BLAST FROM THE PAST – J.R’S CLAN GETS MAKEOVER (Adrian)
It’s been more than 20 years since the exploits of the Ewing family from Dallas made for must-see TV viewing, but it seems that some bright sparks in the U.S. just can’t leave the past where it belongs. Yes, the opulent soap opera that was once a mainstay of the 80s airwaves – and still ranks among the most popular-ever TV series in the world – is set to make a comeback next summer. A new cast including oxygen-thieving Desperate Housewives “actor” and Nadine Coyle’s on-off fella Jesse Metcalfe will join old stalwarts Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray for the new series, which will focus on the new generation of Ewing offspring. On the plus side, at least this is a bona fide sequel rather than the current trend of “re-imagining” classic properties but it still sounds absolutely awful. It’s likely to be a sub-standard 90210-type series that’ll get canned after half a series – but not after giving a bonus pay day to its aging stars.
OOHH, THAT’S GOTTA HURT! (Andrea)
There are advertising campaigns that get everyone talking – for example, the Dairy Milk campaign with a gorilla playing the drums to Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” will go down in history as one of the best adverts, ever. But did the advert actually make Dairy Milk any more money from a boost in sales? Phil Collins’ probably made a fair bit from people downloading his song, but unfortunately, there are some adverts which make a company lose money. This little collection may just surprise you – who would have thought that cool little Energizer bunny wouldn’t have helped?!
AT LEAST HE HAS MY EYES… (Raymond)
The arrival of latest child to the Beckham clan has already sparked wild media and twitter speculation and comment on how their first daughter will look. Will she have Victoria’s pout? David’s hair? Thankfully, a fun website that helps solve the mystery – and provides a bit of intelligence to any other couples out there who may be wondering or worrying how their offspring will spring out. Makemebabies.com (don’t worry it’s a safe site) uses advanced face detection technology to predict what your baby will look like. Upload your photo with your partner’s photo and you can make a baby in seconds. You can also see what it would be like to have Megan Fox’s or George Clooney’s lovechild by pairing yourself with their celebrities.
WOMEN WOULD TAKE A JUMP OVER A HUG (Pamela)
A recent survey has shown than women prefer sex over a hug to stay happy within a long-term relationship, while men would much rather have a hug. Who would have thought? Researchers surveyed over 1,000 couples in various countries and found that acts of affection like hugs and kisses were far more important to men than women. Take note men out there. Stop the snuggling and start limbering up.
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST PUB (Laura)
After their local pub closed down, villagers in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire created their own ale house in none other than a phone box – making it the smallest pub in the world. With a floor space of only 3ft by 3ft the Dog and Bone was open for one night only on Friday serving pints of ale from a specially created bar top and such was its popularity that over 70 people queued for a well earned pint. Villagers are hoping that the publicity gained from the pub will show councils just how much their old watering hole is missed and needed by the community. Villagers are campaigning to stop The Plough pub which was popular with soldiers during WW2 from being converted into a house. They are also hoping to get in the Guinness Book of Records as The Dog And Bone is at least half the size of the current smallest pub The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Sadly though the pub doesn’t do food but they may know a number of a good take out place.