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When Max Clifford Met Mandy Allwood: Police, Power, Sex, Money And Tabloids

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault.

Ron Greenslade recalls his dealings with the great story fixer. He focuses on the story of Mandy Allwood. Britain’s own Octomum, gave birth to two girls and six boys in September 1996. They were premature.

Within hours of being born, all of the children had died.

 

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Mandy Allwood with her partner Paul Hudson with the coffins of the eight unborn babies of Mandy Allwood are carried in procession during their funeral in West Norwood Cemetery, London. Max Clifford her publicist stands behind her
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Mandy and the babies – Kypros, Adam, Martyn, Cassius, Nelson, Donald, Kitali and Layne – were big news, as they had been ever since she had hired a publicist. He was, of course, Max Clifford.

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pages of Polyester: The Sears 1974 Catalog

FROM the women’s fashion section of the 1974 Fall-Winter Sears Catalog, here are 35 pages of earth-toned acrylics, skin-tight polyester, and knitted creations that should have never seen the light of day.  Seventies fashions are fun to behold because they could be so frighteningly terrible; however, if you can resist the easy temptation to scoff at 70s styles and view them with an open mind, some are actually quite brilliant.  Today’s everyday styles can be so tired and unremarkable – it’s refreshing to see something bold and unique.  Come take a look….

 

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A black and orange striped sweater-vest over a tight olive green turtleneck sweater…. can somebody explain how this happened?  The simple answer is widespread recreational drug use, but I’m open to other theories.

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pupil Kills Teacher Anne Maguire In Leeds: Calls To Treat All Schoolchildren As Criminals?

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ANNE Maguire, 61, a Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds has been stabbed to death with a knife in front of pupils. A 15-year-old male pupil is in custody.

Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon, from West Yorkshire Police:

“We would like to reassure people that this has been an isolated incident and there is no ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school. The situation is under control and officers, including safer schools officers and members of the local neighbourhood policing team, are currently at the school and are liaising closely with staff. The rest of the school is continuing to operate as normal and we would ask that parents do not attend the site unless directly requested to do so by the school. Our enquiries are at a very early stage but the full circumstances of this incident will obviously be the subject of a full and thorough investigation.”

Steve Mort, the headteacher, says:

“We try to put our mission as a Catholic College into practice every day in the way we treat others within our community – together we work, learn, pray and grow.”

The Telegraph gives us some more facts:

According to Ofsted, 52 per cent of pupils achieved expected progress in English last year and 60 per cent in Maths – putting the school in the bottom 40 per cent of all schools.

Good to know. But relevant?

The buildings date back to 1968 and the site is one of the city’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ projects. In 2010 it was awarded the International School Award by the British Council.

After the filler, we hear from an eyewitness:

 “He just did it in front of everyone really. I was doing some science work. I just heard everyone screaming and running about and then we got told to stay there and told that a teacher had been attacked by one of the students… I did not expect it to be him at all.”

The Times adds:

Mrs Maguire, who had been stabbed a number of times, died later in hospital.

Adding:

The incident will provoke memories of Philip Lawrence, a head teacher stabbed to death outside his school in Maida Vale, London, in 1995 when he went to the aid of a pupil being attacked by a gang.

 

Undated hand photos of Philip Lawrence (left), the headmaster who was brutally murdered by Learco Chindamo (right), outside his school as he defended a pupil. Chindamo, who was 15 at the time of the stabbing, was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey in October 1996. Issue date: Monday April 28, 2014. The killing of a teacher at a school in Leeds brings back memories of the murder of headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995. He had gone to the aid of one of his pupils who was being attacked with an iron bar at the gates of St George's RC School in Maida Vale, west London. Mr Lawrence, 48, was seeing his pupils off from school, as he did every day, when he spotted one of his students being hit over the head. See PA story POLICE Teacher Lawrence. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated hand photos of Philip Lawrence (left), the headmaster who was brutally murdered by Learco Chindamo (right), outside his school as he defended a pupil. Chindamo, who was 15 at the time of the stabbing, was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey in October 1996.

 

Indeed, the killing of a teacher at a school in Leeds brings back memories of the murder of headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995. He had gone to the aid of one of his pupils who was being attacked with an iron bar at the gates of St George’s RC School in Maida Vale, west London. Mr Lawrence, 48, was seeing his pupils off from school, as he did every day, when he spotted one of his students being hit over the head.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, adds:

“We are shocked and saddened to hear the news that a teacher has been stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Our thoughts are with her family, her colleagues and the students of the school. Teachers carry a great weight for our society and we owe them so much. It is terrible that they should be asked to pay this price too. We know that the close community of schools in Leeds will rally round to offer colleagues their support.”

Is a campaign mounting?

The Yorkshire Evening Post:

Margaret Morrissey OBE, a former OFSTED inspector and founder of forum Parents Out Loud, has urged the Government to wake up to the fact that the UK faces a similar problem to North America in the weapon culture and violence which are rife in educational institutions.

Two deaths in 20 year is two deaths to many. But is treating all children as suspects a good thing? Surely not:

Mrs Morrissey said: “What happened in Leeds is going to terrify parents. Regardless of the circumstances a pupil has had a weapon in their hand in a classroom and used it. Violence in schools is very present in London, but I would not have expected this in Leeds. It shows that it is spreading across the country.”

Because Leeds is an especially peaceful place?

“We think we are not America, that we are not a country which has drugs, weapons and violence in schools – well I’m really sorry but we are and the sooner we admit it, the better. The Government must consider metal detectors. It is the only way you are going to resolve the issue of pupils carrying offensive weapons in schools.”

The Post has some facts:

Last year the D of E revealed that 8,030 primary school pupils aged five to 11 were expelled in the 2010/2011 teaching year – a rise of 15 per cent over four years. 550 pupils were excluded permanently for physical assault against an adult, and 470 pupils were excluded permanently for verbal abuse or threatening behaviour.

The Guardian adds:

Schoolchildren were expelled or suspended on 17,520 occasions for physically assaulting adults in 2011-12, according to the latest available figures.

We hear from Brian Lightman, of the Association of School and College Leaders. He….

….said it was “an isolated incident”, but questions needed to be asked “to make sure every precaution is in place” to prevent such things happening.

Hilary Benn, the Labour MP for Leeds Central, adds a note of sanity:

“Schools are places of learning. We want our schools to be open – we don’t want to lock pupils and staff behind high fences.”

Let’s not let a horrible story lead to a disastrous policy.

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1943: Bizarre American Locomotive Company Advert

IN 1943, The American Locomotive Company published this advert:

 

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Call Carlton The Doorman: Broadway Producers Sue Actress Valerie Harper For Having Brain Cancer

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YOU can assume that having brain cancer is difficult enough to deal with, but actress Valerie Harper is finding out that there’s things worse than brain cancer.

And that’s having brain cancer and being sued for it.

That’s right! The clearly sensitive and empathetic playwright, Matthew Lombardo and several Broadway producers, are suing someone with a spectacularly dreadful illness!

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Is This The Most Epic Photograph Ever Taken At A Dog Show?

IS this the most epic photograph ever taken a dog show:

 

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Venezuela: You Won’t Believe The Crap Hugo Chavez Spent The Bolivarian Revolution Oil Money On

In this April 24, 2014 photo, a sculpture decorated with newspaper clippings is on display near the site where anti-government student protesters are camping out in Bolivar square in the Chacao municipality of Caracas, Venezuela. The opposition is resuming talks with President Nicolas Maduro's government on Thursday, aimed at defusing the nation's political crisis. It's the fourth face-to-face meeting this month and expected to focus on calls by the opposition for amnesty for jailed activists. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In this April 24, 2014 photo, a sculpture decorated with newspaper clippings is on display near the site where anti-government student protesters are camping out in Bolivar square in the Chacao municipality of Caracas, Venezuela. 

 

THIS is a story to really take the cake. So, Chavez in Venezuela, decided to start spending the oil money on improving the society. OK, that’s a good idea. But then we come to what he actually started spending the money on. Like a farm with no water. No, really:

Work on William Lara, the rural version of the Steel City, stopped last year after about $120 million was spent on clearing the land and building the first 176 houses.

The construction will resume after the government figures out a way of bringing water to the site 125 miles south of Caracas, Agriculture Minister Yvan Gil said.

“This is a technical problem, that our specialists are working to resolve,” Gil, 41, said in an interview in his Caracas office on April 10. “The project is advancing.”

That’s a pretty big thing to overlook when you’re planning a farm, where the hell’s the water going to come from?

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Money, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Max Clifford: If He’s So Good At PR Why Does Everyone Think He’s Such A Cock?

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MAX Clifford has been found guilty of 8 counts of indecent assault.

The BBC:

Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15. The 71-year-old, from Surrey, was convicted of a string of assaults which happened over nearly 20 years.

Before the verdict, Max represented (according to his website):

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1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

IN the 1950s, Lucky Tiger would seduce the girls. If you got really lucky, you could mount their heads.

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Epic Adverts: ‘Tolerant Lesbian Mona (w), 31 Searches For A Shared Apartment In Berlin’

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THIS is great. Mona “(w), 31 searches in shared apartment in Berlin Friedrichshain”.

Tolerant Lesbian tolerant you

Min Room Size: 20m ² Max Rent: € 5

I, 31, am a good-natured open leftist* and openly feminist student of history (HU) and am searching a cosmopolitan and anti-capitalistic apartment to share with others in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg. You need to be open minded when it comes to other lifestyle models and tolerance should be among your top values. Moreover it would be super if there was already a washing machine that I could also use in the apartment.

I don’t like aggressions and power games, and so I’m searching for an apartment that is 100% shared by women who are active against terror, war, racial madness, fascism, chauvinism and US cultural imperialism. I am myself a vegan and think that long-term living together makes sense when absolutely no animal-based products find a place in my apartment.

In general I am easy to get along with, but must also be able to say where the limits are and when I don’t want to see anyone. For me this is part of an honest cohabitation. In the past unfortunately I often have had to make the experience of putting up with people who stayed around even when I asked them to (temporarily) leave the apartment.

In return for a room (20-30 sqm) I offer work in the household, repairs and discussions (also therapeutic). Money is the lever of the powerful with which I cannot identify with. But because I respect other views, I would be willing to contribute to WLAN and electricity (even it belongs to the fundamental needs of a person and thus MUST be provided free of charge.)

I’m looking forward to the “casting”.

Mona

*Anarcho-syndicalism (but do not always agree with the International Workers Association)”

Mona is willing to pay is 5 euros.

Spotter: here, via NoTrickZone, Viz for the picture

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1947: Edward Moffitt And His Stable Of 80 Albino Racing Rats

FLASHBACK to June 30, 1947, to see Edward Moffitt and his stable of 80 albino racing rats at his home in San Francisco.

Mr Moffitt clocks his rats over the 150-foot course (50 turns of the treadmill) and notes the times. Moffitt’’s newly patented rat race is elaborately equipped with six treadmills, dials, buzzers, bells and trick lights which together set up a terrifying clamour when the winner crosses the “finish lines.”

 

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The Reading Eagle’s report said rats are “a terror to women and a boon to medical science…”

They are a terror to men, also. And – hold the front page – some women love them.

Said Moffitt:

“Look at all the little people of the world, most of them have been in the human treadmill, going around in circles and getting no place. They love to watch my rats do the same thing.”

 

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1937: Matt Busby’s Liverpool FC Take On Chelsea

FLASHBACK to August 28th 1937:

Football League Division One: Chelsea v Liverpool at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool goalkeeper Arthur Riley (r) saves, watched by teammate Matt Busby (second l) and Chelsea’s Harry Burgess (l) and Jimmy Argue (c)

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Matt Busby… Whatever happened to him..?

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Liverpool | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

A rare blue Matchbox No.34 Volkswagen van with black wheel's, valued between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds, ($12,300-$14,000/8,700-10,000 euro), which is one of the collection of matchbox cars owned by American collector Dr Scott D Gillogly at Vectis Auctioneers in Thornaby, England Thursday Sept 11, 2008. The collection, which is valued at 570,000 pounds ($1 million/711,000 euro), is on display ahead of the auction to be held on September 16 and 17, (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

A rare blue Matchbox No.34 Volkswagen van with black wheel’s, valued between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds

 

IN1965, Matchbox toys were die-cast objects of delight, produced by LESley Smith and RodNEY SMith’s Lesney Products & Co. Ltd.

 

*Scanned low-res from print, high-res available on request* Queen Elizabeth II watches as miniature models are spread on a conveyor belt during her visit to the makers of the "Matchbox" models series - Lesney Products and Company Ltd - at Hackney Wick, London. Ref #: PA.13433485  Date: 12/11/1969

Queen Elizabeth II watches as miniature models are spread on a conveyor belt during her visit to the makers of the “Matchbox” models series – Lesney Products and Company Ltd – at Hackney Wick, London. Date: 12/11/1969

 

This video show us how they were made:

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Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edward Snowden: The ‘Messiah’ Who Won You A Pulitzer And Himself A Halo

A carnival float depicting US president Obama putting whistleblower Edward Snowden on an electric chair prior the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Ref #: PA.19186971  Date: 03/03/2014

A carnival float depicting US president Obama putting whistleblower Edward Snowden on an electric chair prior the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany’s carnival season on Rosemonday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Date: 03/03/2014

 

WHAT is your view on the Pulitzer Prize committee awarding their prize for Public Service to The Washington Post and The Guardian for featuring Edward Snowden and his haul of National Security Agency documents?

What did you make of it? Right? Wrong?

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Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

MADELEINE McCann: the Sunday Express has Our Maddie on her usual place: the front page.

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The headline is sensational. But which Maddie Suspect? Which shirt? Found by whom?

James Murray explains:

A FORMER Scotland Yard detective has uncovered a sensational clue that could help solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Peter Bleksley believes the shirt worn by the prime suspect was a rare design produced by beer company Super Bock.

The shirt is this one seen below, reportedly worn by the man linked to attacks on children in Portugal.

 

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So. The man who is no longer a serving policeman – who is not working on the case in any official capacity – has found this shirt?

It was not sold but given away to loyal customers and should be possible to trace. The suspect is a child sex attacker who has been operating for years in the area of Portugal where Madeleine vanished in 2007.

His burgundy coloured top with a distinctive white ­circle on the back was described by the families of two of his victims.

We thought it looked not a lot unlike this top, as worn by Arsenal FC:

 

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Back to Mr Bleksley, 54, “a founder member of the Yard’s undercover squad”, who tells the paper:

“Some people have suggested it bore a resemblance to a strip once worn by the Arsenal football team.”

Yes. We did.

“However, I think a more likely explanation could be that the man was wearing one of these Super Bock promotional T-shirts.”

More likely? So. He hasn’t found the top worn by the suspect, then?

This is the logo for Super Bock beer:

 

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And this is a super Bock Tee:

 

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What else do we know about Mt Bleksley? His twitter profile tells us:

I write, consult, and comment upon subjects that I know a lot about. Policing, crime, security. Husband. Dad to 3 great sons. Love sport, especially QPR. London

The Guardian tells us he is “a director and co-owner of a business intelligence company”.

So. He’s an independent, self-employed man on the case. All power to him. He’s doing the job of an investigative journalist. He adds:

“From speaking to bar owners I know the design for these T-shirts changes every year and only a certain number are handed out to regular customers. Therefore, it would be possible to check back on all the designs and the years they were produced and see which one bears most similarity to that witnessed by families of victims. Then it would be possible to check the distribution of the T-shirts to see where they were given out. Not all pubs bother with the promotion so through a process of elimination it may be possible to narrow down where such shirts may have been handed out and then bar owners could be asked about their customers.

“We know that some victims said the man smelt of stale alcohol and tobacco and that he had a pot belly, so that would suggest he was a regular drinker or may have worked in a pub or restaurant.”

So. Has he found one?

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In the Algarve resort of Carvoeiro we found a tradesman wearing one of the shirts with the words Super Man on it. He said he had owned the shirt for a number of years.

No. He hasn’t found one.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Murderous Attempt to Kidnap British Princess Anne In 1974

These articles - except the bullet-holed diary - were found by police in the possession of Ian Ball, 26, who pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to attempting to kidnap Princess Anne, attempted murder of two police officers and wounding two civilians. The diary belonged to shot PC Michael Hills, with the bullet that pierced it still lodged in his liver. On the table are handcuffs, two pairs of which are locked together to provide leg shackles, keys for the handcuffs, gloves worn by Ball during the incident, six spent rounds, three live rounds and 39 spares for the .22 gun and a .38 Astra with five spent rounds and 19 spares. 923-Archive-pa166665-1 Ref #: PA.19319134  Date: 22/05/1974

These articles – except the bullet-holed diary – were found by police in the possession of Ian Ball, 26, who pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to attempting to kidnap Princess Anne, attempted murder of two police officers and wounding two civilians. The diary belonged to shot PC Michael Hills, with the bullet that pierced it still lodged in his liver. On the table are handcuffs, two pairs of which are locked together to provide leg shackles, keys for the handcuffs, gloves worn by Ball during the incident, six spent rounds, three live rounds and 39 spares for the .22 gun and a .38 Astra with five spent rounds and 19 spares. Date: 22/05/1974

 

ON March 20, 1974, Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace along Pall Mall in their Rolls-Royce, driven by Alexander Callender. Rowena Brassey, the Princess’s Lady-in-waiting, was sitting in the car across from the Princess. Next to her was Anne’s armed bodyguard, Inspector James Wallace Beaton.

 

 

At the wheel of his Royal Rolls Royce in the royal mews of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is Alexander Callender, of Edinburgh, who has been 20 years in the royal service as a chauffeur. He won the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his part in protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne by Ian Ball. 923-Archive-pa167124-1 Ref #: PA.19319313  Date: 05/07/1974

At the wheel of his Royal Rolls Royce in the royal mews of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is Alexander Callender, of Edinburgh, who has been 20 years in the royal service as a chauffeur. He won the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his part in protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne by Ian Ball. Date: 05/07/1974

 

Another car approached. This white Ford Escort forced the Roller to stop by blocking their route. A man got out. He was Ian Ball, 26, an unemployed labourer from north London.

Beaton got of the Rolls.

 

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Exterior front view of No.3 Christchurch Road, Crouch Hill, London, which was accommodation used by Ian Ball.
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He had two guns. He fired six shots at the Princess’s car. He shot Beaton on the shoulder.

Ball then rushed to the Rolls. He tried to open the rear door, where Anne was still seated. Anne and Captain Phillips held it shut. Brassey crawled out the other door. Beaton crawled back in. Ball fired. The bullet hit Beaton’s raised hand. Ball shot Beaton again.

 

 

Callendar got our the car. He confronted the gunman. Ball shot him in the chest. Ball now managed to prise open the rear door. He grabbed Anne’s arm. Ball addressed her:

“Please, come out. You’ve got to come.”

Phillips took hold of her. The men pulled. Anne’s dress tore.

 

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Seven men came to the aide of the Princess.

Among them was tabloid journalist, a former boxer, two chauffeurs and three policemen.

 

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Sun journalist Brian McConnell, 46, was shot in the chest by Ian Ball during the fired by Ian Ball during the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne in Pall Mall. Date: 20/03/1974

 

PC Michael Hills, 22, heard the shots and attended. He was hit in the stomach. Hills radioed for help.

Ronald Russell, a company cleaning executive, was driving home from work. He saw the commotion. He’d seen Ball shoot Hills. Russell, a 6’4” former boxer, advanced on Ball. Russell would later say:

“I pulled over and heard a lot of banging and smashing which I thought was the general rumpus. But then Ball shot a policeman, and I thought ‘that’s a liberty, he needs sorting’.”

The kidnapping was not going to plan.

A second chauffeur, one Glenmore Martin, now parked his car in front of Ball’s rented car.

Sun journalist John Brian McConnell had been following in a taxi. He got out. He told Ball:

“Don’t be silly, old boy. Put the gun down.”

Ball shot him.

As Ball made once more for the Princess, Russell punched him in the back of the head.

Ball ran around the car towards the princess, she jumped back in with Phillips, shutting the door. Ronald Russell then punched Ball in the face. He said:

“Ball had a gun at her head. I lent in to the car and said ‘come this way Anne, you’ll be safe.’ I pulled her out and held her in front of me. Ball got behind me, and I thought ‘if he shoots me in the back it won’t hurt as much’. I turned and we were face to face. He was pointing a gun at me. I hit him fair and square on the chin. He went down and police were everywhere.”

The place was now swarming with police.

Ball ran.

 

Ron Russell, 28, of Chester Road, Strood, helped Princess Anne during the royal's attempted kidnapping in Pall Mall.

Ron Russell, 28, of Chester Road, Strood, helped Princess Anne during the royal’s attempted kidnapping in Pall Mall.

 

Ball ran through through St. James Park.

Peter Edmonds, a temporary detective constable, gave chase. He tossed his coat over Ball’s head, rugby tackled him and made an arrest.

 

 

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Sir Robert Mark (r) talks with the three police officers who are to receive bravery awards for protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnapping by Ian Ball. (l-r) PC Michael Hills receives the George Medal, Detective Constable Peter Edmonds is awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal and Princess Anne's bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton is awarded the George Cross. 923-Archive-pa167112-6 Ref #: PA.19319415  Date: 05/07/1974

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Sir Robert Mark (r) talks with the three police officers who are to receive bravery awards for protecting Princess Anne during the attempted kidnapping by Ian Ball. (l-r) PC Michael Hills receives the George Medal, Detective Constable Peter Edmonds is awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Princess Anne’s bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton is awarded the George Cross. Date: 05/07/1974

 

 

A wounded man is carried into the waiting ambulance on March 20, 1974 in London in the mall the approach road to Buckingham Palace after shots had been fired at Princess Anne and her husband, Mark Phillips, as they drove in their Rolls Royce toward the palace. Also involved in the shooting was a London taxi which was following the Royal Car at the time. Princess Anne’s bodyguard, her chauffer and a man in the taxi were hit by the gunmen. The Princess and husband escaped unharmed. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.7090585  Date: 20/03/1974

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Soon after attempted kidnap of Princess Anne, police officers search among the daffodils blooming at the side of the Mall.

 

Ball had rented the escort.

When searched, police found the haul you see in the first photograph above: handcuffs, Valium, a ransom letter addressed to the Queen – he would demand £2 million in £5 notes, the money stuffed into 20 unlocked suitcases and sent by plane to Switzerland.

 

The Royal car in which Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips had been travelling in when it was stopped by bullets in a kidnap attempt on the Princess in Pall Mall, London. Ref #: PA.19319570  Date: 20/03/1974

The Royal car in which Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips had been travelling in when it was stopped by bullets in a kidnap attempt on the Princess in Pall Mall, London. Date: 20/03/1974

 

Smithsonian Mag:

Journalists scrambled to pull together theories on how a mentally ill, unemployed man could have masterminded a well-funded kidnapping attempt on his own. An office clerk told a reporter that the police had traced a typewriter that Ball had rented to write the ransom letter. Papers reported that one line of the letter read “Anne will be shot dead.” Days after the kidnapping attempt, a group calling themselves the Marxist-Leninist Activist Revolutionary Movement sent a letter claiming responsibility to The Times of London. Scotland Yard dismissed any connection between that group and Ian Ball. Others recognized a familiar theme in the reported content of the ransom letter, in which Ball had allegedly stated that he would donate the Queen’s ransom to the National Health Services. One month before, a group identifying as the Symbionese Liberation Army had kidnapped Patricia Hearst. In its communication with the Hearst family, the SLA said that they would return the young woman if her family donated what would amount to millions of dollars of food to hungry Californians.

 

 

Princess Anne chats to her wounded bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton at Westminster Hospital. Inspector James Beaton was injured during Ian Ball's attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall. 923-Archive-pa165834-50 Ref #: PA.19319591  Date: 25/03/1974

Princess Anne chats to her wounded bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton at Westminster Hospital. Inspector James Beaton was injured during Ian Ball’s attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall.
Date: 25/03/1974

 

 

 

Princess Anne talks to PC Michael Hills, who was injured during Ian Ball's attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall. 923-Archive-pa165834-65 Ref #: PA.19319596  Date: 25/03/1974

Princess Anne talks to PC Michael Hills, who was injured during Ian Ball’s attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in Pall Mall.
Date: 25/03/1974

 

 

A Scotland Yard picture of Police Constable Michael Hills, a 22-year-old bachelor living at Croydon, Surrey, who was on duty outside St James's Palace when he heard a gun fire. He was wounded in the chest as he approached gunman Ian Ball and collapsed after using his personal radio to report: "I have been shot". PC Hills joined the Metropolitan Police 'A' Division at Cannon Row last may, straight from training school. 923-Archive-pa165834-22 Ref #: PA.19319705  Date: 21/03/1974

A Scotland Yard picture of Police Constable Michael Hills, a 22-year-old bachelor living at Croydon, Surrey, who was on duty outside St James’s Palace when he heard a gun fire. He was wounded in the chest as he approached gunman Ian Ball and collapsed after using his personal radio to report: “I have been shot”. PC Hills joined the Metropolitan Police ‘A’ Division at Cannon Row last may, straight from training school. Date: 21/03/1974

 

Ball was tried.

A closed police van, with Ian Ball inside, arrives at Bow Street Court. The unemployed 26-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempting to murder Princess Anne's bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton, in Pall Mall. 923-Archive-pa165834-13 Ref #: PA.19319680  Date: 21/03/1974

A closed police van, with Ian Ball inside, arrives at Bow Street Court. The unemployed 26-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempting to murder Princess Anne’s bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton, in Pall Mall.Date: 21/03/1974

 

Ball told the court:

“I would like to say that I did it because I wished to draw attention to the lack of facilities for treating mental illness under the National Health Service.”

 

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Ball admitted to attempted murder and kidnapping. He was sentenced to a life term in a mental health facility. He would end up in Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatric hospital.

Ball was prosecuted for the attempted murder of the princess’s detective, and various offences under the Offences Against the Person Act, but he was not, perhaps surprisingly, charged with treason; threatening the life of, or kidnapping, the Sovereign’s daughter with the intent of extorting money from the Royal family is not treasonable in the absence of an actual violation.

Ronald Russell was decorated for valour, the Queen pinned the George Cross medal to him and said:

“The medal is from the Queen of England, the thank you is from Anne’s mother.”

Princess Anne seemed fairly cool, telling Michael Parkinson on his TV chatshow:

“It’s fair to say that if anyone was very intent on wiping one out it would be very easy to do.”

Earlier she had said:

“It was all so infuriating; I kept saying I didn’t want to get out of the car, and I was not going to get out of the car. I nearly lost my temper with him, but I knew that if I did, I should hit him and he would shoot me.”

Ian Ball has neither been heard of not seen. He is non-person.

Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life In The Hollywood Petri Dish: In 1966 Eddie Fisher Married Connie Stevens And Liz Taylor Looked On

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ON January 30, 1967, singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens (nee Concetta Anna Ingolia) announced their engagement at New York’s Plymouth Theatre.

He wore hair oil. She wore furs.

Eddie was the former TV show called Coke Time.

 

 

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“If He Fires Me, I’ll Thank Him For It”: Five Great Character Moments in the Timothy Dalton James Bond Era

 

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Legal Highs: Kids Smear Burt’s Bees On Their Eyes To Get A Buzz

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FASTER than the officials can ban ways of getting high, the kids are finding news ways to get goofed.

They’ve tried smoking bed bugs, and those still able to move and use their hands have moved on to “Beezin”.

‘What’s that?’ you ask.

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Essex Police On Patrol In Chelmsford Blast Sound of da Police by KRS One

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GOOD to see that Essex Police patrolling the mean streets of Chelmsford, Essex, has downloaded our compilation of the Greatest Songs ABout The Police (not all of them in favour. But was it right for one of the force’s marked police car to blast from its speakers Sound of da Police by KRS One?

 

 

 

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We have viewed the footage and are looking into the matter.”

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fancy A Shag? Then Chase The Bird With The Fat Arse

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NICE, eh. The conclusion from the latest piece of research into human sexuality says that men looking for sex should chase women with big bums. That’s not quite how they actually describe the results of their research, this is true, but it is indeed what they mean.

What they’ve done is go and question women about their sexual behaviour. They’ve also measure the width of their hips (this is the bone measurement, not the muscle and fat over it). And they’ve found that women with wider hips are more likely to have a one night stand (ie, a quick shag with someone met in the pub) than women with narrower hips. Thus, obviously, if you’re looking for that quick shag then chase the birds with the fatter bum.

Where they might be wrong though is in their explanation:

The researchers, led by Professor Colin Hendrie, suggest that women with wider hips have more sexual partners because the birth process is generally easier and less traumatic for them than for smaller-hipped women (below 31cm).

He said: ‘Women’s hip width has a direct impact on their risk of potentially fatal childbirth-related injury. It seems that when women have control over their own sexual activity this risk is reflected in their behaviour.

‘Women’s sexual activity is therefore at least in part influenced by hip width.’

That’s a fun theory but it does require that women have some great knowledge of the risks of childbirth and also of the size of their own hip bones: as above, this isn’t the same as their actual hip size.

Other, rather more believable, theories can be used. For example, our society is obsessed with the idea that women are more attractive if they are thin. This means that women who are thin have greater choice about who they have sex with: and it’s a fairly standard part of the analysis of female sexuality that women are less likely than men to be looking for that quick shag. They’d prefer (not, not all all the time, but prefer) the beginning of a relationship to a sweaty fumble. And if thinness is what gives the ability to pick and choose among suitors then those rather broader of beam are going to find themselves offering the sex first in the possible hope that it will become the relationship.

Yes, I know, it all sounds rather sexist but then we are talking about sex. And there’s very good evidence that fat birds are dirtier in bed too, put out more often, for exactly these reasons.

I believe the numbers and results of this research but not the reasoning on offer as to why it happens.

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Unspeakably Awful Songs of 1980s Horror Cinema

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HORROR movies, like any other genre, are products of their time. So, naturally, their soundtracks are going to reflect the popular music of the day. This can be a good thing…. or a devastating handicap when the popular music of the day is disco and breakdancing. Yet, many horror flicks of the 1980s managed to get it right. The soundtrack to Halloween is expertly menacing, as were the soundtracks to Dario Argento’s films (thanks in no small part to Goblin). Perhaps one day we’ll look at the ones that did things right, but today we’re looking at the ones who did things oh so terribly wrong.

 

 

Graduation Day (1981)
“Everybody Wants to be the Winner”

 

I don’t know who sings this opening song, but I can only assume it’s a coked up Leo Sayer. Granted, I’m not a horror movie expert, but I think I’m correct in assuming the opening sequence of a horror film shouldn’t incite peals of mocking laughter. I could be wrong.

 

 

Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982)
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An excellent song to breakdance to, I’m sure; however, it seems utterly ridiculous as the opening theme to a slasher movie. The rather disturbing head on a table juxtaposed with a beat-box jam is downright laughable. This would have been right at home as the theme to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, not a horror movie. I suppose you could make the argument that the Friday the 13th films weren’t exactly serious horror films. Whatever the case, this breakdancing opener is still a laugh.

 

 

The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Music by 4 Out Of 5 Doctors

 

The band in the following video clip is “4 Out of 5 Doctors”, who play several songs throughout the film. When you watch this clip, be sure to pay attention to the part where the 3 girls are checking out a “cute” guy who winks at them – this may very well be cinema’s finest moment.

 

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This dude is sporting what was commonly referred to as the “butt cut”. This scene is just priceless – I want to give this dude a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

4 Out of 5 Doctors actually released a few albums, and were Billboard’s “best new band” one month. In an interview with PM Magazine, the band stated their debut record took five years to craft – each day methodically perfecting the ultimate album.

Hmmm…. not quite. They were also the house band in another horror flick, The Boogieman (1980).

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)
“We Live To Rock” by Jon Mikl Thor

 

You’ve heard the phrase “so bad it’s good.” Well, this is “so bad it’s a blight upon all mankind.” Bodybuilder turned heavy-metal train-wreck, Thor, takes metal music to the absolute bottom of the barrel. Picture the worst songs by Quiet Riot, Ratt, and Twisted Sister all rolled into one. Oddly enough, Thor’s music ends up being the only thing remotely horrifying in the entire film.

 

The Pod People (1983)
“Burning Rubber Tires”

 

Repetitive, woefully generic, and best of all, the lyrics are incomprehensible. This would have been terrible on a record, but this embarrassing mess is being filmed, and the results are beyond cringeworthy. The moment at the end when the supposed rock star signals “It Stinks” has become something of an iconic moment among B-movie nerds. Most of the notoriety of “Hear the Engines Roll Now” is owed to Mystery Science Theatre 3000 who parodied it brilliantly.

 

 

For those wanting to read the lyrics (and I’m assuming that’s literally everyone reading this article), here they are in their entirety. You’re welcome.

With a fickle mind we kick the nickel beer
Steady as a goat, we’re flying over trout.
Ghetto down the highway at the speed of light;
All I want to feel now is the wind in my eyes.
Sack of monkeys in my pocket
My sister’s ready to go.

Hear the engine roar now
Idiot control now
Hideous control now
Ninny on the road now.
Minnie in control, wheel’s on fire, burning rubber tires.

Leer at jelly rolls now
Hiddy let’s it go now
Ninny inches po down
Pityin’ a po’ boy
Hear the engines roar, bees on pie, burning rubber tires.

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0