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5th, April News

Free Speech Watch: Maria Miller, Leveson And State Bullying To Keep The Facts Secret

MARIA Miller is the Tory MP and Culture Secretary. She is involved in discussions over the future of press regulation. She wants more of it. She is just one of the cross-party elite (and you can include artists in this illiberal group) who like free speech but want to insert a "but" after it. She wants limits on freedom... More »

4th, April The Consumer

Vancouver Restaurant Invites Musicians To Play Free Of Charge - And One Makes A Great Counter-Offer

Brilliant.... More »

4th, April In Pictures

Visions Of Aintree: Ladies Day 2014 (NSFW)

AINTREE 2014 - Ladies' Day highlights... More »

4th, April News

The State V Gareth Davies: The Police Persecution of A Journalist Is Part Of A War Against Free Speech

GARETH Davies is chief reporter of the Croydon Advertiser. Police have served him with an harassment order, a “Prevention of Harassment Letter”. His offence? He put allegations to a convicted fraudster. Free speech is under attack... More »

4th, April In Pictures

Tokyo Compression: Faces Of Japanese Commuters Gasping For Life On The City's Trains

DO you suffer from claustrophobia? If you do, then The Tokyo railways system is not for you. German photographer Michael Wolf has captured the cheek-to-cheek commute endured by Japanese commuters in Tokyo... More »

4th, April Flashback

1914: 'How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed' Like A Suffragette By Djuna Barnes

ON September 6 1914, the prolific writer, artist and journalist Djuna Barnes wrote How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed for The World Magazine. Barnes was a reporter working on a series of "stunt stories"... More »

4th, April Flashback

2004: The 'Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US' Memo

Memo of note... More »

4th, April Celebrities

Watch Jon Ham Strike Out On 1990s Love Show The Big Date

JON Ham aged well. In the mid 1990s, Ham appeared on the TV dating show The Big Date, hosted by Mark Walberg.The man who would knock them bandy as Mad Men's Don Draper strikes out. More »

4th, April Key Posts

Mic Wright's Remotely Furious: A Harsh Handbrake Turn - From How I Met You Mother To How Tim Hetherington Lost His Life

I'VE been thinking about bad endings this week; one in fiction and one, dreadfully, tragically real. Pulling together the finale of How I Met Your Mother, which used a by-no-means unexpected passing to tie up loose ends, and the real death of Tim Hetherington, the astounding documentary photographer whose life is the subject of Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?, in one TV column may seem crass. It probably is. But that’s how TV works, mashing together different stories, shifting tone more awkwardly than a local radio DJ... More »

4th, April Money

Mad Men Rejoice: Plain Packaging For Cigarettes Will Increase Branding

AS you'll know there's a move to get to the plain packaging of cigarettes. This is the rather strange idea that if we can't associate red with Marlboro and white with Silk Cut then we'll smoke fewer cigarettes overall. Quite why is never really explained but we are assured that it will be true... More »

4th, April Celebrities

James Franco On Cloud 17: Conspiracy Theories And 1970s-Style Honest-To-Goodness Perviness For Teenage Girl

AS you're probably aware, arch-hipster James Franco has been rumbled online, trying to tap off with a 17 year old Scottish girl. A variety of messages were batted back and forth, with Franco being a little persistent in trying to get his end away... More »

4th, April News

Argentina's FAP Party Pays Tribute To Falklands Anniversary With Nicked Picture From Band of Brothers Poster

TO Argentina, where the political party FAP (I kid you not) pays tribute on Falklands anniversary by, erm borrowing a picture from Band of Brothers:... More »

4th, April Celebrities

Tom Daley Is Gay, Not Bisexual, Okay?

People who are visible and gay are incredibly important to society, because the more people who are proud, the more gibbering, hooting berks who oppose it will have to suck it up. Fact of the matter is, what homophobes have yet to work out is that you can disagree with homosexuality, be it through a religious conviction or whatever, but you don't get the right to decide whether someone else is gay or not... More »

4th, April Celebrities

Darren ‘Sumbarine’ Gough and ex-TOWIE ‘Star’ Amy Childs Are In A 'Plutonic' Relationship

But the Mail reports that the nature of their relationship is much hotter and steamier than a mere bedroom romp. In fact, it says that "the fashion designer [that’s Amy] went on to say that her relationship with Gough is strictly plutonic"... More »

4th, April Celebrities 3

1944: Carmen Miranda And 'John Wayne' Flirt By A Lonesome Deanna Durbin

FLASHBACK to November 28 1944... More »

4th, April News

'I'm A Pineapple Not A Racist': Nicolas Anelka Defends His 'Quenelle' Gesture

NICOLAS Anelka, formerly Le Grand Sulk of English football became its pariah when he performed the cryptic quenelle gesture. Having left West Bromwich Albion after being handed a five-match ban by the FA for making the gesture during the 3-3 draw with West Ham in December, Anelka is talking to Metro News... More »

4th, April Key Posts 3

Chicks Dig Accordions! Vintage Vinyl and Squeezebox Groupies

TO HELL with the electric guitar. That may attract a flock of dirty groupies, but the real chick magnet is the accordion. Sure, it has a reputation as being even less sexy than a French horn, but don’t believe the hype. A look at this stack of old accordion LPs, and you’ll quickly see that the instrument of desire isn’t the guitar, drums or microphone, it’s the mad love machine called The Accordion... More »

4th, April In Pictures

Russian Photographer Takes Strange Portraits Of 'Wild' Animals And Young Women In Love

RUSSIAN photographer Katerina Plotnikova has created these pictures of animals with attractive young women in a rural setting. They are part fairytale, part circus and part niche magazine. The women are enthralled in an ecstatic love. Just very odd... More »

4th, April News

Austerity Army: Coldstream Guard's Lance Corporal Kills Six Afghani Insurgents With A Single Bullet

A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet... More »

4th, April Flashback

Liverpool: The Fan In The Knotted Hanky On His Head At The 1965 FA Cup Final

LOOKING through the wonderful photos of Liverpool's first FA Cup win - a 2-1 victory over the mighty Leeds United in 1965 - one stood out. It's this photo of a jubilant Liverpool fan is escorted off the pitch by policemen after running on to celebrate his team's winning goal... More »

4th, April Flashback

1964: Oxford United Captain Ron Atkinson Is Carried Off By Fans After His Team Beat First Division Blackburn Rovers 3-1 In The FA Cup

FLASHBACK to February 15 1964... More »

3rd, April Flashback

1965 In Magic Photos: Liverpool Defeat Leeds United To Win The Club's First FA Cup

ON May 1 1965, Liverpool FC won the FA Cup for the first time. They defeated Leeds United 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool had an all-British line-up; but Leeds featured two frieingers: the Republic of Ireland's great Johnny Giles and South African Albert Johanneson... More »

3rd, April News 2

Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

TODAY Ella Birchenough was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain while trying to retrieve her iPhone... More »

3rd, April Celebrities

1970: Freddie Garrity, of Freddie and the Dreamers, Eats Barnet Hospital Chicken After Ejecting Through The Roof Of His Lotus Car

FLASHBACK to January 7 1970... More »

3rd, April Flashback 5

5 Sci-Fi TV Series Scuttled by Second Season Changes

WE might accept as axiomatic the belief that patience is a virtue. However, over the decades, several notable and even celebrated science fiction TV series have failed to live up to this ideal. Instead of demonstrating patience and prudence, their makers have instead demonstrated radical impatience, and -- after promising first season sorties -- instituted sweeping changes that, in some cases, threw away the baby with the bath water... More »