Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

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Top Of The Words for December

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 05:59 AM CST

Top Stories on The Daily Dust for December 2008.

As the end of the month approaches, which of our news stories in December have caught your interest the most? Let’s find out.

Top Ten Famous British People on Twitter

Our look at the movers and shakers on internet micro-blogging service was the most popular December article as we pointed out John Cleese, The Northern Line and Jonathan Ross on Twitter. As for the Tony Benn mix-up, well, er…
Read the article.

Let’s Not Fight This Christmas

An early pick for the Christmas number one by both us here at The Dust, but also by BBC 1’s One Show. Great song, pity about the prediction.
Read the article.

Terry Wogan for Christmas Number One

It peaked at number three, and made number five in the official charts behind the sublime Jeff Buckley, two X-Factor contestants and one X-Factor special guest star. Not bad for a duet with Aled Jones.
Read the article.

Worst Celebrity Haircuts

You knew Beckham was going to be in there, but how well did you guess the inclusion of Richard Hammond, Simon Cowell and BoJo? You did? Yes the bad barnets were easily spotted!
Read the article.

Diana and Eoghan’s True Love

Of all the controversey at this year’s X-Factor (were they trying to out do Strictly Come Dancing?) you went for the apparent manufactured romance of the fistyfeisty Diana Vikers and Harry Hill Stooge Eoghan Quigg as the best tale. In the end it looks a dead cert for Eoghan to release Puppy Love in 2009.
Read the article.

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Facebook More Popular Than Jesus… Maybe

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 05:31 AM CST

T’was the number one internet site on Christmas Day

Social Network website Facebook (where you and your friends can keep up to date with what you are all doing) passed an internet milestone on Christmas Day 2008, by reaching the highest UK traffic the site has ever seen. Almost five percent of website traffic on the 25th was to the US based website.

This gave Facebook it’s highest visitor number ever, putting it second only to Google, although with 4.65% of the traffic compared to the latter’s 8.63% there’s still some way to go to be number one.

Hat tip to Digitial Media Wire.

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Don’t Forget The Royal Institute Christmas Lectures

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 05:11 AM CST

Brainy Festive Tradition continues on Five.

America can keep Mythbusters, we do real science on the TV. Every year the Royal institute do wacky experiments, get some home counties volunteers fromt eh audience, and generally make science fun in their Christmas Lectures. Handing over five slots, invariably aired on TV, to one lecturer to go into massive depth on a topic, it’s a very british tradition.

This year’s lectures started on Moinday, and contiune through to Friday, and are aired on Channel Five at 7.15pm every night. Imparting knowledge this year is Chris Bishop, and the over-arching topic is "The Search For The Ultimate Computer." Do be aware though that Bishop is Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft.

Thankfully he’s not using this as an advert for the Seattle based company, but a genuine exploration from the very basic principles of computing, semi-conductors, transistors, right up to discussing modern and future issues on heat dissipation, carbon nanotubes and using DNA as a MacGyvered USB memory stick.

Heady stuff, in easily digestible chunks, the Christmas Lectures are a worthy hit yet again.

Monday 29 December at 7.15pm - Breaking the speed limit
Tuesday 30 December at 7.15pm - Chips with everything
Wednesday 31 December at 7.15pm - The ghost in the machine
Thursday 1 January at 7.15pm - Untangling the web
Friday 2 January at 7.15pm - Digital intelligence

Remind me why they’re on a commercial channel and not the public-service remitted BBC?

Learn more at the RICL Home Page.

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Arise Sir Chris Hoy

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 04:57 AM CST

Chris Hoy wins a Knighthood for services to sport along with other Beijing medal winners and many sports stars

In China this summer, Hoy became the first British athlete in more than 100 years to win three gold medals at one Games.

“To become a knight from riding your bike, it’s mad,” he said. “But it is, genuinely, just an amazing honour.”

His knighthood comes after being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month.

Further honours for the British Olympic team in Beijing included Bradley Wiggins eight more gold-medallist cyclists, sailor Ben Ainslie who is made a CBE, Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Adlington, Fourteen-year-old Paralympian swimmer Eleanor Simmonds, Christine Ohuruogu and other sports stars such as Lewis Hamilton who becomes an MBE, a full list of Sports honours is below.


Chris Hoy, cyclist, for services to sport. Salford, Lancashire.

John Madejski, for charitable services. Reading, Berkshire.


Ben Ainslie, sailor, for services to sport. Helston, Cornwall.

David Brailsford, performance director, British Cycling, for services to sport. Ilkestone, Derbyshire.

Lee Pearson, for services to equestrianism and disabled sport. Leek,


David Roberts, swimmer, services to disabled sport. Pontypridd.

David Tanner, performance director, GB Rowing Team, for services to sport. Middlesex.

Bradley Wiggins, cyclist, for services to sport. Chorley, Lancashire.


Rebecca Adlington, swimmer, for services to sport. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Sarah Ayton, sailor, for services to sport. Weymouth, Dorset.

Cheryl Danson, chair England Netball, for services to sport. Luton,


Ellen Hunter, cycling pilot guide, for services to disabled sport. Bodmin, Cornwall.

Rhydian James Morgan-Jones, for services to the horseracing industry. Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

Darren Kenny, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Verwood, Dorset.

Sascha Kindred, swimmer, for services to disabled sport. Credenhill,


Philip Lane, chief executive Paralympics GB, for services to sport. Leigh on Sea, Essex.

Brian McCargo, for services to sport and to the Special Olympics in Northern Ireland. Belfast.

Aileen McGlynn, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Glasgow.

Stephen Park, manager, British Olympic Sailing Team, for services to sport. Fareham, Hampshire.

Iain Percy, sailor, for services to sport. Winchester, Hampshire.

Timothy Reddish, national performance director for disability swimming, for services to sport. Western Boulevard, Nottinghamshire.

Sarah Storey, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Cheshire.

Peter Warburton, director of sport, University of Durham, for services to higher education and sport. Durham.

Sarah Webb, sailor, for services to sport. London.

Stephen Williams, rower, for services to sport. Henley-on-Thames.


Harold Alderman, boxing historian, for services to sporting heritage.


Robert Bloomfield, for voluntary service to rugby union in Northern Ireland. Dunmurry, Belfast.

Tim Brabants, canoeist, for services to sport. Nottinghamshire.

Mark Bristow, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. California.

Tony Burns, for voluntary service to amateur boxing. London.

Sophie Christiansen, equestrian, for services to disabled sport. Ascot, Berkshire.

Edward Clancy, cyclist, for services to sport. Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

Nicole Cooke, cyclist, for services to sport. Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

Bernard Cotton, director, Team GB holding camp, for services to sport. Hertfordshire.

Jody Cundy, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Swansea.

James Degale, middleweight boxer, for services to sport. London.

Ms Leslie Dillingham, for voluntary service to equestrian sport. London.

Anne Dunham, equestrian, for services to disabled sports. Broad Hinton, Wiltshire.

Terry Edwards, Team GB head boxing coach, for services to sport. Orpington, Kent.

Gerald Ells, for services to veterans’ tennis. London.

Major Stephen Farley, Team GB quartermaster, for services to sport. Windsor.

Dr John Gillespie, for voluntary service to horseracing in Northern Ireland. Armagh.

Paul Goodison, sailor for services to sport. Weymouth.

Dave Haller, swimming coach, for services to sport. South Glamorgan.

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driver, for services to motor racing. London.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, rower, for services to sport. Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Mark Hunter, rower, for services to sport. Buckinghamshire.

Thomas James, rower, for services to sport. London.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and journalist, for services to sport. Rudgwick, West Sussex.

Anthony Kappes, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester.

Jason Kenny, cyclist, for services to sport. Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Lieutenant Commander Brian Maddock, chief umpire, Wimbledon Championships, for services to tennis. Portsmouth.

Paul Manning, cyclist, for services to sport. Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Owen McGhee, services to sport and to charity. Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.

Christine Ohuruogu, athlete, for services to sport. London.

Annabel Oxley, for voluntary service to injured jockeys. Newmarket, Suffolk.

Victoria Pendleton, cyclist, for services to sport. Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Zachary Purchase, rower, for services to sport. Reading, Berkshire.

Billy Pye, British swimming head disability coach, for services to sport. Waunceirch, Neath, Port Talbot.

Peter Reed, rower, for services to sport. London.

Simon Richardson, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Porthcawl,


Rebecca Romero, cyclist, for services to sport. Hatchmere, Cheshire.

Eleanor Simmonds, swimmer, for services to disabled sport. Swansea.

Andrew Simpson, sailor, for services to sport. Sherbourne, Dorset.

Jamie Staff, cyclist, for services to sport. Stockport, Cheshire.

David Stone, cyclist, for services to disabled sport. Horsforth, West


Barney Storey, cycling pilot, for services to disabled sport. Disley,


Geraint Thomas, cyclist, for services to sport. Cardiff.

Matthew Walker, swimmer, for services to disabled sport. Stockport, Cheshire.

David Weir, wheelchair racer, for services to disabled sport. Wallington, Surrey.

Philippa Wilson, sailor, for services to sport. Lymington, Hampshire.

Edward Wingrave, for services to cycling. London.

Thanks to SkySports for the full list

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She Held Me Close, as Her Bodice was Ripped to the Floor

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 04:46 AM CST

Did you know there is only one man writing Mills and Boon Romance Novels?

Fascinating profile over on the BBC of Roger Sanderson, an author with 48 novels published at a rate of four a year over the last 12 years. What makes it an eyebrow raiser is both his pseudonym, Gill Sanderson, and the range of books.

Roger Sanderson is the only male author of Mills and Boon romance novels.

Founded in 1908, the company currently release eight books every month, and these books have a fixed print run; titles remain on the shelves for only one month (three months in the online store) and all remaining books are pulped – making them highly collectible in a short space of time.

Roger initially wrote with his wife, Gill, but soon progressed to the sole writer, but retaining his wife’s name. Of the 200 staff writers at M&B, he is the only male – and his work is strong enough to pass even the academics trying to spot the man masquerading as a woman.

And his previous writing jobs? The Commando War Comic for boys.

Roger Sanderson’s profile is on BBC News.

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How To Look Good Drunk By Paul Weller

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 04:36 AM CST

Looking good, Paul Weller oozes class laying on the street in Czech Republic capital Prague.

Paul Weller got paralytic with new 23-year-old lover, Hannah Andrews. Weller, 50, even tried to sing in a pub with a pub singer called Brad.

Brad told the Sun: "He was really terrible. I told him he couldn't sing. He was just kind of howling."

"His girlfriend was aggressive and kept blowing me raspberries. She fell off her bar stool and passed out on the floor."

Our bet is they’ll be Going Underground for a bit..

Hat tip to thesun.

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BBC relaunches Eurovision website for 2009

Posted: 31 Dec 2008 12:00 AM CST

Lord Andrew & Graham say - your country needs you!

Twelve years since Katrina captured the Grand Prix with “Love Shine A Light” - and six years since the Jemini “nul points” shambles - it’s time to think about Eurovision again, as the BBC relaunches their website for the 2009 contest at

It’s all change as far as the Beeb’s coverage goes this year, with Terry Wogan finally bowing out from behind the lipmike and Graham Norton assuming the role of host for the festivities in Moscow this May.

But before then, of course - there’s the small matter of choosing who will represent the United Kingdom at the contest, and that process all begins this weekend with the start of the national finals, which Norton will be presenting as well.

This year, the BBC’s planning a new and fresh approach in choosing the act to send east… with the X-Factor such a ratings draw on ITV1, they’ve decided to throw open the search for a Eurovision star to the general public, and with Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber on songwriting duties, it promises to be an interesting few weeks…

Stay tuned to The Daily Dust for all the latest!

(The BBC Eurovision site is here).

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