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KATE Middleton Pregnancy watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy:
Those front-page headlines:
Daily Mail: “Relieved William leaves hospital after six-hour bedside vigil”
She has morning sickness.
THE most dramatic images of 2012:
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Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire cause the western side of Colorado Springs, Colo. to glow as several structures and home burn on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
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IS this the world’s worst ever advert for underwear:
KATE Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. How did you react?
In hospital with acute morning sickness? Does she also sleep on a pile of feather mattresses with a pea underneath it?
HELEN Flanagan says, “I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF” on the Sun’s front page. Flanagan is the former Coronation Street actress with the chest of a sex siren and the eyes that indicate inner workings amazed by toast. Dressed in a bikini and turning her arm to best display a Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her wrist, “the I’m A Celebrity star was pushed to the point of no return by a secret depression she believes she has now overcome”.
For anyone vapid celebrity wishing to carve out a career in reality TV and tabloids surviving depression is a must. The star’s back catalogues should also include: bullying (victim is better but perpetrator can be ok so long as she soon becomes a victim), insecurity (“I hated my breasts when I was 8″ etc.), a sex tape, a footballer, the ability to talk about being bi-polar as if everyone knows what you’re talking about and a cancer scare.
ALL hail the Teddy Boys. Long-drape jacket, drainpipe trousers, slim tie, plain shirt with high collar, brothel creepers and overt socks the Edwardian style. And hair. It’s all about the hair. Teen culture always is.
DANNY Nightingale is free. Danny Nightingale is the SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition. The man who has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria was jailed by the British for owning an illegal firearm and lots of bullets.
Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 37, stood on the steps of the High Court and thanked his supporters:
“It has just been extremely humbling. Very, very humbling. Thank you to the great British public. They have been absolutely wonderful in their support.”
His wife, Sally Nightingale, 38, added:
“It can only be good for all the troops out there fighting for our country to see justice has been done.”
LEXXA Ridley, 20, (real name?) is the mo-del helping dad Kim flog a 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay. Says Kim Ridley: “If I felt bad about it, I wouldn’t do it.” He owns Ridley’s Rides in Eugene, Oregon. “Girls and dogs attract people’s attention.” Dogs with Girls is the dream – see the Ridley advert of Max, the family’s golden retriever, riding in a sidecar while Lexxa straddles a bike.
ANGELINA Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (aka Poor Jen) are pillars of the tabloid magazines.The Brangelina industry is huge. The Jen-Brad-Angelina love triangle is a prism of untruth, half-truths and gossip. The saga of betrayal, love, sex romance, marriage, divorce, separation, reunion and rowing moves on with each deadline in the National Enquirer, In Touch and Star magazines. How much do we believe? What are the stories’ sources? Jolie can only adopt so many children; Pitt can only wear so many hats; Aniston can only toss her hair so much. But when the story has limits, the wily editor looks to cover emotions: Jen shocked; Jen hurt; Brad confused; Angelina furious and so on.
JOEY Barton, currently playing in Marseilles, develops a French accent. He’s gone all Steve McLaren:
No Stone Unturned
As the Rolling Stones begin their 50th Anniversary with a tour, TV celebrations and yet another greatest hits compilation, we present our own tribute. Unlike their Sixties rivals the Beatles, they have never received the Anthology treatment, and obscure gems from their heyday remain uncollected and largely overlooked. So here, in the interests of history, is Anorak’s album of Stones secrets…
1965: Ride On, Baby
THESE are gang tattoos of inmates in South America prisons. The ornately tattooed Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang members are many. Time reports that El Salvador has over 55,000 gang members; San Pedro Sula, a city of half a million Hondurans, has over 35,000. These gangs are South American imports from Los Angeles, deported from the US.
Their facial tattoos are familiar. Their fighting is barbaric. Not included in this photo montage are our pictures from Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 of prisoners at Pavoncito prison in Fraijanes, on the outskirts of Guatemala City holding up the decapitated heads of five alleged Mara Salvatrucha gang members. At least seven inmates were killed during a riot between rival gang members, five of which were decapitated, according to authorities:
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In this Sept. 1, 2012 photo, an inmate belonging to the Mara 18 gang gestures inside the prison in Cojutepeque, El Salvador.
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SIXTY years ago, the first British singles chart – or “Hit Parade” as it was called – was published. It appeared in the New Musical Express, and it was a top twelve that contained fifteen platters, on account of the joint number sevens, joint number eights and joint number elevens. Al Martino was number one with Here In My Heart. Only one of the discs was available in the new-fangled 45-revolutions-per-minute 7-inch vinyl format; the rest came as easily-breakable shellac 78s, for which the term “smash hit” was all too apt.
EVERY Thanksgiving Anorak takes a look to see if anyone is still talking about President George Bush feeding a huge plastic turkey to US forces. The turkey was real.
The story began in 2003, when George Bush went from Texas to surprise the US troops serving in Iraq. In Baghdad, Bush gamefully fed the soldiers and posed for the for cameras carrying a big turkey, a real turkey dinner that sits on display in the mess hall. Someone, possibly Mike Allen in the Washington Post, suggested it was a fake. And with that the story ran around the world, used as a sign to show that Bush was wrong ‘un and a faker.
Many have regretted the error, but some, like the Guardian’s Mark Lawson, carry on denying the truth.
YOU want to know about love? The Rauch Brothers met New Yorkers Danny and Annie. The voices resonate:
Brooklynites Danny, an OTB clerk, and Annie, a nurse, remember their life together—from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer. This remarkable couple personifies the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of every day people if we take the time to listen. Originally an animation in two parts, here you’ll see a special version that combines both parts of their story.
JON Donnison is the “BBC Gaza and West Bank Correspondent”. It says so on his twitter account.
Having advertised his role at the BBC – and thus given his tweets substance – he adds “Views mine”.
Internet porn and the rape suspects aged 10
This is a:
“New fear for young after 24 police forces arrest under-13s for sex crimes in a year.”
IN “I want Tu make it work”, the Daily Mirror leads with news that X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos’ latest lover, Newcastle United footballer Danny Simpson, “is standing by her”. Stoic Danny has dated Tulisa three times, we are told.
Danny Simpson last night vowed to stay with his new love Tulisa Contostavlos – despite claims his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child.
Claims? The story has shifted. That Stephanie Ward was pregnant with Simpson’s baby was presented as fact a few days ago. The Mirror wrote of the soapy situation:
As a pregnant mum, she was horrified that she found herself competing with Tulisa.
ISRAEL v Hamas. Who wins the media wars? Well, if this fakery is anything to go by, Hamas needs a new propaganda chief. File under: twins:
Action starts at 1 min 50s.
HOW do you report on the battle in Israel and Hamas in Gaza? The Israeli’s says Operation Pillars of Defence is in response to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza for the past five years. The Israel’s assassinated Hamas’s top military commander, Ahmed Jabari. The war will be conduced as much online as it is on the ground. The Alqassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) tweeted: “Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves).” The Israelis release a video of Jabari’s death. Hamas invites favoured photographers to document their side’s suffering.
The IDF has a live blog.
WE told you Sir Cyril Smith was next. The former Liberal Democrat MP for Rochdale and former Labour Party councillor (oh, dread place), who died in 2010, was long rumoured to have been a paedophile. Labour MP Simon Danczuk, whose posterior now occupies the Rochdale constituency, told the House of Commons: “Young boys were humiliated, terrified and reduced to quivering wrecks by a 29st bully imposing himself on them.”
THEY came from nowhere… Meet the lower-league legends who graced the highest stage of all.
Wilfried Zaha’s call-up to the full England squad has raised eyebrows among those accustomed to the Premier League closed shop that has become the norm in recent times. But there are historical precedents for the Crystal Palace wide man’s sudden rise to fame – and not all the lower-league debutants are from the dim and distant past…
FREEMASONS! Channel 4 has alluded to the spectre of freemasonry at the paedo feeding frenzy. Is the BBC debacle linked to the Freemasons? The BBC, Tom Watson MP, Channel 4 News and Phillip Schofield have spoken about peadophiles operating in the ruling Conservative Party of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. None have offered a shred of proof nor taken their concerns to the police. The BBC and the Guardian went further, alluding to and naming to Lord McAlpine, linking the former Tory Party treasurer to child abused in North Wales care homes. Lord McAlpine is entirely innocent. The broadcasters’ whispers were based on the claims of one Steven Messham, who had been abused by others. Mr Messham has apologised, blaming the police for facilitating his error.
George Monbiot of The Guardian told his 55,000 Twitter followers: “I looked up Lord McAlpine on t’internet. It says the strangest things.”
The Speakers’ wife Sally Bercow told her 56,000 Twitter followers: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*”
How does that help the victims?
LOOK up ” a bit rich” in the dictionary and you get this. As Brendan O’Neill says, “this is so good – the Sun berates the BBC and the Guardian for whipping up ‘paedo hysteria’”…
PAEDO-hunting is now entertainment for daytime telly. Phillip Schofield, host of ITV’S This Morning, attempted to ambush David Cameron by handing him a list of names of suspected paedophiles he’d found by looking online for a few minutes. No proof. No evidence. Just what Phil had read on the web. For good measure, Phil flashed the list he’d made up to those watching at home. Disgusting.
And odd. Not too long ago the liberal commentariat was bashing the News of The World. When the now dead paper’s Paul McMullan told the Leveson Inquiry “Privacy is for Paedos“, he was rounded on. Now the same people that professed to hate such tabloid tactics are using them.
This has been coming. Schofield is just the latest idiot to jump abord the paedo-hunting bandwagon.