X Factor Returns

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The bears are all looking forward to the return of X Factor tonight. After we decided to avoid it last year because Sharon Osborne was on the show, it is two years since we last watched it and we can’t wait. Cheryl is back getting all emotional, Simon is back looking as exasperated as usual and we now have Mel B. Oh yes, and Louis who has never been away but continues to bore the pants off everyone – he must have some info on Simon to keep coming back year after year. Also, judging by the pictures we have seen, it looks like we can also expect all the weird and wonderful auditions that make up the first round. Can’t wait!

Classic Games Go Online

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Classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played in a web browser for nothing. The collection has launched with games from five early home games consoles; including the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. The games do not have sound as yet, but will soon, the Internet Archive said. “In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly. Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of.” archivist Jason Scott wrote.

I Love Stationary

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Ihave always loved stationery. Back in the day I used to love wadding around WH Smith playing with the pens and the paper and even the odd stapler or two. Don’t even get me started on binders and hole punches. There was nothing I enjoyed more than visiting the mecca of the paperclip, the shrine to cellotape. The heaven of paper. As the years slowly flew by WH Smith was surpassed by the stationery superstore that is Staples.

Razzi’s Richard Attenborough Tribute

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When I first heard that Richard Attenborough had died I was quiet happy about it. Not because I feel any animosity towards him but because he is capable of scarring me out of my fur. When I first saw him in 10 Rillington Place, I had no idea it was based on a true story. Instead, I just thought it was a monster he had dreamed up. Then I read about the real life killer John Christie – who Attenborough plays in the film – and I realised just how close to him he had got. Then when I saw the photos of the real serial killer and compared them to Attenborough’s version my blood ran cold.

Richard Attenborough Dies

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The bears were shocked yesterday to learn of the death of film director and actor Richard Attenborough. During a career of more than sixty years, Richard became one of Britain’s best-known film actors and directors. He made his film debut while still a drama student in 1942, playing a cameo role as a cowardly young stoker on a naval destroyer in Noel Coward’s In Which We Serve. During the next thirty years he became a star and one of Britain’s most reliable character actors. His most astonishing performance was his chilling portrayal, in 1947, of the teenage hoodlum and murderer Pinky in Brighton Rock. On stage he was part of the original cast of Agatha Christie’s long-running whodunnit, The Mousetrap. He later became a fixture of a score of British television Christmases as Bartlett in the 1963 prison camp drama The Great Escape.

Saturday Night At The Movies #56

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Tonight we bring you a brand new Saturday Night at The Movies here at Jammy Toast. Each week we show a movie through the Jammy Toast Cinema for all our friends. There is no longer a password required for the cinema so the films are now available to anyone who wishes to watch. If you highlight the Media menu above, then the Videos submenu and finally click on Bear Cinema you will gain entry to the Bear’s Cinema where you can view this week’s Movie of the Week. Please note; we have no control over how long this film will remain available before it is withdrawn, so please watch it as quickly as possible – it may no longer be available tomorrow.

Telly Favourites #10

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Today we are continuing our series of articles on our favourite telly shows of the past. As you all know, the bears love their telly and there is nothing they love more than finding a character they can love to love… or even love to hate. The bears don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types they are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. They like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally they will enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring

Let’s Talk Shit #15

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It is that time of the month again when we ask everyone who visits Jammy Toast to just “Talk Shit” for the day. We just ask that people leave comments on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we don’t give a shit as long as it is entertaining and doesn’t really hurt anyone. We usually do this kind of thing when we are too busy to post anything else – and everyone seems to like the freedom to whine and bitch. The rules are pretty simple to explain – basically, anything goes!

Birkenhead’s Old Railway Network

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Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t used to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued on from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. We have recently been researching just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and also the state of any remained left today.