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Alistair Darling Apologises For His Bad And Fraudulent Investments

ALISTAIR Darling writers a letter embargoed until June 2010:

Dear Northern Rock, Royal Bank of Scotland, HBOS and Lloyds TSB investor,

“The investments that you made in good faith never existed. The money was used in a futile attempt to recover losses incurred by me in the hope that I could repay everyone who invested.”

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Posted: 17th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jordan And Peter Andre’s Roll On Sex

FOR too long Peter Andre was unable to get close to his wife, the fragrant (tones of used adolescent tissue over base notes of horse-drawn caravan and strawberry mentos) Katie Price.

For many months pop acorn Peter nestled under Katie’s embonpoint, never seeing the sun and resorting to looking healthy with self-tanning gels that had no fear of streaking because in Pete’s world it never rained, just lightly perspired.

Then Katie went to Arm-ewika and deflated. Peter would now, finally, be able to get closer to the woman of his dreams.

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Posted: 17th, November 2008 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Osborne Creates Panic In Currency Markets: Update

GEORGE OSBORNE says sterling is to collapse.

– Keep talking Geroge – it’s working!

George Osborne is powerful man and the markets hang on his every word.

“Osborne defensive as markets brace for fall,” says the Guardian’s front-page headline.

“We are in danger, if the Government is not careful, of having a proper sterling collapse, a run on the pound,” he tells the Times…

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Posted: 17th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Original Christmas Cross For A Whiter Jesus

ARE you looking for “an effective way to express your Christian faith this Christmas season to honor our Lord Jesus?”

You are. Happy say!

“Now you can…. with the ‘Original Christmas Cross’ yard decoration”, brogught to you by the American Family Association

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Posted: 17th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Baby P: Socialist Liberal Conservatives To Blame And Sterilising The Guilty

BABY P Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Baby P in the news

THE SUN (front page): “SOCIAL WORKERS NEW SHAME”

When a tortured and murdered baby isn’t shaming enough…

“BABY P GRAN: I WARNED HARINGEY”

Says she: “They didn’t want to know.”

The last photo of blond, blue-eyed Baby P — taken days before he was found dead in his blood-spattered cot

Blonde…

On page 5, the Sun produces a petition. It’s already been written: “All blonde children with blue-eyes should be saved first and…” Or:

“I believe that ALL the social workers involved in the case of baby P, including Sharon Shoesmith, Maria Ward, Sylvia Henry and Gillie Christou should be sacked and never allowed to work with vulnerable children again”.

Meanwhile, Baby P’s mother is free to have more children, and so too his step-dad and lodger Jason Owen. Discuss…

“…I also demand that the doctor involved with Baby P, Sabah Al Zayyat, should lose her job and not be allowed to treat the public again.”

Says the grandmother: “I blame myself.” Can she be banned from being a grandma?

But one local has produced her own petition. Stephanie Biber has plastered a poster to the windows of the Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party headquarters. The legend runs:

“Sharon Shoesmith you have blood on your hands. Council tax payers of Haringey refuse to pay council tax until Sharon Shoesmith is sacked.”

Says Ed Balls, the swivel-eyed Education Secretary:

“People are asking how these despicable acts of evil can happen in this day and age and in Haringey of all places.”

Yeah, the bucolic splendour of one of the most impoverished, dirty, depressing places in the entire country. If there, then anywhere…

TREVOR KAVANAGH: “Leftie Mafia close ranks over Baby P”

P is for Politics…

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Posted: 17th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Africa’s First Family: Obama Wins New York World Series

THE euphoria over the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America may have died down, but there remains a feeling – on the street, in people’s homes, in cafes and bars – that this momentous event is still percolating through society and will continue to do so for months, probably years, to come.

I live in a predominantly black neighborhood in Brooklyn, on the border of Crown Heights, where a race riot erupted in 1991, and Prospect Heights, a small, rapidly-gentrifying area where just a couple of generations ago few whites would consider living.

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Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Selling Amaral’s Opinion As Faction

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

THE INDEPENDENT: “Detective set to publish McCann book in Britain”

Portuguese officer who led the search for Madeleine says his account defends the honour of his team

It’s Goncalo Amaral…

Speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, Goncalo Amaral denied cashing in on the tragic disappearance of the three-year-old but said he was determined to restore his reputation, which “had been torn to shreds” by unfair and inaccurate media reports.

Not cashing in by writing a book that is then placed on sale for a fee. Why not just publish his thought on a website, and distribute it for free?

The book, Maddie: The Truth about the Lie, has already sold an estimated 180,000 copies in Europe, and Mr Amaral’s representatives are trying find a British publisher.

Anyone brave enough to publish it?

Says Amaral:

Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (395) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Columnists Do Baby P: Death, Middle Class Evil And Porn

BABY P Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Baby P in the news…

A child is killed. The child is blonde. The papers have their new cause to shock and sicken…

THE COLUMNISTS:

CAROLE MALONE (Sunday Mirror): “Baby P: They’re ALL guilty”

They. Guilty. Of what crime?

I HAD to force myself to read it. And every sickening, gut-wrenching detail made me want to hunt down the monsters who’d hurt Baby P—or allowed him to be hurt—and hurt THEM.

There’s a Facebook club you can join, Carole…

Never in all my years in this job have I read an account of child cruelty like this one.

Never. Not Jamie Bulger; not Bradely & Hindley; not the case files of paediatricians specialising in child protection?

The Wave Trust charity recently produced a grim list of the most disturbing cases that have followed over the intervening 35 years. Jasmine Lorrington, battered to death at the age of four in 1984; 20-month-old Martin Nicoll, who died of 68 injuries in 1991; Lauren Wright, 6, starved and beaten to death in 2000; two-year-old Ainlee Labonte, ditto, in January 2002; and 21 month old John Gray, who died as a result of 200 injuries, including a ruptured liver, in 2003.

Is Carole looking for a researcher?

I kept seeing them punching him, smacking his head, knocking his teeth down his throat. I kept thinking at what point did his spine snap? How agonising was it? How often did they hurt him? Did this little mite ever feel one moment’s love or happiness?

Imagine…

In my mind’s eye I saw them making him beg like a dog, spinning him round in that chair till he fell off. I imagined his eyes wide with terror, thinking: “No, please, not again.”

Enough! Make it stop…. Maaaaaake it stop, please….

Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your Thoughts On And Ideas For The New Anorak

SPEAKING from Bangkok, where he is taking the ladies’ ping-pong team through their winter training camp, Old Mr Anorak welcomes you to the new Anorak – which will arrive sometime today.

Answering the brief to give OMA’s estranged great-nephew Rupert ‘Are we there yet?’ Murdoch a bloody good thrashing, Anorak will shine a light on the world’s media and study the words of the great and good.

All this for a full 20p less than the Daily Star, 30p less then the Sun, 50p less then the Mail and 40p less than the Express.

Yours in anticipation,

Anorak

Image: Old Mr Anorak at the launch…

Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (145) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obama Takes A Room At Bin Laden’s Ministry Of Peace

NOW Obama is our president elect, the rosy-fingered dawn of a new era in world affairs is upon us.

The world is changed forever. Now a goat farmer in Kenya can say that he can be whatever he wants. An Hawaiian can be King. A small child whose name ends in vowel can have hope. A half-white man can be cheered by Black Panthers.

And now it comes to pass that Obama can be at all places at all times. Thanks to the internets, Obama can truly be the world president.

As the Huffington Post reports:

President-elect Obama’s office gave the media a new way to present him as Franklin Roosevelt 2.0 by announcing Friday that it will be posting weekly addresses – fireside chats for the web generation – on YouTube.

A weekly address for the world as part of the “digital, transparent presidency”. How we will sit glued to the screen as Obama speak unto us.

Only one other leader has harnessed the power of the web in such a fashion, and he lives in a cave in Afghanistan.

Posted: 15th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Baby P Is For Baby Porn

BABY P is dead. Baby P was murdered by sadists. The 17-month-old was tortured to death by his mother and two men.

Baby P was first introduced to us in the form of a virtual reality 4-D model. The wounds were smears of red and purple.

Jurors saw the wounds. Then readers saw the wounds. Then Baby P was shown with his face blurred out. But this was not enough.

Now Baby P is on the cover of the Times. You can see his face. You can see his face on the cover of the Daily Star, the Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The Sun and The Independent.

The Mail goes one better. It has “TWO FACES OF BABY P” on its cover.

To the left, readers see the same blond child as on the other papers.

“He reaches out towards an unseen figure behind the camera, and the start of a smile lifts his chubby cheeks, exposing his first baby teeth.” Note his “bright blue eyes and white-blond hair”.

Yeah, blonde.

To the right, the image shows Baby P’s faced “smeared with chocolate to cover the wounds that would kill him”.

Deborah Orr has already seen enough:

As a person with conventional views about how to bring up children, I’d consider a mother who had no shame in presenting her small child to authorities covered in chocolate (as the mother of Baby P did, to hide his wounds) to be neglectful enough. I don’t hold with giving chocolate to babies. I don’t hold with carting them about with food or anything else smeared all over their faces.

But we want to see more of “his beautiful blue eyes and angelic face” that “would melt the hearts of most who met him”.

We want the adrenaline rush of horror. Sky shows its readers “Baby P Death Videos”.

Go, on take a look, if you dare to. You need to know what’s going on.

Posted: 15th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (37) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Metodo 3, Using The Media And Allegations

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

A reader in Portugal writes to Anorak of the Madeleine McCann case. There are no suspects. We do not know what crime, if any, has been committed. The parents are innocent. Robert Murat is innocent.

Now read on…

“Maddie: private detectives received aid from a “mole” inside the PJ – SOS Maddie.”

Spanish private detective reveals how the McCanns gained access to confidential police information within the Maddie case

Can this be true? Duarte Levy writes:

According to one of the private detectives that were hired by Metodo 3 within their contract with Kate and Gerry McCann, an inspector from the Polícia Judiciária transmitted confidential information regarding the movements of the Portuguese investigators and of their British colleagues within the inquiry into Maddie’s disappearance to the Spanish agency.

So leaks from the Portuguese police might not have been all bad?

The information that was thus obtained has allowed for the private detectives to inform the McCann couple and their entourage about the diligences that were prepared by the Portuguese investigators:

“Several initiatives by Amaral’s men failed due to the information that was given away by their colleague… but there was also information coming from informants that were connected to the British embassy”, the detective states.

“That was information that allowed us to know in advance what inspector Amaral and his colleagues intended to do”, the private detective further states during an interview that was recently recorded in Spain, stressing that “the inquiry would probably have had a different outcome without the intervention of the private detectives, but equally without that of certain British professionals.”

Posted: 15th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (490) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Prince William Rescues Asian Family While Diana Looks On

HOME from a night out in the London, in the company of Prince William.

Having missed the night bus, been robbed and sexually assaulted by a minicab driver, and ignored by the Cabbie, Wills is making do with a limousine.

Wills gazes from the window. He breathes on the glass and writes with a strident digit: “Wills Luvs Katie.”

He breathes again: “Wills 4 Kate.”

He sighs. He can have any woman in the world (including some family members) and he has Katie Middle-class. “Lucky me,” he thinks. “Luckeee luckeeee, luckeeeeee, luckeeeeeeeee, luckeeeeee me.”

What ho? Wills sees a Peugeot crushed by accident. He orders the car to stop.

Posted: 14th, November 2008 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shannon Matthews: Crazy Pigs, 1988 And Bum’s The Word

SHANNON Matthews: Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Shannon Matthews and Karen Matthews

To Leeds Crown Court…

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “POLICE TO SHANNON’S MUM – SHE’S SAFE AND WELL. SHANNON MUM TO POLICE: I LIKE YOUR RINGTONE”

Indeed, the police have ringtones. One has a whistle that makes the sound of a duck, another has a truncheon shaped like drumstick by which he can pound the beat, literally!

Says one officer:

“I thought, ‘We’ve just found your daughter and you’re more concerned about the ringtone’”

Says another officer:

Ring ding ding ding ding
A Ring Ding Ding Dingdemgdemg
A ring ding ding ding ding
a Bram ba am baba weeeeeee

Page 4 and 5: “SHE SAID SHE’D LIKE SEX WITH COP CUTE BUM”

Natalie Brown is in the witness box. Says she:

“One woman said about him having a cute bum. Karen said she wouldn’t mind taking him upstairs. She was having a giggle thinking it was funny. Acting like a little child.”

Maybe the wrong child went missing?

“One minute she would be laughing and be happy and joking but when the news came on TV she would be very quiet.”

We’re on the telly!

Natalie claimed she told Matthews off on one occasion when she said to her youngest daughter “Look Shannon’s on TV she’s famous.”

Is Karen Matthews a celebrity? Is Shannon? How much is her story worth?

THE SUN (front page): “Shannon mother’s ‘silence’ at rescue”

Says neighbour Natalie Brown:

“I never saw any real tears. Her eyes would well up and that was it.”

Pages 8 and 9: “THE RING OF TRUTH – Phone quip as Shannon found”

DC Alex Gummit has a phone that when called plays Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. Says Karen Matthews, allegedly: “You must Bluetooth it to me or text me.” Or call and we’ll do cans…

The Sun goes on to talk about the £50,000 reward for finding Shannon. The piece is erroneously called “SUN’S £50,000.” The reward was indeed for that sum but the Sun did not put it all up. The money was raised by well wishers. For such reasons, readers who find Madeleine McCann should beware of claiming Anorak’s £3.2million, as advertised here.

Matthews, 33 — who is jointly accused of staging the nine-year-old’s disappearance to claim a £50,000 reward from The Sun — left officers deeply suspicious because of her reaction.

Or not…

Posted: 14th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bansturbation In Australia: Banning The Internet

IN AUSTRALIA the new mandatory net filter is being readied to block 10,000 websites that deal in “unwanted content”.

How is it unwanted? We know not, only that it is.

Posted: 13th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kos We’re Conservatives, Tories For Obama

MICHAEL Gove, the Wind In The Willows’ extra who went it alone, is the Conservative Party’s schools spokesman.

Gove is using his Telegraph column to consider all things Obama. Gove salutes the Daily Kos, “a place of very articulate, widely dispersed and highly motivated activists”.

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Posted: 13th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shannon Matthews: No Noose Is Good Noose

SHANNON MATTHEWS: The trial of Karen Matthews and Paul Donovan…

THE SUN (front page): “SHANNON DRUGGED AND KEPT ON LEASH”

There is a stench of sexual perversion in the Sun’s headline. But sex was not the alleged motive in the “kidnap” of Shannon Matthews, money was.

It is alleged that mum Karen and “loner” Donovan wanted the £50,000 reward, in part out up by the Sun.

QC Julian Goose, prosecuting, says “that while Shannon was physically unharmed, Donovan had kept ‘ruled control’ over her when he left the flat to go shopping.”

The rules were:

You must not make any noise or bang your feet
You must not go near the windows
You must not get anything or do anything without me
Keep the TV volume low, only up to eight or less
You can play Super Mario and you can play some DVDS and some CDs

Those who read the Sun may wonder if Shannon was cared for while she was away from her dear old mum and Craig Meehan?

Reader may wonder if the Sun is not a little disappointed that the case does not feature sexual depravity. And what with Shannon in her kinky school uniform, and all…

DAILY MAIL (front page): “’WICKED’”

“STOP IT YOU’RE FRIGHTENING ME”

No, not the words of a million Mail readers, rather those said to have been uttered by Shannon Matthews

Donovan says he was threatened by Karen Matthews. Karen Matthews says she was threatened by Craig Meehan, Donovan’s nephew. Daily Mail readers say they feel threatened by just about everything and wonder if either party was wearing a hood…

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “SHANNON DRUGGED AND KEPT IN NOOSE”

Donovan tells police:

“She asked me to take care of Shannon. She told me there would be money in it for me.”

Well 24 days at £3.50 an hour babysitting adds up…

“She said I was to keep Shannon and look after her and she would report her missing. I was to keep her at my place. I wasn’t happy about that and she threatened to get three lads on to me. I knew one of the lads had stabbed someone and killed him. I was frightened so I said I would do it. She said if I told anyone I would be dead.”

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “SHANNON’S TORMENT”

“Excited Shannon Matthews jumped into her step-uncle’s car looking forward to a visit to a fair but it was the start of a 24-day ordeal…”

The Mirror paints the scene of a case that though genuinely shocking it considers to be lacking in emotion. Donovan’s state of mind at the time is not given, but we imagine that he was pretty excited, too…

In the flat:

“A white elastic noose found hanging from a roof beam was long enough so she cold get to the toilet but not the front door.”

Shannon was kept restrained while Donovan went to buy lottery tickets, just in case the alleged plot did not work out and he needed some money to facilitate an escape…

DAILY STAR (front page): “’SHANNON DRUGGED & HELD IN NOOSE BY MUM’”

The noose suggests torture. Was it worn about the neck? Duuno. We’re not told. But the noose soon becomes a “leash”, by which, it is alleged, Donovan kept Shannon from wandering away while he popped out.

Shannon was also said to have been fed Temazepam.

The case continues, although given the reporting, it seems all decisions have been reached…

Posted: 13th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tongue Fisting The I’m A Celebrity Wannabes

A TONGUE twister to limber up your lips on the cover of today’s Daily Star: “I’M A CELEB WAG WAR.”

Take it away I’m A Celeb agonist Esther Rantzen… “I’m A Stheleb Tonth Tvisther.”

Go, go, failed London mayor and ex-gay copper Brian Paddick: “I am a celebratty tonguey fister.”

Now you EastEnders Joe Swash: “OimashlebtungtwistersthOiAmOiIam.”

And so it goes, all the way to Robert Kilory Silk: “I am a tongue shitter.”

No lie: the Star really is 10p cheaper than the Sun and “10 times more fun.”

The Sun can only go on about “Baby P” who died in the care of its “vile” mum and stepdad.

If the Daily Star got its hand on the story, it would be a game of spot the difference between Baby P and Baby M.

So funsters, we turn back to the Star, and learn that miniature Wag Carly Zucker, former Muppet Dani Behr and Friend-Of-Anorak Nicola McLean will be providing more tongue twisters should they and any of the aforesaid Swash, former Blue singer Simon Webbe or Martina Navratilova gel in the dell.

Anorak will be rooting for Our Nicola, who used to play with our patron Old Mr Anorak’s youngest at the Corum Fields drop-in centre, London.

You go, Nicola. And if you see fit to win and want to do good deeds, how’s about returning that pencil your little sister took…

Posted: 12th, November 2008 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (12) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vadge And Bitchie: Learn To Speak Guy And Madonna

THE STAR reports that Madonna has orders Guy Ritchie to adhere to her rules.

They are the 10 Rules of Woman given to Man by Madge the Vadge.

Of course, a few days with Bitchie and the Open To Bids (Kids) will be speaking like their You’ve Been Had (Dad).

Here’s Anorak’s print out and keep guide to how She’s A Gonna (Madonna) can keep with her children, and better communicate with them:

Apples and Pears – Kabala Prayers

Adam and Eve – Mum’s wears a weave

Pony and Trap – See RocknRolla

Butcher’s Hook – Sex colouring book

Whistle and Flute – Divorce law suit

Porkie Pies – Non-macrobiotic diet

Trouble and Strife – Sent down for life

A-Rod – Better Bod

Dog And Bone – She’s never at home

Tit for Tat – We were once the perfect couple

As spoken in Malawi…

Posted: 12th, November 2008 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Before Their Very Eyes

SHE was a brassy blonde whose cleavage was a ticket to fame and fortune. She played dumb and acted smart. She was a one-woman industry with a one-word name: not Jordan, but Sabrina.

Before she was Sabrina, she was Norma Sykes of Stockport, Cheshire. A junior swimming champion (breaststroke, naturally) at the age of 12, she might have become a ‘golden girl’ of the pool. Alternatively, she could have ended up working at her mum’s B&B in Blackpool.

An attack of polio changed everything. Two years in hospital (where doctors operated and considered amputation) were followed by months of rehab in the pool and gym. What didn’t kill her made her stronger, and her well-developed arms, legs and pecs would serve her well when she upped sticks and headed for the Smoke at the age of 16.

The big break came two years later in February 1955. Arthur Askey was fronting a BBC television show, Before Your Very Eyes, and he wanted a ‘dumb-cluck’ for comic purposes. Norma was in the right place at the right time. She was 18 years of age, with a new hair colour (peroxide blonde), a bigger-than-ever bust (42 inches), a smaller-than-ever waist (17 inches), and, courtesy of Askey, a new name that nobody would be allowed to forget.

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Posted: 12th, November 2008 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0