Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Fabregas Out For Season

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 07:45 AM CST

Cesc Fabregas has been confirmed out for four months by Arsene Wenger today

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out for up to four months after rupturing knee ligaments in Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.

The 21-year-old midfielder suffered the injury going for a 50-50 ball with fellow Spaniard Xabi Alonso.

Arsene Wenger confirmed that he has a partial rupture of the medial knee ligament that will see him sidelined for four months. He will have to sit out a crucial period of the Premier League as well as Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League tie against Roma.  This completes a bad year for Arsenal with William Gallas told to leave, who will replace Fabregas as captain?

Wenger needs to buy two midfielders and fast.

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Win £100k In The Tesco-Factor

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 06:41 AM CST

Tesco are taking on Simon Cowell’s X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent

Never content with just selling cheap food, booze, clothes, electronics, insurance etc, Britain’s largest supermarket is now moving into entertainment with in-store talent contests.

Starting in January, the contest 1Click2Fame will allow customers to become stars.  Tesco will install recording booths in stores to ensure all customers that think they have that X Factor get the chance to record an audition.

They’ll also be able to upload auditions to the site www.1click2fame.com.

Tesco’s Entertainment Director, Ted Bovis Rob Salter said: “We are always looking at ways to give customers a little bit extra”..

Reality TV just arrived at a store near you..

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The Top Christmas Number Two Songs

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 06:02 AM CST

Every race needs a second place, even the Christmas number one.

As the gloom of another X-Factor fuelled Christmas chart descends on the UK, it’s worth pointing out that so many of the classic Christmas songs never reached the top, yet they still have a place in many hearts around the world. You want your famous number two’s? The Daily Dust, with some help at You Tube, bring you the best of the rest on the festive charts.

Fairytale of New York, The Pouges featuring Kirsty MacColl

Probably the most famous Christmas Number Two of all time, and it says a lot that this is regarded by many as not just the finest christmas tune ever, but the greatest single track… in the world. By now, with all the stress on the number two of Jeff Buckley in the UK you’ll know it was the dastardly pet Shop Boys that prevented this being number two back in 1987. it now holds the record for the most appearances in the Top Ten (four), three consecutive years in the Top Ten at Christmas, and the only appearance of Matt ‘Herbie Fully Loaded’ Dillon in a music video. Enjoy.

Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End), The Darkness

The last true race for the Christmas Top Spot ended with Gary Jules’ Mad World grabbing away the rightful victor in the eyes of many. A touch too knowingly camp, and modern, for it to be fully immortalised in Christmas lore, but it hits all the right elements, and a ncie reminder of the brief period when The Darkness ruled over reality [tv].

Last Christmas, by Wham

Now this was one of the biggest races ever. It looked a dead cert that 1984 was goign to be the Christmas year of Andrew, George, Pepsi and Shirley. But then up popped Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their seasonal sizzler. The Power of Love drew first blood, and was expected to fight a rearguard action to hold of Wham… World events had other ideas, and the famine in Ethiopia saw Band Aid ascend to greatness. You could argue that with Wham in Band Aid they did win, but they were utterly magnaminous in their loss, and donated all the royalites from Last Christmas to Band Aid. After all, it’s just music…

All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey

Amazingly, there are four videos for Mariah’s biggest selling single - we at The Dust have a particular fondness for this 1963 homage with bright staging reminiscent of the Valerie Singleton Blue Peter set, Mariah in a go-go dancers dress and a complete lack of diva ‘home videos’ where she’s being wonderful and fabulous. Those would be the other versions.

The Millenium Prayer, Cliff Richard

For a long time in the 1980’s, the Christmas Number One belonged to Cliff. Admittedly he fought for it every year, with Mistletoe and Wine, and Saviurs Day facing tough competition. But an attempt to see in the 21st century with this version of The Lord’s Prayer didn’t capture the mood of the nation and Sir Cliff faltered at the last step. Thanks, Westlife.

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Loss of Humphrey Leaves Team Without A Clue

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 06:00 AM CST

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team still don’t know if they can or should replace their chairman.

Following the BBC Radio Christmas, Mitch Benn (he of The Now Show) has posted an interesting snippet regarding the future of arguably the flagship comedy show on UK radio, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. With the sad death of Jazz Virtuoso and Chair of the show, Humphrey Lyttleton

Still, caught up with a few faces I’d not seen for a while, including Ian Pattinson, the genius who for years wrote most of Humphrey Lyttleton’s between-rounds gags for I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue; he confirmed my (and indeed everyone’s) suspicion that they really don’t have a clue how, or even if, to continue with Clue now Humph’s gone.

My natural inclination is for them to not continue the show. After the death of Willie Rushton, a former panellist, there was still momentum to continue, and the guest panellist format worked well. But the loss of the chair of the program is such an integral part to Clue that this isn’t a case of replacing a Deayton or a Lamarr.

If Clue was to follow Humph to the great Mornington Crescent in the sky, i think we’d all understand, and that it would be the best solution.

(Hat tip to Mitch Benn).

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What To Wear This Winter - Beckham Style

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 03:01 AM CST

Just a few days after declaring himself a European for a few months, style guru David Beckham is back doing what he does best..off field..

You quit your adopted country in an effort to get picked again and play for the National team, your wife loves clothes

so much *she* designs the stuff, where should you choose to live?  Milan, fashion capital of the World.

David Beckham has once again being wooing the crowds with his choice of appearance, and this time, it is ultra chic , no more American style baggy jeans and hoodies..time for style.

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I Like Hores… With Neat Handwriting

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:21 AM CST

Unknown message strikes a chord with blogger.

Dizzy is one of the new wave of political bloggers in the UK, but as with all the good blogs, he will point out the fun stuff in life. He’s been forwarded a copy of this story, submitted we can only presume, for a third grade essay story.

(Hat tip, naturally, to Dizzy Thinks).

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Gavin and Stacey to Return for Third Season

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:11 AM CST

Fans relax as BBC3 Hit Comedy Writers announce it’s game on.

BAFTA winning series Gavin and Stacey’s upcoming Christmas special could have been the last of the series. Fans have been worrying that a third season would not happen, as writers but Ruth Jones and James Corden focus on an american remake of the series. But now they can relax.

While recording the BBC Wales Sunday Brunch program, Corden hoped out loud that fans wouldn’t find the next series a dissapointment, letting everyone know that it would happen. Slip of the tounge or a deliberate mis-speak, the result is just the same.

A pretty much solidly positive reaction from fans of the series, although the question now is when the writers will find time to actually do the writing. The upcoming special will air this Christmas Eve on BBC 3.
(Hat tip to The Daily Mail).

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Alternative Christmas Dinners - The Pizza

Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:01 AM CST

Forget all the problems of Christmas Dinner, Try Some Turkey Toppings.

Now here’s the perfect idea to make sure that you have all your Turkey and trimmings for Christmas Dinner, but without all the hassle, oven space and preparation that are needed for the traditional fayre. It’s a Turkey and Trimmings Pizza!

Not looking forward to slaving over a hot stove all day to provide your friends and family a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings? Try my turkey pizza instead!” says the Batman Smells blog.

He’s provided a full recipe for this fast food gourment, including making the base form scratch and that’s one option. Personally a quick trip to your local supermarket should provide you with some ready made bases, or even a standard cheese and tomato you can build up yourself. In any case, smart thinking, my winged super-hero chef!

(Hat tip to Batman Smells).

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Manchester United on top of the world

Posted: 22 Dec 2008 04:56 PM CST

After being crowned English and European Champions earlier in 2008, Man United have now picked up the FIFA World Club Cup to round out their tremendous year.

Wayne Rooney’s goal was enough to defeat South American representatives LDU Quito.

Nemanja Vidic was sent off during the match, which could mean a Champions League ban, and no doubt United will appeal.

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Top Sexy Celebrities in Christmas Outfits

Posted: 22 Dec 2008 03:24 PM CST

Who’s the best wrapped celebrity at this festive time of year?

Christmas parties are the time of year for everyone to dress up, and that invariably means lots of red velvet edged with white fur. it’s an easy look, but one that celebrities seem to shy away from. But never fear, The Daily Dust is here to find you the best Santa Celebs around.

Lindsay Lohan

The teen temptress may have gone off the rails in the last few years, but wrappes herself up nicely in the requisite little red number here, with just the right amount of white fur during “Mean Girls.” All she needs is one good Christmas film and she;ll back back snuggling up to the nation.

Girls Aloud

Not exactly the full regalia, but there’s enough red and white in the picture to more than make up for it. And frankly, the can be wrapped in anything if they’re under our Christmas tree.

Mariah Carey

The obvious picture is the delightful cover to here Christmas smash, “I Don’t Want A Lot (For Christmas)” but she’s a flexible lass, so we kept on looking wondering if something else would make itself ready for some Christmas wrapping.

Dawn French

Christmas of course is also a time for the church, and many in this fine land could think of nothing better than a roll in the hay with Dawn French, here ready to take on the spirit of Christmas as the gorgeous Vicar of Dibley.

Jenny McCarthy

Not one to let her victory at The Razzies in 2005 (for worst picture in Dirty Love), McCarthy put her best front forward and has bounced back. Her ABC Christmas movie, Santa Baby, captures everything we love about her, especially at this time of year.

Father Ted Crilley

Christmas may be a time for sexy underwear, but the last thing you need is to be trapped in the department store trying to choose something lacy, small, and the correct size. It would be worse if you were leading a day out for all the Church ministers in your area. So while he’s not conventionally sexy, points go to Father Ted for his exploration in the first Christmas special in the TV show of the same name.

Kylie Minogue

The Australlian temptress is big in Britain, even for her five foot high stature. She rocked last Christmas as the companion in Doctor Who’s Christmas Special, but a few years before that an electrifying performance of “Santa Baby” was the Christmas cheer on order.

Vera Ellen

You’ll probably recognise her as Danny Kaye’s partner-in-matchmaking from “White Christmas,” but was known as one of the great dance partners in Hollywood, with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly dancing opposite her on many occasion - but it was cheek to cheek with Kaye that kept her in the spotlight in one of the most fashionable Christmas outfits on screen.


Yes act shocked, call us disturbed, and send your emails to the editor (editor@thedailydust.co.uk), but you would…

Billy Mack’s Guitarist

There’s something subversive about taking the schmaltzy “Love is All Around,” and cynically reworking it into “Christmas is all Around.” And while it was just a plot in the film Love Actually, it did get a release, and a Christmas video straight out the Robert Palmer play book. That’s fine by us.

We’re sure we missed some of your favourites, so let us know who’d be under your tree stacking the presents come Thursday!

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