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Library Rules of The Insane Asylum of California (1861)

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THESE are the Library Rules of the Insane Asylum of California (1861):

1. The Library of the male department shall be under the charge of the Supervisor. Every volume taken therefrom shall be charged to the borrower, except for the

Posted: 29th, December 2013 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Extreme Dieting: Keith Moon Versus Hunter S Thompson

THE late Keith Moon was once asked whether he thought he was the greatest drummer in the world, he replied: “I’m the greatest Keith Moon-style drummer in the world”, and no one can argue with that. However Moon is just …

Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Are You Ready For Candy Crush, The Movie?

WE’VE entered a strange time for films. Films everyone can remember first time round are being remade, Ryan Reynolds is still getting work and, weirdest of all, films are being made based on toys.

Now, of course, action figures and …

Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Film, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spot the difference: Dante’s Hell vs Boxing Day at Westfield

SPOT the difference. Dante’s Hell vs Boxing Day at Westfield.

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There are nine more differences….

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Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lydia Estes Pinkham Wanted To Cure ‘Hysterical Women’ Of Their Menstrual Weaknesses

LYDIA Estes Pinkham made “women’s tonic” to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains.

 

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In 1875,  Lydia Estes Pinkham reaction to straightened times by creating tonics for “all those painful Complaints and Weaknesses so common to our best female population”.…

Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Church of England Supports Marks & Spencer Sharia Checkouts But Not Christians Refusing To Serve Halal

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THERE has been something of a furore over Marks & Spencer’s announcement that henceforth Muslim staff on their checkouts will be permitted to decline to serve M&S customers who purchase alcohol or pork, writes Cranmer. That is to say, M&S …

Posted: 24th, December 2013 | In: News, The Consumer | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to Cover Up A Tattoo

THIS is how you cover up an old tattoo:

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Posted: 24th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Glen Hanson Creates Shower Curtains For A Hollywood Entrance

NEW York’s Glen Hanson gives hope to your tired, mildewed bathroom. We’re talking sho0wer curtains: those dank, cold-to-the-touch, unusually stained nylon bath drapes that harbour  several new strains of e-Coli and an axe murderer.  But mo more. Shower curtains are …

Posted: 23rd, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple Finally Signs The China Mobile Deal

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THE financial markets have been waiting for this for some years: for Apple to sign up with China Mobile to take the iPhone. The importance of it is that China Mobile is the last major airtime provider around …

Posted: 23rd, December 2013 | In: Money, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Small Ways Christmas Has Improved

IT’S inarguable that Christmas has snowballed into a giant hulking materialistic bezerker over the past few decades.  However, it wasn’t all poinsettias and candy canes back in the day either.  I’d like to highlight just a few things that are …

Posted: 23rd, December 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Funny Food Names: Crabnobs

FUNNY foods: Crabnobs from Norway:

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Or, as they say, Royal Crabnobs…with cheese?

More here.…

Posted: 20th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epsom Shopper Shows Off Her Waitrose Glow-In-The-Dark Prawns

 

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“I HAD completely forgotten about Halloween. We heard a group of children in the road and we turned the lights off,” says Tina Thompson, 69, a former Mayor of Wandworth living in Stoneleigh, Surrey.

“Just to make sure I …

Posted: 20th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When The Asian Call Centre Phones Ask For Agent Samantha West

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TIME magazine’s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from a Samantha West. The caller wanted to talk about Scheree’s health insurance.

He asked is she was real? She replied: “I am a real person, can you …

Posted: 19th, December 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Six Best Books of the Year 2013

Madame Arcati’s Six Best Books of the Year 2013

Who isn’t trying to flog a book these days? Independent publishing is fracking vast quantities of creative gas long ignored under our nose. Kindles everywhere are growing slow on free and …

Posted: 19th, December 2013 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Original Art From ‘Your Friend’ George Zimmerman

THE current top bid for a George Zimmerman original painting is US $97,700.00. That’s the same Zimmerman who shot dead Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager. And walked free from court. A jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and …

Posted: 19th, December 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Tour of Groovy 1970s Sofas

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WHAT’S THE POINT  in taking a look at 1970s sofas? Sure, it sounds like an antiquated and mundane topic on the surface, but sofas are a reflection of the culture.  You can learn more about the 1970s by looking at …

Posted: 18th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drinkers Outlive Non-Drinkers, Says Study

BOTTOMS Up:

Of the 1,824 study participants, only 41 percent of the moderate drinkers died prematurely compared to a whopping 69 percent of the nondrinkers. Meanwhile, the heavy drinkers fared better than those who abstained, with a 60 percent mortality

Posted: 18th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gender Neutral Marks And Spencer Introduces The Most Sexist Children’s Toys

MARKS & Spencer will not longer wrap girls’ toys in pink and boys’ toys in black and blue. By spring 2014, packaging on toys will be gender neutral.

The pop-up fire station will no longer advertised as: “This pop up …

Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Boring Board Games: Canberra Visitor

BORING Christmas Games brings you 1979’s Canberra Visitor:

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Original 1979 Australian board game about the nation’s capital. Very quaint and earnest game about Canberra’s landmarks with comically pedestrian “event” cards such as “Most unusually, it starts to rain. Shelter for

Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Beerger: A Burger Wrapped In A Fried Beer Bun

FANTASTIC food: the beer burger, aka The Beerger.

Philadelphia’s PYT burgers brought you the spaghetti burger.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sacked Oxford Chef Uses Pub’s Twitter To Claim All Food Comes From Asda

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CHEF Jim Knight, allegedly sacked from The Plough in Oxford after, as he claims, he asked to spend the holiday with his baby daughter, has been using the restaurant’s Twitter feed to tell all. 

Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland: Tun In To Hear About Kids Not Believing In Santa

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WHAT went wrong with the Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland? Lorenzo Franco explains what went wrong with his event.…

Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Well Of Course No One’s Paying For Streaming Music Services

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THERE’S a bit of a logical disconnect in this idea that we’re all going to sign up for streaming music services like Pandora, Spotify and so on. The problem being that the more free services there are competing for our …

Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Money, Music, Technology, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0