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The Top 15 Scariest Dolls of Cinema and Television

THERE is just something inherently creepy about a doll coming to life. I think it falls into the same category as clowns, kids and the elderly.  Because they are supposed to be so benign or innocent, it becomes all the …

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ten Great Football Headbutts

ALAN Pardew’s ‘head pushing’ antics raised heckles in some quarters and smiles in others.

 

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Whether it deserves to butt into our arbitrary Ten Great Football Headbutts list is for you to decide. Judge for yourselves, dear readers…

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Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


May The Verse Be With You: ‘70s Star Wars Music

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IN 1977, the entire planet was foaming at the mouth for anything Star Wars. The frenzy continued for several years with  piles of Star Wars products flooding the stores daily.  It seemed all you needed to do was …

Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nerdlucks Can’t Jump: Five Science Fiction Movie Basketball Shots That Saw David Beat Goliath

 

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RECENT rumours about Space Jam II (purportedly to star Le Bron James…) serve as a good reminder that the science fiction cinema and the game of basketball are inextricably linked.

Well, not really.

But sci-fi and basketball at …

Posted: 2nd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bad Souvenirs: 15 Truly Terrible Momentos To Collect And Regret

THE decision by eBay to discontinue its trade in Holocaust memorabilia brought to an end a particularly offensive and peculiar episode in the annals of collections and souvenir-hunting.

 

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And while it is undoubtedly one of the most despicable …

Posted: 1st, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A History Of Controversial Children’s Books: Sex, Sambo And Obscene Rebellion

ANORAK’s history of controversial children’s books: sex, drugs, sambo’s gay lover and anti-authoritarianism in the classroom.

 

The Little Red Schoolbook

 

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In 1971 the proprietor of Stage 1 publishers was found guilty of having in his possession obscene …

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shaken Not Stirred: Five Great Character Moments in the Roger Moore James Bond Era

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I VERY happily grew up with Sir Roger Moore in the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, and thus maintain a deep well of affection and nostalgia for his seven films…even if some Bond fans do not

Moore’s epoch …

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Listen To 13 Of The Absolute Worst Songs Of The 1960s

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I HESITATED using the word “worst” since many of these are novelty songs, which are intentionally strange or humorous rather than attempting to be a genuinely serious musical composition. However, that doesn’t erase the fact that they, like all …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (13) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Autocue Grammar Fails Are Death By A Single Comma

BARACK Obama makes reading the autocue look pretty easy. After all, reading and aloud is something you learn to do when you’re a toddler. If you can make a living out of it, more power to you. But you are …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United’s 11 Worst Defeats (And Counting)

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SOBS and moans filled the air from Plymouth to Plymouth Rock, from York to New York, from Wales to New South Wales, from Surrey to Salford. Even a few people in the city of Manchester could be heard …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sick and Full of Burning: 13 Regrettable BookTitles

FAR be it from me to stifle creativity – an author should be able to title their work as he or she likes.  However, there is a limit to my tolerance.  Sometimes, the title is so  terrible that it simply …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Uganda’s Red Paper Newspaper Names ‘200 Top Homos’ And Their Worms

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TO UGANDA, where the local Red Pepper newspaper leads with:

“EXPOSED! Uganda’s Top 300 Honos Names”

Congratulations to those who made the list, and commiserations to those who did not, could be premature because Uganda is a beacon of …

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1960s Horror Food: The Luminous Metrecal Diet In A Can

IN the 1950s and 1960s, Mead Johnson’s Metrecal promised to get you into shape. What that shape was, we people of the future can only guess at – and we guess it was a human form jackknifed over a toilet.…

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Great Moments in Phallic Occurrences

HERE are a few vintage phallic instances (either real or inferred) which have gained a bit of notoriety over the years. Read on – your inner idiot will thank you.

 

1. THE RIFLEMAN’S LOG

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This Rifleman comic book …

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Worst Celebrity Statues, EVER!

RECENTLY, you may have seen the terrible depiction of Kurt Cobain in statue form, in Aberdeen (the American one, not the Scottish one). The statue, below, features Cobain looking like a wino busker, crying.

Actually crying. Because Kurt was so …

Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Rise And Fall of Benny Hill

 

Benny Hill wanted his women to be more naive than he was, women who would look up to him. He also said it was fellatio he wanted, or masturbation. “But Bob, I get a thrill when they’re kneeling there,

Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your Guidebook to Creating a Proper Heavy Metal Album Cover

A PRIME reason for heavy metal’s success is that it is a culture unto itself.  Fads come and go, but a culture has staying power.  It comes with its own dress code, etiquette and idolatry.  A small but important part …

Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Iwo Jima: A Story Of Death, Glory And Propaganda In Wonderful Photos

ON this day in photos:  February 23, 1945: US raises flag raised over Iwo Jima.

Joe Rosenthal took the wonderful picture as the  U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raised  the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi.

This picture …

Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Their Golden Years? Five Films About Your Greatest Heroes Growing Old

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WITH J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII in the pipeline comes the news that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their iconic roles in the George Lucas franchise for the first time in over thirty years, …

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


TV Nightmares: 10 Highly Disturbing Sitcom Episodes of the 70s and 80s

THE trouble with American situation comedies in the 1970s and 1980s was that you never knew what you were going to get when you tuned in: was it going to be light-hearted entertainment or tales from the darkside?  There was …

Posted: 21st, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Mighty Histotry Of The Famous And Infamous Who Took A Tumble In Public

A BIG (helping) hand please for the fall guys…

A month of extreme weather and Winter Olympics has brought the downfall of members of the public…

 

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Posted: 21st, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, Royal Family, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Portals of Light, Portals of Dark: The Yin and Yang of Contact (1997) and Event Horizon (1997)

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EVERY now and then, Hollywood comes up with a good concept, and then competing studios rush to ruthlessly exploit it. Remember the summer of 1998, and dueling asteroid pictures Armageddon and Deep Impact?

Or 1988, the year of the …

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When The Daily Mail Summons Its Writers To Make Sad Celebrities Of Their Children It’s Paedogeddon

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DAILY Mail writers don’t have children, they have material. Among the coterie of wearisome women columnists that pour out self-parody in prose for the Daily Mail’s malevolent Mekon boss, Paul Dacre, Shona Sibary is the worst offender. While Liz …

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1980s Band Names Demystified

HAVE you been wasting precious hours of your day wondering where A Flock of Seagulls got their name?  Well, wonder no more.  Before your very eyes are the etymologies of 1980s pop-synth and post-punk bands, illuminated for posterity.  No more …

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0