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Until the government proposed a ban on drinking establishments handing out free bottles of wine to female customers, I had no idea such practice was commonplace. Maybe I need to get out more – Sue Carroll, Daily Mirror
And you don’t have to go alone, Sue…
[The group was] Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.
Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he’s too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON’T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT…but they STILL don’t give a f***. They said right out, “He won’t do anything better than McCain” but they’re STILL voting for Obama.
GEORGE Bush has quit…
WHEN child stars grow up: Jonathan Lipnicki, that adorable kid from Jerry Maguire.
UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann tells The Jerusalem Post that he loves Israel and believes the Jewish people “have suffered more perhaps in time than any other people.”
“I don’t hate any country, but Israel I happen to love,” d’Escoto said.
HOW many shares opened up on the FTSE this morning?
So writes Polly Hudson, the Daily Mirror’s celebrity watcher, who possibly saw yesterday’s Sun front-page. Or as other put it:
Divorce? No… Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s civilised separation – Daily Mail, May 25, 2008
The story was taken up on the web blogs:
A man and woman been been jailed for three months in the Arab Emirate of Dubai after being found guilty of having sex on a beach.
Britons Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south-east London, were arrested in July. Both had denied charges of public indecency and having unmarried sex. They were fined the equivalent of £160 and will be deported after serving their sentences.
Dubai Sex On Beach Case: Locking Up Is The New Staying In
F*cked In Dubai: The Defence Of Vince Acors And Michelle Palmer
Global Warming: The Air Conditioned Bus Stop In Dubai
Dubai Ice Hotel: Climate Change In An Instant
In articles published in September and November last year we suggested that the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann might have covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and/or misled the authorities investigating her disappearance.
THE media is in the tank for Obama…
Spotter: Michael Asher
NOT every problem can be solved by throwing money at it, but as Libor falls for the third day in a row we need to keep spinning those prayer wheels and throwing the money at it.
According to Bloomberg
‘Dollar money-market rates fell after the European Central Bank, Bank of England and Swiss National Bank offered lenders unlimited U.S. currency for the first time in a coordinated effort to unlock credit markets.’
How much money, I hear you asking.
THIS is what happens to Stephen Hawking when people who quote Monty Python scenes get an idea:
It must rank among the most unusual tattoos in the world.
Apprentice tattooist Jack Newton has had Professor Stephen Hawking’s face imprinted on his right leg.
ROGER L Simon on the Buckley apostate:
Being an apostate myself, I read with interest Chris Buckley’s defense of his apostasy in The Daily Beast today. After having come out in favor of Obama, the esteemed son of the esteemed William F. Buckley has been “sacked” (in Chris’ words) by his father’s magazine the National Review.
THE North Pole was once melting. It would be melted – all melted – by tomorrow.
IT’S 2030 and the Scotsman exists as a free pamphlet given out at King’s Cross station and churches in the area.
What else of 2030? “It’s…
“…A chilling world where licences are required for having children and questioning global warming is a crime could be ushered in by climate change”.
Why wait. Bring it on.
The scenario is one of five potential responses to climate change described by a panel of 60 experts in the study by Forum for the Future, a sustainable development group.
Not sure if we get a vote on which world we want, but know that the “five possible futures for mankind are”:
Tsk! And the doctor told them it was a one-off protype.
You can’t trust anybody…
THE AGE (Aus): “If the cap fits, journeyman Rogers will wear it”
An interview with cricketer Chris Rogers.
Away from cricket, Rogers likes sudoku, music, writing and reading. Currently, it is Vanished, exploring the Madeleine McCann case, which was topical in England when he was there mid-year.
More on how that affects his cricket next season…
And what of Jaswinder Singh? Is he billed in the tabloids as a consciencious worker, one in the eye for workshy shirkers? Is he a man planning ahead, going long on meat?
Is he ready to brandish a man-sized skewer and turn whistleblower on the kebab industry?
Is this a satire on kebab shop knifings?
No, he is the source of cheap puns and accusations.
Armed with swabs, they wipe 409 people at bus and train stations in five major cities in England and Wales.
Before the results are sent to Jeremy Kyle, the boffins note that the further north they went, the more often they found commuters with faecal bacteria on their hands.
The further north go, the shittier it gets. Fact. The further north you go, the less afraid people are to get their hands dirty. Fact. In Scotland, people call hands “Wipers” and wipe their hands on cloth to give it its distinct tartan design and texture.
He’s a shareholder now: “I reckon I definitely look the part as I confidently stride in with my laptop, a fold-up desk and briefcase.”
MacLean’s colleague Paul Routledge would rather see him stood on the counter with a tie wrapped to his throat and tethered to the ceiling fan, but this is MacLean’s first day at work. Patience.
“Things were getting proper dicey. We had an Our Maddie story on standby, a feature on what Our Diana would have done to help should she ever deign to emerge from her department in Harvey Nichols, and there was the story of how Our Gordon Brown is to duet with Howard on the Halifax ads, so we were covered for a few weeks.
“But still, squeaky bum time.”
He “put that name on the documents for the girl’s birth certificate, ignoring the name Ava Grace, which he and his wife had picked earlier”, reports the Tennessean.
Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise. Today we’re able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator’s campaign team.
“I can confirm that the Obama campaign has paid for in-game advertising in Burnout,” Holly Rockwood, director of corporate communications at Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher, told me via email, noting that EA regularly allows ad placements in their online games. “Like most television, radio and print outlets, we accept advertising from credible political candidates,” she continued. “Like political spots on the television networks, these ads do not reflect the political policies of EA or the opinions of its development teams.”
To my knowledge, this Burnout ad is far and away the most prominent use of a major online game to promote a presidential candidate’s campaign. There have been near-misses, of course: In 2006, for example, when he was seriously considering a run for the Democratic nomination, ex-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner made an avatar-based appearance at a press conference in Second Life.
Look out for McCain on space invaders near you…
As the Daily Star reported yesterday, “aliens are set to land on Earth tomorrow to prove to humans that there really is life out there”.