Thursday, August 30, 2007


But it's the same as the other two !

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Bourne Ultimatum

Very good actually. But Greengrass ? Calm the camera down a bit.


I fell asleep halfway through this... Sign of a great film ? I think not.

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* Calvin Harris - no fan of GMTV
* Sheryl Crowe - Black Widow
* Charts: Sean Kingston is number one

>> A life depressive <<
Owen Wilson takes a time-out

We reported back in November 2004, to the
consternation of his scary Hollywood lawyers,
that Owen Wilson might not be entirely
unfamiliar with hard drugs. It's somewhat
surprising that everyone seems to have fallen
hook, line and sinker for Courtney Love's guff
that it's all Steve Coogan's fault. Coogan may
be an unpleasant drug pig but this smacks only
of Love finally getting her revenge after the
humiliation of being dumped by Alan Partridge.
A rich, ageing celebrity bachelor with an
entourage of yes men to get him whatever he
wants and a stint in rehab for depression
already behind him - it's likely that Wilson
didn't need much encouragement.

LA insiders say that Jennifer Lopez is about
to announce that she is pregnant with twins.

>> The Black Widow<<
Sheryl Crow's cold hand of fate

Perhaps Owen Wilson's real problem was to
get involved with Sheryl Crow? Because Sheryl
is the Black Widow, The Angel of Death.
Sheryl and Owen dated at the turn of the
century. Only seven years later Owen's
life is in disarray. Join the club, mate.

* Ex-boyfriend Kevin Gilbert - died from
autoerotic asphyxiation.
* Ex-boyfriend Lance Armstrong - testicular
* Crow had a hit with Leaving Las Vegas,
based on a book by John O'Brien, who
committed suicide soon after its release.
* Ex-boyfriend Kid Rock - has Paris Hilton
sniffing around him now.
* She was Jacko's backing singer.
Need we say more?

Tony Wilson was buried in a coffin numbered FAC 501.
Factory's last catalogue number.

>> Big Questions <<
What people want to know this week

This Hollywood heart-throb was abusing his
Faculties this week in Hong Kong club Dragon
I, where he enjoyed several lines of cocaine.
Fellow clubbers said he was "very
nice and chilled".

You can take the factory out of the girl... but
which star enjoyed Ibiza so much this week that
they were asking every other clubber for pills?

Organic farmer Alex James spotted in Old Compton St,
Soho, chomping on a large, suspiciously unorganic
croissant from high street coffee chain Cafe Nero.

>> To Hull and back <<
Celebrity political dynasties

John Prescott is standing down at the next
election. His son David fancies taking over
his seat, which can't be bad, as David
appears to be a chip off the old block.
Friends say he claims to have slept with the
Sun's Victoria Newton and enjoys a platinum
card at Stringfellows strip club.

And apparently Prescott Junior fell out with
one of best mates after confessing that he
liked to think about his mate's wife when
he was knocking one out.

Fit bodies, smooth moves and pink outfits. It can
only be the Pot Noodle workout! Join in and get 12
Pot Noodles or even a PS3:

>> Confessions of an 80s pop fan <<
Duran beats Spandau, that much is true

7zark7 writes:
"Back in the 80s, my big sister was a hardcore
Duran Duran fan. She was walking home from school
with her friends, in Blackheath, when a big fat
Rolls Royce pulls up. The window winds down:
'Hello girls, can you help me with some
directions?' It was Tony Hadley of Spandau
Ballet . Without hesitation, my sister said
'Fuck off you wanker, your band's shit'

"Hadley drove off. that much is true."

My Bloody Valentine fans are getting excited about
a possible comeback next year at Coachella.

>> Back to brown <<
Amy searches for her next hit

They tried to make her go to rehab, and she
said no, yes, no, yes, maybe, no. Poor Amy
Winehouse. When she was promoting her first
album only three years ago Amy refused all
the class A drugs offered to her, relying
just on booze and weed. Then she fell in
love with drug-loving Blake Fielder-Civil
and everything changed. Her competitive,
feminist instincts dug in and she's
spent the last months trying to outdo
her paramour's crack and heroin habits.
Not helped by the fact that someone on
her payroll, who should really be trying
to protect her, is secretly scoring drugs
for the pair to stop her from sacking him.

Erica Roe, of Twickenham streaking fame, 1982,
is now married and living in Portugal, where she
grows sweet potatoes for export.

>> Oliver's Travels <<
Jamie's Transatlantic troubles

D writes:
"Fly transatlantic on MaxJet, a plane which
ONLY offers business class? It's the kind of
thing Jamie Oliver *might* do in secret if he
didn't want his fellow Stop Stansted
anti-airport campaigners to know..."

FYI: Jamie Oliver's absconded from prison:

Joss Whedon's long awaited UK based Buffy spin-off,
Ripper, starring Anthony Head, starts filming next
summer for BBC.

>> Acceptable in the 80s? <<
Calvin Harris says what he thinks

Calvin Harris has been slated in the press for
his stunt to find the best house party in
Britain. This is Calvin's amusing message
internally to his record company, Sony BMG,
about the furore:

"Yesterday was pretty funny really, was on the
BBC news for being an alleged 'hate figure for
parents' because apparently I am encouraging
you all to trash your mum's house...!

"GMTV wanted me to go on this morning to answer
various probing mumsy questions but the label
thought it would be a bad idea as I would be
unable to cope with Ben Shepard's tough line
of questioning, which is a shame as that would
have been a life ambition fulfilled."
Calvin x."

Help the Aged's press spokesman is called Joe Oldman.

>> Summer camp <<
Meet Argentina's Alcazar

We miss the summer holiday novelty hits of
yore! Sabrina, Black Box, Eiffel 65,
Las Ketchup - all brightened up the dog
days on returning to work. Here's Argentinian
band, Miranda! Their new track Prisionero
is all over radio and TV in South America,
and features Pet Shop Boys synths, I Feel
Love bassline and an atrium of gayness.

Toni Collette spotted in Ikea "wearing a stripy
sweater dress and black Ugg boots, and dancing in the
aisles to Kylie Minogue's Come Into My world.

>> Things that make you go hmmm <<
Mormon rap, pandas, colon cleansing

And it turns up to 11:

Philip Glenister from Life on Mars makes it
onto some t-shirts at:

World's biggest tumour?

Otter bath:

Crunch crunch he's gone! Get your last days
of Bush merchandise now:

Other people's colon cleansing kit:

How to do sabrage:

Mormon rap:

Dirty-wrong in Paris, gun-fights in Alicante,
crotchless trousers in Austria as Ian and Dawn
look for their sperm-donation siblings:

Cute pandas:

Didn't catch the new series of The IT Crowd on
Friday night? Watch the latest episode online for
free with 4 on Demand:

>> Chart Predictions <<
New entries/High climbers Sun 2nd September

++ Number One
SEAN KINGSTON Beautiful Girls

++ Top Ten
RIHANNA Shut Up And Drive

++ Top Twenty
FREAKS The Creeps (Get On The Dancefloor)

++ Top Forty
THE TWANG Two Lovers
MAROON 5 Wake Up Call

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Old Jokes Home:
Q. Why does caviar never end well?
A. Because it's a fishes cycle.

Old Jacko Jokes Home:
Q: Why is Michael Jackson like caviar?
A: Both come on little white crackers.

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The festival team have been burning midnight oil and have just about finalised our best lineup ever.

Checkout the lineup of Features

Drool over our mouthwatering Shorts

Get ready for our stellar Events

Find out who has been nominated for Awards.

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Find out how to Attend.

Working The Net
It's not what you know, it's whom

Producer needed for Film London PULSE application: a black comedy about Justin, who is visually impaired, and his friend Edward, who wants to understand his view. For more information contact Jules


Low budget short film requires Sound Designer/ Recordist, with shooting scheduled for September 15th 2007. Would suit student or sound designer/ recordist looking for experience on a film set. I'm afraid there's no pay but expenses and food will be provided (and a few beers too!) It would be preferable if you are based in the London area as the shoot is going to be in Gunnersbury. For further details, please contact the director, David Woods


Want to be a Movie Star? Audition Now!

Raindancer Vito Rocco has won MyMovie MashUp and will now get to make his feature film 'Faintheart' with a budget of £1 million. You can now audition online for one of several lead and supporting roles in the film.

Vito's film 'Faintheart' is a hilarious romantic comedy about the lives of a group of people who re-enact Viking battles as a hobby. It will be theatrically released nationwide in Autumn 2008. We have already had some great auditions! Here are a couple: 1, 2.


After endless trials I could at last upload my bloody short film into Internet. It took ages to finish, but that´s pretty much it, 0 budget=time.... I still need to re-touch sound and music, but that is more or less it, at last , I leave you with the latest version of "the abortion of the chicken"...any comment, critique, suggestion, insult, compliment, or indifference will be appreciated as long as you watch the screen for 16 minutes after pressing PLAY with the cursor. Here there is the link.
Thank you all for your time and all the best. Martin


Professional dancer looking to join dance troupe only paid work please for music videos commercials projects anything mixed styles dance, funk, pop, hip hop salsa, jazz etc.. thanks contact lou char


Raindance Screenwriters Group :) The next meetup is
on Monday 3rd September 6.30pm, upstairs at the Griffin. As usual,
please let Kay know if you can make it, and if you plan to bring
anything to read.
The Griffin, 93 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RD (Nearest tube Old Street.) Map:


Have you got something you'd like us to print here?
Send it to
Open Evening
It's time for us to crawl out of our dungeon in the heart of 'glamorous' Soho to tell you what Raindance is all about at our Open Evening.

Starting at 6.30pm on September 4, we'll have information on all our courses and the 15th Raindance Film Festival, starting in less than a month's time. There will be course discounts and maybe even a few give-aways.

We have some very special guests this time around - a Raindance success story, ready to tell you what can be achieved on a low budget if you have the filmmaking know-how.

So come along, see what we're about, and get involved.

Raindance Open Evening
The Gibson Building, Central London
6.30 -9pm, September 4
Get on the guest list
Indie Tip
With the autumnal festival season now in full swing, and with the summer holidays drawing to an end, wouldn't you like some tips on How to be an indie auteur?
Calling Festival Volunteers
25 Sept
- 7 Oct
Want to work in film? Want to meet cool people and make new friends? Want to watch tons of films and go to amazing parties for free?

We're holding our first volunteers gathering at our next Film Club on Weds 5th September 7pm at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (right behind Russell Square tube station)

As a festival volunteer you will be a fully fledged part of the Raindance team and get all the benefits the festival has to offer. This includes access to films, special events, parties, masterclasses, and a cool Raindance T-Shirt all for free!
For more information on how to volunteer, email James Merchant or ring him 0207 287 3833

Raindance have some pairs of tickets to give away to an exclusive preview of THE SERPENT taking place in Central London on the evening of September 10th.
Just answer the simple question below:

Who wrote GET CARTER and PLENDER (the book upon which THE SERPENT is based)?

Applicants should email the correct answer to: Serpent by 1pm on 5th September with RAINDANCE 'SERPENT' COMPETITION in the Subject Field.

Michael MAdsen Do You Want The Goodies? Raindance Rex Pass 25.09 - 07.10
This year the festival has expanded to the Rex Cinema + Bar, right around the corner from the main screens at the Cineworld Shaftesbury.

Get a Raindance Rex Pass, and get all the goodies, all the parties, the networking, meet filmmakers, screenings at Cineworld at concs (£6), Rex screenings free, all the masterclasses with Tim Bevan, Penny Woolcock and Anthony Dod Mantle, Special Guest Screenings with Michael Madsen, Mick Jones (the Clash) Ken Loach, Special Events Live!Ammunition! + Party, Opening and Closing Nights + Parties, goodie bags, limited edition festival shoulder bag and T shirt, panel discussions, Adobe Masterclasses and much more. Full details are here:

How Much? £125/£100,
Early Bird Offer: £75 to Friends of Raindance: Raindance members, Shooting People subscribers, Stellar Network & NPA members,, students, OAPs, UB40's,

You can get your pass by calling 0207 287 3833, or book online here.

This offer expires on September 7th! then its £125/£100 members/friends of Raindance.

Wierdsville Raindance Festival: Opening Night Tuesday 25 September 7pm Haymarket Cinema
What do the films Pump Up The Volume and Empire Rocks have in common?

Both are directed by the same director as this year's festival opener and Slamdance Grand Jury Prize Winner Wierdsville, the latest offering by cult indie director, Alan Moyle. The director and star Wes Bentley (American Beauty) will be attending the screening)

The Screening is followed by a legendary Raindance Party, with free booze, live music, T Shirts until the wee small hours.

All yours for £25 - or FREE with a Raindance Rex Pass To book 0207 287 3833 or Book Opening Night Tickets Online Here.
3 Rules of Raindance Film Club:
1. Fab Film
2. Free Admission
3.The Beers On Us
Weds 5th September at 7:00pm
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (behind Russell Square tube station)

On this month:

the brilliant thriller CAVITE a riveting drama about the viciousness of terrorism and the extremes to which individuals will go to advance their cause. Shot dirt cheap, and looks fab.

We will give you a seat to watch this film, but you'll ony use the edge of it.

Please note, the doors open at 7pm, screenings start when the venue is full. If you come late, you may have to stand. Film Club is first come, first serve so there's no need to RSVP.

You won't find a cheaper date in this city...
For more information email us at

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Ever Wonder Why Some Lucky Few Seem To Find Financing For Their Films, Even If The Scripts Are Bad, While Actual Good Movies Aren't Able To Raise Financing To Go Into Production?

First Feature The Use of Theme in Pans Labyrinth

David Freeman is coming to london at the ens of September.

You can find out about his Ultimate Pitching Skills Workshop

Here are details of his weekend class Beyond Structure

Read Freeman's article The Use of a Theme in "Pan's Labyrinth"

RaindanceTV *IPTV

If you don't know what IPTV is, you better listen up.

We are heading into the zenith of the Raindance year with the festival starting 25th September, then the British Independent Film Awards on 28 November. we relly appreiciate your support.

Elliot Grove and the Raindance Team:
Jesse Vile
Chris Thomas
Joe Pearshouse
Will Pearce
Suzanne Ballantyne
Dominic Thackray
James Merchant
Deena Manley
Tessa Collinson
Oscar Sharp
Johanna Von Fischer
Jules Garnett
Yinka Graves
Tessa Williams
Zach Boren

Thinking of a film course? Get the Raindance Training Catalogue

Our heart goes out to Owen Wilson

She isn't worth your time, mate.
with David Freeman
Only a tenner

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This week we are shouting about on Joost

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Raising Arizona

This should be talked about more. It's a great farce from Brothers Coen.


Pretty good retro comedy. Good film for the girls !

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Popbitch Summer Madness

"I feel like the asshole, the idiot, because I feel
like I'm distracting from the other things that
are important, like global warming and that kind
of stuff" -Lindsay Lohan


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>> Summer Madness <<

Popbitch has taken its bucket and spade and gone
to the seaside. But we've left behind some silly
things to help through the office afternoon.

Next week, back to normal.


>> 1. Music <<

Remember that band you'd never heard of suing
Avril Lavigne for ripping them off with her
song Girlfriend? Have a listen. And see if you
think Rolling Stones should think of suing
them instead for copying Get Off Of My Cloud.


>> 2. Joke <<

Patient: "Doctor, doctor, I've got problems
with my hearing.
Dr "What are the symptoms?"
Patient: "They're those yellow people on TV."


>> 3. Bad joke <<

"I got stung by a bee yesterday.
£20 for a jar of honey? Outrageous."


>> 4. Old Joke <<

Q: What's pink and wrinkly and hangs out
your underpants?
A: Your mother.


>> 5. Football Shoes <<

There's a charity shop in Chelsea with one
of London's biggest and best Jimmy Choo shoe
collections. It's very close to the house
Frank Lampard and his missus, Elen Rives, live
in. When Fat Frank and Elen have a fight, or
he gets caught with another lady, Elen drives
to the shop with piles of clothes, shoes and
jewellery that he'd bought her and dumps it.
Then they make up with Frank buying a new
wardrobe of stuff... which then find their
way to the shop in the next row. And on and on.


>> 6. History <<

Otters - they've always been news.

From the Venerable Bede's Life of St Cuthbert
of Lindisfarne, 721 AD.

"One bitter night in winter as Cuthbert knelt
thus in the snow after his plunge, blue with
cold, two brown otters came up out of the sea
and stole to Cuthbert's side. And as he
prayed, not noticing them at all, they licked
his poor frozen feet, trying to warm them,
and rubbed against him with their thick, soft
fur till he was dry again. Thus the water-
creatures did their little best for him who
loved them and who had done so much for others."


>> 7. Pandas <<

2008 is Beijing Olympics year. We predict
pandas will be bigger than otters.

The best fact to know about pandas is that
to mark its territory, a panda does a
hand-stand beside his favourite tree,
and pisses upwards, on to the tree, as
high as he can.

Cute baby pandas:

Panda song:


>> 8. Ice Cream <<

The best ice-cream we've ever had in London
is the Italian homemade stuff at the Lord
Nelson pub, 243 Union St, London SE1.
(Between Tate Modern and Waterloo station)
Go in August, say "popbitch" and get two
for the price of one (the pistachio rocks).


>> 9. TV <<

We've enjoyed Britain's Next Top Model much
more than Big Brother this summer. It's
nine down, three to go... See who wins on

Have a big gay bet on the Eurovision Dance Contest:


>> 10. T shirts <<

Treat yourself. Extraordinary t-shirts
on sale now:


>> 11. Theatre <<

See Chatroom & Citizenship at the National Theatre
for just £15. Quote "popbitch" on 020 7452 3000
valid until 13 September for all performances.
Subject to availability.


>> 12. Screening <<

US No.1 comedy Superbad is out September 14th
but you can see it for free before anyone else.


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RetroFest - "The biggest 80s line up since
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Make your own origami trainers on this
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Kettle Chips - now with four new flavours,
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IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Lottie B from LocateTV turned me on to this. It's very good indeed. Brendon told me about a film called Fingers, I will find it.


I like this a lot. Kidman is lush and filthy.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Meh, not fussed either way on this one. I wouldn't buy the DVD.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - The Bourne Identity

Thrilling espionage thing. It's pretty good. Might go and see the third one.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - A Cock And Bull Story

Very interestingly made film. Thought it would be a bit funnier though.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Terminal Velocity

Stupid B flick starring Charlie Sheen. Garbage.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Timeless comedy in my eyes. Norma Jean is a beauty. Look at her !

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Movie Cricket

Mr film ick, and my friend, Brendon Connelly is a movie critic on the August edition of Sky Movies Comedy.

You can see the show at 11.30am on Friday August 17th on Sky Movies Premiere, on hour later on Sky Movies Premiere +1, and at 7:30pm on the same day on Sky Movies Comedy. Then, at midnight that night, he'll be on Sky Movies Premiere, and again an hour later on Sky Movies Premiere +1. If you want to see him in HD he'll be on at 12:55pm - just in time for lunch - on Saturday August 18th on Sky Movies HD 1, simulcast in low-def on Sky Movies SD1.

There are further screenings throughout the month, so keep an eye out if you can't catch any of the above.

Dead Pop Bitch

Britain's Next Top Model: watch Mondays 9pm, on LIVING

"Channel 5 is all shit, isn't it? Christ, the
crap they put on there. It's a waste of space."
- Adam Faith's last words.
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* Deadbitch: random celebrity deaths
* Sleeping with the Tribbles
* Nosophiliacs of the world unite!

>> The A-Z of death <<
From Aeschylus to Zoophilia

Popbitch was saddened by the early death of
Tony Wilson, so we made a whole issue about
death to try and cheer ourselves up. At the
very least, here are 187 facts and stories
for you to use on holiday this summer.
Whenever you need to get rid of those
annoying hangers-on around the hotel bar
or pool - try one of these. Something should


Ancient Greek playwright, known as the father
of tragedy. Perished when an eagle dropped
a turtle on his head.

Autoerotic asphyxiation.
First documented in the 1600s, when it was
observed at public hangings that male
victims often got an erection when being hung.
A phenomenon now known in the S&M
community as "breath play", i.e. strangulation
for kicks. In 1994 Tory MP Stephen Milligan was
found hanged, wearing stockings and suspenders.
Autoeroticists are said to bite on
an orange during the act so the citrus
sharpness keeps them from blacking out.
Sadly for Stephen, it seems he dropped his
satsuma (or it was pushed!). Friends of
Michael Hutchence have claimed he didn't
commit suicide. He was hanging off the back
of his hotel door having a very special wank.

Watch one live:


Reputedly the most painful form of execution -
a bullet up the rectum. Death is very slow and
painful. Your lungs fill with blood and your guts
gradually fall out of your arse. (See Things To
Do In Denver When You're Dead.)

On the day he died Oliver Reed had drunk three
bottles of Captain Morgan rum, eight bottles of
German beer, and countless whisky chasers. Reed
always insisted he wasn't that keen on drinking,
but "you meet a better class of people in pubs".

Blue Plaques
Fancy one on your house? Apply twenty years
after death, so get your friends on the case:


1. On 31st August 1995, six people died rescuing
a chicken. The chicken fell into a well in
Southern Egypt, and six people drowned trying
to rescue it. Only the chicken survived.
2. Sir Francis Bacon contracted pneumonia and
died while stuffing a chicken with snow.
What a fowl way to go.
3. A chicken sandwich didn't kill Mama
Cass. It was heart failure brought on by
obesity. FYI: her real name was Ellen Cohen.

Shots of espresso in one go needed to kill you?
117. More caffeine death stats:


Dr Who
The first three Dr Whos died in chronological
order. This means Tom Baker is next.

A particular favourite of pop stars.
Brian Jones, in his swimming pool; Jeff
Buckley went for a swim wearing steel-toed
boots while singing along to a radio
playing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love";
Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, got drunk and
dived into the sea at Marina Del Rey to
retrieve items he had once thrown off his yacht.


1. A study in 1990 in the US suggested that in
82% of cases the race of the victim was found to
influence the likelihood of getting
the death penalty, i.e., those who murdered
whites were more likely to get it than those
who killed blacks.
2. Texas has executed 399 inmates since 1976.
3. The average time on death row is 10.26 years.
4. The cost of lethal injection drugs per
execution, $86.08.
5. To make your own lethal injection you need:
Pancuronium Bromide (collapses diaphragm and
lungs), Potassium Chloride (stops heartbeat),
and Sodium Thiopental (sedates). There is
also a popular cocktail by the same name
(1 shot creme de noyaux, 2 shots dark rum,
1 shot Malibu, splash orange juice, splash
pineapple juice). Do not mix the two up.

Reprieve is a charity that fights for the lives
of prisoners on death row. Find out more.

Peg Entwistle, a depressed young actress,
committed suicide in the 1930s by leaping off
the Hollywood sign. Strange sightings have
been reported since of a sad-looking blonde
woman in 1930s attire wandering the area,
who vanishes when approached. John Entwistle,
no relation, died in a Las Vegas hotel room
from cocaine and hookers. The Hard Rock
Hotel has kept the identity of the room secret.


Famous last words
"Kurt Russell" - Walt Disney
"I should never have switched from Scotch
to Martinis" - Humphrey Bogart.
"Have they sacked Dominic Lawson yet?"
- Auberon Waugh.
"I am still alive!" - Caligula, after being
stabbed repeatedly by his guards.

Funeral songs
In 2006, the most popular song at funerals was
Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt. The most
popular song to commit suicide to is
Bohemian Rhapsody.

King Henry I died in 1135 of "a surfeit of
lampreys". The King of Sweden in 1771 died after
a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers
and champagne, topped off with 14 servings
of his favourite dessert. In 2002, US President
George W Bush almost choked to death on a pretzel.

Being selfish. It's not big. It's not clever.
But it is funny.


The first week of February spells danger for
pop stars. Richie from Manic Street Preachers
vanished on 1st February 1995. Sid Vicious
overdosed on 2nd February 1979. Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper died
in a plane crash in Iowa on 3rd February
1959 and Karen Carpenter died of heart failure
brought on by anorexia on 4th February 1983.


Weirdest graves we've seen:
1. Pipe organ:
(scroll down)
2. Tents (explorer Richard Burton)
3. Sitting room, complete with family:

All the death-themed gifts you'll need:


Harry Potter
How they died, in order: Charity Burbage,
Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody, Rufus Scrimgeour,
Gregorovitch, Bathilda Bagshot, Ted Tonks,
Wormtail, Grindelwald, Dobby, Dolahov, Crabbe,
Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Tonks, Colin Creevey,
Severus Snape, Nagini, Bellatrix Lestrange,
Yaxley, Voldemort.

Read the stories, and take the tour:

In 1961 Ernest Hemingway purchased the weapon
he used to commit suicide at Abercrombie & Fitch,
which was then a firearm supplier. He rested the
gun butt of the double-barrelled shotgun on the
floor of a hallway in his home, leaned over it
to put the twin muzzles to his forehead just
above the eyes, and pulled both triggers.


Ironic deaths
Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of
Running, died whilst jogging.
Jerome Irving Rodale, founding father of the
organic food movement, died in 1971, on
the Dick Cavett Show, while promoting his
health books.
Dr Alice Chase, author of Nutrition for
Healthâ died of malnutrition.
Dr Robert Atkins, inventor of the Atkins
diet, died clinically obese.
Allen Carr, author of The Easy Way to Stop
Smoking, died of lung cancer.


Javelin. Oops. Nearly:


Aborigines used to send kangaroos into villages
to wreak havoc before they invaded.
Something like this:


Last meals/Last words
"I did not get Spaghetti-Os. I got spaghetti.
I want the press to know this." - Thomas
Grasso, before his execution in 1995.
The last prisoner executed in USA, Lonnie
Johnson (a black man who killed two white
men), made no last meal request. On 24th
July, he was the 19th man executed in
Texas this year. More last meals:

On average, right-handed people live seven
years longer than their left-handed
And over 2500 left-handed people are killed
every year by household objects intended for
right-handed people.


Armin Meiwes
Cannibal Meiwes was the German computer techie
who ate his friend Bernd-Jurgen Brandes in 2003.
He first cut off the penis and flambeed it with
garlic for the two of them to share. Sadly
after all that, Mr Brandes wasn't feeling
very hungry. Two years later another German,
Ralf M, was inspired to kill his friend, Joe,
but he couldn't face eating him and put most
of his body in the fridge (except the bits
he gave to his cat).

Monkey Suicide

Mohammed al Fayed wants to be mummified on death
and placed in a glass mausoleum on
the roof of Harrods. Before claiming he was
murdered by Prince Philip, presumably.


The International Necronautical Society
Inspectorate think death is just another
land to conquer and inhabit. Much like
Tunbridge Wells.

Sexually arousal by the knowledge that a
partner is terminally ill. Nosophiliacs
can often be found staking out cancer support
groups to find fresh meat.


Obituary euphemisms
"Free spirit" - unemployable
"Vivacious" - drunk (female)
"A character" - drunk (male)
"Fun loving" - drank more than worked
"Down to earth" - born working class
"Utterly carefree" - senile

Tommy Cooper died of a heart attack in the
middle of his act on stage. The act that
followed him on stage was Les Dennis and
Dustin Gee. Two years later during a pantomime
in Southport Gee also dropped dead.


1.75-year-old Indian seer Punjilal announced that
he would die between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday,
20th October 2005. Thousands of pilgrims came to the
village of Sabra in Madhya Pradesh state to
witness his death. Much to everyone's surprise,
when 5pm came and went, he announced he was
going to live until he was 90.
2. Colin Fry is a TV psychic who in 1992 found the
lights were unexpectedly turned on during a
seance, when Fry was apparently seen holding a
"spirit trumpet" in the air, which the audience
thought was being levitated by supernatural

The pharaohs were buried with their most precious
possessions. Evidence suggests they were a
seriously hedonistic bunch.

Number of popes stabbed, strangled, or poisoned
to death in the last three decades of the 10th
century: Five.


The kind of doctor we all want but only
celebrities seem to have on their payroll.
Anna Nicole Smith died with 11 different
prescription drugs in her system.


Poisoned, shot, stabbed and clubbed but did
not die. Was finally drowned. Here's his penis:'s_penis


Skeleton graves. A bit icky:

Sudden Death Syndrome
A disorder of the electrical system of the heart
that can lead to the death of apparently
healthy people without any warning. It is rarely
diagnosed, most cases being written off as
accidents. To date, scientists have yet to come
up with a cure. Lazy bastards.

Dr Robert Liston, the fastest saw in the west.
In one two-and-a-half minute operation he
amputated the leg of his patient (who later
died from gangrene), sliced the fingers
off his assistant (who later died from blood
poisoning) and slashed through the coat-tails
of a spectator (who dropped dead from fright).
The only operation in surgical history to have
a 300% mortality rate.


Toe Death
1. Louis XIV of France died of gangrene in 1715.
For some time before his death, when he took
his socks off, toes would come with them.
2. Jack Daniels (of booze fame) died of blood
poisoning, six years after hurting his toe when
kicking his safe because he couldn't remember
the combination.
3. Bob Marley developed a cancerous tumour from
a football wound on his right big toe. Danny
Baker often claims it was his kick that did it.
Worried that it would affect his dancing,
Marley refused amputation. The cancer spread
and he died four years later.

The Star Trek fan's euphemism for death is to
"Sleep with the Tribbles".


United States
Eighty percent of people in the United States
die in hospital.


Vampire of Highgate
The Highgate Vampire was said to haunt Highgate
cemetery in the 1970s. Two local exorcists,
David Farrant and Sean Manchester, both
claimed they could kill the creature. They
didn't. The vampire has eluded capture to date.


Who Next?
1. We called William Hill to get odds on Lindsay
Lohan lasting the year. They declined.
2. A review of Pete Doherty's writings on Amazon:
"I have ordered 53 of these books as I
understand that they are written in his blood.
According to my calculations that should use up
about eight pints of it and hopefully bring an
end to the adolescent dribblings of this
smacked-up sub-Dickensian tossclump."
3. Play the death game:

Walt Disney
Walt was not cryogenically frozen; he
just refused to have a funeral. He was
cremated, and his ashes are in a vault.


Xmas deaths
Died on Xmas Day: James Brown, Dean Martin,
Charlie Chaplin, and WC Fields.


Yuri Gagarin
Having safely managed to be the first man in
space, Yuri Gagarin died in a routine training
flight near Kirzhach trying to re-qualify
as a pilot. He is buried in the walls of
the Kremlin.

Your Death.
When is it? Popbitch's is 15th February 2050.


People who prefer their sex partners to be
animals. Kenneth Pinyan (aka Mr Hands) died in
2005 of a perforated colon after an encounter
with a particularly well-endowed stallion.
There's a new film about it.


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Sunday, August 12, 2007

5 European Cups

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday, so I won't be around for a few days ! Everyone at work chipped in and got me the above (not the clock).
Liverpool's FIVE European Cups. Beautiful isn't it ?

Thursday, August 09, 2007


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* Charlie's Angel gets a little tied-up
* Champagne facts: all you need to know
* Charts: Robyn is the new number one

>> Party tunes <
Iraqi party spolied by DJ

Dubai ruler Sheik al-Maktoum threw a celebration
for the Iraqi soccer team after its recent
Asian Cup win. However, for poor Iraqis,
nothing ever goes quite to plan. They
were welcomed with Iraq's Saddam Hussein-era
national anthem, Ardulfurataini Watan, rather
than current one, prompting many of the players
to walk out.

FYI: After Saddam's overthrow, Iraqi authorities
selected "Mawtini," a popular Arab folk tune, to
replace the old anthem which glorified the Baath party.'.htm

FYI 2: Sheik al-Maktoum gave the team $5.45m.
The team has been given $10,000 each in Iraq.

Donny Osmond's lucky number is seven. He only likes
staying in hotel rooms with a seven in the room number.

>> Big Questions <<
What people want to know this week

One half of Britain's most cherished
comedy writing double act found himself
in LA working on an Amerian sitcom back
in the day. At a Hollywood party, he met
one of the original Charlie's Angels. They
hit it off, went back to her apartment
where "it quickly transpired she was into
bondage". She asked him to go get some
pills from her bag in her car, down in
the basement garage. And locked himself out.
A neighbor called the police, he didn't want
to drop her in it so spent the night in
the cells on him.

Next day the boss of the film studio
employing him arrived to bail him out with
the classic chastisement, "I can't believe
you left a fucking Charlie's Angel tied to
a bed!".

TH writes: "Recently in Soho I spotted Teddy
Sheringham with new brunette. She looked as clever
as my flip flop in the rain. Good rack though."

>> The beautiful game <<
Footballers continue to make friends

As we start another football season, let's
look back to the final day of last season.
West Ham beat Manchester United to stay in the
Premiership. Captain Nigel Reo-Coker marked
this occasion by going to a London nightclub,
buying two bottles of Cristal, then standing
and emptying both bottles on the floor,
Jay-Z style. The West Ham fans in the club
that night were most impressed.

How many "fucks" were there in The Departed? 237.

>> The Price of fame <<
Celebrity baby hair colour questions

Prof Mendel writes:
"Am interested in Jordan and Peter Andre's
ginger child. "As I understand it, the ginger
gene is recessive (occurring on chromosome 16)
meaning that for two non gingers to give birth
to a ginger child BOTH parents MUST have the
specific gene (excluding spontaneous mutation).
Peter Andre is of Greek Cypriot descent and
thus it is very surprising if he had the
requisite gene.

"Has anybody seen their what their
gardener looks like?" Fnar.

Hotel check-in names: Jay, from 5ive, liked to
check in as Mr Pete O'File. (Paed-o-phile.. geddit?)

>> Big bubbles, no troubles <<
Impress your friends with champagne facts

We've been banging on all summer about stars who
insist on Moet as part of their rider so here's
a pile of things about champagne to know

1. There are seven million bubbles in a bottle
of champagne. (Thanks to a $500k research project
in California last year.)
2. The pressure inside a bottle is 50 bar - the
same as at 40 metres under the sea, or like
the cylinder in a London bus.
3. Cheap champagne can taste acidic because it's
been rushed on to the shelves without aging
properly. Good houses always wait three years
to sell their non-vintages.
4. You pronounce Moet with the "t". Most pop
stars get it wrong.
5. The most perfect size of bottle to mature
and serve champagne is a magnum.
7. The best vintages are reputed to be 1999,
1996 and 1990.
8. Celebrities particularly like cocaine with
their champagne, so you should always use the term
"fizzy pop and chop" when serving this.
9. A Brit invented the champagne making process
but it was French monk Dom Perignon who
popularised it.
10. The cleverest way to open a bottle is with a
sabre, known as Sabrage. Don't try when hammered.
11. Drinking champagne helps the brain to cope
with stroke, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Special thanks to the nice people at Deutz
who gave us lots of champagnes to try. Their
blanc de blanc rules.

During railway expansion in Egypt in the 19th century,
construction companies unearthed so many mummies that
they used them as fuel for locomotives.

>> The Pitts <<
Cameron follows in fine tradition

Tory supporters are getting obsessed with how
David Cameron is leading the Conservatives by
PR spin. It's not like things used to be different.

When William Pitt the Younger died in 1806 it
was announced to the country that the Tory PM's
last words were, "Oh my country! How I love
my country!"

What Pitt did say was:
"I think I could eat one of Bellamy's veal pies."

John Fashanu is now presenting the Nigerian version of
Deal Or No Deal.

>> Jamie Blandford's fan <<
Controversial posho gets character witness

undiscovered bum writes:
I see the Marquess of Blandford is up on road
rage charges this week. Too bad I'm not available
to be a character witness for hi. Some years ago
I lived in Earl's Court. One night there was a ring
on my doorbell and some posh bloke said through
the intercom that he'd found a friend of mine
in Chelsea, who'd had a row with her boyfriend
and had needed bringing home? And then he
walked her all the way up the stairs to the
top of my building, with his bike in his
hand, to personally deliver her to my front
door. I recognized him immediately but was so
taken aback that I quite forgot my manners
and failed to invite him in to join us for
chabs and booze. Which I suppose was
probably for the best, since no doubt he'd
have caned it all and left none for us.)"

There are two types of dogs specially bred for
herding fish - The Portuguese Water Dog and the
Fuegian Dog from Chile (now extinct).

>> Gak attack <<
All your dope are belong to us

missus writes:
The worst gak I ever shared was from Dave from
Blur and Liam Gallagher. Remember when Liam got
let off that possession charge? There was so
little coke in his coke. Liam wrote his dealer
a thank-you letter. Haha. Bless."

Fergie's band has impressed in New Zealand. Having
got the hotel bell-hop to score weed for them, they
invited him to join an all day smoking session.

>> Confessions of 80s pop life <<
Younger Popbitch readers prefer Shaky

JF writes:
"In 1987 I used to babysit for Simon Le Bon's
cousin's children. The opportunity came for my
12 year-old sister 14years old me to go with
Simon's family to the Liverpool Empire to
watch Duran Duran and meet them back stage.
It was the best thing that ever happened to me
but my sister was a Shakin' Stevens fan. My mum
made her. She turned up in a Shaky t-shirt, cap
and badges. Backstage, when John Taylor and
Simon asked us if we'd had a nice time my sister
said it was OK but she'd much have preferred to
have met Shakin' Stevens.

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>> Things that make you go hmmm <<
Malibu, bunny peace-keepers and Eurovision

Guests on a stag weekend in Scotland with
Liam before he went into Big Brother tell us
among his escapades he did a strip, climbed
up a 100ft pine tree so he could pee on
his mates and simulated having sex with
a corpse. How lovely.

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with 4 on Demand:

A different kind of flood this week:

Missing The O.C? Catch the kids of Malibu instead:

Bunnies, the new peacekeeping force? You decide:

Neil Hannon wrote this for Eurovision:

Popbitch's favourite named generator company:

SingStar Extravaganza - at Cafe de Paris on
23rd August. Inspired by 80s New York vogueing,
created by Sony PlayStation in aid of Body & Soul
supporting families in the UK affected by HIV.
Tickets are a tenner:

Adrienne Curry, America's Next Top Model winner,
married one of the Brady Bunch. Caridee's
boyfriend is apparently "fatter than you'd
think". BNTM favourite Abby Clancy dates Peter
Crouch. Still, none of this has put off
this year's contestants:
Britain's Next Top Model, LIVING, 9pm, Mondays:

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