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Megan Fox is an Aztec visual labyrinth in Esquire’s worst article EVER!

megan fox Megan Fox is an Aztec visual labyrinth in Esquires worst article EVER!IN Esquire, you can read an interview with Megan Fox. Stephen Marche reports. Highlights are many. Fox has a history of delivering airy bon mots. You can read out collection of her best here. After this article, however, that will need updating:

He likes her looks:

The symmetry of her face, up close, is genuinely shocking. The lip on the left curves exactly the same way as the lip on the right. The eyes match exactly. The brow is in perfect balance, like a problem of logic, like a visual labyrinth. It’s not really even that beautiful. It’s closer to the sublime, a force of nature, the patterns of waves crisscrossing a lake, snow avalanching down the side of a mountain, an elaborately camouflaged butterfly. What she is is flawless.

(Marche cold always get a job at the Sun.)

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Posted: 16th, January 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stacie Halas banned from teaching: you can’t escape your past online

stacie halas teacher Stacie Halas banned from teaching: you cant escape your past onlineSTACIE Halas, 32, will not be teaching class in California. The middle school teacher with the porn actress past (photos NSFW) has been deemed “unfit” for purpose. In April, 2012, Halas was removed from her post as a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard after students and teachers “discovered” her porno past.

She had not worked in porn whilst a teacher in the district.

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Posted: 16th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Helicopter crashes in Wandsworth Road, London: photos and news

wandsworth road helicopter Helicopter crashes in Wandsworth Road, London: photos and news

A HELICOPTER has crashed in central London. Why? How?

Two people are dead. One of them is the pilot. Another person is critically ill.

The Mail gives the pilot a showbiz bio:

RotorMotion pilot Pete Barnes, 50, worked on films such as Die Another Day, Tomb Raider II and Saving Private Ryan

Rolling news quote of the day:

BBC News 24 anchor stating: “This is the last thing a helicopter pilot would want to happen.”

The weather

The helicopter hit the crane on the St George Wharf development in Vauxhall in thick fog shortly after 8am.

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The machine

The aircraft was a AgustaWestland AW109, a lightweight, twin-engine helicopter with eight seats.

The expert

Chris Yates, an independent aviation expert, told Sky News:

“Helicopters are not supposed to come within 500 feet of any structure such as a high-rise building, so we don’t know what caused the pilot to get quite so close. We don’t know the circumstances he was operating in at the time – whether there was a problem with the helicopter itself, whether he misread his instructions or received false instructions from air traffic control.”

Guido Fawkes wonders if the lights atop Vauxhall tower was on. Tweets from last year suggesting that sometimes it was not.

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The witnesses

Mark Louis Sidney told Sky News:

“I heard a loud bang, I looked up and saw bits of propeller and parts of the aircraft falling off it and then plummeting down. Then a plume of smoke went up. I called the emergency services. It happened in a matter of a seconds before it was on the ground. I thought ’Wait a minute, has this thing been shot out of the sky or what?’. I could see the top of the crane was shaking on the top of the building. It was very foggy so the helicopter probably couldn’t see it.”

Chris Matthison tells the BBC:

“There was some damage to the crane. It’s possible the crane is lying across Nine Elms road. The top of the nearest building is steeped in mist and difficult to see.”

Michael Krumstets tells the Guardian:

“The helicopter nearly killed me and my flatmate. We were right next to it, just feet away from where it exploded. We we were walking to work and saw the helicopter clip the top of the crane – there was a loud crack – and it came spinning out of control towards us. I just can’t believe what I saw, it was awful. When you see a helicopter hurtling out of the sky towards you, spinning, your legs turn to jelly, you have a sense of shock. My flatmate fell over, I had to run back to grab him. It missed us by just a few feet, it was just so lucky.”

Mike Moody (Times):

“We woke up to the sound of an explosion and then screems. (I) looked out of the window and saw a woman screaming, saw the smoke and we ran for it basically. I’m still in my pyjamas with my jeans over the top. The smoke was very very close to our flat; it was literally the building next door and so we went outside and we saw there was till what sounded like explosions – I assume it was the cars. There was a land rover, a black land rover that was on fire at about 5 to 10 metres from my door, just on the corner of Miles Street and Wandsworth road which were people trying to put out but other people were saying we’ve got to move because that will explode. Some of the construction workers from where the crane was told us just basically said everyone move now this is really, really dangerous. Go. We left. ”

“There was someone in the range rover that was on fire but he got out. It was only a small fire on the bonnet at the time. He was taken out of the car by the consturction workers, they pulled him out. It looked like Baghdad. Lots of people screaming, crying. No-one really sure what was going on. I rang my mum at 5 minutes past 8 and we left at 6 minutes past 8 because that’s when I rang her back to say we’d been told to move.

Terrorism?

BBC journalist: “Did you think it was a terrorist attack…?”
Eye-witness: “No.”

Sarah-Beth Casey told Sky News:

“You’re always worried about things like 9/11 and things like that. I have three small children with me in the flat. It’s one of your fears that something like this can happen. When I heard the explosion – it was like a little earthquake … a gas explosion. I looked up to see debris falling off the tower.”

Ray Watts (Times):

“It looked like 9/11 with bits falling everywhere. There was about 20 of us outside the building and we all started running. Some went into the security hut but it was just a wooden shack so they soon got out. I just legged it across the road and when I looked back I saw the crane boon land on my truck. There was stuff coming down everywhere.”

The Government announcement

From: Government Whips Admin Unit (HOC)
Sent: 16 January 2013 08:47
Subject: Travel disruption

Following a helicopter crash in Vauxhall this morning colleagues should be aware there will be serious travel disruption in the area.

You may need to leave earlier in time for the deferred division.

Robert Goodwill
Government Pairing Whip

The Routes

The Mail:

Witnesses said the helicopter – which left Gatwick Airport, Sussex, at 7:36am and was heading to Elstree, Hertfordshire, to collect an executive – was using the route of the River Thames and hit a crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge in Vauxhall, central London, at 8am.

Pilots flying helicopters over London are subject to air traffic control clearance. If they are flying over central London they must have twin-engined aircraft. Those flying one-engined aircraft must follow the route of the River Thames when operating in the capital.

 

HELICOPTER ROUTES IN THE LONDON CTR AND LONDON/CITY CTR

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The photos 

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A section of the Crane lays in Nine Elms Lane, after crashing to the ground close to St George’s Wharf tower building, where a Helicopter crashed into this morning, in Vauxhall south London.

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General View of Rotormotion at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey from where the helicopter piloted by Pete Barnes set of before crashing to the ground close to St George’s Wharf tower in Vauxhall, South London after the pilot attempted to divert due to bad weather.

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Undated handout photo of the AgustaWestland 109 (AW109) Power 

 

 

Posted: 16th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You are not the father: the best of the Maury Povich Show

ONE recurring theme of the The Maury Povich Show is the paternity test. When the results come in, some see it as reason to celebrate:

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Posted: 15th, January 2013 | In: Gifs, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sugar rationing in World War 2 – photos

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SUGAR was in limited supply during WOrld War 2. Sugar was the first food the US rationed, in the spring of 1942.

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Posted: 14th, January 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hugh Hefner in birthday cakes: the sponge and Viagra icing photos

hefner cake 1 Hugh Hefner in birthday cakes: the sponge and Viagra icing photos

WHEN 86-year-old Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner married 26-year-old Playmate bride Crystal Harris there was a cake. Atop the mixture of sponge and Viagra was a picture of Hefner dressed in his red housecoat cradling his new beter half. Think Nosferatu with Rogaine and implants, or Dracula (see below). Around the base was a massive Ken-sperm dressed in a tuxedo stood beside a miniature love doll of Ivana Trump.

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Posted: 11th, January 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Costa Concordia: Dry Francesco Schettino was saved by the ‘effect of gravity’

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LISA Cameron Smith saw the Costa Concordia founder. She lives on Giglio, the island where the Italian cruise ship floundered. Thirty-two people died.

The conduct of skipper Francesco Schettino remains under the spotlight. She tells the Times:

“If I was him I would be on that boat. Probably, I would have been with those who died.”

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Posted: 11th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dear Kelly and Sharon Osbourne: it’s not bullying, it’s your jobs

Sharon Osbourne Dear Kelly and Sharon Osbourne: its not bullying, its your jobs

SHARON Osbourne says Lady GaGa is a bully:

“I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kell. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”

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Posted: 11th, January 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The most controversial British TV shows ever

way to go bbc The most controversial British TV shows ever

THE shows they loved to hate:

The BBC is under fire again – this time for its new sitcom Way To Go, which finds humour in the subject of assisted suicide. It comes hot on the heels of a tabloid fury over Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year, in which jaded drunken luvvies made tedious jokes about the Queen.

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Posted: 11th, January 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The London Underground at 150 – The Tube’s history in photos

THE London Underground turns 150 today. The first stretch of the world-famous network opened on January 9 1863, with the first passenger journeys taking place the following day. The Tube is place where you can be kind, funny and utterly miserable:

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, a commemorative sign detailing when the station was opened and refurbished, displayed at Baker Street underground station in London. The world’s first subway system marked its 150th anniversary Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, with reports showing conditions way back when were much as they are today: Busy, congested and stressful for passengers.

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The original artwork for the London Underground map which goes on display at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

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Posted: 9th, January 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool’s cheating Luis Suarez inspired by Team GB’s win-at-all-costs dive

img039 Liverpools cheating Luis Suarez inspired by Team GBs win at all costs dive

THE papers are pretty unanimous: Luis Suarez is a cheat. The Liverpool striker is cheat who robbed “plucky” Mansfield Town of FA Cup glory in the third round, ripping the romance of the FA Cup to smithereens. “Caught red-handed,” said the Times. “You cheat!” thundered the Sun.Suarez handball KO’s Brave Stags.” But it’s not only foreign Suarez the papers hate. It’s football.

Not so long ago, Team GB were scooping Olympic medals in the Velodrome. In one race, the lads took men’s team sprint at London 2012. The Telegraph cheered:

Sir Chris Hoy and Great Britain’s team sprint squad claimed a glorious gold medal record in the men’s final tonight, breaking the world record in both the semi-final and then again in the final when they defeated France, posting an almost unbelievable time of 42.600sec.

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Posted: 8th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why did Sara Ege beat ‘always smiling’ son for months before killing him?

Sara Ege Why did Sara Ege beat always smiling son for months before killing him?

SARA Ege, 33, beat her son, Yaseen, to death in 2010. She then burnt his body. Yaseen was 7. At Cardiff Crown Court, she’s been sentenced to life behind bars. Sara Ege was born in India. She wanted her son to be a hafiz. For that, he needed to learn the Koran off by heart.For three months, Sara Ege beat her son with a wooden pestle at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff.

The words of Peter Murphy, defending, are odd:

“It’s very easy to be critical of the amount of things Yaseen was doing, but that was the norm in the ethnic community she was from. You can see this from the number of other children who were doing Arabic and Koran classes. Yaseen grew up with it and he thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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Posted: 7th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


On the trillion dollar platinum coin

trillion coin On the trillion dollar platinum coinONE of the stories you might start hearing about soon enough is the American trillion dollar (yes, trillion, that’s one thousand billion) platinum coin. It;s actually possible that they might go ahead and mint one.

Bit difficult to get change for it but….yet still, here is your handy cut out and keep guide to what is going on.

Yes, the US government has a large debt. It is also running a large deficit: so that debt is getting bigger all the time. So far so damn like every other country at present. However, in the US they also have something called the “debt ceiling”. This is the maximum amount that congress has said that the Federal Government can borrow.

Now, they can raise this number whenever they want: as they have done multiple times in the past. But there’s always a certain amount of haggling when they do so. Various Senators  who might vote against it are promised new defense plants for their states, that sort of thing.

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Posted: 7th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Of course Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is a cheat

1357493038961 Of course Liverpools Luis Suarez is a cheatIS Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s unlovely striker, a cheat? Let’s see what the experts say of the man who used a hand to set up his side’s crucial second goal against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. Oh, the romance. The rules seem pretty obvious:

In Fifa’s Laws of the Game 2005, Law 12:

… a free-kick or penalty will be awarded if a player “handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)”.

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences: • unsporting behaviour

What say the experts?

Premier League referee David Elleray:

“Referees look at two specifics – did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be? The challenging decisions are if the defending player spreads their arms to make themselves bigger. If the ball hits the arm then the referee must decide whether this action was to deliberately block the ball or whether the player has raised their arms to protect themselves – especially if the ball is hit at speed.”

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Posted: 7th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (13) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mumbai bar sells gang rape cocktail as India blames women for being abused

Rapist cocktail Mumbai bar sells gang rape cocktail as India blames women for being abused

INDIA is reeling with the gang rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi. So, who thought it good idea to sell a rape cocktail at the Bonobo, in Mumbai, India? Was it bar owner Nevile Timbadia? The women of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) believe he to be the brains behind the ‘Balatkari’ (Balaatcar) brew.

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Posted: 4th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photos: Allied Prisoners of World War 2

ALFIE Fripp has died. Fripp was the last surviving British prisoner of war on World War 2. He was 98. The RAF man was shot down by the Luftwaffe during a reconnaissance mission in 1939. He was imprisoned at 12 different PoW camps. So. What did you do in the war, then? What was life like back then for the prisoners? These photographs of Allied prisoners give us a hint:

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Posted: 3rd, January 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tory MP Mark Pritchard presents most stupid reason to ban same-sex marriage: ethnics are not gay

mark pritchard mp 1 Tory MP Mark Pritchard presents most stupid reason to ban same sex marriage: ethnics are not gayCONSERVATIVE MP Mark Pritchard digs deep and produces the worst reason to precent same-sex marriage. An idiot writes:

The Conservative parliamentary party should be more representative of the population. It is good news that in recent years the Conservative Party has made steady progress in increasing the number of its ethnic MPs. In 2005 just two Conservative MPs were from Britain’s ethnic minorities, in 2010 the figure had risen to eleven.

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Posted: 3rd, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Top 10 newspaper apologies of 2012

THE Top Ten Newspaper corrections of 2012:

The New York Times:

An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.

San Francisco Chronicle:

C.W. Nevius’ column about Most Holy Redeemer banning drag queen performers incorrectly stated that entertainer Peaches Christ appeared at an event at the church’s hall with a dildo shaped like a crucifix. He did not appear at the event, nor does he use the prop.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paul from Clerkenwell calls Julia Hartley-Brewer on LBC

PAUL from Clerkenwell calls Julia Hartley-Brewer on LBC to talk about benefit cards:

Posted: 31st, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bad toys – 14 more terrible toys

MORE Bad Toys for Christmas

After a hearty snack of turkey sandwiches, crisps and Coca-Cola, the small persons of the house can take turns on this revolving Sit’n’Spin stool until, one by one, they have redecorated the living room with brightly coloured seasonal vomit.

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Posted: 29th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Jacintha Saldanha’s two suicide attempts

15417934 Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Jacintha Saldanhas two suicide attemptsKATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 22: Jacintha Saldanha’s two suicide attempts and Kate’s face looks like a leathery bag.

Jacintha Saldanha

Daily Mail: “Royal nurse who answered hoax call about Duchess of Cambridge had attempted to kill herself twice before

Jacintha Saldanha made two attempts to kill herself last winter”

The nurse took an overdose during visit to India
She survived but tried to jump from a building nine days later

Those facts soon become:

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha… is believed to have tried to commit suicide twice previously.

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Posted: 23rd, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Estate agent Suzy Favor Hamilton worked as a prostitute to feel clean (photos)

460506 Estate agent Suzy Favor Hamilton worked as a prostitute to feel clean (photos)LIKE nearly all Olympic athletes, Suzy Favor Hamilton’s body is for sale. Married mother Hamilton, 44, who competed as a middle-distance runner the US at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, has worked as prostitute called ‘ Kelly Lundy’ with Haley Heston’s Private Collection. Her rates were billed at $600 per hour, or $6,000 for 24-hours.

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Posted: 22nd, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Christmas hits: those Seventies seasonal smashes

Seventies seasonal smashes

From the time when Christmas records ruled the Earth

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Posted: 20th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Ballistic Backpack from Amendment 2 makes school kids bulletproof

ballistic backpack The Ballistic Backpack from Amendment 2 makes school kids bulletproofINTO every disaster a little capitalism must fall. Presenting the Ballistic Backpack from Amendment 2:

Our ballistic backpack provides built-in ballistic protection in a backpack that weighs just ounces more than a non-armored backpack. RynoHide carbon nanotube armor is lined in the back panel of the backpack. Sewn into the rear of the pack, you can always be confident that the armor hasn’t been accidentally left at home and that you or your child are protected in case of the unthinkable.

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Posted: 19th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0