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Ed Miliband’s bespoke suit carries the tag: ‘Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product’

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DO we care that Ed Miliband wore a bespoke Spencer Hart suit for his address to Labour Party conference? His shoes, however, were from Marks And Sparks.

One odd thing about Ed’s Hart suit: if you peer inside the jacket’s wallet pocket, the tailor has written a message:

“Hand made for Ed Miliband in the year of ****. Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product.”

Well, someone’s getting screwed…

 

 

Posted: 24th, September 2013 | In: Fashion, Politicians | Comment


Pepsi drop massive clanger thanks to dreadful choice of ‘RAPE’ typeface

PEPSI and Coca Cola are always at war, and Coke must be laughing their asses off this week as their blue-canned pals made a horrendous error with one of their marketing campaigns.

Thanks to a dismal choice of typeface, Pepsi’s ‘Aape’ campaign looked more like they were siding themselves with sexual assault.

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Posted: 24th, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The five greatest home shopping TV fails of all time

ANROAK loves watching Home shopping channels. Every now and then you get a memorable moment:

The Ladder To (Seeing) Stars

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


The joys of eating roadkill in Cornwall

ROAD kill. Would you eat it?

Meet 73-year-old Arthur Boyt, notorious resident of remote Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, and connoisseur of cooking and eating roadkill – nothing is too far fetched or fanciful to end up on his plate. In this film we take a trip into Arthur’s universe and learn how to cook a cracking badger casserole, as well as find out how best to prepare polecat meat before cooking.

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Retro toys: Donny And Marie Osmond action figures, TV studio and adoption kit

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DONNY and Marie Osmond were the stars of their eponymous TV show. Between 1976 and 1979, kids tuned in to see the beaming Mormon siblings singing country-style songs. They also performed skits with star guests, performing parodies of hit films, like Star Wars (1977) and Battlestar Galactica (1978).

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


The 10 most mental WTF adverts ever to appear on Craiglist

THSE are the 10 most WTF adverts ever to appear on Craigslist (until we find another ten):

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Great ads: Sheffield’s TNT Transform Gym finds truth in advertising

GYM advert of the day: Sheffield’s TNT Transform Gym. Who needs a big budget?

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Spotter: Charlotte Cramer

Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The greatest advert about having a good poo ever

OH, the joys of a truly epic poo. But some of us don’t want others to know that we do a number 2. For them there is Poo-Pourri:

You can read more about the poo prisoner on this website:

Poo-Pourri is a blend of essential oils that virtually eliminates bathroom odors! Our award-winning before-you-go® sprays come in a variety of scents and sizes.

Or get a dog…

Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


JD Salinger: Five new manuscripts and a post-Holocaust film to duck

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JD Salinger died in  died in 2010 at age 91. Some of his unpublished works have been found. Cornel Bonca looks at them:

[T]his is the biggest literary “get” of the American 21st century.

The books include a World War II novel featuring Sergeant X from “From Esme,” the most intriguing character outside Holden and the Glass family that Salinger ever created. It includes a novella, in diary form, written by a World War II counterintelligence officer — Salinger’s job during the war — “culminating in the Holocaust.” Given Salinger’s war experience and his painstaking writing process, these two works could conceivably add up to a contribution to American World War II literature on a par with the work of Mailer, Jones, Heller, and Pynchon.

A third manuscript is, we’re told, a “manual of Vedanta,” a book explaining Vedanta Hinduism (and presumably, its relation to Salinger’s work), “with short stories, almost fables, woven into the text.” Finally, there are two compilations, one entitled The Family Glass, gathering all the published Glass stories together with five new storiesabout Seymour, the last of which “deals with Seymour’s life after death.” Given that once Salinger got going on the Glasses, his “stories” inevitably metastasized into novellas, this book is likely to be a real tome, and might conceivably be the greatest contribution Salinger makes to American letters, dealing as it must, with the question of how to live a genuine spiritual life in a postwar, post-Holocaust world.

Then there’s the final book, which [biographers David] Shields and [Shane] Salerno describe as “a complete history of the Caulfield family,” gatheringCatcher, six previously published (and I would imagine, wholly rewritten) Caulfield stories written in the early-to-mid 1940s, as well as new stories featuring, presumably, Holden, Phoebe, Allie, and D.B. Caulfield. Five new Salinger books! Doubtless, they will make us entirely reconceive Salinger’s current oeuvre. If the books are even close in quality to Catcher or Franny & Zooey, they might reroute the course of late 20th-century American literature.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Books, Film, Flashback | Comment


South Africa opens world’s first walk-in vagina

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TOURISTS in South Africa can now tour Reshma Chhiba’s screaming vagina. It’s housed in a former women’s prison in Braamfontein.

As visitors walk through the installation – 12m-deep – their movements trigger the walls (covered in an acrylic wool) to vibrate with howls of laughter and screams of pain.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Ryanair vows to treat passengers better (for a small fee)

on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 24, 2013. Traders in the U.S. dumped stocks, bonds and commodities, prompted by signs of distress in China's economy and worries about the end of the Federal Reserve bank's easy money policies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

 

RYANAIR is in the news. Passengers wonder what the hellish company has come up with now to extract cash from customers. Is Ryanair to charge extra for anyone wearing the wrong-sized shoes or a surcharge for having a surly steward knock you unconscious with a blow to the head and slap you awake on arrival?

Well, no. It turns out that Ryanair’s abrasive captain Michael O’Leary has admitted that the airline’s staff can be utter swine. He was upset his airline charged Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq Sattar an extra €188 for switching flights when his wife, Shehnila Taufiq and their 19-year-old daughter and sons, aged 17 and 15, named Zainab, Jamal and Bilal died in a house fire in Leicester. Mr Sattar had his regular ticket to fly to England but wanted to get home as fast as possible. So Ryanair turned a quick profit on his suffering. Your pain is their gain.

Ryanair has since agreed to refund him the excess fee.

Mr O’Leary commented on the incident at the airline’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Should they have offered to sell Mr Sattar tissues?

 “The staff were implementing our policy but I think you have to make exceptions in cases like that.”

The airline should “try to eliminate things that unnecessarily piss people off”.

Adding:

“I am very happy to take the blame or responsibility if we have a macho or abrupt culture. Some of that may well be my own personal character deformities… A lot of those customer service elements don’t cost a lot of money — it’s something we are committed to addressing over the coming year.”

It is thought this training will be funded by passengers paying £5 extra to be greeted by a Ryanair staff members who does not abuse them and £10 if they enjoy being treated like a bloody nuisance and mocked.

Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Face of the day: iphone 5s fan Gad Harari sets up camp on the Regent Street iQ

FACE of the day: Gad Harari aged 17, from London, sits in his plastic greenhouse which is the only shelter for himself as he waits to buy the new iPhone in Regent Street central London, which goes on sale in the UK this coming Friday.

Gad, who sits at the head of the iQ, assembles his tent by pressing a single large button and installing an app.

Gad Harari aged 17, from London, sits in his plastic greenhouse which is the only shelter for himself as he waits to buy the new iPhone in Regent Street central London, which goes on sale in the UK this coming Friday.

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Man mugged in Colindale for Grand Theft Auto V an hour after it was launched

AND so it begins:

A 23-year-old man was hit with a brick and stabbed before being robbed of the much awaited Grand Theft Auto V video game in Colindale, London at 01:20. The game was only launched at midnight.

The man also lost his watch and a mobile.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Pie and Mash saved the world: the stars who love the traditional cockney staple

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PIE and Mash, the traditional cockney staple, is under threat. An ageing fan base, coupled with a shortage of eels, has accelerated the decline of the traditional eel and pie shop.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (3)


Beaver anal secretions taste just like vanilla

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FEARS over a poor vanilla crop has been salved. The Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) says the anal secretions from the beaver, in the form of castoreum, tastes just like vanilla.
Says the agency’s Ulla Beckman Sundh:

“Natural aromas can be extracts from plants, fungi, and in some cases animals. The labelling provisions do not require that the kind of flavour is indicated, with the exception of coffee and quinine. As far as I know the beaver is not an animal which is bred, so supply is not that great.”

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Calm and laugh at the Nazis: Propaganda, Power, Persuasion and Hitler’s Lambeth Walk the British Library

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THE British Library (it’s fabulous; do go) is showing Propaganda: Power and Persuasion.

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is the first exhibition to explore international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the eye-opening to the mind-boggling, from the beautiful to the surprising, posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts reveal the myriad ways that states try to influence and persuade their citizens.

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment


Artist turns great books into colour signatures

JAZ Parkinson has turned some of our favourite books into colour charts. Says Parkinson:

“I’m interested in showing how the human mind can transform a word of text into a tangible colour,” says Parkinson. “…Each colour reference or piece of visual imagery in the novel has been tallied, graphed, and charted to make a unique signature for the book.”

She found the writing in The Red Badge of Courage to be especially evocative and she groups similar colors together to illustrate the imagery’s nuances. For instance, the three large reddish bands above represent “crimson” (a color Crane uses to describe the flash of rifle shots), “blood” and “red” (which Crane often uses in reference to the bloodshot eyes of the battle-weary soldiers).

 

 

The Bible – beginning and end

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Books | Comment


Chiltern trains gives passengers the full 18th Century experience between London and Birmingham

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THE toilets on Chiltern Railways have become “inspirational“. The new floor to ceiling vinyl images in the toilets on the Birmingham to London service will raise the mind. One lav has been made to look like Compton Verney, an eighteenth century country mansion turned art gallery in Warwickshire. No. The mansion is not muggy and dull of depressed people in suits sipping scalding hot coffee and playing Angry Birds. It’s pretty clean and smart.Says Thomas Ableman, Chiltern Railways director:

“We’re always looking at ways to create a memorable experience for our passengers. Toilets are traditionally a place to avoid so we have transformed them into an inspirational space with a view. Our only concern is that they’ll be so popular we’ll have people queuing up for the best seat on the train.”

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


Dating in Seattle: ‘I SAW YOU LOOKING AT ME WITH YOUR ONE GOOD EYE at the STD CLINIC’

SEATTLE power couple hook up on Craigslist:

I SAW YOU LOOKING AT ME WITH YOUR ONE GOOD EYE – w4m – 32 (STD CLINIC)

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Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment


How to get frostbite from deodorant

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HOW cooling is your deodorant? One 43-year-old Dundee man has cause to regret using his under-arm spray on his socked and booted feet before heading off shopping. He save the sweaty socks a thorough soaking before setting off.  A short while later, he noticed a pain. On removing his sock the men saw that skin was falling off and his feet were turning black.

He had frostbite.

To Ninewells Hospital, then, where the intrepid explorer is treated by consultant plastic surgeon Stuart Waterson:

“The dangers associated with the use of deodorants are not widely known. Perhaps warnings should be in place to advise its use on open areas and not allow soaking of the chemical on fabric.”

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Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comments (3)


Salvador ‘Dalí is the biggest prick of the 20th Century’ says Henry Miller

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HENRY Miller wrote this note back in 1973. In it he observed that Salvador Dalí (pictured below in 1936) ”the biggest ‘prick of the 20th century”.

 

Closeup of painter, Salvador Dali on July 4, 1936. (AP Photo)

 

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Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Books, Celebrities, Flashback | Comment


LOL: German health club advert of the year

THIS advert of the Fitness and Friends gym in Berlin is telling. TRAIN HARD. FEEL GOOD.

BErlin sports club poster

 

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


Great Ads: Mick Humphries can teach you to drive one of these biiiiiig trucks

GREAT Ads: Mick Humphries can teach you to drive one of these:

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