Daily Archives: July 12, 2008

NEWS: ‘Combat Barbie’ or Miss England 2008

Female soldier dubbed ‘Combat Barbie’ wins a place in Miss England 2008 final

By Daily Mail Reporter – UK
12th July 2008

A female squaddie who fought off a suspected Iraqi insurgent has swapped guns for glamour and won a place in the final of Miss England 2008.

Katrina Hodge, 21, dubbed ‘Combat Barbie’ after being honoured for saving the lives of members of her regiment, will represent England at Miss World 2008 if she wins in July.

Combat Barbie

Combat Barbie

She wants to use her place in the Miss England competition to highlight the work of the Armed Forces.

Ms Hodge was given a bravery commendation in 2005 after members of her regiment were threatened at gunpoint by a suspected Iraqi insurgent after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned.

She said: ‘I was in complete shock at first. The force of the accident caused our vehicle to roll over three times and threw us off guard.

‘As I came round, the Iraqi suspect was standing over us with the rifles. I knew if I didn’t act fast then our lives would be in danger. I punched him and the force startled him enough for me to retrieve the rifles from him.’

Ms Hodge, a military clerk with The Adjutant General’s Corps, has already won the Miss Tunbridge Wells crown.

She said: ‘I was delighted to have been selected for the Miss England final and it is a great honour.

Combat Barbie in Iraq

Combat Barbie in Iraq

‘Being a part-time model and a serving soldier is certainly a world apart.

‘I want to use this competition to highlight the work that the army are doing and what they have done for this country.’

She is currently serving at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley and will take part in the Miss England national finals, which will be judged by a panel of celebrities including Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain, on July 18 at the Troxy conference centre in London.


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NEWS: Rats: No Dog Meat Treats for Olympians

Dog meat off the menu during Beijing Olympics
Restaurant staff told to ‘patiently’ suggest other options for diners

Associated Press via MSNBC
July. 11, 2008

BEIJING – Canine cuisine is being sent to the doghouse during next month’s Beijing Olympic Games.

Dog meat has been struck from the menus of officially designated Olympic restaurants, and Beijing tourism officials are telling other outlets to discourage consumers from ordering dishes made from dogs, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.

Waiters and waitresses should “patiently” suggest other options to diners who order dog, it said, quoting city tourism bureau Vice Director Xiong Yumei.

‘Fragrant meat’
Dog, known in Chinese as “xiangrou,” or “fragrant meat,” is eaten by some Chinese for its purported health-giving qualities.

Beijing isn’t the first Olympic host to slap a ban on the dish.

South Korea banned dog meat during the 1988 Seoul Olympics by invoking a law prohibiting the sale of “foods deemed unsightly.” After the Olympics, the ban was not strictly enforced.

Dog meat is also eaten in some other Asian countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos.


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