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17th, April Sports

Chelsea Balls: The Daily Mail's Attack On Andreas Christensen Is Based On A Hunch

HOW football reporting works: The Daily Mail obliges its promise to feature one story a day on the big clubs. It tweets: "On £20,000 a week...and he plays for Chelsea's youth team..." More »

17th, April Sports

Manchester City Balls: In the Rush To Bury The Citizens An Error Occurs

THE Manchester Evening News was as one with the mainstream press in lamenting City's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland last night... More »

17th, April Sports

Bale & Ball: Real Madrid Star And Adidas Brazuca Crack Another Case Of Desperate Marketing

GARETH Bale scored a terrific goal last night to win the Copa Del Rey for Real Madrid. But he never thanked God, as many players do. Bale thanked the ball. He thanked the Adidas Brazuca for obeying his foot and not behaving like a beach ball on a windy day on a Bridlington beach. ... More »

17th, April Celebrities

1936: Josephine Baker Performs The Danse Sauvage In A Rubber Banana Bikini for The Ziegfeld Follies

IN these photos from 1936, American-born French expatriate entertainer and singer, Josephine Baker, wins over the crowd... More »

17th, April Money

Starbucks Is Relocating Its HQ To The UK: Hurrah!

OR at least Starbucks is going to be relocating it's European HQ to the UK. Which, after all that fuss about how much tax Starbucks was or was not paying in this country is a bit of a turnaround... More »

17th, April Flashback

1936-2000: The Radio City Rockettes In Photos

They were founded by Russell Markert: * When he saw the Ziegfeld Follies in 1922, he found them short and lacking in choreographic versatility. Yet, he marvelled at their wondrous precision and vowed to one day get 16 taller American girls, who could kick higher and do lots of tap dancing. He got that chance.... More »

17th, April Strange But True

Belfast's Hottest New Comedy Act Is A Dead Man In An Urn

WHEN Kevin Dorothy, 53, died in December 2013, he was unable to fulfil his desire to preform at the city's Pavilion Bar comedy showcase. But he became a double-act. Because Kevin's friend Stephen Mullan wasn't alone when he appeared at the show. Next to him was Kevin, in ash form and urned (see photo).... More »

17th, April Flashback

The Good, The Bad And The Bubbly: Bathroom Décor Of Yesteryear

TODAY, bathroom décor is so sterile and uninviting; whereas, back in the 1960s and 70s it was place of fun colors and whimsical decorations... and, yes, things did get a little weird. Take for instance, the bathroom pictured above – it looks like a delectable cake. For a moment, it seems like an inviting little birthday party and I forget that this is a place meant for pooping... More »

17th, April Strange But True

Bored Panda: Lonely Scarlett Is Given A TV To Watch

THIS might well be the most depressing story of the year. Having removed two pandas, Macy and Qianqian, from the Yunnan Wild Animal Park, China, Scarlett was alone... More »

17th, April In Pictures

Prostitutes of Guatemala: A Photo Essay Of Life On La Linea

AN ANORAK photo essay: life on La Linea, a Guatemala Prostitution Strip. Photographer Alexandre Meneghini looks at the women in the rented love rooms.... More »

16th, April Sports

BackPages: Manchester City Lose 2-2 And Sunderland Are Invisible

It's not all about the big clubs... More »

16th, April News

Daily Star Front Page: 'Mutant Rats In Your Kebab'

Which is, of course, an improvement in what most of us find in the things.... More »

16th, April Flashback

1966: Bunny-Eared Rockettes Rehearse The Easter Show at New York'’s Radio City Music Hall

FLASHBACK to 05/04/1966.... More »

16th, April Flashback

1962-1985 Taikonaut Tykes: Chinese Space Babies Posters

IF the Russians could have Santa in outer space, the Chinese could do it with babies... More »

16th, April TV & Radio

8 Entertaining Examples Of TV Phone-In Swearing

There’s nothing clever about phoning up John ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ Terry on Chelsea TV and shouting, ‘You’re a fucking cu*t!’ Nothing clever at all. But you have to admit, it’s pretty funny.... More »

16th, April Gifs

The Greatest Weight Loss Gif Of All Time - Ever!

THANKS to Reddit user dignityblows, aka Amanda, we get to see the world's best ever weight loss Gif. And it might also be the world's best ever cured-of-wearing-glasses-gif, too... More »

16th, April Key Posts 1

Dead And Rotting Cyril Smith Stinks Less Than When He Was Alive

THE Liberal Democrats claim they had no idea Sir Cyril Smith, the Labour mayor of Rochdale who became the town's Liberal MP and that Party's chief whip, was a pervert.... More »

16th, April Music 1

Modfather’s Pay Out: Paul Weller Calls Daily Mail Voyeurs For Perving At His Kids And Gets Payout

MUSICIAN Paul Weller has won himself £10,000 in damages after pictures of his children were "plastered" on the Mail Online. The High Court said that Associated Newspapers had to pay up after Weller and his family complained about a number of paparazzi shots were published with the headline "A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun"... More »

16th, April Music 1

Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher To Make A Record Together?

THE animosity circus that was Britpop, with everyone trying to outdo each other by saying "we're the best band in the world" and slating other bands was fun for 10 minutes. When bands like Scotland's The Gyres started calling themselves the best band in the world, everything got a bit claggy.... More »

16th, April Flashback

1930 Grand National: Jockey G Goswell Is Helped To An Ambulance As His May King Flounders In The Beecher's Brook Ditch

FLASHBACK to March 28 1930... More »

16th, April Film 1

Back from the Dead: The 5 Lamest Horror Movie Monster Resurrections

THROUGHOUT cinematic history, our most beloved monsters -- from Dracula and The Wolf Man to Freddy Krueger and King Kong -- have returned again and again to haunt our nightmares, and our movie screens. In any horror movie or monster movie sequel, the primary challenge is thus always quite specific: how do we get our beloved monster back after so thoroughly and completely defeating him at the end of the previous movie? How do we snatch defeat from what seemed like victory?... More »

16th, April Music

Dentist Plans To Clone John Lennon From A Tooth And Raise Him As A Son

A CLEARLY bonkers Canadian dentist called Dr Michael Zuk has spoken of his not weird and distressing at all plans to clone dead Beatle John Lennon and raise him as a son... More »

16th, April Anorak TV

Regretful Reviews: Supertaster Amanda And Paddy Spend 10 Minutes Reviewing A Terry's Chocolate Orange

IN this regretful review 'Supertaster Amanda' and Paddy Uglow spend 10 minutes reviewing a Terry’s Chocolate Orange?... More »

16th, April News

Local News Watch: Transgender Former Soldier Appeals For Stolen Corsets

Roxanne, 65, tells the News Shopper: "What gets me is she said she never wears suspender belts or things like that so why did she take them?"... More »

16th, April Anorak TV

Hail Mary! Hail Mary! Sing Along At Lent To The Hour of Our Death

ANROAK'S favourite Christian rocker William Tapley, aka the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse, has a song for Lent... More »