Cologne Image: Motiqua
The posthumous pardon for Alan Turing cannot be granted in spite of the protection of freedoms bill
. But wait another 300 years and the computer genius could be in with a retrial.
In 1627 German post office owner Katharina Henot was convicted as a witch and burned at the stake in Cologne. 385 years later doubts have been cast on Henot’s witch status and a retrial called by the Cologne Council, who originally found Henot guilty. This is part of a bid to rehabilitate the names of those executed all across Germany where 25,000 witches sentenced to burn in the 15th century.
SKIRMISH! Image: Wired Canvas
It’s inspired books, films, claimed teeth and bruised butts, it’s about time the dangerous sport roller derby got included in the Olympics and 2020 might just be the year. Alongside baseball, softball, wakeboarding, squash, sport climbing, rollersports, karate, and the martial art wushu it’s under consideration for inclusion as an Olympic sport.
The fast paced contact sport on wheels has been on the rise since it was revived in the early 2000s. The activity differs from other current Olympic sports with its punk ethic and DIY attitude. Just the kind of thing that would have interested the teenage me in sports and the kind of thing cross country running does not provide.