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10th, April Music 1

Were KISS Anti-Semitic?

LIFE as a member of KISS must be more mental than living in a hedge filled with laughing spiders. And depressing too. More depressing than Gene Simmons blood-chilling sex tape. No, we're not providing a link. Look for it yourself. You'll never listen to Foreigner in the same way again... More »

10th, April News

The Times Thinks It's OK To Call Male Golfers Fat: Is It Different For Girls?

Why is it ok to attack a man for his looks but not to 'bully' a woman? More »

10th, April Flashback

The Top 10 Sappiest Songs Ever Recorded

We can’t go calling every romantic ballad “sappy”. Just as depressing songs have their place, so do overtly romantic songs. Perhaps, the best way to illustrate sap at its worst is by example. So, here we go... More »

10th, April Flashback

1981: IRA Hunger Striker Bobby Sands Elected To Westminster As MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone

ON April 10, 1981, IRA prisoner and hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected to Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone. Bobby Sand's victory was the second time the voters of Fermanagh and South Tyrone had elected a republican prisoner as their MP. The first, Philip Clarke, in 1955, was disqualified because the law then did not allow convicts to take up political office... More »

10th, April Celebrities

Ultimate Warrior Jams Brian Hellwig: Gloriously Mad And Regrettably Gone

THE Ultimate Warrior has died at the age of 54, WWE has sadly confirmed. Born James Brian Hellwig, Warrior electrified kids and adults alike during his time as a fearsome wrestler of the WWE (formerly WWF). His wild antics, shock of crazy hair and charged entrance made him a hit with those who are fans of professional wrestling.... More »

10th, April Money

Dodgy Maths: Where Apple Goes Wrong In Calculating The Samsung Damages

YES! We've another exciting instalment of the Apple v. Samsung patents battle and this time Apple are asking for over $2 billion in damages from the Korean firm. The problem is that they've used a very dodgy indeed method of trying to calculate those damages.... More »

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 »

9th, April manchester united 1

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 »

9th, April News 1

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 »

8th, April Flashback 4

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 »