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Peaches Geldof Has Died. Now That Is Tragic

PEACHES Geldof has died aged 25. Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died at the age of 25.

That is tragic.

She was vivacious, funny and a good journalist.

 

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Peaches Geldof

 

Speaking to Elle Magazine in 2013, Peaches said:

“I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father’s mentality was ‘keep calm and carry on. So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. I didn’t grieve. I didn’t cry at her funeral. I couldn’t express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn’t start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16.”

She was married to musician Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two sons, Astala, one, and Phaedra, who will turn one on 24 April.

Tragic.

Fame came early.

 

 

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Many People Do You Need To Colonize The Next Star System – 150 or 40,000?

colonise star system How Many People Do You Need To Colonize The Next Star System   150 or 40,000?

 

 

THIS is an interesting little calculation that’s been made about how many people you would need on your spaceship if you were to set off and try to colonise the next star system over. Well, OK, it’s interesting to me as someone who imbibed so much SF and Fantasy stuff when in my long ago youth at least. And the answer is a very much larger number of people than you might think.

Here’s what the problem is:

Entire generations of people would be born, live, and die before the ship reached its destination. This brings up the question of how many people you need to send on a hypothetical interstellar mission to sustain sufficient genetic diversity. And a new study sets the bar much higher than Moore’s 150 people.

According to Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith, any such starship would have to carry a minimum of 10,000 people to secure the success of the endeavor. And a starting population of 40,000 would be even better, in case a large percentage of the population died during during the journey.

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Manchester United Balls: Wayne Rooney Makes The Sun’s Dream Team Even When He Doesn’t Play

HOW good is Wayne Rooney? He’s so good that when the dire Sun on Sunday came to picking their team of the week, they picked the Manchester United star to play up front with someone called “Rodellaga”, a possible relation to Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega.

It’s also odd because Rooney didn’t play in United’s 4-0 win over Newcastle. still, good to see tweeting support for the actual team getting the recognition it deserves.

 

the sun team of the day Manchester United Balls: Wayne Rooney Makes The Suns Dream Team Even When He Doesnt Play

 

The Sun is dying on its feet.

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Birmingham Schools’ Trojan Wars: Intolerant Liberals Fight Bigoted Muslims And Christians For Children’s Minds

 

gay school Birmingham Schools Trojan Wars: Intolerant Liberals Fight Bigoted Muslims And Christians For Childrens Minds

 

ANDREW Moffat has resigned his job as assistant head teacher at Chilwell Croft Academy, in Newtown, Birmingham. You may know him as the author of  the  guide Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools. That’s CHIPS. (Does the acronym come before the policy?)

The Times says CHIPS begins with the advice that five-year-olds need to be taught that gay men and lesbians exist. (But do they care?) But Mr Moffat’s books and his sensible appeal for tolerance and understanding are mostly aimed at older children.

Mr Moffat says he resigned from his post after parents complained that he was telling children it was acceptable to be gay. He told the children he was gay during an assembly. He explains why he did it:

“I did come out at school in an assembly after a group of 11-year-olds held up a poster they made, with the heading ‘Gay is good’. It seemed like the right time to let the children know that they knew a gay person. Following my coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time. Some Christian and some Muslim parents have told me they don’t want their children learning that it’s OK to be gay.”

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Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

UNIVERSITY lecturer John Hyatt claims to have photographed fairies flitting about Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Mr Hyatt, who works at Manchester Metropolitan University, has showcased his discovery and said: “A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”

 

Screen shot 2014 04 07 at 13.18.39 Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

 

Is magic a doily cut into wings shapes and suspended on dental floss Is that what fairies are, offcuts from Blue Peter?

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5 Highly Troubling Vintage Adverts

HERE is some free advice for up-and-coming marketing execs: Adverts should not make consumers feel nauseous or deeply uncomfortable. Nor should they cause consumers to experience waking nightmares or abdominal pain. You wouldn’t think this sort of instruction would be necessary, but here are five examples which demonstrate that it is. Please take notes.

 

1. SEXUALLY AROUSED STUFFED TOYS PROMOTE BEAR HOSIERY 

pervert teddy bears 5 Highly Troubling Vintage Adverts

 

“What a treat to stocking those legs. Wish I were a man,” says the first bear. I’m not sure how I feel about stuffed animals ogling over a woman’s legs. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer Teddy Bears without a sexual appetite.

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1492: Wound Man Was The Luckiest Man Alive In The Middle Ages

THE Wound Man is a compendium of all the injuries that a body in the Middle Ages might sustain.

 

a compendium of all the injuries that a body might sustain 1492: Wound Man Was The Luckiest Man Alive In The Middle Ages

 

 

The Wellcome Library advises:

 

Captions beside the stoic figure describe the injuries and sometimes give prognoses: often precise distinctions are drawn between types of injuries, such as whether an arrow has embedded itself in a muscle or shot right through. (The latter is better – the arrowhead can be cut away and the shaft withdrawn smoothly, whilst the embedded arrow will tear the muscle with its barbs when pulled out.)

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Yashika Bageerathi Needs To Murder Someone If She Wants To Remain In The Free And Fair UK

LAST week we learnt that Yashika Bageerathi, 19, is contrary to the public good. Yashika had hatched a plot to take A-level exams this summer. The authorities picked up chatter that Bageerathi was expected to “do well”. It would be a “glorious day” if she “passed”. 

 

Yashika Bageerathi Yashika Bageerathi Needs To Murder Someone If She Wants To Remain In The Free And Fair UK

 

Cunning Bageerathi arrived into UK by legal means. As police checked vans for human cargo and the coastguard kept a look out for overburdened li-los from France, Yashika and her family arrived in the UK on a plane. They were in possession of correct documentation. She then proceeded to commit not a single crime and work hard, slyly remaining “below the radar”.

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Man Gets Rich When Hyena Eats His Dick

CHAMANGENI Zulu is now surely on his way to riches. Currently in residence at Zambia’s Chipata General Hospital in Zambia, near the Malawi border, Mr Zulu followed doctor’s orders: he went into the bush and allowed / encouraged a hyena to eat his penis. Mr Zulu tells the Times of Zambia:

“I met some business persons who told me the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body. I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten. Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich.”

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The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasn’t A Christian

IN 1940, the pamphlet A potato that wasn’t a Christian hit the streets.

A potato that wasnt a Christian The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasnt A Christian

 

Now read on:

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Mummy. Who makes potatoes..?

jesus is my potato The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasnt A Christian

 

Spotter: Baby Jesus on a Cross, Christian Nightmares

 

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ‘Pacific Coast Nimrod’ Seth Kinman And His Snapping Grizzly Bear Chairs Fit For Presidents

grizzly bear chair The Pacific Coast Nimrod Seth Kinman And His Snapping Grizzly Bear Chairs Fit For Presidents

 

IN 1865,  Seth Kinman (1815-1888), the California Hunter and Trapper, gave US President Andrew Johnson a GRIZZLY-BAR CHAIR.

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Vintage Sexism: The A.C. Gilbert ‘Lab Technician Set For Girls’ (1958)

IN 1958 New Haven-based toymaker A.C. Gilbert Company turned youngsters onto science with a new kit. The LAB TECHNICIAN SET was a “CAREER BUILDING SCIENCE” kit.

And it was got Girls.

 

 

gilbert lab for girls Vintage Sexism: The A.C. Gilbert Lab Technician Set For Girls (1958)

 

How was it different for girls?

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Boys’ Fiction: Ripping Yarns From The Victorian and Edwardian Heyday of Public School Fiction

AT last, a welcome repeat of Michael Palin and Terry Jones’s Ripping Yarns – post-Python parodies of all things public school and derring-do.

 

Boys110 Boys Fiction: Ripping Yarns From The Victorian and Edwardian Heyday of Public School Fiction

 

The series is reflected upon, and its inspiration investigated, in this highly enjoyable BBC documentary

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Mug Shot: Man Wearing Appropriate T-Shirt Arrested For Drunk Driving

MUG Shot of the day features 21-year-old Ross McMakin, of Philomath, Oregon, arrested last Sunday on multiple charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants.

 

T shirt drunk Mug Shot: Man Wearing Appropriate T Shirt Arrested For Drunk Driving

Funny Mugshot T-Shirts: A Gallery

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1978: Spiderman’s Celebrity Party (Can You Name All The Guests?)

FLASHBACK to 1978: Spiderman’s Celebrity Party

January 1978 cover of Marvel’s Pizzazz magazine. The magazine only lasted 16 issues.

Can you name them all?

1978 Spidey’s Celebrity Party  1978: Spidermans Celebrity Party (Can You Name All The Guests?)

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Posted: 5th, April 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Courtney Love Reads Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Suicide Note (1994)

KURT Cobain left a long hand-written suicide note. It included the words of Neil Young from the song “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)Better to burn out / than to fade away,” Neil Young is 68 years old. Cobain was just 27 when he ended his life 20 years ago this weekend.

 

kurt cobain hand written suicide note Courtney Love Reads Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Suicide Note (1994)

 

Neil Young referenced Cobain’s death in his autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace.

“I, coincidentally, had been trying to reach him. I wanted to talk to him. Tell him only to play when he felt like it.”

On 8 April 1994, the heroin-addicted, shy Nirvana front man was found dead in his Seattle home – three day after he’d died.

He left behind a wife Courtney Love and his one-year-old daughter, Frances Bean.

Many worshipped Cobain, leader of the death cult. Even in death, his celebrity was all.

But not for everyone. In my house, my mother said one thing: “He took the coward’s way out.” I can’t but feel that’s more like the kind of thing he needed in his life. Forget the adulation and the fans who want a piece of you. Get someone you love to tell you to refocus, mature and see the bigger picture.

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1933: Everton’s Bill ‘Dixie’ Dean Holds Up The FA Cup As The Team Emerge Onto Lime Street, Liverpool

FLASHBACK to May 1 1933:

Everton’s Bill ‘Dixie’ Dean holds up the FA Cup as the team emerge onto Lime Street, Liverpool.

PA 316129 1933: Evertons Bill Dixie Dean Holds Up The FA Cup As The Team Emerge Onto Lime Street, Liverpool

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1984: Everton Fans Invade The Arsenal Pitch As Southampton Are Beaten In The FA Cup

FLASHBACK to 14/04/1984:

Police officers battle with rival soccer fans at the end of the FA Cup semi final between Everton and Southampton at Highbury, London. At least 80 people were said to be arrested.

 

PA 1610137 2 1984: Everton Fans Invade The Arsenal Pitch As Southampton Are Beaten In The FA Cup

 

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Free Speech Watch: Maria Miller, Leveson And State Bullying To Keep The Facts Secret

PA 19146415 Free Speech Watch: Maria Miller, Leveson And State Bullying To Keep The Facts Secret

 

MARIA Miller is the Tory MP and Culture Secretary. She is involved in discussions over the future of press regulation. She wants more of it. She is just one of the cross-party elite (and you can include artists in this illiberal group) who like free speech but want to insert a “but” after it. She wants limits on freedom.

Mrs Miller’s in trouble over her expense.

Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner looked at Miller’s expenses. She did the sums and found that Mrs Miller’s claims for mortgage interest payments exceeded her allowance by £44,000. Mrs Hudson made her report. Mrs Miller issued a 75-word apology. Miller agreed to repay £5,800 in over-claimed allowances and apologised for her “attitude” to the official inquiry.

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The State V Gareth Davies: The Police Persecution of A Journalist Is Part Of A War Against Free Speech

gareth davies The State V Gareth Davies: The Police Persecution of A Journalist Is Part Of A War Against Free Speech

 

 

GARETH Davies is chief reporter of the Croydon Advertiser. Police have served him with an harassment order,  a “Prevention of Harassment Letter”. His offence? He put allegations to a convicted fraudster.

Free speech is under attack.

As Brendan O’Neil writes:

Britain’s leading liberal writers and arts people can, sans shame, put their names to a letter calling for state regulation of the press, the very scourge their cultural forebears risked their heads fighting against.

So. What of Gareth Davies, the latest victim of the war on free speech?

Press Gazette:

It states that fraudster Neelam Desai claims Davies contacted her via Twitter and email on more than two occasions “seeking to interview her for a story for a local newspaper.

“She has stated that she does not wish to be contacted or written about by Mr Davies as she feels harassed by these actions. Mr Davies has failed to accept this, but continued to write and and make unsolicited contacts which result in Ms Desai feeling intimidated and persecuted.”

The letter states in bold type: “HARASSMENT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.”

It then states that harassment can take many forms, including “abusive communication” or “repeated attempts to talk to or approach a person who is opposed to this”.

Davies has been conducting an in-depth investigation into Desai which has resulted in five page-leads over the last month.

She is alleged to have met men on an Asian marriage website and then tricked them out of large sums of money using fake identities. One alleged victim claims to have been conned out of £35,000.

Desai, 33, of Beulah Grove, Selhurst, has separately pleaded guilty to a string of frauds involving an international travel business she ran under a false name and is set to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on 25 April.

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1914: ‘How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed’ Like A Suffragette By Djuna Barnes

How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed 1914: How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed Like A Suffragette By Djuna Barnes

 

ON September 6 1914, the prolific writer, artist and journalist Djuna Barnes wrote How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed for The World Magazine. Barnes was a reporter working on a series of “stunt stories”.

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2004: The ‘Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US’ Memo

FLASHBACK to April 10 2004:  The ‘Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US’ Memo:

 

memo 2004:  The Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US Memo

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Watch Jon Ham Strike Out On 1990s Love Show The Big Date

jon ham dating show Watch Jon Ham Strike Out On 1990s Love Show The Big Date

JON Ham aged well. In the mid 1990s, Ham appeared on the TV dating show The Big Date, hosted by Mark Walberg.The man who would knock them bandy as Mad Men’s Don Draper strikes out.

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