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Face of the Day: World Scotch Pie Winner Stephen McAllister

FACE of the Day: World Scotch Pie winner Stephen McAllister, from Kandy Bar bakers in Saltcoats, celebrates after being presented with his prize at The Scotch Pie Awards at Carnegie conference centre in Dunfermline.

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1980 Lee Scratch Perry Tried To Bust Paul McCartney From A Japanese Jail With This Letter

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One time producer for reggae legend, Bob Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, performing his own style of dub reggae, which was mixed by the ‘Mad Professor’, at POD on St. Patrick’s Day, in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

 

ON January 16th of 1980,  Paul McCartney was busted for weed. Japanese customs officials at Narita International Airport found  7.7 ounces of cannabis in the former Beatle’s singer’s bags. For his pains – he’d been travelling with his four children and wife, Linda –  Macca scored 10-days stay in a Tokyo prison. The Japan leg of the Wings tour was cancelled.

 

 

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American Apparel Window Mannequins Now Donning Dark Hairy Bush

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photo by Jen Chung/Gothamist

LADY mannequins inside the American Apparel store window displays on East Houston Street in New York City are now sporting full bush, Gothamist reports. Under the flimsy, translucent undergarments of each of the bespectacled female dummies sprouts a dark hairy merkin. There’s no doubt that the controversial exhibit will stop pedestrians in their tracks, and really isn’t that what founder Dov Charney and his team really want?

Insert snarky comment here.

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Flashback: Exiled Egyptian King Farouk Shows Off His Curves At Gracie Fields’ Restaurant In Capri

FLASHBACK to August 5, 1953: Exiled Egyptian King Farouk strolls in the sun by the swimming pool at singer Gracie Fields’ restaurant, Canzone del Mare, on the Isle of Capri, Italy. King Farouk and his family spent time as guests of the British star. With Farouk is his wife, Queen Narriman, their young son, the new King Ahmed Faud II, and three daughters of Farouk from a previous marriage. (AP Photo)

 

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ECG Data Suggests Did Michael Collins Died On Apollo 11 Mission?

YOU are looking at NASA’s picture of the “Typical ECG signal received during the Apollo 11 mission”:

armstrong heart ECG Data Suggests Did Michael Collins Died On Apollo 11 Mission?

 

Neil Armstrong was excited, but Michael Collins was…dead?

Spotter: NASA

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Early Flying Car Soars Above Rome (1947)

 

IN 1947, a flying car –a propellor-driven automobile that flies– took its first test in Rome, Italy. While cruising down the road, the vehicle’s wings stay folded and when its ready to soar, the “driver/pilot” stops and unfolds them. This newsreel by British Pathé, titled “The Flying Car”, shows this two-passenger hybrid vehicle in action, both on land and in the sky.

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Posted: 15th, January 2014 | In: Cars, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Thieves Smash Sigmund Freud’s Urn In An Attempted Burglary

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THE Greek urn holding the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and his wife Martha, was “severely damaged” by thieves who tried to steal it from its home at from Golders Green Crematorium in London. The incident occurred sometime between between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A search to find who is behind the crime is underway and detective constable Daniel Candler of the Metropolitan Police says, “This was a despicable act by a callous thief.”

(Maybe they went to grab it and it slipped. You know, a Freudian slip…  - ed ).

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The Vexed Question Of Children In Restaurants

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Young Taiwanese children sit on western style toilets as they enjoy ice-cream served in a miniature Asian squat toilets at Marton, Taiwan’s most recent hit theme restaurant, (named after the Chinese word Matong, meaning toilet), Sunday, May 29, 2005, in Taiwan’s southern port city of Khaohsiung. The restaurant’s toilet theme has become so popular serving light meals and ice-cream treats in western and Asian style toilets, the owner Eric Wang, 26, has opened a second branch just seven months after the first. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

 

MY response to this appalling worry of modern life is that I’m just fine with children in restaurants although I will admit to preferring them boiled rather than fried. This isn’t quite how a Guardian writer called Ben Pobji sees things of course: he is insisting that he should be able to inflict his snotnoses on you:

Fine, say the kiddie-banners. Then hire a babysitter. Go out without the kids. Excellent. But guess what? Sometimes you can’t get a babysitter. Sometimes life happens and you’re stuck holding the nappies. But more than this – sometimes, believe it or not, we want to take our children to a nice restaurant. We all know that in general parenthood is a lifelong struggle to avoid spending time with the kids, but every now and then, incredibly, mum and dad might enjoy their children’s company and would rather have them around than dump them and run.

And perhaps most importantly, if you don’t allow kids in restaurants because of how they behave, what you’re doing is raising a whole bunch of kids who’ll never know how to behave in restaurants. I consider taking my kids out to eat an educational moment: teaching them while they gorge.

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Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? Harry Nilsson And The Pensioners Sing ‘I’d Rather Be Dead Than Wet My Bed’

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The Elephant Man: Blondie And David Bowie At New York’s Booth Theater In 1980

FLASHBACK photo: Deborah Harry of the rock band Blondie visits David Bowie backstage at the Booth Theater where he is starring in The Elephant Man, Nov. 1980. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye)

 

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Was Kruger Wrong To Kill Elephant That Charged Tourist Car? Video

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WAS it right the elephant was killed at the Kruger National Park?

Sarah Brooks, a teacher at Gleed Girls Technology College in Spalding, and her South African boyfriend Jans De Klerk  were filming a bull elephant “when suddenly it charged, overturned the vehicle three times and shunted it 40 metres into the bush”. So reports the Lincolnshire Echo. Brooks was hurt Brooks; Mr De Klerk was unharmed.

But was the attack inevitable? Was it sudden?

Footage of the incident has emerged.

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15 Curious and Intriguing Beatles Covers

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THE FAB FOUR had barely left Ed Sullivan’s stage before their songs were being covered like mad across the entire planet. You’d be hard pressed to find a single artist from the mid-sixties to mid-seventies who didn’t have at least one cover in their repertoire. Then royalty rates went up, and it naturally became harder to include a Lennon/McCartney track on an album…. and finally, in July 1978, The Bee Gees famously ruined the idea altogether.

Herein are fifteen from the Golden Age of Beatles Covers – when everyone from Deep Purple to Peter Sellers had a Beatles song to make their own. Enjoy.

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Posted: 15th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kenya’s Gay Hatred Is Rooted In A Global Evangelical Movement

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Riot police stop Orthodox protesters who are trying to interupt Ukraine’s first gay pride demonstration in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 25, 2013. About a hundred gay and lesbian Ukrainians and those from other countries took part in the gay pride rally, protected by hundreds of riot police. Antipathy toward homosexuals remains strong in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

 

IN Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has put his signature to the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Among a range of anti-gay laws, homosexuals can be jailed for ten-years for displaying affection in public. Helping homosexuals avoid detection is also a crime.

It’s getting to be like Eastern Europe and some people’s visions of a better USA in sub-Saharan Africa. The links between the bigotry in Africa and what’s happening in parts of Europe and the UK has links to US missionaries.

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Faces Of The Day: Isabella Sorley, 23, From Newcastle, and John Nimmo, 25, From South Shields

FACES of The DAY: There be trolls, allegedly. Be afraid:

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John Nimmo, 25, from South Shields, arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he and Isabella Sorley, are to appear in court charged with improper use of a communications network in relation to tweets to campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.
Picture date: Tuesday January 7, 2014. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced last month that both had been charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act. However it would not be in the public interest to prosecute over messages allegedly sent to MP Stella Creasy.

 

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google To Team Up With RyanAir On A Flight Comparison Site

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THIS is a bit of a surprise really, given RyanAir’s long standing policy on being listed upon any of the flight comparison sites like Skyscanner. That they’re going to team up with Google in order to build a site that will be incorporated into the Google home pages and search index:

There are some very exciting developments with Google, where we have been working with them on sharing the pricing.

We’ll be sharing the Ryanair pricing through all of the Google outlets, so when you go in, there’ll be route selections, cheapest prices and so on. Google are developing a price-comparison thing themselves.

They want to launch with us and we’re working with them on that kind of product. It’ll blow comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water.

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Field Guide to 1970s Men’s Sweaters

WITH so many “important things” going on the world, why spend time looking at forty year old sweaters?  Simply put, the brain needs a break from the barrage of jarring images of a world on the brink.  A tour of 70s men’s sweaters is exactly what the doctor ordered.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy a cornucopia of magnificent vintage sweaters.  And you’re welcome.

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Left: I’m not a fashion connoisseur, but I do have a general rule of thumb:  Avoid sweater vests with built in belts.

Center:  Add a cape and it’s almost superhero-like.  Don’t for a minute think that superheroes are somehow above sweaters when they have no problem prancing around in Spandex unitards.

Right: Looks like he just stole Janis Joplin’s belongings.  Poor sap. Her sweaty clothes are probably so saturated with drugs, he’ll be dead soon.

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Lisa Adams Remembered By Emma And Bill Keller

EMMA Gilbey Keller’s story on Stage 4 cancer sufferer Lisa Adams has been removed from the Guardian’s website. A message said: “This post has been deleted with the agreement of the subject because it is inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code”. But it’s been updated. It is “pending investigation“.

Keller’s husband, former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, wrote a follow up in. He titled it “Heroic Measures”. The effect is like listening to a dinner party chat between two entitled, narcissistic members of the liberal intelligentsia.

 

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The Beatles Remastered: Artist Rutherford Chang Plays 100 White Albums Played At Once

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Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon, background, sit on rocks by a river in Rishikesh, India, in 1968. They are studying transcendental meditation with their yogi.  Date: 01/01/1968

 

RECORD collector, artist and New York-based Beatles fan Rutherford Chang has collected 918  first-pressings of 1968′s The White Album, the band’s least butchered album in which George Harrison came into his own.

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I’m Glad Hayley Cropper Is Dead: She Never Once Posed In A Bikini

HAYLEY Cropper was dying. Hayley Cropper is not a real person. She’s the work of dramatists at Coronation Street. And she’s dead. No. She’s alive. Hang on… No, Dead. But she could return for a retrospective or Christmas special. That’s the thing with people who aren’t real, they can do things the rest of us can’t. Sherlock can be made to live in today’s London, Tony Blair can be Prime Minister and Hayley can commit suicide rather than die slowly from cancer. It’s something to do with six-month contracts and a prior booking.

The Daily Mail’s paparazzo has “The Last Picture”. But no need to rush out and buy the newspaper because it’s not real news and, in any case, Hayley death is a primetime snuff movie.

 

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Signs That Knock-off Major Brands Hang in a Fake Shopping District in China

Starbucks Signs That Knock off Major Brands Hang in a Fake Shopping District in China

 

AT the foot of the Shimao Skyscrapers in China’s Wuxi City, a fake shopping district has popped up featuring storefronts marked with signs that knock-off major international brands like Starbucks (now “SFFCCCKS”), H&M (now “H&N”), and Apple (now “Appla”).

Hug China reports that there are no actual stores behind the signs, that local real estate professionals have created these phony, but familiar, brands to make the property more appealing to potential buyers.

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And Now The Parisian Taxi Drivers Are Beating Up Limousines

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Taxi drivers stop the traffic on the highway leading to Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at Roissy airport. Taxi drivers across France were putting on the brakes to clog traffic, slow access to airports and force would-be passengers to find alternate transport in a strike over government efforts to deregulate the transportation industry.

 

IF only the French could fight their wars as bravely as they fight against markets, eh?

The latest is that several Parisian taxi drivers have beaten up someone driving an Uber limo: this is even after the French Government just passed a, quite probably illegal, law to favour the taxis over the Uber drivers:

It seems that protest turned to guerrilla warfare this morning as one Uber driver, carrying Eventbrite CTO Renaud Visage & Kat Borlongan from the airport to Paris, was attacked by multiple assailants, who allegedly, after smashing one window and slashing two tires (as seen in the photo), as well as defacing one side of the car with glue, attempted to enter the vehicle. Borlongan says their Uber driver manoeuvered the two out of the situation before anything could happen, leaving the three stranded on the shoulder of the freeway.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Cars, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pervert Cheese Feta-shist At Large In Philadelphia: Chris Pagano Is Smeared

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UPDATE: Mr Pagnano has been arrested.

WHO is the Swiss Cheese Pervert? Philadelphia magazine report on the man who takes his own cheese to the drive thru. The Swiss Cheese Pervert is a man. Philly.com reports on the man abnormally interested in blue-veined cheese and biscuits:

According to the group, the suspect, a heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, approaches women while driving a silver or black sedan with his genitals exposed. He then displays a piece of sliced Swiss cheese and offers to pay the women to put the cheese on his penis and perform sexual acts on him using it.

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British Board of Film Classification Gets All Wussy Over Horror Films

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American actors Bruce Davison (left) and Ernest Borgnine in a scene from the horror film “Willard”

 

WITH cinema a feeble force in today’s world of Grab What You Want, When You Want It media, it seems those in charge are determined to make it all even weaker.

Cinema’s make you leave the house, sell you lousy food, half deafen you with badly mixed bass tracks on films, stink up your nostrils with bleach and, worst of all, force you to watch films with dreadful chattering strangers. All for a million pound per viewing.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0