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17th, March Celebrities

IVF: An Elton John study in conformism that goes against human nature

How does an orthodoxy take hold? When designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana shared their views on love, sex, , gay marriage, children, IVF babies and children of same-sex couples the media and celebrity voices united in condeming them, siding with Elton John, who expressed his displeasure with a shrill call to boycott the brand... More »

16th, March Chelsea

Embarrassing endorsements: Islamic State's Jake Bilardi cheers for Chelsea

When 17-year-old Australian Islamic State fighter, Jake Bilardi, died in a suicide bombing attack, we all saw the photo. There was Jake in his Chelsea kit... More »

16th, March Politicians

The Over-Firm Denial: Grant Scapps' leptologia is a gift to the English language

This week the English language welcomed the phrase "overfirm denials"... More »

16th, March In Pictures

Tibetan monks unveil huge painting of Buddha (photos)

To Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County, China's Gansu Province, to see Buddhist monks unveil a massive picture of Buddha... More »

16th, March Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Pogba signs for Manchester United and PSG as Marco Verratti joins and leaves Arsenal

Transfer Balls looks at Paul Pogba news. The Daily Express says Pogba has dealt Chesla huge "BLOW"... More »

16th, March Key Posts 1

Westminster paedophiles: Bulic Forsythe, when PIE went gay and the death of scepticism

Westminster paedophiles: a look at reporting on allegations that VIPs abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.... More »

16th, March News

Nominative determinism: meet ISIS 'apologist' Furkan Derya

The Daily Telegraph calls Furkan Derya.... More »

16th, March News

31 minutes a night more sleep can kill you (but at last you won't get diabetes)

The Daily Express often leads with news of diabetes cures. In 2014, the Express told its reads that diabetes had been cured by cheese, jabs, chocolate, pills and sunshine. Today the paper says diabetes can be prevented by...sleeping.... More »

15th, March Celebrities

Elton John kicks Dolce & Gabbana out of the gay community centre

Whoah! Put that down that FLloral Jacquard Waistcoat and Bolero Jacket with Trimming (£ 3,300.00)! Think on. Anyone ready to buy that or a Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt (RRP. £445) should first know that Elton John says you must not... More »

15th, March News

Forget the #TekTimeCov murder: the real crime was on SnapChat

News of a teenager stabbed to death ouside a Coventry nightclub is reported thus in the Daily Mirror: Sick revellers 'took photos of teenager dying from stab wounds and posted them on SnapChat'... More »

15th, March Strange But True

Proof that pets do go to Heaven (video)

Televangelist Jack Van Impe and his wife Rexella have news to thrill... More »

15th, March News

Free Shilan Ozcelik the Londoner arrested for wanting to fight ISIS

Shilan Ozcelik, who is of Kurdish descent, was nicked at Stansted airport, having travelled from her family home in Holloway, north London. She faces a charge of "engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to an intention to commit acts of terrorism under the 2006 Terrorism Act"... More »

15th, March Music

Blurred Lines: The Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight is The Ketchup Song

Blurred Lines: a look at songs that sound very much like other songs. Let's look at the Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight and the Ketchup Song (Asereje) by Las Ketchup... More »

15th, March News

Wiltshire headmistress punished naughty children by phoning God

To St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School in Devizes, Wiltshire, where God is on the phone. There is talk of "outrage" that headmistress Sheila Jones "humiliated children" by standing in the school's prayer room and telling God via her mobile phone that the children had misbehaved... More »

15th, March Strange But True

Man busted for dipping cotton wool on McDonald's coffee and rubbing them over his skin

Cotton balls and coffee... More »

14th, March Politicians

Beyond parody: feminist Government wants to ban designer vaginas

The bansturbators have a new target: your vagina. Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the select committee, wants to celebrate freedom and promote feminism by controlling what a woman can do with her vagina... More »

14th, March Politicians

The greatest ever TV caption: at home with the Young Conservative

Still the greatest ever TV caption... More »

13th, March Liverpool 2

Liverpool Balls: Raheem Sterling is off to Bayern Munich in an 'exclusive'

The Sun has an "exclusive". News is that Raheem Sterling has yet to sign a deal to prolong his stay at Liverpool... More »

13th, March News

Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell remain inconveniently innocent

The story of Prince Andrew and the underage 'sex slave' Victoria Roberts has down the British media's newscycle. But elsewhere it nags on. Roberts claims to have shagged Prince Andrew three times while working as Jeffrey Epstein's 'masseuse'. Andrew denies it. All we know for certain is that they've met.... More »

13th, March Newcastle United

Revealed: When Manchester United sack Louis Van Gaal

Talking Balls: Is Manchester United manger Louis Van Gaal going to remain at Old Trafford or be sacked? The media experts have been informing their readers.... More »

13th, March News

Police news: ISIS fag is a jacket in a tree

Have we let the murderous goons of Islamic State infect out minds? In Italy, police were called when a local spotted an Isis flag hanging outside an apartment building... More »

13th, March News

Smiley the therapy dog with no eyes brightens people's lives

Smiley, a golden retriever, was born without eyes. He lives in Stouffville, Canada, working as a St. John’s Ambulance service dog. .. More »

13th, March News

When Stetson Kennedy, Mr. Ayak and Superman smashed the KKK

On Flashbak the story of Stetson Kennedy, the campaigning journalist who infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan in the 1940s and exposed their life to ridicule. He din;'t do it alone. He got Superman to help... More »

13th, March Arsenal 1

Talking balls: Arsenal war chest swells to £267.55m

Talking Balls: just how large is Arsenal's "war chest"?... More »

13th, March Strange But True

A thieving Romanian dwarf could be hiding in your holiday luggage

"The Daily Star has a short story on a "thieving Romanian dwarf"... More »