Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

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Christmas Pud Sales Lead the Way

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 07:01 AM CST

Christmas Puddings are beating the credit crunch

Tesco have reported that sales of their Finest Christmas puddings are up over 229 per cent compared to last year.

The store also announced that iPod sales are up 114 per cent online along with the Mamma Mia DVD selling ten per second during peak hours.

Researchers yesterday said that Tesco are set to be World Number two behind Walmart in four years.

An executive at the store has exclusively told the DailyDust that from the “outside things look great” but the “real truth” is to come, saying “Tesco has some bad news on the way”.

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Phil “The Power” Talyor Joins Cast of Corrie

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 06:54 AM CST

Greatest Darts Player Ever to Challenge the Rover’s Return

13 times World Darts Champion Phil "The Power" Taylor is set to sling his arrows in one of the most famous pubs in the land.

The former protege of Eric Bristow will make time in the lead up to the World Championship to pop into Weatherfield as ‘Disco Dave,’ the star darts player of a rival pub team to the Rovers Return. "I’ll use the experience as a warm-up for the tournament," he told the press as details of the two day filming were announced.

Taylor’s mother, Elizabeth, has been a watcher of Corrie since the days of Ena Sharples (look her up on Wikipedia, kids), and is as proud as a mother could be; "All the family and local people will enjoy seeing him on the television.”

what’s the betting that Taylor, the first person ever to throw a nine-dart finish live on British television, will go for double top and make sporting history on the soap opera with another nine-darter?

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Will Robbie Williams Rejoin Take That?

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 05:52 AM CST

Robbie Williams has confirmed that he would be interested in rejoining Take That after writing on his blog that he would ‘love to be in the band again’.

It was reported in The Sun that on Williams’s Inner Sanctum blog, he said of the band’s success: ‘I’m really proud. I love the new album too - haven’t stopped listening to it.
‘I’d love to be in the band again but I’ve got some unfinished business of my own.’

Williams also confirmed that he met with his former band mates in the summer. He said,

‘We got together a lot over the summer. It was amazing.

‘We’ve all matured a lot since we parted. I’m very pleased to say the differences we’ve had have just melted away.

‘We had a lot of serious chats. Everything we had problems with just boils down to one thing - victims of circumstance.

‘No one was wrong, no one was right.

‘After they left, I felt like a tonne of bricks had been removed from my shoulders. We’d put right what an awful lot of other broken bands fail to do.’

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Winners on hold until the weekend

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 05:51 AM CST

It’s been a busy week for yours truly, but I’ll be back on Friday and Saturday when the racing warms up to try and claw back Wednesday’s losses.

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Mitchell And Web Move Into A Shed

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 03:40 AM CST

UK Comedy Duo’s New Sitcom for 2009

David Mitchell and Robert Webb, stars of Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, have announced the setting for their new sitcom, to air next year on BBC Two assuming the pilot episode being filmed next week is a success.

Entitled Playing Shop, the show will see the double act cast as Eric and Jamie, " two businessmen who ply their trade from a garden shed." Alongside the show will be another series of the aforementioned ‘Look’ sketch show.

This will be their first sitcom they have written themselves (they only starred in Peep Show), following three sketch based shows and the "Get a Life" adverts for Apple Mac in the UK.

(Hat tip to Digitial Spy).

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Britain Owes Four Times National Income

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 02:59 AM CST

Debt running at 400% GDP says CitiGroup

The official number from Gordon Brown is 37%. The Office of National Statistics say it should be 43%. But the percentage of money owed by Britain compared to the national income should be much higher, speculates CitiGroup’s Michael Saunders.

By including personal and business debts, and not just the column in red from the Government’s Books, the UK as a whole owes something close to 400%. That’s more than double our closest pauper of France, and nearly four times that of America.

The great news is that most of the French debt is in long term loans, such as mortgages. Only 50% of the French figure is short term debt due within six months (such as a credit card). The equivalent UK number? Short Term Debt is 300% of GDP.

How this equates to being the best placed country in the world to ride out a recession has not yet been explained.

(Hat tip to Fraser Nelson at The Spectator).

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Footballers To Toe The Line

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 02:29 AM CST

Argentinian free kick spray to solve ten-yard arguments.

Pablo Silva’s amateur football team failed an equalising free kick in the 88th minute, because the referee didn’t move the opponents wall back. When it’s three yards away and not ten, that makes a difference. But Silva set about solving the problem.

His answer is a ‘temporary paint spray’ that Argentinian referees will use to mark the ten-yard limit from any dead ball situation, thus showing how close the wall can be to free kick. Lasting around 30 seconds, the spray has already been trialled in a number of Division Two matches. From next year, Division One matches will also use the spray.

Could the spray make an appearance here in the UK? Should it? If there was a visual indicator forcing teams to obey the laws of the game, what would the pundits have to discuss at the end of Match of the Day? What colour was used? Let us know your thoughts.

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Google Reveals Most Searched UK Terms for 2008

Posted: 10 Dec 2008 11:56 PM CST

With this year coming to an end, Google has published its Zeitgeist report for 2008. The report analyses what search terms have been the most popular this year and it's thrown up some surprising results.

The most popular search term in the UK is "Facebook", followed by the "BBC" and "youtube". Here are the top 10 most searched for terms in the UK last year:

1. facebook
2. bbc
3. youtube
4. ebay
5. games
6. news
7. hotmail
8. bebo
9. yahoo
10. jobs

The fastest rising new search term is for the BBC's iPlayer, which as we've previously reported. could end up being used to justify a Licence fee for the web. Science also triumphed over politics with "large hadron collider" in 5th place beating "obama" in 7th. You can see the full list here.

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