” The hunt for stunning sites has begun “, The Good Web Guide Awards attracts entries from both grass roots startups and established players.
Last year entries were received from the likes of Foxtons, Belstaff, Black Tomato, Wicked Uncle and Posh Totty, with The GWG Website of the Year going to TrustedHousesitters, the world’s largest house/pet sitting network.
This year’s programme has several new categories for entrants, including Sports, for individual sports/clubs, sporting news and blogs and Corporate, for sites promoting organisations/businesses’ services or products.
The winning site will win a number of prizes worth over £7,000 to help perfect their online presence. The distinguished panel of judges includes serial entrepreneur and internet investor, William Reeve, whose past successes include Lovefilm and Forrester Research, Stefano Maruzzi, Vice President EMEA of GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, Kitty Parry, founder and CEO of the Social Media Compliance, Aneeqa Khan, founder of eporta, one of the largest interiors inventories globally and others.
In the early hours of June 12, 2016, a gunman, who I’m not interesting in naming, walked into the gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida and started shooting at a group of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered people – who were doing nothing but being who they were and enjoying themselves.
This was a direct attack on gay people, freedom, humans, love and a different way of life. As a gay man in love with another man you are always aware that there are people who would hurt, damage or kill people like me – just because of who they love. Attitudes to gay people have fundamentally changed in the UK since I was born in the late 1970s. Hostility was very present in the 80s when gay bars started to spring up in cities, albeit usually in discrete and concealed places – until the 90s and 2000s when the gay movement stopped hiding and people like me felt comfortable being open about our sexuality at work and so rather than being some distant object of derision – we become up close and personal with our straight colleagues – who realised – we were just like them.
But we are still not in a world, or country where being gay is still acceptable across the board. When a bakery can refuse service to customers who wanted a gay themed cake because it is ‘against their belief’ – backed up by Christian groups and media elements. It demonstrates to gay people that although we have journeyed far – the route back to the dark ages of the 1950s when we were illegal, arrested and in-prisoned – isn’t as far away as we might like to believe.
On my Monday Matters radio show I spoke to gay radio presenter DJ Justice, who presents his show in Orlando and often visited Pulse and lost people that he knew in the atrocity.
In early March 1987, a private investigator called Daniel Morgan told friends that he’d uncovered evidence of major corruption within the Metropolitan Police, which he planned to share with the media. Days later, he was murdered in a pub car park in Sydenham, south London.
Nearly 30 years on, after five separate police investigations into the killing and some decidedly suspicious goings on behind the scenes, the case remains unsolved – making it one of the murkiest, and most conspiracy-laden, stories in the Met’s long history.
Onto this journalistically fertile ground comes a new 10-part podcast called Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder.
Daniel Morgan ran a detective agency called Southern Investigations. The night he was killed he had a 90-minute meeting with his business partner Jonathan Rees at the Golden Lion. At 9pm he left by a back entrance to get to the car park, a Rolex watch on his wrist and £1,100 in his pocket.
He was later found lying on the ground near his car with an axe embedded in the side of his head. The Rolex was missing but the cash remained.
The following month Rees, his brothers in law Garry and Glenn Vian, and Sid Fillery, one of the Catford police station detectives initially assigned to the case, were arrested, only to be released without charge.
At the inquest in 1988, the bookkeeper at Southern Investigations alleged that Rees and Fillery planned the contract killing. By this time Fillery had retired and joined the agency as Rees’ new partner.
The pair went on to carry out work for a number of tabloid newspapers including the News of the World and are said to have provided the information for exposes of celebrities, politicans and royalty.
A second inquiry by Hampshire Police began on 24 June 1988 following a complaint by the Morgan family to Home Secretary Douglas Hurd. Rees was again arrested, but the charges were dropped.