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Mao Xinyu (毛新宇), the grandson of Chairman Mao Zedong, looks set to become dean of China’s first undergraduate level university department to be dedicated to the study of Mao Zedong Thought.
A compulsory course entitled ‘An Overview of Mao Zedong Thought’ (毛泽东思想概论) has been taught in all mainland universities for years out of respect for the erstwhile Chairman, but the establishment of a Mao Zedong Thought department presided over by the Great Helmsman’s own grandson is an entirely new development.
Nepotism rules. They’re not so different…
Barack Obama on SNL? – Mollygood
TO the Tesco store in Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, where a naked man has been found wedged in the chimney.
Police attend, so too firefighters.
ANOTHER proud titan of the financial world lies prostrate beneath the corpse of the Nordic Kitten; Barnsley Building Society is no more.
But lets have a round of applause for the Yorkshire Building Society, which has taken in the bereft Barnsleyans, in a heartwarming outbreak of mutuality which suggests that we are all Keynesian now.
Apart from the Bullinghams, of course…
Word comes this afternoon that NBC News has paid $5,000 for an exclusive interview with Cindy Anthony, the mother of Casey Anthony, that woman in Florida who’s in jail on charges she murdered her daughter Caylee Anthony, who’s been missing for months.
Crime does pay. Who knew?
Paid for an interview?
SAYwhat you like about Peter Mandelson…as long as he doesn’t ever get to hear about it…say what you like, but My Goodness! Golly Gosh Chaps! he knows how to have a good birthday.
Mandeleson is an utter…
Byron, yesterday in Grand Junction 22,000 people turned up to see Sarah Palin, which if memory serves is rather larger than the numbers Jack Kemp was drawing back in ’96. If my experience in New Hampshire is anything to go by, the size of the crowd is inversely proportional to the number of journalists who show up.
Security forces in Natanz have arrested two suspected “spy pigeons” near Iran’s controversial uranium enrichment facility, the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper reported on Monday.
With their hooded eyes and hooked beaks, they were also going to raise suspicions…
LORD ‘Don’t Ask Me’ West is talking about young radical British Muslims.
Says the Sun:
“Britain will face a threat from radical young British Muslims for another 30 years Security Minister Lord West warned yesterday.”
IT must be pretty rotten waking up and discover that one of your bosom buddies has written a letter to the Times about you in less than flattering terms, all the more so if you had been hoping that your bosom buddie would make unflattering remarks about another person altogether, so perhaps we should pause for a moment to recognise George Osborne’s pain.
And then we can get back to laughing our heads off…
THE inSpot email says your lover has an STD:
Since 2004, a free Web site, inSpot.org has allowed users to anonymously notify their partners to get tested for STDs such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
It may not be the most personal way of delivering the news, but researchers say it beats not saying anything at all.
“When you weigh the importance of getting people notified, that’s ultimately what needs to be done,” said Jeffrey D. Klausner, director of STD Prevention and Control Services in San Francisco, California’s Department of Public Health. “By notifying them — even if it’s done anonymously, even distantly, even with an e-card — the benefits of getting someone diagnosed and treated outweigh the concerns of insensitivity.”
The electronic cards deliver the news in a variety of styles. Some are flirty: “You’re too hot to be out of action. I got diagnosed with an STD since we played. You might want to get checked too.”
Some are somber: “Who? What? When? Where? It doesn’t matter. I got an STD; you might have it too. Please get checked out.”
Meg Ryan was wrong…
DOLEMITE has died:
IT’S not when the ice will melt and drown us all that triggers any debate, but why we are being made to wait so long for the big flood.
The Indy’s Johann Hari looks into this crystal ball:
We are living through two great meltdowns – the credit crunch, and the climate crunch. The heating of the planet is now happening so fast it’s hard to pluck a single event to fix on, but here’s one. By the summer of 2013, the Arctic will be free of ice. How big an event it [sic] this?
I HAVE written an awful lot on credit default swaps, those miracles of financial engineering, claimed by Alan Greenspan to have almost eliminated risk from the financial markets, but I felt I should mention that tomorrow is the day when the outstanding credit default swaps on Lehman Brothers are due for settlement.
“SWEETENER ‘makes you fat’”
“The Ipod generation – That’s insecure pressurised, over-taxed and debt-ridden”
“THE GASTRIC BANDITS – Increasing numbers of women are going abroad for radical weight-loss surgery they can’t have here because they’re not fat enough. As this woman found, the results can be disastrous”
TO the Daily Mail, where the royal horse correspondent is called Harry Mount:
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COLUMNIST insight of the day: Sue Carroll on Eurovision:
Just because Andrew Lloyd Webber will compose Britain’s entry for next year’s Eurovision song contest, do not assume the show is in the bag
Well, OK, then…
A WIN for the Sun as Toorpakai Saindi and her seven children are to be kicked out of their home.
The Sun says the home in Acton, West London, is worth £1.2milion – and falling in value all the time. The single mum gets the “equivalent of £170,000 a year from the taxpayer”.
The paper makes no mention of why Ms Toorpakai moved to the UK, only that she was placed in the home because the council had a shortage of alternative accommodation.
DAY 2 of the Daily Mail’s campaign to help small firms, and the drive is already bearing dividends.
What are the odds that the campaign that coincided with the Government and Opposition’s drive to help small business would be such an instant hit?
If only the politicos listened.
“First day of the Mail campaign brings action from the Government and key pledges from the Tories.”
The Sun picks up its walkie talkie and tunes into the Bakri cackle. The result is nothing less than “THE X FATWA – Terror alert as Bakri slams troops charity song”.
Eat your heart out Mazher Mahmood, News International’s fake sheikh. Bakri is the real deal, bringing front-page exclusives on a daily basis.
(If you call, he’ll rant about whatever you like. Omar, if you’re reading this, set up a premium rate RANT LINE. I’ve got ideas, call me.)
It was terrific idea. And had it only been the Mail’s the paper would deserve the gong.
As Alex Lockwood writes:
JENNA Jameson and her plastic stomach – Celebitchy
Vadge stays put – I’m Not Obsessed
Jennifer Aniston is with a child – Just Jared
Katie Holmes speaks
Simon Cowell causes Depression
“THE age of paranoia – Lonely city life and work worries leave us racked by irrational fear” – Headline of the year.
“Warning of a diabetes ‘epidemic’ as cases hit 2.5m”
“Planet Earth and the world we live in now”. Keith Waterhouse looks out of his window – “It’s not a question of saving polar bears. We could be bearing polar bears before we are finished”
IT’S not all bad news as the financial markets totter; prices for contemporary ‘art’ are in freefall, sales over the weekend reached about half of the estimates, according to Bloomberg, and Andy Warhol’s grinning skulls sum up the plight of those idiots, sorry, artistic patrons, who bought into the delusion…
EAT. Die! It’s the heart attack grill diet centre…