Kent Walton's descriptions of the antics of wrestlers Les Kellett, Mick McManus, Jackie Pallo, Big Daddy, the incomparable George Kidd, Johnny Saint, Steve Logan, Giant Haystacks and all the rest; and the referee Lou Marco; were an essential part of any Saturday afternoon. Sadly, that miserable waste of space Greg Dyke decided that the show was too popular and he brought the fun to an end in 1988.
Born in Cairo and educated at Charterhouse, Kenneth Walton Beckett went into acting after leaving school. Then the RAF made him a wireless operator/air gunner with a mainly Canadian squadron the source of his distinctive accent. He worked as a DJ for Radio Luxemburg before joining the fledgling ITV company Associated Rediffusion as a sports commentator. His spell beside wrestling rings spanned 33 years. He also fronted the pop show Cool For Cats and did voice overs for TV ads, and dipped a toe into film production.
Her pictorial autobiography, published in 2000, had the title Five Lives to reflect a series of radical changes. Her long career included periods as a dancer, an actress and a director in films, a maker of documentary films before and after World War Two, a photographic chronicler of the vanished way of life of the Sudanese Nuba tribe and finally, from her seventies to her nineties, as a scuba diver and photographer of life in the oceans.
She turned the film camera from a static object to a moving chronicler of a spectacle at a time when women weren't directing films. Every technique seen in contemporary sports documentaries is present in her films from the 1930s. She invented the concept of the politician as a charismatic hero in promotional films [c.f. President 'Dubya' Bush on his aircraft carrier after the Iraq war]. Unfortunately, Leni Riefenstahl was perceived as a 'Hitler Babe' [c.f. the 'Blair Babes' of 1997] and even though the de-nazifiers found nothing to do in her case, her genius languished in the wilderness after the war.
In the Sixties, she retired to a remote part of north-east Africa to document the life of the Nuba people. In the early Seventies, she knocked 20 years off her age, learned to scuba-dive and assembled an impressive collection of photographs and films of marine life and its environment over the next quarter-century. Her final film, Impressions Under Water, was compiled from footage shot on 2,000+ dives made over 25 years. The film was released a few days before her 100th birthday, which was reported by BlackFlag News for 2002/August.
When the Soviet Union showed off its own atomic bomb in 1949, Teller produced a dodgy design for a 'superbomb' and sold it to President Truman. Although other physicists had their doubts, Teller eventually got the design right and he returned to Los Alamos until the first successful megaton-scale H-bomb test in the Pacific in 1952. After leaving Los Alamos, Teller worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, which he helped to found, until his retirement in 1975. He continued to lecture and perform research work into his 90s.
The atom spy Klaus Fuchs stole the dodgy H-bomb design for his Soviet masters, which did no favours for the Soviet physicists who had the alternative of making it work or ending up in one of Stalin's concentration camps.
Teller sold another dodgy project to President Reagan the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly called "Star Wars." and he gave his approval to Prez Dubya Bush's decision to junk the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia to work on a missile defence shield, the "Son of Star Wars".
Edward Teller is said to have been the model for the mad scientist played by Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick's film Dr Strangelove.
As well as playing music, Cash appeared as an actor in TV shows, e.g. TV Western movies, Columbo and Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. His dumping by the Columbia label (in 1986) after 28 years is seen as the world's most boneheaded move by a recording company. His recording career continued to thrive on other labels and he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
Only in the Silly Season, eh?
Why can't they take him seriously?
Illusionist David Blaine is spending 44 days in a plastic box dangling over the Thames. It's the ultimate feat of endurance, he insists. So why aren't people treating him with proper respect?
'Ecstasy' Trial Blunder
A study at Johns Hopkins university in the US found that lab animals suffered severe reactions when injected with MDMA or 'ecstasy'. They concluded that clubbers face irreversible brain damage and a risk of developing Parkinson's disease after just one night on 'E'. But, it seems, they made a bog of their tests.
Hanging On To The Dosh
Up to the end of July of this year, a cash deposit made via the Post Office was credited to a LloydsTSB account after 09:30 on the next day. From August to the middle of this month, it was taking 2 days for the cash to be credited. Following complaints, the next-day credit was re-established.
LloydsTSB has been fined a record £1.9 million by the Financial Services Authority for mis-selling high-risk bonds to unsuspecting novice investors. This is further proof that the TSB's customer service has gone to hell since it got involved with Lloyds.
Every Chat-Room To Get A Moderator (Maybe)
So MicroSoft is closing its chat-rooms to make the world a safer place? Well, one cheer for Bill! But it occurs to us that if he wants to do something for the betterment of Mankind, it might be an idea to give us computer operating systems that work rather than new, bloated versions with different bugs and all the useful bits either removed or hidden?
The Chancellor, pro tem, has told his New Labour colleagues that his brief Tax & Spend & Waste Dosh era is over. His unrealistic forecasts of the country's earning power have finally caught up with him.
'Been There Before' Department
The prime minister promises to reform the public sector. The prime minister gets into trouble through lying to the electorate about why he's starting a war. The prime minister has to let his party's trade union paymasters vet his reform plans to stop them making trouble at his upcoming party conference. The trade union leaders don't want any changes. The government makes 'reforms' but nothing changes.
The Cambell Legacy: "He helped to transform Labour from unelectable and clueless to electable and clueless."
Immigrants face a test of their Britishness before they can have a non-forged passport. It would be interested to know how many members of New Labour could pass this test!
At his monthly press conference, Vice-Prez Blair promised not to be deflected from his policy of doing convenient U-turns according to whichever way the wind is blowing.
Coincidence or Conspiracy?
One day, the Triv-Dems announce that they're not playing on New Labour's team any more. The next, they publish numbers to show that the railways are getting worse under Labour. So how come they've only just noticed? Is it because they've been riding around in Fat Johnny Prescott's fleet of Jags till now?
The successor to spin
Vice-Prez Blair is now operating a policy of omission now that spin is officially dead. In his dodgy white paper on the Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, he left out all the scary stuff about loss of our vetos and loss of control on taxation, employment, social security, border controls, trade, our culture, defence, civil defence, foreign policy, etc., etc.
Mrs. Vice-Prez Blair's 'lifestyle guru' has been deemed a security risk and her Downing Street pass has been cancelled. So Cherie will have to make the house calls when she needs to be told what to wear unless they do it all on the Internet with mutual webcams.
This 'omission' lark, how does it work?
Anarchy in the People's Republic of Brent!
The voters of Brent have had a by-election laugh at the Vice-Prez, electing a Trivial-Democrat to supply their government. Which is a bit like selecting RailTrack to supply their gas and electricity.
Vice-Prez Blair's Qualifications & Curriculum Authority has gone off its trolley. It has ruled that school kids will no longer fail exams and get an F for Fail grade. Instead, they'll get an N for Nearly grade. Similarly, the words 'right' and 'wrong' will be abolished and replaced by 'creditworthy' and 'not creditworthy'. The Big New Idea behind the change is to shield kids from the real world and any suspicion that the country is being run by idiots.
Stealth Tax #62
The mugger is putting 7p per gallon on petrol (with the VAT) and trying to pretend that he's doing the nation a favour. Looks like he's been attending the dope and booze parties thrown by the QCA.
Don't Gaol Burglars, Say Triv-Dems
Simon Hughes, their home affairs correspondent, reckons that burglars who don't come into contact with their victims don't cause distress, even if they steal everything valuable and trash the rest, and they shouldn't be sent to gaol to give society a break from them.
ID cards must be compulsory, says the Home Office. Especially for everyone who looks a bit foreign.
According to this month's Grauniad/ICM survey, the Vice-Prez has the following popularity rating:
Vice-Prez Puts Labour Party On Notice
His message came in a tough speech released by Vice-Prez Blair's new spin doctor the one who looks like Inspector Frost, not the ex-drunk with attitude. "Shape up and stop moaning about Iraq and all the other stuff; or else!" the V-P will say if he ever actually delivers the speech to an audience. And if New Labour doesn't shape up, he'll sack the entire cast of his government and ship in a new bunch of sheep.
"I will listen to people, and then I will just go ahead and do what I was going to do anyway." Vice-Prez Bliar, 27th September.
Militant motorists are well on target for achieving their initial aim of wiping out 1,000 speed cameras. Their current score is 700+ and rising daily. Cameras costing £24,000 to replace have been battered down, blown up and shot to bits from southern England to the highlands of Scotland and from Norfolk to west Wales.
Spray-On Invisibility for Speeders
The police are reported to be offically 'unconcerned' by Photoblocker, a US-made spray for making number plates unreadable by speed cameras. Available from the website of Isle of Wight-based Vanguard Alliance, Ltd., the spray allows number plates to be read by the human eye but it reflects the flash from a speedcam. Apparently, it's a criminal offence to obstruct a police officer in the execution of his duty but you can obstruct to the max, pieces of equipment like speedcams. For the moment.
Vice-Prez Blair said:
Today's Conspiracy Theory
The US government and its military wish to keep Osama bin Laden alive; or to conceal the news of his death; in order to preserve the prime focus of Prez Bush's 'War on Terror'.
Yesterday's Conspiracy Theory
The Yanks weren't actually in World War Two, but they're trying to pretend they were by making movies about it. Not sure? What about Errol Flynn liberating Burma when there were no Yanks in that part of the world? How about the film in which the Yanks allegedly recovered an Enigma coding machine from a German submarine? And how about the coming film which claims that the Yanks won the Battle of Britain for us?
Jack Straw steps off sinking ship
The Home Sec. didn't want to go to war with Iraq, he has let it be known. He wanted the UK to give Prez Bush our best wishes and let him get on with it. But Vice-Prez Blair told Straw, "Back me or you're sacked." And he chose to keep the fancy office and the company limo.
"My people did not sex up our dodgy dossiers." Vice-Prez Blair.
Hans Blix says Saddam Hussein destroyed his WoMD in the summer of 1991 and the Yanks and the Brits deliberately exaggerated (lied about) the danger from Iraq to their citizens.
Prez Dubya says Saddam Hussein wasn't involved in the September 11th attack on the World Trade Centre in New York.
Not much luck on the WoMD Front
Prez Bush and Vice-Prez Blair have had 1,400 weapons inspectors scouring Iraq. But the idle sods have come up empty after drawing their pay for 4 months. Not a sniff of anything lethal, according to the leaks from their report.
Saddam Hussein is about to be featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's official Master of Deception. All the compilers have to decide is his category. He either fooled the world into thinking that he had WoMD available for deployment in 4 to 5 minutes, or he fooled his customers into fooling themselves into believing that he had such weapons.
The Mugger fires a salvo
Chancellor Gordy Broon, the man who ruined the pensions industry and the savings industry, and imposed 62 Stealth Taxes on us, is hoping to bring ruination to the whole country. Recycling sound-bites from an old speech of Vice-Prez Bliar's, he let everyone know what while he supports Tone fully, he himself is available to take over the top job if anyone feels like giving him a chance.
It is government policy to pretend that it can control the global climate by reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. The notion is largely an excuse for taxing New Labour's customers even more harshly, such as by imposing the Carbon Tax. And to get away with their taxation, the government has to be seen to be doing something, no matter how cosmetic.
GM? Wot GM?
93% of those asked in the GM National Inquiry have said NO! to genetic monstering. But as V-P Blair and the EU want it, then the whole exercise has been rather pointless.
Anyone planning to live past March 21st, 2014, might be out of luck. Asteroid 2003 QQ47 is heading our way and there's a 1 in 909,000 chance that it might hit the Earth. And if you think those are long odds, the chance of winning the Lottery jackpot is 1 in 14,000,000 and look how often someone gets rich.
In Italy, sending e-mails without the permission of the receiver is against the law. And from this month, anyone who sends an unsolicited junk e-mail there with the intention of making a profit will face a fine of up to €90,000 and from six months to three years in gaol. The Italian government's privacy watchdog has upped the ante in the hope of limiting the online bombardment of advertising and promotional junk.
It's all down to those Gascons!
Apparently, the French oath 'ferque' is a contraction of the ancient Gascon battle cry, "Feux Coeurs!" (hearts of fire). We thought you might like to know this.
Bigger Bribes Needed
Italian vulcanologists are warning that Mount Vesuvius is getting ready to blow its top again. They fear that the next eruption will be even more violent than the one which buried Herculaneum and Pompeii, and all points in between, in 79 ADP (After Datum Point). The authorities in Naples are trying to bribe people into leaving the danger zone. They have a 15 year plan to move 100,000 people out of the 'eruption shadow' but they're offering their customers only €25,000 apiece as an incentive to go, which is not very much in real money.
It is illegal to display swastikas and anything to do with the Nazis in Germany, but they can't do much about foreigners who cash in on their former national monuments and national heroes. Like those Italians, for instance. The German embassy in Rome has been protesting about the 'historical' labels on Alessandro Lunardelli's fine wines since 1997. And much good it's done them!
Sweden says 'Nej' to the euron
So that's another bucket of cold water all over Vice-Prez Blair's ambition to become Prez of Europe and Vice-Boss of the Universe. But his customers in the UK can be sure that he will continue to peddle further dodgy propaganda on the miracles of the European Superstate with all the bad bits omitted.
Hurricane Saddam shuts down Washington. Prez Dubya heads for the hills, which he seems remarkably good at when the merest hint of trouble arises.
Arnie Marches On!
The spoilsports have failed in their attempt to block the election of a new governor for California, where the incumbent, the Democrat Gray Davis, has been accused of making a total bog of the state's finances and, even worse, not listening to the customers.
Research in the Czech Republic has found that having a 'beer belly' is nothing to do with drinking beer. It's all to do with genetics, sloth and gluttony.
Mention the War by all means!
The Japs have been rewriting the history of World War II for the last 50 years, taking the position that, like the Yanks, they weren't involved in it. Only they go one step further and pretend they weren't even in the movies of it. Now, German Prez Johannes Rau is getting in on the act. Apparently, he reckons the Brits were as guilty as the Nazis for stirring up World War II.
The blackouts are spreading. Baghdad, a large chunk of the US and Canada, and now the whole of Italy. Where next?
Obesity can be abolished in 5 years if the naturally occurring hormone PYY3-36 can be developed into a wonder cure.
It's all in the mind, you know
No cure is needed for 'morning sickness', the experts say. It's a mainly psychological condition and most of the women affected by it feel nauseous because they think that's what they're supposed to feel in early pregnancy.
More work (and profit) for the lawyers
Fat people are threatening to sue pub operators for selling them addictive food, which they just had to gobble in vast quantities. Now, landlords are planning to counter-sue fatties who take up too much room in their pubs and cut their profits. This might persuade thin drinkers to sue fatties for depriving them of elbow room and causing stress by blocking access to the bar. BlackFlag News is sure that greedy lawyers will be able to come up with lots more bogus charges.
Unstoned in Canada
A court ordered Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the NHS, to supply cannabis on prescription to people with a number of medical conditions, including cancer and AIDS. A contract worth C$5.75 million was awarded to Praire Plant Systems of Manitoba to produce official weed. One small snag was reported when it became available (at C$5.00 per ounce). The customers are describing the product as 'disgusting' and 'unfit for human consumption'. And they're demanding a refund for their prescription charges. So it's back to the friendly neighbourhood drug dealer for the patients and back to the drawing board for the Canadian government.
People wearing 'sunblock' are more likely to get skin cancer, according to the latest medical opinion. Apparently, suntan creams block UVB rays from the sun, which cause burning and blistering of the skin. People feel safe because they're not getting burned but they're not really safe at all. Why? Because shorter wavelength UVA radiation isn't blocked and this is what causes skin cancers. So it looks like the only answer to the problem is to stay out of the sun, you fools, or you'll die!
No, the real reason behind the Eurocrats' enthusiasm for VAT is that they collect a slice of all VAT raised in the member countries. So if they can bung it on children's clothing in the UK, the EU tax pot will be bigger. And why do the Eurocrats want a bigger tax pot? Simple.
And more junketing, higher salaries and theft & racketeering are what the EU is all about. [Apart from stopping the Germans invading France again. Ed.]
A place at the Euro-trough for Mandypoos
What do you do with failed or disgraced Labour politicians? Send them in the footsteps of Woy Jenkins and Neil Kinnock. Send them off to dig their noses into the EU junketing circuit. And that's where Vice-Prez Blair is sending his best buddy Mandelson (while the V-P still has his job). Mandy will be taking over as EU Commissioner when Kinnock quits next year; if the Welsh windbag isn't sacked before then.
Next on the agenda is ... something useful? No, a bill to neuter the BBC so that it can't expose dodginess cooked up by Labour party spin doctors disguised as civil servants, and it can't expose lies and omissions by the government and its allies.
And after that ... the Vice-Prez is going to screw around with the House of Lords a bit more to make sure he gets no more opposition there.
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