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Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti-Government protest

TURKEY is rocking. People are challenging the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP). The authorities wanted to build on the green Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Plans featured a shopping mall and a mosque. A few protestors moved to occupy the site. Police hit them with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon. The police overreaction was met with fury.

Days earlier the Government had banned the late-night sale of booze. Many fear Turkey tuning into a harder-line Islamic state. Taksim Square would be the place to take a stand against authority.

In the ensuing violence, two people are dead. Hundreds have been arrested. Thousands have been hurt..

But the protests have not been without humour. We’ve got pictures of some of the best and worst graffiti and slogans. And a few interesting hats.

Don’t just protest. Laugh at the bastards.

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

"Would you like 3 kids like us?"  (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

“Would you like 3 kids like us?” (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

 

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

 

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

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A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads " justice died in 1938" in reference to year modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads ” justice died in 1938″ in reference to year modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as "These people will not yield to you" as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as “These people will not yield to you” as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads " 'Looters' are here, where are you (Erdogan)"? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves "looters," asked Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads ” ‘Looters’ are here, where are you (Erdogan)”? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves “looters,” asked Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading "Front Line" during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading “Front Line” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads "They said they have gas"  during clashes  near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads “They said they have gas” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul’s main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ''Turk independence'' at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey's biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ”Turk independence” at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

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Posted: 5th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Emma West: Sun guns for mentally ill woman but is silent on its in-house ‘nutters’

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HOW did the Sun report on Emma West, the woman who became YouTube’s Tram Lady on account of her racist rant on New Addington public transport? At the time of her vile rant we commented that she looked not all that well. It turns that that she isn’t.

Emma West will pay for her crime. She will not be raped and murdered as many on Twitter wanted

Remi Ogunfowora, prosecuting, told Croydon Crown Court of a May 15, 2013, attack on her partner Ricky Metson:

“Mr Metson put his hands up in front of him to protect himself and told her to calm down. She said she was going to call her mum and ran upstairs and Mr Metson followed. As he entered the room she picked up an ornamental knife from its sheath, struck him in the head and started slashing at his body. He slapped her around the face in self-defence to try and calm her down and went downstairs. She followed him down the stairs and stabbed him in the back at least twice. She tried to run out the house and he stopped her leaving and called the police… Mr Metson suffered two puncture wounds on his back and various slash and scratch wounds over his stomach, head, back of his neck, arms and legs. When officers tried to arrest Miss West she started to kick them.”

She sounds dangerously unstable.

The Croydon Guardian reports:

Mr Metson is standing by West after her attack on him, and was with her at court on Monday.

This is Croydon adds:

Right wing groups such as the National Front and British National Party had adopted her cause after she was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in November 2011. West’s barrister said their support – including sending her flowers and cheques – had “greatly distressed” his client and led her try and take her own life.

Her deteriorating mental health led to concerns for her safety and that of her family, fears which were realised last month when she stabbed her husband Ricky Metson with a knife – while on bail – after he intervened in her latest attempt to self-harm. Mr Metson suffered superficial injuries after incident at their home in Grenville Road, New Addington, on May 15.

And:

West, who has suffered from depression since she was 18, was admitted to a psychiatric ward in Foxley Lane, Purley, in September 2011. Following her release she had been receiving support at the Tamworth Road Resource Centre, in West Croydon. It was as West returned from one of these sessions with her four-year-old son that racially abused passengers in a packed tram.

Also:

Croydon Crown Court has previously heard that West, a former dental receptionist, had taken a double dose of her medication at the time of the incident, which is believed to have occurred on October 18 last year.

None of that excuses her behaviour. But it might make us more compassionate towards her. Mental illness is nothing to mock.

But this is what the Sun said:

A MUM whose racist rant on a tram horrified millions on YouTube has finally admitted her guilt – as it is revealed she also stabbed her husband and attacked a cop.

Emma West, 34, a former dental nurse from Croydon, pleaded guilty last month to stabbing and slashing her husband Ricky Metson and assaulting a police officer. On Monday she also pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence when she appeared at Croydon Crown Court – 18 MONTHS after the incident. More than 2.2million people

The Sun makes no mention of her mental health. It does not say that the wounds she inflicted were superficial and that her partner of 12 years is supporting her. It does not say that she was suicidal and suffers from depression, a hideous and misunderstood condition.

On the same day as West was pleading guilty to to hurling racist abuse, Virginia Wheeler was not in Southwark Crown Court to answer charges of phone hacking.

The Crown dropped its case against Virginia Wheeler, 34, who, allegedly, acted as a contact at the Sun for a crooked police officer with secrets to sell. Her prosecution was deemed not to be in the public interest for medical reasons.

James Wood, QC, for Ms Wheeler, said: “Had it not been for these matters, I would like to put on the record that Ms Wheeler would have vigorously contested these proceedings.”

You see, mental health is a big issue. When an alleged criminal is mentally ill, the State is not insensitive towards them. The Sun, on the other hand, monsters the sufferer. Unless they work in the same building, that is, in which case they get total privacy, good lawyers and care…

PS_  You can read about John Kay here (but not in the Sun). He’s the Sun employee who drowned his wife.

Posted: 5th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Face tattoos – the big collection of regretful ink

SO. You saw someone with a face tattoo and thought they looked great. Hey, if Ryan Gosling, the swooniest Hollywood star has one, why not you?

Gosling got his face decorated with a dagger dripping blood. He felt it would help him get into character for a film part. He then reviewed his decision:

“I felt a lot of shame for having gone too far and for making a decision that was careless… I was so ashamed that that shame lived with me on set, as I had to wear that stuff around.”

Still want one? We’ve combed the web for examples of face tattoos.

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A Belgian teenager who saw stars when she woke up at a tattoo parlour to find 56 stars on her face is suing a tattooist for 10,000 Euros damages. Kimberley Vlaminck, 18, claims tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz spoke such bad English and French that he misunderstood her at the Tattoo Boy studio in Courtrai, Belgium. She said the lost in translation error left her scarred for life after he tattooed her with an incredible 56 stars. Kimberley added her life had been "ruined" by the artwork. She said: "I can't go out on the street now without people looking at me." She now wants compensation to undergo laser treatment to get them off, but even after the treatment - that will cost upwards of 10,000 Euros, she is still likely to be left with scars for life. She claims she fell asleep while tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz went to work. "It is horrible," sobbed Kimberley.  "He has turned me into a freak." The tattoo artist meanwhile claims the teenager "got what she wanted" - and only complained when her dad complained and her boyfriend dumped her.

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English football club mottos: the Latin, the motivators and the downright crap

NEWS that Everton Football Club™ has decided to modernise its historic badge, and in the process jettison its famous Latin motto, has caused not altogether unpredictable outrage among the Goodison Faithful ™.

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The motto in question translates as ‘Nothing but the best’, so the timing of its retirement is unfortunate, coinciding as it does with a period of uncertainty following the departure of the ‘Moysiah’ to Old Trafford.

All of which begs the question of whether some other long-established club mottos and slogans are fit for purpose in the modern game. A select few still favour the classical Latin, so we will consider them first.

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Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lord Hylton says through his beard that homosexuals and ‘poofs’ stole the word ‘gay’

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Lord Hylton and his beard

LORD Hylton, a parliamentary crossbencher is upset that homosexuals “stole” the word gay. Says he to the House of Lords:

“I regret very much that the fine old English and French word ‘gay’ has, in my lifetime, been appropriated by a small but vocal minority of the population.”

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Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Gaza Strip: Israeli soldiers post these racy photos on Facebook

WHY would Israeli female soldiers pose for photos in their underwear and then post the pics on Facebook? The IDF says the women have been disciplined. How? We don’t know. But wagt6 odd the women get sent to the Gaza Strip (geddit?!)

 

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Lesbian Hart tells us why she doesn’t dress more feminine (with watermelon)

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ON YouTube, lesbian Hart tackles the question:

“If you love women so much, how come you don’t you dress like one?”

Hart repsonds expertly (with watermelon):

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In photos: the changing face, hair and statues of Lenin

THEY erected statues to Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov Lenin, In all of them he looks aged and sporting a noble brow. But how do you remember the great leader? Is that image what he would have wanted?

 

Born 22 April 1870, this is Lenin in aged 3 or 4. 

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Posted: 3rd, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Four places where you can still see Jimmy Savile on the BBC

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JIMMY Savile has not been purged from the BBC. Sure, the BBC wiped Savile from its Desert Island Discs database. But Savile still features on the BBC. He’s part of the BBC news feature on the London Marathon (see above).

When he appeared as a character on the children’s Tweenies show – Max Tweenie was dressed as the BBC and the NHS’s in-house pervert – the Sun was outraged.  The BBC was aghast. It would never happen again. But now blogjam has spotted Savile elsewhere on the Beeb. On the Top of The Pops 2 site, you can send a pal a Jimmy Savile postcard. “Sir Jim’ll”… (molest your kids)…

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You can read an interview with Savile on the same pages. Highlights are:

Was TOTP part of the ‘Swinging Sixties’?

Jimmy: TOTP epitomised what was going on for younger people at the time. It was simple insofar as most things were safe: sex was safe, a girl walking home late at night was safe. Booze hadn’t raised its head to the extent that it has today. Drugs were practically non-existent. It was such a time of freedom and emancipation for young people. Everything was wonderful and you could say that everything was safe and TOTP mirrored that. I made a big fuss of the audience, I made sure the audience got just as much camera coverage as the groups did, because I considered the audience, if anything, more important than the groups. You could see from their abandon that it was a perfectly natural demonstration of trouble-free joy.

Did TOTP benefit from coming to swinging London?

Jimmy: I don’t think TOTP gained anything by coming down to London from its base in Manchester. Nobody is important in London, nobody is rich, because London eats everybody! When it was in Manchester it was a recognisable entity, people worshipped TOTP. If they’d left it where it was, it would have still had that marvellous fresh flavour. You can’t take something into London and have that same freshness.

As it went through the 70’s TOTP was criticised for sexism – what is your view?

Jimmy: In the 70s, 80s and 90s there came something called Political Correctness. Now Political Correctness, apart from being a load of crap, is something that gives lesser people a tub to thump, people who are nothing. They would come and say you are doing this and that. Why didn’t they ask Pan’s People if they minded dancing in provocative gear? They enjoyed it. Queen Cleopatra wore gear like that – I mean, do me a favour! Political correctness has ruined more people, jobs, and atmospheres than anything else in today’s society.

Did the punk bands behave themselves?

Jimmy: Everybody behaved on TOTP. If they misbehaved, they ran the chance of not having their next record played. That was professional death so everybody behaved.

And will the BBC ever rerun the Grumbleweeds Radio Show? The Grumbleweeds once performed on the Childrens Royal Variety Show. Savile was there:

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


The world shrugged: how does Google get away with it?

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THE elite love Google. It’s hard to pick just one example that epitomises the love the rich and powerful have for the big internet search advertising firm. It might be the sight of Eric Schmidt, Google’s billionaire chairman, nipping into Downing Street to talk business with David Cameron. They don’t talk about how via Google you can access images of paedophilia and all manner of abuse. They talk money and influence. And they know each other well:

Rachel Whetstone is Global head of communications and public policy at Google and is married to David Cameron’s former chief of staff, Steve Hilton. Naomi Gummer was formerly adviser to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, but is now a public policy adviser to Google. Amy Fisher Was a press officer for Google, and is now a special adviser to the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

Also, Amy Fisher, once Google’s European PR supremo, works for justice secretary Chris Grayling. Sarah Hunter, once Tony Blair’s advisor on media policy, and Lord Derry Irvine’s god-daughter, works  as UK’s had of public policy.

The Guardian, which has focused on News International’s chumminess with the Tory Party, reported on Gummer thus:

Row after Tory peer’s daughter is given job in culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s department. Naomi Gummer, daughter of Cameron ally Lord Chadlington, appointed in a ‘highly unusual’ move

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


Brazil v England: the ten most interesting encounters

WITH the renovated Maracanã stadium reduced to well under half its previous capacity, and finally ruled safe for England’s match against Brazil – and with the record standing at 11 wins for Brazil, four for England, and nine draws – we look back at ten of the most interesting encounters…

1956: England 4-2 Brazil

Hungary may have thrashed England 6-3 and 7-1 a few years earlier, and England may have been unceremoniously dumped out of the 1954 World cup by the USA, but as far as most people were concerned, the Empire Stadium at Wembley was still the home of football.

This was Stanley Matthews’s day, and his domination of the legendary full-back Nilton Santos was probably the deciding factor in winning him the first Ballon d’Or. A notable achievement in itself, and even more so when one considers that he was 41 years old.

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Posted: 1st, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Extracts from Joanna Rohrback’s Prancercise (with inner horse video)

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IN 1989, we, like you, were getting fit with Joanna Rohrback’s Prancercise. As she says:

This video shows the 4 modes of Prancercise.You can visit me at www.prancercise.com where you can learn more about Prancercise: “A springy,rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.” copyright 1989, taken from my book Prancercise:The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence, now available to the public for the first time!

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Posted: 31st, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A wonderful history of German football clubs in Europe: 1960 til now

THE Germans are coming (again)

German football didn’t turn professional until the mid-sixties, but by that time the (West Germany) national team had already won the World Cup, and one of their clubs had reached the final of the European Champions Cup.

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Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Crap Paps: unusual photos of famous faces

THERE is a thrill in spotting a famous face. Some people will play it cool when the hearing excited murmurs that a famous face is close by but most – and I am one – will want to see the star.

My first celebrity spot was Derek Underwood, the Kent and England cricketer. He was sat in a Bournemouth pizzeria with Kent’s Bob Woolmer, the late South African team coach. I was one table over with my dad. It was he who spotted the players. Gesturing at my napkin and silently sliding a pen over towards me, dad thought it would be a good idea if I went and over got their autographs. Back then a signature was considered proof of the meet. I went over. They were charming. I had practically no idea who they were. But, still, I had the proof that I’d met them and that was everything to me and my father.

Nowadays autographs are considered naff. Photos are the thing. And because mobile phones have cameras, and phones are ubiquitous, the star can be snapped at any time. But, then, not everyone wants to be a paparazzo. Not everyone wants to be brash and invasive. So. You take a photo from afar and hope you captured the legend. On the Tumblr Crap Paps, such photographs are recorded.

Who are they. Go to the end of the story to find out:

A. The distance shot snap.

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Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 famous people and good causes Spurs’ Gareth Bale can sue when he owns the love heart hand gesture

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TOTTENHAM Hotspur footballer Gareth Bale wants to make the soppy love heart hand gesture his own. The Spurs star wants to limit the use of your fingers. Anyone pushing their fingers into the form of the heart will be in breach of Bale’s copyright. It’s so utterly pathetic that Bale should be on the receiving end of less controlled gestures. You can take your pick of them here.

The Japanese schoolgirls who have been using the heart sign for years can look over Bale’s application on the IPOwebsite:

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If Bale succeeds it will be big money for him. And it will be interesting to see who he sues for breaching his creation. Here’s Victoria Pendleton showing her love at the London 2012 Olympics!

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The gesture has appeared on advert for the opticians LensCrafters.

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Singer Taylor Swift says he might be the signs inventor:

“At the end of my sophomore year, I left school and went out on a radio tour to play free show after free show … I was an unknown act playing shows night after night, and I was constantly trying out all kinds of different moves to try and get a response from the audience.”

Selena Gomez has also used it.

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And then there’s Show Your Hearts, a cause highlighting a fatal road tragedy:

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And  Usher:

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Victoria’s Secret:

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Janet Jackson:

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The State of Virginia:

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And lots of ravers:

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Brand Bale is looking to cash in.

 

Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Woolwich murderer was ‘arrested on his way to join al-Shabaab in Somalia': the front pages

HOW have the newspapers reacted to the horrific scenes in Woolwich? An off-duty British soldier has been murdered by two men. One psychotic nutter shouted “…we swear by almighty Allah, that we will never stop fighting you. Until you leave us alone, your people will never be safe”.  He added:We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.” 

The victm was beheaded.

@suttonnick tweets:

Richard Watson on #Newsnight: Can’t confirm but source says last yr one of men was stopped or arrested on way to join al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Happy-slapping terrorism in Woolwich – bloody lunatics murder man in cold blood for kicks

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NOT since the horrors of 7/7 had terrorists claimed a life in the UK. Today two men used meat cleavers to murder and, apparently, tried to decapitate a white British a soldier from Woolwich Barracks on the streets of London. He was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt. Police shot them.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A history of England’s football kits: from Umbro through Admiral to Nike

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ENGLAND’S new strip – the first from Nike – ends half a century of involvement with Umbro, the Manchester-based sports manufacturer whose name is synonymous with the Three Lions.

As with all new kits, there has been controversy. The Germans have supposedly complained that England are attempting to copy their success by copying the design of their shirts. However, Gary Lineker’s riposte – “If you can’t beat ‘em…” – ignores the fact that the retro kit most closely resembles the Germans of the sixties, when we were still in the habit of beating the old enemy.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Colour film of London in 1927 – rare video and photos

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THE British Film Institute has added colour to this 1927 film of London shot by Claude Friese-Greene in Biocolour.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Michael was trying to close his car door when he fell from it at 70mph

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GEORGE Michael was trying to shut the door on his car when he tell out of it. The singer was travelling at 70mph down the M1 when the accident occurred.

Well, so says Katherine Fox, 23, who was in a car behind Michael’s silver Range Rover.

“I saw blood everywhere and a man on the ground. I thought someone had run across the road and been hit. I asked what had gone on and was told he tried to open the car door and shut it again because it wasn’t shut properly and apparently fell out at 70mph.”

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Posted: 21st, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Newsnight jumps the shark hunt: 99% of Clark County, Ohio, viewers polled say Ian Katz must go

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THE new editor of Newsnight, the BBC news show that spiked the Jimmy Savile expose, is the Guardian’s Ian Katz.  Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman said in the wake of the Savile debacle that BBC’s news division had been “taken over by radio … Helen Boaden, a radio person. Steve Mitchell, a radio person. Peter Rippon was a radio person. These people belong to a different kind of culture.”

How will a newspaper man with no experience of telly work out, then?

Guido Fawkes notes:

Fair, balanced and impartial Ian Katz will have no trouble fitting in at his new role as Newsnight editor … Katz certainly has top drawer left-wing credentials. Back in 2004, he was editor of the Guardian’s G2 magazine during their infamous ‘Operation Clark County’ plot to swing the state of Ohio in favour of John Kerry and against George W. Bush. Katz organised thousands of letters written by lefty Britons to be sent to individual voters in Ohio, imploring them to cast their ballot for Kerry. The result was uproar, a near diplomatic incident, and victory for Bush.

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Posted: 20th, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0