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Airport security is more theatrical than real

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What happens are airport security? The Economist takes a look at the panto;

The growing certainty that the mid-air destruction of a Metrojet airliner flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg was caused by a bomb placed in the

Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paris: diversity, pluralism and Trump’s lazy rhetoric

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Kenan Malik looks at the massacre in Paris in “AFTER PARIS“. The killers slaughtered people at the Jewish-owned Bataclan theatre. They hit the Stade de France, where ‘Les Bleus’ were playing.

What the terrorists despised, what they

Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United sign Robben and Muller but Kroos gets lost

Transfer balls: The Sunday Mirror says Manchester United are looking to make a move for Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben.

Apparently, Robben is “at war” with team-mate Robert Lewandowski.

Robben will be 32 in January.

Why would he leave winning …

Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pastafarian wins right to wear colander on her head for driving licence photo

Lee Miller Pastafarian

 

The US Registry of Motor Vehicles says Massachusetts woman Lindsay Miller can, as a Pastafarian, wear a colander on her head on her licence photo. The RMV only allows drivers to wear hats in their pictures for a medical …

Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Costa sold, Falcao leaves, Griezmann arrives

Atletico de Madrid Diego Costa from Brazil celebrates after scoring against Real Madrid during the Copa del Rey final soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

 

Transfer balls: The Sunday Mirror says Chelsea are ready to sell Diego Costa, 27.

The paper says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would have sold Costa last summer had he been able to find a replacement.

Andy Dunn says “a …

Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: the Buzzfeed years

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

On November 7th, the Sun and Mirror had news.

Mirror: “Gerry and Kate McCann reveal the reasons why they miss Maddie”

Well, she’s their young daughter. Surely we can …

Posted: 14th, November 2015 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Real Madrid ‘steal’ Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

Real Madrid have recommenced their tapping up for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. Real coach Zinedine Zidane tells media:

“Do I see him going to Real Madrid ? Ask someone else. I love the player and that’s all.”

The Mirror says Zidane …

Posted: 14th, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Guardian criticises Gates Foundation for helping ‘for-profit companies’; takes Bill Gates’ money

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Linsey McGoey has been writing about The Bill and Melina Gates Foundation for the Guardian. The article begins with a rather ghoulish view that the charity would be better were Gates dead:

Would the Gates Foundation do more

Posted: 14th, November 2015 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paris: Wikileaks legitimises mass murder and Islamophobia update

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Remains are seen outside the Bataclan concert hall after an attack on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports, over 150 people were killed in a series of bombings and shootings across Paris, including at a soccer game at the Stade de France and a concert at the Bataclan theater. (Photo by Thierry Orban/Getty Images) (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

 

Mass murder in Paris. And WikiLeaks attempts to make a point:

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If we are all Charlie Hebdo – and we should be; we must be – then this kind of balls by WikliLeaks must be mocked for the apologist …

Posted: 14th, November 2015 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vive La France!

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Paris mourns. And so should we all.

 

Posted: 14th, November 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Ronaldo to Chelsea but Manchester United have his pension book

Transfer balls: the Sun leads its sports section with news that Manchester United are sure – dead sure – of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. In an “exclusive”, Neil Curtis says United will see off any offers from Chelsea, …

Posted: 13th, November 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Footballer investigated for barking at police attack dog

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Oakland Raiders player Ray-Ray Armstrong is accused of barking at a police dog and pounding his chest. Police stepped in after Armstrong, 24, allegedly lifted his top and woof-woofed in the direction of a police dog before the start …

Posted: 12th, November 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caitlyn Jenner mansplains womanhood to women

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Caitlyn Jenner is telling Buzzfeed of “The Moment She Felt Most Proud To Be A Woman In 2015”.

Jenner, patriarch of the Jenner-Kardashian clan, is now an estranged matriach of that same televised tribe, having become a woman and …

Posted: 12th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


England lost Fifa 2018 because Russia paid more And Seb Coe was upwind

The Sun says FA Chairman Greg Dyke ‘fears a string of World Cups have been awarded with a “pile of bungs”‘.

But doesn’t every country bidding to host the World Cup wine, dine, promise and flatter?

England lost out to …

Posted: 11th, November 2015 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tesco seeks a Christmas Tree light untangler

 

Former boy scouts, listen up. Your skills are needed. Tesco is hiring “Christmas Light Untanglers”. If you are “able to untangle 3 meters of Christmas lights in under three minutes” and are “passionate about Christmas”, you can spend your …

Posted: 11th, November 2015 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Older couple helps young woman pay attention to Donald Trump (Vine)

 

The multi-tasking woman is reading Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Jacket copy (via Xeni Jardin):

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of

Posted: 11th, November 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flounce: how to get not bad at something in just 5 hours

Mike Boyd looked at Malcolm Gladwell’s rule that 10,000 of practice gets you good at something – and perhaps read Matthew Syed’s book Bounce on how nurture beats nature – and looked at his skateboard. Could he master the kickflip …

Posted: 11th, November 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Chelsea chase ‘Arsenal’ striker Higuain

higuain-arsenal-signsTransfer Balls: the Mirror says Chelsea are keen on Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.

Any move leaves “bad boy striker Diego Costa fighting for his Chelsea future”.

But he’s not fighting. He’s a bit limp. He’s a bit rumbled. The sniping, feigning, …

Posted: 10th, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Welsh parents banned from London after sex at Westfield in front of their children

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We join the action as pregnant Akeela Ali, 25, is carrying out a ‘sex act’ on her husband Fahad Bilal, 26. Their children aged three and five are close by, running around playing in Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s …

Posted: 10th, November 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Brendan Rodgers arrives via Tube (Christian Gross nowhere)

Brendan Rodgers has been “spotted in London”. The Mirror sees the photos and ads that the former Liverpool manager’s trip to the big city comes “as rumours of return to Chelsea gather pace”.

Rodgers worked with Jose Mourinho when the …

Posted: 10th, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger says he’s a Gunner until he dies

The Mirror leads with news that Paris Saint-Germain are “anxious” to hire Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager.

Darren Lewis says PSG have Wenger on a shortlist. Other names on this list are, we’re told, David Moyes, Steve Bruce and the …

Posted: 10th, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Marilyn Monroe dead ringer for stone cold Scotland

Like comparing Marilyn Monroe to Kincardineshire

 

Subtitle screw up of the day:

Sky News subtitles were running over an item on dress size changes over the past 20 years. The item was a day late lift on a Daily Mail story. The claim is a …

Posted: 10th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Burn hole cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain on MTV-Unplugged sells for $140,800

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The deeply unfashionable cardigan wort by Kurt Cobain on MTV: Unplugged in 1993 has been bought at auction for $140,800. The seller was a “friend” of the Cobain family.

Four months after the show, Cobain committed suicide.

Julien’s “Icons …

Posted: 9th, November 2015 | In: Music, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United ‘owed’ Rooney £45m (unless they sell him to Real Madrid)

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Transfer Balls: The Daily Star leads with news of a “Man Utd £45m deal”.

Wow. Manchester Untied have agreed to sign a player for £45m? No. Jonathan Green’s stort is utter balls:

Manchester United are backing Wayne Rooney to

Posted: 9th, November 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0