreciate a good cat video or two, so in his honour:Davincipop / YouTubeDr Watson / YouTube7. His daughter seems really coolShe is also a writer and just wrote the storyline to the new Tomb Raider game.We know this because here she is holding a Tomb Raider related book.Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAND her name is Rhianna.It’s not quite Rihanna like the pop sensation but still.Here is Rhianna Pratchett answering e-mails (we imagine), presumably she gets at least 3 every day asking if she can sing Umbrella at somebody’s 21st.Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAnd if anyone asks her about being confused with a certain popstar she just gives them serious side-eye:Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images8. His tweets are very goodIt is always nice to see someone you like have a really great Twitter account and thankfully we can put Terry Pratchett on the list (his assistant Rob Wilkins looks after his tweets)There are tweets on Internet obsessionThe struggles of research trips for writers:And even that infamous has an adventure:9. He is wiseAs this video proves:Commander Kruge / YouTubeHappy Birthday Terry Pratchett!19 soundtracks you need to get if you don’t already have them>7 things we should really thank Shakespeare for> Via Terry Pratchett BooksAnd he ventured into non-Discworld related territory including children’s books Dodger and Johnny and the Dead