I remember LOADED magazine, a 'lad's mag'. It had a good phrase to describe shocking situations, a "Drop your bacon sandwich' moment .. pointing out that bacon sandwiches are so lush that to drop one could only happen if news was very shocking indeed.Does anyone remember in FHM magazine they had a "Little eye on the provinces" column about pointlessly petty stories from local newspapers?
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a36211479/woman-swallowed-python-cornfield/Woman Swallowed By Python As She Checked On Her Cornfield
APR 25, 2021
A woman in Indonesia was swallowed whole by a python as she checked on her cornfields last week. According to The Washington Post, citing the Jakarta Post, the woman's name was Wa Tiba and lived on Muna Island off the coast of Sulawesi. ...
Hugh Grant might purchase baked food: the BBC cuts to the heart of the public's concern.
Hugh Grant spotted in Frome bakery
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News story equally vacuous:
At least Frome only has Hugh Grant. We've had Tom Cruise up here and it's ALL OVER the local newspapers, loads of pictures of Tom Cruise standing about and doing stuff. Only... he is, very properly wearing a mask. So the paper is full of pictures of a bloke who could be anybody standing about.
The levels of local hysteria are high.
From Yahoo News et al.Last week, the Mail Online published photos showing Cruise grabbing hold of a cameraman who had slipped from the carriage of a moving train.
While the cameraman was wearing a harness to prevent him from serious injury, Cruise apparently managed to help prevent him from slipping further down the side of the carriage or from dropping his equipment.
Warning! Manchester Evening News Link. Bargepoles called for.
I seldom click on the site myself intentionally but the BBC Manchester site has links to it. The content is truly abysmal, when you can reach it. The purpose of the site is to load so much spam and clickbait that it will slow your machine to a crawl.
The linked article has acres of verbal gush and photographs of floral tributes to a deceased 18-year-old.
"Without him, this world is worse off. He had a heart of gold. He didn't get his chance to share his beautiful light around this world . . . "
etc. etc. ad nauseam
Wythenshaw's leading light was driving a BMW, "believed stolen" on the wrong carriageway of the M.60.
Almost as a footnote, we learn that he killed a 77-year-old man.
This has to be the worst piece of non-journalism I have ever seen!
"In a 2020 survey by the Pew Research Center, 65% of adults in the United States identified themselves as Christians. They were 75% in 2015 70.6% in 2014, 78% in 2012, 81.6% in 2001, and 85% in 1990. About 62% of those polled claim to be members of a church congregation."It's so sad to see the epic decline in Christian faith in the U.S.
As Fox News shows so graphically:
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1. Do you recall the happy religiosity Americans 'used to' enjoy back in... *Checks graphic* 2009, when it was all fields? I'm sure the polling company also has data to show how 'enthusiastic' those Christians used to be (all those ones racked with doubt that I keep meeting are probably outliers).
2. I only wish that there were figures for such things back in the pre-2009 dark age of public opinion polling; then we'd see the real extent of this precipitous decline—oh, well.
3. But look, that first bar in the graph: it's very nearly at the very top of the (strangely truncated) y-axis that weirdly doesn't reach 100—almost everybody was a Christian then, I suppose...
4. And that sad second bar: clearly plunging towards the bottom of that (strangely truncated) y-axis that weirdly begins at 58%.
5. I'm sure that there is a perfectly respectable reason to show only 20% of a poll that sought to reflect the views of 100% of Americans.
Edit: Gore Warning.
Today's 'Daily Star' front page.Given the chaos at petrol stations throughout the country over the last week, grossly inaccurate reporting of the tiny proportion of BP garages experiencing some supply issues, is worthy of a mention here. The Sun was perhaps the most graphically egregious example, but the BBC TV and radio reporting was gratuitously sensationalist and seemed calculated to instil panic too.
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