GIGGS – NAMED AND SHAMED BY A POLITICIAN? (Pamela)
Premiership footballer Ryan Giggs was named and shamed as the married man who had been romancing ex-beauty queen Imogen Thomas – and the whistleblower in question was none other than Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming. Mr Hemming used his parliamentary privilege to name the football star following weeks of speculation over which sports “personality” was fuelling the super injunction debate coupled with high profile bids from the Sun newspaper to lift the gagging order. Let’s hope Mr Hemming doesn’t have any scantily clad skeletons in his closet which he would like kept secret, because as the saying goes…what goes around comes around.
SPREADING DISEASE ACROSS VUVU LAND (Adrian)
They irritated audiences across the globe during the 2010 World Cup and are generally regarded as one of the worst things to appear in the game of football. But now, it’s been discovered that there’s another reason to hate the vuvuzela – because it spreads disease. The much-maligned horns, which emit a hideous drone that many TV audiences originally mistook for swarms of angry bees during the World Cup in South Africa, have now been revealed as vessels that help transmit and spread infectious diseases. Studies show that a short burst of blowing into the instrument releases similar amounts of spittle as a sneeze does – and in crowded venues, one person blowing a vuvuzela can infect many others with airborne illnesses like TB or flu. Scientists recommend a “vuvuzela blowing etiquette” is the answer. Rubbish – this just proves they need to be banned once and for all.
LEMMY FROM HELL’S ANGEL – TO JUST ANGEL (Raymond)
Legendary rocker Lemmy from Motorhead – the man whose claim to global rock hero-dom includes fronting the world’s loudest band and bedding almost 2000 women (and counting) – shows a different side in a new interview with the Daily Mirror. Lemmy, with Motorhead about to embark on a world tour, mixes politeness with piles of shock value as he reveals how the band seem to become hot every seven years. But the best thing about this has to be the reporter’s description of Lemmy:
Despite looking like a Hell’s Angel who has been thrown out of the Hell’s Angel Academy for looking too much like a Hell’s Angel, he is a complete gent. Albeit one who looks too much like a Hell’s Angel.
DYLAN TURNS 70 (Andrea)
Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, and to mark the momentous occassion for this singer/songwriter/poet/artist the BBC has compiled an audio slideshow which takes a look back at his life and music. As one the greatest songwriters of all time, he has 34 studio albums, more than 500 songs and 3000 concerts to his name. Not bad.
GET A BIT OF AMUSING WEIRDNESS IN YOUR DAY (Scott)
If you’re fed up with superinjunctions, storm coverage and the ordinary news agenda, then take five minutes to check out the weird and wonderful photography of Scottish artist, David Shrigley.