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Anyone who cares about freedom should look at Iran and abandon Labour



The Labour Party is unfit for purpose. Nora Mulready is relinquishing her Labour membership after 20 years:
In recent weeks, Labour could not make a simple statement … (read more)

Posted: 30th, January 2018 | In: Politicians | Comment

I was angry and miserable before Facebook


Like you, I was angry, unreasonable and irritated by everything before Facebook. But some people think Facebook has affected them badly and it is responsible for them feeling bad. All … (read more)

Posted: 26th, January 2018 | In: Technology | Comment

Arsenal: Wenger laments Walcott sale

Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Arsenal. Walcott has joined on a £20m on a three-and-a-half year contract. This is good news for all parties. Walcott has stagnated at Arsenal. … (read more)

Posted: 17th, January 2018 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: a sacked detective, a con and blood


Madeleine McCann returns in a story about a man’s death. The Star’s front-page headline bleeds: “MADDIE DETECTIVE DIES IN ‘BLOODBATH'”!


Maddie McCann private eye killed as blood-soaked body of ‘£300k conman’ … (read more)

Posted: 15th, January 2018 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comment

Transfer balls: Manchester City won’t pay Arsenal star’s wages up front

It’s not just the Mirror online that seduces online readers with news that exists in headline form only. Today’s back page lead is that Manchester City are going to hijack … (read more)

Posted: 12th, January 2018 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Toby Young, The Fabian Society and eugenics for life

Is Toby Young a eugenicist? Young has been riding high on the news cycle ever since we was given a job at the Office for Students (OfS). People held up … (read more)

Posted: 12th, January 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment

Woman divorces husband after he spent $50,000 on a great record collection


On eBay the story of a broken marriage and a big record collection:
My ex-husband was a big jerk! While that’s the main reason that I divorced him, the final straw was … (read more)

Posted: 11th, January 2018 | In: Music, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

When David Hasselhoff didn’t see Stevie Wonder

David Hasselhoff is talking with the Sunday Times:
I live in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles. I can get to the beach in 18 minutes. It’s more laid-back than the rat race … (read more)

Posted: 11th, January 2018 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities | Comment

Read the leader of Iran’s Communist Party’s open letter to Jeremy Corbyn

Nora Mulready wonders why Labour is not upset by the uprising in Iran. She points us to a letter written by the leader of the Workers Communist Party of Iran … (read more)

Posted: 9th, January 2018 | In: Politicians | Comment

Survey finds Conservative voters not like Labour voters

Hold the font pafe! the survey is in and it turns out that not everyone agrees. The Guardian thunders:
Conservative members are “a breed apart” from members of the other main … (read more)

Posted: 4th, January 2018 | In: Politicians | Comment

Would be Tube fare-dodger caught by the penis


The last time anyone of note vaulted the turnstiles on the London Underground, they were on their way to shoot an innocent man in the head. So it could have … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Liverpool balls: Coutinho is determined to join Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Liverpool for Barcelona as soon as possible. The Times says Coutinho “believes that he has played his last game for Liverpool”. Not that belief is as … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, January 2018 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment

Manchester United balls: Neville blames everyone but Mourinho for Manchester City’s rise

On Twitter, Gary Neville, Sky Sports’ one-man schedule filler, has been talking about how Manchester United’s dullsville team are not of football mercenary Jose Mourinho’s making. When not winning friends … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, January 2018 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comments (3)

Media bias: Arsenal are robbed by West Bromwich Albion’s deserved penalty

Biased footballer reporting is very much in evidence in match reports on West Bromwich Albion’s 1–1 draw with Arsenal. Having taken the lad with an 83rd minute own goal, the … (read more)

Posted: 1st, January 2018 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, News, Sports | Comments (2)

Greens attack Amir Khan over desecrated Christmas tree

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Like you, I like baubles, tinsel and Bruce Willis wiggling through an air vent.



But Amir Khan rejoices in hate. The boxer recently seen … (read more)

Posted: 21st, December 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment

Ryan ToysReview: meet the 6-year-old YouTube multi-millionaire


Ryan is 6 and the host of Ryan ToysReview on YouTube. Last year he earned – get this – $11 million. Yah, and The Washington Post:
What has grown into a … (read more)

Posted: 11th, December 2017 | In: Money | Comment

Biased balls: Everton’s masterplan, Liverpool make a point and Crystal Palace and Bournemouth adjudged

Biased balls: a look at one0eyed football reporting.

Liverpool drew 1-1 with Everton in the Merseyside derby. A goal to the good courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s opener, Liverpool were hauled back … (read more)

Posted: 10th, December 2017 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

William Gass and his hates (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017 )


William Gass (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017 ) has words to the wise, telling the Paris Review in 1976
“If someone asks me, ‘Why do you write?’ I can … (read more)

Posted: 9th, December 2017 | In: Books | Comment

Transfer balls in the Sun: Ozil talks to Arsenal and agrees to join Manchester United and Barcelona

Transfer balls:  the Sun says Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil could sign a deal to stay at the club. Today’s paper reports:
The German midfielder’s representative have been in talks with the Gunners … (read more)

Posted: 9th, December 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment

Pimp my cement mixer: artist creates the disco ball truck


Public art is uplifting.  Benedetto Bufalino pimped a truck into a Disco Ball Cement Mixer.




Spotter: Designboom … (read more)

Posted: 9th, December 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment

A thrilling story of how a man threatened with rape over a bogus debt got revenge

You know those terrible phone calls: we hear that you’ve been in an accident; we know you owe money; we are collecting a debt and you need to pay now. … (read more)

Posted: 8th, December 2017 | In: Money | Comment

Epic fail: Cambridge News front-page headline clanger

The Cambridge News has an epic headline on today’s front page. “100PT SPLASH HEADING HERE.”



The BBC has fun:


… (read more)

Posted: 6th, December 2017 | In: Tabloids | Comment

Miss Havisham insult teacups to die for

For tea with dash of bite and spite, may we suggest Miss Havisham’s sets?



Great fun. And perfect for some of the countr;’s best tea shops.

In 2007, Brighton’s Tea Cosy instituted … (read more)

Posted: 5th, December 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Thérèse Dreaming must be censored to save people from art


To New York, where offence-seekers and defenders of sound morals are demanding the Metropolitan Museum of Art remove Balthasar Klossowski’s (1908-2001) painting, Thérèse Dreaming. Mia Merrill was “shocked” to see … (read more)

Posted: 5th, December 2017 | In: News | Comment

Mark Clattenburg: I let Spurs lose the title at Chelsea

Like so many of you, I am a huge fan of the Premier League referees. Sadly, my Mark Clattenburg replica kit is now a ‘vintage’ item on match days following … (read more)

Posted: 4th, December 2017 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment