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After Grenfell: 600 deathtraps, party political boomerangs and another lousy inquiry

News is that Grenfell Tower was not the only building swaddled in flammable cladding. The Sun leads with “600 Fire Traps”. It sees “thousands of families living in fear” that what happened in North Kensington could happen to their home. …

Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Tories are rubbish but poll says we don’t want a Labour government

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Not much demand to overthrow the Government is there, according to this poll in the Times.

A Tory Party bereft of ideas with an illiberal ‘dead woman walking’ as a leader and yet Labour remains unattractive and less …

Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Google News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jeremy Corbyn finds his natural home in Glastonbury’s police state

Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury is perfect. Corbyn will preach about the rich who aren’t able to tell you the cost of a pint of milk (cow’s not almond) while addressing the middle-aged and middle-classes who can afford the better drugs …

Posted: 22nd, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


DAY OF RAGE: tabloid facts and figures from the Grenfell Tower march

How many people attended the “DAY OF RAGE” March? Was it a success? What did they protestors achieve? The tabloids review the action.

 

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Daily Mirror: “Rage against the Maychine” – “400 people passed Downing Street shouting ‘Theresa …

Posted: 22nd, June 2017 | In: Google News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell Tower: let’s envy the ‘victims’ in their luxury flats

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After Grenfell Tower, news that displaced residents will be rehoused in “Posh New £5m Flats” (Star) at a new-build complex called Kensington Row located around a mile and a half from the disaster. The development has 68 flats, where …

Posted: 22nd, June 2017 | In: Google News, Money, Tabloids, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Someone stole the amputated toe from the Sourtoe cocktail

Amateur drinkers drink cocktails. They’re the Happy Hour dross fuel, the drinks the witless and bovine sup at moments of enforced joviality and acute self doubt. At Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel, Yukon, Canada,  the cocktail of choice is Sourtoe Cocktail …

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


2 minutes of Hew Edwards not reading the BBC News is compelling TV

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BBC 10 o’clock News anchor Hew Edwards sits in silence. A technical glitch meant viewers saw Edwards sitting alone and in silence as the cameras rolled on last night’s live news feed. News continues inexorably. Even if there’s no …

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Google News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barbie’s Ken’s got a manbun and cornrows

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Keeping in step with the times, Mattel has unleashed a new range of Fashionistas Barbie and Ken dolls. This 40-strong platoon of dollies come in a range of shapes to reflect modern humanity’s obsession with individuality. You can …

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peak Clickbait: Arsenal player transfers to Arsenal

Have we reached peak clickbait in the Daily Telegraph? In “Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave Arsenal? Seven destinations and seven replacements”, the paper of record ticks all the boxes in how to create clicks from nothing.

 

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Having asked …

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Broadsheets, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Otto Warmbier and me: The Huffington Post’s disgusting attack on North Korea torture victim

Not long after Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea, the Huffington Post produced a hatchet job on the man. Entitled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal”, writer La Sha laid into Warmbier, using his suffering …

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A movement towards free abortions on the NHS for Northern Irish women

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Scottish government will look at providing free abortions for Northern Ireland women on the NHS. Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, is reported in the Belfast Telegraph as having discussed the plan with the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Catherine …

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Google News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Google News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Finsbury Park: hate crime hunts and usual suspects

The righteous are taking sides, using the ‘facts’ to mutate the Finsbury Park murder to fit a cause. On twitter there is mention of anything and everything.

At London’s Al Quds march one know who understands things better than any …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oregon offer citizens a choice of three genders

From next month Oregon drivers can select any one of three genders for their licenses and state IDs. You can opt for M, F, or X.

The first recipient of the new rule will be Portlander Jamie Shupe, a US …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Schools use loaned laptops to spy on students

Rhode Island schools operating ‘1-1’ programs are spying on students. Under the terms of the program adopted by 22 of the state’s 33 school districts, students each get a laptop supplied by a third party. The issue is that everything …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Phoenicopterus Rex: a giant pink flamingo looms over Black Rock City

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The fetish for big man-made things is one of our pet loves. A trip round Australia in the 1990s introduced me to The Big… Ant, Apple, Avocado, Banana, Chook and lots, lots more big plastic landmarks. Artist Josh Zubkoff …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Biased BBC identifies three Palestinian murderers as victims of Israeli violence

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When Israeli police officer Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death, the BBC headlined the story: “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.” Let’s put some other recent news event through the BBC’s news shredder.

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Posted: 18th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Extremists’ demands for collective guilt unite Grenfell, Manchester and London

Grenfell Tower: Get angry, stay angry. Overthrow the Government. ‘Blood, blood, blood on your hands.’
Manchester and London: Don’t get angry. Let’s love one another.

 

 

Horrific events have claimed many lives in London and Manchester. But …

Posted: 18th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell: the revolting clamour for Theresa May’s tears and Corbyn’s embrace

“This is what leadership looks like,” says one tweeter by a photo of Jeremy Corbyn hugging a woman after the Grenfell Tower horror. It looks like compassion. It looks like sympathy. But we’re being told that leadership looks like emoting …

Posted: 17th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Theresa May waits for the nation say story to her

Theresa May is reeling. This is not the time for her to be confronted by people by Grenfell Tower. Mrs May is in a weakened position and has housing and employment concerns to focus on, namely her central London council …

Posted: 17th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell: Kensington and Chelsea warns children to stop playing football or else

How’s that London Olympic Legacy coming along? How goes the spirit of 2012 and all that euphoria? Not well. Not well at all if you’re poor. Residents in the flats opposite Grenfell Tower recently received a warning letter from those …

Posted: 17th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell Tower arrests and party politics: ‘life is a game with many rules but no referee’

After Grenfell Tower the media and politicians are demanding that we find someone to blame. The horror invites many questions about the 24-storey tower block’s cladding, sprinklers, fire-alarms, house building, the cost and availability of new homes, social-housing, gentrification that …

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Google News, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell: the rush to be the victims’ conscience

The horror at Grenfell Tower fire dominates the news. The fire shouldn’t happened. After fires at King’s Cross station and Bradford football ground took many lives, prevention became the watchword. A fire and building inspector told media “if there is …

Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Mallorca mum has nasty experience with would-be child snatcher

Madeleine McCann: a look at the missing child in the news. With the media full of huge and often terrible stories, Madeleine McCann has been largely absent from the tabloids’ pages. But she pops up in the Daily Star. 

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Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Madeleine McCann | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man of the Establishment John McDonnell wants mass protest to bring down the Government

We should like it that John McDonnell speaks his mind. The shadow chancellor wants people to “get out on the streets” in support of Labour, to force Theresa May from office and to further the cause for another General Election …

Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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