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Clickbait balls: Is this a hint Manchester United’s Sanchez is new face of Greggs?


Trinity Mirror is looking to take control of the Express. The company, which publishes the Daily Mirror, will then surely set about creating the largest clickbait farm in British … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, January 2018 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Durham’s mini police bring their own sarcasm

The spirit of Pavel Morozov is evoked in Durham, where the local constabulary have created a ‘Mini Police’ force. A platoon of uniformed nine to 11 year olds is on … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Sex with a plastic doll in Gateshead cost twice as much as a London prostitute

How much does on-the-clock sex cost in the UK? You can get a shag for £4 in Liverpool; £25 in London; and alcohol and cigarettes in Newcastle. Grim stuff. Bug … (read more)

Posted: 21st, January 2018 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment

Kazakh oligarch’s $179,000 wedding cake doubles as a starter home

To a wedding in Kazakhstan, where guests are touring the $179,000 wedding cake that doubles as a starter home for newly weds Amirzhan, grandson of Shymkent oligarch Serikzhan Seitzhanov, and Aruzhan, … (read more)

Posted: 19th, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Insurance or the NHS: who pays for the rising cost of childbirth?

What does it cost to have a baby on the NHS? The Guardian says: having a baby without complications costs £2,790; having a baby with complications costs £5,000. Those figures are … (read more)

Posted: 16th, January 2018 | In: Money, News | Comment

Peter Thiel bids to spike Gawker for good

Having almost buried Gawker media, Paypal tycoon Peter Thiel, is making moves to buy Gawker.con, the media company’s eponymous gossip and news site that’s been inactive for over a year. Why does … (read more)

Posted: 13th, January 2018 | In: News, Technology | Comment

Master embroiderer performs wing transplant on Monarch butterfly

Romy McCloskey used not little skill to transplant a new wing onto a Monarch butterfly. “I am a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer,” says Romy. “This was right … (read more)

Posted: 11th, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Data shocker: Westminster workers less likely to watch porn than the rest of us

In 2010, Online MBA produced a porn infographic. It claimed to know that 70% of men visited porn sites in a given month. Dan Savage, a Seattle-based sex columnist, had a word on … (read more)

Posted: 8th, January 2018 | In: News, Politicians, Technology | Comment

Fire and Fury: Michael Wolfe’s Donald Trump expose is available as a pop-up book

“I’ve made a pop-up easy reader version of Fire and Fury so Donald can see what all the fuss is about,” tweets Happy Toast. The book, by Michael Wolfe, is … (read more)

Posted: 6th, January 2018 | In: Books, Politicians, The Consumer | Comment

Starlings scare predator by forming shape of a huge bird

To evade predators starlings cluster. In the skies over Costa Brava, Spain, a murmuration of starlings took the form of a a far larger bird. Daniel Biber, who took the … (read more)

Posted: 4th, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

RyanAir passenger exits via the emergency door at Malaga Airport

“This man decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer. He activated the emergency door and left, saying: ‘I’m going via the wing’. It was surreal. He was sat on … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, January 2018 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

Noel Gallagher on hating Christmas

Noel Gallagher hates Christmas. Well, I guess if you’re called Noel you might well try to break free of nominative determinism. He does protest a lot… … (read more)

Posted: 24th, December 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment

A terrifying talking Donald Trump robot debuts at Disney World


No sooner has Disney taken over Fox, President Trump’s favourite new bringer, than a terrifying talking Donald Trump robot debuts at Disney World. TrumpBot stands alongside other American presidents, like Abraham … (read more)

Posted: 19th, December 2017 | In: News, Politicians, The Consumer | Comment

50 Shades of guilt: Bruno Langley had legal sex with young woman

Heard the one about the famous actor and the young woman? The Sun leads with news that Bruno Langley, aka the “Corrie pervert”,  “preyed on a 16-year-old girl” five years … (read more)

Posted: 18th, December 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comments (2)

Racist woman thrown out of Starbucks

To a Starbucks in Walnut Creek, Cali., where a woman on a lap top is berating a woman for speaking Korean in her vicinity. The LA Times hears the women … (read more)

Posted: 15th, December 2017 | In: News | Comment

The Mel B sex tapes no-one has to see

In good news for anyone on the web, former Spice girl Mel B has settled her divorce from Stephen Belafonte. She will pay him £3m over the next three years … (read more)

Posted: 29th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment

When Harry met Meghan: tabloids deliver the wedding, the dress and honeymoon facts


By now you’ll be wondering what Prince Harry and Megan Markle are up to. Thankfully, the tabloids understand your thinking and have produced a few words on the prince and … (read more)

Posted: 28th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Royal Family | Comment

Bruce Lee’s 10 Rules For A Better Life


Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) writes his 10 Rules to Live By:

1. You will never get any more out of life than you expect

2. Keep your … (read more)

Posted: 27th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Ant McPartlin: airbrushing the drugs doesn’t make him a role model

Ant McPartlin, the taller one from Ant ‘n’ Dac, is on the Sun’s cover. “ANT NOT GOING HOME TO WIFE,” runs the headline. A “source” tells the paper that Ant … (read more)

Posted: 27th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Tabloids | Comment

Paul Hollywood’s Indian Summer


No topless photos of Paul Hollywood, 51, the TV baker leaving his wife of umpteen years. No photos of Paul in his undies, posing with a cheeky glance to camera … (read more)

Posted: 27th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment

Jack Maynard: let’s feed him to the cockroaches and Dennis Wise


They’re gunning for Jack Maynard, the YouTuber who left the I’m A Celebrity Jungle accused of making alleged racist and homophobic tweets. Exposed by the Sun, Maynard is hammered by … (read more)

Posted: 24th, November 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment

Dolly Parton Sings Jolene In The Death Metal Style


Take it away, Dolly Parton. Her she is belting out a death metal version of her timeless hit, Jolene. It was created by Andy Rehfeldt – check out his Mary Poppins … (read more)

Posted: 24th, April 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment

Daily Mail health warning: breathing gives you cancer


It’s Health Tuesday in the Daily Mail. In today’s issue readers are asked: “Does your lifestyle put you at risk from Air Pollution”.

If you don’t breathe, you’re ok. If not, … (read more)

Posted: 18th, April 2017 | In: Tabloids | Comment

Theresa May is the people’s champion in her pro-Brexit General Election

There will be a General Election on June 8 2017. Theresa May wants Parliament to approve her call for a summer poll. She needs Labour to back her request – she … (read more)

Posted: 18th, April 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment