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You legally grow, smoke and carry 28g of marijuana in Mexico

As lockdowns end, Mexico’s top court has decriminalised the recreational use of cannabis. You can get stoned in Mexico without fear of fine and worse, just as you can in … (read more)

Posted: 29th, June 2021 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

Matt Hancock hot take – Brexit did it

Matt Hancock has gone. They waited and waited until Covid was under control then defenestrated hapless Hancock from the health ministry. His sex-life made headlines. But his private life is … (read more)

Posted: 28th, June 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment

Russia fires on British ship for first time since 1919

Newspapers lead with the British warship HMS Defender, which was shadowed by Russian aircraft and ships as it sailed near Crimea, and fired on. Russia also dropped bombs in its … (read more)

Posted: 24th, June 2021 | In: News | Comment

Blockchain and Money: watch free lectures from MIT

You can bone up on crypto currencies and the blockchain with this terrific lecture by  MIT professor Gary Gensler. Blockchain and Money is “for students wishing to explore blockchain technology’s potential use … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, June 2021 | In: Money, Technology | Comment

Christian Eriksen – all there is to know about Denmark captain’s health

We don’t know why Denmark captain Christian Eriksen collapsed during his country’s match with Finland in the European Championships. We do know that he is hospital and stable. But media … (read more)

Posted: 13th, June 2021 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment

Jeffrey Toobin swaps Zoom toss for CNN confessional

Jeffrey Toobin gets work. Apropos of nothing, there’s the joke that ends, ‘You shag one got and forever you’re known as a goat shagger.”

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Posted: 10th, June 2021 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

A message from Nigeria’s on onion farmers

Aliyu Isa Umar is National President of Onions Production in Nigeria. He has message.

File under: Life Does Seinfeld

More here.
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Posted: 9th, June 2021 | In: News | Comment

Rejoice! Granit Xhaka finally leaves Arsenal

Arsene Wenger let Arsenal having signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a genuinely world-class striker who won the FA Cup for the Gunner with a moment of sublime grace. The hymned French coach … (read more)

Posted: 9th, June 2021 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Regulators and rivals seek new ways to kill Bitcoin

The powers that be are dreaming up new ways to throttle Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, aren’t they? China want users to pick its State-backed coin and approved projects. And won’t … (read more)

Posted: 5th, June 2021 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comment

Rudolph Kalvach prints and T-shirts

Rudolf Kalvach (1883-1932) was the Austrian artist whose youthful expressionism made him a mainstay of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop), the group established in 1903 by graphic designer and painter … (read more)

Posted: 5th, June 2021 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

ASCII pr0n is fine art for museums

How good is ASCII art? Illustrated Phonographic World told its readers about typewriter art in 1893.

The Reporter’s Journal agreed with the Phonetic Journal about “the foolishness of attempting to make sketches … (read more)

Posted: 31st, May 2021 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment

Amazon’s Mindful Practice Room makes working there look even worse

Amazon’s workers keen to get away from it all can step inside the ZenPod, an interactive kiosk wherein they can watch videos about “mental health” and “mindfulness practices”. They should … (read more)

Posted: 28th, May 2021 | In: News, Technology | Comment

Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Protasevich and a RyanAir surcharge

President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 27 years. The BBC says he’s nicknamed “Europe’s last dictator” – which given the history of Europe looks like an invitation for budding … (read more)

Posted: 25th, May 2021 | In: News | Comment

Time to ban wealthy locals from Primrose Hill

“It’s just incredible, though, isn’t it,” says local resident Amy McKeown, who runs a campaign to keep Primrose Hill open. “There they are,” says McKeown, showing the Observer a group … (read more)

Posted: 24th, May 2021 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Israel: Leicester deputy police and crime commissioner wants British Jews to condemn Israel

On Twitter, Kirk Master (@KirkMasterLC) has something to say about the fighting in Israel and Gaza. A little background about Kirk from his Twitter profile: “Make the change and change…. … (read more)

Posted: 17th, May 2021 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Kate takes aim at that sucker Prince Harry

The Metro has produced an amusing font page showing Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, firing a sucker-tipped arrow. To her side is Prince Harry and the news that he is taking … (read more)

Posted: 13th, May 2021 | In: Celebrities, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment

Wave-powered Tesla cars reject Bitcoin over climate fears

When not sotting rockets into space and making cars, Elon Musk is a keen environmentalist. This we know because the man who helped give us PayPal that triggers for a … (read more)

Posted: 13th, May 2021 | In: News, Technology | Comment

Good Morning Britain eats itself: Tony Blair mouthpiece interviews Tony Blair

Having sacked Piers Morgan, Good Morning Britain invited Tony Blair’s old spin doctor Alastair Campbell to replace him. This morning Campbell interviewed Blair. They talked about Labour. And looking on … (read more)

Posted: 12th, May 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment

Meme: Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film

York Post says: ‘Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film.”

As you wonder if DiCaprio is playing a woman or a spoon, others take a guess:

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Posted: 11th, May 2021 | In: Celebrities, Film, News, Tabloids | Comment

England Football diversifies the 3 Lions

On Twitter @EnglandFootball think the 3 lions on England football shirts and not sufficiently diverse. Identity politics will eat itself.

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Posted: 8th, May 2021 | In: News, Sports | Comment

Survey finds people are too easily offended by speech

Are you bothered by political correctness? Do you watch what you say in public for fear of causing offence? A Pew Research Center survey says most people in the UK, … (read more)

Posted: 7th, May 2021 | In: News | Comment

After Hartlepool one Labour MP wants a return to Jeremy Corbyn’s shredded 2019 manifesto

Labour have lost Hartlepool to the Conservatives in a by-election. Jill Mortimer won the vote. She becomes the first Tory MP for Hartlepool since the constituency was formed in 1974. … (read more)

Posted: 7th, May 2021 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Photos of sex and souvenirs on 42nd Street New York City in the 1980s

They sold sex and souvenirs on New York City’s 42nd Street in the 1980s. Artist Mitch O’Connell was there with his camera to take snapshots of the street nicknamed the … (read more)

Posted: 5th, May 2021 | In: Photojournalism, Reviews | Comment

When The Bidens and the Carters met the result was a truly strange photo

The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) tweets the picture of President Joe Biden and the First Lady with the caption: ‘We’re pleased to share this wonderful photo from the @POTUS and @FLOTUS … (read more)

Posted: 5th, May 2021 | In: News, Politicians | Comment