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Farrah Fawcett Salutes Jade Goody

BEEP! BEEP! Anorak’s CCN (Celebrity Cancer News) alerts us to Farah Fawcett’s anal cancer. Like JADE Goody

Daily Mirror: “Like Jade Goody, Farrah decided to share her private battle by making a documentary, A Wing and a Prayer. It is likely to be her last appearance on camera.”

Examiner: “Unlike the late Jade Goody, a woman who chose to live the end of her life on a public stage, Fawcett has dealt with her illness pretty much out of the limelight.”

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Posted: 7th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (8)

Scare Stories: Agadoo Repeats, Premiership Horror And Natasha Richardson

MEDIA Scare stories: Anorak’s daily look at horror stories making news -blue-eyed devils, Agadoo and poison flights

“Surveys show that people with blue eyes are considered more intelligent, attractive and sociable. A 2007 University of Louisville study concluded that people with blue eyes were better planners and strategic thinkers–superior at things like golf, cross-country running and preparing for exams–while people with brown eyes had better reflexes, making them good at hockey and football” – Maureen Dowd, New York Times

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Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment

Jade Goody’s Jack Writes A Book

JADE Goody: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s post-reality career, with Jack’s book,

Daily Star: “Jade’s Jack sells his story – Intimate details fetch thousands”

TRAGIC Jade’s grieving husband Jack Tweed has been offered a fortune to write a tell-all book about his life with her. It would even be fast-tracked so that publishers can get it on the shelves as soon as possible.

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Posted: 26th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (6)

Madeleine McCann And Natasha Richardson For Sale

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, starringNatasha Richardson..

Sunday People: “FLOWERS FOR KATE”

Brave Kate McCann faces new heartache this morning as she wakes up to her second Mother’s Day without daughter Madeleine.

Sad news. But why are we watching the parents when the child is missing? Is there pleasure in another’s pain?

Editors Weblog: “The Sun’s purchase of Google keywords ‘Natasha Richardson’: is this ethical?”


CounterValue reported that UK newspaper The Sun had purchased the keywords “Natasha Richardson” on Google meaning that anybody searching for name of the actress (whose recent tragic death has been widely reported) would see the link to the Sun’s story appear alongside their search results. A Google search carried out today, however, did not show any sponsored links, meaning that perhaps the Sun has thought the better of its arguably morally-questionable purchase. Or perhaps after the first day it was not financially viable to keep the promotion going.

Via Countervalue.

The Guardian came under considerable criticism last August when, apparently accidentally, it purchased the Google keywords “Madeleine McCann,” giving any searchers the link to its coverage of the child’s disappearance. The Guardian promptly relinquished the rights, and said it would review its list of keywords. Purchasing Google keywords in order to promote a product is common practice, but is it ethical for newspapers?

What difference to putting Natasha Richardson on a front page; of writing her name on the Evening Standard’s Read-all-about-it-boards; of advertising your news..?

Daily Mail: “As a report condemns government databases… Big Brother is wasting your billions”

While worried homeowners pored over Google’s new Street View map yesterday to see whether it contained intrusive images of their homes, a far more worrying story emerged about the burgeoning use of surveillance powers.

The Daily Mail is giving each reader a free pair of X-Ray specs?

A report by Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University and one of the country’s foremost experts on the use of information technology, paints a picture of a Government obsessed with personal datacollection which is costing taxpayers billions, infringing our privacy and putting us all at risk of crime and identity theft.

No fewer than 11 of the databases developed by the Government, concludes Professor Anderson, are ‘almost certainly’ illegal.

Almost certainly, eh?

In future, it will take only an NHS worker to leave a laptop on a train and the medical history, including drug-use and sexual orientation, of millions of Britons will be available to everyone.

And now you’re scared, it’s time for Tabloid Bingo!, with your caller Ross Clark:

It won’t, of course. Victoria Climbie and Baby P died not through lack of a computer system but because doctors and social workers who came across them failed to spot obvious signs of harm.


In practice, DNA collected from a crime scene is rarely perfect: remember how Madeleine McCann’s parents were arrested by Portuguese police and invited to confess to manslaughter after DNA samples taken from the boot of their hire car were ‘matched’ with Madeleine’s? It later became quite clear that it was a partial match of no significance whatsoever.


The Guardian:

The Scottish edition of the Sunday Express has apologised for the “terrible offence” it caused by running a front page story alleging survivors of the Dunblane massacre had shamed the memory of dead friends by boasting about drunken nights out on social networking websites. Yesterday’s strongly-worded apology, headlined “Dunblane: We’re Sorry”, ran on page five of the Sunday Express’s Scottish edition, with the paper admitting its original story of a fortnight ago was “undeniably inappropriate”. The Express Newspapers’ title said it had also spoken to the families involved to apologise.

The Express:

This is the latest in several high-profile apologies by the paper’s publisher. Last year, Express Newspapers apologised and paid £550,000 in damages after the parents of the missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann took legal action against its four national titles for a series of untrue stories published about them.

Anyone keeping score of how many time the Guardian has now mentioned the Express being fined over the McCann story? Is the Guardian gloating, or just ticking the key words…

Madeleine McCann is missing.

Posted: 24th, March 2009 | In: Reviews | Comments (15)

Jade Goody Pays Tribute To Princess Diana

JADE Goody celebrity cancer: Tabloid Bingo with Natasha Richardson and Princess Diana…

Sunday Mirror: ““Find time for your kids now..or regret it later, By Fiona McIntosh”

Natasha Richardson’s death at 45 reminds us all how fragile life is. It could happen to any of us at any time.

It’s something Jade Goody’s mum Jackiey knows only too well as she nurses her girl through the last days, possibly even hours, of her life.

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Posted: 22nd, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (6)

Scare Stories: Natasha Richardson’s Warning Of The Week

MEDIA Scare stories: Anorak’s daily look at horror stories making news – Natasha Richardson’s hat, killer light bulbs and gamers die…

The Independent: “Warning of the week: ski safety”

A warning of the week?

Wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding could soon be a legal requirement. Québec, where Natasha Richardson’s fatal accident occurred, was already considering making helmet wearing compulsory from next winter…Details of the circumstances of Richardson’s death are still unclear, and there is as yet no evidence that a helmet would have protected her

We Blame Global Warming – “Hot Air Linked to Headaches, but How?”

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Posted: 21st, March 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment

Natasha Richardson Was Death By Twitter

NATASHA Richardson dies and Martha Stewart responds in 140 characters or less, on Twitter.

Twitter is a decent celebrity death alert system, but Anorak readers are advised to stick with our own CCN (Celebrity Cancer News)  – since 2009!

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Posted: 21st, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment

Westboro Baptist Church Curses Natasha Richardson

NATASHA Richardson has died. Now for the story, the sentimentality and hearing from the vested interest groups…

The SunLorraine Kelly: “Tragic Natasha wasn’t even able to say goodbye”

A MOTHER of two young sons died this week in a tragedy that should never have happened.

Where, Lorraine, where..?

But this wasn’t the sadly inevitable death of poor Jade Goody, who could perhaps have beaten cervical cancer if it had been caught and treated in time. No. This was the truly shocking demise of Natasha Richardson, beloved wife of Liam Neeson, who was fatally injured in a skiing accident.

Jade. Richardson. Cancer on skis!

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Posted: 21st, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (3)

Natasha Richardson’s Last Song

NATASHA Richardson has died. And because Star Dies is better story than Star Lives, the media is awfully excited:

Daily Mail: ““MY DARLING NATASHA – The haunting open letter Vanessa Redgrave wrote to her tragic daughter”

The 72-year-old matriarch of the Redgrave dynasty had tenderly stroked her daughter’s face as she softly sang the melody from The Sound Of Music.

It was the same song she had performed for her daughter’s first marriage to Robert Fox in 1990.

As the caring, tender Mail told readers yesterday, that was the marriage hit by the Curse of The Redgraaaaves.

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Posted: 20th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (4)

Jade Goody Picks Her Grave

JADE Goody celebrity cancer: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s celebrity cancer with Jade’s grave, Natasha Richardson and Kerry Katona…

Jade Goody is only on one of the newspaper’s front pages (Daily Star), her celebrity cancer usurped by the sudden death for actress Natasha Richardson.

Daily Star: “Jade’s Final Resting Place”

Her last appearance.

After, Jade’s last interview, Jade’s last wedding, Jade’s last dress, Jade’s last fight, Jade’s last slice of toast, Jade’s last Christening, Jade’s last party, Jade’s Last Rites; Jade’s last view, Jade’s last breath and Jade’s last Mother’s Day.

This will be the final resting place for Jade Goody – a flower-filled churchyard that echoes to the sound of happy playing children.

Anyone of you been to a churchyard echoing to the sound of anything but grumbling old ladies and emptiness?

The tranquil graveyard, which is expected to become a place where fans can pay their respects to the reality TV star, sits next to the local Church of England School.

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Posted: 20th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (25)

Natasha Richardson Killed By Curse

THERE, amid the cod sympathy, the mawkish pitying, the sage advice from medics and anyone with a vested interest, and the tabloid sentimentality, the Telegraph wonders if Natasha Richardson’s death “adds to speculation of a ‘curse’ on Redgrave dynasty”.

It’s nothing to do with knocks to the head and being unlucky – it’s a curse.

The death of Natasha Richardson after a skiing accident has reignited speculation about a ‘curse’ claimed to affect the Redgrave acting family.

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Posted: 19th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (3)

Jade Goody’s Words For Natasha Richardson

JADE Goody celebrity cancer: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s celebrity cancer with Michael White…

Jade Goody is dying and it’s is the media’s job to comment on it. Writing in the Guardian, Michael White criticises the mawkish tabloid coverage while playing a game of Tabloid Bingo!:

Under the headline: “Growing mood of public sentimentality worries me more than recession

Different things trouble different people. I’m more worried by the recession and by global warming than by street crime, about which I can take sensible micro-precautions if I feel like it.

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Posted: 19th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (16)

Natasha Richardson’s Last Words

THE Mail leads with news that Vanessa Redgrave is in “a vigil” for her dying daughter, Natasha Richardson.

The Telegraph shows the worried mother heading toward “Redgrave’s family vigil”.

The rest of the world leads with news that Natasha Richardson has died. The Sun, however, focuces on the living, telling its readers:


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Posted: 19th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (16)

Natasha Richardson Talk And Deteriorate

WE interrupt this transmission of CCN (the web’s rolling Celebrity Cancer News channel – Jade Goody special tonite) to bring news of Natasha Richardson, the actress, who has been diagnosed by a doctor on the telly as suffering from “talk and deteriorate“, possibly.

Dr Steven Flanagan, director of Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University, tells

I can only speculate, but… what this implies is that someone hits their head and they are seemingly OK initially. Then they get a rapid collection of blood – usually called epidural haemorrhage – and that means bleeding between the skull and the brain.”

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Posted: 18th, March 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (6)