It's not just that the National Geographic documentary series Scam City is a pointless programme, it's that it's also a uniquely irritating one. Whereas most consumer watchdogs investigate scams at the instigation of aggrieved parties, in Scam City presenter Conor Woodman, travels the world looking for trouble and – what's more pitiful – often fails to find it.
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Tuesday 23 April 2013
George Jackson, who died in his Mississippi home on 14 April at the age of 68 after a year-long struggle against cancer, was the co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes. Jackson recorded dozens of singles in the 1960s but made his mark as a writer, beginning with FAME Studios. He later was a songwriter for Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. When Malaco bought Muscle Shoals Sound, it hired Jackson to write songs.
'It sends message that raping women is cool' - Sportswear brand Reebok criticised over ties with rapper Rick Ross
Thursday 04 April 2013
Reebok face protests from women’s rights activists over their ties with rapper Rick Ross, a rapper who appears to boast about date rape in his latest single.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Just before the advent of Beatlemania in 1963, the musical crazes were the twist and related dances from America and bright and breezy tunes from British jazz bands, known as Trad. "We can be credited with being the first band to use the word Trad", claimed Terry Lightfoot, who formed his New Orleans Jazzmen in 1955, "Starting in 1959, we made a series of extended-play records which were called Trad, More Trad, Trad Again and Still Trad. I'm surprised we didn't do a Son Of Trad as well."
Wednesday 27 February 2013
And now, in nice-man news, Mo Farah has run to the defence of an interviewer ridiculed for not realising she was talking to a double Olympic champion.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Mo Farah has been asked many questions by journalists since rising to fame by winning two gold medals at the London Olympics in the 5,000m and 10,000m. But none will have been as ill-researched as those posed by LaTonya Norton of New Orleans station WDSU.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
BP has poured cold water on the prospects of settling a crucial court case due to begin in New Orleans on Monday that would determine its level of responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Monday 04 February 2013
Underdogs welcomed home today after beating the odds, 49ers' fightback and a bizarre power cut
Tuesday 20 November 2012
The city was decimated by Katrina, but now it's blazing a recovery trial
Friday 19 October 2012
Southern sound lies in the Mississippi, says Matthew Longhurst
Tuesday 09 October 2012
You can understand why these tours exist - and even their appeal - but at their worst they're stunningly callous. No wonder residents are fighting back.
Friday 31 August 2012
Witnesses describe the fear and devastation of Isaac. Guy Adams reports from New Orleans
Hurricane Isaac: New Orleans battered by powerful winds as torrential rain brings heavy flooding to the city's suburbs
Wednesday 29 August 2012
New Orleans was battered by powerful winds and torrential rain today, as Hurricane Isaac tore across the Gulf Coast, bringing storm damage and heavy flooding to under-protected suburbs of the City.
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Tampa must have seemed like a good idea all those aeons ago when the Republicans chose the venue for this year's convention. Not only would the most intense heat and humidity of summer have passed, but with Florida a close-run swing state, extra opportunities to get the message out were surely welcome.
Saturday 25 August 2012
A new city inspires new sounds for US roots-rockers
Saturday 21 July 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
- 2 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 3 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 4 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now