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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

London’s Teddy Boys – a photo essay

ALL hail the Teddy Boys. Long-drape jacket, drainpipe trousers, slim tie, plain shirt with high collar, brothel creepers and overt socks the Edwardian style. And hair. It’s all about the hair. Teen culture always is.

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Posted: 30th, November 2012 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


T-shirt of the day: Keep calm and try.. what?

T-SHIRT of the day: Keep calm and try…what? (More T-shirts misbehaving.)

Posted: 30th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


It’s Atari and PONG’s 40th birthday

HAPPY 40th Atari! Amber Frost reminds us that “40 years ago today, with only a $500 out-of-pocket investment, engineers Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney introduced PONG to the market on the Atari game system. From those two humble lines and a single, noble dot came a great pioneer in computer, arcade, and console gaming. Atari is even where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple got their start.”

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Everyday sexism: the Girls laptop has half the features of the boys’ version

EVERYDAY Sexism: the Irish toy laptop for girl with half as many features as the toy laptop for boys:

Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Lexxa Ridley: Car dealer dad uses model daughter to sex up his lot

LEXXA Ridley, 20, (real name?) is the mo-del helping dad Kim flog a 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay.  Says Kim Ridley: “If I felt bad about it, I wouldn’t do it.” He owns Ridley’s Rides in Eugene, Oregon. “Girls and dogs attract people’s attention.” Dogs with Girls is the dream – see the Ridley advert of Max, the family’s golden retriever, riding in a sidecar while Lexxa straddles a bike.

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Buttock implants gone wrong: the video

BUTTOCK implants gone wrong. The video: (More here.)

Posted: 28th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Yoko Ono’s hand job fashions for Opening Ceremony (full range in photos)

YOKO Ono has designed range of clothing for Opening Ceremony. The outfits are based on Yoko’s drawings from 1969. She had intended John Lennon to wear them – to “celebrate John’s hot bod”. She gave Lennon the sketches as a wedding gift. The clothes scream one thing: John asking Yoko, “Did you get a gift receipt, love?

The mesh cut out shits cost $145.00. The kneeless Conservative Pants are yours for £255. And the Hand Trousers are $335.00. For that money you can go to a tailor in Thailand and get an actual hand stuck to your cotton crotch. The hand will even do the ironing and tell you how great you look…

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Posted: 28th, November 2012 | In: Celebrities, Fashion | Comment


Russian forest now features this 170-ft long Tigger trampoline

THE Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia, features Fast Track, a 170-ft long trampoline. created by Salto. It looks like fun. But it;s art, dammit. It has to be steeped in meaning. Salto explain:

“Fast track” is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and percieving the environment.

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Posted: 28th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Alternative uses for milk: milking is an internet craze

WHEN we called on readers to think up new uses for milk, and so rescue the EU zone’s milk producers from their milk lake, you responded. Milking is a new craze:

Posted: 27th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Si Chan’s Hug Me Jacket (for insane muppets)

MEN’S Fashion item of the day: London’s College of Fashion graduate Si Chan blogs has a jacket to make men feel “warm and hugged“. The “Hug Me Jacket” could cost £800, if it ever gets made. But if you do make it, some muppet will come to buy it. Most likely Krazy Kermit…

 

 

Posted: 26th, November 2012 | In: Fashion | Comment


Fact checking: Qatar bans Piglet from Winnie The Pooh books?

TO Qatar, where Piglet has been purged from Winnie The Pooh books. Well, so one site reports. We are told that Qatar says the scared little pig is offensive to Islam. Really?

We’ve been here before. In 2007, Qatar Living featured a story about the shopper who’d found Piglet erased by black maker pens from a copy of Disney’s “My Very First Encyclopedia with Winnie the Pooh and friends”:

 Yes, the cuddly cute pink Piglet had disappeared. First, I have no idea who would buy a book that cost about $30 that was marked up like this. Secondly, what the hell were the censors thinking!? Now as a Muslim, I can venture why they did this. But as a Muslim, I think it is totally ridiculous.

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Posted: 24th, November 2012 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


How to save on that grocery bill: eat less food

THIS somewhat surprises me. Unilever, which sells lots of food, is trying to tell people to buy and waste less food. Seems pretty odd really: killing your own business even.

You can see the advice here: all pretty standard stuff, plan your meals, only buy what you need, eat it before it goes off etc. The one and only bit that actually seems useful is this:

Remember to keep your fridge temperature below 5oC. Research shows that up to 30pc of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if the fridge is just a few degrees too warm.

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Posted: 23rd, November 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment


Local News in Burnley: ‘I found a maggot in my butty’ (video)

LOCAL news travels to Burnley, where Hafiz Rehman, 27, says he found a maggot in his egg salad sandwich bought from the Greggs opposite Boots.

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Posted: 23rd, November 2012 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


Julie Burchill: Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philosemite

 A WHILE back I (along with others) received an email from the divine goddess Julie Burchill. She was seeking my financial support for a book she wants to publish called Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philosemite – about her adoration of the Jewish race. She had signed up to a crowd-funding publishing outfit called Unbound – if an author can find enough loot via backers (ie interested readers with cash) to sponsor their book, then they, too, will find themselves between covers.

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Posted: 22nd, November 2012 | In: Books | Comments (7)


Shapad by Time: the clock shaped by powder

TIME to powder the old nose. And thanks to the “Shaped by time” by Studio Toer, the powder tells you when it’s good to go.  What the powder is, the website does not say. Celebrities, Colombian drugs barons, jihadis and unibombers might care to top up the clocks as they see fit. (They can then take the clock into their prison cells and do time, literally.)

The blurb does tell us:

“Shaped-by-time” is a clock that shapes itself by the passage of time. Because it’s looking for the most efficient way to move itself through the matter it will create an organic form by the slow repetitive movement of time. Time is slightly visible when the clock starts running, after a few days it excavates itself out of the matter and time will appear. From then on it slowly starts creating it’s organic form in which it will find it’s ideal shape. When you want to forget time, shake it a bit and it will start all over again with finding it’s way. Like time heals wounds, this clock litterly [sic] heals itself by time.”

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Posted: 21st, November 2012 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comments (3)


Free air tickets for the dangerous flying obese

IF you’re obese, Air Canada will give you a free extra seat. You just need a doctor’s note.

One problem is that airline seats might not be strong enough to support obese travelers.  The New York Times:

More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165

“If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar, the principal scientist at the Center for Applied Biomechanics at the University of Virginia.

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Posted: 21st, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The greatest keep-fit devices of the 1970s

WERE you around in the 1970s? Did you keep fit with the latest kit? We’ve pulled together some of the devices available in the brown decade. If you have any of these items, please let us know if they worked:

Ladies who crunch

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Posted: 21st, November 2012 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comments (4)


Grow Up To Be Gay: children’s toy of the day

GROW Up To Be Gay is the children’s toy of the day:

Posted: 21st, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Nominative determinism: Jim Hall writes about PE Lessons

NOMINATIVE determinism: The author of PE Lesson Plans Year 1: Photocopiable Gymnastic Activities, Dance and Games Teaching Programmes, PE Lesson Plans Year 2: Photocopiable Gymnastic Activities, Dance and Games Teaching Programmes, PE Lesson Plans Year 3: Photocopiable Gymnastic Activities, Dance and Games Teaching Programmes and so on is called Jim Hall.

 

Posted: 20th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Burger King starts delivering in New York

CANCEL that table reservation at the palace. Burger King is delivering.

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Posted: 20th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


‘Reasonably good’ Bolton doctors produce a cracking website

THE website of Bolton’s Dr. Surinder Singh and Dr. Stephen James Authe is a gem. They say of their surgeries on Halliwell Rd and Wyresdale Rd:

Hello, and welcome to our surgeries.

We operate a friendly 2-doctor 2-site (Wyresdale Road and Halliwell Road) practice, where we hope to provide a reasonably good standard of medical care. We do not pretend to be the best NHS surgery under the sun…

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Posted: 19th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Great street art of 2012

GREAT Street art:


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Posted: 19th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The greatest costume every: the roller coaster

THIS might be the greatest fancy dress costume ever – the roller-coaster costume:

Posted: 17th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Mother turns his baby’s naps into dreams you can see

ADELE Emersen took pictures of her daughter Mila. She then added drawings to them to show us what Mila might be dreaming of…

Spotter and more images: OtherParents

Posted: 17th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment