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Katharine McPhee, topless telly ‘babes’, Tiger Woods and Miley Cyrus are naked online

Have you seen the “SEX PICS” of the “TWO TO TV STARS”. The saucy photos “LEAKED ONLINE” are front-page news on the Daily Star. Nasty stuff, indeed, to have your private moments stolen and shared with the world. The two celebs, two of the country’s “biggest stars”, have called in the lawyers.


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The Star is appalled. And anyone looking for the “explicits naked snaps” of the “2 telly babes” – the “extremely intimate shots” – of the “beauties”on an “X-rated” website should be ashamed of themselves. Says a spokesperson for one of the women:” “The selfies were taken from social media accounts but the topless images claiming to be of her are fake.”

So there are no sex pics. The images weren’t leaked, rather shared and photoshopped. Aside from that the Star’s lead story is, er, correct.

Meanwhile, in other celebrity naked news, Katharine McPhee is “fighting back”.

The actress and singer, 33, filed suit in Los Angeles County Tuesday in response to intimate photos of her being published on pornographic websites after her phone got hacked.

Miley Cyrus is naked in public – again:

Intimate pictures allegedly showing Miley Cyrus and Stella Maxwell together, Kristen Stewart apparently topless and former couple Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn apparently naked have surfaced online.

Vonn and Woods are considering legal action.

The odd things about all this is that while the newspapers report on the story of leaked sex photos, anyone who cares is online looking for the images. If there’s any one story that shows how out-of-step the dead-tree Press is, it’s when dirty photos get leaked online.

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment

Liverpool has the friendliest hackers in the world

To the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, England, where hackers have issued a directive: ‘we suggest you improve your security – sincerely –  your friendly neighbourhood hackers – #JFt96’.


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Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment

Police watchdog investigates Met’s links to Indian hackers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating an anonymous tip-off that the London Metropolitan Police’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit asked Indian police to hire hackers to break into the private communications of hundreds of British people, including journalists, Greenpeace and Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones.

PCC deputy chairman Sarah Green appeals:

“This will be a complex investigation given the potential involvement of foreign participants.

“We would like to hear from the officer who brought these allegations to light or any other officers or police staff who may be able to provide information of use to the IPCC investigation.”

The Met Police said: “The IPCC made the Metropolitan Police Service aware of anonymous allegations concerning the access of personal data and requested the matter referred to them by the MPS. This has been done.

“The MPS is aware that the IPCC is carrying out an independent investigation.”

Spotter: BBC

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment

The Internet of things: hacker makes all city’s emergency sirens go off at once

When everything is on the Internet, it might be wise to sleep with one eye open and beneath a tinfoil blanket. People living in Dallas didn’t get much sleep when a hacker triggered the city’s 156 emergency sirens – used to hail sever weather – to wail all at once 60 times from 11.42 pm until 1.17am.

Feel safer?


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You might want to unplug that toaster. When Andrew McGill linked his toaster to the web, hackers plugged in. In a day, 300 hackers had attempted to control his toaster. “I switched on the server at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, fully expecting to wait days—or weeks—to see a hack attempt,” says McGill. “Wrong! The first one came at 1:53 p.m.”

If it’s on the web, it can be hacked.

Spotter: TelegraphUSA TodayThe Inevitability of Being Hacked


Posted: 9th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment

David Beckham and Danny Cipriani: you can’t be victim if you’re famous

Is it a crime to be famous? This week, two stories about blackmail have occupied the Sun’s front page.

The first is the matter of messages hacked from a server that handles David Beckham’s emails. The hackers wanted money to make the ‘leaks’ go away. The company being targeted complained and the emails were delivered to a site that specialises in ‘leaked’ material.

In a few emails, David Beckham allegedly uses industrial language to complain about his lack of a knighthood. He comes out of it badly. But he’s the victim, right? We love the chatter and the details, but surely we can agree that he’s a victim of an apparent crime?

We love to learn that Beckham obtained a high court injunction in December 2016 blocking the emails’ publication in the Sunday Times – a waste of money and effort given that overseas organs published the stuff online. One Romanian outlet detailed Beckham’s ‘angry pursuit of a knighthood’, which included, as the Guardian notes, the former footballer allegedly calling the gong-givers “a bunch of cunts” after he was overlooked for the honour.

It’s all a good read. We can an insight into Beckham’s non-choreographed activities. But he’s the victim.


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The second story is on Danny Cipriani, a rugby player. He was blackmailed by a stripper he impregnated. The story goes that he agreed to give her some money for a termination but then failed to cough up. Lisa Murphy, for it is she, had the abortion. When she was forced to miss work, due to health complications, she asked him for money, which again he did not pay. Murphy and her colleague, Violet Smith, 29, then threatened to go to the papers with the story, namely to The Sun on Sunday. Cipriani called the police.

And how does the Sun cover the story?


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Is the law different if you’re famous?


Posted: 8th, February 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Chris Bryant joins Labour Party’s silent chorus on Mirror Group phone hacking crimes

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The Mirror Group titles have been found guilty of phone hacking. We’ve been listening out for what Labour MP Chris Bryant has to say about it. When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp was found guilty of the same, Bryant, a phone-hacking victim, was verbose and demanding:

“They argued for a long time that there were very few victims – that there was just one rogue reporter – that they had done a full investigation and all that proves to be untrue. One of my anxieties is the police didn’t do a full investigation in 2006, 2009 and 2010 when lots of people were calling for a full investigation. Consequently we still don’t know the full level of the criminality that went on at the News of the World and in fact many of the victims themselves don’t know they were involved.I think this is just the beginning of the story. I’m seeking a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police’s activity. I have a big anxiety about why the Metropolitan Police didn’t do a proper investigation themselves.”


 “The next thing is, I’m writing to all the non-executive directors, including the former Spanish Prime Minister Mr Aznar and others of News Corp, to ask them what they knew, when they knew it, what actions they took to ensure that their newspaper was complying with police investigations,” Bryant told Reuters yesterday. “What did the directors do to check on what Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson said about phone hacking back in 2003, and did they know about hush money that was paid? This company has shown itself completely unable to act within the law, and if it’s not able to do that, if it’s true as the police said on Tuesday that they had deliberately thwarted the police investigation, then I think they shouldn’t have any share in a British media organisation.”

“Leave aside the original criminality of hacking people’s phones – including the victims of crime who never asked to be brought into the public domain at all – it’s the cover-up, the lies. ‘This was just one reporter,’ ‘This was just one newspaper,’ when actually we know it was endemic in the whole of News International.”

They were “drunk on power”:


“There was a major cover-up at News International which stretched right up to the very highest levels of the company, as we know even up to James Murdoch.And that, in the end, I suspect, will prove to have been the biggest crime.”

He knew where the buck stopped:




“This is designed to try and protect Rebekah Brooks, and I believe that if she had a shred of decency after what we have heard about Milly Dowler’s phone being hacked, which happened on her watch as editor, she should have resigned by now. Everything that’s been announced today just goes to show that there’s been a cover-up, that Parliament has been misled, that police have been corrupted, that police investigations were undermined. This strategy of chucking first journalists, then executives and now a whole newspaper overboard isn’t going to protect the person at the helm of the ship.”

Chris Bryant has been far less vocal about the Labour-supporting Mirror’s crimes.

If they have it their way, our MPs will control the free press.

Posted: 21st, May 2015 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Hacking: Will John Prescott discuss Paul Gascoigne’s £188,250 compensation in his Daily Mirror column?

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been awarded £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers.

Others who had their privacy unlawfully invaded by the Mirror’s titles include: Sadie Frost (£260,000), Shane Richie (£155,000), Lucy Benjamin (£157,250) Shobna Gulati (£117,500), Alan Yentob (£85,000), Robert Ashworth (£201,250) and Lauren Alcorn (£72,500).

Meanwhile, hacking victim and Labour Party stalwart John Prescott continues to write for the Labour-supporting Mirror.

In case you missed it, this is what Prescott said when Rupert Murdoch’s titles were caught hacking:


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The News of the World died. The Left cheered.

Prescott and his Mirror column live on.

Posted: 21st, May 2015 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Hacking the memories of Greville Janner: the CPS shoots the messengers

The hunt for Westminster VIP paedophiles has focused in recent days on Lord Grenville Janner, who says he’s innocent of allegations that he abused boys dating back to the 1960s. Janner, a Labour peer, and his accusers won’t get their days in court because the good Lord has dementia and Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, says he won’t be able to understand what’s being put to him.

The Sunday Times says this has resulted in a row:

ALISON SAUNDERS, the director of public prosecutions (DPP), last night faced demands for a judge-led review of the decision making that has spared Lord Janner child abuse charges and resulted in a string of failed prosecutions against journalists.

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Posted: 19th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comments (4)

Phone hacking: The Mirror ruined Steve McFadden’s love life, drove Paul Gascoigne to alcohol but murdered no-one

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The phone hacking scandal calls EastEnders actor Steve McFadden. He says Daily Mirror stories while he was romancing co-star Lucy Benjamin (above) “destroyed” their love affair.

McFadden is at the High Court to help the judges decide the amount of compensation to be awarded against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). The trial will determine the range of phone hacking and the amount of damages due.

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Posted: 11th, March 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

Phone Hacking: 50 famous faces line up claims against the Daily Mirror and Sunday People

You despise Rupert Murdoch. You cheered when the News of the World was removed from the newsagents’ shelves.

Did you cheer when the Metropolitan Police hacked into the phone records of the Sun (it wanted to discover the source of the ‘Plebgate’ story ) and the Mail on Sunday? The Met wanted to discover the source of the MoS story that Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne got his then wife Vicky Pryce to take the blame for his speeding offences.

It’s fine and legal when the police use awful Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to hack newspapers. But it is just awful when tabloid journalists hack phones to find a story they deem to be in the public interest. This is ‘irresponsible’ journalism. The politicians and right-minded gentleman of the Press and the illiberal Hacked Off pressure group prefer ‘responsible’ journalism. The powers that be will tell you what is and what is not ok and mortally correct.


When David Cameron said “while it’s vital that a free press can tell truth to power, it is equally important that those in power can tell truth to the press” did you think the world had been stood on its head?

So. How do you react to news that Trinity Mirror is facing a fresh wave of phone-hacking compensation claims?

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Posted: 28th, January 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

Privacy balls: Jennifer Lawrence is naked and naughty but Sony is fair game

The Sony email hack has attracted no headlines decrying an invasion of privacy. Nick Gillespie wonder why this double standard exists?

It was just a few months ago that everybody and his grandmother was truly livid—or at least feigned anger before firing up our search engines—when hackers released naked pictures of celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lawrence to Kate Upton to Dave Franco. Curiously, such outrage is almost completely missing in the media’s response to the massive hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which may be linked to the North Korean government and has dumped private emails, contracts, files of unreleased movies, and more all across the Internet.

This time around, there is unapologetic prurience at the chance to get a real behind-the-scenes look at an industry long notorious for its wicked, backbiting, and hypocritical ways. Big-shot producer Scott Rudin tells Sony co-chair Amy Pascal he thinks Angelina Jolie is “a minimally talented spoiled brat”? A-List director David Fincher is as difficult as Hitler was anti-Semitic? Tell us more!

Whatever the differences in public responses, the episodes underscore two basic points that are worth learning fast: First, nobody cares about other people’s privacy, especially if the divulged material is juicy enough. Second, privacy is itself a highly fluid concept that will have probably changed yet again by the time you finish reading this article. Once upon a time, for instance, the Supreme Court ruled that federal agents didn’t need warrants to tap phones. Privacy is invented more than it is discovered.

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Posted: 14th, December 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Pravda UK: Not A Single British Newspaper Lead With The Daily Mirror Hacking Story

SO. How did newspapers report on the news that the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People titles had been hacking phones?

Is hacking still front-page news? Or is it only front-page news whan Rupert Murdoch’s titles are under the cosh?


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Posted: 25th, September 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Daily Mirror Hacked Phones: John Prescott Still Takes Their Cash For Columns

AND lo it came to pass: Trinity Mirror has admitted that some of its staff were involved in ilegal phone hacking.

The righteous Daily Mirror – the self-styled “intelligent tabloid” – will compensate Shane Richie, Shobna Gulati, Lucy Benjamin and Alan Yentob for listening into their private phone calls.

The company publishes titles including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

And you know who writes for the tusty Mirror? Yep, it’s mullet-thumping, secretary-shagging, love-cheat John Prescott, champion of the surveillance-happy Government that watched us via ubiquitous CCTV, thought ID cards a good idea and brought about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

Prezza hates sooping.



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Posted: 24th, September 2014 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Hacking: Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson – The Front Pages

MOST of today front pages concentrate on just one story: the hacking trial and Rebekah Brooks’ aquittal. It turns out that only her News Internaional junior, Andy Coulson, knew it was going on.



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Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment

Saudi Husband Hacked Government Website To Congratulate Wife For Exam Success

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WHEN his wife passed her exams, one Saudi man congratulated her by hacking into the website of the Saudi Commission of Electricity and Cogeneration and writing her a note:
“I apologize for the hacking your website, but I wanted to congratulate my wife Bashayir, my partner, after graduating. I wanted to tell her this through your website. I would like to wish everyone luck and success.”

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment

Sleep It Off: Rebekah Brooks Email About Advice From Tony Blair Re-Hacking Scandal



QUOTES of the week: Rebekah Brooks email about advice from Tony Blair re-hacking scandal:

1. Form an independent unit that has a outside junior council, ken macdonald, a great and good type, a serious forensic criminal barrister, internal counsel, proper fact checkers etc in it. Get them to investigate me and others and publish a hutton style report.
2. Publish part one of the report at same time as the police closes its inquiry and clear you and accept short comings and new solutions and process and part two when any trials are over.
3. Keep strong and definitely sleeping pills. Need to have clear heads and remember no rash short term solutions as they only give you long term headaches.
4. It will pass. Tough up.

Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Crank Up The Journalisomobile: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney Is Back With A Hooker

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HACKING was illegal. Still is. The perpetrators didn’t erase Milly Dowler’s phone messages. But they did illegal things. The phone hacking trial is well underway at the Old Bailey. And today we hear the name Patricia Tierney. Now 57, in 2004 Tierney was on the front desk at Diva’s massage parlour in Liverpool when Everton and later Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney came knocking.

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Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment

Miley Cyrus rescues The Guardian from Edward Snowden and and that confusing free speech

WHO knew that when the Guardian cheered the demise of a newspaper – the News of the World – and championed State influence over what journalists can and cannot write and investigate, they were being foolish? Well, we did. Free speech has no buts. It is either free or it isn’t.

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor, is shocked that the State is meddling in its writers’ lives. Hitting tabloid writers is fine. But look out anyone who messes with the broadsheets. The three main police operations resulting from the News of the World hacking scandal are the biggest investigation in UK criminal history.

So far, 59 journalists have been arrested, including: News of the World (23), The Sun (21), The Times (2), Sunday People (3) Sunday Mirror (2), Daily Mirror (1) and Daily Star Sunday (1). (Full list here.)

The Guardian is fine with journalists being arrested when its the popular tabloids getting it. Although a look at that paper’s website reveals that popularism isn’t all bad so long as its analysed fully:


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Posted: 28th, August 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Take the Kaspersky Lab Protection Test to check your exposure to hackers

DAVID Cameron wants us to be safe online. Safe from whom? Them. The Others. Him?

Time to get your technology sorted out. Kaspersky Lab has produced  ‘Protection Tests’ challenge you to see how safe you are from cyber crime.

Take the test:

Posted: 25th, July 2013 | In: Technology | Comment

After Leveson: biggest hackers are lawyers and insurers

IT turns out that the biggest hackers are not the journalists but…lawyers.

The Independent reported:

“Some of Britain’s most respected industries routinely employ criminals to hack, blag and steal personal information on business rivals and members of the public, according to a secret report leaked to The Independent. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) knew six years ago that law firms, telecoms giants and insurance were hiring private investigators to break the law and further their commercial interests.


The Times is predictably piqued:

 “SOCA’s report suggests criminal activity by people who have not yet been brought to justice. Perhaps the Metropolitan Police could now redirect some of the 91 officers investigating newspaper hacking towards these other hackers. How busy can they all be?”

Christopher Meyer ‏@SirSocks tweets:

“So, legal profession did more phonehacking than journos. That kills Leveson. as this was always about crime, not press regulation.”

And then this:

Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan on Twitter:

“Interesting that theGuardian so vigorously supports #Snowden criminal hacking. Same paper that wants journalists jailed for it in UK.”

Is  a whistleblower also a hacker?


Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Rebekah Brooks: The Sun remembers that prejudicial reporting hurts lives (Murat, Jefferies and Shoesmith might laugh)

SO. How does the Sun (prop. Rupert Murdoch; former ed. Rebekah. Brooks; current ed. Dominic Mohan – hired by former New International Chief Exec. Brooks and Murdoch) report on the news that Rebekah Brooks has been charged with three counts of perverting the course of justice in light of the Met’s investigation into phone hacking? Answer: on page 12. The headline tells Sun readers:


Compare that, if you will, to the Sun’s headline when Cheis Jefferies was wrongfulyl arrested in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates:


His protestations of innocence were deemed unworthy of a headline.

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Posted: 16th, May 2012 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

Cheryl Carter gets ‘even with the sun’: What will Rebekah Brooks’ ‘gatekeeper’ not tell?

CHERLY Carter has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Cheryl Carter was a former executive assistant to ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, ex-NoW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, and former NoW deputy editor Neil Wallis. Cheryl Carter worked for Rebekah Brooks for 19 years. She was also – get this – the Sun’s Beauty Editor. All three of Cheryl Carter’s old bosses have been arrested as as part of Operation Weeting, the Met’s inquiry into phone hacking.

Operation Weeting is running alongside Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged police corruption. Operation Weeting has seen 17 arrests. Operation Elveden has secured 8 arrests. How many serving officer have been arrested on Operation Elveden? One.

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Posted: 8th, January 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Roy Greenslade comments on Nick Davies and phone hacking errors at the Guardian

ROY Greenslade casts an eye over his Guardian colleagues less than faultless reporting on phone hacking:

Single errors by Davies and Hyde amid a host of truths do not invalidate The Guardian’s terrific overall work. I cannot believe, in all conscience, that editors and journalists across Britain do not agree.

Single errors that said the NoW deleted Milly Dowler’s voicemail messages when it did not. Single error being insignificant to the bigger picture of fine work was pretty much Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmoud’s defence at the Leveson Inquiry. And what of Paul McMullan’s “privacy is for paedos“?  He says exposing peadophiles – his terrific work – should not be invalidated by a few errors.

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Posted: 24th, December 2011 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

Who Gave The NoTW Journalist Milly Dowler’s Pin Number And Why Did The Paper Then Hire Glenn Mulcaire?

NICK Davies writes on the Milly Dowler phone hacking crime:

A week ago, I discovered that the police had found new evidence about the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone – lots of it.

Can we trust the police? (image: the NoTW’s man at Scotland Yard, Neil Wallis – “I’ve never heard of a policeman, a civil servant or a lawyer wanting me to pay them for information“.)

In London, Scotland Yard had finally gained access to 300m emails on News International’s servers. In Surrey, officers had retrieved all the logs and records from the inquiry that they ran after the 13-year-old schoolgirl was abducted in March 2002.

All the logs they retrieved… No all the logs.

Happily for both police forces, this confirmed almost everything they had previously discovered. The News of the World had indeed hired a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, to hack into the voicemail of the missing girl; he had succeeded; reporters had listened to her messages; Surrey police had known this at the time and taken no action; some messages were deleted; as a result the Dowlers were given false hope that Milly was still alive.

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Posted: 12th, December 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (4)

Revealed: Names Of News International Staff Who Hired Phone Hacker Glenn Mulcaire

GLENN Mulcaire has revealed the identities of the News of the World staff who instructed him to hack phones. Clive Goodman, who along with Mulcaire went to jail for phone hacking, has already pointed the finger at former NoTW editor Andy Coulson. Now Mulcaire has revealed the names of the News International staffers he says hired him.

Mulcaire has given the names to Steve Coogan’s lawyers at Schillings. The court order demanded it and Mulcaire complied with the law.

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Posted: 27th, August 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)