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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

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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

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


Pony power: highlights of Top Gear erotica fan fiction

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Hold on your Top Gear hair it’s going to be bumpy ride as we look at Top Gear erotic fan fiction. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are away…

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Posted: 9th, April 2015 | In: Books, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Book Day: Salford boy banned from dressing as 50 Shades of Grey character

 

To mark World Book Day, school children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. Liam Scholes, 11, arrived at Sale High School dressed as Christian Grey, eponymous star of 50 Shades of Grey . He carried

Posted: 6th, March 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jack Chick: One Man’s Comic-Book Crusade For Humanity

Chick Career: one man’s comic-book crusade for humanity

 

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Are you worried about the growing menace of the Homosexual-Catholic-Islamic-Satanist-Masonic-Alien conspiracy to promote evolutionism, fornication, pornography, pornography, paedophilia, pop music, alcohol and drugs?

 

 

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No?

Well in that

Posted: 2nd, March 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


50 Shades of Grey Balls sparks huge drop in birth rate

The Daily Star has a story that “300,000 set to get pregnant” as the 50 Shades of Grey film hits the national libido.

 

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(The woman on the left is

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Posted: 11th, February 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Measles are for cool kids: extracts from Melanie’s Marvelous Measles (the only book you’ll ever read!)

MEASLES are back. And that’s cool. Measles is the hipster disease.

The great thing about measles is that they are FREE! But even then some mums and dads are too uptight to get with the cool.

But in Melanie’s Marvelous

Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Books, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Read the colouring and activity book from the U.S. Border Patrol Museum, El Paso, Texas

Budding smuggler hunters can study this colouring and activity book from the U.S. Border Patrol Museum,

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


How To Get A Husband: An 1880 guide to spotting a man

How To Get A Husband a guide for woman in the 1880s:

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Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


2014 Bulwer-Lytton winner: ‘When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered…’

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And the winner of the 2014 Bulwer-Lytton contest is:

“When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered – this had to mean land! – but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse

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


Bike Shed Library: Pete Cave’s Chopper

On Flashbak , Ed Barrett is building a Bike Shed Library.

First book is No. 1: Chopper by Pate Cave (NEL, 1971):

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In the days when Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris was bestriding Stamford Bridge, another Chopper Harris was enthralling the

Posted: 5th, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Writers and alcohol: Christopher Hitchens’ Seder Night sodality

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Christopher Hitchens talks about booze in his book Hitch-22:

I work at home, where there is indeed a bar-room, and can suit myself. But I don’t. At about half past midday, a decent slug of Mr. Walker’s amber restorative,

Posted: 1st, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Collins Atlas wipes Israel from the map: IDF wears invisibility cloak

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Israel has gone. It was never there. Anyone buying a HarperCollins Middle East Atlas in Jordan, Syria, the Gulf states, Saudia Arabia and Lebanon will find no Israel.

Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International …

Posted: 31st, December 2014 | In: Books, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Howard Jacobson: why Christians make the best Nazis and Islamofascism is a myth

Howard Jacobson nails it. Why only Christians can be Nazis. And why Islamofascism is an amplified myth:

‘Christianity is key here,’ says Jacobson. ‘Muslims have needed the Jew less [historically], although there’s a lot of Muslim anti-Semitism now due to

Posted: 19th, December 2014 | In: Books | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liz Prince On Tomboy: ‘I’ve always thought about gender’

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In Tomboy , Liz Prince looks at growing up, being a girl and what gender means:

“I’ve always thought about gender, as someone who has been categorically ‘gender nonconforming’ for my entire life, I was forced to think about

Posted: 13th, December 2014 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0