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1970: Kate O’Mara And Keith Prowse Horror of Frankenstein Playing Cards

YOU can buy Horror of Frankenstein playing cards, reliving the  Hammer House of Horror 1970 blood and babes fest in the comfort of your own game of Patience.

 

 

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There are cards featuring the late Hammer House of Horror sex symbol Kate O’Mara and ’Green Cross Caode Man’ / ‘Darth Vader’ Keith Prowse.

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Copyright Law Result: Tonight We’re Going To Legally Burn CDs Like It’s 1999

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Disc jockey Gregg Whiteside loads a disc into a compact disc player at WOXR radio station in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1989. Whiteside says he uses CDs for 95 percent of the music he plays because “the sound is beautifully clean.” LP sales are falling drastically while the compact disc’s popularity is soaring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Date: 15/02/1989

 

GOOD news people from the past! You can now burn CDs and DVDs for personal use and no-one is going to send you to a jail to be beaten into a Spam fritter by an inmate with hands so large that each finger has it’s own rib cage!

That’s right; the incredibly up-to-date government has put through some legislation to update copyright law which means, from June 1st, people in the UK will be at their ease when copying music music and media purchased on one device, but intended for use on another.

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everything You Heard About Climate Change Is Wrong

TODAY’S the lovely day we all find out how we’re going to fry in that latest report from the IPCC. You know, the scientific consensus on how climate change is doing damage to the planet and what it is that we might do about it. And what we all get told about what we ought to do about it is entirely wrong.

I mean all of that stuff that comes from The Guardian, Green Party, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and so on. You know the damn mantra. we must grow more of our own food, stop this horrible market based economy, plan to make things better, stop doing all this globalisation stuff.

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Money, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Huge PVC Whale Banned From London Park For Being Too Religious

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KIDS can strike off climbing inside a  5oft PVC whale from their list of holiday days out. It’s a matter of billing. When the whale beached in the park opposite Tower Bridge was part of a pirate adventure, it was fit for purpose. Pirates who slit your throat and rape your granny are good wholesome fun. Moreover, their pet whales.

But when the whale was reused to illustrate the Bible story of Jonah, it was deemed morally wrong. The brains at the Potters Fields Park Management Trust, which runs the site, say the whale is now too religious.

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Miracle Appliances And The Desperate 1970s Women That Loved Them

WHEN mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade.  The Western nations’ economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home in the form of appliances that promised to transform the household.  Now you could own a toaster  – oh, the possibilities!

 

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cliffe Bonfire Society Meeting Hired Lewes’ Phoenix Theatre Destroyed By Fire

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FIRE has gutted the newly refurbished Phoenix Theatre and Studio building on North Street in Lewes, East Sussex.

Witness Adrian Sunderland says the venue had been hired by the – get this – the Cliffe Bonfire Society.

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


German Nazi Porn Star Ina Groll Dropped By Party For Having Sex With A Black Man

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IT was an interesting week for Ina Groll.

You know her work? Perhaps you know her as the model, pictured above showcasing the wonders of escalators? Or do you know her as the film industry’s Kitty Blair, star of the intrepid tale Kitty Discovers Sperm? Or maybe its her campaigning for Germany’s National Democratic Party that caught the eye? Who are they? Well:

The National Democratic Party of Germany is a far-right political party. It was founded in 1964 as successor to the German Reich Party. The party is usually described as a neo-Nazi organization, and has been referred to as “the most significant neo-Nazi party to emerge after 1945.”

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Blight: A Wonderful Documentary On Glasgow’s Barrowfield Gang Lands In 1982

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GLASGOW has a tough reputation.  In 1982, the BBC documentary department went on safari in Glasgow, reporting on the city’s gangs.

The show focused on the Barrowfield is an area of east Glasgow in Camlachie, close to Celtic Park, home of Celtic Football Club.

The study on urban decay and life was split in four parts:

BLIGHT, WORK, THE SCHEME and THE BOND.

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nebbish Rap: Dave In Charge Takes His Ghetto Rhymes To The Mean Streets Of Hampstead

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“I DISCOVERED rap from a young age,” says David Palmer, 25, who performs under the name Dave In Charge. He’s the grandson of Monroe and Susette Palmer, now life peers Lord and Lady Palmer of Childs Hill, Barnet, London.

The nebbishy looking rapper who recorded his song from his parent’s The Vale, Golders Green crib and the video on the mean paths of Hampstead Heath, goes on:

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: Music, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs And Chelsea Fans Fightiing In 1978: The Lone Hooligan On The Roof

FLASHBACK to November 18,  1978:

Rioting Tottenham Hotspur fans tear down a section of iron railings in a bid to reach the Chelsea supporters before a Division One game at London’s Stamford Bridge ground.

Were you that lone fan on the roof?

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Posted: 29th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adam Weinstein V Alan Weinstein: Polluting Gawker And The World With Dad’s Boat Engines

ADAM Weinstein says Climate change deniers should be “arrested”. He says so on Gawker:

We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths.

Contributing to deaths seems to include creating pollution, as the picture by his story implies.

 

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


Climate Change Ain’t Gonna Be As Bad As They Say

THERE are three important questions about climate change: is it happening, is it us causing it and how bad is it going to be? It’s the answers to those three that determine what, if anything, we should try to do about it. My answers to those three have been yes, yes, and maybe not as bad as people think for some time now. It appears that I might even have been right as well:

It puts the overall cost at less than 2% of GDP for a 2.5 degrees Centigrade (or 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature increase during this century. This is vastly less than the much heralded prediction of Lord Stern, who said climate change would cost 5%-20% of world GDP in his influential 2006 report for the British government.

That is a rather large change, isn’t it? And we need to also put that into context against what Stern said we should be spending now. Which is that we should be willing to spend 1-2% of GDP a year now to avoid that possible 20% loss. You can agree or not agree, as you wish, with that plan. But it’s obviously very different from spending 1 or 2% of GDP for a century to then avoid a 2% fall in GDP.

There is, of course, no certainty in any of this so  one single calculation isn’t going to be enough to change all of our plans. But we almost certainly should be starting to think about scaling back the plans and the spending we’re currently undertaking.

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


1 In 5 BBC Listeners Would Refuse To Attend A Gay Marriage

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A FIFTH of BBC Radio 5 Live listeners, when asked, said that they wouldn’t attend a gay marriage (thanks to legislation, now known as ‘a marriage’) and that men were twice as likely to not to attend a same-sex wedding as women.

The first Marriages That Happen To Have People Who Are The Same Gender will take place across England and Wales on Saturday, with some tying the knot on the stroke of midnight, after the government’s legislation received the Royal Assent.

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


Exploring the IMDb Bottom 100: The Worst of The 1960s

WITH nearly 3 million films in their database, it’s quite a dubious accomplishment to be ranked in IMDb’s Bottom 100. That’s the bottom of a very deep barrel – the bottom 0.003% in fact. I’d love to explore all the members of this exclusive club; but, in the interest of time we’ll start with the 1960s.

The 2000s are the most represented decade with over 40 films in the Bottom 100. At the moment there are 12 from the Sixties: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961), The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964) and these 9 truly awful films (proceed at your own risk):

 

Monstrosity (1963) AKA The Atomic Brain
IMDb rating = 2.5

 

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An elderly woman hires a mad scientist to transplant her brain into that of a nubile young au pair girl. Somehow this is done without surgery using only the mysteries of radiation. The only way this film could get any worse would be if it starred Adam Sandler.

“Mrs. March had not realized her future body had such a satisfactory shape. Perhaps not as spectacular as the English girl but in excellent taste. She couldn’t help being amused. The stupid girl was not only modeling Mrs. March’s future wardrobe but Mrs. March’s future body: so firm, so nicely round in places men like.”

As luck would have it, some of these films have fallen into public domain, and now you can watch the whole thing for free (the only price you’ll pay is your sanity).

 

 

 

Monster a-Go Go (1965)
IMDb rating = 2.5

 

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The movie begins with the narration: “What you are about to see may not even be possible, within the narrow limits of human understanding.” Oh, how painfully true.

This is the only film in this entire list that defies description because there is literally no plot. It is one random scene after another, with main characters inexplicably leaving midway through the film never to return, and with a twist ending that even M. Night Shyamalan would be ashamed of.

 

 

 

The Starfighters (1964)
IMDb rating = 2.4

 

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There’s a miserable little plot in here somewhere, but this film is basically just stock footage of aircraft lazily pieced together. In fact, there are several – I repeat, SEVERAL – scenes of airplanes refueling… in real time, without edit. It may not have earned the honor of being IMDb’s absolute worst, but it is likely the most boring film in the entire database. When a plane refueling is the highlight of your film, there’s a problem.

For wondrous refueling footage, watch the clip below, but beware of the mind-numbingly infectious “Doo Wah” background music.

 

 

 

Body in the Web (1960) AKA Horrors of Spider Island
IMDb rating = 2.3

 

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“There’s absolutely no reason yet to fear the worst. Until now, we only know that the plane caught fire and we’ve lost radio contact.”

I appreciate his optimism, but that seems like bad news. Indeed, the plane crashes and a troupe of beautiful dancers are stranded on a deserted island. Their routine of skinny-dipping and devising new skimpy outfits is interrupted when a radioactive spider bites their manager and turns him into the dumbest looking monster ever. Recommended for the vision and hearing impaired only.

 

 

 

Eegah (1962)
IMDb rating = 2.1

 

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There’s a serious debate in the film community about whether Arch Hall, Jr. is the worst male lead in the history of cinema. In other words, of the approximately 3,000,000 films in IMDb, the esteemed Arch may officially be counted as the absolute worst. I think Crow from Mystery Science Theater 3000 said it best: “I’ve figured it out. He’s a cyst with teeth and hair.”

 

 

 

Girl in Gold Boots (1968)
IMDb rating = 2.1

 

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A girl with a more than passing resemblance to Angelina Jolie goes from waitress to center-stage go-go dancer. Think Showgirls (1995), but with no gratuitous nudity to redeem it. To quote a reviewer on IMDb: ‘This movie is a big, steaming pile of continuity errors and bad acting.” Truer words were never said.

 

 

 

The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)
IMDb rating = 2.1

 

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The IMDb synopsis pretty much covers it:

A busty Batwoman enlists her beauteous bevy of Batgirls (when they are not dancing the jerk) to help her regain a mad scientist’s invention (an atom bomb made out of a hearing aid) before a costumed ne’er-do-well, Rat Fink, can glom onto it for his own purposes.

 

 

 

Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)
IMDb rating = 2.0

 

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Again,IMDb explains it best:

A bunch of kids who look like rejects from the Japanese version of ‘Lord of the Flies’ run around while aliens (from Neptune, presumably) blow up stock footage, including a building with a giant mural of Adolf Hitler. After much technobabble and shots of radar displays, they are defeated by a wispy bachelor named Space Chief who has a wobbly flying car.

 

 

 

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
IMDb rating = 1.9

 

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A family gets lost and winds up staying with this creepy midget, Torgo, and his caped master who worships the deity Manos. Like most people who’ve seen this film, I came by it via Mystery Science Theater 3000. The plot itself is terrible, but what makes this rock bottom is an almost preternaturally awful execution.

 

Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0