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Celebrity news & gossip from the world’s showbiz and glamour magazines (OK!, Hello, National Enquirer and more). We read them so you don’t have to, picking the best bits from the showbiz world’s maw and spitting it back at them. Expect lots of sarcasm.

Eyes wide shut: Ola Jordan dresses for sex

Former Strictly Come Dancing hoofer Ola Jordan reveals her “sexist secrets” in the Sun. Ola is the new “celebrity face” of Ann Summers, the high-street store selling aids to masturbation.

SAUCY Ola Jordan has confessed she wears a blindfold in bed to let her dancer husband know whether sex is on – or off – the cards.

If your wife will only shag you when she’s blindfolded, you might worry. If she asks you to wear David Beckham’s new scent behind the armpits, play a recording of George Clooney breathing and promise not to talk, you might worry a little more. Or you might just think, ‘Well, that lazy eye always was a little distracting’ and crack on.

Ola, 33, said: “It’s so good. On one side it says ‘Yes Please’ and on the other side it says ‘Not Tonight’.

“When I don’t fancy it, I just put that side, ‘Not Tonight’.

The funny thing is that he also wears blindfolds to communicate his sex drive, and they’ve not seen each other in bed for years. Nah, they are, of course, at it “hammer and tongs”, as the Sun says.

As husband James reads his wife’s mask and wonders if she’s asleep before watching slinking off to Match of the Day, we see a picture of Ola dressed in her busy undies.

 

 Ola Jordan and James Jordan for Anne Summers campaign Ola and James Jordan first celebrity Couple Ambassadors for Anne Summers

Yeah, she’s wearing less than she does on prime-time telly.

 

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Magic.

Posted: 23rd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamies Oliver names his fifth child after a vegetable

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‘Leaf me alone!’

Jamie’s Oliver’s fifth child is called River Rocket Oliver. With a name like Rocket, the worry is that the little lamb’s (lettuce) will go off. Nothing goes off like rocket.

PS – River Rocket is a brother to Poppy Honey Rose, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear Maurice.

PPS – There are few things more enjoyable than seeing other parents give their child a name that serves as a signifier of their individuality and cool.

 

Posted: 23rd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jessica Hayes and Katie Salmon given life ban for sub-Godiva behaviour at Cheltenham

Jockeying for attention

Jockeying for attention

In ‘LACK OF REMORSE'”, the Sun reports on “Love Island boob flash duo Jessica Hayes and Katie Salmon”.

News is that the topless twosome have been “banned for life from horse racing”. They will never ride a nag at Aintree nor enliven a dull day at Ascot by flashing their nipples. It is the sports great loss.

The paper adds that the pair “bared their boobs again at a nightclub just days after the Cheltenham incident in March”.

It is to their eternal shame that photographers were there to see both incidences.

The British Horseracing Authority says the ladies’ antics were “unacceptable, offensive and detrimental to the good reputation of the sport”.

Indeed they were. As anyone versed in Jilly Cooper’s work and the history of Lady Godiva, full nudity is the true form at the point to point. These ignorant girls must try harder.

And they’re orf!

Posted: 22nd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Beer made from yeast swabbed from Roald Dahl’s chair

What did Roald Dahl taste of? We can soon find out becsaue the 40FT Brewery, in Dalston, north east London, and Bompas and Parr are creating Mr Twit’s Odious Ale. You don’t have to be Twit to buy the stuff, just a hipster or some other kind of fetishising tw*t.

 

Roald DAhl beer

Ales of the Unexpected

 

And apparently it’s what Dahl would have wanted:

With permission from The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, swabs were taken from the authors writing chair, preserved for posterity at the museum. The beer is to be brewed in the Polish Grätzen style.

Get Bucks the beer has “a light golden colour with relatively high carbonation”- like a runny fart.

 

So give me a bug and a jumping flea,
Give me two snails and lizards three,
And a slimy squiggler from the sea,
And the poisonous sting of a bumblebee,
And the juice from the fruit of the ju-jube tree,
And the powdered bone of a wombat’s knee.
And one hundred other nasty things as well
Each with a rather nasty smell.
I’ll stir them up, I’ll boil them long,
A mixture tough, a mixture tough, a mixture strong.
And then, heigh-ho, and down it goes,
A nice spoonful (hold your nose)
Just gulp it down and have no fear.
‘How do you like it, Granny dear?’
Will she go pop? Will she explode?
Will she go flying down the road?
Will she go poof in a puff of smoke?
Start fizzing like a can of Coke?
(I’m glad it’s neither you nor me.)
Oh Grandma, if only you knew
What I have got in store for you!’

Marvellous.

Posted: 22nd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Validation: the wonder of free parking (a video)

Kurt Kuenne’s short film Validation is the “fable about the magic of free parking”.

 

Posted: 18th, August 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slut shaming topless Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton’s topless video is all over the internet. When she was 17, so the story goes, the BBC TV presenter sunbathed topless in France. Without her knowledge someone filmed the teenaged Skelton and uploaded the footage to porn websites. A mere two years later the tabloids made Skelton’s breasts front-page news.

 

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The Mirror published stills from the covert video, albeit with a light frosting over Skelton’s nipples. That’s the Mirror which yesterday reported:

Revenge Porn: Teenager, who left pal feeling suicidal, says she’s ‘the loser’ after publishing secret sex tape

 

Helen sKelton revenge porn

 

Elsewhere the Mirror reports on “the dark side of sexting, and reveals what can happen when your most intimate photos get into the wrong hands”.

But when the Mirror sees Skelton’s naked breasts, presumably supplied via the wrong hands to a porn site, it appraisers her body, “Gorgeous mum-of-one Helen looks fantastic in the video.” A source calls it a “nightmare” for Helen.

As the Mirror exploits Helen’s nightmare to prove the misery and allure of covert porn, assuring the victim it’s ok so long as your fit, the Sun reports:

 

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TOPLESS PHOTO STORM Helen Skelton is ‘distressed’ after topless photos of her from when she was 17 emerge

Amid more shots from the “leaked” footage, journalists TINA CAMPBELL AND JOANNE KAVANAGH tell us of Skelton’s “distress”.

The 33-year-old mum of one was holidaying in France in 2001 and believed to be unaware that she was being filmed and ONLY 17 at the time.

 

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Tina and Joanne might like to have a word with their Sun colleague Hannah Crouch, who in April told Sun readers

Hundreds of women fallen victim to website which shares nude pics without permission – A 21-woman has exposed a slut-shaming website which asks users for explicit photos

Are you only a victim when you’re not on the telly?

 

Posted: 15th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stripping Helen Skelton in ‘topless video leak’

Helen Skelton, the BBC’s Olympic Games presenter who looks and sounds like a primary school teacher talking to her class, is in a topless video. So says the Daily Star, which leads with the “exclusive” old news that “Olympics Helen” once sunbathed topless. The story first appeared in April 2014, when she was “Blue Peter’s Helen in topless video”. Presumably it will be revisited and adapted whenever Skelton gets a new job.

 

Helen skelton topless

 

Helen Skelton’s flesh has been big news in the tabloids, which has been watching her Olympics striptease.

It began with a look at Skelton’s legs. She has two. The world was shocked. “BBC presenter Helen Skelton sends pulses racing in her skimpy outfit,” cooed the Sun. Skelton was wearing a skirt. Behind her Olympic athletes took to the swimming pool dressed in tight swim suits and budgie smugglers. No pulses were raced at the Sun. If Skelton wants to go out in her Lycra bra and big knickers and run around the presenting table, the Sun won’t notice so long as she’s also wearing a Team GB sticker across her chest.

 

Helen Skelton legs

 

 

After the legs came the stomach. Sam Morgan was on Skelton Watch.

 

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Then came “another body part”. We call them “arms”.

 

Helen sKelton naked legs

 

And so to the breasts.

Footage of the presenter exposing her boobs was uploaded to an adult website. It soon racked up thousands of hits as fans clamoured to see it. In the four-minute clip Helen, who once presented kids’ show Blue Peter, is seen on a beach wearing just a pair of shorts. Sources close to the blonde have claimed she was 17 at the time.

Who wants to ogle a teenager, then?

One pal said: “Helen was on holiday in France. She was enjoying her holiday and relaxing in the sun. She had no idea she was being filmed, so this leak will be quite a shock for her.”

To recap: Helen Skeleton has legs, arms, a stomach, breasts and hair. Read all about it!

PS: says one tweeter: “Put those shoulders away you whore.”

Posted: 14th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Star Wars: Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels star in an anti-smoking PSA

Str Wars actors Kenny Baker (24 August 1934 – 13 August 2016) and Anthony Daniels (born 21 February 1946) star in an anti-smoking PSA. R2D2 and C3P-0 says not to smoke:

Posted: 14th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chris Biggins, Nazis and the EDL-supporting Daily Star’s Big Brother fantasy

Helping readers spot Nazis and other far-Right loons is the Daily Star. The paper that once cheered for the EDL leads with a picture of erstwhile panto dame Chris Biggins, formerly of Celebrity Big Brother, dressed as a Nazi. Is this how he chillaxes at home?

No. This is his work gear. Says the Star:

Disgraced CBB housemate Biggins dresses as Nazi in unearthed video

RAUS!

Chris Biggins Nazi

 

The Star adds:

IN a story that keeps getting worse, Christopher Biggins once appeared on television dressed as a Nazi.

Biggins is now on par with – in no special order – Ricky Gervais, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Moore, Michael Fassbender, Alec Guinness, Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Donald Duck and various actors on TV’s Dad’s Army. Biggins must be delighted. Who knew he could act so well?

Grainy footage has surfaced of the pantomime star appearing in sketch wearing a full Nazi uniform.

Oh, yes he did.

It couldn’t come at a worse time for Biggins, who was booted from the CBB house on Friday for making offensive comments towards X Factor star Katie Waissel.

Waissel should get a grip. Big Brother should stop being so censorious and killing its own show. Biggins should get some new material. Lest you missed the joke, Biggins (not a Jew) told Waisell (is a Jew) she had best be careful in the showers. Geddit?! If you did, you should like Jerry Sadowitz (is a Jew), who often starts his shows by telling the Jews to head to the shower blocks.

 An insider from the show told The Sun: “I was part of the crew in 1997 and we were filming a ‘joke’ gameshow called Vahalla or Bust as part of a BBC documentary. Biggins didn’t seem to mind dressing as a Nazi at all, and didn’t question the morality of it.”

Well, to take the piss out of Nazis, it can be useful to dress as one.

Now watch this.

 

Posted: 9th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Renee Zellweger: who altered her face?

Plastic surgery / cosmetic surgery matters only to the person who opted for it. So, then, to the face worn by Renee Zellweger, which triggers the Daily Mirror story: “Renee Zellweger blasts back after plastic surgery claims: ‘I did not make a decision to alter my face’.”

 

Renee Zellweger

 

Which begs the question: who did? Or maybe the wind changed and, as your mum warned you, she stayed like that?

The Mirror adds:

She penned a thoughtful essay where she slammed “humiliating” attacks on her appearance. But Renee Zellweger’s critics have continued to speculate after she denied having plastic surgery, telling the Bridget Jones Diary actress that if she has had work done, she should “own it”.

 

Own it. Own your own face? The Mirror’s quote comes from a tweet, which opined in a vacuous command: “Be proud and own it girl.”

In her thoughtful essay for Huffington Post, Renee responded to accusations she had an eye lift back in October 2014 , “not that it’s anyone’s business”.

The essay might well have been thoughtful, but it was for nought: two years on and the Mirror is all over it.

Vogue also covers the story:

“In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I’d likely had surgery to alter my eyes,” the Bridget Jones actress wrote in a letter for The Huffington Post. “It didn’t matter; just one more story in the massive smut pile generated every day by the tabloid press and fuelled by exploitative headlines and folks who practice cowardly cruelty from their anonymous internet pulpits.”

And:

“Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.”

Discuss.

 

Posted: 8th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celebrity Big Brother calls in the thought police on ‘Nazi’ Chris Biggins

Why was Christopher Biggins kicked out of the Celebrity Big Brother house?

In the “Real reason Christopher Biggins was removed from Celebrity Big Brother house LEAKED”, the Daily Mirror promises to reveal all.

When news broke yesterday about his shock departure, we learned that the star had allegedly made a sick joke about Nazi concentration camps.

 

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So bad was Biggins’ joke that Katie Waissel, a former X Factor contestant (more on her here), was reduced to “teas”.

 

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As Katie reaches for the sugars, know that the Mirror’s story about is based on a Daily Star story. The paper adds:

Now, The Sun Online is reporting that he also made an offensive comment about people with AIDS.

What did he say, then?

As the CBB celebs queued up to use the bathroom shortly after waking up, The Sun reports he said to the former X Factor star: “You had better be careful or they will put you in a shower or take you to a room!”

Waissel was left in “tears” by that.  The Mirror then tells us that Katie Waissel’s mum has called for “a police probe”. Oh, puh-lease. This is so pathetic. A weak joke is a crime? And it clearly was a joke. If that comment reduces to Waissel to tears and teas she should toughen up.

Another story in the Mirror notes in  headline that might well be beyond parody:

Celebrity Big Brother Christopher Biggins ‘Nazi transcript’ is a FAKE confirm Channel 5

Do people know what anti-Semitism looks like? Not, Shami Chakrabarti, clearly. She can’t see antisemitism over all that ermine. Biggins is no Nazi. That’s plain to see.

 

chris biggins

Old fruit

 

The Mirror continues to milk the gnat’s teat by asking in yet another story on Biggins:

Has Christopher Biggins’ shocking comments ruined all his good work?

No. But don’t take our word for it. The Jewish News notes:

Christopher Biggins’ Jewish agent defends star over ‘Nazi gas chamber’ jibe

Showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, who represents Biggins, told Jewish News: “I have been close friends and worked with Biggins for many years and can confirm that he would never intentionally cause offence. If something was said in jest which caused offence then I am certain that was not his intention. Biggins is a much loved and wonderful man.”

It’s not the causing offence that is the issue – it’s if someone thinks you are causing offence that matters in these censorious times. You can be an unwitting racist.

Biggies told Sun on Sunday: “I am mortified by what has happened. Most of my friends are Jewish. I apologise. I love Jewish people. My best friend is Lesley Joseph and you don’t get more Jewish than that.”

 

More on antisemitism in the right-on British Press here

More on antisemitism in the right-on British Press here

 

As the righteous media grade Joseph for her Jewishness, we read in the Mirror what else the old stager said:

He joined in a discussion with Renee Graziano and Frankie Grande on sexuality and when asked if she had a problem with gay people, the Mobs Wives star said: “When you’re gay you’re gay. And I think it’s beautiful because I think it’s who you are and it’s natural. But I think today in society they kind of force things on people and they confuse you.”

Man who says gays are beautiful is ousted from TV show for causing offence? We live in odd, offence-seeking times, indeed, readers.

Biggins then went on to claim bisexual people are the “worst type”, telling the pair: “I think the worst type though is, I’m afraid to say, the bisexuals. What it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay.”

The Mirror then notes:

And on Saturday it emerged that he was partly removed because he claimed bisexuals are to blame for AIDS during a shocking outburst.

Which part of him was removed? His mouth? His foreskin? His hair? He said:

 “Gays had been really badly treated for so long. Then came a period where they were respected. But suddenly, a killer disease then came along which was attributed to homosexuals – but it was actually a bisexual disease. What the government didn’t realise is that there were bisexuals out there who were having sex with those people. They then brought it back to their families over here and in America. That’s how it became a worldwide disease. Whoever investigated AIDS f***ked up big time.”

In a welter of stupidity, however, the price for opportunism must got to Big Brother, which summoned Biggins into the Diary Room and in words George Orwell would surely appreciate, ruled:

“On Monday in a conversation with Katie when she remarked she was not in the house to represent the Jewish community, your comment was plainly capable of causing offence to Katie and the viewing public.

“Big Brother spoke to you about your language. When BB pointed out to you that your language was capable of great offence you apologised and indicated you understood the seriousness of the situation.

“But you have continued to use unacceptable language.”

Once upon a time, the Celebrity Big Brother VIP silo was a bit of fun, a chance to see forgotten-faces of TV stars you thought were dead or living in Spain. Now it’s a miserable place, where free speech is trampled on and everyone is watched lest they cause offence. It’s getting to be a lot like modern Britain.

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Page 3 stunna Sam Fox in ‘big boobs hell’ balls

In Samantha Fox’s Big Boob Hell”, the Daily Star looks at the former Page 3 stalwart now starring on Celebrity Big Brother, and says: “My boobs were too big for Page 3.”

How about Page 3 and Page 4?

 

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Former Sun stalwart Sam Fox in class

 

Sam adds:

“I asked my mum if I looked fat in a dress because my boobs looked too big in it. She said, ‘Your boobs are great’. I only realised they were fine when other women began paying for surgery to have boobs like mine.”

Did women really browse the aisle of Messers Nip ‘n’ Tuck’s surgery and say ‘I’ll have the Sams’? And did they realise that having ‘Sams’ is akin to being in hell – a hell that looks like being caught in your undies riding a small rocking horse:

 

 

Posted: 5th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Lennon demands a return to the Great British blue passport in the Sun

“TIME to bing back the Great British passport,” demands the Sun. It’s front-page news. The paper says the blue passport is a “symbol of the UK regaining sovereignty from the EU”.

We want a pledge from No10 to reintroduce the true blue, ditched in 1988 for an EU-approved burgundy passport.

 

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Tory MP  Andrew Rosindell adds: “It’s a matter of identity. Having the pink European passports has been a humiliation.”

 

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Liz Hurley – using her Britishness to build a career as a stereotypical British woman on American telly

 

It’s burgundy, Andrew.  Your old analogue driving licence was pink. Colour matters. Your passport is a fashion choice. Don’t believe us – believe actress Liz Hurley, then, who when not using the Union flag as a merkin, is saying things like:

 “I yearn for the days when my (gorgeous navy blue) passport got stamped when I went anywhere in Europe and I loved puzzling over fistfuls of Italian lire, French francs and Deutschmarks. It was glamorous and exciting.”

The Sun shows us John Lennon’s old British passport. It was blue. Did Lennon go for the pink one? No. Granted, he was dead before it was introduced. Yes, he did chose in live in America. But the Sun has made it’s point – the pink one is not what the resting Beatle would have wanted.  “Imagine,” says Lennon, “there are no countries… that don’t show due respect to the Great British Blue passport.”

Imagine…

Posted: 2nd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo, not far from the race track:

According to Brazilian magazine Veja, Aparecida Schunck, 67, was taken on Friday in the neighbourhood of Interlagos, Sao Paulo with her kidnappers said to be demanding a ransom of 120 million Brazilian reals [£28m].

As sports fans head to Rio for the Olympics, and athletes put their running skills to good use avoiding muggers, jihadis attacks and the Zika virus, we learn that Aparecida is mother to Ecclestone’s current wife Fabiana Flosi, 38.

 

Aparecida Schunk

 

The Mail says the ransom is the largest ever demanded in Brazil. Veja says the criminals requested that payments be made in pounds sterling. (The crooks don’t want euros – in yer face, Juncker!)

Will 85-year-old Bernie pay up?

Will his daughter Tamara Ecclestone forgo another exclusive handbag to see a woman freed from the criminals?

Posted: 26th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mick Jagger and David Bowie perform Dancing In The Street without music

 Happy birthday, Mick Jagger

Happy birthday, Mick Jagger, born on this day 1943. Here is the Rolling Stones singer performing Dancing in The Street with David Bowie.

Posted: 26th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paul Gascoigne is not dead – papers continue to humilate him

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has triggered “fears”. The Sun shows a picture of Gazza and says, “There were new fears for Paul Gascoigne last night after he accidentally exposed himself in the street.”

What street? Who was watching or, rather, being exposed to? What did he expose, accidentally?

All will be revealed soon enough.

For now, we’re grateful the Sun is here to help Gascoigne and relay news of his latest humiliation, sorry, suffering to us. To recap: Gazza, as he is known, is not dead. In 2008 the no less caring Daily Star reported beneath the headline “Gazza dead and gone for good”: “FUN-LOVING football legend Paul Gascoigne is ‘dead’, his TV star stepdaughter Bianca revealed last night.”

They were wrong. “The former England star is seriously ill with depression, and Bianca admits his family is powerless to help him,” the Star continued. Gascoigne was not dead then. He remains not dead now.

 

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Today we see a photo of Gascoigne in a dressing gown. A generous black triangle hangs over his crotch. The paper reports:

The football icon heading to buy booze in only a dressing gown stumbled barefooted from his flat with a bent cigarette hanging from his lips. Slurring his words, Gazza, 49, climbed into a taxi before returning with a bottle of gin, cigs and painkillers. As he stepped out of the cab his gown fell open revealing he was naked underneath.

Again, let’s recap: man comes out of his home; a passing photographer takes the trouble to take pictures of him and alert the Sun newspaper; the Sun publishes the pictures in the hope Gascoigne can be helped.

The paper says a photo it published in March of Gazza’s bruised face “made him realise how low he had sunk”. Gascoigne “admitted” this when he appeared on Good Morning Britain (see below). It’s not about gawping at a man with issues and exploiting him to sell pictures and papers. It’s about caring.

Here’s Gascoigne thanking the press on GMB after the Sun published that photo of his face after a “drunken fall”:

 

Posted: 11th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Shining Cuckoo Clock yells ‘Here’s Johnny’ on the hour

The Shining Cuckoo Clock

The Shining Cuckoo Clock

 

Know what time it is with this cuckoo clock in the form of the axe scene from The Shining. On the hour every hour Jack Torrance with menace you with a  “Here’s Johnny!”. For added homeliness, Shelley Duvall’s character will scream her head off.

It’s made by Chris Dimino.

Spotter: DM

Posted: 6th, July 2016 | In: Film, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mind The Bollocks: Richard Branson backs Theresa May to scupper Brexit

The post-Brexit UK was, as the Daily Mirror put it with a front-page photo of a large black hole, a leap into the unknown. Where the Mirror saw danger, chaos and, if the country voted Leave and thereby fell into that hole, death for all, others saw adventure and opportunity. Who embodies the spirt of rosy-fingered dawns over new horizons better than Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand and the man who signed the Sex Pistols – those working-class dupe-proof advocates for Anarchy in the UK and a rejection of the tired, old Establishment.

Branson opines axiomatically on his company’s website, “In order to think outside the box, avoid getting into one. There is no need to accept accepted thinking. Remember, it was once accepted that the world was flat.”

 

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There’s more:

“If you don’t let anybody build a box around you, then you will never have to think outside of the box. Basically, in order to think outside the box, avoid getting into one.

“But if you do find yourself getting boxed in, think to yourself: I will only think outside the box when the box is empty. Get everything you can out of a situation, but keep an eye out for the next opportunity.”

The box was the European Union. The vote to get out of it was a vote for a bigger planet view that doesn’t end where the EU border lies. But Branson is scared. He is not eyeing the next opportunity. Sky News reports that this knight of the realm “has held secret talks with Theresa May in an effort to boost his plea for a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU).”

In a blog-post published on 27 June, Sir Richard wrote:

“The vast majority of MPs voted in by the electorate want the UK to stay part of Europe. In light of the misrepresentations of the Leave campaign, Parliament should reject the results of this non-binding referendum as Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will do in Scotland’s Parliament.”

How’s that for thinking outside the box? Ignore the anti-Establishment risk-takers, the people who voted for change, and side with the elite who want to snuff out democracy. ‘Safety-first,’ says box-ticking bureaucratic Branson. Big business must take priority over independence and “screwing it, just doing it”, something he advises we do in one of his “lessons for life”. Richard is now of the “screw you, the multi-nationals and connected are in charge”.

To paraphrase the Sex Pistols, We Do Mind the Bollocks. We voted against it.

Posted: 5th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Money, News, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kerry Katona and Molly McFadden v the Daily Mail

kerry katona daily mail nakedThe Daily Mail has some bad news. “Online trolls” have seen pictures of Kerry Katona’s daughter Molly McFadden and made “cruel taunts”.

For those of you who missed the moment when Kerry and her family went to Thorpe Park, on June 6 the Daily Mail published 21 photos of Kerry and Molly on their family day out. The Mail announced in a headline: “Molly McFadden can’t hide her delight as she enjoys rollercoaster ride at Thorpe Park with her mother.”

Now on June 23, the Mail tells is readers, “It was only on social media that things escalated, with Molly being criticised for her weight and Kerry’s parenting skills called into question.”

Curse that social media for fomenting upset and those “vile” comments. It’s nothing like the, er, online Daily Mail, whereon you can read comments like:

Her daughter is seriously overweight, people get sensitive when it comes to weight and children – but her health is already at risk from a very young age. If anything she should take this as a wake up call. 

Molly shouldn’t be in the papers- Kerry shouldn’t put herself in that position with her family.

A cruel, mean, bullying article very loosely & badly disguised as a ‘fun day out’ article. 

You nasty cruel bunch. Publishing some unflattering images of a young girl, making out the story is all about her having a jolly day out. . Do you all feel better about yourselves now DM ? Having a rubbish Monday and thought you would have a laugh at a 14 year old girls expense ?! That’s plain Nasty

Nice to see her spending time with her daughters. She needs to keep an eye on Molly’s weight though.

Children don’t get to be that size when they’re happy so she’s comfort eating to deal with her issues and the blame for that lies squarely with her mother.

The little girl looks troubled

Those online trolls, eh.

Posted: 23rd, June 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bruce Forsyth in wife-daughter confusion

Good news for Wilnelia Forsyth, wife of entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth. In a Daily Mirror story on daughters who looks like wives and vice versa, the paper looks at “celebs’ young partners [who] get mixed up with kids”.

 

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Dean Gaffney, 38, famous for being the dog handler who scored a job on EastEnders with the highly talented canine thespian Well ‘Ard, has twin daughters, 19, who look a fair bit like his lover, 23. William Shatner, 85, is married to a 58-year-old and has a daughter also 58. Des O’Connor’s wife is three-years younger than one of his daughters. And Hulk Hogan’s second wife Jennifer, 42, and daughter, 28, are unsettling alike.

 

BRuce Forsyth daughter

 

So what of Brucie’s babes? His wife is 58 and his daughter is 39. The Mirror asks “Can you work out which is which”? Yes. We can. Although Wilnelia will be buoyed that the Mirror’s features editor thinks its a tricky challenge.

 

Posted: 23rd, June 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Remain v Brexit: what people off the telly said

brexitSick of listening to experts in money, war and politics talking on the EU Referendum? Us too. thankfully, the Daily Star has produced a double-page feature on what non-exerts  have been saying. Not one of these people has bene elected for public office, but they have been on the telly. Some of the quotes are fantastic.

“If it means we can go back to using decent lightbulbs and hairdryers, I’m joining Brexit” – Liz Huley , expert in wearing dresses

“The European Union reminds me of an overpriced, badly run hotel” – Alex Polizzi recommends a new UK with neutral colours and a kettle in every room

“The EU is like a huge rock festival: Everyone has colour-coded passes and there are no wars” – Eddie Izard has never watched The Rolling Stones at Altamont, nor STEPS during the school holidays

And the pick of the bunch:

“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more creative and imaginative” – Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who made his name as playing the pre EU Sherlock Homles

Posted: 21st, June 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Laura Carter sex tape is £10,000 a pop

Laura carter sex tapeWho wants to see Laura Carter in an “explicit sex tape”? Well, not any of the 634 people who complained to Ofcom that seeing Carter being felt up in the Big Brother house was too much before the 9pm watershed. Of course, you can watch the sex tape any time you like. A video of Carter being spit roasted / dry roasted by a “Premier League footballer” is “set to go online”, says the Daily Star in its front-page exclusive.

The video is “so hot it already attracted a £10,000 bid”, says the paper. And we turn the page. No self-respecting sex tape star gets into bed or even onto the kitchen table for ten grand. Which is why the Star relegates the scoop to Page 15, where we read that Carter is “unaware a video has been offered for sale for £10,000”.

“This isn’t what she wanted,” says “a pal”. Indeed, one images it is not. Ten grand for a sex tape. It’s as insulting as it is derisory.

Posted: 21st, June 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Donald Trump gets his head pushed down the toilet (1989)

For the third issue of HUP comic in 1989, cartoonist Robert Crumb turned his eye on real estate tycoon Donald Trump, “one of the most evil men alive”. Crumb despised the 1980s greed he saw embodied in “venal” Trump. In 1991, Crumb left the USA for a Trump-free life in bucolic France.

 

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Read it all on flashbak. It’s NSFW.

Posted: 21st, June 2016 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0