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No escape from reality: Britain's celebrity  addiction Jordan has walked, Jedward are gone and Strictly is awful this year. So why are we still  gripped? Tim Teeman There are a few worried heads being scratched at ITV1. The problem when two baddies leave a pantomime is that the audience soon tires of the prince and princess mooning over each other. And so it is that the departures of John and Edward — Jedward — from The X Factor and of Katie Price from I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! leave both shows without the grit in the pearl that propelled them on to the cover of the tabloids and, more importantly, guaranteed 15.9 million viewers for ITV1 on Sunday night (for Jedward’s departure) and 10 million for I’m a Celebrity . . . , which followed it. The shows need heroes and villains, and judges who anoint and reject them, but they also need drama, calumnies and the ultimate elevation of the good. As in any soap opera, the noble must suffer, the bad or talentless prosper, until the final curtain — when the right person wins their crown. Agony is the dynamic of all the shows, and justice the payoff. It is classical drama, with the added benefit of Cheryl Cole’s hair and Craig Revel Horwood’s putdowns. (“I know a good Botox doctor, darling,” he told Chris Hollins, of BBC1’s Breakfast, on Saturday night — Hollins’s face remains tight and rigid through each performance.) Rather like Dynasty and Dallas in the 1980s, these shows have become our escape valves, our motorways out of reality into fantasy. As BBC News 24 and the Skycopter excitedly train their cameras on the possibility of bridges collapsing like dominoes in Cumbria; as the death toll in Afghanistan rises; as political inertia leads us towards a hung Parliament after the next election, The X Factor, Strictly and I’m a Celebrity . . . allow us a way out. We can boo and hiss and let out our frustration through these shiny, blameless decoys. The X Factor is nothing more than the stocks with glitter guns. We can act on our visceral dislike with our finger on the red button, or with a text message. We have some control (or the illusion of control, as various phoning scandals have made clear). We can stop contestants dancing or singing, or make them eat crocodile poo. And beneath all the hullabaloo, the benign truth is that ultimately we want the best one to win.
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N.Y. jet crash called 'miracle  on the Hudson'  Officials say all of the 155 passengers and crew members are safe The plane, a US Airways Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., struck a flock of birds during takeoff minutes earlier at LaGuardia Airport and was submerged up to its windows in the river by the time rescuers arrived in Coast Guard vessels and ferries. Some passengers waded in water up to their knees, standing on the wing of the plane and waiting for help. "He was phenomenal," passenger Joe Hart said. "He landed it — I tell you what — the impact
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Siller during the Spring '10 term at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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