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You can buy George W. Bush’s portraits of US military veterans

Former US president George W. Bush’s portrait of post-9/11 US veterans is on sale. Called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, all author proceeds will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Books, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Game of Thrones spoilers

Books. Ever hear of them?  The Sun says “SHOCK LEAK Game of Thrones fans sent into a frenzy as ‘entire plot for season seven leaks online’”. Games of Thrones is based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin. …

Posted: 8th, November 2016 | In: Books, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Douglas Fairbanks Jnr makes Fettuccini for Four: Nobs & Nosh – Eating with the Beautiful People

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. shares his Fettuccini for Four:

 

In 1975 Allan Warren published Nobs & Nosh – Eating with the Beautiful People featuring his photographs of stars, VIPS and toffs accompanied with recipes and their thoughts on food.

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. shares his Fettuccini for Four:…

Posted: 11th, October 2016 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Howard Gayle and ‘Digger’ Barnes: When Liverpool FC rejected racism

Howard Gayle was the first black footballer to play for Liverpool. The State wanted to reward Toxteth-born Gayle for footballing whilst black and working with the anti-racism charity Kick It Out with an MBE (Member of the Order of the …

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamie Vardy’s skittles vodka and Sam Allardyce’s pint of wine

Jamie Vardy is plugging his autobiography. The Leicester City and England striker tells a good story in From Nowhere.

I had a three-litre vodka bottle at home I would put loads of Skittles sweets in. After that, you can drink

Posted: 27th, September 2016 | In: Books, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Estate by Robert Clayton: buy the book, see the show, love the pictures

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Robert Clayton’s Estate is now on display in a major solo exhibition at Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, London E2.

The exhibition also sees the launch of his new short film about the work featuring Jonathan Meades. Large …

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kenneth Williams’ last diary entry is a powerful read

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Kenneth Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988). His diary entry for the day before he died is a powerful read:

 

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Posted: 15th, April 2016 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Punctuation in novels: words stripped from books leaving only the punctuation

 

Adam J Calhoun stripped two books of words:

Inspired by a series of posters, I wondered what did my favorite books look like without words. Can you tell them apart or are they all a-mush? In fact, they can

Posted: 17th, February 2016 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth

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You can own a map of Middle-Earth annotated by Tolkien. Some lucky so-and-so found the map slipped inside a copy of Lord of the Rings. It’s yours for £60,000.

The Guardian.

It shows what Blackwell’s called “the exacting

Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lou Reed was a charmless ‘racist wife-beater’

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Lou Reed wasn’t everyone’s best pal. A new biography by Howard Sounes labels Reed a racist, a sexist and a wife-beater. Reed was a man “with so little personal charm he would be regularly discharged from private gatherings.…

Posted: 13th, October 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Alex Ferguson ‘reveals the real reason’ he quit Old Trafford (again)

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 11.22.48Sir Alex Ferguson today “reveals the real reason for his retirement as Manchester United manager” to the Daily Telegraph. It’s an “exclusive“. But really it’s just part of Fergie’s marketing for his new book, Leading

Posted: 19th, September 2015 | In: Books, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Rafa Benitez has Steven Gerrard’s number in phone call spat

Debrecen v Liverpool - UEFA Champions LeagueSteven Gerrard has told us about his gashed penis, how he bleeds Liverpool red and “hates” Manchester United. Now Gerrard uses his new book to reveal his thoughts on former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

“I can pick up the phone

Posted: 15th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Stephen Gerrard gets a gash on his penis in Bournemouth

 

In today’s extract from Stephen Gerrard autobiography, the Daily Mail shares this anecdote with readers:

“The magic of the FA Cup was bloodied on the day my penis was cut and then stitched shut on an unromantic afternoon in

Posted: 13th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Steven Gerrard reveals what would have made him stay at Anfield

The Daily Mail is puffing its interview with former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.

 I might have stayed if Liverpool offered me the right job, reveals the Kop legend

Might have. Before we get to his latest words, it’s …

Posted: 11th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Grace Jones the autobiography: ‘If the fuck don’t feel right, don’t fuck it’

 

Grace Jones has a book out. I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ includes the following bon mots (via Time Out):

I come from the underground. I am never comfortable in the middle of the stream, flowing in

Posted: 10th, September 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: Kurt Vonnegut interviewed for The Infinite Mind from within Second Life

Watch: Kurt Vonnegut interviewed for The Infinite Mind fromi within Second Life

 

In 2006, Kurt Vonnegut featured on Second Life’s Infinite Mind Series. The interview was sparked by the writer’s God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.

The premise of the collection is that Vonnegut employs Dr. Jack Kevorkian to give him

Posted: 8th, September 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who was the best Hannibal Lecter: watch Cox, Hopkins and Mikkelsen go head to head

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Matthew Morettini let’s us compare and contrast three screen manifestations of Hannibal Lecter with this neat video

I always preferred the 1985 Manhunter, with Brian Cox as the terrifying Lecter. Anthony Hopkins reworked the character in Red Dragon

Posted: 4th, September 2015 | In: Books, Film, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United news: Sir Alex Ferguson says too much displine cost United titles

Sir Alex Ferguson has new a book out. Titled Leading and featuring a cover photo of Sir Alex looking more business than sporting, the tome is “an inspirational guide to great leadership”.

It sounds like a self-help book. But what’s …

Posted: 4th, September 2015 | In: Books, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stephen King: the productivity of writing books

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How to write like Stephen King – as in, how to physically write like Stephen King; the talent you’ll have to work on that yourselves:

As with most postulates dealing with subjective perceptions, the idea that prolific writing equals bad

Posted: 29th, August 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Trigger Warning: free speech is being attacked and downgraded in Anglo-American culture, says Mick Hume

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Anorak asked journalist Mick Hume about his new book, which looks at the highly topical issue of free speech…

 

Your new book is entitled ‘Trigger Warning’. For those not familiar with the phrase, could you explain its origin

Posted: 17th, June 2015 | In: Books, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Connecticut teacher fired for reading Allen Ginsberg poem students can borrow from the school library

 

Censorshsip is on the rise in the US. The ‘you can’t say that’ culture is undermining free speech and free thinking. National Coalition Against Censorship has news: “During an AP class discussion about gratuitous language, a student asked a …

Posted: 7th, June 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reader photocopies his Kindle to make a more expensive physical backup

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Artist Jesse England’s “E-Book Backup” project sees him photocopy his Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984. He photocopied every page, one by one. He then uploaded the scanned copy to his Kindle.…

Posted: 12th, May 2015 | In: Books, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0