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Passengers take a four-storey slide to the departure gate at Singapore’s Changi Airport

To Singapore’s Changi Airport, where passengers can zip down a four-storey tall slide to the departure gate. Everyone gets a go so long as they’ve spent S$10 (around £6) at … (read more)

Posted: 8th, July 2019 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Manchester United transfer balls: Paul Pogba yo-yos between homes

Whoever takes the penalties for Juventus had best watch out: the Turin club is preparing a £120m bid for Manchester United’s 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. United should bit their … (read more)

Posted: 8th, July 2019 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment


The science behind tripping up stairs

Missing a step on the way down is jarring; missing a step on the way up is strange and painful if you hit your ankles and shins. In this video … (read more)

Posted: 7th, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop Duet for Cole Porter’s Did You Evah

The 1990 album Red Hot + Blue features features pop performers reinterpreting several songs by Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) – the title of the album … (read more)

Posted: 5th, July 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment


See every cover of the great MAD magazine – from 1952 to now

On Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site – “a resource for collectors and fans of the world’s most important (ecch!) humor publication” – you can see every cover since the magazine’s 1952 debut. Alfred E. … (read more)

Posted: 5th, July 2019 | In: Books, The Consumer | Comment


Arsenal balls: the £76m transfer kitty

How skint is skint? The Sun tells readers Arsenal are “skint” because they have “just” £40m to spend on new players this summer. The Bleacher Report and others agree: Arsenal … (read more)

Posted: 4th, July 2019 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Monreal lies and corrections

On the Sun’s transfer news page for Arsenal, readers see the headline: “Monreal CONTRACT TERMINATED.”

Nacho Monteal has been sacked? What did he do. The hard-working Spaniard has never been a … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, July 2019 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment


Illegal immigrants rain on London

The body of a Kenya flight ‘stowaway’ has been “found” in a garden in Clapham, south London. The man fell off a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. The BBC says … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment


Arsenal bid £40m for lifelong Gooner Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal have opened the bidding at £40m for Crystal Palace’s brilliant Wilfried Zaha. Palace want “up to £80m” (BBC) for the 26-year-old. The Guardian says Palace want “around £100m”. The … (read more)

Posted: 1st, July 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


News Corp writers paid by the click; Guardian subs paid by the typo

As seen in the Guardian

Writers for Australia’s Herald Sun can boost their pay by turning their stories into sponsored posts and marketing campaigns. Writers can earn between $10 and $50 … (read more)

Posted: 26th, June 2019 | In: Broadsheets, Key Posts, News | Comment


North London bakery damaged in anti-semitic attack

To the local bagel bakery in North London. The message on the window – scratched in by an amateur sign writer – declares “RICH JEWS”.

I’ve heard this slight … (read more)

Posted: 19th, May 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


Raheem Sterling’s ‘stolen’ ghost hat-trick: Manchester City beat Watford

The BBC’s report on the FA Cup final hype between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley makes for odd reading. The BBC’s voracious website tells us that City’s England striker … (read more)

Posted: 18th, May 2019 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment


Freddie Starr never ate a hamster

Freddie Starr (9 January 1943; died 9 May 2019) never ate a hamster, at least not Supersonic. In 1986 the Sun told how the entertainer had put the rodent between … (read more)

Posted: 10th, May 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment


John Rhys-Davies is Adam Ant on Question Time

John ‘Prince Charming’ Rhys-Davies

For those of you missed John Rhys-Davies’s performance on the BBC’s politics as circus show Question Time last night, here is the man himself channeling the great … (read more)

Posted: 26th, April 2019 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment


We’re On A Break… Back After Brexit

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Posted: 22nd, April 2019 | In: News | Comment


Tumblr is dead: network bans Iggy Pop, David Bowie and The Bayeux Tapestry for being too dangerous

Tumblr is dead. The social media network owned by Verizon bans everything and anything. It offers users a right to “appeal” its ridiculous decisions. Why bother? It’s not worth the … (read more)

Posted: 12th, April 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment


Daily Star sacks all its Page 3 topless models

The job market is looking bleak for topless stunnas. The Daily Star says it will no longer feature pictures of topless women on Page 3, following the Sun’s move to … (read more)

Posted: 12th, April 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment


Upskirting still legal in the newsagents

It is illegal to take photos up a person’s skirt or other items of clothing without their consent. Upskirting is a crime if “the offender has a motive of either … (read more)

Posted: 12th, April 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment


It’s illegal to take your dog on the New York Subway

America really is another country. Having only recently discovered bribing elite colleges to accept children of the rich and famous was illegal – I thought it was the done thing; … (read more)

Posted: 10th, April 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment


This is a Supermassive Black Hole

See that image above? That is a Supermassive Black Hole. It is a photograph from the edge of everything. The single picture of a circle of fire was produced by … (read more)

Posted: 10th, April 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Labour Group linked to John McDonnell says Jewish group ‘stabbed Labour in the back’

An article on the website for the ‘Labour Representation Committee’ (LRC) – Honorary President: John McDonnell, the current shadow chancellor – appears beneath the headline: “JLM Stabs Labour in … (read more)

Posted: 10th, April 2019 | In: News, Politicians | Comment


Barking teenager extorted millions from porn users

The Tosser’s Tosser

Zain Qaiser was quite the bedroom entrepreneur until the law caught up with him. Qaiser, a student from Barking, London, is estimated to have made £4m blackmailing pornography … (read more)

Posted: 9th, April 2019 | In: Key Posts, Money, News | Comment


Chelseaballs: Danny Drinkwater is alive and fighting nominative determinism

Occasional Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater, 29, has been charged with drink-driving after a car crash in Mere, Cheshire, in the early hours of Monday. Mr Drinkwater, 29, who lives … (read more)

Posted: 9th, April 2019 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Hollywood PRs weep as Felicity Huffman admits guilt

In a move that has sent a chill wind through the offices of the Hollywood PR industry, actress Felicity Huffman offered no sympathetic backstory or refreshingly dishonest non-denial denial as … (read more)

Posted: 9th, April 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment