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Men of the People: when pasty-faced politicians who pretended to be just like the rest of us fail

WHAT has George ‘lifelong Chelsea fan’ Osborne learned this week? That passing yourself off as a man of the people is trickier than it seems.

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The Old Pauline has had his fingers burned before of course, after he adopted a Tony Blair style ‘mockney’ accent when speaking to ‘ordinary’ voters, and was rightly ridiculed for his presumptuousness.This week he tweeted a picture of himself burning the midnight oil with just a burger and fries for company. It has predictably came back to bite him on the arse, now that said snack has been revealed as a ‘posh’ burger costing just shy of ten quid.

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Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Politicians | Comment


Gifs: 17 water slide lols

SUMMER’S here. Toss the daddy long legs from the dusty paddling pool. Grease over the slippery sliders. And head along to the Aqua Park, taking care to avoid the rusty nails. What could go wrong?


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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Gifs, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Exploding actresses – when actresses in famous films explode – volumes 1, 2 and 3

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WHEN actresses explode, aka Exploding Actresses is brilliant:

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Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment


The headline-grabbing statues that moved, drunk, wept and even sung

THE Spinning Mummy of Manchester is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame after being filmed – using time-lapse photography – rotating 180 degrees in its glass case. The Egyptian statuette in the Manchester Museum is said to have attracted the attention of numerous experts, including the inevitable Brian Cox, and there has been “talk” apparently of an ancient curse.

We here at Anorak are adopting our usual skeptical position until a rational explanation emerges.

In the meantime, it is worth remembering other headline-grabbing statues that have moved before. Hell, they’ve drunk, wept, and even sung. And there is usually a perfectly sensible explanation…

1973: Japan

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When statues ‘weep’, the chances are that the lachrymose protagonist will be the Virgin Mary. Reports are legion, but only one has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican: Our Lady of Akita, reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa (below) in the remote area of Yuzawadai, near Akita. This wooden statue of the Virgin Mary – which also apparently manifested stigmata, as did Sister Agnes – is said to have wept on 101 occasions over the following six years.

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1985: Ireland

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Reports that a roadside statue of the Virgin Mary had started to move in Ballinspittle, County Cork, triggered off a series of sightings of other moving statues around the country. Sadly on this occasion a Catholic bishop declared this Marian apparition to be an illusion. Nevertheless, around 100,000 people were said to have visited the site of the ‘miracle’. Incidentally, after 15 pints of Guinness, whole churches can sometimes appear to move.

1995: India

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Early in the morning of 21 September 1995 a worshipper in New Delhi offered milk to a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesha, whereupon the elephant god reportedly snorted it up his trunk. Throughout the morning the milk drinking spread to statues of other gods in temples all over India. Later the same day, the new craze reached Britain and other countries.

Indian scientists suggested that capillary action was causing the liquid to rise from proffered spoons before running down the front of the statues.

2001: Worldwide

Big Mouth Billy Bass caused a worldwide sensation when he moved his head and tail and sang Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Take me to the River.

2012: India

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The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni in Mumbai became a major venue for pilgrims after its statue of Jesus began to drip water, and the church was happy to encourage this stat of affairs. So when pesky old skeptic Sanal Edamaruku revealed that faulty plumbing was causing water to leak onto the Son of God, the protests were none too happy. Although he is a longstanding debunker of religious myths, and a vocal critic of the church (including Mother Teresa), on this occasion things went further. After being charged with blasphemy, and receiving death threats, he sought exile in Europe, where he is trying to persuade governments to put pressure on India to abandon its archaic law.

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Incredible image of a baby born but still inside the amniotic sac

SOME images are just incredible. Thanks to a Greek doctor and his camera, we get to see this memorable image taken dyring a caesarian section. Oddly, the amniotic sac remained intact as the birth progressed. The baby is no longer in the womb but continues to take oxygen and sustenance from the placenta.

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The baby is doing well.

Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Technology | Comment


In photos – creative dog grooming competition goes nuts

IN Hershey, Pennsylvania, dog groomers have been showcasing their creations. Cats will laugh:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment (1)


Walle wins World’s Ugliest Dog title 2013 – photos

Walle poses for a portrait while competing in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix went on to win top honors. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WALLE is the World’s Ugliest Dog 2013. Walle (above) took top spot at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix is described by Judge Brian Sobel: “This dog looked like he’s been photo shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals.”

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Islam Is… The most informative video about Islam ever made

TURKISH creationists pose the question “What is Islam”. They then set about answering it with “Islam is…” It turns out that Islam is… a series of questionable fashion choices, a man with a plucked heavage and  whipped hair rarely seen beyond the windows of a 1976 barbers shop, a Xanthus with a massive cleavage called ‘VESACE’, a man weaing a suit so shiny the label;says “oven ready”, the double animal print woman who might by computer generated, and backdrops that suggest the talkers are either hiding in bushes, posing for estate agency catalogues or massive and talking from near space… ….

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2)


Miley Cyrus: 10 insane and inane Gifs from We Can’t Stop video

THERE is something of the Bangkok LadyBoy about Miley Cyrus, formerly the world’s biggest-ever teenage star. Not so much the face of the future or the now, Cyrus is the reminder that trying to escape a hyper-controlled past can be tricky for your future career. In these 10 Gifs from her new song We Can’t Stop, Cyrus approximates sex appeal and kookiness without ever coming close to nailing either. She slices off her fingers, frots a massive teddy bear, twerks, engages in a spot of lipstick lesbian, rubs a slice of white bread over her face and smooches a Barbie doll. Naturally, in this check box approach to outrageous pop antics, she alludes to drugs use. In courting controversy, Cyrus manages to come across as remarkable uncontroversial, overly contrived and conservative. Still, at least she’s having fun. Beats working:

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment


The 21 most hilarious outfits from Men’s Fashion Week – London Summer 2013

MENS’s Fashion gives until the laughter hurts our ears. We went to London Fashion week to see the men wearing what all the cool kids will be sporting soon:

A model on the catwalk at the Nasir Hazhar fashion show, held at the Victoria House venue during London Collections: Men.

A model on the catwalk at the Nasir Hazhar fashion show, held at the Victoria House venue during London Collections: Men.

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Fashion, Key Posts | Comment


The most unforgettable corridors in sci-fi – in photos

CORRIDORS. Not just any old creepy, long, silent, anxiety-inducing, lonely, crippling, haunted corridors, but eerie, antiseptic, soulless, menacing, echoey, brooding, lugubrious corridors in sci-fi films. Corridors that when you scream no-one can hear you.

Corridors are the places in film that let the dialogue pause and the tensions build. You’d run along though them. If your legs let you.

These are the best corridors in sci-fi:

Code-46 – Michael-Winterbottom (2003)

Code 46 (2003, Michael Winterbottom)

 

 

The Black-Hole – Gary Nelson (1979)

The Black Hole (1979, Gary Nelson)

 

 

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

 

 

Star Wars

Star wars

 

 

Ridley Scott’s Alien

Ridley Scott’s Alien

 

 

George Lucas’s THX-1138

George Lucas’s THX 1138

 

 

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

 

 

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

 

 

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

 

 

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

 

 

Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

Alphaville- Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

 

 

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

 

 

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

 

 

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope 1 (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

 

 

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

2001- A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

 

 

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

 

 

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

Star Trek VI- The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

 

 

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

 

 

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

 

 

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

 

 

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


The Dumbest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever

beauty-dumbTHE question and answer session is the key moment in the beauty pageant, when the hopeful stops shaking her chest and waggling her backside to flex her mind.

Anorak brings you the Greatest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever. And – remember – no-one likes you if you are cute and smart. Maybe this article shold be entitled The Smartest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever?

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1)


Beautiful Polish film posters for banned American films

BEFORE the Wall came down and the EU came knocking, Polish film posters for American film were handmade. Nowadays, Poles are seduced to Americans films with the usual cocktail of edited quotes from critics and airbrushed photography. But when US publicity material was banned, film posters for Yankee movies were created by artists interpreting the film.

There is no proof that they were more effective in getting punters in to watch the film. But the billboards would have been more beautiful:

Gremlins

Gremlins

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


For sale: This Game of Thrones suit of armour for your guinea pig

For sale: This Game of Thrones suit of armour for your guinea pig.

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Posted: 17th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Edward Snowden: the best views on the spook who grassed up Obama

Pro-democractic legislator Claudia Mo holds a copy of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" next to a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama and Edward Snowden during a news conference in Hong Kong Friday, June 14, 2013. Two lawmakers in Hong Kong said on Friday that they had written to U.S. President Obama to try to persuade him not to bring charges against the former US intelligence contractor Snowden. Snowden revealed last weekend he was the source of a major leak of top-secret information on NSA surveillance, saying he was uncovering wrongdoing. He spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

DOCUMENTS leaked by US techy spook Edward Snowden show us that the US government is able to access details of smartphone and internet activity under a scheme called Prism. The allegation is that the US intelligence agencies have an open line to Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and Apple. They also record all of your phone calls. The Guardian reprots that the UK’s electronic surveillance agency, GCHQ, has access to the data. This might explain why the taxes for so many big Internet firm are so low. The elite want to keep paying foreign companies for data on British citizens off the books.

 What does it all mean, though? We’ve picked out the best opinions on the news:

Mark Steyn:

Perhaps this is just the way it is in the panopticon state. Tocqueville foresaw this, as he did most things. Although absolute monarchy “clothed kings with a power almost without limits” in practice “the details of social life and of individual existence ordinarily escaped his control.” What would happen, Tocqueville wondered, if administrative capability were to evolve to bring “the details of social life and of individual existence” within the King’s oversight? Eric Holder and Lois Lerner now have that power. My comrade John Podhoretz, doughty warrior of the New York Post, says relax, there’s nothing to worry about. But how do I know he’s not just saying that because Eric Holder’s monitoring his OnStar account and knows that when he lost his car keys last Tuesday he was in the parking lot of Madam Whiplash’s Bondage Dungeon?

When the state has the power to know everything about everyone, the integrity of the civil service is the only bulwark against men like Holder. Instead, the ruling party and the non-partisan bureaucracy seem to be converging. In August 2010, President Obama began railing publicly against “groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity” (August 9th, a speech in Texas) and “shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names” (August 21st, radio address). And whaddayaknow, that self-same month the IRS obligingly issued its first BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for groups with harmless-sounding names, like “tea party,” “patriot,” and “constitution.”

It may be that the strange synchronicity between the president and the permanent bureaucracy is mere happenstance and not, as it might sound to the casual ear, the sinister merging of party and state. Either way, they need to be pried apart. When the state has the capability to know everything except the difference between right and wrong, it won’t end well.

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Posted: 14th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Technology | Comments (3)


In 1989 The Stone Roses Ian Brown and John Squire were interviewed by Music Box – it was brilliantly awful

IN 1989, Ian Brown and John Squire of The Stone Roses were interviewed for Music Box. It was awkward. The interviewer comes across like a therapist or headteacher talking to naughty teenagers. Brown smiles warmly:

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Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (4)


Pink Flamingo couple wear matching clothes for 35 years (photos)

**FILE** Don Featherstone, creator of the original pink flamingo, sits surrounded by many of the plastic creatures in this file photo taken June 25, 1998, at Union Products, Inc., in Leominster, Mass., An upstate New York manufacturer said Thursday, May 31, 2007, that he has bought the copyright and plastic molds to restart production of the Featherstone-designed flamingo, which ceased after the demise of the Leominster, Mass.-based manufacturer in fall of 2006. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

LOVE is… Donald Featherstone and his wife Nancy have been wearing matching outfits for the past 35 years.

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Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Huxley vs. Orwell – the comic inspired by Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death

HUXLEY vs. Orwell: the comic, by Stuart McMillen adapts Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death argument thaAldous Huxley’s vision of the future in Brave New World was more prescient than George Orwell in 1984:

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Posted: 10th, June 2013 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment


Taksim Square protest: photos of horrendous Turkish police brutality

THE protest against the Turkish Government’s actions in Taksim Square, Istanbul, have not been without humour. But away from the placards and the often amusing graffiti, there is much evidence of police brutality. When we look at the photographs of unarmed and peaceful Turks being hit by water cannon and pepper sprayed straight in the face by uniformed goons we feel outrage. This is not law and order. This is brutal thuggery sanctioned by the State. But the British Government is doing nothing to help the protestors. The protestors are not the Muslim Brotherhood or jihadis looking to rule by fear. It’s not Egypt or Syria. These protestors are non-religious champions of democracy standing in the face of an Islamacist assault on their liberty. They need our help:

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Posted: 6th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (5)


Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti-Government protest

TURKEY is rocking. People are challenging the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP). The authorities wanted to build on the green Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Plans featured a shopping mall and a mosque. A few protestors moved to occupy the site. Police hit them with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon. The police overreaction was met with fury.

Days earlier the Government had banned the late-night sale of booze. Many fear Turkey tuning into a harder-line Islamic state. Taksim Square would be the place to take a stand against authority.

In the ensuing violence, two people are dead. Hundreds have been arrested. Thousands have been hurt..

But the protests have not been without humour. We’ve got pictures of some of the best and worst graffiti and slogans. And a few interesting hats.

Don’t just protest. Laugh at the bastards.

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

"Would you like 3 kids like us?"  (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

“Would you like 3 kids like us?” (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

 

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

 

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

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A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads " justice died in 1938" in reference to year modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads ” justice died in 1938″ in reference to year modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as "These people will not yield to you" as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as “These people will not yield to you” as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads " 'Looters' are here, where are you (Erdogan)"? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves "looters," asked Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads ” ‘Looters’ are here, where are you (Erdogan)”? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves “looters,” asked Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading "Front Line" during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading “Front Line” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads "They said they have gas"  during clashes  near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads “They said they have gas” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul’s main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ''Turk independence'' at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey's biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ”Turk independence” at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

Here is your agenda

Here is your agenda

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Posted: 5th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment


Emma West: Sun guns for mentally ill woman but is silent on its in-house ‘nutters’

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HOW did the Sun report on Emma West, the woman who became YouTube’s Tram Lady on account of her racist rant on New Addington public transport? At the time of her vile rant we commented that she looked not all that well. It turns that that she isn’t.

Emma West will pay for her crime. She will not be raped and murdered as many on Twitter wanted

Remi Ogunfowora, prosecuting, told Croydon Crown Court of a May 15, 2013, attack on her partner Ricky Metson:

“Mr Metson put his hands up in front of him to protect himself and told her to calm down. She said she was going to call her mum and ran upstairs and Mr Metson followed. As he entered the room she picked up an ornamental knife from its sheath, struck him in the head and started slashing at his body. He slapped her around the face in self-defence to try and calm her down and went downstairs. She followed him down the stairs and stabbed him in the back at least twice. She tried to run out the house and he stopped her leaving and called the police… Mr Metson suffered two puncture wounds on his back and various slash and scratch wounds over his stomach, head, back of his neck, arms and legs. When officers tried to arrest Miss West she started to kick them.”

She sounds dangerously unstable.

The Croydon Guardian reports:

Mr Metson is standing by West after her attack on him, and was with her at court on Monday.

This is Croydon adds:

Right wing groups such as the National Front and British National Party had adopted her cause after she was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in November 2011. West’s barrister said their support – including sending her flowers and cheques – had “greatly distressed” his client and led her try and take her own life.

Her deteriorating mental health led to concerns for her safety and that of her family, fears which were realised last month when she stabbed her husband Ricky Metson with a knife – while on bail – after he intervened in her latest attempt to self-harm. Mr Metson suffered superficial injuries after incident at their home in Grenville Road, New Addington, on May 15.

And:

West, who has suffered from depression since she was 18, was admitted to a psychiatric ward in Foxley Lane, Purley, in September 2011. Following her release she had been receiving support at the Tamworth Road Resource Centre, in West Croydon. It was as West returned from one of these sessions with her four-year-old son that racially abused passengers in a packed tram.

Also:

Croydon Crown Court has previously heard that West, a former dental receptionist, had taken a double dose of her medication at the time of the incident, which is believed to have occurred on October 18 last year.

None of that excuses her behaviour. But it might make us more compassionate towards her. Mental illness is nothing to mock.

But this is what the Sun said:

A MUM whose racist rant on a tram horrified millions on YouTube has finally admitted her guilt – as it is revealed she also stabbed her husband and attacked a cop.

Emma West, 34, a former dental nurse from Croydon, pleaded guilty last month to stabbing and slashing her husband Ricky Metson and assaulting a police officer. On Monday she also pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence when she appeared at Croydon Crown Court – 18 MONTHS after the incident. More than 2.2million people

The Sun makes no mention of her mental health. It does not say that the wounds she inflicted were superficial and that her partner of 12 years is supporting her. It does not say that she was suicidal and suffers from depression, a hideous and misunderstood condition.

On the same day as West was pleading guilty to to hurling racist abuse, Virginia Wheeler was not in Southwark Crown Court to answer charges of phone hacking.

The Crown dropped its case against Virginia Wheeler, 34, who, allegedly, acted as a contact at the Sun for a crooked police officer with secrets to sell. Her prosecution was deemed not to be in the public interest for medical reasons.

James Wood, QC, for Ms Wheeler, said: “Had it not been for these matters, I would like to put on the record that Ms Wheeler would have vigorously contested these proceedings.”

You see, mental health is a big issue. When an alleged criminal is mentally ill, the State is not insensitive towards them. The Sun, on the other hand, monsters the sufferer. Unless they work in the same building, that is, in which case they get total privacy, good lawyers and care…

PS_  You can read about John Kay here (but not in the Sun). He’s the Sun employee who drowned his wife.

Posted: 5th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment