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Rachel Cook Inside Jodie Marsh’s Head

JODIE Marsh. Let’s take a look inside…

Ask her to talk about her private life, as the men’s magazines like to do, and you might as well have called the number on a card you found lying on the floor of a Soho phone box. She is unbridled. It is as though she has something important missing: some brain chemical or other.

Marsh

Posted: 27th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hair It Is: Scientists Return David Cameron’s Bike

david cameron bike Hair It Is: Scientists Return David Camerons Bike WHAT did David Cameron says when his bike was stolen?

The Times says he “had his bike pinched while he popped into his local Tesco supermarket in north Kensington to ‘buy some salad’”.

Anorak was certain Cameron said he had popped out for some “salmon”. On such things common touches are established and lost.

But there was one fact: Cameron’s bike has gone. He left his bike outside, and when he returned, there it was, gone.

But the bike is now returned. And it’s all thanks to the Sunday Mirror and its contacts on the street.

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Posted: 27th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Conservatives, David Cameron, Police Log, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Portugal Police Search And Eilis O’Hanlon Empathises

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “Police hunt for Maddie ‘is still on’”

Portugal’s top cop has vowed to search “to the ends of the Earth” for Maddie McCann even though prosecutors have shelved the case. Almeida Rodrigues, head of the Judicial Police, said his detectives will chase up all leads until the 15-month mystery is solved.

No end in sight.

He said: “A case only stops being investigated if there is a successful criminal trial.”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Only McCanns know full pain of never-ending story – If you find the ambiguity hard to live with, imagine the trauma the McCanns have to endure, writes Eilis O’Hanlon”

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Posted: 27th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (368) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Helen Mirren Isn’t Acting Like The Queen…

…Helen Mirren Is the Queen:

What is (Helen Mirren’s) secret? Is it all in her tsarist Russian genes?

- Tracee Hutchison, The Age

Posted: 26th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama: Obama The Muslim Brother, Hiding From Gordon Brown And The Death Cult

blair obama Barack Obama: Obama The Muslim Brother, Hiding From Gordon Brown And The Death Cult OBAMANIA Watch – Anorak’s look at Barack Obama in the news

Barack Obama is in the UK for the final leg of his world your. He’s meeting Tony Blair. Let us pray:

THE SUN: “Barack Obarmy”

HUNDREDS of cops were standing by today to keep crowds at bay as the Barack Obama roadshow hit London.

Obama’s having breakfast with Tony Blair.

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Posted: 26th, July 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Barack Obama Death Cult, Broadsheets, Gordon Brown, Politicians, Race For The White House, Tabloids, The Blairs | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gerard Baker On Obama The Godly

obama messiah 300x252 Gerard Baker On Obama The GodlyOBAMANIA Watch – Anorak’s look at Barack Obama in the news

Gerard Baker writes in the Times:

He travelled fleet of foot and light of camel, with a small retinue that consisted only of his loyal disciples from the tribe of the Media. He ventured first to the land of the Hindu Kush, where the

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Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Broadsheets, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daniel Finklestein Goes Back To Obama’s Future

BACK to the future with Barack Obama:

This is the moment to give our children back their future.

I am supposed to do it now?

To be honest I can’t remember where I put their future. Perhaps Mr Obama would allow me a moment to search the house.

Gosh. How frightfully embarrassing. I thought the day after tomorrow was supposed to be the moment to give my children back their future.

The future is what we, er, make of it…

Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Broadsheets, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Giles Coren Is Journalism’s Christ-Like Figure

GILES Coren is hard to like. He is a mixture of smugness and over-promotion. Giles Coren has written a note to the sub-editors at the Times. You can read it all here (typos and all).  

“I only wrote that sodding paragraph to make that joke. And you’ve f****** stripped it out like a p***** Irish plasterer restoring a renaissance fresco and thinking jesus looks s*** with a bear (sic) so plastering over it.

A bit of arcane social stereotyping and a god complex. As we say, it’s hard to like Giles Coren, unless you’re Giles Coren…

Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obamania: Barack Obama Invokes Memories Of Past Leaders In Germany

obama hand Obamania: Barack Obama Invokes Memories Of Past Leaders In GermanyOBAMANIA Watch – Anorak’s look at Barack Obama in the news

BARACK Obama has been in Germany. He is pictured in most paper with one arm raised in the air. The papers all sense echoes of J. F. Kennedy.

But Anorak senses something else, a mixture of the messiah and a charismatic leader from Germany’s past.

“I thought he was very good,” said Julian Metz, a 27-year-old architecture student in Berlin who shook Obama’s hand after the speech. “It was a great feeling to touch him’ - Bloomberg

The Times calls him a “political messiah”. Enthusiasts “dangled from lamp posts first erected by Nazi town planner Albert Speer”.

There were “hints of a future steeliness”.

Says Benedict Nightingale: “There can’t be a politician who looks and acts more clean-living… He does not wave his hands about very much. And when he does it is not an empty gesture but serves to underline a point.”

“Thousands fall under senator’s spell,” says the Telegraph’s Andrew Gimson.

“From an early afternoon it became evident that a religious event was taking place in Berlin. Pilgrims streamed into the Tiergarten, determined to see and hear the man they have come to believe in as their saviour…

Mr Obama’s devotees streamed on foot and by bicycle towards the Victory Column, which commemorates the Prussian defeat of the French in 1870 and was moved to its present position by the Nazis, who also made it taller”

Let’s invade Russia! Says Obama:

“Poorly-secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris.”

Lets invade Paris!

Gerhard Spörl in Der Spiegel:

Anyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlin’s Siegessäule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States. He is more than ambitious—he wants to lay claim to become the president of the world…

All I vant is a little peace…

McCain is 25 years his senior, a man who because of the torture he endured in Vietnam is in constant pain—unable to comb his hair or lift his arm in celebration.

Hands up for Obama…

Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Broadsheets, Politicians, Race For The White House, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Suing Amaral, Mark Lawson’s Fact And Fiction, And Bloggers Beware

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THE GUARDIAN: “The Panama Mystery – Mr and Mrs Canoe’s case fascinates but can’t match crime fiction’s satisfying motives and denouement”

Mark Lawson does so love a good ending to a work of fiction and fact. A super-fiction. Take care you don’t confuse the two.

In his piece Lawson name checks them all: John and Anne Darwin, Radovan Karadzic, Fred and Rose West, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, Harold Shipman and…

As the trial was coming to a close, I was at the Harrogate Crime-Writing Festival, and newspapers were reporting the latest developments in the Madeleine McCann case.

Bingo! Where were you?

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Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (626) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Giles Coren In The Times’ Sub Editors’ Inbox

GUIDO has spotted this delightful note from Times “how-did-he-get-the-job?” columnist Giles Coren. As sent to Times sub-editors:

From : Giles Coren

Chaps,

I am mightily pissed off. I have addressed this to Owen, Amanda and Ben because I don’t know who i am supposed to be pissed off with (i’m assuming owen, but i filed to amanda and ben so it’s only fair), and also to Tony, who wasn’t here – if he had been I’m guessing it wouldn’t have happened.

I don’t really like people tinkering with my copy for the sake of tinkering. I do not enjoy the suggestion that you have a better ear or eye for how I want my words to read than I do. Owen, we discussed your turning three of my long sentences into six short ones in a single piece, and how that wasn’t going to happen anymore, so I’m really hoping it wasn’t you that fucked up my review on saturday.

It was the final sentence. Final sentences are very, very important. A piece builds to them, they are the little jingle that the reader takes with him into the weekend.

I wrote: “I can’t think of a nicer place to sit this spring over a glass of rosé and watch the boys and girls in the street outside smiling gaily to each other, and wondering where to go for a nosh.”
it appeared as: “I can’t think of a nicer place to sit this spring over a glass of rosé and watch the boys and girls in the street outside smiling gaily to each other, and wondering where to go for nosh.”

There is no length issue. This is someone thinking “I’ll just remove this indefinite article because Coren is an illiterate cunt and i know best”.

Well, you fucking don’t.

This was shit, shit sub-editing for three reasons.

1) ‘Nosh’, as I’m sure you fluent Yiddish speakers know, is a noun formed from a bastardisation of the German ‘naschen’. It is a verb, and can be construed into two distinct nouns. One, ‘nosh’, means simply ‘food’. You have decided that this is what i meant and removed the ‘a’. I am insulted enough that you think you have a better ear for English than me. But a better ear for Yiddish? I doubt it. Because the other noun, ‘nosh’ means “a session of eating” – in this sense you might think of its dual valency as being similar to that of ‘scoff’. you can go for a scoff. or you can buy some scoff. the sentence you left me with is shit, and is not what i meant. Why would you change a sentnece aso that it meant something i didn’t mean? I don’t know, but you risk doing it every time you change something. And the way you avoid this kind of fuck up is by not changing a word of my copy without asking me, okay? it’s easy. Not. A. Word. Ever.
2) I will now explain why your error is even more shit than it looks. You see, i was making a joke. I do that sometimes. I have set up the street as “sexually-charged”. I have described the shenanigans across the road at G.A.Y.. I have used the word ‘gaily’ as a gentle nudge. And “looking for a nosh” has a secondary meaning of looking for a blowjob. Not specifically gay, for this is soho, and there are plenty of girls there who take money for noshing boys. “looking for nosh” does not have that ambiguity. the joke is gone. I only wrote that sodding paragraph to make that joke. And you’ve fucking stripped it out like a pissed Irish plasterer restoring a renaissance fresco and thinking jesus looks shit with a bear so plastering over it. You might as well have removed the whole paragraph. I mean, fucking christ, don’t you read the copy?
3) And worst of all. Dumbest, deafest, shittest of all, you have removed the unstressed ‘a’ so that the stress that should have fallen on “nosh” is lost, and my piece ends on an unstressed syllable. When you’re winding up a piece of prose, metre is crucial. Can’t you hear? Can’t you hear that it is wrong? It’s not fucking rocket science. It’s fucking pre-GCSE scansion. I have written 350 restaurant reviews for The Times and i have never ended on an unstressed syllable. Fuck. fuck, fuck, fuck.

I am sorry if this looks petty (last time i mailed a Times sub about the change of a single word i got in all sorts of trouble) but i care deeply about my work and i hate to have it fucked up by shit subbing.

Note: This might not be a note from Coren, what with it being interesting…

Posted: 24th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Truth Of The Lie, The Missing Pages And Blonde Lawyers

amaral 300x225 Madeleine McCann: The Truth Of The Lie, The Missing Pages And Blonde LawyersMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

A girl has disappeared. We spent over a year watching the parents via the press. The McCanns have been formally cleared of involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. But we are still watching them

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Maddy’s parents turn to their lawyers as book hits shelves”

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Posted: 24th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (729) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US Papers In A Panic

NEWSPAPERS are in a panic. The Mirror’s new site is a celeb-fest news dump:

The many and deepening cuts at newspapers across the country are starting to take a toll on their content, according to a study being released Monday.

The challenge newspapers must meet immediately is to find more revenue on the Internet, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s study, called “The Changing Newsroom: What is Being Gained and What is Being Lost in America’s Daily Newspapers.”

Newspaper managers need to “find a way to monetize the rapid growth of Web readership before newsroom staff cuts so weaken newspapers that their competitive advantage disappears.”

The new Anorak’s coming to get them…

Posted: 23rd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Money, Tabloids, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Liz Hunt Wonders, The Leaked File And The End

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE – Anger as Portuguese police file is linked”

Yesterday, Madeleine McCann returned to the Express’s front page, a place she once used to own. She’s back today. What price she will be back many times yet?

KATE and Gerry McCann faced further anguish last night after learning that the final police report into their daughter’s disappearance had been leaked to a Portuguese newspaper.

The Express feels their pain and their hurt. And if its readers want to know how bad it is, well, read on:

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Posted: 23rd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (549) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Guardian Kills Brian Walden

walden The Guardian Kills Brian WaldenWRITES the Guardian on Brian Walden and the Sunday Programme, with bowed head:

Today marks the final edition of ITV’s early-morning political show the Sunday Programme, hosted by Steve Richards. That leaves the broadcaster with no political output at all, after bosses decided not to recommission the Sunday Edition – fronted by The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley – last year. Brian Walden, who famously monstered many a politician on the iconic Weekend World, must be turning in his grave.

You can hear Mr Walden speak here. Come in, Walden, come in…

Posted: 22nd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Police Errors, Kate And Gerry McCann Speak, And Amaral’s Book

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MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

Portuguese prosecutors have shelved the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Kate McCann, Gerry McCann and Robert Murat are not longer official suspects.

Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro, Portugal’s Attorney-General, told police to halt the investigation into of Madeleine’s disappearance.

A statement released by his office confirmed that it had decided to “close the file on the investigation concerning the disappearance of the minor Madeleine McCann due to lack of evidence that any crime was committed by the persons placed under formal investigation”.

But it’s not the end of the matter. And Madeleine McCann returns to the nations’ front pages:

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Posted: 22nd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (590) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: BBC Is Live, Peter Wilby’s Right, Stephen Glover Investigates And Tabloid Facts

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Today Portugal’s attorney general, Jose Pinto Monteiro, is to make a statement about the Madeleine McCann case. Reports that the inquiry into her disappearance will be shelved.

This means Kate McCann, Gerry McCann and Robert Murat – the three named suspects – might be cleared.

But what crime occurred? Kidnap? Murder? Paedophilia? Neglect? The Portuguese police have never been able to say for sure.

The BBC has its man in Portugal. It’s “live” from Portugal. And we are watching the parents.

DAILY MAIL (front page): “New agony for Kate as Maddie detective cashes in”

Kate and Gerry McCann are expected to be told today that the inquiry into their daughter’s disappearance is being shelved.

But in a heartbreaking blow, a book by the disgraced former head of the investigation will be published on Thursday promising ‘explosive revelations’ about the inquiry.

The memoir by Goncalo Amaral reportedly contains allegations that Madeleine died accidentally in her parents’ care, and that they disposed of her body to cover up the death.

Why would this be agony now when it is a theory already mentioned in newspapers?

Let’s just stick to the facts:

The McCanns, both 40, vehemently deny the claims.

DAILY MIRROR: “Ex-Maddy cop’s book ‘to tell all’”

Former Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, 48, was axed from the investigation last October after criticising Kate and Gerry and the UK police.

But the disgraced officer is expected to repeat his controversial claims when the book – Truth About The Lies – hits the shelves on Thursday.

Will the Mirror dare to repeat the claims? The Mirror deals with facts:

Kate and Gerry, both 39, of Rothley, Leics, are today widely expected to be cleared as official suspects in the case, along with Robert Murat, a Brit living in Praia da Luz.

Such are the, er, facts.

THE GUARDIAN: “Murat’s £800,000 – a minor marketing expense”. Says Peter Wilby:

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Posted: 21st, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Money, Tabloids | Comments (869) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Charles Harb And Cheerleading The Terrorists

IN the Guardian Charles Harb bangs the terrorists’ drum:

Hizbullah’s unbudging resistance to Israel – and the results that has achieved – explains its clout in the Arab world.

Let’s hear it for the Nazis:

The difference between the two approaches cannot be stronger and echoes dramatically in Arab public opinion polls. It is no surprise that the Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah comes on top of the popularity contest in all surveyed Arab countries (including Saudi Arabia and Egypt), and by a large margin. The battle for hearts and minds was indisputably won by those who offered to resist the “US-Israeli axis of evil”.

And get this:

Current western support for Arab dictators and the associated labelling of resistance movements as terrorist organisations may not be to its best interest. Striking mutually beneficial deals with those that more closely represent Arab populations rather than with the corrupt dictators that rule them may have better long-term pay-offs. Perhaps the election of a new US president will usher a more peaceful era for the war-weary Middle East.

Translation: Perhaps Barack Obama will turn on Israel…

Posted: 20th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Surgeons To Get OAP Kill Bonus

surgeons Surgeons To Get OAP Kill Bonus“SURGEONS to earn ‘patient survival bonuses’,” says the Sunday Telegraph.

Perhaps to help keep the accounts in order, patients should have their stitching designed to say “I survived [insert surgeon’s name here]”?

Says the paper:

NHS surgeons are to be paid bonuses based on the number of lives they save, in radical plans being drawn up by hospitals across Britain.

Anorak wonder if the surgeons will pay a forfeit for a kill, say, losing a tenner for each year a patient is under 50?

The cadaver should be means tested. If a surgeon fails to save a taxpayer, then so much for the worse for them – the medic will have to wear some of the budget deficit. Fail to cure a benefits claimant and find a tenner in your rubber gloves.

The big money is, of course, in treating the old and frail, those high-risk patients bonus-chasing surgeons avoid. Kill a pensioner or someone who needs round-the-clock care or prescription drugs, and get an OBE.

Don’t get old. Don’t get ill.

Posted: 20th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Money | Comments (18) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oxford Greens Support Local Garages

RETURNING to their vehicles parked in Martson, Oxford, drivers find a note:

“Driving an SUV is an unacceptably selfish act in the face of this global emergency. [Which emergency is unstated, but suspicions fall upon the state of mental health care in the community] Your destructive vehicle and scores of others across Oxford have been disabled as part of a wider struggle to avert a global emergency.”

As the Guardian reports, the world be no logen be raved by a Land Rover Discovery, two Honda CRVs, a Mitsubishi Shogun, a Subaru and a Mitsubishi truck.

To save the planet the owners of said vehicles are advised to call out a tow truck (a large vehicle) and have their cars taken to a place where there wheels can be replaced, most likely by imported tyres.

The campaigners message is simple: support your local garage…

Posted: 20th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Global Warming | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Our Madeleine McCann: Colin Stagg, Mad Dogs And Lucy Cavendish, And Amaral’s True Lies

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “We’ll savage bungling cops on Oprah [Winfrey] show – CLEARED McCANNS VOW TV ONSLAUGHT”

Cleared?

“At noon tomorrow a judge will formally lift the cloud of suspicion.”

Is that a fact?

The couple are likely to focus their fury on top cop Goncalo Amaral, who was kicked off the Madeleine case last October following allegations of incompetence and attacks on his British police counterparts.

“I’LL NEVER HAVE MY LIFE BACK – MURAT” – ‘I don’t know if I will ever be able to shake off the stigma of being ‘that Maddie man‘.”

“People say there is no smoke without fire and there may always be some who still doubt me. I have to live with that for the rest of my life.”

Let’s play a game of word association: Colin Stagg.

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Posted: 20th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (431) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The English In Portugal, Danie Krugel And Entertainment

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THE SUN: “UK cops in McCann talks”

BRITISH police have met Portugal’s public prosecutor to discuss handing over evidence into the Maddie McCann probe. Local cops are set to close the case on Monday and clear parents Kate and Gerry over their daughter’s disappearance.

Yesterday a Portuguese newspaper claimed British cops tried to stop information – including the results of a DNA test on the McCanns’ hire car – from being made public.

DAILY MAIL: “British police failed to stop DNA evidence in McCann case from being made public”

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Posted: 19th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (557) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shane Richmond On Private Eye And SEO

WRITES Shane Richmond in the Telegraph:

When Private Eye dabbles in the internet the result is usually both comic and alarming. It’s like having a blacksmith repair your car; it’s amusing to watch him bash around aimlessly for a minute but you soon start to worry that he might do some real damage.

According to Eye:

news hacks are sent a memo three or four times a day from the website boffins listing the top subjects being searched in the last few hours on Google. They are then exepected to write stories accordingly and/or get as many of those key words into the first par of their story.”

Martin Samuels takes up the point:

It is therefore, the aim of this column to mention, specifically, lucidly and not in gratuitous list format, the 75 most searched for topics on the web (no 37), in the hope that this will become the page that it is impossible for the Facebook (33) generation to avoid, much like transport chaos in the North London area whenever Arsenal (24) are at home. If successful, 99 per cent of the world’s computer users will be directed to this column as relentlessly as a recent graduate from the super skinny me (36) programme is drawn to a nightspot where Cristiano Ronaldo (56) hangs out. And, forget local issues, the turgid sagas of Newcastle United (34) and Michael Owen‘s (44) missing form, we’re aiming high, going for the worldwide audience: from Pakistan (74) to Cyprus (45). And on that note I would like to wish all my readers a happy Chinese new year (71).

SEO gets you noticed – the writers maintain the audience…

Posted: 18th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Fisk On Child Murderer Sumir Kuntar

ROBERT Fisk watches Sumior Kuntar met by Hizbollah:

That could not be said for Samir Kuntar – 28 years in an Israeli jail for the 1979 murder of an Israeli, his young daughter and a policeman. He arrived from Israel very much alive, clean shaven but sporting a neat moustache, overawed by the hundreds of Hizbollah supporters, a man used to solitary confinement who suddenly found himself idolised by a people he had not seen in almost three decades. His eyes moved around him, the eyes of a prisoner watching for trouble. He was Israel’s longest-held Lebanese prisoner; Hizbollah’s leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, had promised his release. And he had kept his word.

Hurrah!

Her;s what the mother of the child he murdered has to say:

“It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Naharyia, a city on the northern coast of Israel. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists from Lebanon landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away.

“Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us. Desperately we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbour climb into a crawl space above our bedroom. I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out of the front door when the terrorists came crashing in. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael.

“I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space, so I kept my hand over her mouth. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

“The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rocket with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives I had smothered her”

Says Fisk:

…Amal militia and Palestinian bodies arrived from Israel – were soon bathed in the Lebanese flag and golden Hizbollah banners, drawn by a flower-encrusted truck towards Beirut.

Let’s hear it for the child killers…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Remes’ Pants Guantanamo Bay Demonstration

THIS is US lawyer David Remes. Who he?

david remes David Remes Pants Guantanamo Bay Demonstration

Says the Guardian:

David Remes represents 16 Yemeni prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, takes his trousers off during a press conference. He was demonstrating the mistreatment suffered by his clients

Indeed…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0