Anorak

News | Anorak - Part 20

News Category

We don’t just report off-beat news, breaking news and digest the best and worst of the news media analysis and commentary. We give an original take on what happened and why. We add lols, satire, news photos and original content.

Call Carlton The Doorman: Broadway Producers Sue Actress Valerie Harper For Having Brain Cancer

PA 17770444 Call Carlton The Doorman: Broadway Producers Sue Actress Valerie Harper For Having Brain Cancer

YOU can assume that having brain cancer is difficult enough to deal with, but actress Valerie Harper is finding out that there’s things worse than brain cancer.

And that’s having brain cancer and being sued for it.

That’s right! The clearly sensitive and empathetic playwright, Matthew Lombardo and several Broadway producers, are suing someone with a spectacularly dreadful illness!

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is This The Most Epic Photograph Ever Taken At A Dog Show?

IS this the most epic photograph ever taken a dog show:

 

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Venezuela: You Won’t Believe The Crap Hugo Chavez Spent The Bolivarian Revolution Oil Money On

PA 19674411 Venezuela: You Wont Believe The Crap Hugo Chavez Spent The Bolivarian Revolution Oil Money On

In this April 24, 2014 photo, a sculpture decorated with newspaper clippings is on display near the site where anti-government student protesters are camping out in Bolivar square in the Chacao municipality of Caracas, Venezuela. 

 

THIS is a story to really take the cake. So, Chavez in Venezuela, decided to start spending the oil money on improving the society. OK, that’s a good idea. But then we come to what he actually started spending the money on. Like a farm with no water. No, really:

Work on William Lara, the rural version of the Steel City, stopped last year after about $120 million was spent on clearing the land and building the first 176 houses.

The construction will resume after the government figures out a way of bringing water to the site 125 miles south of Caracas, Agriculture Minister Yvan Gil said.

“This is a technical problem, that our specialists are working to resolve,” Gil, 41, said in an interview in his Caracas office on April 10. “The project is advancing.”

That’s a pretty big thing to overlook when you’re planning a farm, where the hell’s the water going to come from?

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Money, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Max Clifford: If He’s So Good At PR Why Does Everyone Think He’s Such A Cock?

max clifford robert murat Max Clifford: If Hes So Good At PR Why Does Everyone Think Hes Such A Cock?

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of 8 counts of indecent assault.

The BBC:

Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15. The 71-year-old, from Surrey, was convicted of a string of assaults which happened over nearly 20 years.

Before the verdict, Max represented (according to his website):

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

IN the 1950s, Lucky Tiger would seduce the girls. If you got really lucky, you could mount their heads.

tiger 1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic Adverts: ‘Tolerant Lesbian Mona (w), 31 Searches For A Shared Apartment In Berlin’

advert Epic Adverts: Tolerant Lesbian Mona (w), 31 Searches For A Shared Apartment In Berlin

 

THIS is great. Mona “(w), 31 searches in shared apartment in Berlin Friedrichshain”.

Tolerant Lesbian tolerant you

Min Room Size: 20m ² Max Rent: € 5

I, 31, am a good-natured open leftist* and openly feminist student of history (HU) and am searching a cosmopolitan and anti-capitalistic apartment to share with others in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg. You need to be open minded when it comes to other lifestyle models and tolerance should be among your top values. Moreover it would be super if there was already a washing machine that I could also use in the apartment.

I don’t like aggressions and power games, and so I’m searching for an apartment that is 100% shared by women who are active against terror, war, racial madness, fascism, chauvinism and US cultural imperialism. I am myself a vegan and think that long-term living together makes sense when absolutely no animal-based products find a place in my apartment.

In general I am easy to get along with, but must also be able to say where the limits are and when I don’t want to see anyone. For me this is part of an honest cohabitation. In the past unfortunately I often have had to make the experience of putting up with people who stayed around even when I asked them to (temporarily) leave the apartment.

In return for a room (20-30 sqm) I offer work in the household, repairs and discussions (also therapeutic). Money is the lever of the powerful with which I cannot identify with. But because I respect other views, I would be willing to contribute to WLAN and electricity (even it belongs to the fundamental needs of a person and thus MUST be provided free of charge.)

I’m looking forward to the “casting”.

Mona

*Anarcho-syndicalism (but do not always agree with the International Workers Association)”

Mona is willing to pay is 5 euros.

Spotter: here, via NoTrickZone, Viz for the picture

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1947: Edward Moffitt And His Stable Of 80 Albino Racing Rats

FLASHBACK to June 30, 1947, to see Edward Moffitt and his stable of 80 albino racing rats at his home in San Francisco.

Mr Moffitt clocks his rats over the 150-foot course (50 turns of the treadmill) and notes the times. Moffitt’’s newly patented rat race is elaborately equipped with six treadmills, dials, buzzers, bells and trick lights which together set up a terrifying clamour when the winner crosses the “finish lines.”

 

PA 11863532 1947: Edward Moffitt And His Stable Of 80 Albino Racing Rats

 

The Reading Eagle’s report said rats are “a terror to women and a boon to medical science…”

They are a terror to men, also. And – hold the front page – some women love them.

Said Moffitt:

“Look at all the little people of the world, most of them have been in the human treadmill, going around in circles and getting no place. They love to watch my rats do the same thing.”

 

Screen shot 2014 04 28 at 08.08.52 1947: Edward Moffitt And His Stable Of 80 Albino Racing Rats

 

 

 

 

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1937: Matt Busby’s Liverpool FC Take On Chelsea

FLASHBACK to August 28th 1937:

Football League Division One: Chelsea v Liverpool at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool goalkeeper Arthur Riley (r) saves, watched by teammate Matt Busby (second l) and Chelsea’s Harry Burgess (l) and Jimmy Argue (c)

PA 2955286 2 1937: Matt Busbys Liverpool FC Take On Chelsea

 

Matt Busby… Whatever happened to him..?

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Liverpool | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

PA 6338216 How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

A rare blue Matchbox No.34 Volkswagen van with black wheel’s, valued between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds

 

IN1965, Matchbox toys were die-cast objects of delight, produced by LESley Smith and RodNEY SMith’s Lesney Products & Co. Ltd.

 

PA 13433485 How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

Queen Elizabeth II watches as miniature models are spread on a conveyor belt during her visit to the makers of the “Matchbox” models series – Lesney Products and Company Ltd – at Hackney Wick, London. Date: 12/11/1969

 

This video show us how they were made:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edward Snowden: The ‘Messiah’ Who Won You A Pulitzer And Himself A Halo

PA 19186971 Edward Snowden: The Messiah Who Won You A Pulitzer And Himself A Halo

A carnival float depicting US president Obama putting whistleblower Edward Snowden on an electric chair prior the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany’s carnival season on Rosemonday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Date: 03/03/2014

 

WHAT is your view on the Pulitzer Prize committee awarding their prize for Public Service to The Washington Post and The Guardian for featuring Edward Snowden and his haul of National Security Agency documents?

What did you make of it? Right? Wrong?

Read the rest of this entry »

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


Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

MADELEINE McCann: the Sunday Express has Our Maddie on her usual place: the front page.

Daily Express Weekend newspaper front page Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

The headline is sensational. But which Maddie Suspect? Which shirt? Found by whom?

James Murray explains:

A FORMER Scotland Yard detective has uncovered a sensational clue that could help solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Peter Bleksley believes the shirt worn by the prime suspect was a rare design produced by beer company Super Bock.

The shirt is this one seen below, reportedly worn by the man linked to attacks on children in Portugal.

 

Screen shot 2014 04 27 at 06.51.44 Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

 

So. The man who is no longer a serving policeman – who is not working on the case in any official capacity – has found this shirt?

It was not sold but given away to loyal customers and should be possible to trace. The suspect is a child sex attacker who has been operating for years in the area of Portugal where Madeleine vanished in 2007.

His burgundy coloured top with a distinctive white ­circle on the back was described by the families of two of his victims.

We thought it looked not a lot unlike this top, as worn by Arsenal FC:

 

arsenal Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

 

Back to Mr Bleksley, 54, “a founder member of the Yard’s undercover squad”, who tells the paper:

“Some people have suggested it bore a resemblance to a strip once worn by the Arsenal football team.”

Yes. We did.

“However, I think a more likely explanation could be that the man was wearing one of these Super Bock promotional T-shirts.”

More likely? So. He hasn’t found the top worn by the suspect, then?

This is the logo for Super Bock beer:

 

 Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

And this is a super Bock Tee:

 

SUPERBOCK T Shirts Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

What else do we know about Mt Bleksley? His twitter profile tells us:

I write, consult, and comment upon subjects that I know a lot about. Policing, crime, security. Husband. Dad to 3 great sons. Love sport, especially QPR. London

The Guardian tells us he is “a director and co-owner of a business intelligence company”.

So. He’s an independent, self-employed man on the case. All power to him. He’s doing the job of an investigative journalist. He adds:

“From speaking to bar owners I know the design for these T-shirts changes every year and only a certain number are handed out to regular customers. Therefore, it would be possible to check back on all the designs and the years they were produced and see which one bears most similarity to that witnessed by families of victims. Then it would be possible to check the distribution of the T-shirts to see where they were given out. Not all pubs bother with the promotion so through a process of elimination it may be possible to narrow down where such shirts may have been handed out and then bar owners could be asked about their customers.

“We know that some victims said the man smelt of stale alcohol and tobacco and that he had a pot belly, so that would suggest he was a regular drinker or may have worked in a pub or restaurant.”

So. Has he found one?

super man Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

 

In the Algarve resort of Carvoeiro we found a tradesman wearing one of the shirts with the words Super Man on it. He said he had owned the shirt for a number of years.

No. He hasn’t found one.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

PA 19319134 1 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

These articles – except the bullet-holed diary – were found by police in the possession of Ian Ball, 26, who pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to attempting to kidnap Princess Anne, attempted murder of two police officers and wounding two civilians. The diary belonged to shot PC Michael Hills, with the bullet that pierced it still lodged in his liver. On the table are handcuffs, two pairs of which are locked together to provide leg shackles, keys for the handcuffs, gloves worn by Ball during the incident, six spent rounds, three live rounds and 39 spares for the .22 gun and a .38 Astra with five spent rounds and 19 spares. Date: 22/05/1974

 

ON March 20, 1974, Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace along Pall Mall in their Rolls-Royce, driven by Alexander Callender. Rowena Brassey, the Princess’s Lady-in-waiting, was sitting in the car across from the Princess. Next to her was Anne’s armed bodyguard, Inspector James Wallace Beaton.

 

 

PA 19319313 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

At the wheel of his Royal Rolls Royce in the royal mews of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is Alexander Callender, of Edinburgh, who has been 20 years in the royal service as a chauffeur. He won the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his part in protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne by Ian Ball. Date: 05/07/1974

 

Another car approached. This white Ford Escort forced the Roller to stop by blocking their route. A man got out. He was Ian Ball, 26, an unemployed labourer from north London.

Beaton got of the Rolls.

 

PA 19319597 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Exterior front view of No.3 Christchurch Road, Crouch Hill, London, which was accommodation used by Ian Ball.
Date: 17/05/1974

 

He had two guns. He fired six shots at the Princess’s car. He shot Beaton on the shoulder.

Ball then rushed to the Rolls. He tried to open the rear door, where Anne was still seated. Anne and Captain Phillips held it shut. Brassey crawled out the other door. Beaton crawled back in. Ball fired. The bullet hit Beaton’s raised hand. Ball shot Beaton again.

 

 

Callendar got our the car. He confronted the gunman. Ball shot him in the chest. Ball now managed to prise open the rear door. He grabbed Anne’s arm. Ball addressed her:

“Please, come out. You’ve got to come.”

Phillips took hold of her. The men pulled. Anne’s dress tore.

 

PA 800324 1 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

 

Seven men came to the aide of the Princess.

Among them was tabloid journalist, a former boxer, two chauffeurs and three policemen.

 

PA 19319445 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Sun journalist Brian McConnell, 46, was shot in the chest by Ian Ball during the fired by Ian Ball during the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne in Pall Mall. Date: 20/03/1974

 

PC Michael Hills, 22, heard the shots and attended. He was hit in the stomach. Hills radioed for help.

Ronald Russell, a company cleaning executive, was driving home from work. He saw the commotion. He’d seen Ball shoot Hills. Russell, a 6’4” former boxer, advanced on Ball. Russell would later say:

“I pulled over and heard a lot of banging and smashing which I thought was the general rumpus. But then Ball shot a policeman, and I thought ‘that’s a liberty, he needs sorting’.”

The kidnapping was not going to plan.

A second chauffeur, one Glenmore Martin, now parked his car in front of Ball’s rented car.

Sun journalist John Brian McConnell had been following in a taxi. He got out. He told Ball:

“Don’t be silly, old boy. Put the gun down.”

Ball shot him.

As Ball made once more for the Princess, Russell punched him in the back of the head.

Ball ran around the car towards the princess, she jumped back in with Phillips, shutting the door. Ronald Russell then punched Ball in the face. He said:

“Ball had a gun at her head. I lent in to the car and said ‘come this way Anne, you’ll be safe.’ I pulled her out and held her in front of me. Ball got behind me, and I thought ‘if he shoots me in the back it won’t hurt as much’. I turned and we were face to face. He was pointing a gun at me. I hit him fair and square on the chin. He went down and police were everywhere.”

The place was now swarming with police.

Ball ran.

 

PA 19326103 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Ron Russell, 28, of Chester Road, Strood, helped Princess Anne during the royal’s attempted kidnapping in Pall Mall.

 

Ball ran through through St. James Park.

Peter Edmonds, a temporary detective constable, gave chase. He tossed his coat over Ball’s head, rugby tackled him and made an arrest.

 

 

PA 19319415 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Sir Robert Mark (r) talks with the three police officers who are to receive bravery awards for protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnapping by Ian Ball. (l-r) PC Michael Hills receives the George Medal, Detective Constable Peter Edmonds is awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Princess Anne’s bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton is awarded the George Cross. Date: 05/07/1974

 

 

PA 7090585 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

A wounded man is carried into the waiting ambulance

 

PA 19319930 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Soon after attempted kidnap of Princess Anne, police officers search among the daffodils blooming at the side of the Mall.

 

Ball had rented the escort.

When searched, police found the haul you see in the first photograph above: handcuffs, Valium, a ransom letter addressed to the Queen – he would demand £2 million in £5 notes, the money stuffed into 20 unlocked suitcases and sent by plane to Switzerland.

 

PA 19319570 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

The Royal car in which Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips had been travelling in when it was stopped by bullets in a kidnap attempt on the Princess in Pall Mall, London. Date: 20/03/1974

 

Smithsonian Mag:

Journalists scrambled to pull together theories on how a mentally ill, unemployed man could have masterminded a well-funded kidnapping attempt on his own. An office clerk told a reporter that the police had traced a typewriter that Ball had rented to write the ransom letter. Papers reported that one line of the letter read “Anne will be shot dead.” Days after the kidnapping attempt, a group calling themselves the Marxist-Leninist Activist Revolutionary Movement sent a letter claiming responsibility to The Times of London. Scotland Yard dismissed any connection between that group and Ian Ball. Others recognized a familiar theme in the reported content of the ransom letter, in which Ball had allegedly stated that he would donate the Queen’s ransom to the National Health Services. One month before, a group identifying as the Symbionese Liberation Army had kidnapped Patricia Hearst. In its communication with the Hearst family, the SLA said that they would return the young woman if her family donated what would amount to millions of dollars of food to hungry Californians.

 

 

PA 19319591 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Princess Anne chats to her wounded bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton at Westminster Hospital. Inspector James Beaton was injured during Ian Ball’s attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall.
Date: 25/03/1974

 

 

 

PA 19319596 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

Princess Anne talks to PC Michael Hills, who was injured during Ian Ball’s attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall.
Date: 25/03/1974

 

 

PA 19319705 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

A Scotland Yard picture of Police Constable Michael Hills, a 22-year-old bachelor living at Croydon, Surrey, who was on duty outside St James’s Palace when he heard a gun fire. He was wounded in the chest as he approached gunman Ian Ball and collapsed after using his personal radio to report: “I have been shot”. PC Hills joined the Metropolitan Police ‘A’ Division at Cannon Row last may, straight from training school. Date: 21/03/1974

 

Ball was tried.

PA 19319680 The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

A closed police van, with Ian Ball inside, arrives at Bow Street Court. The unemployed 26-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempting to murder Princess Anne’s bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton, in Pall Mall.Date: 21/03/1974

 

Ball told the court:

“I would like to say that I did it because I wished to draw attention to the lack of facilities for treating mental illness under the National Health Service.”

 

ian ball The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

 

Ball admitted to attempted murder and kidnapping. He was sentenced to a life term in a mental health facility. He would end up in Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatric hospital.

Ball was prosecuted for the attempted murder of the princess’s detective, and various offences under the Offences Against the Person Act, but he was not, perhaps surprisingly, charged with treason; threatening the life of, or kidnapping, the Sovereign’s daughter with the intent of extorting money from the Royal family is not treasonable in the absence of an actual violation.

Ronald Russell was decorated for valour, the Queen pinned the George Cross medal to him and said:

“The medal is from the Queen of England, the thank you is from Anne’s mother.”

Princess Anne seemed fairly cool, telling Michael Parkinson on his TV chatshow:

“It’s fair to say that if anyone was very intent on wiping one out it would be very easy to do.”

Earlier she had said:

“It was all so infuriating; I kept saying I didn’t want to get out of the car, and I was not going to get out of the car. I nearly lost my temper with him, but I knew that if I did, I should hit him and he would shoot me.”

Ian Ball has neither been heard of not seen. He is non-person.

Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life In The Hollywood Petri Dish: In 1966 Eddie Fisher Married Connie Stevens And Liz Taylor Looked On

PA 7282063 Life In The Hollywood Petri Dish: In 1966 Eddie Fisher Married Connie Stevens And Liz Taylor Looked On

 

ON January 30, 1967, singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens (nee Concetta Anna Ingolia) announced their engagement at New York’s Plymouth Theatre.

He wore hair oil. She wore furs.

Eddie was the former TV show called Coke Time.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


“If He Fires Me, I’ll Thank Him For It”: Five Great Character Moments in the Timothy Dalton James Bond Era

 

bond3 300x129 “If He Fires Me, I’ll Thank Him For It”:  Five Great Character Moments in the Timothy Dalton James Bond Era

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Legal Highs: Kids Smear Burt’s Bees On Their Eyes To Get A Buzz

breezin Legal Highs: Kids Smear Burts Bees On Their Eyes To Get A Buzz

 

FASTER than the officials can ban ways of getting high, the kids are finding news ways to get goofed.

They’ve tried smoking bed bugs, and those still able to move and use their hands have moved on to “Beezin”.

‘What’s that?’ you ask.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Essex Police On Patrol In Chelmsford Blast Sound of da Police by KRS One

essex police Essex Police On Patrol In Chelmsford Blast Sound of da Police by KRS One

 

GOOD to see that Essex Police patrolling the mean streets of Chelmsford, Essex, has downloaded our compilation of the Greatest Songs ABout The Police (not all of them in favour. But was it right for one of the force’s marked police car to blast from its speakers Sound of da Police by KRS One?

 

 

 

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We have viewed the footage and are looking into the matter.”

Read the rest of this entry »

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


Fancy A Shag? Then Chase The Bird With The Fat Arse

fat arse Fancy A Shag? Then Chase The Bird With The Fat Arse

 

 

NICE, eh. The conclusion from the latest piece of research into human sexuality says that men looking for sex should chase women with big bums. That’s not quite how they actually describe the results of their research, this is true, but it is indeed what they mean.

What they’ve done is go and question women about their sexual behaviour. They’ve also measure the width of their hips (this is the bone measurement, not the muscle and fat over it). And they’ve found that women with wider hips are more likely to have a one night stand (ie, a quick shag with someone met in the pub) than women with narrower hips. Thus, obviously, if you’re looking for that quick shag then chase the birds with the fatter bum.

Where they might be wrong though is in their explanation:

The researchers, led by Professor Colin Hendrie, suggest that women with wider hips have more sexual partners because the birth process is generally easier and less traumatic for them than for smaller-hipped women (below 31cm).

He said: ‘Women’s hip width has a direct impact on their risk of potentially fatal childbirth-related injury. It seems that when women have control over their own sexual activity this risk is reflected in their behaviour.

‘Women’s sexual activity is therefore at least in part influenced by hip width.’

That’s a fun theory but it does require that women have some great knowledge of the risks of childbirth and also of the size of their own hip bones: as above, this isn’t the same as their actual hip size.

Other, rather more believable, theories can be used. For example, our society is obsessed with the idea that women are more attractive if they are thin. This means that women who are thin have greater choice about who they have sex with: and it’s a fairly standard part of the analysis of female sexuality that women are less likely than men to be looking for that quick shag. They’d prefer (not, not all all the time, but prefer) the beginning of a relationship to a sweaty fumble. And if thinness is what gives the ability to pick and choose among suitors then those rather broader of beam are going to find themselves offering the sex first in the possible hope that it will become the relationship.

Yes, I know, it all sounds rather sexist but then we are talking about sex. And there’s very good evidence that fat birds are dirtier in bed too, put out more often, for exactly these reasons.

I believe the numbers and results of this research but not the reasoning on offer as to why it happens.

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


5 Unspeakably Awful Songs of 1980s Horror Cinema

rrnightmare 5 Unspeakably Awful Songs of 1980s Horror Cinema

 

HORROR movies, like any other genre, are products of their time. So, naturally, their soundtracks are going to reflect the popular music of the day. This can be a good thing…. or a devastating handicap when the popular music of the day is disco and breakdancing. Yet, many horror flicks of the 1980s managed to get it right. The soundtrack to Halloween is expertly menacing, as were the soundtracks to Dario Argento’s films (thanks in no small part to Goblin). Perhaps one day we’ll look at the ones that did things right, but today we’re looking at the ones who did things oh so terribly wrong.

 

 

Graduation Day (1981)
“Everybody Wants to be the Winner”

 

I don’t know who sings this opening song, but I can only assume it’s a coked up Leo Sayer. Granted, I’m not a horror movie expert, but I think I’m correct in assuming the opening sequence of a horror film shouldn’t incite peals of mocking laughter. I could be wrong.

 

 

Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982)
Main Titles

 

An excellent song to breakdance to, I’m sure; however, it seems utterly ridiculous as the opening theme to a slasher movie. The rather disturbing head on a table juxtaposed with a beat-box jam is downright laughable. This would have been right at home as the theme to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, not a horror movie. I suppose you could make the argument that the Friday the 13th films weren’t exactly serious horror films. Whatever the case, this breakdancing opener is still a laugh.

 

 

The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Music by 4 Out Of 5 Doctors

 

The band in the following video clip is “4 Out of 5 Doctors”, who play several songs throughout the film. When you watch this clip, be sure to pay attention to the part where the 3 girls are checking out a “cute” guy who winks at them – this may very well be cinema’s finest moment.

 

sororityrow frame 5 Unspeakably Awful Songs of 1980s Horror Cinema

 

This dude is sporting what was commonly referred to as the “butt cut”. This scene is just priceless – I want to give this dude a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

4 Out of 5 Doctors actually released a few albums, and were Billboard’s “best new band” one month. In an interview with PM Magazine, the band stated their debut record took five years to craft – each day methodically perfecting the ultimate album.

Hmmm…. not quite. They were also the house band in another horror flick, The Boogieman (1980).

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)
“We Live To Rock” by Jon Mikl Thor

 

You’ve heard the phrase “so bad it’s good.” Well, this is “so bad it’s a blight upon all mankind.” Bodybuilder turned heavy-metal train-wreck, Thor, takes metal music to the absolute bottom of the barrel. Picture the worst songs by Quiet Riot, Ratt, and Twisted Sister all rolled into one. Oddly enough, Thor’s music ends up being the only thing remotely horrifying in the entire film.

 

The Pod People (1983)
“Burning Rubber Tires”

 

Repetitive, woefully generic, and best of all, the lyrics are incomprehensible. This would have been terrible on a record, but this embarrassing mess is being filmed, and the results are beyond cringeworthy. The moment at the end when the supposed rock star signals “It Stinks” has become something of an iconic moment among B-movie nerds. Most of the notoriety of “Hear the Engines Roll Now” is owed to Mystery Science Theatre 3000 who parodied it brilliantly.

 

 

For those wanting to read the lyrics (and I’m assuming that’s literally everyone reading this article), here they are in their entirety. You’re welcome.

With a fickle mind we kick the nickel beer
Steady as a goat, we’re flying over trout.
Ghetto down the highway at the speed of light;
All I want to feel now is the wind in my eyes.
Sack of monkeys in my pocket
My sister’s ready to go.

Hear the engine roar now
Idiot control now
Hideous control now
Ninny on the road now.
Minnie in control, wheel’s on fire, burning rubber tires.

Leer at jelly rolls now
Hiddy let’s it go now
Ninny inches po down
Pityin’ a po’ boy
Hear the engines roar, bees on pie, burning rubber tires.

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


Housing Association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend Offers Bedroom Tax Victims A Free Creme Egg

HOW was the bedroom tax for you? Did you manage to save for your next egg? Did you keep up with payments? The Housing association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend thanks you for fighting on through the austerity crisis by sending you a letter in the post and the chance to pick up a 60p ‘Creme Egg’.

Locals are welcome to take their own (rotten) eggs round to the Money Matters team and return the favour.

cream egg bedroom tax Housing Association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend Offers Bedroom Tax Victims A Free Creme Egg

Spotter: Felicity Morse ‏@FelicityMorse  7h

 

Posted: 24th, April 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

PA 1218017 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

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

 

PA 10285717 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

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

 

shpherds bush murders 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

On 12 August 1966:

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

 

PA 18241418 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

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

 

PA 3565278 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

The hunt for the killers was on:

 

PA 1224305 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

PA 3565249 1 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

The Independent recalled the murders:

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

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

 

 

harry roberts 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

 

Roberts went on the run, hiding on Epping Forest.

 

Screen shot 2014 04 24 at 18.14.59 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

 

Screen shot 2014 04 24 at 18.55.45 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

 

 

Screen shot 2014 04 24 at 18.13.27 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

 

 

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

 

PA 10242576 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

Roberts knew how to hide. He would later say:

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

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

PA 1774692 1 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

All three were sentenced to life in prison. 

John Duddy died in Parkhurst prison on 8 February 1981.

John Witney was released in 1991.

 

PA 11126607 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

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

 

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

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

 

 

His time in prison had not been uneventful:

 

Screen shot 2014 04 24 at 18.09.01 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

The Times, March 30, 1973

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

You can buy a Harry Roberts T-shirt:

 

Screen shot 2014 04 24 at 17.35.10 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

 

And you can watch the TV show of the novel:

 

he kills coppers 1966: When Harry Roberts Killed Coppers And A Dalek Looked The Other Way

The Times reviews:

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

 

 

The Times again:

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

After the deaths come the myth and the glamour…

Spotters: National Archives, Black Kalendar

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


1973: Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Played At 33 RPM Reveals An Unexpected Secret

jolene 33 1973: Dolly Partons Jolene Played At 33 RPM Reveals An Unexpected Secret

 

IN 1973, Dolly Parton released the song Jolene. It would become a smash hit.

Mark Wigmore gives some background to the great song:

There are several myths and legends about Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene.” It’s been said that the song is about a bank teller who had been flirting with her husband. There’s another story about a ten-year-old girl named Jolene who asked Parton for her autograph after a concert. But the real story is that of Parton striking out on her own after parting ways with her long-time mentor, Porter Wagoner...

 

PA 8638002 1973: Dolly Partons Jolene Played At 33 RPM Reveals An Unexpected Secret

Country music singer Porter Wagoner is shown in West Plains, Mo., Sept. 25, 1971.

 

Jolene was her first single after Dolly made the decision to embark on her solo career. It was released in October of 1973 and reached the number one position on the country charts in the U.S. and Canada in February of ’74. It was also her first song to cross over to the pop charts. “I Will Always Love You” followed suit a few months later. By the middle of 1975, Dolly had five number one hits in a row and a bona fide superstar was born.

 

PA 6744817 2 1973: Dolly Partons Jolene Played At 33 RPM Reveals An Unexpected Secret

American singer Dolly Parton arrived at Heathrow airport to take part in the eighth International Festival of Country Music at Wembley. Date: 16/04/1976

 

But did you know that when played at 33 RPM, it sounds like this:

 

 

Spotter: Fraser Nelson

Posted: 24th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Music, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1984: New York Subway Commuters Giggle At Nude Walter Mondale On A Penthouse Magazine Cover

FLASHBACK to May 12, 1984:

Subway commuters point to a poster sporting a caricature of a nearly nude Walter Mondale that promotes the current issue of Penthouse Magazine at a Times Square Station in New York. CBGB, the birthplace of punk rock, is gone. No longer can visitors to Coney Island plunk down a few coins to play the unsettling attraction called “Shoot the Freak.” And seedy, edgy, anything-might-happen Times Square? These days, it’s all but childproof. Around countless corners, the weird, unexpected, edgy, grimy New York _ the town that so many looked to for so long as a relief from cookie-cutter America _ has evolved into something else entirely: tamed, prepackaged, even predictable. (AP Photo/Jim Lukoski, File)

PA 10073882 1 1984: New York Subway Commuters Giggle At Nude Walter Mondale On A Penthouse Magazine Cover

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