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Ten Great Football Headbutts

ALAN Pardew’s ‘head pushing’ antics raised heckles in some quarters and smiles in others.

 

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Whether it deserves to butt into our arbitrary Ten Great Football Headbutts list is for you to decide. Judge for yourselves, dear readers…

 

1994: Duncan Ferguson on John McStay

Rangers’ 4-0 victory over Raith Rovers was overshadowed by Big Dunc’s sticking the heid on McStay. The referee didn’t see it, but the police did, and he was eventually convicted of assault.

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Cashing In On Oscar Pistorius: Paddy Power Aims To Make Money From A Dead Woman

BETTING fans are being offered the chance to make money on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Says Paddy Power:

Money Back if he walks

The bookmakers then mocks up the accused man as the actor’s top prize.

 

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In 1978 Sonny And Cher Were Advertising The Bible

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IN the November 28, 1970 issue of TV Guide Sonny and Cher were cheering for The Bible:

The people who make music today read the Bible. It’s that kind of book. It can make things work for you. Read the Bible. Find out where all the music is coming from.

And if you don’t have a Bible of your own, we’ll send you one for only a dollar. Hard cover and everything. Just one should do it. The Bible lasts a long time.

Spotter: EricAlper

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Conspiracy, Showbiz And Memes: Is This The Most Guardian Error And Correction Of All Time?

IS this the most Guardian and error correction of all time? Probably:

 

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CHEESE!

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Spotter: Maddy Potts @MaddyPotts

 

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May The Verse Be With You: ‘70s Star Wars Music

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IN 1977, the entire planet was foaming at the mouth for anything Star Wars. The frenzy continued for several years with  piles of Star Wars products flooding the stores daily.  It seemed all you needed to do was bear a passing resemblance to the film or utter the words “star” and/or “wars” and your product would sell like hotcakes.

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1916 Crimea Photo: Sergeant James Mustard Last Survivor Of The Charge Of The Light Brigade at The Battle of Balaclava

FLASHBACK to January 1 1912:

Sergeant James Mustard (80), formerly of the 17th Lancers, flanked by two serving members of the regiment. Mustard (who died on 4th Feb 1916) was the last survivor of the 17th Lancers who took part in the charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.

The Crimean War began, in 1854. Russia lost.

 

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The Times’ War correspondent William Russell was there to report on the carnage:

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November 30, 1962: The International Communications Fair’s Spy Van

FLASHBACK to November 30, 1962:

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This mobile communications laboratory designed for demonstrating, checking and testing equipment, is demonstrated by Peter Robins, president of electronics communications, Inc., Mount Vernon, N.Y., which developed the traveling lab, at the International Communications Fair in New York on Nov. 30, 1962, displays of all new electronics communication equipment included mobile two-way radio for road, sky, ship and shore, ham radio, citizen’s band, short wave, intercommunication systems for factories, offices and homes, radio paging devices, Hi-Fi, MM multiplex, automatic telephone systems. Walkie-talkies, and closed circuit television.

File under: what we got from the Cold War.

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Beatles Dance Dance Nightmares: Raffaella Carrà’s 1978 Hellish Tribute To The Fab Four

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Before the medly, here’s a dose of  Carrà making Eleanor Rigby into her own. (And – boy-  she can have it):. Dance Dance, Eleanor.

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Nerdlucks Can’t Jump: Five Science Fiction Movie Basketball Shots That Saw David Beat Goliath

 

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RECENT rumours about Space Jam II (purportedly to star Le Bron James…) serve as a good reminder that the science fiction cinema and the game of basketball are inextricably linked.

Well, not really.

But sci-fi and basketball at least have something of a common history.

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Did Agent Orange Poison US Military As It Did Vietnamese? Yes

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U.S. Air Force planes spray the defoliant chemical Agent Orange over dense vegetation in South Vietnam in this 1966 photo.

 

DID Agent Orange hurt Americans who looked after  C-123 transport planes that spread the defoliant long after the Vietnam War ended? Yes.

 

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Flying a bare 100 feet above the jungle hills west of Hue, 5 bulky C-123 providers cut loose with a spray of chemical defoliant on August 14, 1968. The planes are flown by U.S. air force crews who have nicknamed themselves the r’anch hands’. The chemicals used burn off heavy foliage hiding enemy infiltrations routes and base camps. So far in Vietnam more than 4 million acres have been sprayed with the defoliant and plans call for new target areas to match the increased infiltration of North Vietnamese in to the south. The aircraft are specially equipped with huge 1,000 gallon tanks holding 11,000 lbs. of herbicide. To hit their target areas they fly barely above the tree tops and in tight formation. In particularly dangerous areas they are provided with fighter-bomber escorts.

 

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Frozen blood, serum and urine samples are shown stored in freezers at Brooks City Base in San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Thousands of small white boxes containing samples of blood, serum and urine are all that remain of a 25-year, $143 million program to find out if the herbicide Agent Orange made Vietnam War veterans sick.

 

The Washington Post:

And many of the troops who served in the conflict have been compensated for diseases associated with their exposure to the toxic defoliant.

But after the war, some of the planes were used on cargo missions in the United States. Now a bitter fight has sprung up over whether those in the military who worked, ate and slept in the planes after the war should also be compensated.

 

C 123 Did Agent Orange Poison US Military As It Did Vietnamese? Yes

 

new study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that Air Force reservists were exposed to higher levels of the toxic chemical than previously known (or

admitted). Many of the same aircraft that dispersed Agent Orange during the war were later used as transport vehicles during (relative) peacetime, primarily between the years 1971 and 1982. And tests taken many years after those transports show the planes still contained dangerous levels of the chemical. Initial testing of the planes after the war and before peacetime service was nonexistent.

The US Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs have previously denied benefits to those exposed to the chemical from these planes, claiming it wasn’t a harmful level of exposure. Researchers have now proven this to be false. The study used the US Army’s own algorithms and samples taken from the aircraft to estimate how much the post-war level of exposure would have affected the body, with the results demonstrating that the levels in those aircraft were unacceptable under USAF and VA policies.

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1944: Lt. J.B. Keeley of Houston, Texas, Is Raised By Ukrainian Girls In Celebration of Their Liberation From German Slavery

FLASHBACK:  20/12/1944: Lt. J.B. Keeley of Houston, Texas, is raised by Ukrainian girls in celebration of their liberation from forced labor in a German factory in Schirmeck by American troops of the 6th Army on Dec. 20, 1944. The girls were brought by Germans from the Ukraine.

 

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May Day 1937: The Red Army Rolls Through Principal Square, Kharkov, Ukraine

FLASHBACK to 01/05/1937: In a mass May Day demonstration of military might, the Red Army rolled a legion of tanks through the Principal Square, in Kharkov, Ukraine.

 

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Read Morrisssey’s Snippy, Snide And Spot-On Record Reviews For Smash Hits 1984

IN 1984, Smash Hits magazine invited Morrissey to review the latest pop sounds.

 

 

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Highlights are many:

 

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It’s Time Football Moved Into Time The Twentieth Century And Talked About The ‘Calculator Pass’

ANY  idea what this is?

 

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If you are younger than Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen, the answer is probably ‘no’.

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London’s Anti-Nazi Brompton Road Tube Station Sold For £53m

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BROMPTON Road station has been sold by the Ministry of Defence for £53m. The former Tube station used by the War Office to control anti-aircraft batteries protecting London from air raids, will most  likely end up as flats…

Pity.

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1940: Hattie McDaniel’s Stirring Academy Award Winning Speech As The First Black Oscar Winner

 

ON February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for giving life to Mammy, the Gone with the Wind house servant. Fay Bainter heralded McDaniel by telling the audience that the gong “opens the doors of this room, moves back the walls, and enables us to embrace the whole of America….”

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Wind Farms Kill Hurricanes And Prevent Rape

GOOD news for wind farmers: those things kill hurricanes:

 Massive offshore wind farms’ unexpected benefit: Hurricane protection; Wind speed, storm surge slashed when there are 10,000 turbines in storms’ path.

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February 28 1986: Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Is Assassinated

ON February 28 1986: Swedish prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated on a Stockholm street.

 

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A bouquet of flowers is laid down at the pool of blood on a Stockholm City pavement where Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated shortly before midnight on Friday, Mar. 1, 1986 in Stockholm.

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A History Of Controversial Children’s Books: Sex, Sambo And Obscene Rebellion

ANORAK’s history of controversial children’s books: sex, drugs, sambo’s gay lover and anti-authoritarianism in the classroom.

 

The Little Red Schoolbook

 

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In 1971 the proprietor of Stage 1 publishers was found guilty of having in his possession obscene books for publication for gain. Richard Handyside was fined £25 on each summons and ordered to pay £110 costs.

The obscene publications were copies of The Little Red Schoolbook written by two Danish schoolteachers, Søren Hansen and Jesper Jensen – and then rewritten by a group of British adults and schoolchildren, including a young Hilary Benn. It urged young readers to question authority and challenge social conventions, and described adults as ‘paper tigers’. Pupils were encouraged to disrupt lessons that they found boring.

The book was widely regarded as an invitation to anarchy, and it was banned in Italy and France. An abridged version was eventually passed for publication in the UK, but it had by this time achieved considerable notoriety. Ironically, the main area of contention was not the political message, but the section giving basic sex education and advice – particularly concerning masturbation – most of which would be on the school curriculum these days. This was of course the convenient pretext chosen the DPP in order to suppress a book that they regarded as socially subversive.

An extraordinary documentary can be heard here.

 

 

Noddy

Enid Blyton is by no means the only venerable authoress to find her books falling out of favour as popular opinion changes over the decades, as Richmal Crompton will have known only too well.

 

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She remains the most high-profile example, however, thanks to her ‘Gollywog’ series, which related the adventures of Golly, Woggy and Nigger, who liked nothing better than to stride along, in Blyton’s own words, ‘arm-in-arm, singing merrily their favourite song – which, as you may guess, was “Ten Little Nigger Boys”.’ These books are not currently available in most children’s libraries

More famous are her Noddy books, in which they feature once again. In one particularly pointed incident, Noddy is attacked by golliwogs, who steal his car and leave him stranded.

 

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Luckily the Toyland police were very efficient, and always at hand.

 

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Not all gollies are bad, though. In Golly Town we find a Mr Golly, who is one of Noddy’s best friends. He owns Toyland’s garage, looks after Noddy’s car, and is an all-round bloody good bloke, as this picture proves…

 

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The Tale of Little Black Sambo

 

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Another former staple of junior school libraries that fell out of favour (though it remains popular in Japan). In 1996, Fred Marcellino produced a set of new pictures, renamed the characters, and republished it under the title The Story of Little Babaji.

 

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Tintin

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One could be charitable and say that Hergé’s most controversial Tintin adventure merely represented the condescending views of Belgian (and British) society at the time.

 

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Post-war, they seemed anachronistic and offensive, portraying as they did a nation of stupid, lazy, infantile savages in need of a clever white master. The book quickly fell out of favour (and out of print).

 

 

The Brave Cowboy

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A similar trick was pulled with Joan Walsh Anglund’s charming best-seller, in which scary ‘Indians’ were removed and replaced by white bankrobbers and other ne’er-do-wells.

 

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Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin

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This otherwise unremarkable tale relates the everyday life of five-year-old Jenn, who lives with her dad and his boyfriend.

In 1986 it was reported that the book was in the library of a school run by the Labour-controlled Inner London Education Authority, and this was a major factor in the Tory government passing Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which prohibited the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality. The full, bizarre story can be found here

 

And Tango Makes Three

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This modern-day ‘Jenny’, based on a true story about two ‘gay’ penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo has the distinction of having had the most had the most ban requests in the USA in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 2009 it came second.

‘It’s regrettable that some parents believe reading a true story about two male penguins hatching an egg will damage their children’s moral development,’ said co-author Justin Richardson. ‘They are entitled to express their beliefs, but not to inflict them on others.’

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War On Drugs Creates Boom Times For Prison Industry

HOW’S that US War on Drugs working out?Well, prisons have never had it so good.

 

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