Roll up, roll up!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

In-flight Entertainment

British Airways uses 80,000 airline meals a day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Loose Connections

Argentine football hero Diego Maradona has said he is unrepentant about using his fist in a controversial goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Speaking on his TV show, Maradona said the intervention, which he nicknamed "The Hand of God", was justified.

"The truth is that I don't for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand," he said on the programme.

The footballer apparently defended his goal as his response to Britain's claim to the Falkland islands.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Small cars driving through a safari park in Merseyside have been chased by confused lions who think they are prey.

Staff at Knowsley Safari Park are monitoring smaller vehicles, including Smart cars and Mini Coopers, after the lions started paying special interest.

David Ross, park manager, says that a group of lionesses chased after one Smart car after being confused by its compact appearance.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Lost Art Of Stating The Obvious

Marks & Spencer has cut prices on its cheapest women's clothing range by up to 25%, in a move designed to put pressure on rivals such as Next.

"We have been making double-digit reductions of opening price points where we feel we need to in order to be competitive," an M&S spokeswoman said.

Brokers Seymour Pierce said M&S would have to sell more to compensate for the lower prices.

Out Of Context Quote Of The Week

"As long as there is demand for it, with buyers prepared to pay anything to ensure its supply, I fear the direction for prices is north, not south."

New Speak

The current Oxford English Dictionary includes 350 ways of insulting someone, but only 40 expressions to compliment them.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Lost The Plot

A judge has finalised a settlement in which film studio Sony will pay $1.5m (£850,000) to film fans after using a fake critic to praise its movies.

In 2001, ads for films including Hollow Man and A Knight's Tale quoted praise from a reviewer called David Manning, who was exposed as being invented.

People who saw the films in the US can now get a $5 (£2.80) refund from Sony's pay-out.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

60 Years On

“As the bomb fell over Hiroshima and exploded, we saw an entire city disappear. I wrote in my log the words: My God, what have we done?”
Capt. Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Complete Guesswork

"Audiences are so desperate to find a film they like, they're just hanging on to the same movies,"
Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.