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19th, March Money

Apple's Only 10% Of The Phone Market But They Make 60% Of The Profits

THE smartphone is really only just under 7 years old: that's right, we're just coming up to hte 7 th anniversary of the release of the Apple iPhone. And this smartphone is now the fastest adopted technology of all time: there were a billion of the damn things made and sold last year. But the truly remarkable thing is that while Apple only has around 10% of this market they have been able to capture 60% of all of the profits of the entire sector... More »

19th, March Madeleine McCann 2

Madeleine McCann: Attention Turns To The Foreign Sex Attacker Wearing What Could Be An Arsenal Shirt

THE sun is out, spring is here and thoughts turn to holidays overseas. And with it all comes more news of Madeleine McCann. The BBC reports: Madeleine McCann: Police hunt sex attacker... More »

19th, March Flashback 1

1967: The interior Of A Currys Shop in Berkampsted, Hertfordshire

FLASHBACK to August 8 1967: The interior of a Currys shop in Berkampsted, Hertfordshire... More »

19th, March Film 2

Pat Robertson's Fever Dream: Four Times When Horror Movies Met The Devil's Own Rock-and-Roll Music In The 1980s

JUST last week, the 700 Club's Pat Robertson spoke out about the hidden scourge of our modern society: those demons from Hell who like to crash your car. Yes, it turns out that devils can cause really horrible road accidents because -- by merely watching horror movies -- you have "granted them permission" to do so... More »

19th, March The Consumer 1

Saudi Arabian Cleric Issues Fatwa On All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

SAUDI hero of the day is the cleric who has issued as fatwa against fatsos... More »

19th, March Music 1

Gene Simmons Thinks Hip Hop, Non-Guitarists And Karaoke Kiss Should Be Banished From The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame

Well, Gene's at it again, saying that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is "diluting" itself with hip-hop, pop and disco artists. Now, Kiss are joining the Hall next month, and Simmons blasted "back room politics" for the inclusion of bands like Run DMC and Donna Summer... More »

19th, March News

Daily Mail Writer Uses Her Column To Tell Young Daughter She May Never Be A Mother

ANNA Louise is worried. She wonders aloud: How do I tell my daughter she may never be mother?... More »

19th, March Celebrities 7

Growing Old Gracefully or Kicking and Screaming: Old Vs. New Hollywood

WATCHING the Oscars and other such events lately, it’s becoming disturbingly common to spot actresses, now in their sixties, desperately hanging onto their youth. It seems overnight, all my favourite actresses from the 1970s and 80s have gone under the knife in a vain attempt at retaining their former sex appeal. It’s something we haven’t witnessed before – actresses from earlier days didn’t have plastic surgery at their disposal, and the intense need to “stay sexy” wasn’t perhaps as strong. Thus, the previous generation of starlets appeared to age much more gracefully than the ageing actresses of today. Here’s a few comparisons.... More »

19th, March Flashback

From BBC Children's Favourites To Captain Kangaroo, Edward White's Puffin Billy Kept The Kids Delighted

ITEM of the day is this 60 piece puzzle in box of Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan). There are no missing pieces... More »

18th, March Fashion

I Was A 1960s Mod: Watch The Soul Rider Documentary

IN the 1960s, Glenn Stewart was a mod. There Is More filmed Glenn over six hours as he recalled him time as a suited and booted, Vespa driving mod. It's a lovely short film about one of Britain's fashion tribes... More »

18th, March Film

Three Generations Of Schulz Unite To Create A Peanuts Movie As Disappointing As All The Others

SNOOPY is back. The best cartoon do of them all is to star in a new Peanuts movie, coming to a screen near you on November 6, 2015. That's the good news? Do you flinch a little when you learn that it's produced by Charles Schulz's son Craig Schulz and the screenplay has been co-written by his son Bryan Schulz?.. More »

18th, March Money 1

Sod The Sugar And The Salt We're Allowed To Eat Fat Again

But there's a much bigger implication to this as well. You'll have seen the two campaigns in recent years over salt and sugar in our foods. To the point that there are people running around now insisting that sugar is in fact toxic. And the salt people (often the very same people in fact) insisted that that compound caused all the strokes in everyone. Despite the very dodgy statistics upon which the claim was made... More »

18th, March Sports 4

Spurs Balls: The Daily Mail's Tim Sherwood Fanclub Loses Its Way

THE Daily Mail's Neil Ashton was no fan of Andre Villas-Boas, picking holes in the soon-to-be-sacked Spurs manager... More »

18th, March Flashback 1

19 Classic Pictures I Found From March 1959

WE'VE trawled the archives for pictures from March 1959. Captions were written at the time by the AP and PA... More »

18th, March Flashback 1

1959: A Nurse Injects A Dummy At The Nursing & Health Exhibition

Nursing & Health Exhibition at County Hall: A nursing sister shows how an injection is given. The exhibition was organised by the London County Council... More »

18th, March Books

Read Alfie’s Home: The Creepy Children's Book That Will Make Your Gay Children Straight

DR Christian Jessen is the star of the Channel 4 documentary Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay. Can you be "cured" of your homosexuality? Some want to change. They sign up to schemes to become healthy and straight and good... More »

18th, March Books

Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: The 1990 Children’s Book About Satanic Ritual Abuse

IN the 1990s, Satanic child abuse was a hot topic. Most recently, the news of Devil worship and children was resurrected with the Jimmy Savile scandal... More »

18th, March News

Newspaper Front Page Of The Year - Pick Your Winner

ONE thing the newspapers have over the internet is the ability to create fantastic one-hit front pages.Yes, there are good splashes on the web, but they lack the texture and sense of permanency of a great newspaper front page... More »

17th, March Flashback 1

1969: KFC's Colonel Harlan Sanders In Las Vegas

FLASHBACK to 21/01/1969... More »

17th, March Celebrities 1

Courtney Love Did Not Find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 - Richard Barrow Did

IN "Courtney Love Thinks She May Have Found Missing Malaysian Plane - Hole frontwoman posts theory on Flight 370" Rolling Stone adds a celebrity element to the hunt for the missing jet... More »

17th, March Flashback 1

Listen To Aldous Huxley's Talks On The Visionary Experience' And Read His Advice To Albert Hofmann On Taking LSD

Hofmann had invented LSD, first synthesising lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1938. He experienced the world's first acid trip" on April 19 1943 as he cycled home from his Swiss laboratory. That was Bicycle Day... More »

17th, March Music

BBC To Shock Everyone By Celebrating Yet More Music Played By White People: The Britpop Years

However, the BBC is moving away from the 70s and 80s and looking at the 90s! Surely, the birth and globalisation of hip hop is going to get a look in! How could any discerning record nut ignore the impact of Public Enemy, NWA, Wu, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie Smalls, De La Soul and so much more?! ... More »

17th, March Celebrities

L'Wren Scott - A Life In Photos

The model in photos... More »

17th, March Celebrities

Fashion designer and Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, commits suicide

BREAKING. Fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been found dead after hanging herself in her New York apartment this morning. L'Wren has been known, of late, as being the girlfriend of Mick Jagger. A spokesman for the Rolling Stones singer said he was: "completely shocked and devastated" at the news... More »

17th, March News

Domenico Rancadore, Amanda Knox And An Italian Justice Sytem Every Bit As Crap As The British Reporting

AMANDA Knox, we have some good news. The woman found guilty of murdering Mereditch Kercher should be able to escape extradition to Italy by citing the case of Sicilian Mafia fugitive Domenico Rancadore. Thought by Italian police to be the leader a Mafia clan based in Trabia near Palermo, Domenico has been living in the UK for 20 years as one Marc Skinner... More »