Tuesday, 22 September 2009 London Lite World at a glance PoliticsandlaughsasObama turnsonthechat-showcharm In the hot seat: Obama with Letterman Sirslammedpupilintoblackboard A TEACHER in Bangkok has been captured on film bashing a 14-year- old pupils head four times against a blackboard. The film clip, recorded on a mobile phone, has sparked national outrage. It was aired on TV l yesterday and showed teacher Weerapong Pongchanoh gripping the boys neck in a choke hold. The 29-year-old said: I feel terrible for what I did but I didnt use excessive force. Otherwise he would have bled. Whale of a time: paddleboarding champion Jamie Mitchell steadies his nerves as a humpback whale surfaces next to him off Australias east coast TouristsbannedfromTibetanparty CHINA today banned foreign tourists from visiting Tibet before a parade to mark 60 years of communist rule. Chinas 1 October holiday will see a military parade in Beijing and a speech by president Hu Jintao. The ban is in effect until 8 October and is part of a stepping-up of security to ensure nothing mars the holiday. Tourists already in Tibet will be allowed to stay. l Happy113thforworldsoldestman A FORMER railway worker thought to be the worlds oldest man has marked his 113th birthday. Widower Walter Breuning, who celebrated at his retirement home l in Montana, was born on 21 September 1896. He attributes his long life to eating two meals a day, going for regular strolls and taking a daily single dose of aspirin. NINE-YEAR-OLD Rohan Ajit Kokane rollerskates underneath four cars -- within a gap of just 17cm -- in the eastern Indian city of Belgaum. l PM Browns plea to finish the journeyGORDON BROWN today vowed to carry on as Labour leader and rejected Westminster gossip that he might stand down before the general election. Amid speculation that he could retire on health grounds, the Prime Minister said he will lead Labour into the election, expected in May. When youve set off on a journey, you have got to complete that jour- ney, he said. Mr Brown was speaking as he left for New York for four days of international diplomacy. He is hoping for success on the global stage to bolster his stature ahead of the Labour Party conference which starts in Brighton this week- end -- where his leadership will be hotly debated. A new book by journalist Adam Boulton claims Tony Blair has pri- vately suggested that Mr Brown may duck out of the election. Mr Browns fightback was dented by an ICM poll for The Guardian today. It found only 14 per cent think minis- ters are being honest about the state of the public finances -- half the percentage who say they trust the Tories and Lib-Dems. lMargaret Hodge rejoined the Government ranks today, resuming her position as culture and tourism minister after a period of compas- sionate leave. The MP for Barking stepped down a year ago to look after her seriously ill husband, Sir Henry Hodge, who died in June. By georgina littlejohn BARACK OBAMA talked politics and joked about racism issues surrounding his presidency as he made his debut appearance on a late-night US TV chat show. He joked with host David Letterman in what was a first-ever appearance on the show by a sitting US president. The American leader even joked about how racism has entered the debate over his healthcare reforms. Its important to realise I was actually black before the election, he said, to laughter from the audience. Letterman responded: How long have you been a black man? His quip followed comments by former president Jimmy Carter that criticism of Mr Obamas reforms was rooted in racism. But Mr Obama said he did not believe that. He added: Whenever a president tries l to bring about significant changes, especially in times of economic unease, there is a certain segment of the population that gets very riled up. The 40-minute Letterman interview marks the latest effort from the president as he tries to win public support for the health plans. Picture of the day Rollerboyshowshowlowhecango H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html