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A history of British cycling in brilliant photos – 1895 to the present

ITS as easy as riding a bike. So they say. It turns out that the British are rather good at riding bicycles. We’ve trawled the archives and can bring you the history of British cycling in photos – 1895 to the present:

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Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race rides up the Champs Elysees with his son during a parade after the last stage of the race in Paris, France, Sunday July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Posted: 3rd, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Ride of Death – The scary 1940s cycling safety pamphlet

SIR Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins have got us all on our bikes. But a word of warning. “A RIDE OF DEATH” is a brochure from the 1940s, produced by the police Safety Council. Children were taught that just looking at a bicycle would you killed. It’s not just the sharp bits of exploding metal that slice your skin. It’s the cars. The buses. The lights. The night. The transport plane. The pavements that “suddenly appear” and causes death…

Spotter: Gene Gable

Posted: 3rd, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The best and worst Olympic protests

Protest1 The best and worst Olympic protests WHEN the Spanish water polo coach considered ordering his team to stay in the pool, and South Korean fencer Shin Lam’s refused to leave the platform in protest over the circumstances of her defeat to Germany’s Britta Heidemann, they was following in a long, and sometimes noble Olympic tradition of protest…

Protest2 The best and worst Olympic protests

1968: Vera Cavlaska

Protest3 The best and worst Olympic protests

Vera was the gymnastic superstar of her day, and on course for another gold medal until the judges got together for a mysterious conflab, after which they elevated the Soviet silver medalist to joint-gold.

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Posted: 2nd, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


School holds Dress Up Your Dead Possum day – photos

TO Taranaki, Zealand, where pupils at Uruti School are competing for the d3ad of Best Dead Possum Dresser Upper. School headmistress Pauline Sutton explains:
“When people die, don’t we dress them up?” 
Christ on a bike! Here’s the gallery. (Some possums might, of course, be alive)…

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Posted: 2nd, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The greatest moment ever – what’s yours?

BEFORE we bring you “OH MY GOD. I JUST WITNESSED THE SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY”, a personal recollection of a trip down the Jubilee Line on the London Underground. The train stopped for too long at Willesden Green station. Two knobs sat on the platform’s seats by an open door began to point and laugh at fellow passengers. The lads swore loudly, offered insults aplenty and discussed how they might rush the carriage and batter us all. This went on for minutes. Then it happened. A man a few seats to my right had been reading. He put down his book. Put down his reading glasses. Stepped from the train. And before the lads could finish their address – “Look at this cun…” – had smacked them both in their heads. Hard. He then stepped back onto the carriage. The doors shut and we headed off.

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Posted: 2nd, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is @Rileyy_69 the victim of a Twithunt? Racist tweeters want teenage boy raped for Tom Daly tweets

 Is @Rileyy 69 the victim of a Twithunt? Racist tweeters want teenage boy raped for Tom Daly tweetsDORSET-based twitter user @Rileyy_69, 17, was so upset that Tom Daly failed to win a Olympics medal for diving that he tweeted the teenage sportsman:

“You let your dad down I hope you know that.”

Rob Daley was his son’s mentor. The 40-year-old died of brain cancer in May 2011.

Daley retweeted that. He added:

“After giving it my all… you get idiots sending me this.”

@Rileyy69 wrote back:

“I’m sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I’m just annoyed we didn’t win I’m sorry tom accept my apology.”

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Posted: 31st, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Intruders – a history of unwelcome guests at big events

madhura nagendra 195x300 Intruders   a history of unwelcome guests at big events WHO was the mystery woman in red top and jeans, marching proudly at the front of the Indian delegation during the athletes’ parade at the Olympics ceremony? Madhura Nagendra, a member of the Danny Boyle cast, as it turned out.

Red faces all round, but no harm done.

In the end, the whole business was a storm in a teacup – one of the few British pastimes, incidentally, to NOT get a name-check in Boyle’s eccentric celebration.

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Posted: 31st, July 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The funniest London 2012 parodies in photos

THE 2012 Olympics are there to be shot at:

Spotters: zimb5, B3ta

Posted: 31st, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your 2012 London Olympics horoscope

 Your 2012 London Olympics horoscope THE 2012 Olympics commenced at … ah, we have a problem. HM The Queen declared the Games open at 12:18am on July 28, 2012. But the Olympic Cauldron was lit at 12:35am. The starting moment is crucial to an accurate horoscope; fortunately, both times produce very similar charts in this particular instance. So, let’s go with 12:18am given it’s the time of the Queen’s command. I have used the Equal House system.

This gives us a chart ruler of Venus with Taurus rising; and Venus itself is in the 1st house – very well aspected, trining Mars and Saturn, underscoring an essential harmony to the intense rivalry at the heart of the Games. Venus also rules the Olympics’ 5th House in which Mars is located, and H6 via Saturn, under Libra.

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Posted: 31st, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


G4S ‘baby killer’ gives Olympic archery it’s Joan of Arc moment

 G4S baby killer gives Olympic archery its Joan of Arc momentTO Lord’s cricket ground where an “Asian” G4S worker providing security for the archers has called a soldier, a veteran of the Afghan war, a “baby killer”. He then spits at him. The Sun adds that the soldier, from the 35 Engineers, had asked to search the guard. Why? We don’t know.

It’s a horrible story. The guard is an obnoxious thug. But a soldier whose seen live action on the battle field can take bit of name calling, surely. Or not. The Sun call upon ex-Helmand commander Colonel Richard Kemp to thunder:

“This is an absolute disgrace. A soldier shouldn’t have to put up with this terrible insult. If there’s any possibility of a prosecution, then it should go ahead.”

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Posted: 30th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann is dead like Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman says Soham dad

 Madeleine McCann is dead like Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman says Soham dadTEN years ago. Ian Huntley murdered schoolgirls Holly Well and Jessica Chapman. The murders in Soham were massive news. The ghoulish media is keen to relive the story. Soham: A Parents’ Tale will be broadcast on ITV1 on Friday at 9pm. Goodbye, Dearest Holly – Ten Years On by Kevin Wells can be purchased on all internet bookshops. The Daily Mail tells its readers:

“We can only conclude with heavy hearts that there will not be a happy ending for the McCanns”: Holly Wells’ parents on Madeleine and why they will never get over the death of their own daughter.”

Given that the parents of Madeleine McCann have stated their desire for one and all to believe their child is alive, Mr Wells’ comments will surely be deemed unhelpful. Kate and Gerry McCann may even be “disgusted“. Looking for a dead child was pretty much the crux of the original Portuguese police investigation, the one slammed by the McCanns.

Wells goes on to say that Madeleine McCann’s vanishing helped him, in a way:

The media spotlight on Soham has thankfully diminished over the years. I believe the principle reason for Soham’s retreat from centre stage is the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The search for Madeleine dominated tabloid coverage for a long time.

It was a desperate story for Nicola and me to follow, but follow it we did, praying for a positive outcome throughout. We were constantly asked for media interviews but chose not to intrude on someone else’s tragedy.

Until…

Despite many leads, Madeleine remains missing. As outsiders to this tragedy, we can only conclude with heavy hearts that there will not be a happy ending. Please do not think about criticising the McCann family.

Why would anyone think that?

They have been forced to use the media of the world solely to raise awareness of their missing daughter. Some of the media comment and speculation they have had to endure, on top of dealing with their private grief, is nothing less than shameful.

See a man whose daughter was murdered by a deviant opining that the child is dead. Mr Wells has suffered greatly. It’s odd that he would invoke Our Maddie in his anniversary piece for the Mail. It’s almost as if – as if! – the Mail has encouraged him to mention that bemchmark of misisng children. “Any views on Madeleine McCann, Mr Wells?” asks the Mail’s hack.

Wells adds:

My wife Nicola and I believed, but more importantly hoped, that the ten-year anniversary of the ‘Soham Murders’ would somehow slip under the radar.

Says Mr Wells in the Daily Mail.

This industry in mourn porn continues in the Sun, wherein we meet Reece Jarvis:

Holly was very girly and Jessica helped me spell… I’ll never forget

Highlights include:

Jessica: “She was really sporty. I think of the Olympics and wonder whether she could have been there. Both of them were really clever.”
Holly: “Holly was a girly girl. I’m sure she would have been really pretty and broken a lot of hearts.”
Funeral: “I asked my parents if I could go to the funeral. I remember those two coffins and crying throughout.”
Huntley: “Reece, now a qualified joiner, refers to the man who haunted his dreams for years only as ‘him’ or ‘he’.”
Maxine Carr (Huntley’s former lover and accomplice): …a “nice, friendly person who used to bring us chocolates”.

We then met a woman in Soham:

One woman said: “We don’t ever talk about him, no one does. Only strangers mention his name.”

And:

Another friend still belongs to the Soham Fenland Majorettes where Holly was a keen member. Leader Nikki Richards revealed: “Their parents gave us a ‘Holly and Jessica Commemorative Cup’ which is presented every year.”

And then the Sun talks about gardening:

…a pearl pink rose — called the Soham rose — was later created in Holly and Jessica’s memory. As you walk along the quiet streets of this small Cambridgeshire village you can see it growing in people’s gardens, a fitting tribute to two beautiful girls.

Madeleine McCann is missing. She is not yet a flower…

Posted: 29th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rich Kids of Instagram: Tumblr legends are spawned

TUMBLR of the day -  Rich Kids Of Instagram. “They have more money than you and this is what they do”….

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Posted: 29th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Money, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


London 2012 opening ceremony – the comedy German Nazi upstages Mr Bean (video and photos)

 London 2012 opening ceremony   the comedy German Nazi upstages Mr Bean (video and photos)AS the German team appeared in traditional pink and sky blue suits, in the crowd a German dignitary gave his nation’s athletes the time-honoured Nazi salute.

Kenneth Brannagh and all that rugger had threatened to run the show in a cunyfest. But, then, William Beveridge – The Musical got underway and the show became a melange of Friday night British sit-com (Mr Bean reminded of Chariots of Fire when listening to, erm, Chariots of Fire), Her Majesty The Queen’s big acting break, humour, heart, youth culture and great telly.

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Posted: 28th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A history of Olympics cock-ups

THE Olymics got off to a jittery start this week, when the North Korean women’s football team walked off in protest after the South Korean flag was mistakenly displayed at Hampden Park.

CU1 A history of Olympics cock ups

The organisers apologised, explaining that the faux pas was a case of human error rather than deliberate snub, and David Cameron was swift to step in and smooth ruffled feathers. But it will come as some consolation to know that it is a rare Olympics indeed that passes off without some kind of cock-up…

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Posted: 27th, July 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liam Cocoran-Fort, 11, took a cheap flight to Rome (no hidden extras)

 Liam Cocoran Fort, 11, took a cheap flight to Rome (no hidden extras)FOR a few hours Liam Cocoran-Fort was the coolest kid in Manchester. The Cock of the North had, at just 11 years of age, given his mum, Mary, the slip as she shopped in Asda Wythenshawe, headed to Manchester Airport and boarded a flight to Rome. He had done this with no ticket, no passport, no money and no great plan.

And then the Sun showed us that the 11-year-old boy wonder had made the journey without his big teddy. Rather than being a hero to adolescents and adults who hanker for halcyon carefree says of their youth and demand that children watch less telly, Liam Corcoran-Fort is “little Liam Corcoran-Fort”, a smiling child in a Ben Ten T-shirt cuddling his teddy bear.

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Posted: 26th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Biased BBC wipes Israel’s capital city from the Olympic map

 Biased BBC wipes Israels capital city from the Olympic mapTHE BBC’s bias against Israel is well documented. You should be able to write what you like, so long as you are private outfit. But the BBC is funded by public money. It should stick to the facts. But even the most obvious facts is ignored. The BBC has obliterated Israel’s capital city from its Olympic coverage.

The BBC Sport website features profiles of all the competing countries. But when it comes to Israel, the capital it is gone. According to the biased BBC, Israel has no capital city. Oddly, this ‘error’ is compounded by the BBC’s statement that the capital of a country called ‘Palestine’ is East Jerusalem.

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Posted: 25th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comments (26) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Explaining racism to Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong and ‘Scum Yids’

 Explaining racism to Arsenals Emmanuel Frimpong and Scum YidsTHE FA have charged Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong with improper conduct for a tweet in which the injured player called a Spurs fan “Scum Yid”. That was in response to the Spurs fans tweeting Frimpong: “I prayed you break your arms and legs.”

As the Spurs fan reels in pain at the mean name calling, doubtless too traumatised by the sheer horror to check his inbox, the FA go on the record:

“Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged under FA Rule E3 for improper conduct in relation to recent comments made on Twitter. The allegation is that Frimpong posted comments amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute, which included a reference to ethnic origin, faith or race.”

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Posted: 25th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Seb Coe says tweeting Kieran Behan has no chance of Olympic gold

Kieran Behan Seb Coe says tweeting Kieran Behan has no chance of Olympic goldHATS off to busy Seb Coe, who has taken time out form running the London Olympics to tell us about soem exciting research. It turns out that using twitter make you a loser, affecting performance:

“I have found quite a close correlation between the number of tweets at competitive times and the level of under-performance. I have found a direct correlation between the amount of activity an athlete enters into on social media and their ultimate performance when it really matters…”

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Posted: 24th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ambush advertising in sport – a history

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AMBUSH!

Olympic boss Lord Coe put his well-shod foot in it this week by announcing that people wearing the wrong logos would not be permitted access to the Games.

He was referring to Pepsi t-shirts rather than ordinary punters wearing non-adidas trainers, and the real subject of his concern was ‘guerrilla’ or ‘ambush’ marketing – the attempt by non-sponsors to invade the cordon sanitaire that is placed around venues to protect companies that pay millions of pounds to endorse sporting events. All the same, he has been accused of overreaction in many quarters. (Others, of course, argue that protecting sponsors allows the games to thrive.)

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Posted: 23rd, July 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, London Olympics, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


James Eagan Holmes shot 71 people, killing 12 – blame the Occupy movement and the Tea Party

 James Eagan Holmes shot 71 people, killing 12   blame the Occupy movement and the Tea PartyJAMES Eagan Holmes, 24, shot 71 peoples in the Denver suburb of Aurora as they watched the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Twelve are dead.

What else do we know?

* Ben Leung, 27, lived neat Holmes. He tells the Times: “Nobody really knew him…He wouldn’t acknowledge you when you passed him in the corridor.”

* The Times looks for a pattern: “The Century 16 cinema where Holmes attacked his victims row by row is less than 20 miles from Columbine High School, the scene in 1999 of one of America’s worst mass shootings.”

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Posted: 20th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (14) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Terry escapes the thought police – real racism exists beyond football

 John Terry escapes the thought police   real racism exists beyond footballTHANKS to Chelsea captain John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, the court of Great Britain and Northern Ireland know that ‘FBC’ stands for “fucking black cunt”. The other thing we know is that an innocent man – Terry might be a dislikable oik but he is no racist – can be condemned by the right minded with a cause.

Comments on Terry have come thick and thicker. Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand showcased his stupidity with a tweet about Ashley Cole being a “choc ice”. Cole held the sensible opinion that the matter should never have reached court.

Duwayne Brooks, Stephen Lawrence’s friend who was there that night when the black teenager was murdered by racists, tells The Times’ readers:

So there can be no denying that the “not guilty” verdict at Westminster Magistrates Court is a setback for those of us who want to drive racist language out of the game… A guilty verdict would have been a breath of fresh air for football at all levels in Britain. 

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Posted: 19th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nadya Suleman’s strip show photos – Octomum gets covered in cash

nady suleman stripper 1 Nadya Sulemans strip show photos   Octomum gets covered in cashOCTOMUM took her clown car-size womb to the Playhouse Gentlemen’s club in Florida. Nadya Suleman, for it is she, wowed the paying punters – although it is not known how many paid to get in or were smuggled in via Octomum’s generous caverns. Nadya scored $5,000 for two 12 minute slots. Autographs were $10 a pop. Pictures were $25 each. Private dances were $200 for four minutes.

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Posted: 18th, July 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nazi-confused French National Front threaten to sue Madonna over Swastika image

 Nazi confused French National Front threaten to sue Madonna over Swastika imageMADONNA is in trouble with the French National Front. They might be suing her after she showed a video of party leader – Marine Le Pen – with a swastika on her forehead during a concert in Paris. Of course, most of the fans at the show whooped with delight at the image, but Le Pen’s crew are not pleased at all.

The images that were projected draw a terrible link between the party and an ideology that we reject,” party Vice President Florian Philippot said Monday. “Just because she is rich and well known does not mean we should accept such atrocities. It’s an insult against Marine Le Pen and an insult to all the National Front party members.”

After the image of Pen appeared in the video, it melded into that of one of Adolf Hitler.

Of course, the Daily Mail have been keen to point out that Le Pen has transformed the French National Front and now, it’s a rather good, clean party. And, as you’ve just read, Florian Philippot is keen to distance the party from all those horrible Nazis. They’re not into all that at all.

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Posted: 16th, July 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


X-Pole London Olympics turn pole dancing into an Olympic sport

x pole show X Pole London Olympics turn pole dancing into an Olympic sportIS pole dancing, aka “vertical gymnastics” (fnar), destined to be Olympic sport? It should be. Sportsmen love audience participation.

In readiness, keepers of the pole dance flame have created X-pole, a contest in London for “pole sports”.

Poles are well represented, as you might expect, but so too are all east Europeans, the GB and, controversially, Heidi Hildersley representing Scotland. (Is a caber a pole? Discuss.) A much smaller filed competes in the mena;s section, with GB represented by Jean Modestine, whose name suggests he does the show dressed in Comfi-Slax and holding a fan.

 

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Posted: 15th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rio Ferdinand calls Ashley Cole a ‘choc ice’ – Liverpool’s Milky Bar Kid Kelly models on

10498361 Rio Ferdinand calls Ashley Cole a choc ice   Liverpools Milky Bar Kid Kelly models onCHELSEA captain John Terry did not racially abuse QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Now, Ferdinand’s big brother, Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has called Terry’s colleague a “Choc ice”. A choc ice is someone black on the outside but white on the middle. It is not a term of praise.

On twitter a @CarltonEbanks, opined: “Looks like Ashley Cole’s going to be their choc ice. Then again he’s always been a sellout. Shame on him.”

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Posted: 15th, July 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (19) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0