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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:

 

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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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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mad Men Rejoice: Plain Packaging For Cigarettes Will Increase Branding

smoking is good for you Mad Men Rejoice: Plain Packaging For Cigarettes Will Increase Branding

 

 

AS you’ll know there’s a move to get to the plain packaging of cigarettes. This is the rather strange idea that if we can’t associate red with Marlboro and white with Silk Cut then we’ll smoke fewer cigarettes overall. Quite why is never really explained but we are assured that it will be true.

There’s something of a problem with the idea though. Which is that abolishing branding for legal cigarettes will probably lead to more branding by illegal ones. The reason is that a brand is an identification: it tells people something about the quality, and consistency of whatever the brand is associated with.

So prevalent have some lines of Cheap Whites become in parts of the UK where the majority of cigarette sales are now non-dutied through boot sales and under-counter trades that they are establishing brand loyalties; people like cigarette characteristics they are used to, in terms of taste, strength, throat-feel, acridity and so on, and when they find an illegal brand that mimics, say, Superkings will stick with it.

Which offers the intriguing possibility that with the government’s moves to introduce plain packaging for the legitimate TMA members already feeling the pinch, it’s unlikely the Cheap Whites will follow step; if anything, they will surely tend to improve their pack image.

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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Argentina’s FAP Party Pays Tribute To Falklands Anniversary With Nicked Picture From Band of Brothers Poster

TO Argentina, where the political party FAP (I kid you not) pays tribute on Falklands anniversary by, erm borrowing a picture from Band of Brothers:

 

Screen shot 2014 04 04 at 15.35.51 Argentinas FAP Party Pays Tribute To Falklands Anniversary With Nicked Picture From Band of Brothers Poster

 

Spotter: @eaamalyon  

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Tom Daley Is Gay, Not Bisexual, Okay?

PA 16329947 Tom Daley Is Gay, Not Bisexual, Okay?

 

 

IMAGINE this: everyone in the world announces that they’re bisexual. Seems trite, but if everyone was bi, then it would stop the need for people to ‘come out’ and indeed, newspapers wouldn’t need to write stories about people ‘switching sides’ or indeed, as we’re seeing with Tom Daley, clarifying exactly which set of genitals he’s most interested in.

The 19-year-old told the world that he was bi on YouTube in December, saying: “Of course I still fancy girls, but right now, I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.”

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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Darren ‘Sumbarine’ Gough and ex-TOWIE ‘Star’ Amy Childs Are In A ‘Plutonic’ Relationship

HOT, steamy celebrity gossip is the lifeblood of the tabloid press, and never more so than in the Daily Mail’s report of the fallout following the revelation of an alleged affair between ex-cricketer Darren ‘Sumbarine’ Gough and ex-TOWIE ‘star’ Amy Childs.

 

darren gough and amy childs Darren ‘Sumbarine’ Gough and ex TOWIE ‘Star’ Amy Childs Are In A Plutonic Relationship

 

Both parties deny that any funny business occurred, and insist that they are just friends.

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‘I’m A Pineapple Not A Racist’: Nicolas Anelka Defends His ‘Quenelle’ Gesture

PA 18753719 Im A Pineapple Not A Racist: Nicolas Anelka Defends His Quenelle Gesture

 

 

NICOLAS Anelka, formerly Le Grand Sulk of English football became its pariah when he performed the cryptic quenelle gesture. Having left West Bromwich Albion after being handed a five-match ban by the FA for making the gesture during the 3-3 draw with West Ham in December, Anelka is talking to Metro News.

“Because some people have performed [the quenelle] in front of a synagogue, then the gesture is suddenly meant to be racist and anti-Semitic in any place and in any situation? Sorry, I’m not swallowing that. I’ve tried to swallow it but it won’t go down. So if I understand correctly, all priests are paedophiles and all Muslims are terrorists? For me, it’s the same principle. If this continues, the people who decide that the quenelle is racist will soon ban us from eating pineapples! It is a vulgar gesture, I grant you. There was never any religious intent on my part. I am neither racist nor anti-Semitic and this quenelle was a simple dedication.”

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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Austerity Army: Coldstream Guard’s Lance Corporal Kills Six Afghani Insurgents With A Single Bullet

MEANWHILE…in the austerity Army:

A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded … The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.

It’s all about training….

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Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

TODAY  Ella Birchenough was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain while trying to retrieve her iPhone.

The 16-year-old, squeezed down the hole to try to fetch her phone in Eaves Road, Dover, Kent. But she became stuck fast in front of a group of amused onlookers, including her mother, according to witness Tim Richards.

It was thoughtful of someone to take photos.

 

PA 19466960 Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Sci-Fi TV Series Scuttled by Second Season Changes

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WE might accept as axiomatic the belief that patience is a virtue. However, over the decades, several notable and even celebrated science fiction TV series have failed to live up to this ideal.

Instead of demonstrating patience and prudence, their makers have instead demonstrated radical impatience, and — after promising first season sorties — instituted sweeping changes that, in some cases, threw away the baby with the bath water.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nepotism Watch: The Guardian’s Rusbridger-Mackie Family Are Looking For Comment

nepotism Nepotism Watch: The Guardians Rusbridger Mackie Family Are Looking For Comment

 

HOW modern journalism works:

Guardian editor: Alan Rusbridger

Guardian Comment is Free Writer: Lindsay Mackie, aka Mrs Alan Rusbridger.

Guardian Comment is Free Community Co-ordinator Bella Mackie – aka Bella Rudbridger, daughter to – get this – Alan Rusbridger and Lindsay Makie. (You may know her as BellaM.)

Of course, Bella scored her job on merit.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1978-1995: When Theodore John Kaczynski Was The Heroic Unabomber

ON May 3 1996, Theodore John Kaczynski, 53, had his mug shot taken by7 the Lewis and Clark County Jail in Helena, Montana. Kaczynski had been taken into custody at his mountain cabin north of Helena as a suspect in the Unabomber bombing spree.

 

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The man called the “Unabomber” had killed three people and maimed 23 others with parcel bombs. His first known device exploded in 1978 and the last, killing California Forestry Association president Gilbert Murray. His campaign had continued to his most recent bomb in 1995. His final bombs was his 16th.

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Now Look What Their Doing To Kurt Cobain: He’s A Musical

Screen shot 2014 04 03 at 14.04.41 Now Look What Their Doing To Kurt Cobain: Hes A Musical

Kurt Cobain’s stash box

 

WHEN Kurt Cobain died, a whole generation lost one of their favourite icons. While he wasn’t necessarily a spokesperson for everyone through his songs, there was something very pleasing about his stance against business, phoney or otherwise. He was just about the only superstar who actively championed bands who needed the publicity as well.

Can you imagine any band now hailing the virtues of Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines on international TV?

However, Cobain died and we didn’t see his like again. So what became of his legacy? Well, it didn’t take too long for unreleased music to get hastily stuck on some compilations and Nirvana t-shirts to get reissued by the buttload. And then Cobain appeared in a video game, which was fun but weird.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gypsies On Benefits And Proud: The Daily Star Flogs Channel 5′s Benefits Street For ‘Sponging’ Foreigners

THE Daily Star once told its readers to vote for the EDL. Todays its anti-foreigner message is cloaked in a front page about gloating, freeloading Romanians:

Daily Star 3 4 2014 Gypsies On Benefits And Proud: The Daily Star Flogs Channel 5s Benefits Street For Sponging Foreigners

The Star’s (prop. Richard Desmond)  headline is linked to a Channel 5 (prop. Richard Desmond) documentary. The paper tells us:

TV documentary exposes how gypsies are happy to exploit British benefit system

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: News, TV & Radio | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dear Christians: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Complain About Noah

PA 19440540 Dear Christians: Heres Why You Shouldnt Complain About Noah

Russell Crowe arriving for the premiere of the film Noah held at the Odeon Leicester Square, central London.

 

THE new film about Noah, starring Russell Crowe, has been causing a lot of grief among certain religious types. Of course, most religious people have a faith strong enough to brush off some poxy film, but we’re looking at those shrieking mentals who can’t stay calm or, it seems, apply logic to a situation.

The film tells the famous story about Noah and his ark. God gets wrathful and sends a flood which is destined to wipe everything out. Destroying everything in a flood seems a bit snide, but as we all know, God is a vengeful so-and-so. And presumably, floating and water-breathing creatures weren’t at all bothered by this, to which we glean that God has no problem with ducks or fish. They’re the most saintly animals, obviously.

However, there’s a few Christians that are not at all happy with a Biblical tale being shown on the big screen. Instead of being happy that the word of God is being distributed worldwide, coupled with a very famous actor, they are furious.

Why?

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Before They Went Solo: Early Bands Of Bowie, Elton And Others

ATTila Before They Went Solo: Early Bands Of Bowie, Elton And Others

Billy Joel’s hard rock duo – Attila

 

MUSICIANS like Billy Joel and Elton John didn’t start out as solo acts. Like nearly all solo pop stars, they began as just another member of a band. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at musicians who we primarily identify as being solo acts and see what bands they were in before venturing out on their own and making it big.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Sci-Fi Movies That Didn’t Deserve the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Treatment

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TO the delight of virtually everyone, the late, great Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988 – 1999) seems to be experiencing something of a pop culture resurgence these days.

April 1st  of this year saw former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy return to top form in National Geographic’s Total Riff-Off, and the cable network Retro TV recently announced that it will begin airing MST-3K reruns starting July 5, 2014.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (12) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0