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Brilliant Mel Brooks Knocks Them Bandy In This 1975 Interview

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IN 1975, Mel Brooks appeared on Imperial College’s TV station Stoic to talk about his 1975 films Blazing Saddles andYoung Frankenstein. He sat opposite Mark Caldwell. He offers the insight that cowboys “do not make love to women in … READ ON

Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Legion of Regrettable Comic Book Superheroes

WE’VE heard enough about The Avengers, it’s time for another group of superheroes to get some recognition. The Legion of Regrettable Comic Book Superheroes is a motley group consisting of the lamest and oddest heroes ever put to print. You … READ ON

Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 Epic Failed Political Photo-Ops

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DAVID Cameron is facing ridicule once again. His latest gaffe was to tweet a picture of himself looking serious and statesmanlike while having a serious statesmanlike phone call with Barak Obama. The problem, aside from the typically … READ ON

Posted: 10th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Photojournalism, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fruit of the Rhyme: 8 Songs of Fruit

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THE problem with songs about food is that, well, they’re never really about food.  Tasty as brown sugar is, the Stones weren’t really singing about sucrose.  And when Robert Plant sings “Your custard pie, yeah, sweet and nice. When … READ ON

Posted: 10th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Casting Call Woe: The Funniest Real Casting Calls From Casting Websites

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ANORAK’s new distraction is the Tumblr Casting Call Woe:

REAL CASTING CALLS FROM REAL CASTING WEBSITES BROUGHT TO BY THe EGLE-EYEDE @PRORESTING

Ready for your close up? Here goes:

 

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Posted: 8th, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


11 Gastro Abominations From The Mid 20th Century

THE mid-century palette was vastly different than it is today. Much of what we find advertised in vintage cookbooks and magazines seems nauseating by today’s standards.  I’m sure the same will be true of our current tastes when viewed fifty … READ ON

Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Greatest Rock Biopics: From Hendrix to Guthrie

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BIOPICS are problematic at the best of times, but get it right and you can cement a person’s place in history forever. Especially tricky are rock biopics because, half the time, the person or people they celebrate, are still … READ ON

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


May 25 1951: The Story Of The Day Traitors Burgess and Maclean Left Town

 

GUY Burgess woke at around 9.30 on the morning of Friday, 25 May 1951 in his untidy, musty-smelling bedroom. Next to his bed was an overflowing ashtray and lying on the floor was a half-read Jane Austen novel. Since … READ ON

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


Three Chick Discs: Disco Era Threesomes For Your Listening Pleasures

IN the disco era there began a phenomenon of immense historical insignificance: the emergence of all female musical trios.  Sure, there had been The Supremes, and there were various disco/soul trios that genuinely kicked ass (etc. The Three Degrees, Labelle), … READ ON

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


The World in My Window: A Select Filmography of the Space Shuttle

 

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ALTHOUGH Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster film Gravity (2013) earned a whopping seven Academy Awards last Sunday night, one crucial supporting player didn’t pick up the Honorary Oscar it so clearly deserved: NASA’s space shuttle.

For thirty-five years now, this … READ ON

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Praise Of Cartoon Music!

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THERE are a lot of people who will go on and on and on about the amazing theme songs of ’80s and ’90s cartoons. While they have a point (who can resist the Willie Fogg theme or indeed, M.A.S.K. … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Listen To All Parts Of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives – The Televised American Opera

ROBERT Ashley (1930-2014). The composer was 83.

 

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Kyle Gann, who recently wrote a biography said of the Michigan-born composer, who in 1958 created the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music , a pointer to his eperiments with audio … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


15 Things Mad Magazine Gave The World

 

MAD Magazine is an American institution. It’s been going since 1952 and is still funny, but it’s given the world more than just gags…

 

THE FREEDOM TO TAKE THE PISS
In 1961, a group of composers including Irving … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7) | Comments 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…

 … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2) | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 1st, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (13) | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0