Mike Kritharis | Anorak - Part 11

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The Aussie kangaroo puncher and Newcastle horse basher slug it out

As the internet watches footage of a man punching a kangaroo in the face (see below), we’ve been looking at the story of the Glasgow Celtic fan who throw a burger … (read more)

Posted: 7th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

One Jose Mourinho: every variation of ‘The Special One’

On June 2 2004, Jose Mourinho arrived at Cheslea FC. “Please don’t call me arrogant,” he told the Press, “but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”

And … (read more)

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment

Arsenal put West Ham boss on the ‘brink’ of getting chairman’s understanding


Arsenal tonked West Ham united 5-1 at the Hammers’ soulless Olympic Stadium – hear the Arsenal fans singing “Is this the Emirates?” – and the tabloids are full of speculation. Is … (read more)

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment

Spurs cave in and agree to Harry Kane’s massive loyalty bonus

Spurs striker Harry Kane secured a huge pay rise because the club “caved in” to his demands. So says the Times, which calculates Kane’s Tottenham at around £150,000-a-week, based on a base … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment (1)

Arsenal balls: Ralph Hasenhuttl has not replaced Arsene Wenger

As headlines go, the Sun’s is unequivocal: “RALPH HAS THE JOB”. The paper reports that Arsene Wenger is to replaced as Arsenal manager by Ralph Hasenhuttl. Reading on, we get more facts: “Arsenal … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Manchester United balls: Why everything’s ‘wrong’ at Old Trafford (it’s not Mourinho)

“What wrong at Old Trafford,” asks the Sun’s Neil Curtis? Nothing. Manchester United are in great shape. This we know because on 6th September 2016 Neil Curtis told us about the … (read more)

Posted: 29th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Media balls: Wilshere’s Arsenal future as clear as mud

How’s Jack Wilshere getting along at Arsenal? He’s playing for AFC Bournemouth but he’ll be back the Gunners soon enough. The Evening Standard confirms the news: “Arsene Wenger confirms Jack … (read more)

Posted: 27th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment

Media Balls: Mourinho does a Wenger, Pogba does a Van Gaal and Manchester United wait for Fergie

Media Balls: Was it right that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was red carded as his side fought back to secure a 1-1 draw with West Ham United? Can we … (read more)

Posted: 27th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Media balls: ‘disgraceful’ referee saves Leicester and robs Middlesbrough with ‘stonewall’ penalty

Media Balls: a look at biased football reporting. Today Leicester City took on Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Leicester got a penalty. Should it have been given?

BBC: “A high ball … (read more)

Posted: 26th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho chips away at Martial, Chelsea and Van Gaal

Who more than Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho sets the news agenda? The Times leads with Mourinho’s words on Anthony Martial. “You have one opportunity, you have two, you have three,” said … (read more)

Posted: 26th, November 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment

Ian Wight Balls: Chelsea must sell ‘foolish’ Costa, the Blues’ best player

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is playing well. Ian Wright has noticed. He says Chelsea are riding high in the Premier League because of Costa above all else. The former Arsenal striker … (read more)

Posted: 24th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment

Media balls: Spurs crash out but Jan Vertonghen’s omission was not a shock

Last night Spurs crashed out of the Champions’ League, losing to Monaco in France. The Sun’s Paul Jiggins says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettinho “sprang a surprise” by playing Eric Dier … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment (1)

WANTED: The ‘Spelling Bee Bandit’ who can’t spell ‘robbery’

To Boston, where the FBI will pay a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the “Spelling Bee Bandit”, so called because he can’t spell robbery. Police say the felon … (read more)

Posted: 20th, November 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Manchester City boss in Messi Sex Curfew

Manchester City spare part Samir Nasri was farmed out to Sevilla, told to lose weight (he has) and play well enough to earn a City recall (maybe: he has three … (read more)

Posted: 15th, November 2016 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Spurs and Kane ‘agree’ to be at ‘loggerheads’ over bumper new deal

Spurs fans will tremble at the news that Harry Kane – “he’s one of there own” (insert picture of young Harry in his Arsenal short – ed) – has “KO-ed” … (read more)

Posted: 14th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment

Transfer balls: Arsenal’s Ozil to Manchester United and Peter Gwargis arrives

Is Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil all set to join Manchester United? The Guardian fans the rumour by musing, “are Manchester United eyeing Mesut Özil?” If the news media don’t know, the … (read more)

Posted: 12th, November 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment

Transfer balls: Antoine Griezmann wants to join Paul Pogba at Manchester United, PSG, Atletico Madrid or somewhere else

Transfer balls: France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, says he “would like to play alongside Manchester United midfielder and France team-mate Paul Pogba, 23, at club level”. So says … (read more)

Posted: 10th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment

One-eyed reporting on Rob Van Persie: former Arsenal and Man United striker not blind

Is Robin Van Persie blind? Has the former Arsenal captain and Manchester United striker succumbed to a dreadful eye injury? The Sun suggests there are “fears he will never see … (read more)

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Man finds freshly dug carrot wearing his lost wedding ring

To Germany, where a man looking for a lost wedding ring has found – wrapped around a carrot he dug from the ground.

The 82-year-old man lost the ring three years … (read more)

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Massive snowballs mass on Russian beach

To the Gulf of Ob, northwest Siberia, where thousands of massive snowballs pebbledash the beach. The snowballs – ranging from the size of a tennis ball to almost 1m (3ft) across – are … (read more)

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Media balls: Manchester City could have had six against Barcelona and ‘stupid’ Messi

Media balls: a look at reporting on last night Champions’ League match between Manchester City and Barcelona, which City won 3-1.

The Times says Manchester City were”brilliant”. The BBC says Manchester … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment

Lord Heseltine: the time a Tory grandee strangled a dog with his bare hands

Lord Heseltine tells the story of the time he strangled a dog.



Anyone seen that coat? And can is pass for human hair? … (read more)

Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment

Drink! Feck! Girls! Kids dressed as Father Ted characters win Halloween

“These must be the best costumes of Halloween 2016 by my sisters friends in Wicklow,” tweets @ChrisJudge.


… (read more)

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

In 1999 Donald Trump stood for President in this Doonesbury cartoon

Doonesbury produced a cartoon on Donald Trump in 1999. @Eastgate tweets, “Actual Doonesbury cartoon from 1999.”



Robert Crumb also drew on Trump. Back then Crumb flushed The Don down the toilet. … (read more)

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment

Transfer balls: Arsenal’s Ozil boosts his pay with a Fenerbahce offer

Transfer balls: The Daily Star says Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, was involved in transfer talks over the summer. The club? Fenerbahce.

It would be remarkable were the German star to leave … (read more)

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment