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Ali G makes a comeback, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt on the red carpet and Jack Whitehall becomes the King of Comedy


Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

There were plenty of LOLs last night at the British Comedy Awards and a festive sprinkle of controversy, too.

Ali G returned to collect a special award for Outstanding Achievement – more than a decade after he was named Best Newcomer at the event.

Obviously the brains behind the man from Staines, Sacha Baron Cohen, didn’t miss the opportunity for some edgy gags.

Making a reference to his gold outfit, he said: “A lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I’ve even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.”

Before turning around to reveal the word ‘Savile’ printed on the back.

Youthful comic Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the Channel 4 bash.

Other winners include Charlie Brooker, named Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and Harry Hill, whose TV Burp show was named the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

The award for Best Sitcom saw The Thick Of It, Rev and Twenty Twelve all lose out to Julia Davis’s SKY show Hunderby, which was also named Best New Comedy Programme.

The full list of winners follows:

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Charlie Brooker

Best Sitcom – Hunderby

Best Male TV Comic – Lee Mack

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Morgana Robinson

Best TV Comedy Actress – Rebecca Front

The Writers Guild of Great Britain – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi

Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand

Best Sketch Show – Cardinal Burns

Best New Comedy Programme – Hunderby

Outstanding Achievement – Sacha Baron Cohen.


Skyfall has become the most successful film in British box office history.

The 23rd official installment of the James Bond movie has so far earned a stunning £94.3million ($152million) according the producers of the blockbuster.

In just over 40 days, the film which stars Daniel Craig has outdone the efforts of the 2009 adventure film Avatar which in 11 months made £94.0million.

Although the figures do not take inflation into account, co-producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli revealed how proud they are of how well the 007 movie has done.
In a statement they said: ‘We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success’.

The motion picture which sees Bond and his spymaster M battle villain wizard Silva, played by Javier Bardem, received rave reviews when it was released in October.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film bagged $870million in ticket sales around the world, according to movie tracking site

Dave says –
I have to wonder when i read this type of news
Exactly what defines a british movie these days?
Is there a quota system in place ?
Or are half the production company actually Polish/ Nigerian etc ?

However globally, the spy movie is yet to match Avatar’s record ticket sales which satnds at $2.8billion.

And reports on the same website suggest that the James Cameron’s film ranks 14th in cinema history, with the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind in pole position.

In November it was reported that Daniel Craig is being paid over £31million to play the British spy in two more outings.

The deal makes Craig, 44, the best-paid Bond to date, even taking into account the effects of inflation on his predecessors’ paypackets.

It is a far leap from his first Bond role which saw him earn £1.9million in Casino Royale in 2006, and also the £4.4million he received for Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Craig received £10.7 million for Skyfall, which is more than the £7.5million paid to his predecessor Pierce Brosnan for The World Is Not Enough in 1999 and the £10.3million for Die Another Day in 2002.
The financial deal will see him placed near the top of Hollywood’s leading men – vying for position just below Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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A research ship has discovered more than one million new species after trawling through the Atlantic, Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans.

The Tara Expedition took a 70,000-mile trek across the oceans over 36 months to discover the new creatures – many of which the French-based team credit with giving humanity the gift of oxygen, as the billions of tiny plankton present in our oceans provide much of the oxygen in our atmosphere.

The creatures will be unveiled tonight at a special exhibition at the Science Museum in London, after the ship docked back into London last week.

The team say the discoveries could change our understanding of climate change’s impact on the world’s oceans – and said their journey showed just how vulnerable the sea is due to man’s actions.

More than 30,000 samples of sea water were taken from a variety of spots across the planet, which led to the discovery of 1.5million species – ranging from the relatively large – 1cm in length – to the small, measuring just fractions of a millimetre.

The research provides a snapshot of marine micro-organisms – but points out how much plastic we dump in the ocean, with up to 50,000 plastic fragments per square mile within the Atlantic.

These plastics will not break down for hundreds of thousands of years, and can enter the food chain through fish, seabirds and other marine animals. The toxins can poison the ocean, and also find their way into humans through seafood.

 The 36-metre Tara schooner left Lorient in France in June 2009 and took samples up to a depth of 2,000 metres.

Dr Chris Bowler, the scientific co-ordinator of the expedition, told the Independent how the study provides a ‘snapshot and health check’ of the world’s oceans.

He said: ‘Nobody has ever done this on the scale that we have before.

‘We will be analysing results in the lab for a number of years. The task now is to understand the physical and climactic constraints that have created these ecosystems.

‘How much is pollution affecting them, how much is temperature change affecting them?’

Bowler added: ‘If a species of plankton sensitive to temperature migrates, it could devastate that food chain and therefore local fisheries. We want to find out the role of each species within an ecosystem so that we can better predict what the oceans could be like in 50 or 100 years’ time if we continue to change them.

‘These include creatures that are incredibly important for generating oxygen. Half of the oxygen on the planet is produced by oceans – so every second breath that you take is oxygen from these organisms.

‘The oceans are already acidifying – it will continue to happen if CO2 emissions continue to increase or even if they remain at the current rate.

‘These microscopic organisms are very sensitive to acidification. There is a real concern that many of them could go extinct in years to come.’

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Every year the CoolBrands survey compiles a list of, you guessed it, super cool brands in the UK and this year tech dominates and Apple knocks Aston Martin off the top spot.

The CoolBrands survey asks a number of key influencers and 3,000 regular people to rate a list of top brands based on a range of interesting (yet rather subjective) criteria, like innovation, originality, desirability and uniqueness.

This year the list features a record number of online brands and Twitter, Skype and Nikon entered the top 20 for the first time. YouTube has moved up eight places from last year, but we can’t help but notice Facebook hasn’t made an appearance this time round, does that mean it’s just not cool anymore? It’s also worth noting tech companies like BlackBerry and Nintendo have dropped out of the top 20 too, but that’s less surprising….

The official top 20 CoolBrands are:

1. Apple
2. YouTube
3. Aston Martin
4. Twitter
5. Google
6. BBC iPlayer
7. Glastonbury
8. Virgin Atlantic
9. Bang & Olufsen
10. Liberty
11. Sony
12. Bose
13. Häagen-Dazs
14. Selfridges
15. Ben & Jerry’s
16. Mercedes-Benz
17. Vogue
18. Skype
19. Nike
20. Nikon

Check out the CoolBrands website for a full list of the brands that made the cut.

Just a quick scan thru the list – and I can’t believe Youtube is cooler than Aston Martin!And no top spot for Samsung ?And I’m amazed to see how many of these brands I’ve never heard of – so it’s official – I must be about as far from cool as it gets !

Having said that click here

For a list of the alleged experts who were consulted !

Surely not? Minister for Justice Alan Shatter claimed today that pilots could be misled into trying to make an emergency landing on  a farm in Dublin because of an error on a new Apple online map tool.

In a statement – which may or may not have been slightly tongue-in-cheek – the Minister said he has notified the tech giant of a mistake in his south Dublin constituency and asked for it to be urgently corrected.

“I know on occasion mistakes can be made and I am surprised to discover that Airfield, which is in the centre of my constituency in Dundrum, has, in Apple’s new operating system iOS 6 maps application, been designated with the image of an aircraft,” he said, getting straight to the core of the issue.

Apple’s new iOS 6 maps application has placed a standard airport map symbol on the spot of Airfield, a 35-acre site that is home to a city farm, gardens and a cafe.

“In context of Airfield there are a variety of possible alternative images that could be utilised such as a cow, a goat, a sheep, a flower or any indeed other type of plant, as Airfield operates a nursery,” Mr Shatter’s statement said. “An aircraft is an entirely inappropriate flight of imagination.”

Paul Cullen, director of safety and technical with the Irish Airline Pilots Association (Ialpa), said Mr Shatter’s concerns were unwarranted, as he doubted pilots would be using phones for navigation.

“If it was a real emergency in a small aircraft you would be looking for a landing strip and you wouldn’t have time to take your phone out to look for an airport,” he said.

Mr Cullen said commercial aircraft would only use industry-recognised navigational equipment. “Small aircraft can use anything from a road atlas up, you wouldn’t even necessarily be using a compass because you’d be flying visually,” he said. “They’d use a lot of physical features, rivers, train lines, you’d see it is not an airport.”

The error was spotted by Twitter user Aleesha Tully aka @aleeshajulia who tweeted:  “Not only did #Apple give us #iOS6… They also gave us a new airport off the Upper Kilmacud Road! Yay!

Dublin Airport quickly moved – not literally, obviously – to dispel any concerns. It tweeted: “Just in case anybody is confused Dublin Airport is not moving to the southside. #mapfail.”

Airfield is currently closed for renovations until next year.

Of course, it’s not the only mistake in the map. Apple have also managed to move Dublin Zoo to Temple Bar.

Twitter user Olga Ní Gíorra aka  @fit_gurl spotted this beauty: “Since when did @DublinZoo move to temple bar? #applemaps

Stumbled across any more blunders? Email us at with the subject line “Apple borks Dublin”