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The most batshit insane European Commission video ever

Did you already watch the video above from the European Commission? If not, look on and see if you can guess what it’s for before reaching the end. The European … (read more)

Posted: 27th, September 2021 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment


Eco-labels, organic and green but only one thing matters: the price tag

The Guardian is interested in seeing which labels on supermarket and processed foods gets diners to change their ways and opt for the more eco-friendly product. It spots “a different … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, September 2021 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment


Stephen Pinker on the closing down of rationality and open minds

In the Times, Professor Stephen Pinker, an experimental cognitive scientist, is talking about the rationality and its death on college campuses. He’s a new book out. Rationality: What It Is, … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, September 2021 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment


Harry Dunn: Parents reach resolution in case against Anne Sacoolas

News is that the family of Harry Dunn, 19, are nearing the end to their legal fight. Dunn died when his motorbike was hit by a car reportedly driven by … (read more)

Posted: 21st, September 2021 | In: News | Comment


Taliban Talc: Heroin rockets in price – but only in the Guardian and BBC

News in the Guardian is that heroin made in Afghanistan (it was packaged as talc) has rocketed in price:

Nearly three tonnes of heroin with a street value of $2.7bn (£2bn) … (read more)

Posted: 21st, September 2021 | In: News | Comment


Covid-19: Robert Peston’s Double Fist

ITV’s Robert Peston tweeted that despite being twice jabbed he’d still caught Covid-19. He investigated why? And having concluded his study, tweeted his findings:

According to new data from the government’s … (read more)

Posted: 15th, September 2021 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment


Georg Bartisch’s fabulous eye surgery illustrations from the 16th Century

In 1583, Georg Bartisch (1535–1607), a German physician, produced the first Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery. The book, Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst, discusses ocular diseases, surgical techniques and … (read more)

Posted: 13th, September 2021 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


The Kilroy supercut is must-see TV

In 1986, Robert Michael Kilroy-Silk (born Robert Michael Silk; 19 May 1942) left the House of Commons, where he’d served as a Labou a MP, to present a new daytime … (read more)

Posted: 13th, September 2021 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment


After Afghanistan and the War on Terror: US State Department works hard for US State Department

Fox News says the US State Department is blocking private rescue flights from leaving Afghanistan. Well, the government would, no? After all, it makes them look looks as though they’re … (read more)

Posted: 7th, September 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Jean Paul Belmondo – ‘Everyone wants to say he’s flattened Belmondo.’

À bout de souffle, or Breathless in the English speaking world, shot Jean Paul Belmondo to international stardom along with the whole genre of the French New Wave movies. When … (read more)

Posted: 7th, September 2021 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment


Ode to a Highflying Bird – Charlie Watts’ Jazz Book

Charlie Watts left behind not just a catalogue of great music and performances but a book. The trained graphic designer and musician best known as the drummer with The … (read more)

Posted: 26th, August 2021 | In: Books, Celebrities, Music | Comment


When and why Charlie Watts punched Mick Jagger, by Keith Richards

Charlie Watts has died. The coolest and best looking Rolling Stone by far. In Keith’s autobiography, we get a bit of Charlie we can admire:

Spotter: Andrew Beasley
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Posted: 24th, August 2021 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, Music, News | Comment


20 years of nailing it Afghanistan – watch four culpable US presidents bullshit the world

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan has been led by the US-led retreat from the country ruled by the Taliban, just as it was when the US went in. It’s been … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


How to be good at body language and make other people listen and obey

I was once taught how to shake hands – by an idiot. His theory went that so long as you didn’t get too close to other person. stuck out … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2021 | In: Money | Comment


Only Fans bans porn – goodbye OnlyFans

OnlyFans is where you can pay to connect with physical fitness experts, chefs, musicians and “other creators who post regularly online”. You can also use it for on-the-clock, internet-enabled sex … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2021 | In: News | Comment


Harry Dunn: meeting Anne Sacoolas

Was Anne Sacoolas, 43, distracted by her mobile when Harry Dunn, 19, died? Dunn was riding near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019 when a car driven by Anne … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2021 | In: Tabloids | Comment


Bury cannabis farm points to profitable city centre trade

Police have destroyed the cannabis plants they found in a property near Bury town centre. The BBC says the crop of around 1,000 plants had a “street value” of £1m.

Chief … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2021 | In: News | Comment


Harrods for Everything – 1912

With the Selfridge’s department store on London’s Oxford Street now up for sale – yours for $4bn – what next for the city’s biggest shopping brands? Harrods, the Knightsbridge … (read more)

Posted: 15th, August 2021 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Of course Manchester City have bought success – but so what?

“Each club has its own reality, its own history,” says Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager. “And every owner of every club decides how he wants to live. Our owners … (read more)

Posted: 15th, August 2021 | In: Manchester City, Money, Sports | Comment


Snapshots of a trip to Michigan’s prehistoric world

Opened in 1963 and shut for good in 2002, old parts of Prehistoric World can still be seen in Irish Hills, Michigan. Some of the fibreglass dinosaurs, caveman. and this … (read more)

Posted: 15th, August 2021 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Florida man tries to run on water to New York

Turn left out of Mimi, Florida for New York City. Turn right for Cuba. Reza Baluchi planned to turn right and run to New York in a floating wheel. He … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2021 | In: Strange But True | Comment


How to die from cancer

Does it sound trite to say that ‘cancer’ is a word and not a sentence? A Samaritan friend uses it. It works. It helps. Jack Thomas, a journalist at … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2021 | In: News | Comment


Cool Cats & Red Devils – brilliant photographs of British football fans in the 1970s

Iain S P Reid’s fantastic photos of British football fans in the 1970s are going to be in our new book. You can back Cool Cats & Red Devils at … (read more)

Posted: 10th, July 2021 | In: Books, Key Posts, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Prints of Kawanabe Kyōsai’s erotic Japanese scrolls

Kawanabe Kyōsai Prints (1831-1889) was a Japanese artist born into the age of feudalism and maturing into the Meiji period, when the country became a modern state. Nicknamed “The Painting … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2021 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Raymond Chandler’s dictionary of police and prison slang

Writer keep notebooks because ideas arrive unexpectedly. Raymond Chandler kept two sorts of notebook – one to jot down daily events and work in progress; the other a lexicon of … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2021 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment