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Lord Lucan is dead: but looking for him was fun and kept me in suncream

Lord-Lucan-How journalism works: looking for fugitive toff Lord Lucan was fun for Garth Gibbs, the Daily Mirror’s man on the tropical beat. Roy Greenslade writes:

Gibbs, who died in 2011, was renowned for his tenacious belief that he was only ever one step behind the missing peer. Not that he minded, however, because he spent a great deal of his employer’s money travelling the world while failing to get his man.

Reflecting on the matter after 30 years of fruitless journalistic endeavour, he explained that he had adopted as his motto an observation made by the canny Sunday Express editor John Junor: “Laddie, you don’t ever want to shoot the fox. Once the fox is dead there is nothing left to chase.”

Gibbs wrote: “With that in mind I regard not finding Lord Lucan as my most spectacular success in journalism. Of course, many of my colleagues have also been fairly successful in not finding Lord Lucan. But I have successfully not found him in more exotic spots than anybody else.”

Indeed, he had. He failed to locate him after three weeks in Cape Town, which was handy because Gibbs, a South African, was able to visit friends and relatives. Nor did he find him in Macau or Hong Kong or the Bahamas.

And that is how journalism works. They didn’t care about Sandra Rivett, the woman Lucan is accused of murdering. The story was all.


Posted: 8th, February 2016 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Lord Lucan is dead: death certificate granted

28th November 1963: John Richard Bingham, Earl of Lucan, and Veronica Duncan after their marriage. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

28th November 1963: John Richard Bingham, Earl of Lucan, and Veronica Duncan after their marriage. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)


8 December 1934 – Richard John Bingham is born in London into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family

1963 – Marries Veronica Duncan, with whom he has three children

1964 – Ascends to the earldom on the death of his father

1972 – Their marriage collapses and Lucan moves out of the family home at 46 Lower Belgrave St, London. He loses a custody battle and accrues gambling losses

November 7 1974 The children’s nanny Sandra Rivett is found dead. Her attacker also beat Lady Lucan severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby pub. Lucan drives to a friend’s house in Sussex in a borrowed Ford Corsair, which is later found abandoned in Newhaven. Friends receive letters in which he claims to have interrupted a fight during “a traumatic night of unbelievable coincidence” and says “the circumstantial evidence against me is strong”. Police mount a search but find no further trace of him

June 1975 – Lucan is named as Ms Rivett’s killer at the inquest into her death. Lady Lucan identifies him as her attacker

1999 – His family is granted probate over Lord Lucan’s estate, but no death certificate is issued and Lucan’s son Lord Bingham is refused permission to take his father’s seat in the House of Lords

2014 – The Presumption of Death Act enables Lord Bingham to apply to have Lucan declared dead so he can inherit the family title.

2016: Declared dead.

Lots more about the bad Lord here.

Posted: 3rd, February 2016 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

On This Day In Photos: The Hunt For Lord Lucan Begins


ON November 8, 1974: police began their hunt for Lord Lucan, aka Richard John Bingham. He’s still not been found. If he is ever found alive – or, more likely, if his bones are located in Solihull, New Zealand or Gabon, we hope he’s left a diary. A mystery needs an ending. Rumours have been full and fruity. One alleges a link to Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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The Seventh Earl of Lucan, aged 39, had not been seen since the night before, when the body of Sandra Rivett, 29, (above) was found in the Lucan family home on London’s Lower Belgrave Street.


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Rivett was nurse to Lord and Lady Lucan’s three children. Her body was tied up in a sack. She had been beaten to death.


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Lord Lucan’s estranged wife, 35-year-old Lady Veronica Lucan (above), arrived at the home.

The killer attacked Lady Lucan, beating her around the head. She wriggled free and dashed to the the Plumbers’ Arms pub.

It is claimed:

* She told them that she had been watching television with her daughter that evening in the second-floor bedroom. Sandra had put the two younger children to bed earlier. As she and her daughter Frances watched television, Sandra knocked at the door. It was shortly before 9 p.m.

Sandra asked if they would like some tea, to which the Countess agreed. After about 15 minutes, Lady Lucan said she began to wonder what was keeping Sandra so long. She told investigators that she went downstairs to find the nanny and it was there, near the stairs on the ground floor, that she was brutally attacked. She discussed the struggle in great detail. She was certain that the assailant was her husband, Lord Lucan.

Lady Lucan said that after she grabbed his testicles, she and her husband fell to the ground in a state of exhaustion. According to Lady Lucan, her husband admitted to accidentally killing the nanny. She said that Lord Lucan had mistaken Sandra for his wife since Lady Lucan typically made the evening tea and Sandra usually had Thursday evenings off.

Dripping in blood she stood in the pub and spoke:

“Murder, murder, I think my neck has been broken – he tried to kill me. I think I am dying. Please look after my children, my children.”

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Lord George Bingham, seven, Lady Frances Bingham, 10, and Lady Camilla Bingham, 4, had been made wards of court earlier in the year.

Lord Lucan had been living in Eaton Rd. Police broke in. They found nothing.




Phott: Det Chief Supt Roy Ranson, who is overall charge of the Sandra Rivett murder case, during the lunch adjournment today in the Westminster inquest on Mrs Rivett, where he was one of the day’s witnesses. Mrs Rivett, 29, Lucan family nanny, was found battered to death at the Belgravia home of Lord Lucan’s estranged wife. Date: 17/06/1975


Three days later, police found a car used by Lucan at Newhaven port.




Photo: Wing Commander Kenneth Wallis takes off from a headland near Newhaven in an autogyro fitted with infra-red cameras. The craft was able to take X-ray pictures up to 2,000 feet above the Sussex Downs, which scientists hope will enable them to spot clues to the disappearance of Lord Lucan. Date: 19/05/1975

Some said he had drowned in the English Channel. Others said he just fled.

The next year. Lord was fund guilty of murder.

But he was innocent. Well, so he told one Susan Maxwell-Davis before he disappeared. He was the hero who had broken up a fight between the murderous assailant and his wife.




Miss Susan Mayor, who runs the costume department at Christie’s, with Lord Lucan’s coronet and robes which come up for auction on May 27th. They are expected to fetch between 2-300 and the money will go towards paying the missing peer’s creditors. Date: 23/05/1976

Where did he go? Who helped him? Is he alive still?

Lucan was spotted everywhere. In 1974 Australian police arrested a man they believed to be Lucan but it turned out to be Labour MP John Stonehouse who had faked his own death a month before.

On November 16, 1974, Mr Justice Rees in the High Court ordered that his three children should be cared for by his wife.


A computer-generated image showing how Lord Lucan, missing since November 1974, could look now. Twenty years on channel 4 re-opens the case, with the original detective in charge of the case, in “True Stories: Dead Lucky”. Date: 01/08/1994




In July 1999, Lord Lucan’s son, George Bingham asked to take his father’s seat in the House of Lords. The Lord Chancellor refused. WS his father dead? It would have to be proven. And so on October 1999, Master Lucan and his family were finally granted probate.




In 2004:

The Dowager Lady Lucan, as she likes to be called, described her son, George Bingham, as wicked yesterday after he broke a long silence to assert that the family nanny, Sandra Rivett, was killed by a burglar when an insurance fraud, instigated by the earl, went wrong. Lady Lucan, who has been estranged from her three children for more than 20 years, also spoke of her anguish at growing old without family support.

Lady Lucan, 67, who refused to co-operate with the documetnary, said: “I think my son is an absolute disgrace. I don’t know why he is doing this.
“If my son had not done this, the anniversary might have passed off with barely a whimper. I have no idea what his motives are. Putting more stress on his still-living mother is not noble behaviour. I would have said that a son would have thought, ‘I must look after my mother and we will all get through this.’ ”

Lady Lucan, who is convinced that her husband took his own life soon after killing Miss Rivett on the night of November 7, 1974, at their home, in Belgravia, London, is also estranged from her daughters, Camilla, 34, and Frances, 39.

Where is Lord Lucan? Someone always knows. Someone always tells.

Posted: 8th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, In Pictures Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Is Lord Lucan really James Hewitt?

DO we want to know what happened to Lord Lucan? It’s a better story that we don’t know how he escaped a murder charge (the nanny Sandra Rivett was killed and mother Veronica injued) by disguising himself as James Hewitt. Guessing makes murder into a tabloid parlour game. Today the Daily Mirror leads with:

My dad Lord Lucan: Son breaks silence

Detectives yesterday sensationally announced they are examining our “new material” in a bid to trace the missing aristocrat.

Richard John Bingham was born in December 1934. He’d be 77 now. He’d be an old man looking at his past, if he still had good mental health. His son is George Bingham.

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Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Lord Lucan lived in Africa, says witness

LORD Lucan was declared by the High Court dead in 1999. No body. Just a statement based on odds and probability. What happened to the peer is a mystery to those who did not help him evade British justice.

The latest news is that he went to Africa. A woman who worked for Lucan’s friend John Aspinall has told the BBC that she arranged for his children to fly to Africa where the peer could view them “from a distance”.

That’s toffs for you. Plus ca change.

Posted: 18th, February 2012 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Lord Lucan Found: Now For Madeleine And Diana

lord-lucan.jpgLORD Lucan has been found alive and well and living in a Land Rover in New Zealand.

The country’s most famous fugitive can now shed light on the 1974 murder of his children’s nanny, and while he’s at it let us know what happened to Shergar, Madeleine McCann and reveal his part in the murder of Princess Diana.

This is one in the eye for those who thought the Express only dealt in speculation and conspiracy. Here is a wanted man.

As the paper reports, Lord Lucan, aka the Rt hon Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, now goes under the name Roger Woodgate. He owns a pet possum (possibly called Barrymore). He resides in Marton, North Island. The town is now overrun by film crews.

The mayor of region says there is “quite a resemblance” between the earl and this photographer who once worked for the Ministry of Defence.

Lucan is, as the Express says, “the man of legend and mystery”. He was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999. He has been spotted in South Africa, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

In 1974, the Australian police arrested a man they believed was Lucan. It turned out to be John Stonehouse, the lively MP who had faked his suicide a month earlier.

And now we have Mr Woodgate. “I’m five inches shorter than Richard Bingham,” says he. He is also 10 years younger than the missing peer.

“As with all unsolved murders, the case remains open,” says a Scotland Yard spokesman.

And the Express is on hand to help. It will continue to profile the wanted and the missing. It will not stop until it has found a link between Lucan and Princess Diana…

Posted: 10th, August 2007 | In: Tabloids Comments (19) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Who Are You Lucan At?

‘WITH such examples of official stupidity, it is little wonder that Lord Lucan wanted to get as far away from these shores as possible.

‘Tony Blair did it’

True, he also had the small matter of being in the frame for the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett, whose body was found in the basement of his Belgravia flat in 1974.

But it is as Britain’s most famous missing person that Richard Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, is most widely known. Either that or as Jungle Barry.

In a book published this week, former Scotland Yard detective Duncan MacLaughlin claims that Lucan lived as a bearded hippie in a beach commune in Goa, southern India, until his death in 1996.

According to the Independent, he scraped a meagre living playing backgammon and leading jungle trips for Western tourists.

Although there is no DNA evidence to prove that Lord Lucan and Jungle Barry are one and the same person, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence.

For instance, a former landlady recalled that Barry told her he had walked to Goa from Bombay, having arrived in India from Africa in the mid-1970s.

But she only became convinced her lodger was the missing earl when she noticed on a photo that he had no ear lobes.

“The one thing that upset Barry was the fact that he couldn’t wear earrings like the rest of the hippies,” she said.

Tomorrow, how Shergar disguised himself as a donkey and has spent that last two decades giving rides to children along Margate beach.’

Posted: 8th, September 2003 | In: Broadsheets Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Jimmy Kimmel no longer only man alive not to have seen Miley Cyrus’ breasts



In readiness to shock to deadline on the corporate VMA awards, host Miley Cyrus appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with most of her breasts exposed.

Kimmel was thought by many to be one of the three remaining human being not to have seen Cyrus’s breasts. Miley is now actively seeking an audience with the Pope and Lord Lucan, preferably both at once to save time before she can move on to stage 2 of Operation Primary Sexual Characteristics and show us her massive beefy knob.




Kimmel was keen to know if Miley’s dad had appraised his daughter’s naked chest.

“My dad’s cool, because I’m sure he’d maybe rather me not have my tits out all the time,” said Cyrus. “But he’d rather me have my tits out and be a good person than have a shirt on and be a bitch.”

Those are a pretty limited set of life choices in the Cyrus household.

“You know what I’ve learned? It’s not the tit—are you allowed to say ‘tit’ on your show?”added Cyrus.
“Humans aren’t afraid of the human breast. It’s the nipple that’s the issue…Like, I’m showing my boobs and no one has a problem, but the nipples are covered, so somehow that’s OK. So America’s actually fine with tits. It’s nipples they don’t like.”

Which is great news for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Posted: 27th, August 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Edward Heath: Myra “Ling Ling” Forde is more trustworthy than everyone in power

Edward Heath: a round-up of the claims that the former – now dead – Prime Minister and Tory MP was a child abuser.

The Sun: “Truth about me and Heath”

Me is…

EXCLUSIVE: Brothel madam says ex-PM was gay but no paedo

If you can’t trust a brothel madam named Myra “Ling Ling” Forde to sell a story deep in fact and veracity about a famous dead man to the tabloids, who can you trust? She is news because, as the Telegraph reported:

A retired senior detective from the force came forward last year to allege that his colleagues quietly dropped a trial against twice married Forde in order to protect the reputation of the former Tory leader.

That allegation is now the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation, but Wiltshire Police have also appealed for any potential victims of Sir Edward to come forward.

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Posted: 12th, August 2015 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal want Spanish striker Fernando Llorente

Arsenal are chasing Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. The Sun reasons that with Karim Benzema vying with Lord Lucan and the Blue Peter tortoise to get to Arsenal fastest, Arsenal Wenger will target Juventus Llorente.

But wasn’t it just this week that Llorente was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The Daily Mirror screamed: “Revealed! ‘Secret’ Manchester United transfer target is Fernando Llorente of Juventus.”

“It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact — not United,” says a source in no way linked to Llorente’s agent. “They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”

Llorente, 30, is fourth choice striker at Juventus.

As for Benzema, well, does anyone really suppose Arsenal will capture a player who commands big wages at Real Madrid and is fancied by moneybags Paris Saint-Germain?

And then we hear from Benzema’s agent, Karim Djaziri, who says: “Karim is very happy at Real Madrid and he will be a Madrid player by the end of this transfer window, 1,000 per cent. He is not looking to move anywhere this summer.”

Unless a huge bid comes in and he leaves.

Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Operation Midland: Harvey Proctor spanks the self-serving police

Harvey Proctor was a Member of Parliament for Basildon and for Billericay between 1979 and 1987. He’s written on the allegations of a VIP peado cover-up. Mr Proctor is not shy of media, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today in March that he was keen to be interviewed by police as soon as possible to clear his name.

You can read about Harvey Proctor here.  In 1987, Mr Proctor admitted “spanking sessions” with male prostitites.

The Press feasted off the story:


Harvey Proctor


Today he writes:

In the context of recent speculation and allegations on the internet, I write this to say that I am innocent of the allegations against me and I will maintain this stance until my dying breath.

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Posted: 3rd, May 2015 | In: Politicians Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Judy Finnigan And Free Speech Trolls: Ched Evans Didn’t Rape On Twitter

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MORE media balls now as the Sun declares that “TV Judy and daughter Chloe” are in a “rape threat hell”.

Judy is Judy Finnigan, who kicked off her perch on ITV’s Loose Women with a view on Ched Evans, the convicted rapist and erstwhile professional footballer. Finnigan said Evans deserved a life after prison, even if that included being a footballer.

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Posted: 15th, October 2014 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Philadelphia Newspaper’s Britisher Editor Offends Chinese With ‘Chinky Winky’ Caption



THE Philadelphia Public Record, the free weekly tabloid published by former Philadelphia City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun Sr., regrets the error. A recent report on current Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla at an event in Chinatown wrongly identified his hosts as “Chinky Winky,” “Me Too,” and “Dinky Doo”.“

It was a proofreading error,” says Mr Tayoun. He says the editor used those names because he didn’t have the actual names. Althought, oddly, there were more names than people.

“That editor is a Britisher,” Tayoun added. “He didn’t mean anything by it. The Public Record is the most inclusive publication in Philadelphia.”

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Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Donny And Marie Osmond Go Cow Milking On Skis – A 1977 Colouring Book

IN 1977, Donny and Marie Osmond were huge. Thanks to this colouring book you could share their adventures.

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Posted: 1st, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, In Pictures Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Thieves Warned Not To Open Stolen Safe Full Of Dynamite

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“THEY probably think it has money but in fact the safe has ten kilos of gunpowder,” says Stockholm policeman Mikael Pelagalli.  “A man who works at the company said that is enough to move 40 tonnes of rock.”

The thieves who stole the safe are waned against opening it. If they do, the thing cold blow up.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: News Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hideous creature found on South African beach

 Plettenberg Bay alien creature

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Posted: 11th, July 2013 | In: Strange But True Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Madeleine McCann: Interpol seek Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards

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DO you know Russell Hobbs? What about Morphy Richards? Following news of a family of kettle thieve in Cyprus, who was accompanied by a child the victim claims looked like Madeleine McCann, the Express announces:

Calls to DNA test ‘Madeleine McCann’ in Cyprus

A BRITISH girl who sparked an inquiry in Cyprus because she looks like Madeleine McCann should be DNA tested, police say.

Only, she “fled” with the alleged crooks.

Cypriot police chief Paris Paraskeva said it is unlikely the girl is Madeleine but the simple check should be done just in case.

What is this simple check?

Today the Sunday Express can disclose the mysterious circumstances which triggered the ­inquiry, now involving Scotland Yard detectives reviewing the Maddie files.

Just as we disclosed them last week:

In October last year a British couple and three children, the Madeleine lookalike and two boys aged two and seven, rented an apartment in Ayia Napa, a place popular with British tourists on the south-eastern tip of Cyprus.

Then they left.

After they left the supervisor of the property noticed some items were missing, including a kettle, and told the owner, who made a complaint to local police.

The police didn’t take it all that seriously. Then the alleged victim recalled that the child in this runners looked like Lord Lucan, Shergar Madeleine McCann. So:

They issued an arrest warrant for the couple and alerted airports and ports. The day before the arrest warrant was issued, February 7, it appears the family flew to Britain.

Got that? The family with the most wanted child on the planet “fled” to…Britain.

Then another man claimed he spotted Our Maddie with the kettle bandits:

The Greek Cypriot man thought a picture with the article showing how Madeleine would look now looked remarkably like the girl who had been his neighbour. He begged police to investigate, telling officers: “I think the girl living next door to me was Madeleine McCann.”

So. The man who owns the house who allegedly got ripped off by the rent-dodgers says the child was Madeleine McCann. And the next-door neighbour – who might know that hard-done-by owner – says he knew it was her, too.

Call the cops!

Inspector Paraskeva told the Sunday Express: “We took the ­report very seriously and then realised the address was the same as for the couple we were looking for. It was quite a ­coincidence.”

No ****, Sherlock.

“I asked my officers to do checks with schools to see if the girl was registered anywhere and we were lucky because she had been at a school in Ayia Napa. We got a photograph of the girl and her birth certificate which showed she was 12, several years older than Madeleine would be now.”


“We knew the family had left the island, so we informed Interpol and I sent them the picture of the girl and her birth certificate.”

You called Interpol about a family that hadn’t paid a bill? A family who nicked a kettle?

Interpol! Under ‘Crime Areas” in the Interpol website, we could find no section for Kettle Bandits. We did find a spot about “FUGITIVES“:

One of our most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives is the Red Notice. This seeks the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition and is circulated to police in all our member countries. Red notices contain identification details and judicial information about the wanted person.

What about “TRAFFICKING IN ILLICIT goods”?

Trafficking in illicit goods, is a generic term used by INTERPOL to describe all types of illicit trade. It includes such practices as counterfeiting (trademark infringements), piracy (copyright infringements), smuggling of legitimate products and tax evasion. Selling fake or counterfeit products as the real thing is one aspect of this crime; so is selling genuine goods on the black market to avoid paying taxes.

No kettles mentioned. Indeed, a Red Notice was not issued for the Kettle Bandits.

Inspector Paraskeva adds:

“I had the name of the girl and an address where the family were staying in England and that has all been given to Interpol, so I ­assume that the police in England will have checked it out. They have not contacted me back, so I do not know what is happening.”

Chances are it’s gone to the very top.

“We also showed the picture of the girl to the Greek Cypriot man and he confirmed it was the child who had been living next door. When he compared the picture with the one in the magazine he was not so sure it was definitely Madeleine but we all felt it was still worth investigating.”

Good for him.

“If the couple had been on the island and we had arrested them and then received this report, we would have asked the girl to provide a DNA sample for testing. We have the DNA profile of Madeleine so we could have done it quite quickly. I would think that Interpol or British police would do this when they speak to the family just to rule it out.”

Hold on a moment. The adults are accused of doing a runner and nicking kettle who you will swab an innocent child? Run! And God Speed…


Posted: 10th, March 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Rebekah Brooks arrested more times than Heather Mills, Glenn Mulcaire and these people

SO. Former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks, fromerly Rebekah Wade, has been arrested. Again. She has now been arrested twice in under a year. She was also once arrested for allegedly hitting her first husband Ross Kemp. Scotland Yard said Mr Kemp, 41, sustained a cut to the mouth. No charges were brought. Wade would go on to climb the greasy pole at News Internationaa (prop. R. Murdoch). Kemp would go on front TV series on Sky (prop. R. Murdoch).

Vice magazine has put together a list of people who have bene arrested fewer times than Brooks/ Wade, or not at all. We’ve added a few names of our own:

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Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: News Comments (20) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Janaka Basnayake loses buried alive world record

DID Janaka Basnayake, 24, break the world record for being buried alive? We may never know. Firstly, there is no official record. Secondly, Lord Lucan has yet to appear for his hiding place. And lastly, we do not know the precise moment when Mr Basnayake died under the ground in Kantale, Sri Lanka.

Also, it is only alleged that Mr Janaka Basnayake buried in 10foot-deep trench sealed with wood and soil. It is only alleged that his family and friends helped him, er,  live his dream.

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Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Madonna’s Brother Anthony Ciccone Is Homeless In Michigan: So Too Saif Gaddafi, Kathyrn Blair And Milan Abramovich

MADONNA”s brother is homeless. A story in the Michigan Messenger on why so many homeless people head to Traverse City, spotlights Anthony Ciccone, one of Madonna’s older brother. Says he:

Ciccone said he’s been among the city’s homeless for a year and a half since losing a job at his father’s vineyard and winery in Suttons Bay. He said that it annoys him that some people are amused that a person from such a high profile family would end up sleeping, as he does, under the Union St. bridge.

“My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time,” he said. “You think I haven’t answered this kind of question a bazillion times — why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I’m homeless on the street?”

“Never say never,” he said. “This could happen to anybody.”

“I don’t have any income, I’ve got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs.”

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Posted: 22nd, October 2011 | In: Celebrities Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

River Thames Clean Up: Did You Find Anything?

DID anyone find anything worth keeping on the banks of the River Thames between Putney and Chiswick yesterday?

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Posted: 21st, March 2011 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Coffin Sold For $56,000: JFK Is Missing

ANYONE who wants to be like Lee Harvey Oswald can now do so as the coffin that housed him for 20 years goes up for auction. Oswald infamously killed J F Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Or did he? There was a rumour that JFK was actually shot by Grassy Knoll or someone else.

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Posted: 18th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ray Gosling Wasted Police Time With BBC Tale Of ‘Murdering’ His Lover

RAY Gosling, 70, arrived at Nottingham Magistrates Court, where he is accused of wasting police time over claims that he killed a former lover dying of Aids. He pleads guilty. Gosling went on the telly to ‘confess’ to smothering a lover to death. He was pretty to the point on a news programme:

I killed someone once. He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids. I said to the doctor: ‘Leave me… just for a bit,’ and he went away. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.”

He repeated the claim on the BBC Breakfast show. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

And at the apogee of his fame Gosling said it was not so. News is not news at all. It’s just a chat between pals. As Gosling said:

“It was a small item on a regional TV programme Inside Out, in my country (sic) the East Midlands, to my people, with whom I have had an intimate relationship.”

Gosling added:

I know what some people say, that I said what I did for publicity to promote a book I’m writing. That is absolutely not true, I haven’t finished the book yet.”

Well, that book’s got a new anecdote. It might nto be as captivating as assisted suicide or murder but a bruish with the law makes for good copy.

And as for the alleged crime? Well, denim with denim and a carrier bag was never good look. Send the man down!

And if the police can get him on camera ‘confessing’ to taking Our Maddie, hiding Lord Lucan, killing Shergar and burying Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, then so much the more entertaining…

Posted: 14th, September 2010 | In: News Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

What Really Happened To North Korea’s World Cup Coach

WHEN North Korea’s World Cup team lost 1-2 to Brazil in their opening rubber, the news was positive and hopeful:

Kim Yong Gyu, 45, a researcher of the Academy of Sports Science, said the strong mental power displayed by the Korean footballers in the first match with Brazil, which won the World Cup five times, betokens good results of the Korean team in other matches.

No other reports appeared on the North Korean news service. The World Cup ended on that day – before the lads lost 7-0 to Portugal and went down 0-3 to the mighty Ivory Coast.

North Korea’s World Cup Fans Are Chinese: NSFW

The team then got together at the auditorium at the Working People’s Culture Palace in North Korea and were subjected to a “grand debate” in which it was discussed how they had let down the “ideological struggle”.

It’s a great panel show, a kind of Question of Sport with bite. In the What Happens Next? round, head coach Kim Jong Hun appears before a live studio audience of 400 sports fans from the Ministry of Sports, Pyongyang University, Kim Il Sung University, and Kim Hyong Jik School of Education.

Kim Jung Hun is accused of “betraying the Young Gen. Kim Jong Un,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s anointed heir.

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Posted: 31st, July 2010 | In: Sports Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Michael Jackson’s Doctor Murray Linked To James Brown’s Death

jackson-brownMICHAEL Jackson Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Michael Jackson in the news – did Michael Jackson’s doctor “KILL” James Brown?”

So asks the National Enquirer on its front page. There can be no easy answer, just more question:

Q: Was James Brown murdered?

Q: Given that Michael Jackson was treated by a around 56% of the US medical profession, the odds of a doctors also having treated the Godfather of Soul are high.

Q: Michael Jackson is dead?

Reading on, and we are fed the name Dr Conrad Murray, a man who has had his name sullied in the media and yet who remains innocent of any wrongdoing because – get this – there is not a shred of evidence that he has done anything wrong.

Says a Brown’s ex-publicist James Hollander:

“James and Michael we inseparable and they used the same ‘safe doctors’ who get them anything they wanted.”

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Posted: 18th, August 2009 | In: Celebrities Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0