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‘The Ginger Twat Called Angus’ and other people on a South London pub’s banned list

The Half Moon pub in London’s Herne Hill has banned the following people. Santero tweeted the list, says“… it’s like a Guy Ritchie casting call.” I have to agree.

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Posted: 13th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

The Metro Creates The List That Ends All Lists: It Is That Bad

Neil Diamond


MODERN journalism is much about lists. You make a list and it is news. Things kicked off in 1977, when millions of people (my father mong them) The Book of Lists, compiled by David Wallechinsky, his father Irving Wallace and sister Amy Wallace.





It was a cracking book, a top toilet read. It was a valuable resource when I wrote the quiz questions for the TV show Jeopardy (What is the impossible job?).

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Posted: 14th, November 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment

Unsavoury Snacks: From Meat Sweets To Biohazards

ANORAK looks at unsavoury snacks, from meat sweets to biohazards.

When we think of sweets, we tend to think… well, SWEET.

OK, we might think of a shrimp…




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Posted: 8th, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

To-Do Lists: Why Johnny Cash, Benjamin Franklin And The Rest of Us Make Them

JOHNNY  Cash made a list of “Things To Do Today”.

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Do to-do lists work?

Benjamin Franklin made a list. He tried too hard, say John Tierney and psychologist Roy F. Baumeister in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. (Via.)

Franklin tried a divide-and-conquer approach. He drew up a list of virtues and wrote a brief goal for each one, like this one for Order: ‘Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.’

When, as a young journeyman printer, he tried to practice Order by drawing up a rigid daily work schedule, he kept getting interrupted by unexpected demands from his clients — and Industry required him to ignore the schedule and meet with them. If he practiced Frugality (‘Waste nothing’) by always mending his own clothes and preparing all his own meals, there’d be less time available for Industry at his job — or for side projects like flying a kite in a thunderstorm or editing the Declaration of Independence. If he promised to spend an evening with his friends but then fell behind his schedule for work, he’d have to make a choice that would violate his virtue of Resolution: ‘Perform without fail what you resolve.’


Franklin wrote his list in 1726, at the age of 20. It’s more of a set of rules than a list. (Source: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; Image: Benjamin Franklin, via.)

TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
MODERATION. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


Woody Guthrie made lists:




“Wake Up And Fight”


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Jonathan Swift made this list in 1699:



Not to marry a young Woman.
Not to keep young Company unless they reely desire it.
Not to be peevish or morose, or suspicious.
Not to scorn present Ways, or Wits, or Fashions, or Men, or War, &c.
Not to be fond of Children, or let them come near me hardly.
Not to tell the same story over and over to the same People.
Not to be covetous.
Not to neglect decency, or cleenlyness, for fear of falling into Nastyness.
Not to be over severe with young People, but give Allowances for their youthfull follyes and weaknesses.
Not to be influenced by, or give ear to knavish tatling servants, or others.
Not to be too free of advise, nor trouble any but those that desire it.
To desire some good Friends to inform me wch of these Resolutions I break, or neglect, and wherein; and reform accordingly.
Not to talk much, nor of my self.
Not to boast of my former beauty, or strength, or favor with Ladyes, &c.
Not to hearken to Flatteryes, nor conceive I can be beloved by a young woman, et eos qui hereditatem captant, odisse ac vitare.
Not to be positive or opiniative.
Not to sett up for observing all these Rules; for fear I should observe none.

Ever hear of the Zeigarnik Effect? Wikipedia tells us:

The Zeigarnik Effect is the tendency to experience intrusive thoughts about an objective that was once pursued and left incomplete (Baumeister & Bushman, 2008, pg. 122). The automatic system signals the conscious mind, which may be focused on new goals, that a previous activity was left incomplete. It seems to be human nature to finish what we start and, if it is not finished, we experience dissonance.
A study done by Greist-Bousquet and Schiffman (1992) provided evidence for the Zeigarnik Effect. In this paper, the authors stated that there is a tendency or “need” to complete a task once it has been initiated and the lack of closure that stems from an unfinished task promotes some continued task related cognitive effort. The cognitive effort that comes with these intrusive thoughts of the unfinished task is terminated only once the person returns to complete the task.

Tierney and Baumeister address that anew:

[It] turns out that the Zeigarnik effect is not, as was assumed for decades, a reminder that continues unabated until the task gets done. The persistence of distracting thoughts is not an indication that the unconscious is working to finish the task. Nor is it the unconscious nagging the conscious mind to finish the task right away. Instead, the unconscious is asking the conscious mind to make a plan. The unconscious mind apparently can’t do this on its own, so it nags the conscious mind to make a plan with specifics like time, place, and opportunity. Once the plan is formed, the unconscious can stop nagging the conscious mind with reminders.”

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Posted: 24th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, Politicians | Comment

The 10 Most Bizarre Items Left Behind In Student Accommodation

student-accommodationUNITE, a property letting firm, has compiled a list of the ten most bizzare items left behind in student accommodation.

The list will serve as a cultural artefact, a sign of the time. Old Mr Anorak, our patron, recalls how he left behind – and this with deep and lasting regret – “Fag!” Thomas Harpie, who was unable, despite much heaving and grunting, to fit inside OMA’s trunk.

The 10 most bizarre items left behind in student accommodation:

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Posted: 25th, June 2009 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

The Top 10 Best Hubble Space Images

IF the astronauts onboard The Atlantis achieve their aim of upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope, “it will extend humanity’s vision yet farther out in space and back in time – to an era when the first stars and galaxies were lighting up a dark universe.”

We will see wonders. Anorak presents the 10 Best Hubble Images Of Space:


Posted: 12th, May 2009 | In: Photojournalism, Technology | Comment (1)

10 Most Bizarre Things Seen On Google Street Maps

GOOGLE, the huge US corporation that wants to be loved (or else!), has removed tens of pictures from Google’s new Street View service because they are an infringement of privacy, allegedly.

Anorak Looks at the 10 Most Bizarre Things Spotted On Google Street View:

1. Gordon Brown urinating in a hedge in Pimlico

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Posted: 20th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism, Reviews | Comments (3)

Chief Kickingstallionsims And The Most Bizarre Names In Sport

CHIEF Kickingstallionsims plays for the Alabama State Hornets.

Great names in sport:

Ten Filthiest Names In Sport:

Gregor Fucka – Italian basketball player
Pete LaCock – Chicago Cubs basbeball player
Danny Shittu – Bolton Wanderers’ footballer
Lucious Pusey – Eastern Illiois Panthers player who changed his name to Lucious Seymour – Lucious Seymour Pusey.
Misty Hyman – Olympic Gold medal swimmer
Irina Slutskaya – Russian ice-skater
Ron Tugnutt – Ice-hockey player
Dick Butkus – American footballer
Radek Bonk – Ice hockey with Ottawa Senators
Stfgan Kuntz – German footballer

Beijing Olympics: Seven Names To Watch

ABINUWA Endurance : Nigeria- Athletics (Not in the marathon, more’s the pity, but the 4×400m)

KAMAKAZI: Australia Cycling – BMX

ANDRIAMANJATOARIMANANA Tojohanitra Tokin’ Aina: Madagascar- Swimming (Give me an “A”…)

WANG Qiang: China – Wrestling

WU You: China -Rowing (Knock, knock…)

MIAO Miao: Australia – Table Tennis

Posted: 16th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)

50 Things You Never Knew About Barbie

BARBIE is 50 this week and in honour of her Anorak has compiled 50 Things You Never Knew About Barbie.


* Barbie suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and changes at least 25 times a day

* Barbie’s signature scent Polonium 211 triggered a law suit when Man at KGB introduced Londoners and the West to Polonium 210. The matter was settled out of court and the KGB has now agreed to kill people with a mixture of arsenic and Chanel No. 5.

* Prince Edward is patron of The Institute of Barbieology, from where he received an honorary doctorate. Other Doctors of Barbieology include Anthea Tuner, the actress Helen Worth, former President Chirac of France, Boy George and Dame Thora Hird.

* When held by the legs and pushed down the throat Barbie works as an excellent emetic for bullimics.

* Barbie denies being related to SS-Hauptsturmführer Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon. In Austria, the Barbie (Klaus) action figure continues to outsell Barbie by three to one.

* Barbie’s mother hails from Lower-Saxony, where her relatives still run a teddy bear outfitters.

* Ken was modelled on Sir Cliff Richard and Cliff still keeps his original full-size Ken in his loft at his Barbados villa.

* Barbie speaks with a slight lisp, the result of a childhood accident with a rotary mower. Ken was originally to be called Stephen, but the name was changed.

* Barbie is staunch Republican and voted in the US election for Barack Obama – “The best Republican candidate, Yaaaay.”

* Barbie was captain of her high school Wargaming Team, and can still spell out the words “PEACE IN OUR TIME” with pom poms and knee bends.

* Barbie scores 10 in Scrabble.

* Girls say that blonde Barbie is 3 times more fun than Brunette Barbie who is twice as much fun as Ginger Barbie, who is the “bubbliest”.

* Andy Warhol’s painting of Barbie was adapted from a self-portrait of the man walking though a revolving door.

* Barbie attended Willows High School, New York City, and lends her name to the canteen’s famous breadless cucumber sandwich.

* Barbie, who owns a lion and a zebra, was Peta’s poster girl in 1988, a contract that only ended when Gwyneth Paltrow undercut her fee.

* Barbie is banned from driving her jeep in Saudi Arabia. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice states, “Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful.”

* Barbie is 5 feet 9 inches taller. Her vital statistics are 36-18-33, making her out as too “hippy” to be a member of Girls Aloud.

* In 1965 Slumber Party Barbie came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: “Don’t eat.” There was much controversy until the fold over cover was peeled back to reveal the full message, “Don’t eat food.”

* In 1997 Barbie came with a free Oreo cookie. Oreo Fun Barbie would share “America’s favorite cookie”. But because it was unspecified who she would shere it with, the biscuits remained uneaten and went stale.

* In May 1997 Mattel introduced Share a Smile Becky, post-surgery Barbie in a pink wheelchair. Kjersti Johnson, a 17-year-old high school student in Tacoma, Washington with cerebral palsy, pointed out that the doll would not fit into the elevator of Barbie’s $100 Dream House. Mattle slimmed Barbie down a little and all was well.

* Barbie has never tried Crystal Meth.

* Barbie starred in Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story as the traffic singer, losing out to her protege Cher at the Oscars.

* Until 1987, Barbie believed a tomato was a vegetable. Then she undertook the No Fruit Diet, and was surprised to learn that it was a fruit and should thus be avoided, along with radishes.

* This year, Barbie has appeared on The 100 Best TV Tunes; The 100 Best TV Pauses; The 100 Best TVs and The 100 Best Welsh Language TV Shows.

* The British Barbie is a title that has been bestowed on Sindy, Twiggy, John Prescott and Barbara Windsor. although Prescott prefers to call Barbie the American Prezza.

Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Drug Dealer Joaquin Guzman Loera On Forbes Rich List

AT Number 71 in the Forbes Rich List is Joaquin Guzman Loera:

Loera is “Mexico’s most wanted man”. His nickname is “El Chapo” (Shorty). He heads the Sinaloa cartel, and once escaped from federal prison in 2001, reportedly through the laundry, wrapped up in a pair of ankle socks.

Where he is now, we can’t say, but given his size, he could be hiding where no-one will find him, such as in the Trophy Room at Manchester City, on stage with Phil Collins or fronting a prime-time chat show on BBC3.

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Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment

The Top Ten Understatements Ever

IN taking on the tabloid press, Max Mosley tells MPs that his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, “overdid it and that stopped people thinking seriously about his ideas“.

That’s was always the problem with Nazis, overdoing it. You kill someone in a van with poison gas, then someone else wants to have a go and before you know it there are entire camps full of people and gas and everyone wants to press the button and be first and have their turn.

Here are Anorak’s Top Ten Understatements Ever

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Posted: 11th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (3)

Plaster Cast Of Cocaine And The Ten Most Bizarre Smugglers In The World

AT Barcelona Airport, a Chilean man with a broken leg is arrested after his “cast” is found to be made of cocaine.

The 66-year-old also ahs in his possession six cans of beer and two hollowed-out stools that also contained cocaine.

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Posted: 6th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism, Strange But True | Comments (2)

Obama Inauguration Balls: Ten Miming Moments In Music

INTRODUCING cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero, clarinettist Anthony McGill and George Bush on weapons of mass destruction.

Only one of those things was amplified on Obama’s inauguration. Can you guess which one? Answers in the form of a mime.

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Posted: 23rd, January 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)

Ten Odd Things Banned From Football Grounds

FEW things are not banned from football grounds these days. The chants of old have been replaced by the steward’s shrill command “Sit down”. Anorak looks at ten things banned from our grounds, where passion is policed:


A PARROT was banned from Hatfield Town for imitating the referee’s whistle during a crunch match between local rivals Hatfield Town and Hertford Heath.

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Posted: 22nd, January 2009 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1)

The Top Eight Green Creatures Found In Food

DO you like your salad with a little body? Well, you’re in luck as Anorak looks at frogs making their way into mainstream food.

The Prisoner

To a chopping board in Meole Brace, near Shrewsbury, where a four-inch lizard is set to become the family pet.

Says Paula Walsh:

“My daughter had been cutting the broccoli for lunch when she screamed, ‘Mum come quick, come quick – there’s something crawling in the broccoli’. I pulled gently and out he came.”

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Posted: 21st, January 2009 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comments (9)

Words That Should Be Banned In 2009

THE List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, as compiled by Lake Superior State University in Michigan, USA:


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Posted: 2nd, January 2009 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

100 Greatest Living Geniuses: Osama And Bill Gates Tie

THE top 100 living geniuses according to the, er, geniuses, at Creators Synectics, a global consultantncy outfit.

The list is the result of a survey of 4,000 Britons in the summer of 2007.

Marks out of 10 for: paradigm shifting; popular acclaim; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance.

Apparently bin Laden could have written windows:

1= Albert Hoffman (Swiss) Chemist 27
1= Tim Berners-Lee (British) Computer Scientist 27
3 George Soros (American) Investor & Philanthropist 25
4 Matt Groening (American) Satirist & Animator 24
5= Nelson Mandela (South African) Politician & Diplomat 23
5= Frederick Sanger (British) Chemist 23
7= Dario Fo (Italian) Writer & Dramatist 22
7= Steven Hawking (British) Physicist 22
9= Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian) Architect 21
9= Philip Glass (American) Composer 21
9= Grigory Perelman (Russian) Mathematician 21
12= Andrew Wiles (British) Mathematician 20
12= Li Hongzhi (Chinese) Spiritual Leader 20
12= Ali Javan (Iranian) Engineer 20
15= Brian Eno (British) Composer 19
15= Damian Hirst (British) Artist 19
15= Daniel Tammet (British) Savant & Linguist 19
18 Nicholson Baker (American Writer 18
19 Daniel Barenboim (N/A) Musician 17
20= Robert Crumb (American) Artist 16
20= Richard Dawkins (British) Biologist and philosopher 16
20= Larry Page & Sergey Brin (American) Publishers 16
20= Rupert Murdoch (American) Publisher 16
20= Geoffrey Hill (British) Poet 16
25 Garry Kasparov (Russian) Chess Player 15
26= The Dalai Lama (Tibetan) Spiritual Leader 14
26= Steven Spielberg (American) Film maker 14
26= Hiroshi Ishiguro (Japanese) Roboticist 14
26= Robert Edwards (British) Pioneer of IVF treatment 14
26= Seamus Heaney (Irish) Poet 14
31 Harold Pinter (British) Writer & Dramatist 13
32= Flossie Wong-Staal (Chinese) Bio-technologist 12
32= Bobby Fischer (American) Chess Player 12
32= Prince (American) Musician 12
32= Henrik Gorecki (Polish) Composer 12
32= Avram Noam Chomski (American) Philosopher & linguist 12
32= Sebastian Thrun (German) Probabilistic roboticist 12
32= Nima Arkani Hamed (Canadian) Physicist 12
32= Margaret Turnbull (American) Astrobiologist 12
40= Elaine Pagels (American) Historian 11
40= Enrique Ostrea (Philippino) Pediatrics & neonatology 11
40= Gary Becker (American) Economist 11
43= Mohammed Ali (American) Boxer 10
43= Osama Bin Laden (Saudi) Islamicist 10
43= Bill Gates (American) Businessman 10
43= Philip Roth (American) Writer 10
43= James West (American) Invented the foil electrical microphone 10
43= Tuan Vo-Dinh (Vietnamese) Bio-Medical Scientist 10
49= Brian Wilson (American) Musician 9
49= Stevie Wonder (American) Singer songwriter 9
49= Vint Cerf (American) Computer scientist 9
49= Henry Kissinger (American) Diplomat and politician 9
49= Richard Branson (British) Publicist 9
49= Pardis Sabeti (Iranian) Biological anthropologist 9
49= Jon de Mol (Dutch) Television producer 9
49= Meryl Streep (American) Actress 9
49= Margaret Attwood (Canadian) Writer 9
58= Placido Domingo (Spanish) Singer 8
58= John Lasseter (American) Digital Animator 8
58= Shunpei Yamazaki (Japanese) Computer scientist & physicist 8
58= Jane Goodall (British) Ethologist & Anthropologist 8
58= Kirti Narayan Chaudhuri (Indian) Historian 8
58= John Goto (British) Photographer 8
58= Paul McCartney (British) Musician 8
58= Stephen King (American) Writer 8
58= Leonard Cohen (Canadian) Poet & musician 8
67= Aretha Franklin (American) Musician 7
67= David Bowie (British) Musician 7
67= Emily Oster (American) Economist 7
67= Steve Wozniak (American) Engineer and co-founder of Apple Computers 7
67= Martin Cooper (American) Inventor of the cell phone 7
72= George Lucas (American) Film maker 6
72= Niles Rogers (American) Musician 6
72= Hans Zimmer (German) Composer 6
72= John Williams (American) Composer 6
72= Annette Baier (New Zealander) Philosopher 6
72= Dorothy Rowe (British) Psychologist 6
72= Ivan Marchuk (Ukrainian) Artist & sculptor 6
72= Robin Escovado (American) Composer 6
72= Mark Dean (American) Inventor & computer scientist 6
72= Rick Rubin (American) Musician & producer 6
72= Stan Lee (American) Publisher 6
83= David Warren (Australian) Engineer 5
83= Jon Fosse (Norwegian) Writer & dramatist  
83= Gjertrud Schnackenberg (American) Poet 5
83= Graham Linehan (Irish) Writer & dramatist 5
83= JK Rowling (British) Writer 5
83= Ken Russell (British) Film maker 5
83= Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian) Small arms designer 5
83= Erich Jarvis (American) Neurobiologist 5
91=. Chad Varah (British) Founder of Samaritans 4
91= Nicolas Hayek (Swiss) Businessman and founder of Swatch 4
91= Alastair Hannay (British) Philosopher 4
94= Patricia Bath (American) Ophthalmologist  
94= Thomas A. Jackson (American) Aerospace engineer 3
94= Dolly Parton (American) Singer 3
94= Morissey (British) Singer 3
94= Michael Eavis (British) Organiser of Glastonbury 3
94= Ranulph Fiennes (British) Adventurer 3
100=. Quentin Tarantino (American) Filmmaker 2

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Posted: 16th, December 2008 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)