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The Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland: Tun In To Hear About Kids Not Believing In Santa

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WHAT went wrong with the Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland? Lorenzo Franco explains what went wrong with his event.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Well Of Course No One’s Paying For Streaming Music Services


THERE’S a bit of a logical disconnect in this idea that we’re all going to sign up for streaming music services like Pandora, Spotify and so on. The problem being that the more free services there are competing for our custom then the fewer of us are going to bother to pay for it. This is indeed how it normally works you know, more suppliers thus lower prices to consumers:

Yet even as they have grown, streaming companies have encountered a stubborn problem: Music lovers will consume large amounts of music as long as it is free, but getting them to pay a monthly subscription has proved much more difficult.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Money, Music, Technology, The Consumer | Comments (2)

Dictionary Update Says Geeks Are Cool And Not In the Least Bit Socially Awkward


SO the language changes once again. Collins, the dictionary people, has just released its list of words of the year. They always do this just before Christmas in order to remind middle aged men that dictionaries make very good presents from Santa for their children. Just like their own fathers told them 35 years ago.

In the list change this year we’ve a change in the definition of “geek”. From one who is socially awkward, near incompetent, to one who is now at the blazing, leading, edge of contemporary culture.

“Often we find that they achieve better longevity too. Just compare previous generations’ use of words like ‘cloud’, ‘tweet’ and ‘tablet’ to ours.

“‘Geek’ is a great example of a word that has evolved from having a negative meaning to having a positive one.

“Its origins are in the 19th century, but it has most recently changed from describing someone preoccupied with computing to someone who is passionate about any field of expertise.

“This change in meaning represents a positive change in perceptions about specialist expertise, and is a result of the influence of technology on people’s lives in 2013.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Books, Reviews, Technology | Comment

1944 In Photos: Making Cheese With The Trappist Monks Of Rochefort, Belgium

BLESSED are the cheese makers:

On November 3, 1944, the Associated Press’s Bert Brand recorded life inside the XIII century trappist monastery at Rochefort in Belgium, where the famous Rochefort cheese is made. The story goes that the place was so secluded that monks knew nothing of the progress of the war when they were visited by the first Americans they had ever seen. One of the trappist fathers received special permission to speak to the visitors, as the monks’’ means of communicating is sign language. Here a lay brother looks on while a white-robed father talks with stars and stripes war reporter Bud Kane.



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Posted: 15th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment (1)

What Is An Alien Chest Buster Soft Toy?

TESCO are selling an Alien Chest Buster Soft Toy. Who came up with the name?

Alien Chest Buster Soft Toy


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Posted: 15th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Who Damaged The Scrabble Artwork?

“IT’S become quite a feature in the area and it’s disappointing to see some low-life cretin come along and do something like that to it,” says former Labor MP Bob Kucera. Emma Anna’s artwork at Ellesmere Reserve, Perth, Australia.  “You couldn’t even call them a halfwit. It’d take two of them to make a halfwit.”

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Posted: 14th, December 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Bob Carey Travels The World In His Pink Tutu To Make His Cancer-Suffering Wife Laugh

BOB Carey made his cancer-suffering wife laugh by dressing up in a pink tutu. When in 2003 Bob heard that his beloved Linda has breast cancer, he wanted to help. So. During the ordeal of chemotherapy, he set out to brighten her day.

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Posted: 14th, December 2013 | In: Books | Comment

Buy An Angel And Keep A Cartoonist In His London Home This Christmas



BRIAN Davis has been handing out free drawings in London. The cartoonist currently faces eviction from his London flat due to rent arrears and is hoping to raise funds to help through his book Angel Delights for him to stay in his Finchley home.

You can find out more about Brian on his website, and buy his book here.


Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: Books | Comment

Spotify Launch Free Music Service For Mobiles

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SPOTIFY are going allow users to pick specific songs for streaming on their mobiles as of next week in a new free service.

The Wall Street Journal have reported rumours of the new service and it is suggested that it will give you music based on your input, with users picking tracks and putting them in a playlist where you’ll be able to listen to them, on shuffle, for a limited number of listens. If your playlist isn’t long enough, Spotify will fill in the blanks with random tracks.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: Music, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment (1)

Games Publishers Stick Up For Fans Against The Internet


THERE are a lot of companies who still don’t understand the value of fan-made tributes to their products. Prince takes all his stuff off YouTube as soon as he can and some movie studios get riled at clips of films been shown. However, one industry that really understands it is the world of gaming.

YouTube is awash with walkthroughs, compilation videos, nostalgia clips and more, all made by fans for fans. The gaming community understands that it is all free publicity and enables gamers to feel at one with the games they enjoy.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology, The Consumer | Comment

The Golden Age of Meat

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UP UNTIL the health craze of the 1980s, your average meal consisted of meat, more meat, an additional piece of meat, and one more piece of meat for good measure garnished with a tiny fleck of vegetable matter.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Britain’s Loudest Christmas Lights

LORDY Lights: A look at the kind of Christmas display that a Jumbo Jet, let alone Santa, can use to land by. It’s hard to believe these displays are legal, given the number of bylaws that exist. It;s also a surpsie not to see crowds of OPS stood about the light,warming their hands on Santa’s hat and Rudolph’s shiny red nose.



The Brailsford family’s Christmas lights display in Okebourne Road, Brentry.


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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Man Banned From Every Supermarket In Britain


EUGENIO Freitas, 49, has been banned from every supermarket in Britain unless supervised by an adult. Even Asda. The Sun says he earned this award by “performing a solo sex act” in the meat aisle of Sainsbury’s, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Mr Freitas was taken to court. He was found guilty of outraging public decency. He was handed a six month suspended prison sentence.

Prosecutor Marcus Harry told the court: “At first a member of staff gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed he was adjusting himself. But she was then called to the CCTV area after a shopper complained to a security officer. The staff member and security officer viewed CCTV of the defendant. He was seen for about 10 minutes with his hands down his trousers and in his pocket with his hands moving around.”

What an odd thing to be aroused by a Sainsbury’s, an anaemic, soulless, white-lit world of packaged goods. Unless it’s an elaborate plot to get of doing the shopping? If it is, we have news for Mr Freitas: his wife wants to go to the dress shops. As you were…

Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Wonderful Romania: The Salina Turda Salt Mines

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THE Salina Turda might sound like a poo in a the sea but is in fact a centuries-old salt mine in Romania. You can visit it. Even the Beitish are welcome. The Romanians are worried about mobs of British immigrants “flooding” their beautiful country but the thing is underground, so out of sight, out of mind, and all that.

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

‘Snuggle House’ Gets Closed Because Everyone Thought It Was Filled With Prostitutes


HAVE you heard of the unique business is Wisconsin called Snuggle House? Chances are, you haven’t. The idea behind the place was to offer snuggles to anyone who wanted one. For £37 an hour. You could have a little intimacy and get your hair stroked and then be on your way.

That’s slightly odd, but kinda nice, right?

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Money, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Bitter Coffee: French Cafe Charges Less For Being Polite

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NICE’S Petite Syrah café is offering customers the chance to get a discount on their coffee.  Asking for a “a coffee” will set you back €7. But “a coffee please” is €4.25.  “Hello, a coffee please” is a bargain €1.40.

Of course, this being France, anyone speaking in an English accent will be ignored. But why does the Petite Syrah stop there? Why not extend the offers to all manner of manners?

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

At Last! Lie Detectors In Santa’s Grotto


FOR years, lying little swine have got away with lying to Santa, saying they’ve been good all year when in fact, their school reports say something very different.

At long last, children in shopping centres in the UK are being asked to take a lie detector test before being granted an audience with His Holiness, Father Christmas.

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

The iPotty Is Declared Worst Toy Of The Year

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IT is the season for the awards ceremonies and one organisation has declared that this, the iPotty, is the worst toy of the year. I have to admit that I can’t quite see it myself: either as the worst toy of this or any other year or as an actual product to be honest. What it actually is is simply a potty to be used, obviously, for potty training and containing a stand into which one can slip one of Apple’s iPads. And you might think that that’s about it and not something so heinous as to deserve this award:

BOSTON—December 9—It’s official. Fed up with the latest effort to insinuate screens into every nook and cranny of young children’s lives, members of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood selected the 2-In-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad by CTA Digital as winner of this year’s TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year.

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: Money, Technology, The Consumer | Comment

Epic Calendars: Staffordshire’s Classic Beauties

EPIC calendars presents “classic curves 2014 Our own unique celebration of classic beauty”. Self Drive Classics Ltd has the details:

Over the last few years we have been lucky enough to work with local model and classic car enthusiast Joy. After several photo sessions and lots of ideas to spice up our website and advertising material we have ended up with quite a collection of great classic car based images. So this year we though ‘why not produce a calendar – just for fun?’


The chamois dress:


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Confort seats.


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Bond is green with envy.




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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Woman Glued To Seat Freed By WD40

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WE join the action at the Banks County Home Depot in north Georgia. Illyanna De La Keur has sat on a chair. she can’t get up. the chair has been smeared in glue. Strong glue.

“I’m a grown woman who can’t even sit up,” says Ms De La Keur said “I was stuck probably over an hour. I’m still so sore that I can’t leave my couch.”

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Man Sick Of Shopping With Girlfriend Kills Himself at Mall

TAO Hsiao, 38, was with his girlfriend at a shopping mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China. Five hours into the shop he wanted to leave. An eyewitness says: “He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more. She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.”

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Posted: 10th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Fat Flag: People Painted As Flags Eat That Nation’s Stereotypical Food

JONATHAN Icher’s Fat Flags is people painted as national flags eating the food most associated with that nation. So. The Italian eats pasta. The Frenchman eats the croissant. The British eat… Well, you could be intrigued. Scroll down the page and see. And know that Icher is French. Clue: it’s not humous, a kebab, chips, a supermarket ready-meal, a meaty spring roll or tandoori chicken.




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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)