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Nottingham Evening Post Nails Sacked Nottingham Forest Manager Billy Davies

LOCAL news Watch spots the Nottingham Evening Post exacting a delicious revenge on Billy Davies.

Until yesterday, Davies was manager of Nottingham Forest FC. During his tenure, the Post was banned from attending press conferences. So. Here’s how the Post has covered Davies’ departure:

 

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Who says local newspapers are irrelevant?

 

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


Lancashire Police Officer Who Electrocuted Innocent Blind Man Keeps His Taser

COLIN Farmer was 63 when he was handcuffed by police October 12, 2012. He is partially sighted. He carries a white stick.

But one copper, a PC Stuart Wright, thought that white stick looked like a samurai sword. PC Wright is not partially sighted. But he might be mentally negligible.

Mr Farmer “posed no threat” as he walked to the pub in Chorley, in Lancashire.

But police has been called. A passer-by had mistakenly thought Mr Farmer was carrying a weapon.

Soon, PC Wright arrived. He saw Mr Farmer. He shot his taser at Mr Farmer.

As his victim lay prone on the ground, the copper told a colleague, who had arrived later: “I think I’ve got the wrong person.”

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


Madeleine McCann: Daily Mirror Presents 2006 News of The World David Reid Story As Its Own Scoop

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Daily Mirror has a front-page scoop:

“BRIT PAEDO WAS LIVING NEXT DOOR TO MADDIE RESORT”

 

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Go on, Tom Pettifor:

Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was taken from Praia da Luz

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Posted: 26th, March 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bands Without a Face: When 70s Rock Stars Went Behind the Curtain

supertramp  Bands Without a Face: When 70s Rock Stars Went Behind the Curtain

 

ANY clue who these guys are? They’re the band Supertramp.  If you didn’t know, it’s either because  you are way too young to appreciate this article or it’s due to the fact that  almost all Seventies rock acts looked relatively similar – like a generic group of hairy drug addicts.

Plus, it became “a thing” for Seventies rockers to shun the spotlight.  Whereas, for most of the 1960s it was just a given that your album cover would feature a photograph of the band, in the 1970s, something changed…

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Posted: 26th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bread and Circuses at the Movies: The Six Most Savage Games of the Near Dystopian Future

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IN Ancient Rome, the poet Juvenal coined the term “bread and circuses” (panem et circenses), and to his credit, it is one that remains pertinent to this day, especially in our  21st century pop culture and entertainment.

Specifically, the idea of “bread and circuses” involves an artificial means by which the government or ruling class of a nation distracts or appeases “the common man.”  In Rome, for example gladiatorial games in the Colosseum fit the bill, distracting and diverting people from significant issues such as poverty, war, and corruption.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This 17th century Chinese Abacus Ring Is The World’s Oldest Smart Ring

abacus pocket This 17th century Chinese Abacus Ring Is The Worlds Oldest Smart Ring

 

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.

Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long. 

“However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.”

Spotter: Endless Geyser of Awesome

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hello News: The Story Of The Most Popular Song In America

IN 1989, the City of Calgary, Canada, promoted the place with a song. It featured the joyous lyrics:

 

There’a feeling in the air that you can’t get anywhere expect….

Makes no difference where I go, you’re the best hometown I know.

 

 

Other Canadian cities realised they needed a theme song.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flight MH370 Tabloid Fact Of The Day: Daily Mirror Says The Plane Is 23,000 Below The Sea

MALAYSIAN Flight 370 ascended sharply to 45,000 feet, descended to 23,000 feet before changing course again,changed course many times and then crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Screen shot 2014 03 25 at 08.52.27 Flight MH370 Tabloid Fact Of The Day: Daily Mirror Says The Plane Is 23,000 Below The Sea

The New York Times reports:

The combination of altitude changes and at least two significant course corrections could have a variety of explanations, including an intentional diversion by a pilot or a hijacker, or uneven flying because a disabled crew.

The erratic movements of the aircraft after it diverted course and flew over the country also raise questions about why the military did not respond in real time to the flight emergency. Malaysian officials have acknowledged that military radar may have picked up the plane, but have said they took no action because it did not appear hostile.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 Fantastically Awful Retro Toys From Your Corrupted Youth

AS things heat up in Ukraine and the ever-precarious Middle East continues its pattern of unrest, we feel a tinge of concern for our Western economies hanging by a thread and our natural resources plundered at an unsustainable rate.  In such a state of affairs it is only natural that we, as a global community, band together and take a look at some truly awful toys.  It’s the right thing to do.

 

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“Luscious Limbs” is more than a little bit macabre.  Sissy’s fiendish delight at gnawing on a human ear is particularly distressing.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Nazi-Musical Mash-Up: ‘Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk, Assisted by the Gestapo Hep Cats’

IN 1941,  Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information added footage of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will to the music of Me and My Girl.

 

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A meeting of executives of Britain’s Ministry of Information in London, Oct. 6, 1939 before the announcement that that much criticized body would be decentralized, returning most of its news dissemination tasks to individual government departments. 

 

The musical features The Lambeth Walk, the song of which The Times commented in October 1938: “While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances — to The Lambeth Walk.”

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Posted: 24th, March 2014 | In: Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch This 1979 Kate Bush Documentary On Her Liverpool Empire Show

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KATE Bush is touring again.

Why did she ever stop?

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Posted: 24th, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Read Robert Crumb’s Weirdo Comic Book On Philip K Dick’s LSD-Driven Meeting With God

WE get to see the face of God in Robert Crumb’s Book Of Genesis. But was the representation of the Creator accurate? In 1974, Crumb gave us another image of God, one based on Philip K. Dick’s memory.
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Dick’s Divine vision was triggered by seeing a delivery girl,who was wearing a Jesus fish on a chain about her neck. Dick had taken LSD:

In that instant, as I stared at the gleaming fish sign and heard her words, I suddenly experienced what I later learned is called anamnesis—a Greek word meaning, literally, “loss of forgetfulness.” I remembered who I was and where I was. In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, it all came back to me. And not only could I remember it but I could see it. The girl was a secret Christian and so was I. We lived in fear of detection by the Romans. We had to communicate with cryptic signs. She had just told me all this, and it was true.

For a short time, as hard as this is to believe or explain, I saw fading into view the black, prisonlike contours of hateful Rome. But, of much more importance, I remembered Jesus, who had just recently been with us, and had gone temporarily away, and would very soon return. My emotion was one of joy. We were secretly preparing to welcome Him back. It would not be long. And the Romans did not know. They thought He was dead, forever dead. That was our great secret, our joyous knowledge. Despite all appearances, Christ was going to return, and our delight and anticipation were boundless.

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0