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Former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen’s autobiography is a tale of anxiety, loss and love

In 2002, Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen was on holiday in Rome. He could have been with England’s World Cup squad in Japan and South Korea. He’d narrowly missed out … (read more)

Posted: 7th, September 2019 | In: Books, Sports, The Consumer | Comment


Watch Sinead O’Connor perform ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ On Irish TV

This week, Sinead O’Connor performed Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ on Irish TV. She was spellbinding:

As a bonus, here’s the original version of Nothing Compares 2 U Prince wrote for … (read more)

Posted: 7th, September 2019 | In: Music, News | Comment


The Mystery of Picasso : time-lapse study of the great painter

The great Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s process is revealed in this neat video. Filmed by Henri-Georges Clouzot with time-lapse photography, the video premiered in the 1956 documentary The Mystery of Picasso. … (read more)

Posted: 6th, September 2019 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Brexit madness: Labour and SNP unite to keep ‘tin-pot dictator’ in Number 10

So much for Boris Johnson’s being a “tin-pot dictator”, as Nicola Sturgeon First minister of Scotland, labelled him. The SNP, the party she leads in Scotland, has rejected his call … (read more)

Posted: 6th, September 2019 | In: News, Politicians | Comment


Designer makes pigeon shoes to attract birds

Japanese designer Kyoto Ohata attracts birds with her pigeon shoes. Ohata transforms her plain black pumps into wearable felt pigeons. She hopes birds will approach her to check out her pigeon feet as she … (read more)

Posted: 6th, September 2019 | In: Fashion, News, The Consumer | Comment


When Iggy Pop could have been a Neil Diamond impersonator

Iggy Pop, the electric punk musician who made Cole Porter growl, one-time member of The Prime Movers, thriller of high schoolers and Zanzibar nights might have been a Neil Diamond impersonator. … (read more)

Posted: 6th, September 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment


Discovering John Locke: ‘Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others’

A newly discovered manuscript by John Locke (29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704) -“Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others” (1667-8) – sheds more light on the great English … (read more)

Posted: 5th, September 2019 | In: News | Comment


John Glenn, Ham the Monkey and The Mercury 6 Story

The famous hand shake welcome. Ham the Chimpanzee is greeted by recovery ship Commander after his flight on the Mercury Redstone rocket, January 31, 1961

John Glenn became the first American … (read more)

Posted: 4th, September 2019 | In: News, Photojournalism, Technology | Comment


Banned: Dairylea ad is too dangerous for kids

Like most of you, I’ve got Tango-induced tinnitus. But I won’t be getting DailyLea eye because the advert in which a woman is hit in the face by the cheese … (read more)

Posted: 4th, September 2019 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment


The teen who did not go blind from eating crisps, chips and sausages

Hear about the boy “blinded by chips and sausages”? Or as the BBC’s headline puts it, a little more accurately: “Teenager ‘blind’ from living off crisps and chips.”

The tabloid’s headline … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, September 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment


Alexis Sanchez has ‘no regrets’ at leaving Arsenal for £500,000-a-week at Manchester United

Funnily enough, Alexis Sanchez has not regrets about leaving Arsenal – wages: £100,000-a-week – for Manchester United – wages: £500,000-a-week.

“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United,” Sanchez tells … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, September 2019 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Arsenal boast youngest top-6 squad as Mkhitaryan leaves for Roma

More good news for Arsenal fans. Roma have signed the painfully ineffectual Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan deal. The Italian club will pay all of the 30-year-old’s £200,00-a-week wages … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, September 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Carl Beech’s lies earned him £22,000 – Mohammed Banares is short-changed

Carl Beech doesn’t have to pay back the £22,000 handed to him by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). He could feel a pang of guilt at his lies and … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, September 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


Football and betting: Stop using Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea to advertise your own sound morals

Stop promoting 1xBet or else. News is that the Russian gambling company has no licence to operate in the UK. The Gambling Commission tells the Sunday Times it has written … (read more)

Posted: 1st, September 2019 | In: Money, News, Sports | Comment


Arsenal sell Monreal to Real Sociedad

Arsenal have sold defender Nacho Monreal to Real Sociedad on a two-year deal. The Spaniard was in the final year of his Arsenal contract. The 33-year-old made 250 appearances … (read more)

Posted: 31st, August 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Arsenal : Shkodran Mustafi is too good to fail

As Mohamed Elneny joins Besiktas on a year-long loan, Arsenal fans wonder which club will save them from another season of Shkodran Mustafi? Roma looked a possibility but they’ve signed … (read more)

Posted: 30th, August 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


CPS release video of ex-Liverpool footballer Dean Saunders ‘refusing a breath test’

Dean Saunders, the football pundit who used to played for Liverpool, was jailed for 10 weeks for refusing to provide a roadside breath test. He spent a day in … (read more)

Posted: 30th, August 2019 | In: News, Sports | Comment


Manchester United and Leeds great Eric Cantona’s UEFA awards speech in full

Eric Cantona was invited to say a few words before the 2019-20 Champions League draw in Monaco. That speech in full:

“As flies to wanton boys we are for the gods, … (read more)

Posted: 29th, August 2019 | In: Celebrities, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Going Prorogue – MPs fight to be the least democratic

A contender for the most ost absurd banner of all time: ‘Defend Democracy – Stop Brexit’

The Government’s decision to prorogue parliament means MPs have less time to debate Brexit before … (read more)

Posted: 29th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Royal Mint needs Enid Blyton and Paddington Bear coins to make bankers appear human

Do you know what’s on a 20 euro note? Yes, yes, the number 20. Very good. But what’s the picture of? It’s an image of “Gothic architecture”. Euro banknotes “show … (read more)

Posted: 28th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


Carly Barton’s amnesty – a campaign for legal cannabis

Carly Barton was hit by a stroke in her early 20s. She discovered that cannabis alleviated the continual pain, what she describes as a “ridiculous amount of all-over pain – … (read more)

Posted: 28th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment