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26th, January In Pictures

The invisible brain: soldiers' haunting masks reveal the trauma inside

Caroline Alexander has taken these pictures of fantastic masks painted by soldiers whose brains were injured in blasts. .. More »

26th, January Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann: Mark Warner pulls out of Praia da Luz and Amaral's libel case rumbles on

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child in the news... More »

26th, January News

ISIS football team recruits five footy flops: Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo are not imposters

Are ISIS buliding a football team? Monday's Daily Star leads with the news: "5 footie aces are secret jihadis."... More »

26th, January News

Transfer Balls: Arsenal wannabe Loic Perrin wants Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpoool, Spurs switch

Transfer Balls: What news on Loic Perrin, the St Etienne player linked in print with a move to Arsenal. He is (at the time of writing) one of the 65 players linked with a moves to Arsenal this January... More »

26th, January Politicians 1

Romford Conservative MP Andrew Richard Rosindell sent this loaded poll to voters

The poll is more loaded than George Bush at a frat house party: More »

26th, January News

Jon Venables' dating profile: Everton, GSOH and sexual deviancy get the sleuths hunting

Right now hundreds of people are scouring dating websites for Jon Venables, one of Jamie Bulger's two killers. Find the man will nto easy, given that he has new identity and no longer looks like the 10-year-old who sat in the dock... More »

26th, January News

GCHQ hoax caller identified as well-educated man on drugs: George Osborne is away

In "Con Her Majesty's Secret Service", the Sun tells how a hoax caller managed to speak with the cheif of GCHQ and David Cameron. The Sun knows this because the - get this - hoax caller called the Sun and told them about it... More »

25th, January Chelsea

Transfer Balls: Arsenal get Paul Pogba for £35m less than Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City will pay

Transfer Balls: It's the Daily Paul Porba, in association with the Daily Mirror, which declares: "Man United, Chelsea AND Man City to battle for Paul Pogba's £75million signature this summer..." More »

25th, January Money

Davos: G21 tribal elder Bill Clinton's $60,000 platinum Rolex points towards wealth redistribution

How's life treating the great and good in Davos? Last time a mountain people were on the news, it was the Yazidis up Sinjar "mountain of death". Is the G21 Tribe fairing any better?... More »

25th, January News

Rod Liddle on The Sun's Page 3 and the prigs who want it banned

Rod Liddle looks at The Sun's Page 3, and the prigs who want it banned... More »

25th, January News 1

Je Suis Grub Street: Salman Rushie and the But Brigade love Charlie Hebdo but hate the British Tabloids

Salman Rushdie has been taking on the 'but Brigade', whose newfound committment to free speech after the Charlie Hebdo massacre has been steadily vanishing, who see moral equivalence and relativism in the killings... More »

25th, January Arsenal

Arsenal Transfer Balls: Gunners sign Paulista in principal for a variety of fees

Arsenal Transfer Balls: So. Is Paulista heading to the Emirates?... More »

25th, January Celebrities

Morgan Freeman nails Black History Month and ends racism, just like Rosa Parks and her fried chicken did

Morgan Freeman might get it... More »

24th, January News

Asbos for vocal victims who attack Muslims: rally for truth

News in the Daily Mail is that a "Muslim gang" has been "barred from gathering in large groups and burning flags after violent outbursts at rallies led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary".... More »

24th, January Chelsea 2

Chelsea Balls: Dennis Wise debuts his Lego Hair on Setanta Sports

Dennis Wise goes back to school... More »

24th, January Sports

Get the Ched Evans looks: celebrity Natasha Massey shows us how

So. What's resting footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans been up to? The Sun has news... More »

24th, January Chelsea

Transfer Balls: Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea chase Paul Pogba to Spain

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express has stella news on Juventus and France star Paul Pogba. Apparently, Pogba has dropped a "MASSIVE" hint that he will not play for Manchester United or Chelsea. More »

24th, January manchester united

25 Years ago today Manchester United's Eric Cantona king-fu kicked himself into legend

Magna Carta, Nelson’s death at Trafalgar, the Battle of Waterloo, Victory in Europe, VJ Day… Some significant anniversaries fall this year, but the one that will always have a place in my heart occurred just 20 years ago, on 25 January 1995 at Selhurst Park Stadium, London SE27.... More »

23rd, January Money 2

World Economic Forum Watch: 10 messages from Davos to make the 99% puke

The great and good are meeting in Davos. It's the World Economic Forum, dummy, the rich and powerful's AGM. It's here they elect what free gifts banks can give customers, who Prince Andrew shags and if attacking Mars is worth it.... More »

23rd, January Strange But True

Necropants: The hairy trousers made from the skin of a dead man

Behold! The last word in walking trousers. These trousers used to walk! Like these hairy necropants housed in Strandagaldur, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.... More »

23rd, January manchester united

Talking Balls (and anus): Manchester United launch new all-star 4-4-2 line-up

The bigger the pornographer, the bigger the prude. Get a load of these takes on news that Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal said... More »

23rd, January News

Watching The Sun: Page 3 turns to the often naked Miranda Kerr

The Sun follows it's return to Page 3 with Nicole from Bournemouth with a Page 3 double spread. It's Miranda Kerr. And the shocking news is that the topless supermodel isn't topless. Because she is nearly always topless. .. More »

23rd, January Strange But True

School bus driver accused of stealing books died after drinking witch doctor's potion to prove innocence

To Kenya, where where a school bus driver is proving his innocence to the charge of stealing books. He has accepted the witch doctor's challenge: drink the brew and if you're innocent, you will live... More »

23rd, January News 2

The sensational death of Christina Annesley: desperate newspapers piggyback on Koh Tao murders

Christina Annesley died on holiday. The young British woman was travelling when she died on the Thai island of Koh Tao. Terrible news. But can the news of a woman's death from natural caues be spun and sensationalised? Yep: More »

23rd, January Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal outbid Real Madrid for Sergio Ramos as Manchester get Paulista

Transfer Balls: a look at mainstream media reporting on football transfers... More »