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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.

Barry Norman’s letter to two drunks who asked him to be their ‘honorary uncle’

“Drunk one Saturday night my friend I wrote to WONDERFUL Barry Norman asking him to become our honorary uncle,” tweets . “I treasure his letter.”

 

 

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Barry Norman: Barry Norman (21 August 1933 – 30 June 2017)

Posted: 3rd, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hunter S. Thompson’s Top 10 albums of the 1960s

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Hunter S. Thompson was into music. “I resent your assumption that Music is Not My Bag,” he told Rolling Stone editor John Lombardo in 1970, “because I’ve been arguing for the past few years that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway, and that the main voice of the ’70s will be on records & videotape instead of books.”

Bob Dylan is every inch Hemingway’s equal, at least in the eyes of the Nobel Prize winning committee he is. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954); Dylan took the same prize in 2016. Dylan never considered his songs literature.

You kind of wonder why the Nobel panel did? Is there a dearth of candidates? Was it a sop of populism? Is Paul Anker next in line? Carly Simon? Dr Dre? Was it just a chance for the Nobel doyens to meet their hero in a private show? If it was the latter, hard cheese: Dylan delivered his Nobel lecture via videotape.

But, yeah, Thompson was prescient.

And these are his Top 10 albums of the 1960s (according to Raoul Duke,” the hard-living alter-ego witnessed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

 

  • Herbie Mann’s 1969 Memphis Underground (“which may be the best album ever cut by anybody”)
  • Bob Dylan’s 1965 Bringing It All Back Home
  • Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited
  • The Grateful Dead’s 1970 Workingman’s Dead (“the heaviest thing since Highway 61 and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man'”)
  • The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Let it Bleed
  • Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Buffalo Springfield
  • Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow
  • Roland Kirk’s “various albums”
  • Miles Davis’s 1959 Sketches of Spain
  • Sandy Bull’s 1965 Inventions
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    Spotter: Open Culture

    Posted: 1st, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

    To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

    Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Glastonbury: Liam Gallagher ad libs about the smoke machine mid-song

    You know how it is. The artist comes on stage. He wants to sing his new stuff but the crowd are there to hear the old faves. But at Glastonbury 2017, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher combined the two to leave everyone happy.

    Having introduced his new song Wall Of Glass, Gallagher then moved into Oasis territory with Rock N Roll Star, Don’t Look Back In Anger and What’s The Story?, in which he ad-libbed a new line about a fog machine. “Turn that fucking shit fog machine off,” sings Liam in a departure from the normal lyrics.

    The crowd loved it.

     

    Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘Mark Zuckerberg meeting truckers in Iowa looks like a movie about an alien who slowly learns to feel’

    Mark Zuckerberg meeting truckers in Iowa looks like a movie about an alien who slowly learns to feel

     

    Spotter: zzzzaaaacccchhh

    Posted: 26th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    This No Face Money box from Spirited Away is a must have

    This money box based on the character No Face on the 20-01 movie Spirited Away is great.

     

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    Spotter: Kadry

    Posted: 24th, June 2017 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘Huge fan of Brooklyn Beckham’s terrible photographs and even worse captions’

    Brooklyn’s Beckham’s new book is out. The SADOS (sons and Daughters of Stars) are always wonderfully talented. Brooklyn’s talent seems to be in parody and satire. Brooklyn Beckham has a genius for parody. His photographer’s crap photos skewer vapid celebrity culture. Bravo, lad. Bravo.

    Two photos catch the eye – the captions are golden balls:

    “elephants in kenya. – so hard to photograph but incredible to see.”

    “dinner. i like this picture – it’s out of focus but you can tell there’s a lot going on.”

    Parody needs a soft touch. Brooklyn’s is softer than a baby cashemere goat’s bottom:

    Spotter: Alice Jones

    Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Anthony Gormley should get over himself: Crosby beach statues are there to be enjoyed

    Britain is replete of big ornaments, keepsakes and statues. Anthony Gormley made a few more and stuck his life-sized iron men statues into the sand at Crosby beach on Merseyside. Now someone’s gone and decorated them in bright bikinis and shirts with slogans like ‘This is Art’.

    Gormley wants the paint removed. He says the painting is vandalism.

    I’d argue that his statues modelled on Gormleys own body are worse. Who asked for them to be there? But since they are why not embellish them? And they look good, don’t they. The sinister grey lunks now carry a spot of seaside fun. It can’t be long before someone goes full gadabout Stag and Hen do and augments them with knobs and knockers. Ah, they have. The art world is nothing if not fast moving.

     

     

     

    I understand Gormley’s cheesed off that his work has been subverted. But what his public work means is not set in stone, whatever he initially intended. Is it really art now it’s been updated? Dunno. What does it matter to you if it is or isn’t? Maybe better next time to make it very big or stick the statues on plinths, thereby reminding the great unwashed to look up at art and see it as something better than you. Of course, if the officials do remove the paint the statues become memorials to crowd control and conformity, which would be very fitting for our age.

    Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    An insightful and knowing review of the Transformers movie

     

    Bilge Ebiri tells The Village Voice readers about the new Transformers movie:

    “No matter, because this after all is a Transformers movie, so soon we’re faced with fiiigjhkwetwnwwwjsahafajhwfohofoehaoowofoeoicioeciaqidjFaerlaeaffjgjlje XGRSXSsfdsmfjjjsomuchrandomstuffsomuchegjwogpjwd bldklhjitslikeyouthoughttheearliermovieswereeconfusinghahahah mfjff7ga98fhfhfplwxczchowarekidssupposedtounderstandanyofthisVSSH gmnskglactuallyhowareadultssupposedtounderstandanyofthisjskjjlvr lmnkrjsljrjsaywhatyouwillbutonceuponatimejsogrjdvpvarivpaeimp grfggjsfsfpoemichaelbayc”

    Spoter: Kottke

    Posted: 22nd, June 2017 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Neil Young discusses his Pagan church in this animated lost interview from 2006

     

    In 2006, Neil Young spoke with Cal Fussman about spirituality and his paganism.

    “I think I found peace in paganism. Jesus didn’t go to church, okay, so I’m way back there. I go to the forest, I go to the wheat fields, I go in the river, I go where the wind is. That’s my church.”

    Spotter: Quoted Studios, Laughing Squid

    Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Kelly LeBrock’s Weird Science jacket is on sale

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    Here’s your chance to own the jacket Kelly LeBrock wore as Lisa in Weird Science (1985). You’ll need at least $30,000.

    Profiles in History trails the item:

    Original black leather bolero-style women’s bomber jacket with short shawl lapel and hook and eye front closure. The entire jacket has been expertly studded with steel points, round stars and spikes with stud-formed symbols including spades with the number 13, crosses and diamond panels. Created by costume designer Marilyn Vance and hundreds of hours of single-studding to realize the designs’ special symbols representing luck and superstition.

    With draped link chains on the back of the jacket. Interior lined with black satin. Highly visible in the beloved coming of age, Sci-Fi comedy when dream girl brought to life., “Lisa” (LeBrock) teaches the boys, “Gary” and “Wyatt” (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) how to be “party animals”. The only one of these jackets produced due to limited time and extreme expense. In production used fine condition. Comes with an LOA from designer Marilyn Vance.

     

    Spotter: BoingBoing

     

    Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    North Korea wakes its citizens with this eerie alarm call

    Cock your ear towards Pyongyang, and in the morning you can hear the city’s PA systems waking citizens up to another rosy-fingered dawn. The North Korean regime’s choice of alarm is, well, alarming:

     

     

    Spotter: Richard Littler

    Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Brian Cant explains whatever happened to Brian Cant

     

    Brian Cant has died. The face and voice of children’s TV in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s was from an era when men on pre-school telly looked like your dad. An actor by trade, Cant was working on programmes for schools when he got wind of Play School, a BBC show for toddlers. He became the show”s lynchpin, first appearing in May 1964 and staying at ‘School’ until March 1988.

    His voice gave life to characters on the brilliant Camberwick Green (1966), Trumpton (1967) and Chigley (1969). That was Cant doing the roll call: Pugh, Pugh, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.

     

     

    Brian Cant (12 July 1933 – 19 June 2017).

    Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Man sues date for texting during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

    Brandon Vezmar is suing his date for $17.31, the price of the movie ticket he bought her. Vezmar claims the woman’s behaviour on their night out “is a threat to civilized society”.

    Vezmar, 37, of Austin, Texas, is unhappy that whilst on a date at Barton Creek Square cinema, the woman, 35, became disinterested in the 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and began texting.

    He talks to the American-Statesman. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he says. About 15 minutes into the movie she took out her phone and texted. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,” he adds. In his small claim’s law suit Vezmar claims the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages”. This, he states, was a “direct violation” of the cinema’s policy on mobile phone use.

    He says he asked her to stop. She refused. He invited her to text outside, which she did. She left and never returned. She took off in the car she and Vezmar had shared to reach the cinema, leaving him to make his own way home.

    “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody,” she says. “It wasn’t like constant texting. I’m not a bad woman. I just went out on a date.”

    This being America, the woman says “she planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her little sister to get the money for the movie ticket”.

    This one will run and run.

    Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Film, Money, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Gender roles: Anything becomes all about the boy

    Acting. Isn’t that about pretending to be someone you are not? One writer takes issue with indie movie Anything, staring Matt Bomer:

    However, it is not Bomer’s incontestable conventional attractiveness that is setting off alarm bells. It is his off-screen gender and the consistent issue of cis performers playing people of trans experience in film.

    Recent years have seen both Jared Leto and Eddie Redmanye win Oscars for their respective trans-woman roles in “The Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Danish Girl”. Chloë Sevigny, Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning and other notable cis-gender actors have taken on parts that show trans people either during or mid transition. Almost all of these actors have collected praise from the mainstream press for doing so.

    Lauding cis actors for delving into trans experiences has long been a Hollywood tradition. The frequency of those plaudits has only more regular more and more films take up the trans narrative at different angles.

    Can’t we recruit actors on merit? Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon tells the Sunday Times:

    “I feel like one thing I encounter is that, particularly with cis men, when they find out I’m non-binary, they don’t know how to be in relation to someone that isn’t something that they understand,”

    The paper adds:

    And yet, even as more trans stories surface across all media, actual trans actors are often shut out of telling stories that are — in many senses — theirs to tell. It’s a trend that’s been a regular source of criticism and genuine concern.

    When Miley Cyrus talked about being gender fluid in 2015, some dismissed it as yet another Hollywood wild-child phase. But Cyrus is hardly alone in identifying this way, joining the likes of teen activist Amandla Stenberg, the Transparent director Jill Soloway, and the model/actor Ruby Rose, who also stars in Orange Is the New Black. The number of gender nonconforming people in the UK is growing and almost half (44%) of a poll by the Fawcett Society last year said they regard gender as more fluid than simply man or woman. Taking their cues from the real-world social discourse, Facebook and Tinder now offer dozens of gender identities.

    For those still confused, this is how Dillon put it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March: “Sex is between our legs, gender identity is between our ears.”

    So what are you? And what are you dating?

    Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘I like being ugly’: Anita Pallenberg was rock’s greatest muse

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    Anita Pallenberg (6 April 1942 – 13 June 2017) – was rock music’s greatest muse, writes Rob Baker:

    Pallenberg first entered the Rolling Stones’ universe in the mid-Sixties when she sneaked into a concert in Munich and began a relationship with then-guitarist Brian Jones, but eventually left a devastated Jones for Richards.

    Marianne Faithfull wrote about Anita in her 1994 autobiography, Faithfull:

    How Anita came to be with Brian is really the story of how the Stones became the Stones. She almost single-handedly engineered a cultural revolution in London by bringing together the Stones and the jeunesse dorée…The Stones came away with a patina of aristocratic decadence that served as a perfect counterfoil to the raw roots blues of their music. This…transformed the Stones from pop stars into cultural icons.

     

     

    Anita again:

    Me and Marianne Faithfull were always left alone, as Keith and Mick were recording and we were friends. We hung out together, taking drugs together, and we went to John Paul Getty’s house, the Rossetti House, because he was the last resort and he always had some drugs.

    I always lived in Chelsea since we had a house, before that we were living in hotels. I was shocked in Chelsea by hippy girls who were walking barefoot in the Kings Road. I am Italian and in Italy shoes are a sign of wealth. Only very poor people walk without shoes.

    Keith Richards wrote in Life, his 2010 autobiography:

    I like a high-spirited woman. And with Anita, you knew you were taking on a Valkyrie—she who decides who dies in battle.

     

     

    Even after their relationship ended, Pallenberg and Richards remained close. In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Richards recalled,

    It was tough. At the same time, there is an underlying love that goes beyond all of that other stuff. I can say, ‘I love you, I just won’t live with you.’ And we’re now proud grandparents, which we never thought we’d ever see.

    Pallenberg got herself of drugs and drink and while sober during the mid-Nineties she earned a degree in fashion design from Central Saint Martins in London. During the late 2000s she returned to acting as well, appearing in films like Mister Lonely and Cheri, while in interviews she described a happy relaxed life of gardening and art and even taking up botanical drawing.

    Courtney Love once asked her whether she would consider getting plastic surgery, Anita reportedly answered, “Darling, I was the most beautiful woman in seventeen countries. I like being ugly!”

    Spotter: Flashbak, which has more.

    Posted: 14th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Will Katy Perry apologise for having culturally appropriated ‘gay hair’ and robot music?

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    Katy Perry has issued a public apology for having “culturally appropriated” a black hairstyle.

    Whites are not allowed to use black hair styles and blacks should not use white hair styles, reasons Katy. Back in your boxes, people. Your bouffant, suedehead, skinhead, mop-top, shaggy perm, bowel cut and mohican is now limited by genes.

    To avoid causing offence, and to further individuality, self-expression and freedom, all musicians should cover their heads with wimples, shrouds and Brian Eno wigs (the former Roxy Music band member recognised the link between identity and hair, choosing to cover his luxurious chestnut curls beneath a ‘balding’ helmet, thus securing his ‘brand’ and enduring ‘iconic’ status).

    People should not wear metal helmets because the robot community is offended. “The likes of Gary Newman, Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk all pretend to be robots,” says Mr Autotune, partner at Messers Speak ‘n’ Spell PR and a spokesmachine for the robot community. “Their behaviour suppresses robot-kind and perpetuates arcane media narratives of robots as lacking in emotion and incapable of playing anything other than synthesizers.”

    Meanwhile, Perry has yet to explain why she’s adopted the hairstyles of a gay man.

     

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    Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Richard Hammond is not dead (he’s on Amazon Prime)

    “I thought Richard Hammond had died.” says Jeremy Clarkson on the Daily Star’s cover. No, Clarkson, he’s just not on the telly as much, having moved from the BBC to Amazon Prime.

     

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    For those of you not in the know. Hammond was in a car crash. No, it wasn’t the car crash that put him in a coma a few years ago. And it wasn’t the Top Gear car crash – that was Chris Evans. This car crash was when Hammond destroyed a “£2million electric car” while filming The Grand Tour show.

    He’s alive.

    But how much was that car worth? The Sun, Mail and Mirror all agree that the car was worth £2m. But was it? The Times says it was worth $1m, which a lot of money for a customised milk float, but a lot less than £2m.

     

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    The car was a Rimac Concept One, an electric car. You can buy one for $980,000. You can buy the one Hammond was riding in for less.

     

    Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Why Hunter S. Thompson typed out The Great Gatsby & A Farewell to Arms word for word

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    Learning to write is hard. Leaning to write well is a grind. Hunter S. Thompson put in the hard yards, typing out whole pages of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. He did this “just to get the feeling,” writes Louis Menand at The New Yorker, “of what it was like to write that way.”

    Johnny Depp told The Guardian:

    “He’d look at each page Fitzgerald wrote, and he copied it. The entire book. And more than once. Because he wanted to know what it felt like to write a masterpiece.”

    Josh Jones adds:

    In a 1958 letter to his hometown girlfriend Ann Frick, Thompson named the Fitzgerald and Hemingway novels as two especially influential books, along with Brave New World, William Whyte’s The Organization Man, and Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (or “Girls before Girls”), a novel that “hardly belongs in the abovementioned company,” he wrote, and which he did not, presumably, copy out on his typewriter at work. Surely, however, many a Thompson close reader has discerned the traces of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway in his work, particularly the latter, whose macho escapades and epic drinking bouts surely inspired more than just Thompson’s writing.

    Spotter: Open Culture

     

    Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    The Roger Moore cancer scoop that wasn’t

    Sir Roger Moore was a top bloke. The Express has a story on the actor most famous for playing James Bond with such aplomb:

     

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    A scoop, then. Or not:

     

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    Apart from that it was all true.

     

    Spotter: @PointlessLetters 

     

    Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Piers Morgan’s election breakdown: life moves pretty fast for Corbyn bashers and Trump cheerladers

    How was election night for GMTV host and Big Media big beast Piers Morgan?

     

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    This is what Big Media had to day about Jeremy Corbyn:

    Mrs May isn’t just kicking Corbyn when he’s down, she’s dug his political grave, prepared the coffin, set the date for the funeral service and invited us all to attend his career death.

    Who said that? Yep, Piers Morgan in the little-known Daily Mail. He has a “doubt many people have a clue what Corbyn truly thinks or believes”.

     

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    And what of Corbyn being the UK’s Donald Trump? Well, ITV, on which you can watch GMTV, reviewed his Corbyn interview with Morgan thus:

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    Curse that “vicious media”.

    Spotter: Tom Jamieson

     

    Posted: 9th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Times journalist calls everyone who doesn’t vote Labour a ‘c**t’

    Times journalist Caitlin Moran has reportedly tweeted: “Obviously there’s more nuanced take on this, but, broadly, voting Labour = not being a cunt.”

     

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    In November 2016, the Sunday Times interviewed Conservative leader Theresa May – a non-Labour voter, like Tobias Ellwood, and millions more ‘deplorables’ who don’t agree with Labour and vote Conservative, SNP, Green, LibDem, Co-operative, Democratic Unionist, Plaid Cymru, Sinn Féin, UKIP, Ulster Unionist Party or no-one. One section in Eleanor Mills’ story stood out:

    A few weeks ago, I attended the Women of the Year awards lunch, where May spoke and presented an award to Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose son James died in the Hillsborough disaster. Margaret Thatcher once told Aspinall that the police were doing “their job, my dear, their job”. May, by contrast, paid tribute to the families in their long fight for justice. In the queue for the ladies after the lunch, I chatted to another Hillsborough mum and asked what she thought of the prime minister.

    “We’ve seen many politicians over the years,” she said, raising her eyes to heaven. “Theresa’s the only one who ever came through for us.”

    Moran’s comment is nasty. The unpleasantness of those who claim to be most caring is jarring. To present swathes of people as inferior beings – Untermensch – is not enlightened. We should have more faith in one another. Humanity is underrated. Of course, it’s not only voices on the moralising Left writing off people who disagree with them as trash.
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    One other thing about was noteworthy: it showed that the Times employs writers with differing opinions. You cannot abuse Moran for toeing the line. Yesterday’s Times‘ editorial backed the Tories:
    “The Conservatives have fought a poor campaign. Their manifesto includes policies lifted wholesale from Ed Miliband’s Labour platform of 2015, and a headline strategy on social care that was brave in principle but botched in practice.

    “Mrs May has been pitched to voters as her party’s strongest asset but she has proved wooden when she needed to show charisma. She has been inflexible when she needed to think on her feet and evasive when she needed to be honest.

    “That she is nonetheless by far the best prospective prime minister on offer speaks volumes about the choice voters must make tomorrow.”

    In other news: Caitlin Moran’s tweet has been deleted.

    Posted: 8th, June 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Fox News apologizes for Kate Hopkins and Nigel Farage’s debate on Muslim internment camps

    Former UKIP leader and Donald Trump pal Nigel Farage and to-deadline media shocker Katie Hopkins have managed to achieve a notable media milestone: they’ve shocked Fox & Friends hots into an apology. Hopkins might care to get her notoriety printed on a commemorative T-shirt, or at least a CV. Farage can get some celebratory cufflinks. The pair’s aim is to be relevant. Incredibly, Hopkins has managed to find the words to get herself noticed in the US. Farage is an opinion for hire.

    It’s all marketing, isn’t it? Farage and Hopkins are their own brands. And their’s is a cheap business, requiring only an ego-fed mouth.

    One of the show’s guest commentators, Katie Hopkins of The Daily Mail, raised the prospect of rounding up Muslims in the United Kingdom and placing them in internment camps as a way of preventing future attacks. Another guest — Nigel Farage, the British political figure and “Brexit” advocate who is now a Fox News contributor — also mentioned the idea of internment.

    Later in the broadcast, the “Fox & Friends” anchors paused for a formal denunciation of the statements, lest viewers be left with the impression that Fox was endorsing the idea.

    “On behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News Channel, just to be clear,” a co-host, Clayton Morris, told viewers.

    Ms. Huntsman added, “It’s important to be said.”

     

    What did they say?

    Discussing the terror threat to the UK following three deadly attacks in as many months, Farage said: “And if there is not action, the calls for internment will grow. We have 3,000 people on sort of a known terrorist list. And we’re watching their actions. But a further 20,000 people who are persons of interests, namely they’re linked by some way to extremist organisations. Unless we see the [government] getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”

    Farage then said, “I’m not sure that that is the right approach, because the big danger with that is we might alienate decent, fair-minded Muslims in Britain,” but The i reports that Hopkins disagreed, saying: “We do need interment camps.”

    Collective guilt and prison without trial. Nice.

    Maybe we should round up all people whose views we don’t share, put them in a field and…

     

     

    Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    After London Bridge and Manchester: Douglas Adams was right about the internet

    After London Bridge, the news is that there will be crackdown on the internet. Freedom of speech must be curtailed. Encryption must be done away with.

    Author Douglas Adams go it. In 1999 he wrote:

     

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    “I don’t think anybody would argue now that the Internet isn’t becoming a major factor in our lives. However, it’s very new to us. Newsreaders still feel it is worth a special and rather worrying mention if, for instance, a crime was planned by people ‘over the Internet’. They don’t bother to mention when criminals use the telephone or the M4, or discuss their dastardly plans ‘over a cup of tea’, though each of these was new and controversial in their day.”

    Agreed.

     

    Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    The screaming abdabs: Anthony Burgess’s Dictionary of Slang

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    Manchester-born writer and academic Anthony Burgess began work on a dictionary of slang –  “the home-made language of the ruled, not the rulers, the acted upon, the used, the used up. It is demotic poetry emerging in flashes of ironic insight.”

    Entries in A from Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang

    Abdabs (the screaming) – Fit of nerves, attack of delirium tremens, or other uncontrollable emotional crisis. Perhaps imitative of spasm of the jaw, with short, sharp screams.

    Abdicate – In poker, to withdraw from the game, forfeiting all money or chips put in the pot.

    Abfab – Obsolescent abbreviation of absolutely fabulous, used by Australian teenagers or ‘bodgies’.

    Abortion – Anything ugly, ill-shapen, or generally detestable: ‘You look a right bloody abortion, dressed like that’; ‘a nasty little abortion of a film’ (Australian in origin).

    Abyssinia – I’ll be seeing you. A valediction that started during the Italo-Abyssinian war. Obsolete, but so Joyceanly satisfying that it is sometimes hard to resist.

    Accidental(ly) on purpose – Deliberately, but with the appearance of accident: ‘So I put me hand on her knee, see, sort of accidental on purpose.’ (Literary locus classicus: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, 1923.)

    Arse – I need not define. The taboo is gradually being broken so that plays on the stage and on radio and television introduce the term with no protest. The American Random House Dictionary … is still shy of it, however, though not of the American colloquialism ass. Arse is a noble word; ass is a vulgarism.

    NOTE: Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange is cited three times in the historical Oxford English Dictionary: ‘thou’, ‘your’ and ‘droog’ which was invented by Burgess in the novel and appears on the first page: “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim.”

    Via: The Anthony Burgess Foundation and Flashbak, which has more.

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