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Carl Beech sentenced to 18 years – he should sue the police

Carl beech

Can Carl Beech count himself unlucky that his claims to have witnessed the rape and murders of children at the hands of VIP paedophiles, including one former prime minister, were taken seriously by the police? He’s been haded an 18-year prisoner term for perverting the course of justice, fraud, and several child sexual offences. Sentencing him, Justice Goss said: “I’m quite satisfied that you are an intelligent, resourceful, manipulative and devious person.”

Circumspection, evidence and basic fact checking were absent from the police’s reaction to Beech’s claims of murder in the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of questioning his ex-wife (she said he never once mentioned being tortured by VIPs during their 20-year marriage; and he had no scars) or school peers (Beech claimed a schoolboy named ‘Scott’ was killed in a revenge attack by the powerful paedo ‘ring’; former classmates said that was untrue), Scotland Yard set up Operation Midland, an investigation under the umbrella of its inquiry into historical abuse, Operation Fairbank. They thought Beech a “credible and true” witness. They found not a shred of evidence to support Beech’s claims. No-one was arrested. It cost £2m. And many people’s lives were badly damaged.

Hey-ho.

So the question is: had the police done their jobs properly, would Beech have gone down for such a long stretch? Did police and politicians collude to enable the perverted fantastic to thrive – Beech is a convicted paedophile? Might he appeal..?

Posted: 26th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Rutger Hauer : ‘I saw the future’

Rutger hauer dies blade runner

Rutger Hauer (23 January 1944 – 19 July 2019) is best known for his starring role in Blade Runner (1982), a take on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. He gave sic-fi movies an ending to rival that of all other genres. “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe,” says his character Roy Batty. “Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

Here he is telling us how the ending came about – “At the same time I was doing this film, I saw the future”:

Posted: 26th, July 2019 | In: Celebrities, Film, Key Posts, News | Comment


The VIP paedohile witch-hunt: when belief is enough to damn the innocent

ted heath

We enjoy digging up the dead to beat them with sticks for our moral gratification, but what about apologising to them? Carl Beech, aka the convicted paedophile and fantasist ‘Nick’ who titillated the media and excited the police with his “credible and true” stories of VIP paedos murdering children, is not dead. He’s in jail. But what about apologising to Ted Heath or Leon Brittan, both falsely accused of depraved crimes?

Nicholas Bramall, son of another man faslely accused, 95-year-old Field Marshal Lord Bramall, wants Tom Watson, the Labour deputy leader who helped to publicise and called for an investigation into Beech’s claims, to apologise.

Mr Bramall told Today on BBC Radio 4: “I’m not sure how much he was actually involved, particularly with my father’s case. He certainly added fuel to the flames of this whole business. I think any apology would be the right thing to do.” Watson never named Bramall. He claimed in parliament that there was “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”.

The investigation is travesty. A police fore looking to restore credibility in light of their failings over Jimmy Savile, betrayed evidence-based policing.

Posted: 26th, July 2019 | In: News, Politicians | Comment


London in the heat-wave of 1976

heat wave 1976

It’s hot in London. In 1976, the searing heat melted roads. Klaus Hiltscher, occasionally known as the Rock n’ Roll accountant or Affendaddy as he is known on Flickr, snapped away while strolling around the city during the long hot summer of 1976.

Image : Piccadilly Circus, looking up Regent Street – Clockword Nympho on at the Eros Cinema.

Many more pictures at Flashbak – and here.

Posted: 26th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Abortion ban: Alabama gets in line with Northern Ireland

Abortion Alabama

Alabama is looking to restrict abortions. A new State bill calls for a ban on abortion in cases of rape or incest. Georgia’s HB481 (Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act) bans abortion the moment a heartbeat is detected in the foetus. The mood is shifting. The BBC investigates:

Access to abortion in Northern Ireland is very hard. Abortion is illegal unless a woman’s life is at risk, or there is a serious risk to her mental or physical health. And in the UK you can force a woman to have an abortion against her will.

Who owns your body? And does ownership transfer from private individual to State when a woman gets pregnant?

Posted: 24th, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


The Green Shirts are back and they want your unborn children

Have you signed up to the BirthStrike movement, the brainchild of Blythe Pepino? The premise is simple: you’ll have no children. The Chinese policy of no more than one child per couple (boy-girl) did not go far enough. The correct number of children is zero. BirthStrike, loosely affiliated to the Extinction Rebellion franchise, say ‘No Children for you’. Not that BirthStrike is here to dictate. Their mission is presented as a reasoned response to the coming “climate breakdown and civilisation collapse”. “Even with drastic, draconian, eugenic policies of population reduction – which are completely immoral,” says Pepino, “we wouldn’t save ourselves. We have to change the way we live.” You choice. Chose wisely.

So are you going to have children? What many see as a duty to God or a biological need is now politicised. Now you get to vote with your genes. As if women didn’t already have it hard enough, now this.

“You are gambling with someone else’s life,” said Cody Harrison, a 29-year-old who recently joined the group. “If things don’t go well, that human is not going to have a very good life. When climate change gets worse, it multiplies other things. It’s like dominoes that are falling,” said Lori Day, another member of BirthStrike. “It goes beyond sea level rise and storms. It affects food production, migration, resources and war.”

What if your child is the one who invents how to extract energy from sea water? What if you’re trying to stop nature? What if:

Posted: 24th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Nick lied and lied and lied – biased police and desperate MPs believed every word as ‘credible and true’

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Was it political? Daily Telegraph goes large on ‘Nick’

They got him in the end. No, not the VIP paedophile killing children for kicks. They got the whistleblower, the man known in the tabloids somewhat appropriately as ”Nick’. Once the police had stopped treating his words as “credible and true”, they nicked him. And now Carl Beech, aka ‘Nick’, has been found guilty of 12 charges of perverting the course of justice and one charge of fraud.

The matter of why this criminal’s tosh was treated as fact should lead to heads rolling. The State created Operation Midland (cost: £2million) to investigate Beech’s claims. Innocent people had their names dragged through the gutter. Dead bodies were dug up and beaten with sticks. Why and how that came to be should worry us all.

No word yet on the Met’s detective superintendent Kenny McDonald who with all the circumspection of a dog sat by a steaming turd told us: “Nick has been spoken to by experienced officers from the child-abuse team and from the murder-investigation team and they and I believe that what Nick is saying is credible and true.” In what free country is what a copper believes worth anything without the evidence to support it?

In what free country worth a damn does a leading politician, in this instance deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson, hear Nick’s unsubstantiated claims and call the dead and entirely innocent former Conservative MP Leon Britton “as close to evil as any human being can get”? On a par with Hitler, Stalin or the Yorkshire Ripper. Britton was that bad. Watson apologised for his choice of language. But the craven opportunism of a police force driven by self-serving PR and desperate politicians who see dead kids (real and imagined) as an opportunity to showcase their own morals is sick.

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The People had the scoop

At Newcastle Crown Court, Beech, a convicted paedophile and former school governor who’d secretly filmed one of his son’s pals using the toilet at his house – all so predictable, right? – was finally found out.

Now what should we do with his enablers?

Posted: 23rd, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment


Teenagers on the Moon : a great diary entry from 1969

diary entry moon teenagers 1969

Spotter: @aflashbak

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


Big Brother saves Yu Weifeng: China’s one-child policy and the stolen boy reunited with his family

Big Brother saves Yu Weifeng: China's one-child policy and the stolen boy reunited with his family

How easy is it to steal a human being in China? No, not for the overarching state to take children from loving families for re-education – which is a doddle for the country’s Government – but for non-wonks to take another human and make them vanish? Yu Weifeng, 21, has been reunited with his family. Yu vanished in 2001. “When we found him, he refused to believe that he was a kidnapped child,” says investigator Zheng Zhenhai, “but DNA confirmed that he was a match with his biological parents.”

The end to a mystery is the result of cutting-edge technology able to predict what Yu would look like as a grown man. “We opened the case the day after the incident and we never gave up,” adds Zheng. “Technology was limited at the time. We checked surveillance footage, but there were simply too many people coming in and out of the area… We’re very grateful to his foster parents for raising him for 18 years. From now on, his foster father will become like a brother to me; my son will have two dads.”

As with any technology ‘Made in China’, a degree of circumspection is needed. Is this – you know – true? The Chinese love to record and watch everyone and their genitals in their land. No arrests have been made. But the technology used to get every Chinese life on official cameras 24 hours a day has benefits, such as reuniting a long-lost son with his family.

PS: Yu was stolen in 2001 – when the Government policy in China limited many families to only one child, In 2013, the rules were changed to allow couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child but fewer couples than the government had expected began doing so. So let’s heat it for the son and heir back home. And you can – and very probably must – thank the Government which is only on the look out for new ways to control the people.

Posted: 21st, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment


Aldrin and Armstrong: what it’s like being one of moon walkers’ children

rmstrong showing Janet, Mark and Eric Armstrong

Fifty years ago Buzz Aldrin’s son, Andy Aldrin, watched on television in Houston, Texas, as his father stepped onto the moon. So what does you dad do, Andy?

“Mostly, I was worried about him falling over in front of all my classmates,” he tells The Times. “You have to remember I’m an 11-year-old kid and that’s my dad on TV in front of 300 million, 500 million, people — and more importantly, my classmates. So I was scared to death my dad was going to do something to embarrass me. I just remember being worried about my dad screwing up and tripping as he came down the ladder and stepped on the moon. I’m just concerned my dad’s going to do something dumb.”

Do you mention the fact that your dad walked on the moon? Mark Armstrong’s father Neil Armstrong as the first man down the ladder from Apollo 11. “I never volunteered that information because I felt like it hampered the development of genuine relationships with people,” say Mark. “Plenty of times the knowledge of who my dad was changed people’s behaviour towards me and I never wanted that. I wanted to be known on my own merits.”

Image: Neil Armstrong’s wife Janet and sons Mark and Eric Armstrong.

Posted: 18th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Met policeman bought porn whilst guarding dead child

The Secret Companion by R J Brodie, 1845.(Image via Wellcome Library, CC

Things to do whilst waiting for the undertaker to arrive No. 341: buy porn. Met Police officer Avi Maharaj chose that option as he guarded the south London home of a dead child when the parents were out. Pc Mahraj used the family’s Virgin TV account to spend £25.96 on smut. You’d think the onanism would be quick and frantic, but no. Maharaj reportedly made four purchases – at least two when the child’s body was still in the house.

The Government wants to control porn. The only way to see it in the UK without a licence will be to – yep – be on the side of the porn checkers.

The long arm of the law has sticky fingers.

But can you ban porn? Here’s how to do it:

To start with, you would need to stop the production of porn by business enterprises, forcing, at minimum, every person who has ever attended the Adult Video News Awards in a professional capacity to immediately find a new line of work.

Next, you would need to find a way to stop a slew of high profile, incredibly lucrative websites from posting, hosting, or otherwise distributing explicit material.

After you cracked down on the pros, you would need to go after amateurs by finding some way to stop tens of millions of iPhone-wielding Americans from making home movies—many of which would resemble professional products in quality—and distributing them anonymously online, or even just amongst trusted circles of friends.

To be at all effective, you would also need to enforce criminal penalties against former professionals who continued to produce porn for the black market. And you’d need to penalize thrill-seeking amateurs as well, which would mean going after, and perhaps locking up, a wide array of sympathetic and otherwise law-abiding individuals from all walks of life whose only crime was to record and distribute consensual sexual activity. You’d also need to punish illicit viewers, whose numbers could easily reach into the tens of millions.

Now that porn is ubiquitous, is it a turn on? This Pc apparently needed four goes to hit the target. Once upon a time, a hint of ankle in the Argos catalogue was enough.

Posted: 18th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Where is Jeffrey Epstein’s fake passport?

Jeffrey epstein passport

Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected registered sex offender allegedly kept a fake passport in his safe.

Federal prosecutors say a search of Jeffrey Epstein’s home safe turned up a bogus passport that listed a Saudi Arabia residence along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller revealed at a bail hearing Monday that the passport, issued in the 1980s, has a photo of Epstein but a different name. They also cited a mysterious lack of financial records.

If it was issued in the 1980s, by now it must have expired. So, you know, was it renewed? And who in Saudi Arabia might have renewed it – and why? Which leads to the next question: would you grant the multi-millionaire criminal who once hung out with the likes of Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and other elitists bail? At what point does the system that allegedly protected the accused collapse?

Posted: 16th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


James Alex Fields handed life plus 419 years for killing protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville rally

James Alex Fields handed  life plus 419 years for killing protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville rally

To Charlottesville, Virginia today, where self-professed Nazi James Alex Fields has been handed a life prison term for killing anti-racism protester Heather Heyer in Augsut 2017. Fields had earlier pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate crimes under a deal with prosecutors who agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Reuters:

Fields, a resident of Maumee, Ohio, who appeared in court on Monday in striped prison garb, had already received a separate life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in March to federal hate-crime charges stemming from the violence in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

Heather Heyer, 32, one of the counter-demonstrators, was killed in the attack, which also injured many others.

Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said in a statement read in court on Monday that she hoped Fields finds reclamation in prison. “But I also hope he never sees the light of day outside of prison,” she said.

Posted: 16th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Nass Festival : rip-off travel and bonkers sex advice

The NASS Festival has been exciting Somerset locals. Sited at the Bath Show Ground around 6 miles from Castle Carey mainline train station, music fans arriving by rail can catch a coach to take them to the venue for £6 return. That’s on top of the cost of the festival ticket. Why the extra charge? The shuttle buses should be free.

On Thursday people getting off the train were stood in a queue waiting for one of the buses. Many waited well over an hour. It was hot. The police handed out bottled water. Understandably some decided to walk the 6 miles. Cue much moaning in the local newspaper about youths slowing down traffic and asking for lifts.

Nass treats customers as fools. Doubt that? Get a load of some of the advice on its website.

Please DO NOT WALK in the road. Help us keep you safe. Hop on a bus. #NASSSafe

If you opt to walk you have to walk in the road. It’s all road. There is no pavement. Nass knows this. Nass should make the buses free and provide more of them. Or provide bicycles, rickshaws, a bag collecting service and more. Do something more than treating their customers with disdain and having them stand in the sun waiting for an overpriced bus.

And then this:

SAFER SPACES

Everyone deserves to have fun and enjoy themselves at NASS. Because of this we have a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of sexual assault or harassment. We also don’t tolerate any racism, discrimination or any other anti-social behaviour. To make it clear, this is what we classify as unacceptable behaviour and may get you ejected from the festival:


• Any unwanted physical contact
• Groping
• Grabbing
• Catcalling
• Leering
• Stalking
• Rape
• Upskirting
• Verbal or physical intimidation
If you experience any of this or see it happening, please call it out and/or report it to the nearest steward or security guard.

Nass festival

“Unacceptable behaviour” is leering – i.e. looking intently – and rape. Rape “may get you ejected from the festival”. Or it may not. If you’ve been the victim of a violent sexual assault call the police.

Welcome to planet Nass.

Posted: 14th, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, Music, News | Comment


That Labour manifesto in full : blame the Jews

There we have it folks, proof if any was needed that the Labour Party IS institutionally racist and will be until Corbyn and his cronies go #EnoughIsEnough

The tweet was a smear, of course. “There we have it folks, proof if any was needed that the Labour Party IS institutionally racist and will be until Corbyn and his cronies go #EnoughIsEnough” was not written by a Labour Party activist awoken to the fact that the Party supports Jew hatred, advocates Jew hatred and acquiesces to Jew hatred. It was the view of a hacker. And once the NEC, NCC, NKVD and whatever panels and groups Labour uses to process matters via Twitter has investigated to the full, someone will be blamed – very possibly the Jews.

The BBC TV investigation into the Party’s ‘little problem’ proved only that you know who are behind utterly unwarranted attacks on a Labour Party led by a man who likes anti-semitic murals, endorses books alleging European finance is controlled by “men of a single and peculiar race” (“brilliant” – J. Corbyn five stars one big yellow star stitched on to your death camp clothing), pays tribute to Jew killers, counts a group who want to see all Jews dead as his “friends“, worked for Iranian state television, which peddles anti-Israeli conspiracy theories, and tells British Jews they are something other than British.

“This account was briefly hacked. It has now been re-secured,” says Labour.

As Labour fights to control the media (chiefly to regain control of it’s twitter account and the biased BBC from you know who), the Equality and Human Rights Commission continues its investigation into whether Labour has “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish”. To which Labour might well argue: can we change the law which as everyone knows is run by you know who.

Posted: 12th, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Manchester United transfers: Pogba’s £160m party and planet Lindelof

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola says “there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties”. And what a party it will be should Raiola engineer a – get this – £160m (Marca) move to Juventus or Real Madrid for his ambulatory marketing department. Reports suggest Raiola eaned £41m wean Manchester United paid Juventus £89m for Pogba. The mind boggles at hoe many party balloons and encores from the Cheeky Girls that kind of cash can fund.

Away from the Pogba nonsense, another United player’s agent has already lined up the remaining half of the Chuckle Brothers. Victor Lindelof’s agent Hassan Cetinkaya tells Mundo Deportivo: “Lindelof is in the orbit of a great European club.” Wrexham? “But leaving depends on the English club.”

Hats off to Cetinkya for not naming the club Lindelof is orbiting. Perhaps there’s an NDA? The Sun, however, has gotten wind of the possible interested party. “Given the impact of Lindelof since he made his £31m move to Manchester in 2017,” it tells readers, “the standard of Barcelona’s scouting network must now surely come into question.” Yeah, £31m. the kind of money that gets Team Pogba’s an hour of Boyzone and a chocolate fountain.

Posted: 10th, July 2019 | In: News | Comment


Jeffrey Epstein charged with trafficking children for sex

Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force. He is accused of scores of sex crimes against young girls. The BBC says that “according to the charges, the girls, some as young as 14, were given hundreds of dollars for sex acts. He faces one count of sex trafficking and one of sex trafficking conspiracy.”

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He denies any wrongdoing.

After years of secrecy and secret deals, the well-connected multimillionaire is in the judiciary’s crosshairs. Justice ought to be done and seen to be done, at every stage.

The Times says the action “came 11 years after federal prosecutors in Florida granted him a deal that meant that he served 13 months in prison despite sex abuse allegations from 36 females, some as young as 14.”

Epstein, once a friend of Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, was previously accused of abusing dozens of teenage girls between 1999 and 2007. But he reached a plea deal to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in the case.

He instead pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser Florida state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution.
He spent 13 months in jail and registered as a sex offender, avoiding a possible life sentence.

Earlier this year, a Florida judge ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law by not informing Epstein’s victims of the plea deal at the time.

The Daily Beast tells us about the former pal of Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew:

The alleged victims, who sued the government for violating the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, asked the court to rescind Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement and called for the feds to hold him criminally liable. The NPA also granted immunity to Epstein’s co-conspirators, identified in the document as “including but not limited to Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, or Nadia Marcinkova.”

But in June, prosecutors for the government advised the judge to uphold the plea deal, saying that voiding it would “cause unintended harm to many of” the victims and jeopardize monetary settlements that more than a dozen of them received.

“If today’s report is true, it only proves that Epstein should have been charged by federal prosecutors 12 years ago in Florida. With his money, Epstein was able to buy more than a decade of delay in facing justice—but fortunately he wasn’t able to postpone justice forever,” said attorney Paul Cassell, who represents multiple victims of Epstein in their lawsuit against the federal government.

“While New York prosecutors are apparently seeking to hold Epstein accountable, the fight will continue to force federal prosecutors in Florida to do the same thing,” Cassell added in a statement. “While Epstein was at the head of the international sex trafficking organization, that conspiracy could not have functioned without many others playing their part. Jane Doe 1 and 2 will continue to fight for all of Epstein’s co-conspirators to be held accountable in New York, Florida, and anywhere else they committed crimes.”

Much to follow…

Posted: 8th, July 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | 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 the “force of the body falling” dented paving slabs. To say nothing for the impact of the body landing on the patio.

“If it had been two seconds later,” says an eyewitness, “he would have landed on the common where there were hundreds of people – my kids were in the garden 15 minutes before [he fell]. I spoke to Heathrow. They said this happens once every five years.” In 2024, it might be best to remain indoors.

Thoughts, of course, are with the dead man, someone desperate enough to clamber inside the landing gear of a large commercial jet and take his chances. Although maybe he was already dead and someone else stowed him? Whatever the background, the tabloids keep things in perspective.

The Mail warns owners of £2m homes that immigrants might be targeting their properties:

Kenyan jet man Clapham

The Sun warns sunbathers that there’s something worse than perverts with camera drones:

Kenyan jet man clapham

The man has yet to be identified.

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


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

The Guardian 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 for, as the Guardian puts it, “driving digital subscriptions and traffic through their own stories”.

Journalists are engaged in something akin to a popularity contest. Nothing new in that, of course. Columnists have long been hired to keep readers reading. It’s why they’re often their views are front-page news. The new bit is that analytics can measure who readers read the most and are willing to pay to read. The writer can then get their dues.

The News Corp system, called Verity, “empowers our editors, newsrooms and content promoters with real-time information to understand and influence the content for which our audiences are willing to ‘pay & stay’”.

According to Nathaniel Bane, the title’s head of digital, the number crunchers “know how many subscribers viewed it, how many times it was shared on social media, how many clicks it drove to other content, and how long readers dwelled on it.”

If you’ve a large social media following, a column in a paper could be the best way to cash in on it. (I have 650,000 followers – call me, I have ideas.)

So much for the strongest links in the news chain. What of the weakest? The Guardian has that covered:

Priceless.

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 first hand. I believe it’s called a trope. My Sephardic ancestors worked hard and behaved themselves. “Our race can do anything but fail,” wrote one of the hynmed Montefiore family to Benjamin Disraeli. I’d add, “but try not to be too successful. Try to be invisible.”

I’ve heard the anti-Semitism first hand over the last few years. Someone I thought I knew and who I thought knew me declared without batting an eye “All Jews are rich”. Another hissed “Zionists” like gas escaping as I sat down in a pub. And, yep, that bastard was sat on the same table as me with mutual friends. And, no, not all the mutual pals called him out.

You live and learn.

One of my children was told by a classmate that Jews were not allowed to play. That Jews were not allowed to her house. Rare events. But all in past few years. When put together they chill the blood.

These are worrying times…

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


Freddie Starr never ate a hamster

Freddie Stars 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 two slices of bread and bit into it. It was just his loveable, madcap way of punishing the critter’s female owner for her refusal to make him a sandwich.

“Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster,” said the Sun. The story was false, cooked up by Starr with his agent, convicted paedophile Max Clifford. Starr noted in his autobiography: “I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal.” It’s the kind of line Starr would have ended with “But I bet he had a cockatoo”.

Starr’s dead now. But the story lives on, the Sun modestly hailing the original as the “greatest headline in the world”. Back then the story promoted Starr’s career. Told now the casual misogyny and cruelty would have ended it.

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


We’re On A Break… Back After Brexit

Monet

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 effort. Here are some images Tumblr has banned from my page for Flashbak. The offence for each image is the same:

Thee are just some of the images that are for adults only. Yeah , as if the cool kids us Tumblr – dream on:

david bowie banned
David Bowie in his flat – this image will corrupt minors. Keep up the good work, Dave!
tumblr banned iggy pop
Banned! Iggy Pop will be chuffed to bits
A postcard for sale in Miami – Bettie Page remains edgy
tumblr banned
Ban this sick filth!

tumblr banned
Album covers are now X-rated – more disco days debauchery here
tumblr banned
Girls’ Love magazine 1965 – BANNED!
tumblr banned
Beatles concert (1964) – Look away now, kids!
tumblr banned
As seen on the The Bayeux Tapestry, a mainstay of history lessons
tumblr banned
BANNED! Dancers Berinoff and Angelina. Photo by Martin Badekow, 1920s
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Carmen Miranda – fine for 1941 but classified as dangerous in 2019

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Speedo Jockette Stretch Bri-Nylon underwear advertisement, Australia, 1977. BANNED!

Tumblr is dead. What odds large chunks of the corporatised web follow?

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 end its Page 3 feature 2015. Readers looking for tit-bits of news will be lost to the web.

page 3

“The Daily Star is always looking to try new things and improve,” says the paper’s editor, Jonathan Clark. “In that spirit, we’ve listened to reader feedback and are currently trialling a covered-up version of page 3.”

Do Daily Star readers do feedback in anything other than sales?

daily star sex
No Page 3 in the Star means readers will need to use their imaginations – and phones
You could see tit but not say ‘tits’ in the Sun

How different things were when the Sun sacked Dannii from Basildon. “The Daily Star is proud to continue the great British page 3 tradition,” announced the paper. “It brightens the day for our readers during tough times and has launched many successful careers. We will continue to listen to what our readers want and put a smile on their faces with our lovely, bright, talented and independent young ladies. Page 3 is as British as roast beef and Yorkshire pud, fish and chips and seaside postcards. The Daily Star is about fun and cheering people up. And that will definitely continue!”

What the Star is about now is unsaid. Maybe it’ll be about a different kind of hard news?

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


Upskirting still legal in the newsagents

Pippa naked Kate Middleton upskirt

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 gaining sexual gratification or causing humiliation, distress or alarm to the victim”. What about if you’re an underwear researcher for M&S? What about if it’s newsworthy?

The Daily Star once alerted us to the “clea-vadge”, a happening so rich it was hailed as “The FILTHIEST celeb trend yet”. Female celebs had taken to wearing very small knickers and skirts with long slits. Men wielding very long lenses with endoscopy attachments were taking photos of the ‘trend zone’. You’ve seen 90% of the star’s naked flesh but the contest to reveal the remaining portions is keenly fought in panting PR agencies and on the kerb.

You say ‘flashed’ they say’ cheeky’

Following the arrival of the new anti-upskirting law the questions for editors are: when are knickers being “flashed” and when are you just gawping at a woman’s crotch?

In 2014, the Express brought us: “Top 10 knicker flashes including Kate Middleton, Susanna Reid and Emma Watson.” Flashing suggests an act of free will. But in its article the Express said these leading flashers were “blundering”. BBC TV presenter Alex Jones was a flasher because she “had unwittingly showed off her brown polkadot pants as she crossed her legs in front of the camera, giving viewers a little more than they bargained for.”

Upskirting

The paper went on:

Kate Middleton proved that not even royalty can escape the embarrassment of an accidental flash. The mother-of-one ended up victim to a bluster of wind during a nine-day Canadian tour with Prince William, and showed off bottom when the breeze lifted up her yellow summer dress…

Emma Watson revealed more than she intended when she made a quick dash to the shops in 2011.

“For the second time, the 42-year-old star gave viewers an eyeful thanks to a tight, short dress”

Is it now the case if a celebrity accidentally “flashes” her knickers that if no police action follows the gusset exposure was accidentally-on-purpose?

Just what is the message police and media are presenting us with? Now magazine once looks for meaning in Britney Spears’ gunties – and found some:

We now await the first paparazzo tried in court for upskirting who solicits the defence: “If I’d spotted early stage of cervical cancer, she’d be thanking me.”

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