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Saudi Arabia’s new girls’ council doesn’t have any girls

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Saudi Arabia’s inaugural girls’ council meeting in al-Qassim province was a hoot. As is the way whenever girls are invited to a cool new hang-out, lots of boys turn up in the hope of getting lucky. It gets a …

Posted: 14th, March 2017 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Woman accused of raping a man was born a man

Hear the one about the woman accused of raping a man – twice? The Indy delivers the facts in headline and teaser: ‘Woman appears in court charged with raping man twice – Newcastle woman will face four-day trial in December.’…

Posted: 12th, March 2017 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tinder Select is quarantine for every syphilis-sacked SADO

 

Good news, shaggers. As you swipe left and right, chances are thinner than Donald Trump’s skin you’ll encounter a Hooray Henrietta, Premier League footballer, third-world despot or SADO (sons and daughters of…) because there’s a secret breeding stables called …

Posted: 9th, March 2017 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lincoln University’s student union awards itself a super-injunction against free speech

Is irony dead? Lincoln University’s Student Conservative Society has been banned from using official social media accounts because it posted Spiked’s news that the Student Union is “very intolerant” to free speech.

Upset at being branded intolerant and censorious, the …

Posted: 8th, March 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


TSA expects more sexual assault claims from its new pat-down search technique

To enter America, you might need to let America enter you. If the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) thinks that you’re suspicious, you get the pat down. Your genitals are cupped, your anus is probed and your breasts undergo a vigorous …

Posted: 8th, March 2017 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The intimacy issue: Millennials are having less sex than their grandparents did

It’s not surprising to read in the Archives of Sexual Behavior that American adults are having sex less than they were in the 1990s. What with ‘rape culture’, STDs, consent classes and contracts, moralising, the formalisation of choice and reduction …

Posted: 8th, March 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A heated debate on Emma Watson’s breasts

Cherry Wilson has a question for BBC viewers to chat about: ‘Is Emma Watson anti-feminist for exposing her breasts?’ Watson – young, attractive, feted, middle-class and rich – did not expose her breasts on Page 3 or in a Stag …

Posted: 7th, March 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Uber driver are workers not employees and Travis Kalanick should drive

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The video of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver is all over the media. Kalanick is seen talking with Uber driver Fawzi Kamel. The conversation between the man Forbes estimates to hold a net worth …

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Key Posts, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The European Union bans free speech for MEPs

News for those of you who think the vote for Brexit is not a glorious triumph for democracy – it was. The European Union will enforce a new rule that says any elected MEP giving full throat to ‘hate speech’ …

Posted: 3rd, March 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jimmy Savile’s sex-free sex den at High Royds Hospital

Fancy a peek inside ‘Jimmy Savile’s sex den’? This is where the ‘shamed star preyed on victims’. The Daily Star’s wrong, of course. Savile wasn’t shamed. Sir Jimmy was buried with full honours. The great and good lined up to

Posted: 26th, February 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Denmark stages blasphemy trial after man burns the Koran

If you burn a book in Denmark you can be hauled before the Beak. In the fourth blasphemy case in Denmark’s entire history – the first in 46 years – a 42-year-old idiot who filmed himself burning a copy of …

Posted: 25th, February 2017 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bad PR: Helen Bailey’s killer is an Arsenal fan

Unwelcome endorsements: a look at brands being associated with negative news.

After Ian Stewart murdered his lover Helen Bailey and plotted to steal her fortune, he lied and lied to make the police believe his innocence. He also, as the …

Posted: 25th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho laments sacking of Claudio Ranieri – the man he called old and useless

How did Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho respond to news that Leicester City have sacked Claudio Ranieri, the man who just nine months ago led the Foxes to the Premier League title? Mourinho was keen to show his support for …

Posted: 24th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stoke-on-Trent demolishes UKIP and the Brexit lie

Following the by-elections in Copeland  – the Tories won a seat Labour has held since it was created more than 80 years ago – and Stoke-on-Trent – Labour won with just 7,853 votes, seeing off UKIP leader Paul Nuttall who …

Posted: 24th, February 2017 | In: News, Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: finding hope in Cairns, Jodie Marsh’s dog and looking for ‘my Maddie’

Madeleine McCann: a reporting review on the missing child.

As we must, let’s begin with news of the English child who went missing in Portugal by looking at the Australia’s Cairns Post, which features a message for Kate and …

Posted: 23rd, February 2017 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: TV expert reads missing child’s mind and un-solves crimes

Madeleine McCann was not kidnapped, says a ‘top investigator’. ‘MADDIE “WENT LOOKING FOR HER MUM & DAD”,’ announces the Star’s front-page headline. This is, says the paper, an ‘astonishing claim’. When investigators make claims you wonder if they understand the …

Posted: 22nd, February 2017 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Vogue for having a hissy fit about cultural-appropriation

Hard luck on punks, skins (the Trojan music ones), rockers, mods, Goths, Teds, people who take part in battle re-enactments, hipsters, anyone in a Nehru collar, cross-dressers, the Trustafarians in Notting Hill who dress like Redneck truckers, schoolgirls in kilts …

Posted: 20th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ted Health: what the police believe

Was Ted Heath a paedophile? The Mail says it’s been told that Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale ‘regards the allegations as “totally convincing”‘. An unnamed ‘source‘ tells the paper:

“Mr Veale believes in them 120 per cent and

Posted: 20th, February 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: all aboard the ‘Our Maddie’ charabanc for a ten-year anniversary tour

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the vanished child.

The Sun picks up the news that sleuths can book a place on the ‘Our Maddie’ charabanc. Armchair detectives can go mobile. The paper tells us:

The trips to the

Posted: 19th, February 2017 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Calls to ban anti-vaccination video portrays people as thick

If free speech is the freedom to make an arse of yourself, the story of moves to ban Andrew Wakefield’s video is one we should baulk at. The Times has ‘discovered’ that Amazon and Apple ‘are profiting from an anti-vaccination …

Posted: 17th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cambridge student who burned cash saved homeless man’s life

Helping us know why an 18-year-old set light to a £20 note in the streets of Cambridge is a delighted Press. Above a picture of a £20 note – so helping Guardian readers know one should they encounter it lit …

Posted: 16th, February 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Espionage Act says journalists are enemies of the State

What is the point of journalism if it can’t publish things people don’t want to be published? A new Espionage Act drafted by the Law Commission would, says The Register, make it a crime to report on big date

Posted: 15th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool bans the Sun but the elite escape and fans remain suspects

What are we to make of Liverpool Football Club’s ban on Sun journalists attending matches in an official capacity and press conferences? The Sun is also banned from conducting exclusive interviews with Liverpool FC managers or players.

The ban is …

Posted: 15th, February 2017 | In: Key Posts, Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stephen Lawrence: The Daily Mail V ‘Murderers’ was huge but the ITV interviews were extraordinary

Twenty years ago today the Daily Mail published one of the most eye-grabbing front-pages in recent history. It accused five men of murdering Stephen Lawrence, the black youth killed in a racist crime covered up by an incompetent and racist …

Posted: 14th, February 2017 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic typos: When ISIS shaved bears to avoid airstrikes

In readiness for Donald Trump’s assault on ISI, we remind him of news from year ago, when Islamists were ‘shaving bears’.

 

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Spotter:  @FelicityMorse

Posted: 14th, February 2017 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0