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Madeleine McCann and ME: The media experts muse on the missing child

MADELEINE McCann: A daily round-up of media mentions of the missing child, featuring Tony Parsons and Lorraine Kelly…

Tony Parsons (Daily Mirror): “Madeleine McCann and her parent’s love that will never die”

Seeing the picture of how Madeleine might look today brought home again the suffering of the McCanns, a mountain of ­unimaginable pain

Tony Parsons has written about Madeleine McCann before.

The human megaphone has wondered about where his child has gotten to; he has invited the Portuguese ambassador to “shut your stupid sardine-munching mouth”; he has seen Jesus; and he has seen a link between the missing child and the murders of Catherine and Ben Mullany on honeymoon in Antigua.

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Posted: 28th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage photos of the day – wake up with a Betty Page Spam-fed china Elvis tree

PHOTOS of the day is a vintage collection form yesteryear. Look out for Bilko; getting up with Spam; the wonderful Betty Page; a question: Should wives be spanked?; a China Elvis Christmas tree; the World War 2 anti-Nazi bra; Blighty magazine; and three survive UFO attack!…

Posted: 28th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mary Beard: My kind of Roman and AA Gill’s wrong kind of Blonde

MARY Beard tweets: “@Madame_Arcati going to print out your blog and keep it for when I might be feeling low!”

This blog, about Sunday Times TV critic AA Gill calling Mary Beard too ugly for the telly:

I LEARN that a middle-aged man, who resembles a homophobe’s idea of what a homosexual man looks like, has been very rude about Prof Mary Beard – the writer and presenter of BBC2’s Meet The Romans. If you’ve given up on TV and have an interest in Roman antiquity then I strongly advise you to re-new your TV licence just to watch this series.

Ingeniously, Beard has discovered the voices of the Ancient Roman dead – not of the emperors or their spin doctors – but of the ordinary people: the butchers, the ex-slaves, the woman who loved wine, the shitters and the bathers, the parents of the boy brained by a falling roof tile, and so on. She channels their words to us from their stone memorials chiselled in Latin which lay about under other historians’ noses for two millennia; awaiting Mary Beard’s exquisite TV seances. These dead people were like us live people, desperate to be heard and remembered. Just like the TV critic with his funny matchstick legs, his ageing male model face, his dyslexia and other sob story details (a mother complex, for instance, and a love life I cannot repeat here).

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Posted: 28th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (56) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Human bomb invades Advantage HGV office in London: photos and videos

A HUMAN bomb – a man strapped up with gasoline cylinders – has invaded the offices at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, on London’s Tottenham Court Road.

According to Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations, the man stormed into the offices. She says that she told the suspect she was three months pregnant to escape.

Stories are that the man has chucked computers and other objects from the fifth floor of Shropshire House.

The police are enacting the Three C:  Confirm. Coordinate. Converse.

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Posted: 27th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When Alex Reid became an Parliamentary expert – like Elmo and Russell Brand

POLITICIANS are in it to meet stars, aren’t they. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair were starfuckers; David Cameron can’t speak without making reference to a TV advert (“Calm down dear”) or a TV show – at PMQs he extolled the country’s enterprise spirit with the phrase “The Only Way Is Essex”; oleaginous Keith Vaz can’t talk about drugs without a celeb on his shoulder, looking like a provincial chip-shop owner posing for his toilet gallery with celebrity diners Mitch Winehouse and guffawing Russell Brand; and no jobbing MP can talk about food without Jamie Oliver and now Alex Reid, the naked walking Toffee Crisp who once married Katie Price and wore a gold mankini to flog her books.

Alex Reid has now met with MPs at the Commons three times.

September 6, 2011: Reid meets MP Daniel Poulter to launch the Better Breakfast campaign.

February 8, 2012: Reid meets MP Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister for Children and Families, and MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, Shadow Minister for Planning at the House of Commons. (Pictured)

April 26, 2012: Reid heads to Parliament to meet Shadow Education Minister Sharon Hodgson to talk about Let’s Do Lunch, an eating campaign.

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Posted: 27th, April 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Do these Kaley Cuoco bikini photos feature Amy Winehouse?

MOST eyes on Kaley Cuoco, actress and star of the Big Bang Theory on the TV. She’s been on holiday to the Carribean island of Anguilla. Nice. She’s taken photos of her good self in her bikini and posted them on twitter. Thoughtful. You can see them below. But what we want to know is the identity of the woman to her side. Is it..? Can it be..? Is Amy Winehouse alive? Let the conspiracy begins (and get her a duet with Tupak Shakur.)

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Posted: 27th, April 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Stupid Portuguese police ignore ‘evidence’ and hurt Kate and Gerry (say tabloids)

MADELEINE McCann: Almost five years on and Our Maddie is still on the front pages. As ever, there is no news. There are no new facts. We are just watching the missing child’s parents and attacking funny foreigners, in this instance the Portuguese police.

The Sun (front page): “MADDIE COOP SNUB”

The missing child leads the Sun’s editorial of the world’s most important news moments. (What – no Rupert Murdoch, Leveson and all that hacking?)

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ARROGANCE is piled on incompetence as Portuguese police snub pleas to reopen the Madeleine McCann inquiry. They say they will act only on “credible and relevant” new facts.

But the Met Police haven’t found any new facts. So how is it a snub?

Scotland Yard officers have established no fewer than 195 fresh lines of inquiry and say Madeleine may still be alive.

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Posted: 27th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


What was up with that “racist cake”?

 IS Sweden’s international image as a country dedicated to tolerance and egalitarianism a mirage? Is the Scandinavian nation, in reality, a deeply bigoted place where dark-skinned people are routinely discriminated against, and where racism is seen as a bit of a laugh? Following the fiasco known as ‘cakegate’ – involving a ‘blackface’, a cake shaped as an African tribeswoman and a philistine cultural minister – some would have you believe so.

In case you haven’t already seen the shocking images from Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art where the notorious ‘racist cake’ incident happened, here’s a re-cap: The museum was celebrating World Art Day and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Swedish Artists’ National Organisation. A bunch of artists had been asked to create cakes for the event and the minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was invited to open the proceedings by cutting one of them. It was designed by a Swede of African descent who said he wanted to draw attention to the practice of female genital mutilation.

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


Madeleine McCann: distorting the facts with Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood

MADELEINE McCANN: She is alive. Fact. Well sort of. The Metropolitan Police have issued a photo of Madeleine McCann at age 9. Only, it’s not an actual photo. It’s a guesstimate likeness created by an artist. The Met either have no idea what happen to Madeleine McCann, or have an idea but want to use the upcoming fifth anniversary of her disappearance to support their endeavours at solving the mystery.

Also, tonight BBC  will broadcast Panorama – Madeleine: The Last Hope?. Catch it tonight at t 7.30pm on BBC One.

The tabloid press all lead with this picture of Our Maddie:

The Sun (front page): “Maddie age 9 – Image show her now”

Fact!. This is her now.

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Posted: 26th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Claire Squires did it – London Marathon athlete was running for herself

THE self-serving tabloid drive to own Claire Squires, the woman who died during the London Marathon, can now be put to bed. Claire Squires’ sister Maxine Holmes says the runner was not making a “sacrifice” (Daily Mirror), looking to create a “legacy of love” (Daily Mail) nor to “make it a million” and make us proud (The Sun). Was she “inspirational“, as this site says?

Claire Squire was… Well, no need to guess and speculate and read her mind. Let’s hear from her sister, someone who actually knew her:

 “She was running it for herself as she had won a place to compete in the ballot. Then she decided at the last moment, just 10 days before it, to get sponsorship and urged people to help. That is typical Claire, she wanted to do something to help others.”

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


Kim Kardashian holds hands with Kanye West for publicity

WHEN Kim Kardashian dumped Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage, everyone howled that she was taking the sanctity of marriage and stuffing it down a promotion hole. It was cold, calculated and manipulative on a level that was so starkly bare, that the collective we couldn’t quite believe it.

However, Kim K denied it all, shrugging it all off as ‘one of those things’. It didn’t work out. It was true-love but maybe they rushed into things. She’d learned her lesson.

That is, until she courted our interest in boring amour with Kanye West. They’re helping the rumour that they’re dating each other along very nicely and reaping all that lovely publicity that comes with it. They’ve been spotted out and about together, acting like a couple and, most crucially, they’ve been seen holding hands… which as you know, is a euphemism for having filthy sex with each other.

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


Gifs of the week: Otter rat feels the Force

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Bad business names – Poo-Ping Palace and The Glory Hole prayer shop

BAD business names is  gallery of, well, bad business names. Would you eat at Virgin TandooriPoo-Ping Palace or Fouk Yue? Would you buy your threads at titty or the Raper shop? Do you get your drinks at STD? Fo you pray at The Glory Hole?…

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Posted: 25th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The cynical manipulation of Claire Squires death

CLAIRE Squires died at the London Marathon. She was running to achieve a personal goal and to raise money for The Samaritans, a group her mother has helped for 24 years. Money is pouring in to Claire Squires’ Just Giving page on the internet, and the tabloids want a slice of the action.

Following yesterday’s Daily Mail report which gave readers an insight into what Squires was thinking and her motives for running – andno, it never spoke with her – the Sun leads with ” Tragic Claire: Make it £1m.”

Claire Squires name and story seems to be raising money pretty well without the Sun’s patronage. Undoubtedly media reports on her death have triggered people to pledge cash. At the time of writing £592,559.08 has been raised from 52,103 donations.

But the Sun is here to co-brand Claire Squires, just as it did with Madeleine McCanns (albeit in the guise of its dead alter ego The News of the World) and Jo Yeates, slapping up reward and wanted posters for each woman with its company logo high and handsome over their heads.

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Posted: 25th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea beat Barcelona in photos – and Geoff Shreeves kills Ivanovic

CHELSEA are through to the final of the Champions League after a thrilling match against Barcelona. Before the best photos from the match, a word to Geoff Shreeves, the Sky Sports reporter who thought it his place to break the news to Branislav Ivanovic that he’s suspended for the final. Classy. Kick a man when he’s up, Geoff. It’s what John Terry would have wanted…. (Video is here.)

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Posted: 24th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Claire Squires death at the London Marathon becomes a spectator sport

NO little shock at Claire Squires’ death at the London Marathon. The 30-year-old from North Kilworth, Leicestershire died on Birdcage Walk, not far from the finishing line. Her death is the tenth since the London Marathon began in 1981.

It is not yet know why she died.

Claire Squires is on the front pages of the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times.

Claire Squires was running for The Samaritans. Her mother Cilla has been involved with The Samaritans for 24 years.

So. Mrs Squires was a volunteer for the Samaritans well before her son died – Claire Squires’ older brother Grant took heroin and anti-depressants before he died aged 25 in 2001; a fact repeated in all newspapers. Yet, the Mail make the link and says Ms Squires’ run was a “legacy of love”.

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Posted: 24th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Daily Mail’s bird brained ‘elf and safety hysterics with the Carshalton Ponds firemen

WHEN the Daily Mail highlighted the madness of 25 “foremen” racing to save a bird in Carshalton Ponds, South London, we clacked our marmalade-coated tongues and knew if was ‘efl and safety gone mad.

The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding and Mark Duell (two tabloid writers for one bird in a pond?! – ed) thundered:

It looked like a major emergency – 25 firemen standing at the water’s edge assessing the life-threatening situation before them.Stranded 200ft out and struggling for survival was the victim they had come to rescue…a seagull.

And if that scenario were not ludicrous enough, there was worse to come.The firemen were then barred from going into the 3ft-deep water because it was judged to be a health and safety risk.

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Posted: 23rd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Justin Bieber uses rape and Borat to taunt ‘baby-momma’ Mariah Yeeter

PERHAPS it shouldn’t be surprising that Justin Bieber is acting like a giant baby lately, what with him being a professional gyrating toddler. However, that’s exactly what he’s doing, shouting ‘NYAH NYAH N’NYAH NYAAAAH!‘ at Mariah Yeater from his twitter account.

Now, if you don’t remember who Yeater is, she’s the girl who claims to have had sex with JB after one of his shows, which of course, resulted in a baby.

And so, probably drunk off Skittles, Bieber randomly decided to throw some abuse her way and not one of his ‘people’ decided to advise him otherwise.

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Posted: 23rd, April 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Addison Lee outs Green Party candidate with cyclists lament

THE boss of Addison Lee minicabs, one John Griffin, writes in the company’s Add Lib magazine:

“These cyclist are throwing themselves onto some of the most congested spaces in the world. They leap onto vehicle which offers no protection except a plastic padded hat.”

He says the greens and bike uses are:

“…up in arms about what they see as the murder of cyclists on London roads”.

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Posted: 23rd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (12) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Kitten Covers (2)

TUMBLR Site of the Day: more from The Kitten Covers is a great collection of kittens in the mode of classic pop and rocks album covers: Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Saturday Night Fever, Beastie Boys, Dr Dre, Peter Tosh, The Doors, Grace Jones, Dolly Parton and Marvin Gaye… First Part is here.

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Spotter: The Kitten Covers

Posted: 23rd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kyron Horman: Why have the Oregonian’s Lynne Terry and Maxine Bernstein changed stories?

THE story of Kyron Horman is being changed online. Why are stories by the Oregonian’s Lynne Terry and Maxine Bernstein being altered well after their original publication? Why do the stories contain no notations made as to what they updated in the articles? There is no pointing out what was added or deleted.

The Oregonian seems to have become the police’s mouthpiece. Are press are embarked on a witch hunt to get Terri Horman, Kyron’s step-mother? The police sit back and watch the media tear into Terri Horman.

True Nelson wrote:

The Sheriff’s Office’s mouthpiece seems to be the Oregonian, in the person of Maxine Bernstein, who it appears, has rather exclusive access. She has been remarkably unequivocal in publishing whatever information she is given, without asking any particularly hard questions. Some of the articles and information published have been unquestionably ruinous to the reputations of Terri Horman andsome of her associates. Ms. Bernstein is conceivably comfortable doing this, based on First Amendment protections, and assurances that she has received solid information from the authorities.

A reader asks:

 How in the hell can you report on a meeting that took place on Feb. 24, 2011 and 9 months later just add whatever or take out whatever with no notations of the updates?   They are even deleting articles that were published that we read and all of sudden they no longer exist.

All good to update stories and correct errors. But in their updated copy the writers make no reference to the earlier published versions of these stories.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sir Simon Cowell biography: How Rebekah Brooks fixed it for David Cameron

TOM Bower’s unauthorised biography of Simon Cowell makes it into the Sunday Times. The Sun deals with the Cowell sex and the Cowell arse – Cowell seems to view his arse as his bigeset enemy; Rupert Murdoch’s more up-market sister organ look at Cowell lifestyle and politics.

Key extracts from todays Cowell ‘n’ Tell are:

Cowell: “The best tomato sauce in the world on a pizza was Pizzaland’s in Windsor.”

Favourite meal: Cumberland sausages, mashed potatoes and Daddies sauce.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann at 8 – photos and Sunday Express experts

MADELEINE McCann: To those of you who want to know what the missing child looks like at age 8, the Sunday Express has front-page help. No, not the sensitive headline Our Maddie’s head – the bit about a “HOLIDAY BARGAIN BONANZA” (Portugal can be nice). The paper’s good news is that the innocent child who vanished in Portugal almost five years ago looks bright-eyed and very much alive. The headline says:

MADELEINE MCCANN AGED EIGHT, AS US EXPERTS SEE HER

Mike Parker and Gerard Couzen tells readers:

This is an age-progression picture of Madeleine McCann as she would be now, aged eight.

Says who?

US experts, who work with police forces tracing missing people, created the image for the Sunday Express using FBI forensic computer techniques.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


TMZ says all gypsies are thieves – My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding gets racistier

GYPSIES are having a tough time in the media. In the USA, you can watch by My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

Channel 4 trailed Big Fat Gypsy Weddings by declaring it “Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier”. That wholly offensive attack on the white working classes, a group more abused than any other on the magic box (you never see a working class hero any more, just thick prats talking about vajazzles, having paternity tests, cheating benefits and berating foreigners) has been topped.

In the USA, the prejudice just got nastier, sickier and pervier as TMZ broadcasts footage of two of the MBFAGW stars brawling. The voiceover then calls all gypsies thieves.

Nice.

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Posted: 21st, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kim Kardashian to be president of the United States Of America?

YOU may think of Kim Kardashian as little more than a sex-tape reject who can’t keep hold of a marriage for as long, but you’ve had her wrong all this time.

You see, Kimmy K is going to be the president of the USA. You may scoff, but who honestly thought that, way back when, bozo quiffboy, Ronald Reagan, was going to go from acting with chimps to hovering over the button that would’ve fired the nukes at Russia? Who actually thought that the people of California would be dumb enough to vote Big Arnie in as governor?

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Posted: 20th, April 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0