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7th, July Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Endure Feast And Famine In The Daily Mirror

TRANSFER Balls has a quick look at the kind of to-deadline exclusive churned out by the Daily Mirror... More »

7th, July Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Alexis Sanchez Move To Arsenal Is An Undone 'Done Deal'

TRANSFER Balls - Anorak's regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal... More »

7th, July News 1

We Need A Free Press To Save Us From Child Abuse And Westminster Demons

WHY are we wasting money on this when we could be spending it on that?' is a favourite argument of the partisan. It's usually spurious. But this collection of front pages does make you wonder how the Press came to be the arch-villains of the unholy trinity of politicians, police, Press. And that in turn prompts further questions about the extent and expense of the phone-hacking inquiry... More »

7th, July Music

REVEALED: The Music Behind The Worst Album Art In The World

LESS than ten years ago, bad album covers suddenly became a “thing”. Sure, there had always been people like me: longtime vinyl enthusiasts who cherished these unholy creations; but, it took the Internet to really generate a widespread appreciation for the “bad album cover”... More »

6th, July News

Wali Watch: The Truth About Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi And His 'Expensive' Wristwatch

Oliver Duggan adds that Abu Bakr has been "ridiculed" for his wristwatch... More »

6th, July Liverpool 3

Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Suarez For £75.5m And Still Want Sanchez In Part-Exchange

TRANSFER Balls: a look at the media rpeorting on Alexis Sanchez, the Barcelaona player wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (among others).... More »

6th, July TV & Radio

London Live TV Caption Hilarity (With Anthony Costa From Blue)

Just brilliant... More »

6th, July In Pictures

Tour de France 2014 Photos: Stage Two - York to Sheffield

Yorkshire laps up The Tour... More »

6th, July manchester united 2

Transfer Balls: Arturo Vidal Joins Manchester United For £22m Less Than Juventus Are Asking

What facts? More »

6th, July Sports 2

Andrew Strauss And Kevin Pietersen Trade Insults At The Crease

FORMER England captain Andrew Strauss chose to share his view of former England colleage of 82 Tests Kevin Pietersen at the Lord’s bicentenary celebration match between the MCC and the Rest of The World. Commentating for Sky Sports, microphones picked up Straus calling Pietersen a “c***” in an aside to one of his co- commentators, Nick Knight... More »

5th, July In Pictures

Tour De France 2014: Leeds To Harrogate In Beautiful Photos

Yorkshire never looked better... More »

5th, July Music

Jake Bugg Hates Music Festivals - Doesn't Mind Sexism

"I hate music festivals so much, but obviously to be this high up on the line-up and to be playing [at Glastonbury] is a privilege," he told NME. "But the actual experience of festivals I could really do without.".. More »

5th, July Music

Watch Robbie Williams Break A Fan's Arm In Newcastle

IT is always nice to watch someone successful make a fool of themselves. It isn't their fault we're all pathetically jealous, but they've got such nice and unusual lives, it is pleasing to find out their stuttering bozos like the rest of us... More »

5th, July Celebrities

Katie Price Tells Rolf Harris To Reach For The Sky

THIS week Katie Price was on the radio. She told us: “I have to confess if there is anything perfect about me, it’s my feet"... More »

5th, July Strange But True

Watch What A Drop Of Viper Venom Does To Human Blood

It's estimated that snakes bite around 5.5 million people every year, leading to 400,000 amputations, and up to 125,000 deaths... More »

4th, July Celebrities

'Sexless' Rolph Harris Smiles And Shows No Remorse As He Is Jailed

A GRINNING Rolf Harris arrived at Southwark Crown Court, London, by car with a large man in bad suit, thtree other large men, his daughter Bindi and his neice Jenny... More »

4th, July Liverpool

Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Luis Suarez For £63m But Barcelona Buy Him For £80m

TRANSFER Balls: Is Luis Suarez off from Liverpool? Today's news round-up now follows... More »

4th, July Celebrities

Feast And Famine: Marilyn Monroe Was Not Some Porky Lardbucket, She Was Tiny

HALF the time we're told that the entire country is becoming obese, waddling around with dripping rolls of fat hanging from our frames, the other half the time we're being screamed at for our unhealthy obsession with being thin... More »

4th, July Key Posts

15 Terrifying Weapons From The ISIS Hello Kitty Arsenal - And How To Beat Them

THE jihadis of ISIS are uysing Hello Kitty notepads to organise their massed ranks. Eitehrt hat, or else the pad in the phot below is offial ISIS merchandise, sent from the Great Kitty herself. ... More »

4th, July Key Posts 1

Mic Wright's Remotely Furious: The (not so) Secret Life of Students versus The Honourable Woman

STUDENTS get drunk, do stupid things and feel homesick: those were the shocking secrets uncovered in the first episode of The Secret Life of Students, Channel 4’s latest slice of unflinching voyeurism... More »

4th, July News

Cute Alert: ISIS Trolls Recruit Hello Kitty To Jihad

Be afraid! More »

4th, July Strange But True

Other Parents: Dad Left 11-year-old Daughter Home Alone With Loaded Gun While He Got Head Tattoo

OTHER Parents presents John Ruiz, 41, who left his 11-year-old daughter home alone with a loaded weapon while he nipped out to get a head tattoo... More »

4th, July News

Isis Imitates Monkey Dust: At Home With The Black Country Jihadis

MONKEY Dust foretold the ISIS jihadis - Black Country chapter... More »

4th, July News

The Hunt For Racist Australian Train Woman Sue Wilkins And The Moral Voyeurs (Video)

The ranting woman verbally assaults a man and woman stood in front of her. She calls the man white trash. She says the wolman by his side is a "gook". She says, "Look at this bogan here. He can only get a gook, he can't even get a regular girlfriend. It's so sad." .. More »

4th, July Celebrities

One Dimensional Lindsay Lohan to Sue GTA For Turning Her Into A 2D Cartoon Character

And, make no bones about it - Lohan wants "serious money" as compensation, or else things are going to get pretty ugly... More »