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Psychic Sally Sees EastEnders

psychic-1.jpgOK! Magazine’s “PSYCHIC SALLY” is in conversation with EastEnders’ Joe Swash.

Dim the lights…

Sally: You play your character in EastEnders relly well, as as far as the public is concerned, you are Mickey. But you have a burning need to do something else. Would I be right?

Joe: Yes, you would be.

As reported on Anorak on February 25, Joe has been written out of the EastEnders cast.


Posted: 13th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, OK!, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Wajeha Huwaider’s Video For Saudi Arabian Women

WAJEHA Huwaide takes a stand against Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers in the kingdom.

In Saudi Arabia, this is rebellion:

Many women in this society are able to drive cars, and many of our male relatives don’t mind us driving,” she says in Arabic.

“I hope that by next year’s International Woman’s Day, this ban on us will be lifted.”

Posted: 12th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Appeasing Islam: A Video


Posted: 10th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

The Wire, The Sun’s Pulizter Prize And The Death Of Newspapers

EXTREME Mortman looks at The Wire, The Sun And The Death Of Newspapers:

In Wolfe’s sprawling big city drama, the people on top — no matter how crooked or how lying, and no matter whether their stated purpose is to do the public good or harm — always finish on top. In “The Wire” conclusion, the ending appears upbeat — lots of smiling faces, lots of individual accomplishment, peppy music. But the folks who succeeded are, for the most part, crooks and liars.

The point was driven home — actually, bludgeoned home — by the Sun paper winning a coveted Pulitzer Prize, for essentially knowingly lying. David Simon (and did our eyes deceive us, or was that Simon himself in a brief cameo sitting at a cubicle with a sticker that says “Save The Sun”) has the paper winning an award for public service that they most certainly did not deserve. That comes after Haynes, in a newsroom rant, cites journalistic luminaries Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass.

The irony is that today, in real life, newspapers are being done in by the Internet, by bloggers. In Simon’s “Wire,” the Internet is acknowledged — but it’s not the reason for the newspaper’s black eye. It’s their own fault. It’s trampling on the truth, and disinterest in fact checking if it means missing a prize.


Posted: 10th, March 2008 | In: Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment

Janina San Miguel Beats Miss Teen South Carolina

JANINA San Miguel Beats Miss Teen South Carolina in the ‘Unthreateningly Stupid’ part of the beauty contest:

Posted: 10th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (20)

Go The Clockwork Green Team

GO the Greeen Team. You can have any colour so long as it’s green… (NSFW) The Clockwork Greens:

Green Team! Green Team!! Green Team!!!!

Posted: 8th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Will Kerry Katona’s Father Please Confess

alan-titchmarsh-1.jpgARE you Kerry Katona’s dad? What about you? You? You? You? What about you James Spears?

What does it pay to be Kerry Katona’s father? We do not know. All the Sun says is that the celebrity lettuce shaker wants the man she believes is her dad to take a DNA test on her TV show Kerry Katona: Crazy In Love.

Kerry’s supposed father is John Dowd, although on first view the Anorak mistook him for Alan Titchmarsh. Therein would lie a greater story.

But John it is. He received this letter from a TV production company: “Kerry would like to do a DNA test with you. However, because we are filming the whole time, we would like to capture this on camera.”

Nothing like a spot of science to enliven a celebrity-fed reality TV show.

Says John: “It’s like blackmail, it’s unbelievable. They’re basically saying, ‘If you don’t do it on TV, then she won’t do it’.”

The Alan Titchmarsh show is on 2.30 pm at ITV1.

Posted: 7th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

The War On Terror Ray Gun

THE War on Terror Ray Gun. Brought to you by the makers of War On Stupidity:

Posted: 7th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Paul Radcliffe’s Olympic ‘Arse Bath’ And BBC Man’s Wee Spot Of Bother

paula-radcliffe.jpgSPORTS quote of the day: BBC Breakfast news presenter Chris Hollins reporting on athlete facilities at the Beijing Olympic village: “A shower might cause problems for Paula Radcliffe, who as we know prefers an arse bath or two.”

Adding: “Sorry. An ice bath. I’d better go.”

Posted: 7th, March 2008 | In: Back pages, TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Nick Clegg Gets On His Bike

nick-clegg.jpgSTEVE Webb, the Liberal Democrat’s environment spokesman, is sat on the GMTV Sunday sofa talking of his boss, Nick Clegg.

Says he: “Nick is experimenting with some sort of low-carbon moped for getting around London, so I’m sure there is photograph coming out of that.”

And one that should be reproduced for years and years and years to come…

Picture: Poldraw

Posted: 7th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment

US Soldiers Torturing Puppy: Dogs Of War

DO these videos – including one of a US soldier throwing a puppy off a cliff – reveal the dehumanization of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

It makes for unpleasant viewing:

Leaving scene of accident:

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Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (10)

Anne Diamond Needs To Be Thick Skinned

anne-diamond.JPGASKS Hello!” magazine of Anne Diamond, who walked off Celebrity Fit Club:

“Some hurtful things have been written about your struggle with your size. Have you become thick-skinned?”

Or just big boned? Anne…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Hello!, TV & Radio | Comment

A Coronation Street On Every Street

coronation-street.jpgPLANS are afoot for a Coronation Street pub on “YOUR STREET”, says the Star on its front page.

What having a pub on every street in the country will do for binge drinking can only be feared, but if it what the fans of the soap demand, then it will hard to stop.

We would argue that to be truly authentic, your street should host a knicker factory, a cab office, a bus stop, a corner shop, a kebab shop and the associated doctor’s surgery.

In a stroke, Britain’s manufacturing industry is restored, the NHS is improved, car emissions curtailed, supermarkets beaten, drink-driving banished and, if the kebabs can be laced with free range tomato and organic horse the heath of the nation improved.

If you have been affected by any of the words in today’s story call 0800 CONFUSED, where Casualty’s team of medics will be on hand to help…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Labour Says BBC Is Soft On Cameron

jeremy-paxman.jpg“LABOUR accuses BBC of going soft on Cameron,” says the Mail.

Labour has lodged an official complaint, claiming Radio 4’s Today programme has given David Cameron an easy ride in recent interviews.

In a letter to Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programming, Labour’s vice- chairman Dawn Butler says presenter-Sarah Montague avoided any “unexpected questions”.

Says Miss Butler: “On the last five occasions Mr Cameron has appeared on the Today programme, dating back to November 1, his interviews have lasted less than eight minutes, they have been exclusively on a subject of his own choosing, and no questions have been asked by the interviewers on any other topical issues.”

The BBC denies any bias. And we wonder if this is less the fault of the BBC than of its star interlocutor Jeremy Paxman, whose hectoring, smirky-style of interviewing is what we expect our politicians to endure.

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Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment

The BBC’s Shaky Coverage Of That UK Earthquake

DAVE Lee sees the earthquake that shook the UK on Sky News within 15 minutes. He lives in Lincoln, close to the epicentre.

Meanwhile the BBC fails to even mention the UK earthquake a full half an hour after it happened.

This was the earthquake brought on by global warming

Posted: 1st, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (4)

Celebrity Cull: Suzanne Shaw Wields Blade On Dancing On Ice

MORE news on the Dancing On Ice Celebrity Cull.

Followign this and this, the Mail screams: “Drama On Ice: The moment Suzanne Shaw’s skate sliced open her partner’s face.”


Posted: 1st, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

We Are The World In Japanese

Posted: 29th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

A Leap Year Proposal Leading To The Seven Year Itch

TO the GMTV broadcasts. Amid the chintz and the Mr Sheen sparkling teeth, a viewer proposes to the lover she’s been dating for seven years. Seven years…. Seven years…. Seven years

Posted: 29th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Worst Nude Movie Scenes of All Time

Paper Magazine’s Top 10 Worst Nude Film Scenes of all-time:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
2. Patrick Dempsey – Some Girls
3. Terry Bradshaw – Failure To Launch
4. Donald Sutherland – Space Cowboys
5. Kathy Bates – At Play In The Fields Of The Lord

Posted: 29th, February 2008 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Food Fight: Americans And War

AN abridged history of American-centric warfare, from WWII to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict:

I thought the UK were the kebabs, or at last a decent chicken tikka massala?

Posted: 29th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Eduardo Da Silva, As Viewed By Rupert Murdoch

eduardo1.jpg “SKY Sports’ refusal on Saturday to replay film of Eduardo da Silva’s dreadful injury…was an act of sensitivity not repeated by the internet ghouls.

“Clips of the moment the Arsenal forward suffered his career threatening injury were posted on YouTube almost as soon as the final whistle was blow…,” writes the Times’ Kevin ‘The Insider’ Eason.

Very noble of Sky Sports, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Boo to YouTube, not owned by Rupert Murdoch.

And “Ouch!” to the Sun which, for the second day running, shows a picture of Eduardo having his leg shattered.

The Sun is owned by, er, Rupert Murdoch…

Posted: 27th, February 2008 | In: Back pages, TV & Radio | Comment

The Law Of Battlestar Gallactica

BATTLESTAR Gallactica:

Dave Hoffman, Deven Desai, and I are pleased to present Part III of our interview with Ron Moore and David Eick, the creators, producers, and writers of the hit television show, Battlestar Galactica.

Part I of our interview explored the role of law in the show, exploring topics such as the legal system, lawyers, trials and tribunals, torture, necessity vs. moral principles, and deference to the military.

Posted: 26th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

When Global Warming Attacks

GLOBAL Warming attacks! 

Posted: 26th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Top 10 Put Down On Amerians And UK TV

Basil Fawlty – Fawlty Towers. To Sybil: “Oh dear, what happened? Did you get entangled in the eiderdown again? Not enough cream in your eclair? Hmm? Or did you have to talk to all your friends for so long that you didn’t have time to perm your ears?”

Mrs Merton – The Mrs Merton Show. To Debbie McGee: “So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?”

Edmund Blackadder – Blackadder II. To Lord Percy: “The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr Brain has long since departed, hasn’t he, Percy?”

Roseanne Conner – Roseanne. To husband Dan: “Your idea of romance is popping the can away from my face.”

Father Jack Hackett – Father Ted. “Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!”

Carla – Cheers. Cliff: “I’m ashamed God made me a man.” Carla: “I don’t think God’s doing a lot of bragging about it either.”

Patsy Stone – Absolutely Fabulous. “One more facelift on this one and she’ll have a beard.”

Jim Royle – The Royle Family. Nana: “Is this hat too far forward?” Jim: “No. We can still see your face.”

Malcolm Tucker – The Thick Of It. To a junior minister: “All these hands all over the place! You were like a sweaty octopus trying to unhook a bra! It was like watching John Leslie at work!”

Statler and Waldorf – The Muppet Show. Statler: “Wake up, you old fool, you slept through the show.” Waldorf: “Who’s a fool? You watched it.”


Posted: 26th, February 2008 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Holly Willoughby And Me: The Boobs Speak Out

holly_willoughby.jpgHOLLY Willoughby is a shoo-in for A Top Ten finish in Channel 4’s 100 Best Breasts.

It is very likely that she will be in the top half dozen when the awards are given out for 100 Best Breast in a pro-celebrity ice dance show.

And there is talk of Holly Willoughby getting the nod to present 100 Best Breasts In A Refrigerated Studio on UK Living (sponsored by Hotpoint).

But Willoughby, who presides over the celebrity cull that is ITV’s Dancing On Ice, is so much more than the sum of her chest. As the Mail observes, she is wearing a “backless and almost bottomless” dress. Willoughby is nothing if she is not versatile.

Says one viewer: “My husband and I have great fun trying to bet how low her top will be each week.” Says another: “Why doesn’t she stop messing around and just do the show topless?”

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Posted: 26th, February 2008 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment (1)