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30th, January Chelsea

Transfer Balls: Chelsea sell Andre Schurrle to Dortmund for £3m less than Wolfsburg signed him for

Transfer Balls: Yesterday the Daily Express reported that Chelsea had sold Andre Schurrle to Dortmund for £27m... More »

29th, January Sports

Tennis fans thrilled Kim Sears has learned to swear

Tennis used to feature no swearing at all. The previous 'verbals' highlight was John McEnroe asking if "you can be serious" and screaming about "chalk dust". If you wanted to learn how to swear you had to watch the football... More »

29th, January manchester united

Manchester United fleece their fans for £50

Once again, Manchester United have been barracked by all and sundry over their dreadful season ticket policy which requires all holders to buy mandatory tickets for the upcoming FA Cup replay against Cambridge United... More »

29th, January Key Posts

The Emperor buys new clothes at Noma, where the ants spin gold

Ever eat at Noma, "the world's best restaurant". Noma's based at the Oriantal Mandarin hotel in Tokyo, Japan... More »

29th, January Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Andre Schurrle leaves Chelsea as Reus gets his head checked at Arsenal and Manchester United

Transfer Balls: a look at football rumour, speculation and made-up bilge being presented as fact by the mainstream media... More »

29th, January Arsenal 1

Transfer Balls: Paul Pogba is off to Arsenal If Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and PSG don't want him

Transfer Balls: it's the Daily Paul Pogba. let's see what utter balls the mainstream media is reporting on Pogba, the Juventus player... More »

29th, January News

Local News watch: Plymouth Herald delivers compassionate killing with a free sausage rolls

Big news in the Plymouth Herald... More »

29th, January Arsenal

Gareth Bale talks about loving Arsenal, not doing things and KIen Follett

The Daily Mirror has transcribed Gareth Bale's interview on Spanish radio. It wasn't all that hard: Bale spoke in fluent English, throughout... More »

29th, January Key Posts

Murder online: the logic that links viewing with doing is shaky

Jamie Reynolds, 23, murdered 17-year-old Georgia Williams. He was sentenved to life imprisonment. In sentencing Reynolds at Stafford Crown Court, Mr Justice Alan Wilkie told him he "had the potential to progressing to become a serial killer".... More »

29th, January News

No. An eight-year-old girl did not find the cure for cancer in the Daily Mail

Well, has a "girl of eight found a cancer cure"? The Daily Mail wants to know on its page 5... More »

29th, January Politicians

Nigel Farage is the 'politically incorrect' garden gnome: yours for £24.98

Anyone with £24.98 to spare (What's that in euros? - ed) can invest in a Nigel Farage 'politically incorrect' garden gnome... More »

28th, January Celebrities 2

Je Suis Charlie Hebdo But...: Amal Clooney argues for a limit to free speech

Compare and contrast the views of Amal Clooney, wife to actor George Clooney... More »

28th, January Celebrities

Loredana Chivu says her Playboy photos drove father to suicide

The Sun has news of pneumatic Playboy model Loredana Chivu (as seen above): Playboy model’s dad killed himself after daughter's nude shoot... More »

28th, January News

Free speech: Satire is perhaps one of the most important gifts we have

They all are Charlie Hebdo. But none want to be him... More »

28th, January Strange But True

Texas Tech University students fail to save 11-foot snow penis from bulldozer

To Lubbock, Texas, where students at Texas Tech University are trying to protect a giant snow penis - 11 feet tall! - from the bulldozer. More »

28th, January The Consumer

For Sale: Fanny Key might be Prince Andrew's dream Florida hideaway

Home to a splendid residence which offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms and additional guest residence, you’ll soon feel at home on this magnificent coral island. ... More »

28th, January Film

Ghostbusters re-sexed: classive movie reworked as feminist message

Hollwyood has run dry of ideas when you get the third film Ghostsbusters made with an all-female cast. The Hollywood Reporter notes... More »

28th, January News

Phone Hacking: 50 famous faces line up claims against the Daily Mirror and Sunday People

This March the High Court will review the evidence that during the period of 2000 to 2006 the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People hacked phones... More »

28th, January Chelsea

Chelsea v Liverpool Balls: Relive the Diego Costa stamp collection in gifs

Did Chelsea striker Diego Costa deliberately stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can and Reds’ defender Martin Skrtel in a fast and furious Capital One Cup semi-final ?... More »

28th, January Strange But True

Nottingham Trent University intruder was stuck upside-down in window for five hours

“I was unsure where the noise was coming from but when I looked up and found him screaming and crying.” So says Dan De-Niet, 20, who were passing the Arkwright building on Nottingham Trent University at 2:30am.... More »

28th, January Strange But True

Woman jailed for spinning children too quickly on playground merry-go-round

“I was just having a good time and I told one little kid, ‘I’m going to go fast, do you want to jump on?’ and he said he’d have a go. He had a bit of a scream then he got off and the other kids jumped on and off we went. There was one family that decided they wanted to ring the police... More »

28th, January News

Daily Mail scare stories: The Pill gives you brain cancer and the NHS approves sex with 10-year-olds

Health Tuesday: Anorak's look at news ways to fall ill and die in the Daily Mail's mid-week illness special... More »

27th, January News 1

Teenage, Muslim, Geordie racists go 'Jew hunting' in Newcastle

At Newcastle Crown Court the victim of a racist beating tells us: “I feel shaken and unsafe to walk the streets in my own community. I have never experienced fear and terror like it and I have no doubt I was attacked for being Jewish."... More »

27th, January News

Humanity wins: Auschwitz survivor Dora bathes her granddaughter

Never forget... More »

27th, January Strange But True 1

Man smelled of pony sex: Is Nothing Safe?

When police searched Barfield’s rucksack looking for items he might use to commit theft, they found several cans of Lynx deodorant, a length of white electrical cable, a handheld water sprayer, a cloth, a metal dog chain and two bottles of Lucozade... More »