Something for the weekend 13 June 2010

After two nights of football and lager I’m going to point you in the direction of stuff to read, rather than attempt to create it.

Tabloidwatch covers the latest media scare: ‘Taliban uses HIV bombs’ and wonders why it is left to people outside of the media to perform basic fact-checking? Perhaps this all goes back to Kelvin MacKenzie’s sage advice to tabloid journalists: ‘if a story sounded true it probably was true and should therefore appear in the paper‘.

Five Chinese Crackers looks at the various ‘bans’ on supporting England and the desperate, scrabbling stories being printed to support this media narrative.

Hagley road to Ladywood looks at how BP seem to be desperately relying on nationalism to avoid responsibility for their oil leak – something that the tabloid media have been crucial in helping out with, attacking Obama rather than addressing the simple fact that this is BP’s fault.

Like punk never happened has a wonderful post on ‘Cycles’, an exploration of the false expectation of thinking others should treat you better than you treat them.

Granny Rant looks at swearing and argues that in context swearing is perfectly fine, which is good news given that you can swear in public a lot more easily – I’m thinking Twitter for starters.

Electro-web has 7 tips for football fans this summer as well as a rant against a rail system that delights in ripping people off – something I can completely agree with given that whenever I travel by train it is invariably stupidly expensive, dirty and cramped.

Men In Suits writes about ITV sport being a bit pants, not just for missing England’s goal with their HD channel last night, but a litany of ghastly sports coverage.

Where is the world from here? invites us to switch off our TV sets and lists Doctor Who as being one of the programs that he ‘absolutely hates’.

And finally, from Left Outside, comes this wonderful device to ensure men don’t splash the floor in public urinals. I urge you to click the link, even though you probably have doubts about doing so.

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