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Lotto scratchcard ‘fury’ but no mention of the Health Lottery

The Daily Star picks up the sound of “punters’ fury at Lotto card Farce”.

Those “angry punters” have branded the National Lottery a “rip -off”. The Star says “nearly a quarter” … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2017 | In: Money, News, Tabloids | Comment


For sale: jar of soil touched by the eclipse

 

Did the eclipse touch your home and garden? If it did, you could be rich. Your patch of ground touched by the celestial wonder is worth a load of money:
This is … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2017 | In: Money, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Conor McGregor’s going to lose – even Rocky lost

You watching the big fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather? You’d best not miss the beginning because it could be quick. Boxing is a sport. And Mayweather’s a lot … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets | Comment


Clickbait: Conor McGregor thrashes Game of Thrones TWICE

It will cost you £1 to read the Daily Telegraph’s story “Why dragons and fantasy are ruining Game of Thrones”.

 

 

Rebecca Hawkes begins:
On the face of it, asking whether Game of Thrones … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Reviews, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment


Arsenal balls: ‘no Sanchez news’ excites the Mail and BBC

The BBC is engaging in a spot of clickbait. Below the question”Is Alexis Sanchez heading out of the Emirates?” it writes “Wenger not ruling out new Sanchez deal.”

Readers might well … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment


The Daily Diana: a car crash marriage proposal, reincarnation and Peter Kay’s shepherd’s pit

 

It’s the Daily Diana, and the Sun leads with Sun readers remembering the day Princess Diana died 20 years ago. The story is headlined “Diana AND ME”. Because it’s all … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment


Down’s syndrome husband wins compensation for sex ban but not for the reason you think

A 38-year-old British man banned from having sex with his wife has won £10,000 compensation. The secret Court of Protection ordered the man to “abstain” from sex until he had passed … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: News | Comment


Katharine McPhee, topless telly ‘babes’, Tiger Woods and Miley Cyrus are naked online

Have you seen the “SEX PICS” of the “TWO TO TV STARS”. The saucy photos “LEAKED ONLINE” are front-page news on the Daily Star. Nasty stuff, indeed, to have your … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment


Chelsea balls: Conte out and Tuchel in a fact-free story designed for clickbait

How clickbait football reporting works in the Daily Telegraph. The paper has no news for Chelsea fans.

A: The Daily Telegraph’s football reporter Matt Law tweets:

 

Chelsea are not interested in out-of-work … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Liverpool balls: Barcelona ‘give up’ on Coutinho by upping their offer

Is Philippe Coutinho leaving Liverpool for Barcelona? He wants to. the Brazilian has put in for a transfer. He’s not played for Liverpool this season, having been injured and now … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4)


Medium wants to pay writers with claps

Good news is that Medium is thinking about – swoons! – paying writers who post on its website a fair rate. And to help them work out how much to … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Money, Technology | Comment


Seized: 5,000 bright orange MDMA tabs modelled on Donald Trump’s head

 

How many have looked at Donald Trump and thought, ‘What’s he on?’ and ‘Was it fully tested?’ In Germany, police have seized 5,000 Ecstasy tablets modelled on President Donald Trump’s … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment


Australian tourists boil their underwear in hotel room kettles

If an Australian tourist offers you a cup of tea, take care to eye the brown brew and pay special attention to any small lumps of dark matter floating on … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


KLF issue instructions for getting your book signed

If you want the KLF to sign your book, you’ll need to obey their rules.

 

On my way to Liverpool for the KLF thing and what’s shaping up to be the greatest book … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities, Music, The Consumer | Comment


Shropshire Hospital rejects donations from fund-raising transvestites

Many men like dressing up as women: sailors, rugby players, the headmistress at St Trinian’s school, East German athletes and Glamour magazine’s woman of the year. So too men on … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Money, News | Comment


Arsenal balls: Jack Wilshere hits ‘career low’ as Man City’s Smith auditions for the big time

How much editorial spin can be heaped upon Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who last night responded angrily to a late foul by Manchester City’s Matthew Smith as the pair contested an … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Broadsheets, Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment


Media bias: Manchester City never dive, Kyle Walker gets the elbow and Everton con the ref

Media bias: When Kyle Walker was sent off on his Manchester City debut, a few voices thought he’d been hard done by, arguing that his second yellow card was harsh. … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment (1)


Reclaim the Internet and protecting the dead from online abuse

Twitter can be nasty place, full of angry prudes, prigs, bigots and berks. And then you’ve got the nastier types. The Fawcett Society says Twitter is “failing women” threatened online. The … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment


Arsenal balls: missing Ozil is the fourth best player on the pitch

The modern media trick is to report a football match and cover all the angles in a scattergun of clickbait and ‘debate’. And so it is for the Sun’s reporting … (read more)

Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment (1)


If George Clooney looks ‘frazzled’ you should see his nanny

Clooney looks “ace” in the Daily Mirror. The paper has a paparazzi shot of George Clooney and Amal Clooney at a tennis match lose to their home in Italy. Neither … (read more)

Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment


The greatest free speech sign this century

As seen in Boston, the greatest free speech sign in the age of narcissism, priggishness and intolerance:

 

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Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment


Daily Diana: everyone hates Prince Charles and Dodi was a mug

 

It’s Diana-mania all over again in the tabloids as papers mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

The Mirror leads with a Diana pullout, four pages of revision featuring the … (read more)

Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment


Why did William and Harry walk behind Diana’s coffin?

 

To mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, we’re seen lots of photos of the funeral procession. In today’s Mail, we see the family shot of the young princes, … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2017 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment


America’s anti-free speech rally is wholly stupid

To Boston, then, where thousands of well-meaning fools are marching to shut down free speech.
Thousands of counter-protesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets on Saturday morning in efforts … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2017 | In: News | Comment