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ANYONE WHO says Hugh Hefner is only good at getting intimate with women a fifth of his age might need a rethink. News from the BBC reports the wrinkly Playboy supremo has coughed up $900,000 (£580,000) to save the famous Hollywood sign from demolition. (more…)

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CHECK OUT this gross misrepresentation of the facts from a Sky News infographic. The Daily Mail and The Sun both played similarly loose with the facts their own polls threw up. But surely, it’s all #nickcleggsfault.

Hat-tip to refpls on the spot.

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JUST A quick one to remind women to stop creating wars; drinking with Satan; grounding flights; and generally doing lots of evil. Stop it.

BBC reports that cleric mouth farts.

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WHENEVER YOU decide to dye your hair half-blue, buy some tight corduroy three-quarter length slacks and a t-shirt with purpose-poked holes in it and head down Shoreditch way to show those fuckers how cool you are, be sure to walk down Curtain Road to check out what the kids at Mutate Britain are doing. (more…)

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A (Dutch)man's home is his castle... though it doesn't guarantee a league title

THERE’S THAT old phrase, ‘a man’s home is his castle’. (Not mine, mind; I live in a Victorian maisonette in West London.) Well, Ajax Amsterdam FC has taken that old wisdom and given it a modern sprucing by changing ‘castle’ to ‘fortress’. But despite an incredible league record of 16 wins out of 17 home games, 64 scored and only four against, the club isn’t topping the Dutch league. (more…)

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THE VOLCANIC eruption over in Iceland – in the brilliantly named Eyjafjallajokull glacier region – is a local’s nightmare; a radio presenter based an hour’s drive away from the epicentre told Colin Murray today it was closest thing to the end of the world you could see, with the early morning sky pitch black with volcanic soot and all animal life seemingly disappearing from the face of the Earth.

But from a British journalistic perspective, the story is a godsend. Which is good, what with me being a British journalist and all. (more…)

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THIS ARTICLE has a whiff of self-flagellation about it. It’s a public dressing down of myself, in front of you, the reader (all three of you) to purge myself of the incredible lack of activity on this blog in the past few months.

Blogging, as nearly anyone can tell you, is something that all aspiring journalists should be doing. Regularly. If Roger Ebert, the timeless Chicago Sun-Times film critic can tweet at 69, it shouldn’t be a task for me to stick up a post of note a few times a week. I mean, jesus, my mum is now on Facebook. There’s no excuse, besides the fact I really like drinking and watching crap TV when I’m not working, and that doesn’t leave much time for sober/intelligent/measured writing. (more…)

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THIS IS an actual piece of real journalism that I did. Quite incredible. I met with, asked questions to AND even got answers from a proper, like, well-famous comedian. I know, I’m reeling too.

A link to the published version of this article can be found here.

A few weeks ago a Guardian article by Brian Logan caused what could be considered to be ‘quite a fuss’ in the comedy world.

His article, ‘The new offenders of comedy’ accused Scott Capurro, along with Australian Brendan Burns, Richard Herring and Jim Jefferies specifically of creating the new offensive comedy movement by using provocative material in their shows.

The resounding uproar saw Logan chastised for what some consider a slanderous misrepresentation of the truth for pure journalistic benefit, but, while Herring et al rushed to protect their reputations the one man who was most viciously attacked for his outrageous style has stayed quiet. Until now… (more…)

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tescooutside

I’M NOT working or interning at the moment. I start a project in a few weeks and then, fingers, toes and laces crossed, should start at business-to-business television magazine. But at the moment, I’m broke and bored. I get by blagging freebies here and there, blogging and posting on Twitter and drinking in Sam Smith pubs – I’ve been to an impressive seven in the past two weeks – but essentially I’m always looking for something to so I’ve taken to entertaining myself any way I can.

This week I’ve been in supermarkets more than I’d more normally choose to. Supermarkets are rubbish places in the grand scheme of things. So how do you make a daily or weekly shop bareable? I’ll tell you. Watch. Don’t shop. Watch people. They are brilliant. Humans do weird things in supermarkets. Weird humans go to supermarkets. Weird supermarkets make normal humans weird. Enjoy them.

In my local Tesco – the Portobello Road branch (the one that Dave Cameron got his bike nicked from for a bit of context) –  I have witnessed the following in the past few days…

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ukee1IN THESE Random Things You Might Like posts I’m just going to dump things I’ve come across in webby land.

This you may have seen before, it’s a couple of years old and is a Youtube phenomena, but I like it enough to want it available on my site at all time. Enjoy the wonders of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain peforming Isaac Hayes’ classic Shaft at the 2007 Cambridge Folk Festival…

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