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Heroic School Officials Suspend 10-Year Old For Firing An Imaginary Bow And Arrow

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TO Georgia, USA, where quick-acting school officials have suspended a 10-year old with an imaginary bow and arrow, saving his classmates from imaginary massacre. Previously, we spotted the schoolboy busted for aiming an Hello Kitty gun at a classmate and shouting “BANG!”.

Now Megyn Kelly reports on South Eastern Middle School fifth grader busted for pretending he was in the Hunger Games:

The Rutherford Institute, which is defending Johnny Jones, says he was told he violated the school’s zero tolerance policy on weapons. They’re working to get the suspension reversed and lifted from his permanent record.

On Friday night’s The Kelly File, defense attorney Jonna Spilbor reacted to the ordeal. “Here’s how ridiculous it is. If we’re going to punish this poor kid for pretending to shoot a bow and arrow, let’s ticket his parents for parking their unicorn in a fire zone.

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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clever British People Get Off Their Faces More

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ALICE Robb has seen research showing that children of higher intelligence are more likely to booze and take drugs:

Drawing on the results of the National Child Development Study, which tracked for 50 years all British babies born during one week in March 1958, [evolutionary psychologist Satoshi] Kanazawa found that kids who scored higher on IQ tests grew up to drink larger quantities of alcohol on a more regular basis than their less intelligent peers. He evaluated other factors, including religion, frequency of church attendance, social class, parents’ education and self-reported satisfaction with life, and found that intelligence before age 16 was second only to gender in predicting alcohol consumption at age 23.

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Posted: 8th, December 2013 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mandela Balls: John Simpson Says Nelson Mandela’s Death Makes Him Feel Like ‘An Orphan’

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NELSON Mandela is dead. The world salutes a lost leader. And we ask that only South Africans call him Madiba. And then John Simpson types his tribute to the man:

The BBC reporter softens readers up before the pic last line:

I listed him as a hero in my examination for Cambridge, and when I got there in 1963 I found someone had painted “FREE NELSON MANDELA” in huge white letters on a wall that I had to pass every morning on my way to lectures. It caused a scandal at the time: graffiti was still frowned on in the early 1960s.

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Posted: 8th, December 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everything Victoria Ayling Knows About Immigration She Learnt From These Daily Mail Front Pages

THE Mail leads with the news that a Ukip member thinks all immigrants should “go home“. She says she was referring to “illegal immigrants”. What is unclear is whether or not the paper agrees with her. How long will it be before Victoria Ayling is being talked about in positive tones by the Mail’s columnists?

 

Spotter.

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Posted: 8th, December 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ukip’s Victoria Ayling And Her Little Problem With Lord Rob Neasden

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“SEND them all back home,” says Victoria Ayling, according to the Mail. The paper says Ayling says all immigrants in Britain should be sent back home. Did she take the Ukip psychometric test designed to assess the candidates’ character and judgment? The fruitcakes and the deranged  were weeded out. Or were they weeded in? Hard to tell. Problem is, if we can’t rely on Ukip to corral all the bigots and nutjobs into one place and give them a club rosette, they’ll scatter and in isolation be less entertaining.

As for Ayling, The Mail calls her a “high-profile UKIP politician”. But we’ve never heard of her before now. A quick spot of online tells us that in March, Ayling moved from the Tories to the Ukippers in March 2013. The BBC reported:

A former Conservative general election candidate claims many Tories are preparing to follow her lead and defect to the UK Independence Party. Victoria Ayling said she had lost confidence in David Cameron and believed the government was not doing enough to tackle immigration.

Mrs Ayling is councillor with East Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire. ..

In 2010 she came close to causing a general election upset when she reduced Labour MP Austin Mitchell’s majority in Great Grimsby to just 714 votes.

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Posted: 8th, December 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mandela Marketing: Nikki Finke Plugs The Film Of The Dead Man

NIKKI Finke says the man how inspired the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has died. Yeah, that film based on an actual true story. He was 95. That’s older than the film. Who knew?

 

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Posted: 7th, December 2013 | In: Film, News, Politicians | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A.A. Milne Reads Winnie The Pooh In 1929 (With Photos Of The Writer Playing With ‘Christopher Robin’)

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IN 1929 A.A. Milne (above) was recorded reading aloud a passage from his book, Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Posted: 7th, December 2013 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When World Cup Draws Go Bad – In 1982 Football Was A Tatty Affair

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THE World Cup is a glamorous, slick affair these days… but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 1982, the World Cup draw was an absolute shambles.

The draw for the 1982 World Cup in Spain suffered from a numerous cock-ups and technical problems while small boys in capes waddled around nonplussed.

And overseeing it all? A young Sepp Blatter, now president of FIFA, but at the time, merely the general secretary. It’s not like Blatter to make a hash of something surrounding football, is it?

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Movember Is Gingerist, Teenist And Racist But Makes Everyone Laugh At The New Statesman

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IT took two people – Arianne Shahvisi and Neil Singh – to crete The New Statesman’s beyond parody troll-baiting article:

Why Movember isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

One of the Movember mantras is: “Real men, growing real moustaches, talking about real issues”. The slogan is as misguided as its campaign: Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues.

I’ve always though so what for the grandstanding if it helps. But it turn out it’s all massive cone. This from the apparently serious political magazine that asked Russell Brand to edit it.

Here are a few of the best lines about Movember:

 …virtually none recognise the pernicious gendered and racial connotations carried by the practice.

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Smoking Marijuana Gives You Fantastic Breasts

DOES smoking marijuana give you man boobs?

“In humans, the effects of marijuana on testosterone and estrogen levels aren’t as clear. Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers, but not all studies support this.”

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News, Scare Stories | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Journalism Under Apartheid: ‘You do realise you will be working for a kaffir paper?’

I WORKED in pre-Mandela ZA as a young sub and chief sub and briefly, in charge of Drum the anti-apartheid magazine. I never met Nelson (in jail during the entire time I was there) but knew Winnie. She allegedly had a relationship with one of our photographers at the time, writes an Anorak reader.

 

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nelson Mandela: The 12 Years Of Trials In Photos

THE TRIALS of Nelson Mandela – in photos. The trials last 12 years…

 

The three ANC Youth Leaders, Nelson Mandela, centre, Walter Sisulu, left, and Harrison Motlana, pictured in 1952 during the Defiance Campaign trial at the Johannesburg Supreme Court, South Africa. The Defiance Campaign encourages blacks to defy apartheid laws. Date: 01/01/1952

 

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* In December 1956 many key members of the Congress Alliance were arrested and charged with treason, including the almost entire executive committee of the ANC, as well as the SACP, SAIC, COD. 105 Africans, 21 Indians, 23 whites and 7 coloured leaders were arrested. Ten were women. Many arrestees, including Nelson Mandela, were detained in communal cells in Johannesburg Prison, known as the Fort, resulting in what Mandela described as “the largest and longest unbanned meeting of the Congress Alliance in years.”  However, white men, white women, black were all held in a separate parts of the jail.

Initially, 156 defendants were charged with high treason. The number of defendants was later reduced to 92. In November 1957, the prosecution reworded the indictment and proceeded a separate trial against 30 accused. Their trial commenced in August 1959. The remaining 61 accused were tried separately before the case against them was dismissed in mid 1960.

 

 

 

Crowds cheer as a police van brings prisoners to the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 31, 1956, for the start of the ‘Treason Trial’. One man has climbed onto the step of the van top shout encouragement to the inmates. Nelson Mandela was among the people arrested and standing trial. Date: 31/12/1956

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The timeline:

December 1956: 156 anti-apartheid leaders arrested
December 1956 – January 1958: Preparatory examination in a magistrates court to determine if there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
November 1957: Prosecution rewords the indictment and proceeded a separate trial against 30 accused. The remaining 61 accused were to be tried separately before the case against them was dismissed in mid 1959.
August 1959: Trial against 30 defendants proceeds in the Supreme Court.
5 March 1960: Chief Luthuli’s testimony begins.
8 April 1960: ANC is declared banned in the wake of the State of Emergency declared after the Sharpeville massacre – 69 blacks are shot dead by the police. Defendants retained in custody for five months and trial resumes without lawyers for several months.

 

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May 1960: Helen Joseph and 21 left-wing white women detained during the State of Emergence embark on an eight-day hunger strike. The children of detainees protest outside Johannesburg city hall.
3 August 1960: Mandela’s testimony begins.
7 October 1960: Defense closes.
23 March 1961: Trial adjourned for a week.
29 March 1961: Accused are found not guilty.

 

 

 A picture taken by Jurgen Schadeberg in October 13, 1958, shows Nelson Mandela, right, and Moses Kotane, left, leaving the court after the State withdrawn the indictment during the Treason Trial, hanging is his room at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg. Liliesleaf became a centre for anti-apartheid activists in the early 1960s, after the South African government heightened its brutal crackdown on anti-apartheid activists and forced the resistance movement underground. The regime banned the ANC in 1960, the same year its troops shot and killed 69 civilians protesting the government’s repressive restrictions on movement in Sharpeville. In 1962 the government imposed a state of emergency, one of several that would continue intermittently until 1989, when the apartheid regime began to founder. 

 

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Baton-wielding police break up the crowd outside the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 31, 1956, as the ‘Treason Trials’ opened. Nelson Mandela was among the people who were on trial.

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The ANC was outlawed in 1960 and Mr Mandela went underground.

* Already facing treason charges, he went underground as a leader of the A.N.C.’s new guerrilla wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”). Dressed in different disguises—a gardener, a chef, a soldier—he popped up around the country, and then disappeared again. His exploits earned him a nickname: the Black Pimpernel.

 

A change had come.

 

* Sharpbille marked the end of peaceful resistance and Mr Mandela, already national vice-president of the ANC, launched a campaign of economic sabotage.

He was eventually arrested and charged with sabotage and attempting to violently overthrow the government.

Speaking from the dock in the Rivonia court room, Mr Mandela used the stand to convey his beliefs about democracy, freedom and equality.

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

In the winter of 1964 he was sentenced to life in prison.

 

In court, as elsewhere:

 

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Three defendants in the first treason, Robert Resha, left, Patrick Molaoa, centre, and Nelson Mandela arrive in Pretoria from Johannesburg by special bus during the trial in August 1958. The trial lasted for four and a half years.  Date: 01/08/1958

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On 5 August 1962, police captured Mandela along with Cecil Williams near Howick. Jailed in Johannesburg’s Marshall Square prison, he was charged with inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without permission.

 

Winnie Mandela, wife of the African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela, wears a traditional dress as she and two other women attend her husband’s trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Oct. 22, 1962. Nelson Mandela pleaded not guilty in a special regional court to charges of incitement and leaving South Africa illegally. 

 

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He told the court:

“I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.”

 

His co-accused included: Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Mosoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni – all ANC officials and Ahmed Kathrada, the former leader of the South African Indian Congress.

 

Winnie stood by him. But was he ever the family man?

Stephen Robinson:

The anti-apartheid movement of the 1950s and 1960s might have been built upon fighting injustice, but it was fuelled by alcohol and libido, and many of the white communists were just as keen as the black nationalists to use politics — as David James Smith relates — to get their hands into girls’ pants. Mandela’s behaviour was unusual only in his emotional neglect of his wives and children. He shunned even his own mother, whom he rarely saw before he went to prison, apparently because he was embarrassed by her lack of education. He drove his first wife, Evelyn, close to madness by his casual adultery, allowing one lover to walk into the marital bedroom while she was present in their cramped Soweto house. Evelyn threatened to throw boiling water over the woman if he brought her home again.

There were numerous other women apart from Evelyn and his second wife, Winnie; almost certainly an unacknowledged illegitimate child; and allegations by poor, bitter Evelyn in her divorce petition that he had beaten her. The mystery of Mandela lies in the jarring contrast between his behaviour ­towards his family, and his princely courtesy to everyone else

 

 

Winnie Mandela, wife of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, escorts his mother Nosekeni Fanny through a police cordon outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, June 11, 1964, where he was a defendant in the treason trial. Mandela was found guilty on all four counts and together with six others, was sentenced to life imprisonment. 

 

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* Towards noon on April 20, 1964, after four and a half hours on his feet, Nelson Mandela was nearing the end of his opening statement at his trial in South Africa’s Supreme Court in Pretoria. He faced charges of sabotage that were equivalent in law to treason. His lawyer had also been his typist for the 81-page speech and had implored him to leave out its last line, saying it would be an invitation to the court to impose the death penalty. Mandela made him type it anyway, and now, after describing his ideal of “a free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”, he read it out. “If needs be,” he said, “it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

In his trial speech, Mandela explained carefully and at length that he was neither Communist nor Marxist. He was, he said, “an African patriot”, born into a chief’s family in the rolling hills of the Transkei and determined to borrow from both East and West to realise the potential of what should be “one of the richest countries in the world”. Thirty years later that patriotism was the theme of a presidential inauguration address crafted as an appeal to South Africans of every colour, each one “as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country” as the jacarandas of Pretoria and the mimosas of the Bushveld.

* Lawyer for the defendants, Harold Hansen QC said: “These accused represent the struggle of their people for equal rights. Their views represent the struggle of the African people for the attainment of equal rights for all races in this country.”

But the judge, President Quartus de Wet, said he was not convinced by their claim to have been motivated by a desire to alleviate the grievances of the African people in this country.

Judge de Wet said: “People who organise revolution usually plan to take over the government as well through personal ambition.”

 

 

Police clear away Africans from the area of the court in Pretoria, South Africa, after a verdict of guilty was pronounced on defendants in the South African treason trial on June 11, 1964. African nationalist leaders Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu were found guilty on all four counts, as were four other African defendants. Dennis Molberg, a white civil engineer, was found guilty on all counts, but the two other white defendants were found not guilty and discharged. The only Indian defendant was found guilty on the sabotage count only. All seven found guilty were sentenced to life imprisonment. 

 

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Police join hands to hold back demonstrators outside court in Pretoria, South Africa, June 12, 1964 after eight of the accused in the Rivonia Sabotage trial, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Anti-apartheid demonstrators gather outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square, London, June 12, 1964, in protest against the sentence to life imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, former chief of the banned African National Congress. Mandela, 46, and seven other defendants were found guilty in the South African treason trial in Pretoria. They were sentenced today.

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Showing her concern, a woman moves through the crowd to shake hands with Winnie Mandela, wife of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, as she leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa, June 12, 1964, after her husband was sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela was one of the eight men found guilty in the Rivonia sabotage trial. All received the same sentence. 

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Zindzi Mandela reads the refusal of her father, Nelson, to leave prison in Johannesburg, after South African President P.W. Botha offered him conditional release. Date: 10/02/1985

 

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* On 31 January 1985 State President P W Botha offers Nelson Mandela, leader of the banned African National Congress (ANC), conditional release from the prison sentence he had been serving since the conclusion of the Rivonia Trial in 1964. The condition of his release is that he renounces violence, and violent protest, as a means to bring about change in South Africa.

Mandela communicates his refusal of the offer through his daughter, Zinzi Mandela, who reads his statement to this effect at a rally in Soweto on 10 February 1985. He states that the ANC’s only adopted violence as a means of protest ” when other forms of resistance were no longer open to us “. Mandela had refused previous offers of conditional release where the condition was that he be confined to the Transkei.

 

 

The rock quarry where prisoners of Robben Island were once forced to work is seen, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Former South African president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year prison term on the island locked up by the former apartheid government.

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Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. He was in prison from 1962 to 1990. He became President of South Africa in 1994, and retired in 1999.

 

Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Letters Of Note: My Waitrose Rum Baba Pudding

LETTES of Note: The woman who still can’t make a decent rum baba:

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nelson Mandela: The Lamentations of Jeremiah And The Crown Of Eternal Life

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NELSON Mandela is dead. From passive resistance against apartheid to charges of treason; to ANC violence; to life imprisonment on Robben Island; to international symbol of hope; to respected global statesman; to Nobel Laureate; to President of South Africa; to World Elder and a remaining lifetime dedicated to peace and reconciliation. It was as though his life had an appointment with destiny – to be a living incarnation of grace and forgiveness, writes Cranmer.

He made a famous walk to freedom after 27 years on Robben Island. Thousands greeted him in ecstasy. Now he has made his final walk to eternal freedom to be in the presence of Christ. And the Heavenly Host greeted him in raptures of Hallelujah!

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Popcorn The Turkey Forgets The Little People

AND lo did President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, continue the Thanksgiving tradition of saving Popcorn the turkey from the dinner table with a “presidential pardon,” at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, as John Burkel, current chairman of the National Turkey Federation in Badger, Minn, observed.

After the pardoning, Popcorn travelled to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens where he will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon.”

Then millions of Americans will eat millions of Popcorn’s family. Turkeys will never forget the treachery, talking about how after Popcorn’s election to the role of Washington Ambassador he gave them up for all the grain he could eat and a chance to meet Obama.

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nelson Mandela Dead: The Front Pages Before And After The News Storm And A Blonde’s Buttocks

NELSON Mandela’s death was announced yesterday evenings. The newspapers had known the great leader was aged and in failing health. Obituaries had long been written. A simple press of ‘f5′ on the keyboard and the front pages were done. But what was on the covers before? What was the big story before Mandela died?

A storm has hit the British East coast. A huge tidal surge has left two dead. Thousands have been evacuated. Ports are closed. Many homes have been left without power. All day long the BBC and Sky news has been trailing the weather. And then Mandela died.

 

 

THE TIMES IS CLEVER – JUST CREATE A WRAPAROUND

 

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United & England Balls: Phil Jones’ Midfield Role Erased From Record Books

COMPARE and contrast the words of the Daily Mirror’s Martin Lipton on Manchester United and England player Phil Jones:

“Hodgson has always picked Jones as a defender and deployed him primarily at right-back” – December 5, 2013

Or as Lipton said when Brazil played England waaaaay back in June 2013:

“Jagielka and Cahill will play centrally in that back four, Carrick and Jones in front of them at the base of the midfield.”

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1977: Her Majesty The Queen Meets A Huge Inflatable Golliwog

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FLASHBACK to August 8, 1977:  A giant inflatable golliwog in the crowd greeting Queen Elizabeth II at Filton High School, Bristol, during her Silver Jubilee tour of Great Britain.

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kooky Wedding Video #305,389: Is This The Best Or Worst Ever?

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AMERICANS, and no-one else on Earth, have decided to turn their weddings into blockbusting events, with people recreating the Dirty Dancing movie, doing the dance from Thriller and generally spoiling it for everyone with a variety of stunts that are worse than a thousand flashmobs.

And so, to Florida, where a couple – Adam Bohn and fiancee Michelle – got hitched and wanted to do it with a bang.

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: Beyond Parody, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Rise And Fall of ‘Hippiedilly’ In 1969

ON the Sunday morning of 21 September 1969, a slightly-built Chief Inspector convinced some hippies inside a squat at a large five storey mansion at 144 Piccadilly to lower an improvised wooden drawbridge so doctors could help a seriously ill person inside. The drawbridge came down and Chief Inspector Michael Rowling flung himself bravely across the barricaded opening to establish a bridgehead. Suddenly a police sergeant blew his whistle and shouted “Come on lads – let’s go in!” and a hundred policemen, seemingly from nowhere, charged over the bridge and through the front door.

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 8 Most Terrible Things We’ve Learned About Nigella Lawson

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HUGE swathes of the press are incredibly excited about the Nigella Lawson court case because they’re getting loads of juicy information on her private life without having to rummage around in bins, tap phones or interview a soul!

Perfect for the modern, lazy hack.

However, it seems that no-one on Fleet Street has actually realised what is being revealed – that Nigella is actually very normal and that the life of a celebrity is crushingly similar to most people’s.

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch A Terrifying Amount Of Geese Nearly Fly Into Some Cackling Humans

YOU’VE heard of Sharknado? Well, how about a Geesenami? That’s right. Someone caught, on camera rather than ‘by hand’, hundreds and hundreds of geese in flight.

Of course, this sounds a bit tedious like Springwatch. However, these geese were sat toddling around, all sinister, and then took off across some school playing fields.

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Posted: 5th, December 2013 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


8 Profoundly Unpleasant Songs by Actors and Actresses

WILLIAM Shatner, for his cover of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, is usually cited as the cardinal wrongdoer among the long list of actors and actresses taking a spin at a singing career. But I must confess, Shat’s spoken-word rendition has grown on me. His sincerity and hamminess are just freaking adorable. For that matter, The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by his Star Trek comrade, Leonard Nimoy, is equally endearing.

No, this list has nothing adorable in it. There’s nothing charming about a single chord on these celebrity records – nothing to latch onto and attach some redeeming quality. These are objectively awful from the first note to the last.

 

 

“Rape” by Peter Wyngard (1970)

 

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In France of course, where fun is greedy
The women are a little more seedy
And rape is hardly ever necessary

 

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Posted: 4th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0