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Alexis Sanchez was in Paris to get his UK work permit

 

You read the news that Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has “agreed”a  four-year contract with Paris Saint Germain? You read that the Arsenal player had been in Paris to meet with … (read more)

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Key Posts, Manchester City, News, Sports | Comment


Manchester City balls: Ederson has Manchester United fans laughing in The Sun

When Manchester City spunked £34.9m on Ederson – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper – the Sun’s Martin Blackburn told readers that now Pep Guadiola’s team could play the passing game he … (read more)

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


Straight White Male redux: feminist gets schooled in headphone technology

If you’re going to better yourself by ignoring straight white males because they are lesser beings – less compassionate; less knowing; less human – it might be an idea not … (read more)

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks clocks and watches

 

 

You can buy clocks and watches themed on Monty Python s’s Ministry of Silly Walks. John Cleese’s legs and brolly form the hands.

 

 

In Kim “Howard” Johnson’s  The First 20 Years of … (read more)

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


Snowglobes top list of confiscated airport items

 

In a move that should have marketing types swooning, London City airport has issued a Marmite amnesty. Passengers passing through the airport found in possession of the processed spread will … (read more)

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment


Arsenal go trophy hunting with guns: club’s owner launches bloodsports channel

“What’s the best hunting channel on the telly?” is a question most of us are asked. It might be the Outdoor Sportsman Group, a online bloodsports broadcaster owned by Stan … (read more)

Posted: 31st, July 2017 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Did the Kosher Conspiracy do for Kevin Myers – sacked for using anti-Semitic tropes in the Sunday Times?

The Sunday Times has sacked Kevin Myers for his appalling article on the BBC gender pay gap. In it, Myers looked own the list of BBC earners and picked out … (read more)

Posted: 31st, July 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Key Posts, News | Comment


Angelia Jolie’s celebrity colonialism comes a cropper

Angelina Jolie has been casting for her film set in Cambodia. The film, First They Killed My Father, features children living under Pol Pot’s murderous regime. According to Evgenia Peretz writing for … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Film, Key Posts, News | Comment


Reporting is sketchy in the Witton Station rape case

What facts we have are simply those reported over the newswires. A girl aged either 15 (BBC, Daily Telegraph) or 14 (Birmingham  Mail, Express) was allegedly raped twice at Witton railway … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2017 | In: News | Comment


Accidental Nazi glitter: Tote bag says “my favorite color is Hitler”

 

The Tote bag says “My favorite color is GLITTER”. Or does it. It looks a lot like the bag says “My favorite color is Hitler”.

Your to buy on the Belle Chic website … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2017 | In: Fashion, The Consumer | Comment


Casual anti-Semitism creeps into a Times story on BBC pay: Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz are Jews

Kevin Myers writes in the Sunday Times:
I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC — Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2017 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment


Transfer balls: Arsenal offer Alexis Sanchez £300,000 a week one year deal and other tall stories

What news of Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean footballer last seen cradling the dog that most likely ate his homework when the Arsenal player was a lad? Is the Chilean as … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2017 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comments (3)


Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is sick, grasping and pathetic – no wonder they all want him

Good news for those of you who hate football? The domestic season is yet to begin and already a player is doing a great impression of a grasping, unlovely git. … (read more)

Posted: 29th, July 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment


Charlie Gard has died and journalists are ‘digging for dirt’

Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old boy whose life pitted reason against emotion, has died. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, tells the Mail, which seem to have bought the parents’ story from Alison … (read more)

Posted: 28th, July 2017 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment


Diane Abbott trolls Theresa May with ‘made-up’ quote about curbing lesbians

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott tweets “More on Theresa May’s thoughts on LGBT rights”.

 

 

According to Abbott, May once said:
“Curbing the promotion of lesbians in Merton’s schools starts with girls having … (read more)

Posted: 28th, July 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment


Transfer balls: Bale joins Manchester United is a recurring fantasy

Transfer balls: questioned by Real Madrid’s official website, the club’s manager Zinedine Zidane was asked if Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (the so-called ‘BBC’) were likely to remain.

“I … (read more)

Posted: 28th, July 2017 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment


Charlie Gard: an emotive trial by media

 

Charlie Gard’s face is splashed across the Daily Mail’s front page. His face hovers above the word “MANSLAUGHTER”. The accusation is not levelled at those who have ruled that the … (read more)

Posted: 28th, July 2017 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment


Reject new trolling laws: free speech means being free to lampoon and abuse MPs

British politicians have been subjected to a wave “of racism, sexism and homophobia” on social media, spiking during the General Election. Not all of it is satirical lampooning of our … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Transfer balls: Sanchez agrees Manchester City and PSG as Arsenal wait

Transfer balls: a look at dire, questionable and clickbait-led football reporting.

Compare and contrast the following headlines in The Sun:
July 27, 2017: “HEART SET ON CITY – PSG drop interest in … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment


Man knifes mind-controlling pig before hiding at bottom of swimming pool

 

Bobby Andreas Heck, 41, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and animal cruelty. Before his arrest, Heck was standing in his family’s home, accusing Mr. Oinkers, a pet … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


Cobble: watch a rope of molten steel just miss a mill worker

 

A cobble is steel snagged on a roller during manufacturing. The cobble blocks the flow and causes the freshly milled steel o rear up.

 

 

Spotter: BoingBoing, Azhar Hussain, Digg

  … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Police find 30 eyeballs in man’s anus

 

Having stopped a car being driven by Roy Tilbott, 51, Wyoming police spotted a few eyeballs on the road close to where the suspect was standing. They seemed to have … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Arsenal clickbait balls: Wenger gone and Ozil is buried in the Gunners’ (wooden) box

In recent days the Sun’s Neil Ashton has told Arsenal fans that Mesut Ozil is staying at the club (proof: the German Ashton said wasn’t worth “two bob” has renewed … (read more)

Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, News, Sports | Comments (2)