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Jackie said ‘no’ to Rolling Stone: how the magazine passed the University of Virginia rape story

sabrina rubin erdelySo. How did Jackie’s story of being a victim of gang rage at a University of Virginia fraternity ever make it into Rolling Stone? She didn’t want it in print. But the story fitted an agenda.

It was published.

Rather than being a shining beacon of truth and light in a pit of hidden depravity on campus, the horror has become like those 1980s stories of ritualised Satanic Abuse and other tales that instil fear and panic in the reader.

Rolling Stone’s veteran Matt Taibbi’s is aghast. He tweets:

* A few words about this UVA business, since people are asking…

* First, like everyone else at the magazine, I’m both mortified and sorry — for the public, for anyone affected, and for the source herself.

* Managing Editor Will Dana is a mentor and friend who has always had my back and is one of the few true good people in this business.* I’m broken up for him.

* People also need to understand that the mistake here did not involve the fact-checking department.

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Posted: 7th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kyron Horman says: let’s tie Terri Horman to a tree and beat her with sticks

n this June 11, 2010 file photo, the family of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, from left, Tony Young, his mother Desiree Young, his stepmother Terri Horman and his father Kaine Horman stand together during a news conference, in Portland, Ore.

n this June 11, 2010 file photo, the family of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, from left, Tony Young, his mother Desiree Young, his stepmother Terri Horman and his father Kaine Horman stand together during a news conference, in Portland, Ore.

 

Kyron Horman – Anorak’s look at the story of the misssing Oregon child in the news. And the news is that police do not know what happened to Kyron Horman. They do not yet know if a crime befell him. The entire investigation is based on one thing: getting Kyron’s step-mother, Terri Mouton Horman, to tell them she did it. Only, she says she didn’t. And the local police’s ham-fisted attempts to entrap her and work with the media to force a confession have failed miserably.

If this case ever comes before a judge, you wonder how it has not already been prejudiced.

The hunt for Kyron Horman has battered freedom, not boosted it. The media-led public criminalisation of someone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime should give you goosebumps.

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Posted: 5th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (17) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Tropes: the Daily Star holds the front page for Big Brother

The Daily Star (prop. Richard Desmond) often leads with news of Big Brother, the show on Channel 5 (prop. R. Desmond).

Do the ownber’s business interests impace on the Star’s editorial policy? Of course not. It’s just that Big Brother (peop. R. Desmond) is such huge news is must be on the front page. These headlines appeared on the paper of record in 2014. We haven’t included the small front-page snippets, just the big splashes:

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Posted: 4th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Tropes: The Daily Express cured Alzheimer’s in 2014

The Daily Express spent a large part of 2014 talking about Dementia. The story never went anywhere, but then… do its readers know?

 

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Posted: 4th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Arrests, Clues And Trolls: All The 2014 Front Pages

Madeleine McCann is the story that keeps on spinning. When the innocent child went missing, the voracious media embarked on a feeding frenzy. Kate and Gerry McCann, her parents, were libelled, so too was Robert Murat. Books were written. TV shows were inspired. Fact became merged with fiction. Sensation was presented as truth. And all the while the child the press renamed ‘Our Maddie’ remained vanished.

2014 has not been a bumper year for storirs of Out Maddie, but there have been many many front page, mostly in the Daily Express, Daily Star and Daily Mirror. The paper talk is off “Maddie Cops” making arrests “soon”, “suspects”, “quizzes”, “diggings”, “clues” and “trolls”.

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Posted: 3rd, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Crap Advent Calendars: One Direction’s Niall Horan Does A Runny Poo

Much excitement at Anorak Towers are we open the flaps on the first One Direction advent calendar window.

 

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The first flaps are situated on Niall Horan’s backside.

 

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D’lish.

Five boys one runny cip.

 

Posted: 1st, December 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Effects Of The Abortion Ban On Teenage Girls And Men In El Salvador

El Salvador hs banned abortion. Amnesty has distilled the effects of this horror into an animated video:

 

Any woman seeking an abortion is now a criminal.

Open Democracy has more:

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Posted: 27th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


From #IS To #Ferguson: Drugged Jihadis Offer To Kill For Justice And Muslim Converts In America

Ferguson is burning. And on the web, a Islamic State jihadi makes the poepls burning and marching for justice an offer:

Accept islam & give bayah to abu bakr al baghdadi & then we will send u soldiers that dont sleep !

Convert to militant, murderous Islam and the Islamic State will ride into Ferguson to murder the Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhsits and ban your sister and mum from going out alone.

Sure one white cop killed an unarmed black man, but he enver tried hard enough. With IS, lots of armed Muslims will kill millions of unarmed people. Think big, Ferguson!  Freedom is yours to grasp!

Crisis over, America, you’ve just be raffirmed.

 

 

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If The Beastie Boys did Jihad

 

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Posted: 26th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Westminster Paedos: Spartacus, The D-Notices, Martin Allen Returns And A Liverpool Shrine

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Westminster child abuse: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the story of politicians sexually abusing children.

Yesterday the Home Secretary Theresa May went on Andrew Marr’s BBC show to tell everyone:

“How was it that in the past, but continuing today, the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so? Why was it that these abuses were able to take place and that nobody was brought to justice as a result of that. We must as a society, I believe, get to the truth of that and because I think what we’re seeing is frankly – what we’ve already seen revealed – is only the tip of the iceberg on this issue.”

That was incredible. In looking for a conspiracy in the Tory Party over the 1970s and 1980s, a leading Tory adds her weight to the whispers. The top of the iceberg is based on very little fact. Is the iceberg just more of the same?

Mrs May has announced an independent inquiry to look into past abuse claims. The inquiry has been delayed by the resignations of Baroness Butler-Sloss and Fiona Woolf, the government’s first two choices to chair it.

Both stepped down after criticism over their personal links to senior figures from the 1980s. But speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Mrs May said it was “so important” to have the wide-ranging inquiry.

 

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Police are at the pre-inquiry inquiry stage. They have been presented with many claims but few facts.

Mrs May said it was still “not possible” to say whether there had been a cover-up over the claims, despite a review into how the Home Office dealt with files alleging abuse from 1979-99.

The independent review by Peter Wanless, head of the NSPCC, which was published earlier this month, said it was impossible to say whether files were removed to cover up abuse – but found nothing to support such a claim.

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Posted: 24th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tommie Rose’s Treats Will Settle Your Jamie Oliver Indigestion

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Tommie Rose, 15, made what the Daily Mirror calls a “fortune” by selling food to his fellow pupils at Buile Hill High School, Salford. He employs casual labour, paying two mates £5.50 a day. Tommie earns £60-£70a day. Not too shabby.

But rather than being praised, Tommie Rose is being threaned with expulsion unless he gives up the day job.

Tommie has been here before. In 2011, he was suspended for 10 days for selling his lovely treats at the Oasis Academy in Salford. So. He changed schools. And he set about earning some more dough.

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Posted: 21st, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Emily Thornberry And Labour Hate ‘White Man’s Gulch’

Poor old Emily Thornberry. She’s the Labour MP who mocked Dan Ware’s home in Rochester.  Dan lives in home that displays flags supporting his country and West Ham United FC. He drives a white van. Intrepid Emily, who had journeyed from Islington to a neat road in Kent where working people live, thought it a hoot to show this cultural oddity to her Twitter followers.

We say poor Emily becuase having resigned her job in the shadow cabinet, Emily could argue she was only giving Labour suppoters what they wanted.

Mocking the white working class is ok, you see. Sure, the Daily Mirror today asks:

What does shadow Labour minister Emily Thornberry mean by this photo?

 

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The Mirror quotes other Labour MPs, keen to show that not all the Party’s MPs are possess the Victorian colonial spirit:

Labour MP Simon Danczuk saying: “We all know what she was trying to imply. I’ve talked about this previously. It’s like the Labour party has been hijacked by the North London liberal elite and it’s comments like that which reinforce that view.”

Labour colleague Chris Bryant said: “The Labour Party was founded on the basis that everybody should be treated equally and that’s why Emily herself has said it’s a bit of an own goal.”

But Anorak readers will recall that its not just the London Labour elite who think white van man is a national embarrassment.

Mirror columnsit Brian Reade, a Liverpudlian, once journeyed to south-east London. In light of the murder of black teeanger Stephen Lawrence by a gang of white racists, Eltham was in the news. What he wrote was truly appalling:

Welcome to the Brook Estate in Eltham, south east London. The breeding ground of four of the five men accused of stabbing Stephen Lawrence to death as he waited for a bus a short walk away on the eve of St George’s Day six years ago.

Five products of a twisted philosophy drummed into them from birth. “If they’re black, stab ‘em in the back.”…

A way of life passed down from father to son. You see the link emerge in the fading white graffiti sprayed 30 years ago on the walls of the old railway bridges around the estate, written by the last generation of Eltham Boyz. In three feet high letters: “SKINHEADS.”…

Give me the father and I’ll give you the son who will give you the son who will abuse, persecute and even kill another human being for committing the heinous crime of not being born white.

Racism was inherited. Get the killers and purge the land.

This is White Man’s Gulch… This is E-reg Escort-land.

So much for anti-discrimination, eh. When did the entire white working class become pariahs?

GK Chesterton put it well:

“We are always ready to make a saint or prophet of the educated man who goes into cottages to give a little kindly advice to the uneducated,’ he wrote. But the real saints and prophets – those of the middle ages – were uneducated men ‘who walked into grand houses to give a little kindly advice to the educated.’ The wisdom of the poor was once deployed to moralise the rich; now that of the rich is used to demoralise the poor.”

Kicking the white working class is acceptable. What began with targeting football fans with new forms of control now extends to what car you drive and your home decor.

Emily Thornberry is not a rarity. She’s typical.

Posted: 21st, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Westminster Paedophiles: The Elm Guest House, Vishal Mehrotra And Whispers

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THE Westminster Peadophile ring story continues to build:

The Times:

The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers said its files could provide evidence for Scotland Yard’s investigation of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring. Roger Stoodley said he would be delighted if the Metropolitan police were to reopen Operation Orchid, the inquiry into the Sidney Cooke gang, which abducted, abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Posted: 20th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Sun Says: Sick Footballers Bully Gemma Collins By Comparing Her To Wayne Rooney And Shrek

GEMMA Collins is out the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! jungle and the Sun says she’s been bullied. No, not by a TV producer encouraging her to eat a kangaroo’s anus. Gemma’s been bullied by footballers on Twitter!

QUEENS Park Rangers ace Charlie Austin, 25, branded Gemma “the female Shrek” in a string of abusive posts on Twitter. His ex-Burnley team-mates Kieran Trippier, George Porter and Kevin Long also joined in.

Calling Gemma Collins Shrek is appalling. Hats off to the Sun for highlighting this shocking abuse:

 

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Calling another human being Shrek is a shocking low, says the Sun:

 

 

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The Sun ends with:

Their taunts came as the FA rolled out a week-long anti-bullying campaign.

Footballers are such bullies – even the ones who look like Shrek…

Posted: 20th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Worst DJ Event Ever! A My Little Pony Disco Inferno

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EVER been to a disco that made you feel awkward, terrible and upset at the realisation that you were among your people?

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Posted: 19th, November 2014 | In: Anorak TV, Key Posts, Music | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Matt Taylor’s Shirt Lifts Off: Feminists Have Us In Stitches

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AND on its goes, the row over Dr Matt Taylor’s shirt.

Dr Sheldon:

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Mariah Hedges:

“Modern feminists’ focus on behaviour, its propensity for censorship and its increasingly anti-man rhetoric, is creating a dogmatic and divisive feminism that turns women into victims who need protecting from the big, bad world, rather than equipping women with the tools to tackle real issues of gender inequality.”

Jonah Goldberg:

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Posted: 19th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Free Speech: The FA Wants Malky Mackay Charged With Thought Crimes

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay with player recruitment staff member Iain Moody (left) before the game

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay with player recruitment staff member Iain Moody (left) before the game

 

EAT your heart out Ched Evans, writing in the Telegraph Jason Burt turns his gaze on Malky Mackay, the former Cardiff City manger whose offensive private emails became a public stick with which to beat him.

It was alleged Mackay shared racist, homophobic and misoynistic texts with former Cardiff colleague Iain Moody, who resigned his position as Crystal Palace sporting director shortly after the messages came to light.

Let’s look again at what was found:

“Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers.” On football agent Phil Smith.

“He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted.” Referring to an official at another club.

“Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.” Referring to a list of potential signings.

“I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies”

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Posted: 17th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jimmy Savile Compensation: Victims Roll Up To The Great Charity Give Away

Slogans painted on the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile in Glencoe, Scotland.

Slogans painted on the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile in Glencoe, Scotland.

 

HOW much does one of Sir Jimmy Savile’s victims get? The Sun knows:

OUTRAGED victims of Jimmy Savile have been told to expect payouts of just £7,500.

Surely the victims are more outraged that the BBC and NHS’s pet paedo got away with his alleged crimes?

Those targeted by the sex beast are expected to reject the “pitiful” compensation. It is thought people who were raped by the late DJ may get slightly more.

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Posted: 16th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Incredible Pre-Photoshop Photo Of Kim Kardashian’s Ass For Paper Magazine

WHEN Kim Kardashain’s naked backside “broke the internet”, our pal Erin picked up her skewer.

 

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Posted: 13th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Daily Mail History Of The Great British Sandwich

The Daily Mail aks a question about the Great British Sandwich:

 

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Rightly, the death of the Great British sandwich (surely the hungry editor’s yell as a headline – ed) has been highlighted by the paper of record. A Great British traditional is being undone by foreigners.

Let’s take a look at the Great British sandwich in history.

 

The Inventor:

 

Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, who is a direct descendent of the inventor of the sandwich, poses for members of the media during the opening of his first hot sandwich bar, in central London, Monday April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, who is a direct descendent of the inventor of the sandwich, poses for members of the media during the opening of his first hot sandwich bar, in central London, Monday April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Posted: 10th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


I Can See The Music: Vinly Records At 1000 Magnification

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EVER wonder what a needle on a vinyl record looks like at 1000x magnification?

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Here’s what it looks like in action:

 

Spotter: @marcrobichaud

Posted: 8th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


American Soccer’s Greatest Players: When Football Went Disco

A passerby scratches his head as he studies a sign posted in a window at Warner Communications, Inc., on Tuesday, June 11, 1975 in Rockefeller Center at New York, announcing the appearance of Brazilian soccer great Pele on Sunday as a member of the New York Cosmos, a professional soccer team owned by Warner. (AP Photo/ Ron Frehm)

A passerby scratches his head as he studies a sign posted in a window at Warner Communications, Inc., on Tuesday, June 11, 1975 in Rockefeller Center at New York, announcing the appearance of Brazilian soccer great Pele on Sunday as a member of the New York Cosmos, a professional soccer team owned by Warner. (AP Photo/ Ron Frehm)

 

NEW YORK COSMOS have had a bewildering array of fantastic players, and the latest in the club’s bumpy history is the Spanish legend, Raul. The Real Madrid superhuman decided to come out of retirement to play for the club made famous by Pele.

As well as being a player, Raul is all set to take on the role of technical adviser to the club’s soon-to-be opened youth academy, which he’ll look after when he’s retired.

“Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” Raul said in a statement. “They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honoured to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

 

 

Of course, moving to New York doesn’t hurt either, and no doubt, he’ll be on fantastic amounts of money. You’d be mad not to!

Likewise, back in the ’70s and ’80s, footballers from all over the world saw the footballing goldrush of America. When the NASL started to become more popular and investors started throwing their money around, everyone started taking notice.

It was the arrival of Pele at NY Cosmos that saw the floodgates open and a huge number of footballers going Stateside for a huge paycheck and all the coke and champagne they could stomach in America’s disco clubs.

 

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So with that, let us look at some of the true greats that moved to America, just like David Villa and Frank Lampard are doing in the winter of their careers right now.

And be sure to watch all the videos because there’s a corker tucked away in there.

 

Johann Cruyff

The mighty Cruyff left Europe to play in the sunshine, ending up playing for the Washington Diplomats and LA Aztecs. He, of course, scored one of the most memorable goals in the league’s history.

 

 

Pele

The player that really opened America up was Pele when he moved to the NY Cosmos. Little needs to be said about that, other than it must’ve been absolutely brilliant in New York with all those superstars dossing about the place.

 

 

George Best

Post Manchester United, it feels like Georgie Best played for just about everyone. Somewhere in there, he managed to sup his way around America, working on his tan at Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and San Jose Earthquakes. Between one-night stands and hangovers, he managed to score the NASL’s greatest goal.

 

 

Franz Beckenbauer

Also at NY Cosmos was the technical brilliance of Der Kaiser. You can imagine he took it all quite seriously, which must have been borderline hilarious to everyone else there.

 

 

Eusebio

Eusebio left his beloved Benfica and decided to get one last payday. America beckoned and he found himself lording it up with the Boston Minutemen, Toronto Metros-Croatia and Las Vegas Quicksilvers. Openly in it for the money, but no-one minded. He’s Eusebio. He can do what he wants.

 

 

Giorgio Chinaglia

Napoli legend, Chinaglia rocked up at the New York Cosmos like he owned the place, regardless of who was there. Arrogant, bullish and egocentric, Chinaglia was the disco strut of that famous team and he knew it. However, he wasn’t Pele, which drove him mad. Cue: sporting soap operas galore!

 

 

Geoff Hurst

World Cup winner Geoff Hurst buggered off to play for the Seattle Sounders. He banged some goals in and picked up his money. Below, you can see his debut. He must have wondered what he’d let himself in for.

 

 

Carlos Alberto

Pele’s captain, Carlos Alberto also went to the NY Cosmos. It doesn’t matter what he did or didn’t do, because he’s Carlos Alberto who scored perhaps the most perfect goal in World Cup history.

 

 

Gerd Muller

The brilliant Munich hitman, Gerd Muller, went to Ft Lauderdale and thrashed a load of goals in while growing an absolutely magnificent beard (as seen above with a disappointingly clean-shaven George Best). 38 goals in 71 appearances, and then he rightly put his feet up.

 

 

AND FINALLY

Peter Withe made his way to America, playing for the Portland Timbers. The best record of his time there is getting involved in a tussle the a player and squaring up to a referee just after a cameraman gets taken out with a thunderous clearance from close range. Bravo lads. Bravo.

 

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Crap Cockneys: And The Nominations For The Worst London Accent Are…

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And the nominations for the worst London accent are…

 

Dick van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

The mother lode. To quote his song, ‘even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious’, there is something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious about Dick’s seminal cockney performance…

 

 

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Posted: 25th, October 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Harry Roberts Story: He Kills Coppers

The three London police officers shot and killed in Braybrook Street, West London. From left: PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41; Temporary Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 25, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 30

The three London police officers shot and killed in Braybrook Street, West London. From left: PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41; Temporary Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 25, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 30

 

ON 12 Dec 1966, Harry Roberts, John Witney and John Duddy were convicted of the murders of David Wombwell, Christopher Head and Geoffrey Fox.

 

Oblivious of the drama that was going on, a small bow hiding his identity under a Dalek suit, was among the very few spectators as John Edward Witney was ushered out of the West London Magistrate's Court. The boys just went on playing their games. Date: 31/08/1966

Oblivious of the drama that was going on, a small bow hiding his identity under a Dalek suit, was among the very few spectators as John Edward Witney was ushered out of the West London Magistrate’s Court. The boys just went on playing their games.
Date: 31/08/1966

 

The murders were known as the Shepherd’s Bush murders as well as the Massacre of Braybrook Street.

 

The crime scene, featuring the Q-car and body of DS Christopher Head lying in the road

The crime scene, featuring the Q-car and body of DS Christopher Head lying in the road

 

On 12 August 1966:

Harry Roberts, John Witney and John Duddy were sitting in a Standard Vanguard estate preparing for a robbery when 3 unarmed policemen in plain clothes – David Wombwell, Christopher Head and Geoffrey Fox – pulled up near them in a Triumph 2000 Q-car, and started asking questions about their insurance and MOT.

 

The latest British car - the Triumph 2000, a four-door five-seater saloon - at the Motor Show at Earls Court in London. Date: 15/10/1963

The latest British car – the Triumph 2000, a four-door five-seater saloon – at the Motor Show at Earls Court in London.
Date: 15/10/1963

 

Because they were carrying guns and thought were would be arrested they shot the policemen dead and drove off. A local resident made a note of the van number plate and they were later caught.

 

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Screens surround the crime scene and a policeman stands guard. The officers, cruising in a police car were shot when they stopped to question men in another car. In the background is Wormwood Scrubs prison. Date: 13/08/1966

 

The hunt for the killers was on:

 

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A small boy and a mother holding her baby look on today as police talk to the householders at the scene of the killing of three policemen by gunmen. Policemen have left their helmets in the road while they seek clues to the killers.

A small boy and a mother holding her baby look on today as police talk to the householders at the scene of the killing of three policemen by gunmen. Policemen have left their helmets in the road while they seek clues to the killers.

 

The Independent recalled the murders:

As two of the officers started to search the van, Roberts drew a 9mm Luger pistol and shot DC Wombwell through the left eye, and then shot DS Head in the back as he tried to flee. As the dying officer staggered away Roberts tried to shoot him in the head, but his gun jammed twice.

PC Fox had remained in the police car. Duddy fired a revolver at the officer twice from close range through the passenger window. Both bullets missed, but a third shot hit him in the left temple. The shot caused the policeman’s foot to push down on the accelerator and the car jumped forward, running over the body of DS Head and getting stuck there, with smoke pouring from its rear wheels. All three Metropolitan Police officers died from the gunshot wounds.

 

 

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Roberts went on the run, hiding on Epping Forest.

 

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It took 96 days before he was caught after one of the biggest manhunts the British police had mounted.

 

Mr William Morris, 61, standing near the hay barn on his farm, Blounts Farm, near Bishops Stortford, Herfordshire, where Harry Roberts is thought to have spent the night before his capture. Farmer Morris said he had driven the captured man to Bishop Stortford after his arrest by two armed police sergeants. Harry Roberts was charged with the murder of three policemen at Braybrook Street, East Acton, London, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Date: 15/11/1966

Mr William Morris, 61, standing near the hay barn on his farm, Blounts Farm, near Bishops Stortford, Herfordshire, where Harry Roberts is thought to have spent the night before his capture. Farmer Morris said he had driven the captured man to Bishop Stortford after his arrest by two armed police sergeants.

 

Roberts knew how to hide. He would later say:

“I was a sergeant and we used to go out on ambushes in the jungle. I would fire the first shot and then everyone would blast away… When I returned to Britain, I took up my old life as a criminal. I teamed up with Witney and we did dozens of armed robberies together – on betting shops, post offices. The most I earned was £1,000 from a single job. Witney was the eldest, the boss: he knew the best places to rob. Duddy joined us later…

“I was only caught because I was stupid. I had been trying to break open a safe at a * * factory and was late getting back to my camp. I had to cross a main road and had a blue holdall with me – no one in the country had a bag like that.”

The police sergeants Peter Smith (left) and Oswald Thorne who found Harry Roberts in a storage hanger some 300 yards from Thornley Woods near Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire. Date: 15/11/1966

The police sergeants Peter Smith (left) and Oswald Thorne who found Harry Roberts in a storage hanger some 300 yards from Thornley Woods near Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire. Date: 15/11/1966

 

All three were sentenced to life in prison.

John Duddy died in Parkhurst prison on 8 February 1981.

John Witney was released in 1991.

 

Police and members of the public line Uxbridge, London, as a procession of 14 cars brings the three coffins of the policemen, shot on the 12th August, to St. Stephens Church for the funeral service. The three London police officers shot and killed in Braybrook Street, West London were PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41; Temporary Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 25, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 30. Harry Roberts, John Duddy and John Witney were all convicted of murder and possession of firearms and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Police and members of the public line Uxbridge, London, as a procession of 14 cars brings the three coffins of the policemen, shot on the 12th August, to St. Stephens Church for the funeral service.

 

Roberts lives. In 2004, he spoke to the media. He had served 30 years and wanted parole:

“I don’t want to be Harry Roberts the cop killer. The media talk as if the shootings were yesterday: this keeps alive this image of me as a 30-year-old cop killer. I’m not that person any more. The Home Secretary is just responding to the media hype about me. When does punishment becomes vengeance? I feel my treatment has turned into institutionalised vengeance.”

 

 

His time in prison had not been uneventful:

 

The Times, March 30, 1973

The Times, March 30, 1973

 

In 2009, The Mail alleged that Roberts was no victim:

In April, The Mail on Sunday exclusively revealed how from his cell Roberts orchestrated a five-year campaign of intimidation against Joan Cartwright, 65, and her son, including horrific attacks on her animals. Mrs Cartwright works at an animal sanctuary in the Midlands, where Roberts worked on day release from Sudbury open prison.
When she secretly complained about his behaviour, he was moved from an open prison to a closed one.

But he then initiated his hate campaign in a bid to stop Mrs Cartwright and her son giving evidence against him at a parole hearing. The triple murderer rang Mrs Cartwright up to five times a week for nearly four years from Channings Wood prison in Devon.

The calls included terrifying veiled threats that coincided with the attacks on her animals. In the worst incident, a horse’s head was hacked at with an axe the night before Mrs Cartwright and her son were due to give evidence.

Another of Mrs Cartwright’s horses had to be put down days after her husband Peter had resisted giving Roberts a character reference. Other assaults between 2002 and 2006 led to a horse losing an eye; a donkey dying after its pelvis was shattered, probably with a baseball bat; the family’s pet cat being electrocuted, and a peacock being strangled.

Roberts also coerced Mrs Cartwright to visit him in jail, so he could repeat his threats to her face.

Not nice. But Roberts’ is a folk hero to some, well at least to those who want to cock a snook at the cops. His name continues to be evoked in song:

“Harry Roberts is our friend, is our friend, is our friend / Harry Roberts is our friend, he kills coppers.”

 

 

The band Chumbawamba replaced Hare Krishna with a tribute to Harry Roberts:

 

 

You can buy a Harry Roberts T-shirt:

 

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And you can watch the TV show of the novel:

 

he kills coppers

The Times reviews:

He Kills Coppers, confidently adapted by Ed Whitmore from the Jake Arnott novel, is based on the story of Roberts, a small time, semi-deranged crook who knew how to use guns because he had handled them in the Army.

 

 

The Times again:

He Kills Coppers is superior, feel-the-lining-on-this stuff – bafflingly good for ITV1. Spall is a low, sure, hypnotic note – a cocksure, slightly bent rookie detective in 1966; all fags, Brylcreem and tarts. The great casting continues with the mesmeric Kelly Reilly as a prostitute who is both fragile and brassily capable: a certain kind of working-class girl you got in “the olden days”, who was a feminist before feminism was invented

After the deaths come the myth and the glamour…

The article first apepared on Flashbak.

Spotters: National Archives, Black Kalendar

Posted: 24th, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


FIGHT! The Most Brutal Sporting Punch-Ups Ever

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PROFESSIONAL sports (and amateur events) can, as we all know, get a little bit out of hand. Players pump themselves up for the occasion and, sometimes, all the wiring in the athlete goes wrong and that energy is transferred into violence.

This weekend, in Rugby League’s Grand Final, we saw super rivals Wigan taking on St Helens and, in the opening minutes of the game, Lance Hohaia found himself on the end of a beating from Ben Flower.

You can see the video below, along with some of sports most brutal punch-ups.

Naturally, this isn’t a positive endorsement of professional sportsmen punching the crap out of each other, but obviously, there’s something hair-raisingly exciting about it too.

That’s why we watch boxing.

Anyway, here we go with some of the most brutal, and in some cases, baffling fights in sports history. If you have a favourite, tweet us or tell us about it in the comments.

 

Flower vs Hohaia

As previously mentioned, Ben Flower did his Wigan team no favours after attacking Saints’ Hohaia in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. One punch is deemed acceptable in rugby – the second one is the one that’ll tarnish Flower’s reputation.

 

 

Duncan McRae vs Ronan O’Gara

Rugby Union has had a fair number of dust-ups too, and one of the most notorious is the occasion when New South Wales played the British Lions, which saw McRae delivering a savage 11 punches to O’Gara’s face.

 

 

Meath vs Mayo

The GAA is essentially organised pain, so punch-ups are to be expected. However, the one that went above and beyond was the 1996 All-Ireland match between Mayo and Meath. Thing is, half of these lads will have had work the next morning.

 

 

Braves v Padres

There’s loads of baseball brawls to choose from, but the most notorious in the MLB is the Braves versus Padres. They didn’t just have one scrap – they basically fought each other for the whole game. Both Atlanta manager Joe Torre and San Diego manager Dick Williams were fined while four players and Williams got suspended. Even the fans got involved. Would you be daft enough to start a fight in a place where there are that many baseball bats lying around?

 

 

Tuilagi vs Ashton

Manu Tuilagi is a handy lad as it is, but in the Leicester-Northampton semi final in 2011, he received a yellow card for his assault on Chris Ashton. Tuilagi was later given a 5-week ban for his punch.

 

 

Aussie Rules Sleeper Hold

Brian Lake, one of the most talented Aussie Rules footballers of his generation, got into a tussle with Drew Petrie. In Hawthorn’s match with North Melbourne, Lake decided to strangle Petrie on the pitch. For ages. Lake was charged with misconduct by the AFL Match Review Panel. If it was any other sport, you can only imagine the punishment that would’ve been handed out.

 

 

Todd Bertuzzi v Steve Moore

Ice Hockey prides itself on its rucks, but there’s one punch that resonates more loudly than any other. Mention Todd Bertuzzi to anyone who watches hockey, and chances are, they’ll wince. In 2004, Bertuzzi was found guilty of criminal assault for causing actual bodily harm for the suckerpunch that fractured three of Moore’s vertebrae and ended his NHL career.

 

 

Maradona vs Bilbao

Tired of being kicked-around, Diego Maradona let out his darkness while playing for Barcelona against Bilbao. This is one of the most well-known fights in football, and for good reason.

 

 

Malice at the Palace

The Indiana Pacers took on the Detroit Pistons in a match that would become known as the ‘Malice at the Palace’. There’s a scuffle on the court, which ends up moving into the stands, with Ron Artest fighting members of the crowd. Absolutely insane.

 

 

Ivan Rovny v Gianluca Brambilla

Cycling is a ruthless and cruel sport, but there’s not many fistfights. That’s why everyone was so shocked when Rovny and Brambilla started trading blows in the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España. As if they hadn’t put their bodies through enough.

 

Posted: 13th, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oil Wars: Saudi Arabian Terror And Obama’s Subservience Are At The Heart Of The IS Crisis

The President of the USA Barack Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, before the official G20 photocall with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Picture date: Wednesday April 1, 2009.

The President of the USA Barack Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, before the official G20 photocall with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Picture date: Wednesday April 1, 2009.

IS Saudi Arabia at the heart of the IS crisis?

Last year, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was the enemy. He had crossed Barack Obama’s “red line”, the President of America reasoning that shooting people in the face was not as bad as poisoining them.

The Saudis want Assad gone.

The WSJ noted a deal:

When Mr. Kerry [US Secretary of State JohnKerry]  touched down in Jeddah to meet with King Abdullah on Sept. 11, he didn’t know for sure what else the Saudis were prepared to do. The Saudis had informed their American counterparts before the visit that they would be ready to commit air power—but only if they were convinced the Americans were serious about a sustained effort in Syria. The Saudis, for their part, weren’t sure how far Mr. Obama would be willing to go, according to diplomats.

The US needed a big Arab ally to get ISIS. So:

The Americans knew a lot was riding on a Sept. 11 meeting with the king of Saudi Arabia at his summer palace on the Red Sea. A year earlier, King Abdullah had fumed when President Barack Obama called off strikes against the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. This time, the U.S. needed the king’s commitment to support a different Syrian mission—against the extremist group Islamic State—knowing there was little hope of assembling an Arab front without it.

At the palace, Secretary of State John Kerry requested assistance up to and including air strikes, according to U.S. and Gulf officials. “We will provide any support you need,” the king said.

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