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Westminster paedophiles: Colin Wallace, Kincora, child murder and Sir Maurice Oldfield’s sick MI6

The story of child abuse among the elite is taken up by the Times. “Child abuse cover-up at the heart of government,” says the headline.

The story will provide a link to the abuse at Kincora Boys Home in east Belfast. Three senior care staff at Kincora -William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains – were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys. At least 29 boys were abused at the home between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.


News of the World, 21st February 1982

News of the World, 21st February 1982


The British intelligence services allegedly kept a lid on the abuse. Why? Well, one of the convicted men, William McGrath, is widely believed to have been an MI5 agent.

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Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Idiot robber mistook fish and chip shop for Corals bookmakers

fish and chip robbery Derek Carr can’t read or write.So he asked his friend Greg Tod to write a robbery demand on the back of a Ladbrokes betting slip. He’d walk into a branch of rival bookies Corals, hand the cashier the note and walk away rich.

It was a great plan with a few flaws.

Darryl Lovie, defending Carr at Livingstone Crown Court, says that his client went to the wrong shop, specifically one selling fish and chips in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland:

“The chip shop attendant noticed he had a betting slip in his hand and inquired if he could help him. He then realised Mr Carr was in the wrong shop and told him he was in a chip shop not the bookies next door.”



Lewis Crosby, prosecuting, takes up the tale:

“Carr entered Coral just before 6pm, walked up to the counter where manager Karen Jamieson was standing and handed her the note. It stated: ‘Put the money in the bag or someone will die’. This was read by the complainer who handed the note back to the accused and asked him: ‘Are you telling me you’re holding me up?’ The accused didn’t respond at this time however, he opened the carrier bag and said: ‘Put the money in the bag’. This was overheard by another member of staff who had been on the shop floor.

“Both members of staff pressed the silent panic alarm. The complainer thereafter informed the accused that she was not giving him any money. The accused smirked and said: ‘I was only joking’. He then calmly walked out of the door taking with him his note and the carrier bag.”

Sheriff Peter Hammond called for social work reports to assess Carr’s suitability for post release supervision. The case will call again on July 30.

Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Watch a man knock himself out after headbutting a bus

To Florida, where a man annoyed by the $2 fare headbutted the bus.


Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Roger Alan Giese: alleged child abuser fled to the UK and lived and loved as Jonathan Roberts



Roger Alan Giese is a wanted man. The US citizen is wanted on 19 charges of sexual assault and ‘grooming’. Giese lives in Hampshire, where he goes by the name Jonathan Roberts.

In 2007, he skipped bail and left the US. The FBI began a manhunt. In 2009, Giese was living in the UK. Last year he was arrested in Broughton, where he lives with Linda and works as a digital expert for, among other companies, Thomas Cook.

He wants to stay in Britain. As the Times notes:

Mr Giese argues that if he were returned to the US he could face an open-ended prison sentence known as “civil commitment”. His lawyers say that the punishment — which detains prisoners until it is deemed that they have had enough treatment to prevent them reoffending — could breach Mr Giese’s rights.

A district judge refused the extradition request at Westminster magistrates’ court but the US government appealed and a judgment is pending.

The FBI lists the allegations:

Roger Alan Giese is wanted for his alleged involvement in sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy in Buena Park, California. In 1998, when Giese was a choir director, he met the victim and befriended his family. Giese was able to move into the victim’s home and the sex acts allegedly took place until 2002. Giese was arrested in 2002, but he was released on bond pending trial. From 2002 until 2007, Giese appeared in court as scheduled. However, Giese failed to appear for his pre-trial motions hearing on March 12, 2007, and the next day, he failed to appear for jury selection.

Giese was charged with lewd acts with a child and penetration with a foreign object by the Central Justice Center, County of Orange, State of California, and a state warrant was issued on March 12, 2007, for his arrest. A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Central District of California, on March 16, 2007, after Giese was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The OC Register has more:

Authorities said Giese met the then-13-year-old boy in 1998 and soon befriended the boy’s family, attending church with them and inviting the boy and his brother to his house for overnight visits. Giese even moved into their home, and that’s when the molestation started, prosecutors said.

Giese is accused of pretending to be a member of an elite military unit called Delta Force and molesting the teenager under the pretense that the boy could join the unit by providing samples of bodily fluids.

The OC District Attorney adds details:

During the several months of grooming John Doe, Giese is accused of pretending to be a member of an elite military unit, “Delta Force,” and molesting John Doe under the pretense that the child could earn a place in the ellite military unit by providing semen, urine, blood, and stool samples to Giese. He is accused of masturbating, orally copulating, and anally penetrating John Doe, as well as masturbating himself in front of the victim.

The Mail focuses on his ex-wife:

Giese’s wife, Kjersti told The Mirror that prior to disappearing, he told her that he had been warned he might go to prison, and that she would not see him again.

‘We had talked previously as we knew that the criminal trial was coming, that his lawyers were concerned that the way things were going that he would be doing some jail time.

‘And he said that he wasn’t willing to go through that and was leaving.

‘I pleaded with him to stay and see if we can work this out and have faith in the legal system and just hoped that he wouldn’t.’

School music teacher, Mrs Giese, 39, who married Giese in 2003 after meeting him in the 1990s said he had cleared out their bank accounts, and left her with credit card and loan debts, but added that she believed ‘completely’ that Giese was innocent.

She filed for divorce a month after he vanished, and she has not seen him since March 2007.

Should he be kicked out?

In 2012 the British courts rejected the extradition of Shawn Sullivan, another paedophile suspect, ruling that a “civil commitment” punishment would be a flagrant denial of his right to liberty, and that the rules in Minnesota, where he is wanted on child rape charges, were more draconian than in many other states.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Phone sex: Nuneaton couple filmed have sex in a phone box

phone box sex boxWith a shortage of sharks off the British coast to source as news, the Sun zooms in two people have sex in a Nuneaton phone box. This follows news that a couple bonking in the changing rooms at Japanese retailer Uniqlo could be part of a racy marketing campaign, and we notice the advert for Domino’s pizza smeared on the box’s glass. Stuffed crust, madam?

The Sun reports:

A RANDY couple are so desperate to get connected they have sex in a phone box.


What else does anyone use a phone box for, aside from urinating in? But the best bit is ow we get to see the photos:

A local couple in a passing car spun round half a mile up the road and drove back so they could film and shame them.

It took them half a mile for the shock to sink in before they ‘spun” the car around and went back to take photos.

By the time they returned the woman had partly pulled her leggings up — but they were still at it.

One of the drive-by shag spotters is quoted:

“We have a five-year-old who luckily was not in the car. It was pretty disgusting.”

But thanks to mum and dad, Junior can now see the photos of the “disgusting'” sex on the web.

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ryan Byrne: prisoner released by mistake has broken no laws

armed robber


Ryan Byrne, 34, is an idiot. We know this because after being mistakenly freed from jail he has taken to posting pictures of himself on the web. Photos include one of him stood by a police van in what looks like London’s West End.

Byrne was found guilty of robbing £3,800 from a branch of Boots the chemists in Ruislip, West London, in 2007. He was sentenced to nine years prison.


ryan byrne


He should still be behind bars. But he was released by mistake from Wandsworth Prison, South West London. He’s an idiot. But he’s still managed to remain one step ahead of the justice system.

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Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The South Carolina Klu Klux Klan Nazi mash-up: the farty tuba walk

The South Carolina Klux Klux Klan Nazi mash-up protest has a theme song.

Tke it away, super sousaphonist, Matt Buck and the farty Ride of the Valkyries:



Spotter: DM

Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Keeping Up With the Danczuks: Karen’s ‘journey’ and Simon’s inner Jade Goody

Keeping Up With The Danczuks: in today’s instalment of the twitter-based reality TV show, MP Simon Danczuk says:

“I must have been hell to live with. I’d say horrible things to Karen”

Simon and Karen Danczuk are doing their bit to change perceptions of their native Rochdale. Once a place where secrets of sex and power were locked away to fester, Rochale is now where dirty laundry is hung still moist and run up the flagpole.

Carol Midgley meets Simon in Manchester. Will the Danczuks be reconciling?

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he says, sadly. “No, we’ve been through too much; too much water’s gone under the bridge. It’s not going to happen — but that’s life.”

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Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Was this Uniqlo sex tape a naked marketing ploy?

uniqlo-sex--nsfwWas it all a stupid stunt, the sex video filmed inside a changing room at an outlet of the Japanese clothes chain Uniqlo? Can naked people sell clothing? Of course they can. Sex can sell anything.

And this video is a hit. The Chinese regime says the sex tape breaks “socialist core values”. How’s that for a tagline?

It might even launch the career of its female star, a young woman we will call ‘Kim’.

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Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: News, NSFW | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Paul Pelton is innocent: police charge man who filmed dying teenager with mobile phone

car crash film
Paul Pelton is accused of “vehicular trespassing”. But what he did is a question of morals. When Pelton saw a car accident he went over to check it out. The Honda sedan had jumped railway tracks and hit a house.

Mr Pelton did not try to help the stricken driven, one Zachary Goodin, or his passenger, Cameron Friend, who later died in hospital. He just piuleld out his mobile phone and pressed ‘record’ At one point he opened a car door to film inside.

He then tried to sell the video.

Detective Buddy Sivert, of Lorain police, says:

“We searched to try to find anything to charge him with. It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it. He went right in after the crash, before the rescuers or police arrived.”

The Times:

According to the Media Group quoting a police report: “He opened a back door and leaned in to film the boys and then walked around to the front door as he continued recording. At no time did he try to help either of the boys.”
Denise White, who lived close to the accident, told WOIO television that she was trying to help the teenagers and saw Mr Pelton filming.

“To take that video and put it on Facebook, it just shows you have no principles. It’s disgusting,” she told the station. The dead boy’s “mom probably had to see that,” she said.

Police produce a statement:

“The Lorain police department would like to remind citizens that they are allowed and encouraged to help one another in emergencies if they can do so safely, and that rendering aid or comfort to a dying young man and his severely injured friend is a commendable and kindly act.

“Persons are not, however, allowed to trespass into a person’s vehicle criminally and without permission for the seemingly singular cause of filming a young man’s dying moments, for profit.”

Fine if he gives it way for no profit, then? Fine if a TV crew films the scene and sells it to a TV station that punctuates the news with ads (or is it vice versa?).  Not fine if a citizen journalist does it. Not fine if the injured are in a car and not in a foreign field.


What if Mr Pelton had called the emergency services first and then filmed the scene? Would that still be a crime?

Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Donald Lock: Matthew Daley appears in the dock at Crawley magistrates court

don lock


Matthew Daley, 34, is accused  of murdering Donald Lock, 79, after their vehicles collided in a minor prang. Mr Lock was knifed repeatedly in the head and neck on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex.

Daley stood in the dock at Crawley magistrates’ court. He confirmed his name, address and date of birth. He was then remanded in custody in readiness for an appearance at Hove crown court tomorrow.

Matthew Daley, 34, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, has been charged with murder and possessing a knife in a public place.


Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The sitting ‘senior Labour MP’ accused of crimes against sick children and ‘young ragamuffins’

News is that a senior Labour MP has been accused of child sex abuse.

The Telegraph:

A senior Labour MP has been reported to police by Parliamentary colleagues over allegations he sexually abused boys, it has been claimed.

Reported. Allegations. Claimed. The story is all smoke.

Two MPs reportedly passed on their concerns to police after hearing accusations against the unnamed MP stretching back at least a decade.

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Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer Balls: Manchester United to make a very surprising move for Gareth Bale

Transfer Balls: The Sunday People says Manchester United will bid for £95m-rated Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Really? Does new Real manger Rafa Benitez want to sell a prize asset?




Writes Steve Bates:

Louis van Gaal will make another attempt to prise Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid…

No chance.

Manchester United’s Dutch boss has admitted a “surprise” signing is on the cards before the summer transfer window closes.

What Van Gaal said was:

“I am not worried about depth of forwards. We still have Rooney. He can play in the striker’s position…

“We also have Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), (James) Wilson and maybe a surprise, you never know. It is a process.”

Mentions of Bale: nil.

But Bates deduces:

And that means the world’s most expensive footballer could be on his way to Old Trafford.

Well, yes, it could. It could also mean that non-one arrives. It depends on how you spin it.

In other news today, the Daily Mail states:

“Rafa Benitez to build his team around Gareth Bale.”

Such are the facts.


Posted: 19th, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Royal Nazi salute: the Sun, Hitler’s hacked heil-phone and Al Fayed’s revenge

Al Fayed salute nazi queenThe video and stills of young future Queen Elizabeth (she’d have been around 6 or 7), her younger sister Margaret, future Edward VIII Edward and the Queen Mother giving the Nazi salute have been described as gutter journalism.

So? What’s wrong with gutter journalism?

Well, a “royal source” thinks everything is:

“We are looking at this on two fronts. One issue we are examining is the whole question of copyright. The second question is whether any criminality has been involved.”

First up, Hitler’s salute was open to anyone who hates Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, communists and was prepared to wear leather shorts in public. Only footballer Gareth Bale has tried to copyright a gesture. And Edward is dead, so any war crimes tribunal is not going to bother prosecuting him. Of course, if you can suggest to the Yard that he molested kinder and encouraging his innocent young nieces to give the Nazi salute is tantamount to child abuse, then we can dig up the Nazi fan and stick his knitting needles in his eyes.

The Sunday Times adds:

Both the palace and The Sun believe the man behind the camera was probably the girls’ father, the future George VI. If so, the palace believes copyright to the film belongs to the Queen as his heir.

So. Not a hacked Hitler heil-phone.

And will the Queen sue the Sun?

The Sun insisted the film had been obtained in a “legitimate fashion”. It is believed to have been in the newspaper’s hands for weeks while lawyers and film experts confirmed its authenticity and legal status.

Did the British Film Institute (BFI) leak the film?

The BFI said no one had access to the royal film collection without the express permission of the royal family. “It’s not for anyone’s eyes,” said a spokeswoman. It too has begun an inquiry.

And then we get this:

One possibility, however, is that the footage was kept at the Paris home of the Duchess of Windsor, the American divorcee who became the Queen’s aunt by marriage after Edward abdicated. After she died in 1986 the contents were bought by Mohamed al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods, who later auctioned them in 3,200 lots.

Al-Fayed? Why does the Sunday Times, sister organ to the Sun, introduce Al Fayed as it wonders aloud where-oh-where the footage came from?

Fayed, who lost his son, Dodi, in the Paris car crash in 1997 that also killed Diana, Princess of Wales, leased the villa after the duchess died.

That’s the same Al-Fayed who accused Prince Phillip of being a Nazis (which he isn’t):


Gutter press? Maybe. But it’s a cracking story.


Posted: 19th, July 2015 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Queen’s Nazi salute: who dares tell the truth about the fascist Royals?

Queen giving Nazi saluteThe Sun’s photo of Her Majesty the Queen giving Nazi salute in 1933 is a scoop. “Their Royal Heilnesses,” puns the Sun.

Queen Elizabeth 2 was just seven years of age when her Nazi-loving anti-Semitic uncle, the future King George VI, encouraged her to give the stiff-armed salute at Balmoral.

The Queen,’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, is equally blameless as she too salutes the Nazis.

But what of  heir mother Queen Elizabeth?

The Telegraph, says “sources close to the Queen” described the photos as “misleading and dishonest”:

The Royal Household was particularly angry at the newspaper’s decision to print the 82-year-old images, which have never been seen before, just three weeks after the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

It takes a special kind of fool to believe the Queen in some way approves of the murder of 6 million Jews. Her Majesty has been a friend to Jews throughout her reign. Jews sings the national anthem with gusto at synagogue services. The Queen is just about the best thing ever to happen to the Royal Family. Three cheers for her!

Others, what we call ‘the sane, might wonder at the world in which Elizabeth was raised. In 1933, her mother would have been 32 or 33 years of age. In 1933, Germany had already begin to ostracise and criminalise Jews.

What was the dear old Queen Mum thinking?

The Buckingham Palace spokesman has reacted:

“It is disappointing that a film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”

Why? We’re not disappointed. It is a terrific story. The only pity is that it took so long to surface.

The Telegraph makes a suggestion:

In a leading article, the Sun accepts that Hitler, newly installed as Germany’s Chancellor, was “a faintly comic character” at the time, but argues that the involvement of the future Edward VIII, a known Nazi sympathiser, makes the film historically significant.

It does. Even without him it would be newsworthy. Edward’s presences makes it sinister.

Edward, who feared a communist revolution following the murder of Russia’s royal family, courted Hitler when he met him three years after the film was shot.

Not only him. The Sun says the aristocracy feared the communists. Well, some of them did. People involved in the Anglo-German Fellowship, which in 1939 welcomed Gertrud Scholtz-Klink – Hitler’s “perfect Nazi woman” – to teach them the ways of Nazism did.

The Anglo-German Fellowship, of which Prunella Stack’s husband Lord David Douglas-Hamilton and brother-in-law Douglas Douglas-Hamiton MP were both members, was an upper-class and it would be fair to say a predominately right-wing organisation. In fact many of the fellowship were almost unashamedly pro-Nazi and anti-semite.

In 1931 Miss Pamela Bowes-Lyon – cousin of the Duchess of York and future Queen Consort to King George VI and Queen Mother – married Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

You can read all about how close Britain came to being ruled of fascists on Flashbak.

royal source is quoted:

“Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time. This is a family playing and momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary news reels. If you watch the film it is people laughing and joking around and playing, and it was one of the things of the day. No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest. The Queen is around six years of age at the time and entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures.”

It wasn’t one of things of the day for the Jews of London’s East End, who fought the upper-class led Black Shirts.

And this:

It was unclear on Friday night how The Sun had obtained the footage, which it argued was part of a “hidden” archive of material relating to the Royal family which it said should now be released.

Over in the Sun, we learn more:

…the pictures must be seen in the context of 1933.

Elizabeth and Margaret are kids. Families of all kinds larked around apeing the stiff-armed antics of the faintly comic character with the Charlie Chaplin moustache who won power in Germany.

No one knew then what Adolf Hitler was capable of. Or that, deep in Bavaria, he was already opening his first concentration camp at Dachau.

What gives The Sun’s extraordinary images such historical significance, and the reason we believe the public has a right finally to see them, is the involvement of the Queen’s uncle Edward.

The man who briefly became our King was already a fan of Hitler — and remained so as late as 1970, long after the Holocaust’s horrors were laid bare…

Edward and a clique of anti-Semitic aristocrats were terrified of a communist revolution stripping them of power and privilege with deadly force, as it had in Russia. Fascism seemed like an answer.

But even the Sun has its limits:

His desire to appease Germany stands now in stark contrast to the courage and patriotism of the Queen Mum once Luftwaffe bombs fell. She was so inspiring to Londoners in the Blitz even the Fuhrer considered her a thorn in his side.

The Sun produces a feature entitled “Queen of the Blitz Silly salute, but a rock in country’s bleak year”.

If there was one woman determined not to let Hitler win it was the Queen Mother.

There were far more people than one woman who wanted to smash the German war machine.

It was Elizabeth who persuaded her husband King George VI that they should remain in Buckingham Palace as the Luftwaffe bombed the capital night after night in 1940.

The stories are hymned. The tales of the bad Royals bits less so.

Like this in the Mail:

…there is the tragic saga of the Queen Mother’s nieces, Nerissa and Katherine Bowes Lyon, both born mentally deficient and unable to speak.

They were confined in the Royal Earlswood Mental Hospital at Redhill, Surrey, in 1941, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Although the Queen Mother knew the statement in Burke’s Peerage that both women were dead (published after false information had been supplied by their mother) was untrue, she never visited either of them, and apparently saw no contradiction in her patronage of Mencap, which campaigns against families placing their mentally challenged relations in state care.

And this in the Telegraph:

…not long before the announcement of the engagement of the Duke of York to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at the beginning of 1923 the papers had carried reports that she was, in fact, to marry his brother, the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII). Hence the suggestion, half a century later, by Diana Mosley [née Mitford] that Elizabeth’s enduring antipathy to Wallis was fuelled by jealousy. In a letter to her sister, the Duchess of Devonshire, written soon after the death of the Duke of Windsor in 1972, Diana (Wallis’s friend and future biographer) observed: ‘the theory of their contemporaries that Cake [the Mitford sisters’ nickname for Elizabeth, derived from her sweet tooth and healthy appetite] was rather in love with him (as a girl) & took second best, may account for much.’

Good stuff, eh. Got any more?

Well, yes. There’s this:

Released by Buckingham Palace ahead of the publication this week of the first official biography of the Queen Mother, the letter is her personal account of the events of 13 September 1940 to her “darling” mother-in-law, Queen Mary.

In it she records how she was “battling” to remove an errant eyelash from the King’s eye, when they heard the “unmistakable whirr-whirr of a German plane” and then the “scream of a bomb”.

“It all happened so quickly that we had only time to look foolishly at each other when the scream hurtled past us and exploded with a tremendous crash in the quadrangle,” she wrote.

While her “knees trembled a little bit”, she was “so pleased with the behaviour of our servants”, some of whom were injured as one bomb crashed through a glass roof and another pulverised the palace chapel.

Hours later, after lunching in their air-raid shelter, she and the King were visiting West Ham in London’s East End. She wrote: “I felt as if I was walking in a dead city… all the houses evacuated, and yet through the broken windows one saw all the poor little possessions, photographs, beds, just as they were left.”

Oh, you want the juicy bits, the stuff about the Royal racists, philanderers and scumbags. Well, the Royal want those bits kept secret:

The rest of the Royal archive from that period, of similarly immense interest to historians and the public, is still hidden.

It should be released.


Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Don Lock ‘murder': police find knife at arrest scene as alleged killer pictured

don lock road roageDon Lock had only recently recovered from cancer when he was stabbed to death.

The Times says Mr Lock, 79, was knifed to death on the A24 in Findon, West Sussex, last Thursday night after a minor shunt with another vehicle.

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Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Armed rat with small mouse head robs store at

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To Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where a huge knife-wielding rodent with human arms, body and legs has held up the Mac’s.

Barrie police Det. Brett Haynes is unsure. He’s looking for a man with a mouse head:

“I would have to say this is the first time I came across a mask used for a robbery that looks like a child’s cute mouse mask. It was a pretty brazen attack for just 60 bucks.” 

A grown man whose head can fit inside a child-size mask?

Will anyone be brave enough to, er, rat him out?


YouTube link.


Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Neurotic people see Jesus in things

The “Face on Mars” was one of the most striking and remarkable images taken during the Viking missions to the red planet. Unmistakeably resembling a human face, the image caused many to hypothesize that it was the work of an extraterrestrial civilization. Later images revealed that it was a mundane feature rendered face-like by the angle of the Sun.Do you see faces in inanimate objects (a condition known as pareidolia)? If you do, chances are you’re neurotic.

Brain Decoder, who works at Tokyo’s NNT Communication Science Laboratory tested 166 undergraduates to ascertain their ‘big five‘ personality traits and mood. The students were presented with pictures of random dots and invited to say what they saw.

The psychological tests found a link: students who scored higher for neuroticism were more likely to see faces in the dots.

Of course, that’s not to say Jesus really isn’t manifest in that tortilla, tree stump or stain.

Spotter: Brain Decoder

Photo: The “Face on Mars” was one of the most striking and remarkable images taken during the Viking missions to the red planet. Unmistakeably resembling a human face, the image caused many to hypothesize that it was the work of an extraterrestrial civilization. Later images revealed that it was a mundane feature rendered face-like by the angle of the Sun.

Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Photo of the Queen giving a Nazi salute in 1933

The Sun has a photo of Her Majesty the Queen giving a Nazi salute in 1933.


Queen giving Nazi salute


The Sun reports on a video of larks in Balmoral:

Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII.

Also in in the short video is the Queen Mother. She gives the Nazi salute.

Elizabeth, age 7, gives a stiff-armed salute. her younger sister Margaret kind of waves.

In 1933, Hitler told Germans to boycott Jewish-owned shops. Jews were forced from job at newspapers and in the Civil Service. The Queen Mother was 32 or 33 years old.

Eddie was a Hitler fan and an anti-Semite. The Sun adds:

While there is clearly no suggestion that the Queen or Queen Mother were ever Nazi sympathisers, Edward’s links with Hitler and fascism are very well documented.

No. Of course none of the British aristocracy other than Edward were Nazi supporting anti-Semites.

Not really. There were loads of them.

You can read the story of how close the United Kingdom cam to be run by Nazi toffs on Flashbak.

Two ‘Perfect’ Women: When Nazi Leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink Came To Teach Prunella Stack In London

Posted: 17th, July 2015 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Britney Spears shops for Hollywood nostrils and boobs museum exhibits

britney spears shopping list

Shopping list of the week was penned by Britney Spears. Someone dived into her bins and resurfaced with shopping lists.

Spears, we learn, likes Oreos, pasta, Sprite, gritz, Dr Pepper, flowers, Red Bull, pizzas, cheese, ham, “Boobs” and a “Nose (talk to nose guy)”.

Aside from being an adult human who shops like Yogi Bear, Spears’ shopping for body parts is a curiosity. Does she collects tits and nostrils, aiming to create the ultimate Hollywood museum of add-ons, exhibits to include Jennifer Aniston’s nose tip, Cher’s laughter lines and an introductory talk from the ‘living exhibit’ who bought Michael Jackson’s fire damaged hair.

Or are the words codes for a kind of Hollywood sustenance?

Dive, dive, dive!

Posted: 17th, July 2015 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Naked Kim Kardashian is the body of Travis Perkins

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Kim Kardashian’s pose for System magazine (see above) reveals how the porno-to-selfie star would would appear if she were buried in an earthquake and excavated hundreds of years from now, her skin and hair preserved by the unguents and lacquers of her age.

Future forensic scientists should note that the specimen can be reinvigorated with a sudden burst of flash photography and the cry: ‘Kim. Over ‘ere luv!”

The tableau you see was created by Mr Kim, aka Kanye West, who wanted to realise what her in doors would look like living in a cutaway ants’ nest whilst reassuring Travis Perkins and any number of quarries that Kim is available to endorse their products.

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Worthing cyclist murdered in suspected road rage attack: why was Don Lock killed?

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Don Lock, 79, was in a car on his way home from a cycle club meeting when, reportedly, he accidentally hit the back of a 34-year-old man’s classic car. The precise details of what happened are not yet fully known. But the result is that Mr Lock is dead, killed by multiple knife wounds.

The alleged killer drove off, leaving Mr Lock to die on the A24 in the village of Findon in West Sussex close to Worthing.

Witness George Lister tells the BBC:

“It must have been quite a ferocious attack in a couple of seconds, with the wounds that he had. Obviously, he [Mr Lock] was trying to protect himself. He was nearly 80 years of age, he wasn’t a big built man, just an average slightly overweight fellow. He was a human being, wasn’t he? Then the man who had done it ran off like a dog – he just couldn’t wait to get away.”

Dogs behave better.

Sussex Police have made an arrest.

Mr Lock if mourned by his wife Maureen, 77,  children and grandchildren.


A tearful Maureen Lock told waiting reporters: “We were married for 55 years and it ends like this” as she was comforted by family members.

Alan Palmer, 70, club secretary of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club, told the Times:

“Don Lock was a kind gentle family man and a good friend. He was a key member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club in fact, the backbone of the club for many years. He was always well respected through the cycling fraternity he was a member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club for over 50 years and served the club well in many different roles… His death will be an irreplaceable loss to the club and our thoughts are with the family to whom the club will off their total support.”

Det Supt Adam Hibbert, of the Sussex and Surrey major crime branch, said:

“A man is in custody on suspicion of murder. I continue to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision on the A24 at 8.40pm last night, or who may have CCTV or dashboard cameras of the area at that time, to come to assist our investigation.”

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of Mr Lock.

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Anorak Spots: Lionel Messi grows a moustache; South London sinks; my 1950s dream sewing machine

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I Just Love My New Sewing Machine: I suppose it’s easy to make fun of these midcentury homemakers so ecstatic for their new appliances and cleaning equipment. But it was a different time. Where today an ironing board might not make the perfect gift for your wife; in 1950, it might have made her the happiest homemaker on the block. Let’s have a look at these Atomic Age wives and their shiny new homemaking equipment… Flashbak

Football Art: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar Et Al Re-Imagined As Ye Olde Time Footballers (Photos): Lionel Messi grows a moustache and get the Brylcream contract – WhoAteAllThePies

South London sinksNick Cobb built an 8ft x 4ft model of a post-apocalyptic South London– where the dragons live  – MessyNessy

Barack Obama defeats Iran: Obama has reached out and moved the debate on. Why bomb when you can talk? – Vox

Float: a new sitcom based in a new media agency – YouTube

80s-inspired short reveals Pluto’s secrets:  Millivette Gonzalez, Tabia Lees and Valerie Sattazahn focused their senior project at Ringling College of Art and Design on the downgrading of Pluto, creating a retrospective homage to the often ignored planet – CreativeBloq

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