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26th, March News

Daily Star Forum Watch: Mandy the Page 3 belly dancer

The Daily Star 'FORUM' is the most rewarding page in British newspapers. In today;s ediution, 'cornish blue' shares his thoughts on 'mandy page 3'... More »

26th, March Celebrities

Russell Brand is the thinking girl's sound Prospect at 30

The Daily Star reports that Russell Brand is the "fourth most imporant thinker". Well so says "upmaket magazine" Prospect. Brand's aim is to be entertaining. And he is. His flowery language to espouse whatever Left-wing claptrap he's just read garners lots and lots of comment... More »

26th, March Key Posts

The biased BBC protected biting Mark Thompson but chewed off Jeremy Clarkson

You cannot hit a BBC underling and get away with it. Well, not always you can't. You see, in 2005, Richard Kay reported on an incident for the Daily Mail. The then BBC director general Mark Thompson had bitten newsroom colleague Anthony Massey... More »

26th, March News

'Jackie's Story': the myth that only pro-rape activists seek proof of a crime

The fallout from 'Jackie's Story' of barbaric gang rape in a campus frat house continues to haunt Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia. The magazine apologised for Sabrina Rubin Erdely's story allegedly coerced from the hesitant 'victim'... More »

25th, March News 1

Daily Star Forum Watch: Alex Jones off The One Show and other topless stunnas

The Daily Star is now the only mainstream British daily newspaper with a topless stunna on Page 3. The Star is proud of this, using the fact as its main selling point... More »

25th, March Sports

Transfer Balls: the West Ham United star who left for Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United

Transfer Balls looks at the affairs of West Ham United's Winston Reid... More »

25th, March Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal 'buy' Dybala for £31m, chase Cavani, want Marco Verratti and miss Benzema

Arsenal tranfer news... More »

25th, March Celebrities

Watch Aretha Franklin sing 'RESPECT' in 1970 live at the Antibes Jazz Festival

Today Aretha Franklin turns 73. Back in 1970, the 'Queen of Soul' prefomed her her version of Otis Redding’s 1965 song Respect at the 11th Antibes Juan-Le-Pins Jazz Festival... More »

25th, March Strange But True

Kickstarter: polish a turd with the Poop 'n Pull Potty trainer

Mums and dads are invited to "turn your child's potty training milestone into a fun, interactive and successful experience". But how can you polish a turd? Why, with Poop 'n Pull. The Ultimate Potty Training Experience... More »

25th, March Liverpool

Liverpool balls: Mamadou Sakho gets English lessons from Joey Barton

Liverpool news now. The Sun says that Mamadou Sakho used to speak French to his teammates. Is that good or bad? The Liverpool team that lined up against Manchester United featured five native English speakers... More »

25th, March manchester united

Manchester United balls: Falcao cries, Di Maria sulks and boots don't talk

Having been told that Radamel Falcao has been "reduced to tears" at Manchester United, the Sun leads with news that his teamamte Angel Di Maria has been told off for playing badly... More »

24th, March Key Posts 2

#NUSWomen15: jazz hands are the new clapping and other beyond parody motions

#NUSWomen15: Putting Policy into Action. So runs the slogan for the National Union of Students get together... More »

24th, March Key Posts 1

The Ashya King 'miracle' hits the Coalition with a £250m NHS proton therapy lie

When Brett and Naghmeh King told the story of their son Ashya King's treatment to the Sun, the scoop was front-page news. Readers wanted to know what happened next to the desperatly ill child - Ashya is age 5 - who went on the lam from the NHS in search for alternative proton beam therapy treatment... More »

24th, March News

Transfer balls: Chelsea and Liverpool fight to spend a fortune of Manchester United's Radamel Falcao

Talking Balls wonders how much Manchester United's Radamel Falcao is worth? The Colombian earns £265,000-a-week at Manchester United. Given that Harry Kane is on around £30,000 a week at Spurs, it's looks like failing Falcao is the world's most-overpaid footballer.... More »

24th, March News

Kenya's 'Chinese Restaurant' bans entry to black Africans after 5pm

Diners at the 'Chinese Restaurant', at the junction of Galana and Lenana roads in Kilimani, Nairobi, a politely requested not to be black after sunset... More »

23rd, March Liverpool

Liverpool balls: Gerrard earns by the second and Skrtel is a master of cool

When Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1, the point scoring had only just begun. The Daily Mirror's man with an abacus used various esoteric techniques to award his scores out of 10 to the game's players.... More »

23rd, March Chelsea 3

Compare and contrast Liverpool's 'Sorry' Gerrard to Chelsea's filthy foreigner Diego Costa

So. How did the tabloids react to the sight of Liverpool player Steven Gerrard stamping on Manchester United's Ander Herrera? Did they lead with a photo of the 'horror' foul?... More »

23rd, March Key Posts

University Safe Zones are places where the normal and boring can say 'It's all about me'

Safe spaces: Writing in the New York Times Judith Schulevitz takes up the story of university safe spaces, those zones of intolerance where diverse views of a diverse culture are banned, where everything is 'normal'... More »

23rd, March News

Nazi bunker found in Argentina: but why bother keeping it a secret?

Have they found a secret Nazi hideout in Argentina? Researchers at the University of Buenos Aires have found old German coins dated between 1938 and 1941 and bits of 'Made In Germany' china in buildings deep in a remote part of the jungle... More »

23rd, March manchester united

Transfer balls: Paul Pogba to join Manchester United after signing and not signing for PSG

Transfer Balls - a look at drivel presented as football fact by the mainstream media. Today the Press return to France and Juventus star Paul Pogba. And news is that he's on his way to Chelsea and Manchester United... More »

23rd, March Celebrities

One Direction: Eleanor Calder puts her hair in a ponytail and Louis Tomlinson in her memory closet

Meet Eleanor Calder. Who she? Well, she is the ex-loved to One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson. Today's Eleanor's on the cover of the Daily Star. "Pain is etched on her face" after Louis was pictured kissing a "half-naked mystery girl"... More »

22nd, March News

Media bias: anti-Semitic attack on London synangogue was just a 'break-in'

What do we know about the anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in London's Stamford Hill, a place with a notable Jewish population?... More »

22nd, March News

Indian villagers stage mass pooing against amendments to land acquisition bill

Can you poo on demand? They can in Jharkhand, eastern India, where around 60 locals protesting the Narendra Modi government's land reforms squatted and defecated on demand in front of the Barwadih office block... More »

22nd, March Arsenal

Liverpool and Manchester United Balls: 43 Seconds of Steven Gerrard out-performed 45 minutes of Adam Lallana

Liverpool lost 1-2 at home to Manchester United in the Premier League. We at Anorak always like to see what the local newpapers of both sides thought of the game.... More »

21st, March manchester united 1

Manchester United: Spitting Jonny Evans pleads the Winslow Boy denfence

Banned for spitting at Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse - who then returned fire with interest - Manchester United's Jonny Evans is talking to the Times. The headline - "If I'd genuinely spat, Mum and Dad would have been disgusted" - gives readers heads-up as to what the kind of nonsense they can expect. ... More »