Archive for ‘Arts & Current Affairs’

June 1, 2011

A man is the sexiest ‘woman’ in the world, say FHM readers

[Boisey Telemantle, Lifestyle & Fashion Contributor]

MailOnline: According to FHM readers, a man, the model Andrej Pejic pictured above, has been voted the 98th sexiest woman in the world.  Female models are aghast with the news and FHM itself is in disarray over the voting.

FHM is reported to have told the press that the incident was caused when the model’s entry was put in with the women’s category for the voting: “Andrej Pejic appears at number 98 in FHM Magazine‘s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011.  Regrettably the copy accompanying Andrej’s online entry wasn’t subbed prior to going live. Once we realised, we removed it immediately and apologised for any offence caused..FHM has spoken to the individual concerned and taken steps to ensure this can never happen again.”. 

Funny, so FHM does not agree with its reader’s votes??

AND, who says that nothing ever good comes from McDonalds? Pejic is a former McDonald’s worker who was discovered by a talent scout looking for the obvious, between his copious servings of big macs and french fries to customers.

Way to go Andrej!

May 29, 2011

Nicht gut! Deadly E.Coli bacteria outbreak kills many in Germany, hundreds infected

[Sarah Dunkelmann, Health News Contributor]

Mail.com reports that after the dioxin contamination scandal which dissuaded many families from having fresh milk, eggs, chicken and pork for breakfast, German food is contaminated again, this time with the bacteria E.Coli  which has been found in German tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables.

According to the official data, at least nine people have died so far from deadly infection, which causes fever, severe stomach cramps, watery diarrhea which continues unstoppably for several days until only blood is pouring out when relief is only delivered by death due to severe red blood cells count fall and/or renal failure.  Around three hundred E.Coli infected are reported  to have reached this final, life-threatening sickness stage.

The deadly bacteria was initially found in cucumbers imported from Spain, and currently investigation is being carried out in order to establish whether the cucumbers were contaminated from the start or became so during shipment or during their handling in Germany.

May 16, 2011

Bum ride in Cannes for Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez

[Laura Kiminiahkova, Celebrities Contributor]

MailOnline reports that Michelle Rodiguez, the Avatar movie star, was in Cannes yesterday having some relaxing fun while promoting her new film “Underground Comedy”, co-starring LINDSAY LOHAN and ADRIEN BRODY.

She is pictured here in a wardrobe malfunction which the drooling paparazzi soon took advantage of!

Read more……..
May 15, 2011

Papparazi Pippa fever finds Pippa in Madrid larking about with friends and new boyfriend

[Samantha Templeton-Brewster, Celebrities Contributor]

MailOnline:  Twenty seven year old Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton has been seen in Madrid with her bratpack girlfriends and what seems to be a new boyfriend, George Percy – an old flame.

The two (pictured above), looked quite happy doing some shopping together.

By the way, George is the son of one of the richest men in England – the Duke of Northumberland – way to go Pippa!

May 14, 2011

World’s most expensive picture auctions for $3.89 million at Christie’s

[Arts & Media Contributor, Julie Steen]

At an auction at Christie’s, this photo (Untitled Nr. 96) sold for $3.89 million. A nice little earner for photographer Cindy Sherman.

Cindy studied art at Buffalo State College and majored in photography.  Many of her photographs are of herself in settings that parody woman stereotypes. Her unique approach took her to celebrity status worldwide in art circles in the 1980s.

Her works are enshrined in the Tate Gallery, London, and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan and Brooklyn museums in New York.

May 9, 2011

Revealing photo of James Middleton ‘checking his goods’ – he considers $1 million offer for gay sex scene

[Dolly Grinfeld, Gay and Transgendered Community Contributor]

The gay and transgendered community on the Internet can’t seem to have enough of its spanking  new celebrity royal ‘queen’, James Middleton. A latest photo shows James ‘checking his goods’ prior to accepting (only rumours so far) an offer by the adult filmaker, Steven Hirsch, of $1 million for a sex scene in an adult movie.

Good luck James, you are fab!

May 8, 2011

Pippa Middleton is new sensation in Ibiza bikini backflip

[Royal Family Contributor, Jenni Smith-Tollop]

Photos taken in 2006 show the royal newly-weds having tons of fun in Ibiza with friends.  Scrumpy photos show William relaxing with his bikinied friends on a yacht in Ibiza and the delightful Pippa Middleton frolicking in the sea with a perfect backflip. Certainly, from all accounts, the happy couple’s marriage seems to be one made in sheer heaven!

May 7, 2011

Time to buy as London city real estate market recovers

[Sarah McCraig, Real Estate Market News Contributor]

1888Press Release: While world’s real estate markets continue to go downhill, certain signs show that the property crisis has entered the stage of recovery at some places.

Recent figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) show that property demand increased by 25% in the center of London by the end of 2010. Office space was mostly asked for and the demand had reached its highest point since 2007.

Since October last year, the number of queries from existing office occupants for offices has risen up to eight per cent and the amount of free commercial property has plummeted down to zero, the lowest since 2007.

Stirling Ackroyd, a London real estate agency which rents out offices in Shoreditch, Hackney and Clerkenwell said: “We have seen a surge in enquiries for our commercial property in Clerkenwell, especially for office space. We also have premises to let in other central and London wide areas, and again, demand has recently been very strong. But if you’re looking to find new premises, we’re reassuring our business customers they’re not necessarily going to have huge problems right now. There has been all the media coverage about a shortage of good quality commercial property during the last year. However day in day out, we are still showing business customers around good quality commercial property in Clerkenwell and beyond. It is a good time to make the move providing you’re getting the expert local support you need, despite the jump in demand”.

According to RICS, demand for rental property in London will continue to rise this year, although other UK areas might be far from booming. Still, this London indication may be the first sign that people are starting to have spare money again and while the overall demand is not high enough to set prices afloat yet, it may be a good time for well thought-out investments in this world commercial capital.

May 7, 2011

UK Muslims angry over death of Bin Laden

[Joan Tollings, Politics Contributor]

UK MailOnline: The US Embassy  in London was in uproar yesterday as hundreds of  Muslim activists surrounded the buildings in theatrical mourning of the Al’ Qaeda leader’s death. Placards and slogans like ‘Islam will dominate the world’ were abound and direct terrorist attack threats to the US were voiced.

The central figure in the mass protest action was a scandalous priest Anjem Choudary, a former (now dismissed) UK solicitor and a fierce supporter of the Islamic movement in the United Kingdom, who has publicly announced his approval of the September 11 attacks and July 7 London bombings.

The capital is on full alert now, as protestors’ are threatening that it is only a matter of time’ before a new terrorist attack takes place and that the ‘West is the enemy’.

May 6, 2011

Obama in trouble with ‘deathers’ as controversy abounds over the death of Bin Laden

[Joan Tollings, Politics Contributor]

According to BBC News, it seems that since the announcement of the death of the Al’Quaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Pakistani police has not had a lot to do as there have been few protests and demonstrations. However, all is not that well, as negative opinions about the assassination have widely been voiced within the country as well as outward threats have come from the most radical Muslim ranks.

Many Pakistanis believe the whole operation was just a cunning move in order to rubbish Pakistan’s image worldwide. “We don’t know whether Osama was there – we never saw their bodies or the bodies of the others killed in the attack,” said during the interview Shaista Bukhari, a Pakistani housewife, and by far she is not the only one thinking along these lines.  While ordinary Pakistanis are voicing disbelief in the authenticity of the story, some radical Muslims have expressed outward anger with the US.  Mohammad Younis, a young Taliban member who has fought in Ghazni, Helmand and Kandahar, says Bin Laden was ‘like my father. We will make all those responsible for his death pay – in Afghanistan and across the world’. In the meantime, the prime minister of Britain James Cameron has warned the country of the necessity to ‘stay more vigilant than ever‘.

The journalist, Paul Craig Roberts in ‘Osama Bin Laden’s Useful Death’  published in Rense.com yesterday, comments that the Obama administration’s publication of the death of Osama Bin Laden is a: “..propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism”. That is because, he says, the two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt of the Associated Press had originally published a White House or CIA press release saying that: “Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed on Monday.”  However, the ‘firefight’ part has now been debunked also the ‘detainees information’ part. He considers this to be suspect.

Mr. Roberts claims that this report was meant to justify CIA prisons and torture as the implications are that without secret prisons and torture “the terror mastermind” would still be running free, despite via widely accepted reports that he had died from renal failure in 2001.

He comments: “…. how many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the “terror mastermind” ­ who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly ­ has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that a government’s security system that can so totally fail when confronted with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection overnight?”

Mr. Roberts’ view is that as the Guardian and European newspapers have now confirmed that the photo of the dead Bin Laden is a fake and as the alleged body has been buried at sea according to the word of the US government, which had lied to the American people about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, about Iranian nuclear bombs, the US administration simply cannot be believed on the matter.

He says that the logical interpretation of the faked bin Laden death was that Mr. Obama needed  good excuse to bring the Afghan war to an official end in order to address the problems with the huge US budget deficit and also his lagging popularity. It also justifies the utilisation of the US’s rendition and secret prisons/ Gitmo program as well as giving all Americans (which it certainly has) a feeling of ‘payback’ for the 911 attack.

My own view is that on the balance of evidence available, the ‘deathers’ have it. But even if they are right, Americans had deserved some rest from the bogeyman-like story of Bin Laden and in that regard, Mr. Obama, I think, was courageous to attempt to bring closure to this issue which had started before him and which had committed the USA to battles on foreign soil which has so far cost each American taxpayers thousands of dollars to fund and the loss of lives of American service personnel.