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Arsenal balls: captain Xhaka talks “bullshit”

Granit Xhaka says it’s all “bullshit”. Not his inability to go 90 minutes without bing yellow carded or that story about him losing the house keys. What the Arsenal captain … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, October 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Abortion is not a criminal offence : Northern Ireland joins the 21st Century

Women won’t need to flee Northern Ireland to get an abortion in the rest of the United Kingdom. The province has decided to decriminalise abortion. A woman cold get a … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, October 2019 | In: News | Comment


Shot In Soho

William Klein Men hidden their faces : 69 Sauna & Massage © William Klein

A new exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery looks are Soho, London’s most vibrant square mile. William … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, October 2019 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Awful politicians and their 1972-1981 Doctor Who counterparts

Sarah Dempster has kickstarted a Twitter thread looking at “Awful politicians and their 1972-1981 Doctor Who counterparts”.

That last one cracked me up.
… (read more)

Posted: 22nd, October 2019 | In: Politicians | Comment


Harry Dunn: Invisible Anne Sacoolas shames America

Where is Anne Sacoolas? She’s no longer in the UK. She might still be checking her hair and make-up in a room at the White House, waiting to “ambush” Harry … (read more)

Posted: 17th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Jewish MP Louise Ellman shows Jeremy Corbyn the red card for racism

MP Louise Ellman has quit the Labour Party. She says Jeremy Corbyn is “not fit” to become prime minister. The MP for Liverpool Riverside MP is “deeply troubled” by the … (read more)

Posted: 17th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Harry Dunn: hating Anne Sacoolas, star of Trump’s reality TV trap

Anne Sacoolas only speaks through her lawyer. The suit likes to tell us how pained his client is. How sorry she is. How she is deeply affected by the “tragic … (read more)

Posted: 16th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


The cheapest pint in London as a Tube Map

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Looking for a cheap pint in a new London manor, Adam Stead called the nearest pub to every London Underground Tube station and got their prices. All pubs … (read more)

Posted: 15th, October 2019 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe : The 1992 rejection letter from Nature, for the paper he submitted on his Nobel prize-winning work.

Professor Sir Peter J Ratcliffe, Director for the Target Discovery Institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University and Director of Clinical Research at Francis Crick Institute, London, … (read more)

Posted: 13th, October 2019 | In: News | Comment


When Frederick Banting and Charles Best stopped death

‘In 1922 the scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, most of them comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine’s most incredible … (read more)

Posted: 10th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


Manchester United: Solskjaer’s ‘Cultural reboot’ and other tosh

Don’t panic, Manchester United fans. News is that you’ll have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel for some time to come. The Norwegian, once sacked by Cardiff City, has been … (read more)

Posted: 10th, October 2019 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Nasa’s hard shell space suits

From 1966 through the 1990s, NASA crested hard space suits for space travellers. These suits would offer greater mobility than soft suits. The leader in space fashioned was Hubert “Vic” … (read more)

Posted: 10th, October 2019 | In: Fashion, Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Liverpool balls: Philippe Coutinho and the missing millions

Anything to sully the mood around Liverpool FC? It could come in the compact form of the overrated Philippe Coutinho. In 2018, a desperate Barcelona signed the player for £142m. … (read more)

Posted: 8th, October 2019 | In: Liverpool, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment


The life and times of Goldie Williams

This mugshot shows Goldie Williams, aka Mag Muphy, posing for her mugshot in Omaha. Nebraska. Its a cracking photo.

Arrested on January 29, 1898, the police notes tell us that … (read more)

Posted: 8th, October 2019 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


‘Everyone’s favorite game: Cohen, Pacino or Hoffman?’

Play along to ‘Everyone’s Favorite Game – Leonard Cohen or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman?’ On Facebook one reader did ask : “Leonard who?” They’ve been banned and sent for … (read more)

Posted: 8th, October 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment


How to understand Brexit through your morals

Remainer or Brexiteer? Right or Left? Straight or Kinked? Social psychologist Peter Ditto, of the University of California, Irvine, wanted to find out how our morals shape our politics. He … (read more)

Posted: 7th, October 2019 | In: Politicians | Comment


Harry Dunn: Anne Sacoolas faces a tormented life of being wrong

Anne Sacoolas is the middle-aged US diplomat’s wife whose Volvo XC90 car collided with a motorbike bike being ridden by Harry Dunn, 19, in Northamptonshire on 27 August 2019. He died. … (read more)

Posted: 7th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


Ceramics by Sophie Woodrow

Bristol-based artist Sophie Woodrow makes the most beguiling ceramics of mythical creatures and otherworldly things – twists on the natural we think of as real.

Via: Sophie Woodrow and Flashbak
… (read more)

Posted: 6th, October 2019 | In: The Consumer | Comment


US Ambassador’s cynical letter to Harry Dunn’s grieving parents

The police know her name. The authorities know where to find her. Sky News says they tried to call her. But the 40-something year-old wife of the American diplomat sought … (read more)

Posted: 5th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


The first photo of the far side of the moon

On October 7 1959, human beings saw for the first time the far side of the moon. It was taken by the Soviets’ Luna 3:

The first image was taken … (read more)

Posted: 5th, October 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Tabloids pit Prince Harry against Elton John

This pesky tabloids have upset Prince Harry. Not settling with suing the Mail on Sunday over its reports on his wife and her family, the Mirror and Sun. Gossip … (read more)

Posted: 5th, October 2019 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment


Third Person Watch: John Craven’s Newsround

John Craven of John Craven’s Newsround – putting him first for news, literally

It wasn’t called Newsround when John Craven first presented the BBC teatime news show for children in the … (read more)

Posted: 4th, October 2019 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment


Police arrest idiot with photographic memory

As you chitchat any the checkout, watch the cashier’s eyes. If they’re anything like 34-year-old Yusuke Taniguchi, they’re allegedly taking a detailed mental picture of your bank details.

Taniguchi, a cashier … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, October 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Man uses dead pigeon as weapon in fight

“C’mon then!’’ barks one man (short; grey anorak – (not me, no)). “You’re a waste of my time,” says the other (tall; green-T-shirt; tracky pants; weighty). Mambo Number 5 is … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, October 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Our Hobby is Depeche Mode

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sunshine International/Shutterstock (8290086s)
Depeche Mode – Andrew Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Vince Clarke and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode

In 2007, artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams accepted a commission … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, October 2019 | In: Celebrities, Film, Music | Comment