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10th, April Film 2

The Five Most Shocking Death Scenes Of The ALIEN Franchise

For a death scene to be considered shocking, it must be one that the audience can't see coming. In other words, we expect that Colonial Marines fighting aliens by the pack are going to die, or that confused convicts running from a monster in a dark corridor will come to a bad end... More »

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Manchester United Balls: United Fans Beg David Cameron To Offer David Moyes Full Support

Dear Mr Cameron, We would like to offer our sincerest sympathies with regards to the recent problems you have been experiencing concerning the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Mrs Maria Miller and her subsequent resignation which was reported in the media today.... More »

9th, April Celebrities

Peaches Geldof And The Shameless Double Standards Of The Tabloid-Bashing Guardian

WRITING on Peaches Geldof in the Guardian, Hadley Freeman says 'The Geldofs were Britain's first celebrity family". The article is called: 'Beyond pain': Peaches Geldof, Paula Yates and one family's epic suffering"... More »

9th, April Money

If Your Looks Got You The Job Don't Complain When The Job Goes When Your Looks Fade

LIFE is indeed unfair and it is entirely true that some of us lose our jobs after our looks start to fade. The latest little scare story being that we don't have enough middle aged and older women on the tellie, telling us all how the world is in the news and the like... More »

9th, April Celebrities

Jessie J Moves Beyond Her Bisexual Phase Into The Husband Zone

Well, recently, she's said she only dates men now, which saw a huge backlash from all corners, with some assuming she'd said she was bisexual in a bid to sell some records... although, last time we checked, no-one ever sold more units by simply being bi. With this, Jessie J has issued a statement responding to criticism. More »

9th, April Celebrities

Faces of the Day: Tabatha Bundesen And Her Cat Tardar Sauce, Aka Grumpy Cat

You;d be grumpy, too... More »

9th, April Sports

Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho Is The Custard Cream Of Stamford Bridge

WHY did TV3′s Trevor Welch hand Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a pack of custard cream biscuits following the Blues' Champions League win over PSG?.. More »

9th, April Money

Son Sues Nursing Home For Allowing 85-Year-Old Mother To Hire A Stripper

WHEN Franklin Youngblood saw the picture of his 85-year-old mother Bernice stuffing cash in the knickers of a young male stripper at Long Island's East Neck Nursing home he was upset... More »

9th, April Flashback

Dial M for Music: 4 Records And Their Tales of Murder

HERE are four albums which serve as starting points to murder stories. They range from factual to dodgy at best, but they are all interesting.... More »

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Legal Highs: Smoking Bed Bugs To Get Stoned

The youth who want to get off their faces are always looking for new and imaginative ways to get a cheap thrill - like smoking bed bugs. ABC 15 Arizona has news... More »

9th, April News

Daily Express Weather Watch: Predicting A Glorious Summer Apocalypse

NOT for the Daily Express a Daily Mail-themed slow, painful death by cancer. It can't be bothered to wait... More »

9th, April Film 2

A Vital History of Captain America at the Movies and on TV

WITH Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) shattering box office records this weekend, it is an opportune time to recall that this iconic Marvel superhero -- and symbol of non-ironic Americana -- has not always been treated very well by Hollywood. In particular, the 1970s and 1980s proved a difficult span for the patriotic Cap, who had made a career in his Marvel comic-book of smashing Nazis and communists.... More »

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The Rolling Stones 1969: Listen To Mary Clayton's Awesome Isolated Vocal From Gimme Shelter

THE isolated track of Merry Clayton’s vocal from Gimme Shelter is something else... More »

8th, April Sports

Chelsea Balls: The Champions' League Semi-Final Is The 'Last 8' (With Added Piranhas)

THE Sun was once the byword for a polished newspaper. It is now routinely poor. Take this example: Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the Champions' League. Or as the once soaraway Sun puts it... More »

8th, April Cars

Granada's M1 Motorway Service Station At Toddington, 1968

FLASHBACK to 29/08/1968... More »

8th, April News

Faces of The Day: Malaysians Host Candlelight Vigil For Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysians gather during a candlelight vigil for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370... More »

8th, April Fashion

1903: Girlie Mag Vanity Fair Profiles 'The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers'

IN 1903, The Commonwealth Publishing Company of New York City's magazine Vanity Fair (no, another one; this one ran from February 1902 to April 1904) produced the article on The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers... More »

8th, April News

Maria Miller LOL: 'I can only hope that over time the focus will once again by on Basingstoke'

MARIA Miller has written an open letter to the people of Basingstoke, Hampshire... More »

8th, April TV & Radio

Games of Thrones Sex Chart Infographic: A Who's Who Of Carnal Delights And Horrors

VINCE Avila has watched series 1-3 of Games of Thrones and charted who has shagged who in the swords and chairs Petri dish... More »

8th, April News

Spurs Balls: Tim Sherwood Says Champions League Isn't A Priority Except When It Is

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Spurs Balls: Salutist Daily Mail Erases Black Coach Chris Ramsey From Team Photograph

SPURS Balls: Tottenham Hotspur smashed a dire Sunderland last night. The Daily Mail leads with a lovely picture of Emmanuel Adebayor saluting his manager Tim Sherwood... More »

8th, April Strange But True

Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd would happen... More »

8th, April Key Posts

When Venture Capital Fails Spectacularly: The Bessemer Venture Partners Story

WE'VE all heard about the titans of the silicon Valley venture capital industry. One day they put 30 cents into the stock of some company enabling people to show cat photos to each other and then three weeks later they're running off with $10 billion from the IPO... More »

8th, April News

Irish Bomber Blows Himself Up: Forgot About Putting His Clock Forward

THE Telegraph has the headline that we can all take a minute to appreciate: Irish bomber blew himself up after device went off too soon 'because he forgot to put his watch forward'... More »

8th, April Money

Michael Lewis Says High Frequency Trading Rips Off Investors. Michael Lewis Is Clearly Wrong

THERE'S been a bit of a furore over in the US about the new Michael Lewis book. He's saying that all this high speed trading (that's the stuff done by computers in nanoseconds) is just a rip off of the average investor. The sad thing is that he's got it entirely wrong... More »