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The Top 10 Sappiest Songs Ever Recorded

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NOT so long ago we covered the most depressing songs ever recorded, but there’s a big difference between depressing and sappy. A depressing song can actually be quite good; the artist intends to elicit sadness and it works. … READ ON

Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Five Most Shocking Death Scenes Of The ALIEN Franchise

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FOUR movies strong, and spanning three decades (the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s), the cinematic Alien saga — consisting of Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997) — is renowned for its titular creature, one of … READ ON

Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peaches Geldof And The Shameless Double Standards Of The Tabloid-Bashing Guardian

WRITING on Peaches Geldof in the Guardian, Hadley Freeman says ‘The Geldofs were Britain’s first celebrity family”. The article is called:

‘Beyond pain’: Peaches Geldof, Paula Yates and one family’s epic suffering”

Epic suffering? We don’t know the family … READ ON

Posted: 9th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dial M for Music: 4 Records And Their Tales of Murder

HERE are four albums which serve as starting points to murder stories. They range from factual to dodgy at best, but they are all interesting. The four stories include: (1) A Sonny Bono wannabe turned nurse killer, (2) an ex-stripper … READ ON

Posted: 9th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Vital History of Captain America at the Movies and on TV

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WITH Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) shattering box office records this weekend, it is an opportune time to recall that this iconic Marvel superhero — and symbol of non-ironic Americana — has not always been treated very well … READ ON

Posted: 9th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1903: Girlie Mag Vanity Fair Profiles ‘The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers’

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IN 1903, The Commonwealth Publishing Company of New York City’s magazine Vanity Fair (no, another one; this one ran from February 1902 to April 1904) produced the article on The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers.

 

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Dian Hansen … READ ON

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When Venture Capital Fails Spectacularly: The Bessemer Venture Partners Story

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WE’VE all heard about the titans of the silicon Valley venture capital industry. One day they put 30 cents into the stock of some company enabling people to show cat photos to each other and then three weeks later they’re … READ ON

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Key Posts, Money, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Eegah! 10 Amazingly Bad Movie Titles

WHAT’S the worst movie title of all time? Freddy Got Fingered (2001) and Stop! Or my Mom will Shoot (1992) are often cited as contenders. One that nearly earned a victory for worst is Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2007) … READ ON

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peaches Geldof: An Untimely Death Was Her Tabloid Destiny

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WHEN police announced that Peaches Geldof had died the newspapers rushed to shout “first”. Her death at 25 is a shocks. To her husband and two young children it is a tragedy. To the media it’s a result.

The … READ ON

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Highly Troubling Vintage Adverts

HERE is some free advice for up-and-coming marketing execs: Adverts should not make consumers feel nauseous or deeply uncomfortable. Nor should they cause consumers to experience waking nightmares or abdominal pain. You wouldn’t think this sort of instruction would be … READ ON

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ‘Pacific Coast Nimrod’ Seth Kinman And His Snapping Grizzly Bear Chairs Fit For Presidents

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IN 1865,  Seth Kinman (1815-1888), the California Hunter and Trapper, gave US President Andrew Johnson a GRIZZLY-BAR CHAIR.READ ON

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Boys’ Fiction: Ripping Yarns From The Victorian and Edwardian Heyday of Public School Fiction

AT last, a welcome repeat of Michael Palin and Terry Jones’s Ripping Yarns – post-Python parodies of all things public school and derring-do.

 

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The series is reflected upon, and its inspiration investigated, in this highly enjoyable BBC documentaryREAD ON

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: A Harsh Handbrake Turn – From How I Met You Mother To How Tim Hetherington Lost His Life

 

I’VE been thinking about bad endings this week; one in fiction and one, dreadfully, tragically real. Pulling together the finale of How I Met Your Mother, which used a by-no-means unexpected passing to tie up loose ends, and the … READ ON

Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chicks Dig Accordions! Vintage Vinyl and Squeezebox Groupies

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TO HELL with the electric guitar.  That may attract a flock of dirty groupies, but the real chick magnet is the accordion.  Sure, it has a reputation as being even less sexy than a French horn, but don’t believe … READ ON

Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Sci-Fi TV Series Scuttled by Second Season Changes

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WE might accept as axiomatic the belief that patience is a virtue. However, over the decades, several notable and even celebrated science fiction TV series have failed to live up to this ideal.

Instead of demonstrating patience and prudence, their … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1978-1995: When Theodore John Kaczynski Was The Heroic Unabomber

ON May 3 1996, Theodore John Kaczynski, 53, had his mug shot taken by7 the Lewis and Clark County Jail in Helena, Montana. Kaczynski had been taken into custody at his mountain cabin north of Helena as a suspect in … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Before They Went Solo: Early Bands Of Bowie, Elton And Others

 

MUSICIANS like Billy Joel and Elton John didn’t start out as solo acts. Like nearly all solo pop stars, they began as just another member of a band. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Sci-Fi Movies That Didn’t Deserve the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Treatment

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TO the delight of virtually everyone, the late, great Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988 – 1999) seems to be experiencing something of a pop culture resurgence these days.

April 1st  of this year saw former Mystery Science Theater READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (13) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 Revolting Packaged Foods That Taste Of Regret

STROLLING down Memory Lane on the way to Anorak Towers, we came across an old advertisement for Spangles – the sweet signifier of choice for lazy peddlers of nostalgia.

But instead of invoking it alongside Chopper bicycles and Spacehoppers, it … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Regrettable Reads: A Stack Of Objectively Bad Vintage Books

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THEY say not to judge a book by its cover, but I think it’s pretty safe to say all of these books are horrible without ever turning a page.  That being said, it’s sometimes fun to check out some … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spoonfuls of Horror: The Worst Breakfast Cereals Of All Time

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THE worst cereal of all time, for me, has always been Grape-Nuts (AKA aquarium gravel). Yet, as I grew older, I actually came to like these granular pellets which look like they belong at the bottom of a fish … READ ON

Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Hasselhoff Sells Huge Statue Of Himself Dressed As A Lifeguard (Photos)

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DAVID Hasselhoff is so rock and roll. And now you can roll him into your room and rock him gentle as you straddle his back and surf along to his greatest hits as a woman in red tosses salty … READ ON

Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Miracle Appliances And The Desperate 1970s Women That Loved Them

WHEN mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade.  The Western nations’ economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home in the form of appliances … READ ON

Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Blight: A Wonderful Documentary On Glasgow’s Barrowfield Gang Lands In 1982

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GLASGOW has a tough reputation.  In 1982, the BBC documentary department went on safari in Glasgow, reporting on the city’s gangs.

The show focused on the Barrowfield is an area of east Glasgow in Camlachie, close to Celtic Park, … READ ON

Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0