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Watching UB40 Is ‘Like Waiting For A Coffin To Turn Up

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Pop group UB40 before rehearsals at Shepton Mallet for Channel 4′s live rock show. Standing from left: Mickey Virtue, James Brown, Robin Campbell. Sitting from left: Earl Falconer, Astro, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and Ali Campbell.
Date: 23/09/1983

 

STUART MacBeth reviews UB40 for the Oxford Mail:

You may, at this point, wonder when I’m going to tell you what the UB40 gig was like.

For the first 90 minutes this gig was like being at a funeral, waiting for a coffin to turn up. The band looked bored. And by the end my mother’s old adage rings true: “if you haven’t got anything good to say… don’t say anything at all”.

At the end, when it was finally over, my girlfriend and I met up with a couple of friends who’re from Jamaica. We all went to the Hi-Lo Jamaican bar, down the road, and spent a couple of hours listening to reggae. A breath of fresh air.

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Posted: 31st, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Myra Lewis Williams: ‘When I Was Jerry Lee Lewis’ 13-Year-Old Wife’

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Seen at a London press conference on May 24, 1958 are American Rock ‘n’ Roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis, 22, and his cousin, Myra Brown, 13, whom he took as his third wife before divorcing his second. (AP Photo)
Date: 24/05/1958

 

In 1958 musician Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in London. By his side was his a 13-years-old. She was his first cousin. She was also his new wife Myra Lewis Williams. Now living in Atlanta, Myra is talking with Cuepoint.

After thirteen years of marriage, they were divorced in 1970, when Myra charged that she “has been subject to every type of physical and mental abuse imaginable”; Jerry Lee later said that “it was all my fault—she caught me cheating.” When we met, she described their relationship as a “successful divorce,” though more recently it seems they’ve been clashing over his current, seventh wife.

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Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photo Of The Year: Arnold Schwarzenegger Mocks The Campus Anti-Smokers

REASONS to like Arnold Schwarzenegger No. 3458:

 

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Posted: 28th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russell Brand’s Revolution: Using Rape And Hitler’s Publisher To Spark The ‘Divine’

PA 5081495 Russell Brands Revolution: Using Rape And Hitlers Publisher To Spark The Divine

 

RUSSELL Brand, age 39, has written Revolution, a book dedicated ‘To the divine, mischievous spark in you”.

Craig Brown reviews in the Mail:

‘Russell Brand wants YOU to join the Revolution’ is the pithy way his publishers, Century, put it.  Oddly enough, Century is a part of Penguin Random House, itself a division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC, the largest education company and book publisher in the world, and owners of the Financial Times

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Posted: 26th, October 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Crap Cockneys: And The Nominations For The Worst London Accent Are…

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Crap Cockneys

And the nominations for the worst London accent are…

 

Dick van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

The mother lode. To quote his song, ‘even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious’, there is something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious about Dick’s seminal cockney performance…

 

 

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Posted: 25th, October 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo As Mother Dates Child Molester

PA 14539096 TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo As Mother Dates Child Molester

TLC has called time on the Roald Dahl docu-drama Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo because reports suggest child star Honey Boo-Boo’s mother, one “Mama June” , is currently dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel.

This charming man served 10 years jail time for having forced oral sex on an 8-year-old girl.

TLC thought broadcasting the show featuring mum’s new lover would be a step too far. After all, the Boo Boo clan are paid, and some of TLC’s cash might end up in McDaniel’s pockets. 

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Posted: 24th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For Sale on eBay: Car Seat Once Used By Adam Ant

WHAT are we offered for a mini cab sat once sat in by Adam Ant, Mr Prince Charming himself?

 

adam ant car For Sale on eBay: Car Seat Once Used By Adam Ant

 

 

The blurb:

I gave Adam Ant a lift in my car on 3/5/10 here is the seat he used on the journey. Selling this as my car is off to scrapyard next week. Happy bidding on a rare item. Message me for details, it’s collection only though.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alvin Stardust – A Life In Photos

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File photo dated 17/11/1962 of Alvin Stardust (second left), then known as Shane Fenton and born Bernard William Jewry, at Shirley Bassey’s Record Shop on West End Lane, London with (from left) Danny Williams, Alvin Stardust, Shirley Bassey and Jess Conrad as the singer and actor Stardust has died this morning aged 72 after a short illness.

 

ALVIN Stardust taught the kids to cross the road carefully and that you can rhyme “Love-a-me too” with “my coo ca choo”.

Lots of great Alvin Stardust photos on the wonderful Flashbak.com.

 

 

Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Renee Zellweger Has A Face: Let The Media Bitchfest Begin

PA 21240874 Renee Zellweger Has A Face: Let The Media Bitchfest Begin

Renee Zellweger, left, and Doyle Bramhall II attend ELLE’s 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

 

RENEE Zellweger has a face. This sensation has been heralded in the news media.

In the Times, it;’s tlaking pioint. Carole Midgley says:

Shame on Renée Zellweger. Seriously: what is her problem? She has been a female on this Earth for 45 years now and that’s plenty long enough to have learnt the rules… You must at all times pull off the impossible. Got that? You must be a 24/7 magician. For whether you’re on the red carpet or putting out your bins, you must look eternally young and perfect.

But here’s the crucial thing: you must never betray any sign that you may have tried to make yourself look young and perfect. No, no, no. This won’t do at all. Trying is ugly; risible. Your age-defying beauty, perfect figure, line-free face and lustrous hair must appear effortless.

She refers to the “spite-filled headlines and comments”, the “massive bitch”, that Zellweger has been “pilloried and mocked”.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Catwalk Pop: Models who sashayed to the microphone

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THE news today is that supermodel Cara Delevingne has hired Pharrell Williams to give her what she needs as she makes her musical bow.

A source told The super soaraway Sun: “They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch. They seem to have formed a great little writing collective and apparently it’s a huge song.”

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Breaking Bad Meth Doll Brian Cranston Vows To Burn His Florida Mom Action Figure

FLORIDA mums (at least one of them) says it’s wrong that Breaking Bad toys and meth (accrding to the Sun) are being sold in branches of Toys R Us.

Bryan Cranston responds:

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Spotter: Time

Posted: 21st, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scott Ian of Anthrax Recalls Meeting Lemmy For The First Time (Much Swearing)

PA 1816754 Scott Ian of Anthrax Recalls Meeting Lemmy For The First Time (Much Swearing)

 

SCOTT Ian of Anthrax on meeting Lemmy for the first time. Language is spicy.

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Posted: 21st, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lynda Bellingham Stars In Norman, Is That You? (Photos)

PA 21234194 Lynda Bellingham Stars In Norman, Is That You? (Photos)

 

LYNDA Bellingham, born Meredith Lee Hughes; 31 May 1948 – 19 October 2014:

 

Harry Worth and Lynda Bellingham rehearse at the Phoenix Theatre in London in the new West End comedy, “Norman, is that you?”. Date: 08/04/1975

 

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Posted: 20th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Christmas Jumper-orama: The Hideous Gremlins And Fargo Sweats

READY for Christmas? Ready for your seasonal sweater?

Mondo have greated designs based on the 1984 film Gremlins and the 1996’s Fargo.

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Posted: 19th, October 2014 | In: Fashion, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pop Water: Ariana Grande Contemplates Name Change

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FURTHER evidence of pop star’s wit and wisdom comes via the mouth of Ariana Grande, who tells us:

“I love drinking water — and I want to inspire my fans to do the same”.

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Posted: 18th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘I Am Beyonce’s Hair’: Dave Hill And Brian Eno’s Fringe On A Life In Showbiz

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HEADY days for Slade fans, for whom the band only ever seems to ride high on the popular culture news Chopper when it’s Christmas. Beyonce Knowles has successfully bid for Dave Hill’s hair, and, moreover, taken to wearing it over her own luxurious chestnut locks.

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Posted: 18th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pollyanna Woodward And Caprice Are Pregnant By Spash!

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Golfers Ian Poulter (left) and Paul Casey (right) with the latter’s partner Pollyanna Woodward in the Royal Box

 

THIS week saw the birth of Pollyanna Woodward’s first child by golfer Paul Casey. You’ll know Pollyanna from her work on TV’s The Gadget Show and pro-celebrity falling on ITV’s Splash!. She tells us:

“There must be something in the water [on Splash!], because [fellow diver] Caprice discovered she was pregnant after the last series!”

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Posted: 18th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oscar Wilde, Henry Bushnell And The Reading Gaol Exhibition

PA 10566149 Oscar Wilde, Henry Bushnell And The Reading Gaol Exhibition

 

In 1895, Oscar Wilde was sent down for  two years for the crime of homosexuality.Male homosexuality was decriminalised in Northern Ireland with the passing of law reform in the House of Commons in…1982!

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Posted: 17th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Footballers Don’t Know How Much Milk Costs, And Other Shocking Facts

PA 741705 Footballers Dont Know How Much Milk Costs, And Other Shocking Facts

The Liverpool players celebrate with the FA Cup, and a bottle of milk each, in the dressing room after their 2-1 win: (l-r) Geoff Strong, Tommy Smith, Wilf Stevenson, Ron Yeats, Chris Lawler, Roger Hunt, Gerry Byrne, Peter Thompson, Tommy Lawrence, Ian Callaghan
Date: 01/05/1965

 

PEOPLE often wheel out the line about footballers being overpaid. Some of them are indeed, paid gigantic sums of money. Many will tell you that it is too much ‘to kick a ball around for 90 minutes’, but of course, those people are gasping simpletons.

Of course, there’s a lot more to being a footballer than turning up on a Saturday afternoon and running around for one-and-a-half hours. Either way, there’s no getting away from the fact that football has made some young men millionaires.

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Posted: 17th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Grisham Tells The Truth: Watching Child Porn Doesn’t Make You A Paedophile

PA 19391766 John Grisham Tells The Truth: Watching Child Porn Doesnt Make You A Paedophile

JOHN Grisham has rather surprised the usual people by telling the truth about child pornography. Yes, there is truly vile stuff out there and those who produce it and seek it should indeed be locked up. But that’s not quite the same as saying that everyone who looks at a pair of underage tits should be in jail:

The author of legal thrillers such as The Firm and A Time to Kill who has sold more than 275m books during his 25-year career, cited the case of a “good buddy from law school” who was caught up in a Canadian child porn sting operation a decade ago as an example of excessive sentencing.

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

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Posted: 16th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dude Where’s My Gun? Brad Pitt Is Armed And Possibly Dangerous

PA 20758320 Dude Wheres My Gun? Brad Pitt Is Armed And Possibly Dangerous

BRAD Pitt and his child army, nannies, security guards and ever since Angelina Jolie met the Queen, footmen, unicorns, Apache helicopters and magic, are safe.

If that and the haze of love and goodness at Chez Brad don’t render the intruder powerless, Brad keeps a gun in the house. He says he needs the gun to feel one hundred percent safe. He tells the Radio Times that he got his first gun at 6:

“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons. My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was kindergarten. The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon.”

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Posted: 16th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Trolls: Chloe Madeley Turns Another Woman’s Rape Into A Daily Mail Column

7715352 Trolls: Chloe Madeley Turns Another Womans Rape Into A Daily Mail ColumnA WOMAN was raped by footballer Ched Evans. His lover went on the telly to say how she believes his innocence and stands by her man. Judy Finnigan went on the telly to say Evans should be given a another chance and that it wasn’t a violent rape, so not as bad as it might have been.

A few Twitter account holders said Judy might care to be raped to see what it’s like. Judy’s daughter, Chloe Madeley, chimed in that her mum was right. She now gets a column in the Daily Mail to tell one and all about her ordeal:

Violated in my own home by a coward on Twitter: CHLOE MADELEY on how she faced vile threats on site following her mother’s comments

And meanwhile, a woman who was a victim of rape wonders if all the opinion trolls, vain media wannabes and has-beens making careers from her pain will ever shut up.

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Posted: 16th, October 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Public School Never Made Me Gay: Benedict Cumberbatch And Those Curious Boys

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Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing inspects the Pilot ACE computer – formerly the fastest computer in the world in the 1950s and fundamentally designed by Alan Turing, at a preview of the Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy exhibition at the Science Museum.

 

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is plugging his film The Imitation Game. He plays Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist whose key work decrypting German codes in the second world war helped the British defeat the Nazis.

Turing died in 1954. He had been convicted of gross indecency for being gay. At the time homosexuality was illegal in the UK. He endured a chemical castration as an alternative to prison. His death was suicide, so they say.

 

 

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


Highlight From Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture for BBC Music

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HIGHLIGHTS from Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture for BBC Music at the Lowry theater in Salford, Manchester.

On Apple and U2:

“The people who don’t want the free U2 download are trying to say, ‘Don’t try to force me.’ And they’ve got a point. Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s kind of an anointing, you are giving people love. It’s your choice to give or withhold. You felt like they were robbed of that chance and they have a point.”

On  Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke selling the album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via BitTorrent.

“Sure, BitTorrent is a pirate’s friend. But all pirates want to go legit, just like I wanted to be respectable. So it’s good that Thom Yorke is encouraging a positive change.”

On Modern Piracy:

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Posted: 14th, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0