Category: In the news

Plucked from the headlines, online and in print

How not to win sympathy for your cause

I can understand the whole peaceful protest thing that happened after the dude was shot in London a few days ago … people have a right to protest (peacefully) about things that raise their hackles. That’s one of the benefits…

A sensible decision

As a parent I know I have a responsibility to protect my child (not that he’s a child any more … he’s a fully fledged, hairy young man). When he was just a wee fella, my most important mission in…

Political correctness = crass stupidity?

The parents of a poor little kid in Toronto have decided to inflict their politically correct stupidity on the child by raising him/her as a genderless being. They already have two children: a pair of quite feminine sons named Jazz…

Osama bin Gone

The jokes are popping up everywhere now that it’s been confirmed Osama bin Laden is dead. Letterman used it for his top 10 list, suggesting bin Laden’s final words may have been something along  the lines of  ”I need a…

The man for the job

You really have to wonder what possessed Mr and Mrs Guy to name their little boy Randy. They must be proud of his career achievements, though. The headline on Asian Banking & Finance? “Randy Guy gets head job“. Well, yes,…

Bacteria found in Playboy Mansion hot tub!

Okay, so it’s not exactly “hold the front page” stuff but it is interesting. And while I’m sure I’m not the only one fairly unsurprised by the news that a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion was a tad disease-riddled, I…

Xtra-ordinary lack of customer service

If Xtra is your ISP, or if you’ve been on Trade Me, you are probably aware of the problems currently being experienced by Xtra’s customers: no international traffic. No facebook, no offshore news websites, no eBay (if that’s your thing)…

Boo-fecking-hoo, poor baby

Did we all feel sorry for the pillock in court last week, facing charges over a high-speed chase? He was “petrified”, according to the news report. Poor boy thought the police would stop chasing him once he hit speeds of…

A case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’

I have no problem with someone wanting to keep their private life private, even celebrities (to a degree, because let’s face it, a lack of real privacy is one of the costs of fame). But I when it comes to quasi-celebrities…

Another sad death

Juma, the Pittsburgh Zoo’s oldest lion, had to be put to sleep a few days ago. He’d been unwell for a while with an assortment of problems, including liver disease, and things came to a head when he stopped eating.…