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Searching for Spitman

The tale behind a somewhat notorious character from around the West London area known only as "Spitman" is the thing urban legends are made of, a sort of local boogie man if you will. Spitman is a name you will hear on the blocks, stairwells and alleys of West London, its a story that exists across the road from multimillion pound homes, a story that lurks in the night, a story of the real underbelly. Spitman it seems is a man that frequents London's council estates in search of young men who will preform bizarre deviant acts on him for money, these include urinating and spitting on him...

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The Truth About Your Medicine Cabinet

Walk into any chemist shop and you will be bombarded by an array of pills and potions in bright shinny packages that claim to be able to treat almost any imaginable ailment from runny noses to spots, from coughs to aching muscles. These remedies however don't come cheap, we now spend two and a half billion pounds a year on a whole range of products, from pain killers to multivitamins and so on but how much do we really know about the these products we are buying? Dr Chris Van Tulleken is on a mission to find out the truth about some of Britain's top selling over the counter...

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China from Above

China, a vast land with one of the most diverse cultures on planet Earth is now revealed like never before. Through this Nation Geographic film we are taken on an epic journey through the air, discovering how ancient traditions, engineering, agriculture and natural wonders shaped this great nation and continue to forge modern day China. After centuries in seclusion China is now revealed in unique...

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Discrimination: They Think It’s All Over

These days jobs can seem to be few and far between for those unfortunate enough to be currently unemployed, the process of getting one can also seem quite complicated, especially if you live in Northern Ireland. When you apply for a job here you have to fill in a form telling your employer your religion, your race, if your married, your age and sometimes even your sexuality, but the people who are appointing you this position or interviewing you are technically not allowed to ask for personal information such as this. Why is this? well in case they discriminate against...

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When I Die: Inside Japan’s Death Industry

In Japan, funerals are big business with an ageing population and more than one million deaths in the country last year. It is being predicted that this figure is going to only rise until the year 2042, so finding a final resting place can be somewhat difficult and expensive as Japan runs out of space to bury their dead. As this fact becomes clearer the funeral industry now seems to be stepping up to the challenge in typical Japanese fashion, finding innovative ways to send their loved ones into the afterlife. In this episode of Al Jazeera's 101 East, we take a look at how Japan says it's...

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There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

In July of 2009 there was a traffic collision which occurred on the Taconic State Parkway, in a town near Briarcliff Manor, New York. The crash happened shortly after 1:30pm on the 26th which was a Sunday and saw eight people killed when a minivan being driving by a 36 year old women known as Diane Schuler crashed head on into an oncoming SUV. The accident made national headlines and Diane was made out to look like a reckless drunk who lost the plot, taking her own life and several other family members. This being said, Diane's immediate family have taken great measures in order to attempt...

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Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

In the Undisputed Truth, director Spike Lee and heavyweight professional boxer Mike Tyson bring us this amazing confessional broadway performance, where Tyson recounts the highs and lows of his career and life. From growing up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in New York, where he was bullied on a regular basis to becoming the worlds youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20 and then loosing it all by 2003. Being a convicted felon and completely broke it is safe to say he had hit rock bottom. However this being said he still managed to fight his way back, regaining his success,...

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El Chapo: CEO of Crime

Joaquín Guzmán, better known as El Chapo or Shorty is officially the worlds most powerful drug trafficker. From rags to riches in less than a decade, he managed to turn a startup operation into an international criminal empire. El Chapo has been described as "the Osama Bin Laden of drug trafficking", but he has proven to be more elusive than Bin Laden. He was captured in the 90's but managed to escape 8 years later. Authorities from both the United States and Mexico have been trying to catch him and on the 22nd of February of 2014 they did just that, but on the 11th of July 2015 he...

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Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius

Cameron Thompson is only 13 and he has been a maths genius for as long as he can remember. At aged 10 he sat an online maths test getting every question right, at age 11 he managed to rattle through two GCSE exams in maths and additional maths getting top marks and that same year he passed his A levels with flying colours. Cameron's passion for maths however has meant that other "normal" childhood pursuits have taken a back seat whilst being brilliant at maths has become his entire identity. But now for the first time he is no longer getting 100%, he's in the middle of an Open University...

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