Deflategate Audio Transcripts
Jan24

Deflategate Audio Transcripts

The world of American Football is on edge as we await the concocted results of the NFL‘s incredible in-depth investigation into the manufactured outrage around Deflategate, that terrifying event between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts that is – at least in the NFL’s and the media’s “minds” – more serious than killing dogs, more harmful to the sport than beating up women in...

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Rutland High School Yearbook 1971
Jan15

Rutland High School Yearbook 1971

The Internet Archive is always a great place to have a virtual wander through if you’re forever finding yourself stuck in a timewarp of nostalgia like me. It doesn’t help you escape the timewarp of nostalgia – not that you’d ever want to because it’s nice there – but it does make it even more enjoyable. So, today’s discovery has been the the publications of the Rutland Historical Society and,...

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Japanese TV Adverts
Jan11

Japanese TV Adverts

I don’t speak Japanese. I think that will become very obvious very quickly as I try to work out what these old TV adverts from Japan, home of bewildering imagery, are actually for. Let’s see. There are giant, flying insects, a man in a baseball uniform, crabs holding yellow boxes with chicken symbols on them, and a wind-up power cord winding in. This is probably an advert for Click Clack Cluck, a natural compound made from...

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Why Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked
Jan10

Why Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked

Charlie Hebdo was not a nice publication. But it had every right to be not a nice publication. People who don’t like not nice publications don’t have to read them, don’t have to pay attention to them. People who don’t like not nice publications have the right to petition to have them removed from circulation or persuade others not to buy them if they can’t avoid paying attention to them – this is...

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Portsmouth, Alien Invasion – Women’s Defence Force
Jan03

Portsmouth, Alien Invasion – Women’s Defence Force

We’ve already seen that the women of Portsmouth kept their spirits high even as the Squirmy Munge attacked the city during the 1915-1923 war but don’t think for one second that their role in the conflict was limited to playing football under daylight UFO raids; the Portsmouth women were organised, aggressive, and adept in all the ways of warfare. Nothing’s really changed. A familiar sight in the city was that of the...

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Ichthyologist Chat Up Lines
Dec29

Ichthyologist Chat Up Lines

Those poor, lonely icthyologists doomed to a life of solitude, incapable of talking to a prospective sexual or life partner without mentioning fish. Or smelling like fish. Or being just a little bit wet. Like fish. Where are their ice breakers? Where are their chat up lines? Are they here? Probably not. Hey baby, you’re a perfect tench. Is that an eel in your pocket or are you just happy to sea weed? Somebody needs to call Cod...

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