“If I meet these whores I will have the honour to be the first one to cut the heads off Madonna and Britney Spears if they will keep spreading their Satanic culture against Islam.”—Leader of the Palestinian Popular Resistance (sic), Muhammad Abdel-Al: As of now I will defend Britney and Madge to the death…
“The television programme Blue Peter was accused yesterday of deceiving children for the second time in a year as the BBC removed staff blamed for a series of phone-in scandals that have damaged its credibility with the public.
A former producer on the children’s show, Britain’s longest-running, has been suspended after it emerged that production staff had ignored the result of a viewer poll to choose a name for the Blue Peter cat last year.
Socks was the name chosen for the Blue Peter cat by the programme’s producers, although insiders said that the decision was taken because the most common name selected – a variant on Puss – was deemed to be inappropriate.”
“I think the key image of the 20th century is the man in the motor car. It sums up everything: the elements of speed, drama, aggression, the junction of advertising and consumer goods with the technological landscape. The sense of violence and desire, power and energy; the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signalled landscape.”—JG Ballard
Location: Fradley - Former RAF Lichfield Type: Haunting Manifestation Date / Time: Twentieth century Further Comments: The headless rear gunner that haunts this area walked into the propellers of a Lancaster - whether it was an accident or suicide we’ll never know .”
“The aristocratic father of Victoria and Isabella Hervey, the society It girls, was identified by Scotland Yard as an “oily scoundrel” behind scores of jewellery robberies. A newly released Metropolitan police file at the National Archives reveals that Victor Hervey, the 6th Marquess of Bristol, criminal record no 19440, was suspected of being the Pink Panther of his day.
He was thought to have used his aristocratic connections to mastermind a series of jewellery robberies from acquaintances he made as a member of a set known as the Mayfair Playboys.
Investigations led by Detective Inspector Robert Fabian also unearthed allegations of arms and drugs running. An informant tipped off the police that Hervey had set up one of the most audacious raids of the 1940s. His black Rolls-Royce was supposedly used as a getaway vehicle by four masked men who broke into Hever Castle in Kent, home of Lord Astor, bound and gagged the night watchman and made off with historic treasures.
Their haul included Henry VIII’s signet ring, Elizabeth I’s prayer book and a psalter (book of psalms) owned by Anne Boleyn. Police kept watch on Hervey’s houseboat, the Dry Martini, moored at Thames Dit-ton, Surrey, for weeks hoping to catch him with the loot.”
"Pop star Britney Spears has been charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid California driver’s license. Spears could be fined $1000 (£495) and serve a six-month prison sentence if convicted.
A spokesman for the city’s attorney’s office said the incident occurred on Aug 6 in a Los Angeles car park. The 25-year-old singer allegedly hit a parked car and drove away. The owner of the parked car filed an accident report on Aug 9 at the North Hollywood Community Police Station.”
”IBM joins the OpenOffice.org community to develop and promote OpenOffice.org technology
10 September 2007 — The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products. ”
"Welcome to Buses on Screen! This is a celebration of buses as they’ve been depicted on screen over the years, on film, on TV, in screen advertising, and even in music videos. This is the perfect meeting of one of the great forms of transport and one of the great mediums of mass communication!
If you’ve sung along with Cliff Richard in ‘Summer Holiday’, or you’ve thrilled to Sandra Bullock’s driving in ‘Speed’, if you’ve ever wondered what happened to that bus on the side of the mountain in ‘The Italian Job’, or been amazed by Harry Potter’s triple decker bus, well……that’s just the start. (We didn’t mention ‘On The Buses’, did we?"
"Prince is threatening to sue a raft of major websites, including YouTube, eBay and Pirate Bay, as part of a legal initiative to "reclaim the internet" from rampant piracy.
Lawsuits relating to Prince’s material will be launched in the US and UK as part of a campaign led by anti-piracy firm Web Sheriff, which is representing the star.
The Web Sheriff managing director, John Giacobbi, said the extent of piracy online has become “ridiculous”, spanning videos, music downloads, bootleg merchandise and unlicenced ringtones.
"99% of the stuff online is totally unauthorised. Someone has to start somewhere and we know this will make a serious impact - a hell of a lot of artists are going to follow suit. We have to build a 21st century model for the entertainment industry.”
“I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”—Charlie Brooker doesn’t like macs. From here
“It looked like Tommy Lee initiated it because Kid Rock was ignoring him,”
"And Tommy Lee kind of antagonised him. And then when Tommy Lee stood up, it looked a little weird, like, ‘Yo, what?’
"When Tommy stands up is when Kid hit him the first time with a backhand. And then Tommy Lee looked like he was trying to get at him to aggressively retaliate and then Kid Rock hits Tommy Lee again - bong."
"And then security grabs Tommy Lee in a headlock and pulls him off."
” By the standards of the internet, the photograph is relatively tame: an 18-year-old girl, standing in a bedroom in front of deep red curtains, pulling back her hair and smiling for the camera. She’s stark naked, of course.
But this is a nude picture like no other. It could, in fact, represent one of the most expensive PR disasters in recent media history.
The naked girl is none other than Vanessa Hudgens, star of The Walt Disney Company’s hugely lucrative High School Musical franchise, which has generated an estimated $1 billion of operating profit for company over the past two years. The show, like Walt Disney itself, is as wholesome as children’s entertainment gets: one of the reasons it has become such a cultural phenomenon.
Just to make things more difficult, the photograph was allegedly taken by Zac Efron, Hudgens’s 19-year-old boyfriend, and her co-star on the show."