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Benedict Cumberbatch is ok: the Telegraph’s tawdry reporting on the death of Archie Lloyd in a holiday fight

Archie Lloyd, 18, was punched in Malia Crete, where he had been holidaying. His head hit the ground. Having refused help, he managed to get up and take a taxi to his hotel. He died in his hotel room. Archie …

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: Jewish American singer Matisyahu takes down the BDS bigots

Jewish American singer Matisyahu did appear at Spain’s Rototom SunSplash music festival on Saturday. He sang his hit Jerusalem. Pro-Palestinian groups had called for him to be boycotted.

Monoculists with the local Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement …

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the Foo Fighters Rick Roll Westboro Baptist Church

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Regret the error: actor Mark Benton meets ‘honey’ the human dog in St Leonards hospice

The Hastings and St. Leonards Observer

 

The Hastings and St. Leonards Observer hails Mark Benton’s role as ambassador for St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.

Honey the dog is away.…

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cross-dressed: offence-seeking transgender group calls police on children’s hospice charity race

 

How thin is your skin? The Telegraph reports on “the Charity race for children’s hospice where runners dress in drag is ‘a hate crime’.

If dressing up a woman is hate crime will Dame Edna be summoned before the …

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shoreham Air Show: the Daily Mail’s sick tweet and an empty school of undead children

Shoreham Airshow disaster: a look at reporting on the horrific accident that left seven dead in West Sussex.

The Sun: “Like a warzone”

Like “Hell”.

 

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The plane, a 1950s Hawker Hunter, was coming out of a …

Posted: 23rd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Go get him Spencer Stone’: when three American heroes met one Islamist gunman on a train

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Chris Norman, 62, was on the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris when a man began shooting. Three Americans were also onboard. What happened next is a story about bona fide heroes. We hear a lot about the enemy, …

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: Northern Star Wars directed by Ken Loach

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Northern Stars Wars directed by Ken Loach.

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal buy Benzema before Manchester United swoop

How football reproting works. The Daily Star has ben writing about Arsenal’s annual move for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Compare and contrast the Star’s scoops:

August 21:

Benzema to join Arsenal on Tuesday

 

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August 22:

Arsenal set to

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United can make Neymar ‘World Player of The Year’

Transfer Balls: Manchester United Want Neymar

Hold the phone! Manchester United are in “secret talks” to buy 23-year-old Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar, says the Sun. In a trice the secret talks are no longer secret. 

Shaun Curtis writes: …

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City buy Kevin de Bruyne for £50m, Chelsea hail the new Torres

Transfer Balls: Kevin De Bruyne, who “cried every day” when he was at Stamford Bridge, has agreed personal terms with Manchester City, says the Guardian.

The 24-year-old winger will earn – get this – £200,000-a-week at City. For that …

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: Manchester City, News, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United won’t sell De Gea because the Real Madrid ‘virus’ have yet to make a bid

More news on Manchester United’s David De Gea, who is surely heading to Real Madrid. But having dropped the wantaway Spaniard, Man United manager Louis Van Gaal says he’s going to block any sale. The Dutchman told media:

“I think

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Devon graffiti watch: who wrote ‘Gingers smel of piss’? on the B3227?

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Is all graffiti wrong? The Plymouth Herald says “RUDE graffiti” has been scrawled on a Devon road.

 

The message went:

‘Gingers smel of piss”

 

The misspelled statement was daubed on the B3227 between the village of Chittlehampton …

Posted: 21st, August 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Heather Mills: ‘Me and Paul McCartney are both very musical’

heather mills musicQuote of the week was supplied by Heather Mills, the fomer wife of Beatle Paul McCartney. Speaking to the Guardian, Mills spoke about she and Paul’s daughter, Beatrice:

Beatrice says she’s 99% me. I don’t know if that’s a

Posted: 21st, August 2015 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Other parents: police hunt family who left their baby inside a hotel room safe

baby locked in safeYou want to look after your kids, prevent harm befalling them and keep them safe. But keeping them in an actual safe might be a tad over-protective.

Police in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, are looking for the parents of a …

Posted: 21st, August 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man trapped in IKEA hell leaves trail of small pencil-drawn penises

IKEA penisIKEA is a low circle of Hell. You do what you can to survive it. A 31-year old man from Aalborg, Denmark, used one of the store’s wooden pencils to draw small penises on the walls and pieces of furniture …

Posted: 21st, August 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: In 1987 Margaret Thatcher reviewed records on a BBC kids TV show

Margaret Thatcher Saturday Superstore

 

In 1987, Maggie Thatcher was well into her second term as British Prime Minister. With an election looming – which she won – Thatcher thought it a good idea to appear on the BBC’s Saturday morning show Saturday Superstore. 

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: kinky pagan leggings with hoofs

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Blair Ondria’s Etsy shop Chaos Costume gives you the chance to dress like an extra from the Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe. 

“The construction of these hooves will be of high strength resin fused to a heelless 4

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Gunners buy Benzema and his diamond ball

benzema diamond ballThe news cycle whirls with what might be the most specious football story of the year. The Sydney Morning Herald tells us:
Arsenal target Karim Benzema spends a fortune on a diamond ball
To which you can only wonder what

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British man was right to build a patio from children’s gravestones

In a story grim enough to satisfy our lust to find a daily hate figure we read of “millionaire” Kim Davies, who created a patio from headstones stolen from children’s graves at a neglected chapel in Llechryd, South …

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Story Of British Road Signs

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On Flashbak, the story of British road signs.

You might not know the name Margaret Calvert, but the British know her work. In 1964 Calvert and Jock Kinneir (1917-1974), her former tutor at Chelsea College of Art, finished

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United fans in David De Gea horror chant

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The Sun is shocked. It has heard that Manchester United fans have been singing nasty things about wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea. Presented as an “exclusive“, the paper writes:

De Gea, 24, had arrived close to kick-off,

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: tabloids say Mourinho put Eden Hazard’s life at risk

The Sun continues to hammer the spat between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and club Doctor Eva Cerneiro. And today it gets deadly:

Muamba: Player could die Ex-Bolton star warns Jose over pitch docs

To recap: Eden Hazard, the player Dr …

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: the incredible reason why Pedro joined Chelsea

van gaal pedroWhy did Spanish footballer Pedro join Chelsea and not Manchester United?

Chelsea gazumped United

The Times‘ says losing out on Pedro is a “blow” to United. Oliver Kay says Chelsea outbid United for the Barcelona player.

Manchester United’s desperation

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0