RUSSIAN baby yoga is all the rage. The video of Lena Fokina whirling Ukrainian baby Platona Goryun about her body was unusual.
Fokina teaches the skill in Dahab, Egypt. Her yoga is called “extreme developmental gymnastics“. And if you parents aren’t doing it then your children are going to be left behind.
Nathan Thornburgh interviewed Lena. She’s 50:
Um, what exactly are “extreme developmental gymnastics”?
That’s what we call it when it gets scary for the parents and children and me (just kidding). It’s actually skipping rope, climbing, all sorts of flips, trampoline, stretching…
Fokina says her baby yoga was invented “by life“, and is inspired by the ideas of Igor Borisovich Charkovsky. Who he?
AMANDA Holden kicks off the Sun on Sunday by telling readers “My Heart stopped for 40 seconds”.
It’s a dead ‘n’ tell.
Speaking of her hell for the first time in a world exclusive interview, Amanda told The Sun: “I was moments from death.“
The Sun has decided that the next best thing to a dead star is a TV star who nearly died. When Amanda Holden gave birth to Hollie, she suffered a haemorrhage and was treated in intensive care.
More worst album covers ever… More vinyl epics here.
While many feel such criticism is highly inappropriate, others yet have weighed in to say that engaging in a debate about the princess’ name is beneath them. In other words, there’s been more than a whiff of snobbery to the reactions to this royal affair.
YOU are about to see three musicians play the Badgermin for the first time. The Badgermin is part badger and part theramin.
The electronics are from a PAiA Theremax kit, with new 8mm diameter removable antennae…200 points to whoever it was that said “Can’t wait to see it play a live sett…”
The live sett (dead sett):
LONDON Fashion Week in photos – the Central St Martins Fashion Show at the BFC venue at Somerset House. A bit of Abu Ghraib, a spot of McDonald’s chips and Doogle shoes…
HEALTH Tuesday – the Daily Mail’s weekly look at new ways to die features an article on nutritionists by Louise Atkinson:
EXPOSED: The nutrition therapists who puts your health at risk.
Louise Atkinson has news:
The therapist peered at my tongue. ‘Should I be worried about bowel cancer?’ I asked her. I’d told her about my changed bowel habits over the past six months, weight loss, fatigue and dark stools.
Louis is talking shit – literally.
Last month an alarming report by the consumer organisation Which? highlighted the risks posed by rogue nutritionists. All are classic symptoms of bowel cancer that, to a GP, would flag up the need for further investigation. I’d even mentioned that my father had died of the disease.
But the therapist seemed unconcerned: ‘Oh, you don’t need to worry about having cancer,’ she said. ‘I can tell you’re quite well. You’d be much better off thinking about changes you can make to your diet to help you prevent cancer.’ She recommended I cut out sugar (‘because cancers feed on sugar’) to reduce my risk.
ADELE’S Top Ten Showbiz Fingers. Following new on THAT finger Adele waved at the Brit awards, we’ve trawled the archives for more showbiz fingers:
10. Katie Price
In 2002, Katie Price was treated for cancer on her finger. Some said it was the residing place for her talent and when it was cut out her dreams of being a Hollywood great died.
PETER Gleick is the conduit of the so-called FakeGate missives. Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an expert on water resources, lied to get his hands on a documents from the Heartland Institute. He then made them public. George Monbiot was thrilled:
Shocking, fascinating, entirely unsurprising: the leaked documents, if authentic, confirm what we suspected but could not prove.
Leo Hickman frothed with excitement:
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” pleaded the Wizard of Oz as Toto revealed the true identity of the man with the big, booming voice to Dorothy and her friends. But it was too late: the illusion was shattered.
The Heartland Institute, an influential rightwing thinktank based in Chicago, which has long pushed misinformation about climate change, is currently having its own Wizard of Oz moment following theleaking of internal documents which reveal the true extent of its funding and efforts to cast doubt on climate science.
WHITNEY Houston is dead and Channel follows a trailer for a corpse-still-warm ghoulish show about the singer’s demons with an indent featuring a puppet saying”She looks better in a body bag”…
Touchings stuff from Five, the stablemate to OK!, the organ that which gave us the greatest Whitney tribute ever….
AMINE Derkauoui has shown the world the secret Facebook rules governing what content the site’s owners let the site’s 800million plus customers see. Content can be “flagged” by users as inappropriate. Staff at outsourced companies – paid as little as $1 an hour – then investigate. Derkauoui, a Moroccan employee, has leaked the Abuse Standards Violations (ASV) document. Facebook does not like sex. It bans breastfeeding photos. But hurting is ok:
“Deep flesh wounds are ok to show; excessive blood is ok to show. Crushed heads, limbs, etc, are ok as long as no insides are showing.”
Same-sex kissing is allowed. But “so long as no part of the [female] nipple is showing”. “Snot” is ok. Ear wax is banned.
LINDAY Lohan is to play the part of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s made-for-TV biopic Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story. No Taylor’s wide-load hair or iris-blue eyes. Lohan will play all of Taylor.
Lohan is turning into the Judge Judy reject who can play every Hollywood great. Having done Marilyn Monroe for Playboy, and now Liz Taylor for Lifetime, Lohan will soon be doing impressions of other Hollywood legends. She’s already had a stab at Ghandi. Who can forget when Lohan went to India for Lindsay Lohan’s Indian Journey , a charity-driven travelogue in which for reasons never explained oe just unfathomable to even the producers, the Herbie Fully Loaded star was sent to India to expose the country’s problem with child exploitation. Of course, the children ended up comforting Lohan, who looked like she needed it.
THE Sun newspaper is 40 years old this year. Brendan Montague looks back at a headline that never made it into the retrospective issue. Your writer once presented a feature on the BBC about tabloid journalism’s front pages. I never saw this one in the British Library’s exhibit. Brendan explains:
THE EVIL Sun front page showing NUM leader Arthur Scargill apparently giving a Nazi salute under the headline “Mine Fuhrer” has been revealed for the first time.
The-sauce.org has secured a world exclusive from a former mole at the News International printing plant in London’s Bouverie Street.
The leak comes 25 years to the day after the hard-right tabloid first tried to tar the Marxist union leader as a Nazi.
The Sun front page never made the light of day.
AT the Robin Coles catwalk show for London Fashion Week, Sophia Cahill, former Miss Wales, modelled a hat at The White Rabbit Studio, in London. Aside form that she was naked. Her nudity took nothing away from the lid, which as one male onlooker notes, was orange with bits of feather on…. It’s all about the tit for tat, as they say in London. Photos are of a nude and NSFW:
IS Google Street View art? Jon Rafman says it is. He;’s collected images form Google Street View and created a show “The Nine Eyes of Google Street View”:
One year ago , I started collecting screen captures of Google Street Views from a range of Street View blogs and through my own hunting. This essay illustrates how my Street View collections reflect the excitement of exploring this new, virtual world. The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project. At the same time, I acknowledge that this way of photographing creates a cultural text like any other, a structured and structuring space whose codes and meaning the artist and the curator of the images can assist in constructing or deciphering.
WANT to know how Whitney Houston really died? The National Enquirer has news. It knows how Whitney Houston “really died”. It says so on its front cover.
Whitney’s death has become a media sub-industry. The height of concern was emitted by one Danyl Johnson, an X Factor contestant who said on Facebook:
“I know that Whitney Houston & I didn’t see eye to eye, but another legend is lost.”
David Gest, a man without whom a celebrity death is incomplete, follows his words and TV documentary on Michael Jackson by telling Sun readers:
I FLEW out to Whitney’s home town of Newark on Friday to pay my respects at her memorial service the following day. My good friend of over 40 years, Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick, was Mistress of Ceremonies, presiding over the whole event. I have to say, no one could have done a better job…Afterwards she confided in me that she nearly broke down at one point. But she said: “I knew in my heart I had to hold it together.”…Whitney told me she could always confide in Pat [sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston] and nothing was ever leaked to the Press.
DARREN Gough was the top English bowler of his generation, but since retiring from professional cricket, Barnsley’s favourite Tory has hit even greater heights.
First he followed in the footsteps of fellow cricketing legend Ronnie Irani by joining talkSPORT, where he has won a loyal following with his bluff, no-nonsense Yorkshire attitude and his distinctive use of t‘English language. Then he developed his terpsichorean talents, and wowed the nation on Strickleh Com Dancin’.
Party faces – because you looked sooooo good at the club last night…
Posted: 20th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
DID you know that Mormons baptize Jews murdered in the holocaust? The victims of Nazi genocide don’t even get to own their souls. They get nothing. Mormons took it upon themselves to baptize Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Forrest Wickman explains
The church says it learned that such baptisms were occurring in 1991 and formally ordered a stop to them; when it received complaints from an organization of Holocaust survivors in 1995, it re-emphasized the directive and removed hundreds of thousands of names from genealogical records. Even so, members have disregarded the order again and again. … Mormons think of baptisms for the dead as a service to others, almost like adding family members’ names to a guest list. According to Mormon doctrine, dead people who are baptized by proxy don’t automatically join the church. Instead, they have the right to accept or reject the ordinance in the afterlife, and thus the chance to ascend to the highest levels in the afterlife, depending on what they decide.
BASKETBALL is not sport that has gripped Anorak – until now. The fans are winning us over by holding aloft giant faces when the opposition goes to shoot.
The last great craze in British football was the inflatable banana:
It was the 1988/89 football season that saw the inflatables craze really take off…. Frank had moved up to a six-foot crocodile but the rest of the fans had caught up with him. At a pub outside Hull he was joined by fans carrying a toucan, a seven foot golf club, a spitfire, a Red Baron and two bananas. At the ground there were still more: parrots, gorillas, panthers and literally hundreds of bananas… The movements reached it apogee in 1987 when four fans appeared at West Bromwich Albion’s ground carrying an inflatable paddling pool. Sharks and penguins were both represented. (Arsenal fans favoured the inflatable fried egg.)
At one end of the terrace stood Godzilla. Six foot tall, green and mean, this dinosaur was a match for anybody. At the other end of the terrace stood Frankenstein’s Monster. Slowly they baean to converge towards the centre of the terrace. The crowd roared.
Oh, how envious are we of the giant disembodied head. If the movement has hero it is Jackson Blankenship, a freshman at Alabama, who uses a massive photograph of his own face. Well, at least this way the fans can work out who not to sit behind. The pioneer was Conor Mongan:
“I was thinking of the most visually disturbing elements that could get into the peripheral of the shooter and kind of throw them off.”
Who would make the best head?
Posted: 20th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
SCULPTURES made from rubbish produce great shadows. Tim Noble and Sue Webster have gone to work and created these fine monuments to rubbish:
“The art of projection is emblematic of transformative art. The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’ a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.”
Posted: 19th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
TO Brazil, for the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo. The show was made as a tribute to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In Brazil, the ex-leaders get naked babes and rhythmic men with girded loins. Forget the pomp and circumstance and gerrum out for national unity…
Posted: 19th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
NATALIE Gulbis is naked save for body paint in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. When not being a walking doodle or advertising swimmers, Natalie Gulbis is playing golf. Will body paint be the new look for all golfers? Golf is strict on matters of attire and chances are Natalie will need to wear a painted tie, sock braces and a vest sensible tucked into the hem of a pair of knickers. In time, all courses will have paintologist who will hold a template to all naked lady players and spray through the gaps before a match. To maintain decorum, gentlemen in suits will ladies’ ball balls on tees. Golf is not a spot that goes out of it way to attract perverts. (They just seem to like it…)
Posted: 17th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
SHAMELESS Nostalgia journeys to the 1970s to showcase: Robert Plant in his budgie smugglers; Keith Richards wondering who or what Mick Jagger is; Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific; Sleazy 70s Stag Films; Live and Let Live with Kloss; a Ravioli Smile; the Sex Pistols are childminders; Stoned Again with Robert Crumb; and Needlepoint for men…
Spotters: here and here
Posted: 16th, February 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0