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Food and talent in short supply in the jungle

Lady Colin Campbell has left I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on medical grounds

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I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, or 'the jungle' as it's known in my house is approaching its finale and it seems fairly certain that the reality show will be won by one of the pretty young things famous for being, well, reality stars.

While life for the jungle camp mates may have improved since the exit of Lady Colin Campbell, or Lady C as she became known, for the viewing public the show is now predictably dull.

The entitled woman was a nightmare to live with but hilarious to watch.

I don't personally know any Peers of the Realm, I'm from west Belfast we don't get a lot of landed gentry in Andersontown, but if Lady C is anything to base it on they're all ever so slightly bonkers.

Having driven everyone nuts she ended up walking before she could get voted off, thus taking the point out of the game.

The bookies are now saying Fern McCann or Vicky Pattison are favourites to win, despite being in their 20s the two are reality show veterans.

One has made a living by being vacuous and well dressed on the TOWIE while the other for being constantly half cut and slightly dishevelled on Geordie Shore.

As identikit reality stars it hardly matters which one wins really, there's a laboratory somewhere churning out a new batch of them so there's an heir and spare when Vicky and Fern reach their sell by date.

Apart from Kieron Dyer this year's camp mates are all pretty rubbish at the challenges and so with meals scarce Tony Hadley is in danger of turning from a mountain to a large hill.

He seems to be using the show like a weight loss boot camp, although I get the impression it'll not last and he'll be back on the steak and merlot within 30 seconds of being evicted.

The camp mates failed to get a treat for the fifth time running after Duncan Bannatyne and Tony Hadley got the dingo dollar question wrong.

And I'm not surprised, the group was asked whether 63 per cent or 81 per cent of parents claim they're aware of what their teenage children are doing at all times.

When I was a teenager my mum thought I was at St Michael's ceili when I'd really used by sister's ID to go to Tulips nightclub. I gave up trying to keep tabs on my own teenage offspring and just crossed my fingers that they wouldn't do anything illegal, so how delusional were the 81 per cent of parents who claimed to know where their children's whereabouts?

The best thing about the show remains presenters Ant and Dec who still treat the Australian gig as thought they are on a stag weekend. They remain a much more likeable double act than Fern and Vicky.

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In an age of 24 hour rolling news each aspect of every tragedy regardless of how small is reported and analysed.

On Wednesday night yet another atrocity visited the US bringing that country's relaxed gun laws back into the headlines.

Officials now believe a husband and wife shot dead 14 people and wounded 21 others in the city of San Bernardino.

Suspects Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were later killed in a shoot out with police. The couple who had a small arsenal accumulated in their home had a six month old daughter, a little girl who is also a victim of this terrible event.

It remains unclear what motivated the couple but speculation is rife. The way different broadcast networks cover such events is very telling.

Covering breaking stories is never easy and pressure is on to get as much information in a short period of time as possible, however there is also responsibility not to make a volatile situation worse by making assumptions.

More shocking is how casual racism now seems to be perfectly acceptable in some sections of the American media when it comes to pointing the figure long before a motive is clear.

Take note, propaganda is not news.

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