News

Vladimir Putin will ban all smoking in Russia

Vladimir Putin will ban all smoking in Russia

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, wants to kick smokers’ butts by introducing the harshest cigarette laws ever conceived by a government. The clean living, fitness freak loathes people smoking around him and wants everyone in his country to snub out their filthy habit. Under plans to rid Russia of tobacco once and for all, anyone born after 2015 would be banned from buying cigarettes. In fact it will be deemed as bad as buying illegal drugs. But while Putin‘s measures seem harsh, desperate measures are perhaps called for. About 43 per cent of the Russian population lights up — down from 60... [Read the full story]


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Sport

On this day…in 1964

On this day…in 1964

On February 25, 1964, underdog Cassius Clay, age 22, defeats champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. The highly anticipated match took place in Miami Beach, Florida. Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, went on to become the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times. Liston was a reserved, feared fighter, a decade older than Cassius Clay, and had been world heavyweight champ since defeating Floyd Patterson in 1962. By contrast, Clay was a mouthy underdog who had won a gold medal in the light heavyweight... [Read the full story]


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Smoko

Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

Well, it’s almost mid-way through another very unproductive week. Not helped by the fact that I cannot sit at the computer for any amount of time as have to keep leg straight. Oh well…I’ll be back at work soon. Just need to use up some more sick-leave. On the plus side watched some classic programmes which unless ill would never watch – Quincy ME which ran 1976, to September 5, 1983, starring the marvellously shouty Jack Klugman, battling against uncaring officialdom . I loved the formula below; Somebody dies, seemingly by natural causes. Whilst performing tests at the lab,... [Read the full story]


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Music

On this day…in 1987

On this day…in 1987

In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers. Since then, the Hall has added a new class of inductees each year, expanding by January 2008 to 209 honorees in four categories: Performers, Non-Performers, Sidemen and Lifetime Achievers. The category in which the Hall is most conspicuously lacking, however, is women. Of the 159 total inductions in the Performers category, 135 have been of solo male performers or male... [Read the full story]


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Life

Is anybody there?

Is anybody there?

Where is the voice crying out in the wilderness? The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are here already.  Wars and conflicts are creating havoc as greed and power are the order of the days. Famine and hunger due to corruption and  wars are leading to millions of dead in Africa, as countries that used to feed a continent now fight over land and politics.  All around the world the weak, and children are starving as poverty is ignored and only money and power are paramount. America and Russia reach out across the world not with doves but bombs. The United Nations are insignificant and religion... [Read the full story]


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Quickies

It’s healthy not to argue

Feeling a bit under the weather? Then DON’T pick a fight with your other half. A thirty minute argument can slow your body’s ability to heal by at least a day, say US scientists. If you argue non-stop, the healing time can be doubled.  Read More →


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Alfred Hitchcock and his Birds

Alfred Hitchcock and his Birds

Behind the camera, his pendulous lips exhaling bad breath and extraordinarily obscene jokes in a lugubrious Cockney accent, stood the corpulent figure of Alfred Hitchcock, acknowledged as cinema’s master of murder, mayhem and suspense. In front of the camera, poised, elegant, remote, and seemingly unattainable,...

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Wearing red is guaranteed to pull chicks

Wearing red is guaranteed to pull chicks

Men wanting to catch the eye of women should dress in red, a colour that new research shows makes them more alluring to the opposite sex. Women in the United States, England, Germany and China said they found men pictured wearing red, or framed in red, more sexually attractive than in other colours, the research published...

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Oscars…the end?

Oscars…the end?

Years ago, after a barbie, we would sit around with a drink or two and discuss what film we would chose as the best film we had ever seen. There were tremendous films with wonderful stars the choices were endless. I recently watched the SAG awards. What a let down the films selected would not have been in the top fifty...

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Movies – they’re getting worse

Movies – they’re getting worse

Do you remember when a movie won an Oscar it was considered a classic? Remember Ben Hur, Lawrence Of Arabia, On The Waterfront, Some Like It Hot and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…wait…there’s more…Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, The God Father and The Deer Hunter. Can you name the Best...

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Sport

On this day…in 1964

On this day…in 1964

On February 25, 1964, underdog Cassius Clay, age 22, defeats champion Sonny Liston...


Aussie cricket – on the way to being great again

Aussie cricket – on the way to being great again

It was a lovely competition between Australia and Pakistan with the most brilliant...


Great Sportswomen – Anastasia Ashley

Great Sportswomen – Anastasia Ashley

The competition to be the best in surfing is crazy competitive – Anastasia...


Great Sportswomen – Skylar Diggins

Great Sportswomen – Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins was born on August the 2nd 1990 and is an American professional basketball...


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Music

On this day…in 1987

On this day…in 1987

In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees:...


On this day…in 1968…Led Zeppelin cometh

On this day…in 1968…Led Zeppelin cometh

Within a year, they’d be big. Within two, they’d be huge. And within...


Did George Michael die of a heroin overdose?

Did George Michael die of a heroin overdose?

George Michael, dead at the age of 53. According to UK newspapers, George has been...


Why do Mods hate The Beatles?

Why do Mods hate The Beatles?

Well, I get tired of hearing all this old nonsense about how so many Mods don’t...


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