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David Bowie R.I.P

January 13, 2016

David Bowie is dead. The shape-shifting, mercurial performance artist who also happened to make music, died on January 10th, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of what has now turned out to be his final album.

David Bowie thin white duke

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Ashley Madison: Caught With Its Pants Down

July 22, 2015

Ashley Madison, an infidelity site, was hacked. The 37 million members, 1 million in the UK alone, had a collective brown trouser moment when it was reported that a group called The Impact Team had gathered information from the site and threatened to reveal all (as users of Ashley Madison regularly do with their insignificant other) if the site wasn’t closed down permanently.

Ashley Madison website homepage

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Rik Mayall R.I.P

June 9, 2014

Rik Mayall, a British comedian with the energy of the Tasmanian Devil in a Looney Tunes cartoon, famous for such programmes as The Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder and The New Statesman is dead. He was 56.

As regular readers know, I won’t go into great depth about his early life and career. There’ll be plenty of obituaries in Newspapers and on telly and you can find out all about him in Wikipedia (probably). I’ll just give you my experience of him, in video clips, as a (very) happy viewer.

I was introduced to Rik through a character called Kevin Turvey, an odd, anarchic man-child with a Birmingham accent (at least to my London-centric ears) who ‘investigates’ aspects of daily living like work, leisure, sex and the media. He could talk utter nonsense, and usually did, but he was mesmerising. I was bewitched by his charisma, so I was.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman R.I.P

February 3, 2014

I was on Twitter when I saw the news breaking on my timeline. I was hoping it was a hoax, like the ‘deaths’ of Jeff Goldblum and Morgan Freeman in recent years. But as the tributes started pouring in, I had to accept, with sadness, that it was all too real. Another drug related death of an actor/musician/whatever. Except that this person wasn’t a ‘whatever’. This person was Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was 46.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Photographer: Brigitte Lacombe.

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The Royal Baby Is Here, In Case You Didn’t Know.

July 23, 2013

It’s been very quiet on the royal baby front these past few months. Even the tat attached to these events, which you know I love to gently mock, had been in short supply. That was until early Monday morning, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate and William, went into St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, because the baby was now ready to say hello to the world. The sycophancy and slew of royal baby related tat hit us with the force and fury of a dodgy curry left out overnight and eaten for breakfast, subsequently welding us to the toilet, while we cry out for it all to stop.

The royal baby 2013

This is your life, son. Get used to it.

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