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NICOLAS Anelka’s controversial celebration after scoring for West Brom at Upton Park – the notorious quenelle salute, made famous by his comedian friend Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala – will be debated for weeks to come.
But he is by no means the first footballer to find himself in hot water following an impetuous or ill-judged gesture…
During his time at Lazio, Paolo Di Canio is alleged to have said he was a fascist, and he certainly did nothing to dispel this impression with his salutes. When appointed manager of Sunderland he apologised for any offence caused by the gesture and said that comments about his political beliefs had been taken out of context.
And just to even things up, here once again is the England team in Berlin….
Flicking the Vs
Now sadly dying out, the ‘V-sign’ (meaning ‘fu*k off’) was once the most offensive gesture available to native Britons.
In 1971 it briefly became known as ‘doing a Harvey Smith’ after the pugnacious Yorkshire show jumper greeted the judges with said sign after winning the British Show Jumping Derby. He was fined his entire winnings (two grand) for his troubles.
Footballers were partial to it too. That is to say, bad boys like boozing, smoking, womanising, drug-taking lower-league legend Robin Friday…
As was Charlie George, whose 1972 effort at Derby was dismissed by Arsenal team-mate Alan Ball as ‘a bit of devilment’, which is ‘part and parcel of the game’. Ball said Charlie had learned his lesson, but he was up to his old tricks at his next club (Derby County, ironically) in 1975…
In more recent times, Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor were banned from playing for Scotland on account of this gesture at team officials, committed while relegated to the bench for turning up drunk at a training session…
Another good old British tradition, kept alive by a Frenchman. David Ginola, who did the ‘wanker’ gesture at BT Sport host Jake Humphrey, who was oblivious to the insult, but later apologised on air.
Unfortunately German football journalist Raphael Honigstein repeated the gesture on another BT Sport show shortly afterwards. He claimed afterwards that he didn’t realise they were on air…
Jack Wilshere found himself in trouble recently after giving the finger to Manchester city fans, whom he accused of insulting his children. ‘Shouldn’t of [sic] reacted the way I did but I know all you dads out there love your kids the way I do…’ he tweeted later.
Here’s Becks doing the same to England fans at the Euro 2000…
The dark side of the moon
Robbie Fowler’s baiting of Graham Le Saux was widely assumed to be anti-gay in intent, as he repeatedly bent over and proffered his backside to the Chelsea defender.
And the light side…
Where else to turn but to ARSEnal’s Sammy Nelson? The popular defender famously dropped his shorts at Highbury having netted for both sides during the Gunners’ game against Coventry in 1979.
Not to be sniffed at
Robbie Fowler had a few run-ins with authority, but the only other time he got into trouble for a shirt-lifting-related incident, it was for lifting his team jersey to reveal a t-shirt supporting the striking Liverpool dockers, who had been sold out and abandoned by their union.
On a less serious note, his ‘coke’ celebration, in which he snorted the goal line, remains a classic.
Tim Cahill ‘did the handcuffs’ for his goal brother Sean, who was in jail for GBH at the time.
… while Ipswich’s Norris did the same for former team-mate Luke McCormick, who was doing time for killing people in a car crash.
And finally, the most incendiary of the lot…
Paul Gascoigne’s 1998 celebration in front of Celtic fans earned him a £20,000 fine and a series of death threats. He claimed not to have realized the symbolic significance of his antics – an excuse that would be preposterous coming from anyone else, but which is just about plausible in Gazza’s case…
CAN YOU GUESS which Victoria’s Secret models come from 1984 and which are from recent catalogs? I’ll give you a hint: the ones from 1984 resemble actual human females.
WHEN West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicholas Anelka scored in Saturday’s draw with West Ham he preformed a “reverse Nazi salute”. Oddly, the reverse Nazi is not an anti-racism statement. It’s one steeped in anti-Semitism. After thousands of years of persecution, Anelka’s friend, Dieudonne M’balla M’balla, created a new way to insult Jews. It might even be trademarked.
The gesture is called the “quenelle”. It’s big in France. French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered.
France’s Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron has condemned Anelka son Twitter calling it a “shocking provocation”. And it is to those it’s meant to hurt.
LOCAL News Watch: The Bournemouth Echo reports:
Steak and kidney pie ‘destroyed’ in cooking fire
CAN it be true? Will cyclists be shunted upstair to a SkyCycle routeway?
SkyCycle will be 10 routes running from east London to Liverpool Street Station. The 136miles of tracks will cost around £200m. Maybe.
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IT BOGGLES the mind to think that computers which literally filled rooms a few decades ago couldn’t come close to the computers that easily fit in the palm of our hand today. That phone in your pocket can do much more than the giant whirring behemoths brought in on a wench in 1973… It’s an amazing advancement when you stop and think about it.
Old science fiction movies and television shows which attempted to depict the computers of tomorrow never predicted anything coming close the compactness of an iPad. They definitely overshot the artificial intelligence aspect [HAL from 2001:A Space Odyssey (1968), Colossus from Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), Proteus from The Demon Seed (1977), etc.] but seemingly overlooked the possibility that these things might get small. In other words, we knew they’d get smarter, but we always assumed they’d stay big.
Milwaukee Cop Who Forced Scores Of Anal Cavity Searches At Gunpoint Sentenced to Just Two Years Jail
TO Milwaukee, where violent, perverted nutcase Michael Vagnini has been served justice:
“This gentleman violently inserted his finger into dozens of victims’ anuses. Sometimes his friends held guns to the victims’ heads to force them to comply. Why was he sentenced to just two years in prison? Because he was an officer with the Milwaukee police department!”
He probed people’s insides until they bled. In one instance, two police held a man’s arms, a third cop aimed a gun at his head and Vagnini held him in a chock hold whilst inserting his fingers inside the victim’s rectum. He wore no gloves. By law, only medical personal are allowed to conduct rectal searches.
“God would have to shift — and God doesn’t. God’s word is the same, yesterday, today, a million years from now. This is sin. But to wink at sin and to tell somebody it’s okay when I know the consequences what will happen one day, when they have to stand before God, so I want to warn people.”
What about Pope Francis, who opined:
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”
YOU might laugh. The team who headed to Antarcticato seek out evidence of global warming have become at one with the scenery:
Professor Turney and his UNSW colleague Professor Chris Fogwill are leading a team of 60 scientists, including meteorologists, marine ecologists, oceanographers, ice-core and tree-ring specialists. The research stakes are high because the Antarctic is one of the great engines of the world’s oceans, winds and weather, especially in Australia.
Prof. Turney is the Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales. He and his colleagues have become stuck in the ice. Why is the Akademik Shokalskiy not moving?
Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.
NORFOLK police have produced this video on Binge Drinking. The country is ready for the big booze off. The New Year’s Eve drinking festival looms.
What does it all mean? The film points to misery. For him. For her.
Drinking does create problems. But this video is not about crime. This is about morals. Should the woman in the film not be free to go into a pub and do as she pleases, so long as it’s legal? Is it different for girls? Should women be less liberated than men, self-censor so as not to attract the wrong sort of man? Haven’t we moved on from the days when any single woman in a pub was viewed as being a prostitute? Is her short skirt not morally correct? Are women feeble, all waiting to be attacked? Are the police paternalistic fools?
CAN sex sell anything? Yes. It can. The question was rhetorical. Anorak harks back to January 18, 1960, when Marion Liebig, Miss Hesse 1959, was keeping warm under the artificial sunshine of an bottled-gas-powered infra-red lamp in a snow-covered park in Wiesbaden, Germany, Jan. 18, 1960. The shivering bystander who forgot his swimwear and relying on the view to warm his cockles is unidentified.
ON Oct. 25, 1954, designer Jack Fletcher, 23, showed us around the 21st Century House in West Covina, Calif he shared with his wife, three-year-old daughter and twin baby sons.
FLASHBACK to September 3 1952: Magnetised soap is shown to visitors to the annual inventors’ fair in Cologne, Germany, by the inventor, Franz Fuehrer, left, of Grosshesselsche, Sept. 3, 1952. The soap is built around a magnet which makes it stick to metal. The same principal is applied also to other toilet articles.
IN this Sesame Street show, you take a ride on the Crack Camel:
THESE are the Library Rules of the Insane Asylum of California (1861):
1. The Library of the male department shall be under the charge of the Supervisor. Every volume taken therefrom shall be charged to the borrower, except for the use of the patients, when it shall be charged to the Attendant, into whose ward it is taken, who will be responsible for its being used with ordinary care and returned in proper time.
2. If a volume shall be lost or destroyed, by any patient, the Attendant, having charge of the patient, will report the fact to the Supervisor, and, if practicable, exhibit the fragments. If lost or destroyed, by any other person, it must be replaced.
3. No one will be permitted to take from the library more than one volume at a time, or to keep a volume more than two weeks, without permission from the Superintendent or Assistant Physician, except Bibles, Testaments and Prayer books placed in the hands of the patients for daily reading.
4. The Supervisor will be responsible for books taken from the library and not charged.
5. The Library of the female department will be under the charge of the Matron, who, in its management, will be governed by the above rules, prescribing the duties and responsibilities of the Supervisor.
ARE hunters scum? Is their desire to dress in tights and cropped jackets (for him) and hunt foxes offending you? Or is your problem with hunters, that they embody all the things you aren’t allowed to like, things labelled “rural”, “traditional”, “local” and “conservative”? Is that why you want these ninnies banned, because you despise what it is you think they stand for? Are these people who bay for blood and treat animals like, well, animals, a bit reckless, untamed and savage?
PUSSY Riot are free. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have been granted amnesty, two months short of their scheduled release after spending nearly two years in prison for their protest at Moscow’s main cathedral.
They used their first press conference to state their sim to “get rid” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They said their release was just “window dressing” for a corrupt regime.
There’s was a confrontation between repression and freedom. Di freedom win? No. It’s unlikely Pussy Riot will be performing at the Sochi Olympics.
THE Mary Bale Fan Club welcomes Taiwanese-born Princeton student Kiki Lin who stuffed her cat – also called Kiki Lin – into a jar before closing the lid. This was not a magic trick. This was not an existential experiment, nor one in the eye for Erwin Schrödinger. This was punishment for the cat’s alleged naughtiness.
Lin then took photos of her cat in the jar and posted them on the web.
HOW was your Christmas? Did the family come over for turkey and all the trimmings? Did you play Monopoly?Incredibly, not all families get along at Christmas:
North Charleston police arrested Helen Ann Williams, 44, early on Christmas morning. Her victim says he’d walked to a store earlier in the night to buy beer, but the store was closed.
Williams grew angry that the man returned without the beer. She grabbed a ceramic squirrel and hit the man over the head… Williams then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest with the item.
THE Daily Mirror interrupts your holiday season to bring news of ‘Our Maddie’:
EXCLUSIVE – Madeleine McCann cops’ prime suspect blunder
IN 1994, Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, foresaw the NSA and the American elite’s plan to watch us all and record our movements on tapes in his work for Spin magazine.
LYDIA Estes Pinkham made “women’s tonic” to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains.
In 1875, Lydia Estes Pinkham reaction to straightened times by creating tonics for “all those painful Complaints and Weaknesses so common to our best female population”.
The original recipe for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound is as follows:
Unicorn Root (Aletris farinosa L.) 8 oz.
Life Root (Senecio aureus L.) 6 oz.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) 6oz.
Pleurisy Root (Asclepias tuberosa L.) 6 oz.
Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) 12 oz.
Alcohol (18%) to make 100 pints
IN Huddersfield in 1977, the Sex Pistols held a Christmas party for the children of striking firefighters.
A documentary about this party and the extraordinary times in which it occurred, when the band were hounded from pillar to post and banned in most towns, will be shown on BBC 4 at 10pm on Boxing Day (and subsequently on the iPlayer).
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