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Spank the Peacock: The Songbook of Zeghere van Male

The Songbook of Zeghere van Male, also known by its call number MS 125-128 in Cambrai’s Mediathèque Municipale, consists of four complementary part-books: Superius, Altus, Tenor, & Bass. The chansonnier … (read more)

Posted: 19th, February 2020 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Male and female football fans unite in demand an end to all-seater stadia

With the Premier League now a made-for-TV sport, fans who actually bother to go to matches crave the noise, fun and camaraderie of what’s been lost. And that goes for … (read more)

Posted: 19th, February 2020 | In: News, Sports | Comment


Maria Snoeys-Lagler’s fabulous found photo album

To a thrift store in Belgium thrift store, where a lost album of phots is on sale. Inside are photographs of a woman with A-listers: Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Harrison … (read more)

Posted: 19th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment


Why Caroline Flack died – by the people who knew her least

When Caroline Flack was found dead in her home, the vulture business went to work. On Twitter, many decided that with the news still fresh and facts about the TV … (read more)

Posted: 16th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment


Dresden: Kurt Vonnegut remembers the World War Two bombing

Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) survived the allied bombing of Dresden during World War II. It inspired his novel Slaughterhouse Five.

The Allied onslaught on the … (read more)

Posted: 13th, February 2020 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment


Transfer balls: New Chelsea signing dreams of playing for Arsenal and picked Bayern Munich over Liverpool

“Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.” So said Hakim Ziyech, the Ajax wing whose just agreed to join Chelsea for (£33.3m).

That’s … (read more)

Posted: 13th, February 2020 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Liverpool, Sports, Tabloids | Comment


Spurs balls: OEDS recasts Gooners and all Jewish football fans as ‘Yids’

A ‘Yid’ is a “supporter or player for Tottenham Hotspur” says the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). That’s tough luck on Jews who support other clubs or don’t support football at … (read more)

Posted: 13th, February 2020 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, News, Sports, Spurs | Comment


Prince Harry and Meghan: ghost voters and big banks

In January, Prince Harry (not HRH) sat down for talks with Saad-Eddine El Othmani, prime minister of Morocco, Peter Mutharika, president of Malawi and Filipe Nyusi, president of Mozambique at … (read more)

Posted: 12th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Money, News, Politicians, Royal Family | Comment


‘Tough Guys For Trump’ – Larry David’s epiphany

Larry David has yet to appear in a Bernie Sanders sketch. But he’s in one written for Twitter by Donald Trump.

In this skit, David is seen driving a small, … (read more)

Posted: 12th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Sexology – a 1953 guide to spotting lesbians

In October 1953, readers of Sexology were taught about the “three classes of lesbians”.

Spotter: Flashbak
… (read more)

Posted: 11th, February 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Pitch@Palace loses the palace: Prince Andrew moves out

Prince Andrew: “Buck Off”

You can still see traces of Prince Andrew on the website for Pitch@Palace, his beauty show for budding entrepreneurs. News is that Andrew’s company has moved from … (read more)

Posted: 10th, February 2020 | In: Money, News, Royal Family | Comment


Brave Phillip Schofield and celebrity cocks

Stephenie Lowe, wife of TV presenter and father of her two children Phillip Schofield – he just came out as gay – tells the Sun she loves him “as much … (read more)

Posted: 10th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment


Stuart Lubbock: Michael Barrymore gets monstered

Some matters never get closure. The story of Madeleine McCann is one. Another is the death of Stuart Lubbock, who died at just 31 on March 31 2001. His name … (read more)

Posted: 9th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment


Male daytime TV star shocks world: I’m not gay

Newspapers are full of news that daytime TV presenter Phillip Schofield is gay. “I’m gay, I’m proud, and I love my incredible wife” says the Sun, reflecting how Schofield … (read more)

Posted: 8th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment


Kirk Douglas: what I’ve learned in life and my one big regret

In 2001, Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) told Esquire what he’d learned in life. The actor summed up: “In order to achieve anything, you must be … (read more)

Posted: 8th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Film, News | Comment


Manchester United takes on the Sun – Liverpool fans nod

Loathed in Liverpool for its reporting on the Hillsborough disaster which saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives, could the Sun be about to lose Manchester, too? Manchester United have … (read more)

Posted: 7th, February 2020 | In: manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment


The haunting opening credits to the Jimmy Greaves chat show (1988)

In 1988, Central TV hired former England footballer Jimmy Greaves to front a chatshow. The intro was interesting:

Jimmy featured “surprise guests” and a weekly progress report from Frank Bruno’s … (read more)

Posted: 6th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment


How to blow a massive soap bubble

In the journal Physical Review Fluids we read the research and findings of physicists at Emory University. Their mission: to find the perfect way to blow a massive bubble. The University … (read more)

Posted: 5th, February 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Lie on your CV if you’re name ends with a vowel or you’re not called John

Funke Abimbola claims she was victim of “bias” when she tried to get into the legal profession. She tells the BBC: “I found a number of barriers to entering the … (read more)

Posted: 5th, February 2020 | In: Key Posts, Money, News | Comment


City Trader accused of eating sandwiches

A bacon sandwich is prepared after a study found body fat and obesity are far more closely linked to cancer than is generally realised.
Picture date: Wednesday 31 October 2007. The … (read more)

Posted: 4th, February 2020 | In: Money, News | Comment


Play 36,000 Flash games offline

You’ve seen the messages that Adobe is discontinuing its once ubiquitous Flash player. On December 31, 2020, Flash goes the way of 8Bit.

Born in 1996, Flash was the multimedia … (read more)

Posted: 4th, February 2020 | In: Technology | Comment


Paris creates Rue David Bowie – and we’re not sure why

NYC Bowie tribute

There’s to be a street in Paris named in honour of David Bowie. “There will soon be a Rue David Bowie in the 13th arrondissement of Paris,” … (read more)

Posted: 4th, February 2020 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment


Marijuana: THCP is THC x 30

In Nature, researchers in Italy tell of a test of a form of cannabis that could be 30 times more potent than standard doses of THC. We read of the … (read more)

Posted: 4th, February 2020 | In: News | Comment