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30th, April Sports 1

Spurs Balls: Hoddle, Sherwood And De Boer Miss Out As Louis van Gaal Gets Manger's Job (Say Experts)

WHO will be the next manager at Tottenham Hotspur? The current incumbent is Tim Sherwood. He feels unsettled... More »

30th, April News

Ann Maguire: Her Death Was A Sign Of God's Love And A Sickness In Our Schools

ANN Maguire: a look at the media reporting on the teacher killed by a student in Leeds... More »

30th, April Flashback 1

From Movies to TV: 10 Tragic Failures

MOVIES adapted for television series aren’t necessarily terrible; in fact, the outcome is often quite good. The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H* both had great translations for the small screen. Even Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, a dark drama by Martin Scorsese found an interesting niche in the sitcom universe via Alice. Unfortunately, for every success, there are a sizeable number of failures. This is where I come in and deliver up ten tragic examples of where a movie was adapted for television yielding regrettable results.... More »

30th, April Sports

Real Madrid Balls: Pepe Blows His Nose On Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller

IN last night's Champions' League semi-final - in which Bayern Munich were thrashed 5-0 by Real Madrid - the Spanish team's Pepe squirted snot at Thomas Muller. .. More »

29th, April News

Want To See What Space Age Police Wear To Burn 11 Tons Of Drugs In Peru?

FACES of the day: Workers wears a heat reflecting suit during the burning of seized drugs at a police base in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Police say they burned on Tuesday more than 11 tons of drugs including cocaine, marijuana, opium and heroin that was seized over the last 5 months.... More »

29th, April In Pictures

Some Rather Charming Photos of The London Underground Tube Strike April 2014

THE London Underground Strike - aka Bob Crow Tribute - feature some charming moments. Londonrs got to see the Old Routemaster buses, back in service to make up for the lack of trains. And Stratford station produced some artistic moments. Take a look... More »

29th, April TV & Radio

Great Losers In TV Show History: The Swedish Woman Wants A Better Prize

GREAT moments in TV shows presents the Swedish women unhappy with the prize... More »

29th, April Flashback

The Five Weirdest Things Ever Thrown Onto A Pitch

WHEN Villarreal fans taunted Barcelona’s Dani Alves by throwing him a banana, it was not entirely surprising. Spain does, after all, have a history of this kind of racist goading, including such notable incidents as the monkey chanting directed at England players during the 2004 international in Madrid… More »

29th, April Celebrities

The Best Bit Of Max Clifford Graffiti You'll See Today

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of sexual abuse. He good use a good media wrangler... More »

29th, April Music 1

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell: Who Beat Up Who?

REMEMBER Edie Brickell? She was a pop-folkie way back when for Generation Xers. She's best known for 'Circle' (here, with the catchier-than-mumps "I quit, I give up" hook) and 'What I Am" which was covered by Spice Girl Emma Bunton of all people... More »

29th, April Politicians

Nigel Farage Is The Victim Of A Sign Langauge Cock Up in Bath

Farage is, of course not just any old tosser. He is a Great British w*nker... More »

29th, April Arsenal

Arsenal Balls: On The 19th Annual St. Totteringham’s Day We Recall Who Said Spurs Would Top The Gunners

ON the 19th annual St. Totteringham’s Day - when Arsenal finish above Spurs in the Premier League - Lukas Podolski identified himself as a fan favourite... More »

29th, April Flashback

1962-1977: The Wonderful Designs Of Sainsbury's Own-Label Groceries

IN the 1960s, Sainsbury's began selling own-label groceries. The packaging was marvellous... More »

29th, April Liverpool

Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Joins In With Anti-Racism Banana Eating Show

IN an incredible, worldwide show of support for Dani Alves and the exemplary, “no f**ks given” way in which he reacted to a banana-throwing incident at Villarreal (who have subsequently banned the fan responsible for life) over the weekend, scores of footballers and other personalities have posted photos on social media of them eating bananas, along with the tag-line “we are all monkeys”... More »

29th, April Flashback

When Max Clifford Met Mandy Allwood: Police, Power, Sex, Money And Tabloids

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault. Ron Greenslade recalls his dealings with the great story fixer. He focuses on the story of Mandy Allwood. Britain's own Octomum, gave birth to two girls and six boys in September 1996. They were premature... More »

29th, April Books

The Wonderful London Review of Books Personal Ads, Curated By David Rose

DAVID Rose created a 'love sought' section for the London Review of Books. Rose was the organ's advertising director when a personals section in in 1998. Lovelorn literary types wrote in. The very first classified ad went... More »

29th, April Fashion 8

Pages of Polyester: The Sears 1974 Catalog

Today's everyday styles can be so tired and unremarkable - it's refreshing to see something bold and unique. Come take a look... More »

28th, April News

Pupil Kills Teacher Anne Maguire In Leeds: Calls To Treat All Schoolchildren As Criminals?

ANNE Maguire, 61, a Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds has been stabbed to death with a knife in front of pupils. A 15-year-old male pupil is in custody... More »

28th, April Music

POW!GRL And ScottBradleeLovesYa Perorm A Sensual Version of The Duck Tales Theme Tune

WHEN we heard the theme tune to Duck Tales, the cartoon show, we heard a chirpy squeaking. When POW!GRL and ScottBradleeLovesYa heard the song, they performed this seductive impression of Huey, Dewey, Louie and Scrooge McDuck... More »

28th, April Flashback

1943: Bizarre American Locomotive Company Advert

The Nazis look upon us as a degenerate nation. But they have a great respect for our accomplishments. And, if they win, they may decide that we have something in our blood which can use in building their master race.... More »

28th, April Celebrities

Call Carlton The Doorman: Broadway Producers Sue Actress Valerie Harper For Having Brain Cancer

That's right! The clearly sensitive and empathetic playwright, Matthew Lombardo and several Broadway producers, are suing someone with a spectacularly dreadful illness!... More »

28th, April News

Is This The Most Epic Photograph Ever Taken At A Dog Show?

Hands down the best photo ever taken at a dog show... More »

28th, April Money 2

Venezuela: You Won't Believe The Crap Hugo Chavez Spent The Bolivarian Revolution Oil Money On

THIS is a story to really take the cake. So, Chavez in Venezuela, decided to start spending the oil money on improving the society. OK, that's a good idea. But then we come to what he actually started spending the money on. Like a farm with no water. No, really... More »

28th, April Chelsea

Liverpool V Chelsea Balls: Learning To Hate Mourinho And Love Steven Gerrard, And Vice Versa

IT'S hard work being a football writer for the dead tree press, hitting an opinion to deadline. Take the usually excellent Michael Calvin, writing in the Indy the day before Chelsea won 2-0 at Anfield and upset Liverpool's Premier League victory parade... More »

28th, April News

Max Clifford: If He's So Good At PR Why Does Everyone Think He's Such A Cock?

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of 8 counts of indecent assault.... More »