Friday, 25 July 2014

C & H

Make the most- this is it until we get back in August.  Unless we find some kind of a wi-fi hotspot...

Calvin and Hobbes


Big news, Matt Groening fans: the worlds of The Simpsons and Futurama are about to enjoy a televisual coming together.
Indeed - Fry and his plucky band of intergalactic pizza delivery colleagues and the residents of 742 Evergreen Terrace will be colliding for a one-off special episode in November, confirmed by legendary Simpsons producer Al Jean yesterday while on a panel at a Television Critics Association event in the US.
While there’s no word on which location the action will unfold (we sure would love to see Bender knocking back Duffs in Moe's Tavern), it's certainly got our appetites whetted.
Additonally, the show's makers have also hinted that one key Simpsons character will be killed this year, with Krusty The Clown, who inadvertently once faked his own death, the much rumoured victim. Whether this tact is simply a ratings ploy akin to when Family Guy killed off Brian only to bring him back recently remains to be seen, but they do have previous in this regard - remember Maud Flanders' demise?
First up for the Simpson clan, of course, there’s the small matter of a tussle with those very troublemakers from Family Guy, for another special episode due in September which you can see the first glimpse of here.
We imagine Matt Parker and Trey Stone are checking their voice-mails intently.


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It's one of the Holy Grails of the comic book world - and it could be yours for £1.5m.
A pristine copy of Action Comics #1, a legendary comic book notable for the very first appearance of Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is going on sale via eBay from August 14th through to the 24th and is expected to beat the previous record of $2.16m (£1.27m). It is also notable for the first appearance of Lois Lane.
Dealer Darren Adams is selling his first edition copy of the DC Comics title, with the quality rated at a huge 9.0, the same as the copy sold in 2011. This makes it the equally highest-graded known copy of Action Comics #1. It is estimated by experts that there are only 50-100 copies still in existence.
CGC Comics have made a scanned copy of the book available to view online, with the CGC primary grader Paul Litch saying that, "the book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colours are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old."
It is believed that eBay will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, so that makes us happy that a portion of our money will be going to a good cause. Now we just need to raise that £1.5m.

Bad You

Scientists have discovered that watching television at the end of a long day can make you feel guilty and like a failure.

The study, published in the Journal of Communication, found that people who were highly stressed after work did not feel relaxed or recovered when they watched TV or played computer games.

Instead they had high levels of guilt and feelings of failure.

Researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany and the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands asked 471 study participants how they felt after work or school the previous day and what media they had used.

They found that those who were especially fatigued were more inclined to feel that they were procrastinating by watching TV or playing games instead of doing more important tasks.

This led them to feeling guilty, which in turn made them feel less recovered and revitalised, diminishing the positive effects of using media.

Previous research has shown that using entertaining media can produce a “recovery experience” that helps people relax and detach from the stresses of work.

But the latest study highlighted the paradox of using various media to relax after a stressful day, with those who might have benefited most from using media to recover instead experiencing lower levels of recovery, because they felt doing so was a sign that they had failed to exercise self-control.

Dr Leonard Reinecke, from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz who co-authored the report, said: “We are beginning to better understand that media use can have beneficial effects for people's well-being, through media-induced recovery.

"Our present study is an important step towards a deeper understanding of this. It demonstrates that in the real life, the relationship between media use and well-being is complicated and that the use of media may conflict with other, less pleasurable but more important duties and goals in everyday life.

“We are starting to look at media use as a cause of depletion. In times of smartphones and mobile internet, the ubiquitous availability of content and communication often seems to be a burden and a stressor rather than a recovery resource.”


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Stand Up if You Hate The Arse- 10

1. Emmanuel Adebayor

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Jon Super/AP/Press Association Images
In 2009, Emmanuel Adebayor used the torrid abuse he had received from Arsenal fans to justify his controversial goal celebration during Manchester City’s 4-2 win over his former side. Adebayor had joined the Citizens earlier that year from the Gunners, evoking fury among his former supporters.
And when City and Arsenal eventually came face to face in the Premier League, the Togo international was naturally afforded a white-hot reception before and during the game as a torrent of abuse rained down from the terraces. “I was being abused by people who six months ago were singing my name,” Adebayor later reflected. “It wasn’t my fault I left, it was Arsene who wanted to accept the offer for me. They were all clapping Kolo [his brother] but they were shouting personal abuse at me before the match had even kicked off.”
With the game locked at 2-2, Adebayor would silence the taunts however by scoring his side’s third goal, running the length of the pitch to slide on his knees in front of Gunners fans. “I scored and wanted to show people it is not a good idea to abuse me.
I really didn’t understand it at all. I was running on pure emotion and when you take emotion out of football we are going to have a big problem. People say I had time to think about because I ran the length of the pitch but that is not true. I was abused all match and scored a goal I knew would win the game for us. Ten seconds is nothing – your emotion is going to last a lot longer than that.”
The celebration might have been cathartic for Adebayor, but it ensured he was further reviled by Arsenal fans – even more so following his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

Stand Up if You Hate The Arse- 9

2. Ashley Cole

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Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images
In 2005, Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole were all found guilty of secretly meeting at a London restaurant without the Gunners’s prior permission as the Premier League was engulfed in a bitter tapping up storm. Cole was punished for going behind his club’s back to engineer a move away from the Emirates and as a result became something of a judas figure among fans.
Chelsea’s chief executive Peter Kenyon, Mourinho, Cole and his agents Pini Zahavi and Jonathan Barnett were alleged to have been present at the meeting and Cole received a £100,000 fine for his infringement. The scandal resulted in Cole’s controversial move from Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in 2006 after the defender attacked his former manager Arsene Wenger in his autobiography for “feeding him to the sharks” in the aftermath of the tapping up storm, as his relationship with fans and manager alike descended into irreparable disrepair.

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3. Samir Nasri

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Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images
In 2011, Samir Nasri joined a growing number of former Arsenal players to ditch the club in favour of the money of Mancehster City and in doing so alienated himself from Gunners fans everywhere. The move has never gone down well where those in north London are concerned and in 2013 the midfielder was accosted by a furious supporter and confronted over his perceived treachery. Supporters have made their ill feelings known to Nasri in slightly less aggressive ways, unfurling banners at the Emirates bearing the Frenchman’s image with pound signs in the background, while the midfielder himself recently waded into the argument by taunting:
“People at Arsenal tried to make out that I came here for the money, I hope they are watching me now, collecting my Premier League winner’s medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now.”
It was an ill-advised mood because resentment toward Nasri has only grown ever since, with supporters refusing to forgive him for ‘having his head turned’ by Manchester City and their Abu Dhabi revolution.

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4. William Gallas

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Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport
William Gallas was never going to be a popular figure considering he played for three London clubs in the form of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. Whichever section of support you ask, they’re all going to tell you there hated the Frenchman for joining their derby rivals.
At Arsenal, Gallas was embroiled in a series of controversies. He left Chelsea in 2006 following claims that he would deliberately score own goals if he was not allowed to join the Gunners and when he did get his move, things again turned sour when he was stripped of his captaincy after publicly attacking the team. It was claimed he argued frequently with Samir Nasri during the pair’s time together at the Emirates and that he was not on speaking terms with some of the Arsenal dressing room by the end of his time at the club, and he then went and joined Spurs in 2010, thereby ending his relationship with Gooners for good.

Stand Up if You Hate The Arse- 4

7. Nicklas Bendtner

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Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nicklas Bendtner became a source of mockery among his own fan base during his highly forgettable nine-season stay at Arsenal – with some supporters flabbergasted he lasted that long. The not-so-great Dane did little to win over fans with a series of anonymous performances and found himself loaned out three times.
Off the pitch, he was dragging Arsenal’s reputation through the muck by ending up splashed over the back pages of tabloids due to a series of controversies that included him being snapped with his pants round his ankles stumbling out of a nightclub at midnight and wrapping his car around a tree off the A1. Bendtner became more known as a fool than a forward and all-but killed his already dying relationship with Gooners when he said last year: “I want to get away from Arsenal.”
The striker then prompted scenes of mass hysteria when he said he wanted his next career move to be either to Real Madrid or Barcelona, spawning a deluge of hilarious internet memes. Bendtner is currently a free agent after being released by the Gunners this summer.

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5. Patrick Vieira

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Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Like Cesc Fabregas, Patrick Vieira will always go down as a club legend at Arsenal, but will be forever hated by Manchester United fans. Vieira was the villain to Roy Keane’s hero where things were concerned at Old Trafford at least with the two fiery midfielders  frequently coming to blows.
Through the rose-tinted spectacles of United fans, Vieira was a bully – and maybe there was a little truth in that. In a typically-heated exchange between United and Arsenal in 2005, the Frenchman famously ‘picked on’ Gary Neville in the tunnel prior to kick-off – prompting Keane to ride to his teammate’s rescue before yelling “I’ll see you out there!” as he was restrained by officials. Arsenal fans will give you a different story and tell you Keane was unhinged and that it was all too easy to press his buttons. Whatever way you look at it, there is no love lost between Vieira and United fans.

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6. Gael Clichy

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Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Arsenal fans have good cause to resent Gael Clichy. Had it not been for the Frenchman, their club might have signed Gareth Bale. Bale was playing left-back for Southampton at the time and Wenger revealed he had the opportunity to snap the young Welshman up, but passed up on the offer as he already had defensive cover. Questioned on whether he could have had Bale, Wenger said:
“Yes, but we had full-backs at the time. We had [Gael] Clichy, we had [Ashley] Cole.”
Did Wenger’s faith in Clichy pay off? Not a little bit. In 2011, the fullback became the latest player to jump ship and join the Manchester City revolution, ensuring he alienated himself from not only Gunners fans but Wenger himself, it would seem, as the Arsenal chief would later snub the defender in the tunnel prior to a Premier League game against the Citizens.

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8. Cesc Fabregas

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Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport
Cesc Fabregas – adored by Arsenal fans, deplored by Manchester United supporters. In 2004, Arsenal’s 49-game undefeated streak was ended by a 2-0 defeat to the red Devils at Old Trafford and cued scenes of acrimony. Players from both sides clashed with each other both on and off the pitch at full-time, and managers Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were hauled into a heated war of words.
After the full-time whistle had blown on a controversial match marred by dubious officiating, Sol Campbell refused to shake Rooney’s hand, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger called Ruud van Nistelrooy a cheat as he headed to the dressing room. A furious Ferguson then came out to confront the Frenchman over his comments, only to be pelted with pizza by Fabregas.
The incident ensured United fans reviled the Spaniard for attacking their beloved manager and further deepened the rift between Ferguson and Wenger, which took five years to heal. The midfielder’s childish actions had huge ramifications and hostilities between the two clubs wouldn’t truly abate until 2009.

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9. Sol Campbell

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Tim Hales/AP/Press Association Images
Sol Campbell enraged Tottenham fans in 2001 when he made the decision to quit the club and join their deadly London rivals Arsenal. Campbell, who was club captain and star player at White Hart Lane at the time, quickly became public enemy No.1 as a result, and has been an easy target for abuse ever since.
The centre-back had made 255 appearances for Spurs and had become a firm fan favourite, but in the summer of 2001 his contract at the club wound down. Despite protracted negotiations over a new deal and public assurances he would stay, Campbell stated his desire to leave and play Champions League football, joining Arsenal on a free.
If seeing their star player walk out the door for absolutely nothing didn’t incense fans enough, then his prior insistence in an interview with Spurs Monthly magazine that he would never play for the Gunners tipped many over the edge. The Englishman has been considered a judas figure ever since in some sections of north London, and still hasn’t been forgiven even now.