Tabloids stretching the truth

"Michael Caine, 85: The Tragic End!" reports the Globe showing a photo of the Alfie star in a wheelchair, reporting what sounds like his final words: "I know my days are numbered." As are all our days, he might have added. Caine was in a wheelchair after slipping and breaking an ankle, and has film projects lined up for the rest of the year. And the National Enquirer headline "Scientology horror — Suri saw it all" is just a blatant fabrication.

Tom Cruise's daughter saw nothing of the alleged "brainwashing", "threats" and "bizarre rituals" at the pseudo-religion's headquarters because, like her father, she would have been kept far from any unsightly scenes or behaviour, and also because she was only an 18-month-old toddler at the time. (Source:

Enough to make your skin crawl

A Toronto Health Fair becomes anything but after a needle testing blood sugar is shared 30 times. There is a very low chance of blood-borne viruses, such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, being transmitted by re-using a lancet — a fine needle typically used to prick the skin and take small amounts of blood — but Toronto Public Health has called and written to everyone who had their glucose levels checked at the fair, recommending they get blood tests as a precaution.

Gay teen movie strictly adults only in Singapore

The heartfelt gay teen rom-com Love, Simon I took my 14-year-old to has been rated R21 in Singapore. What!? It seems that the city described by Wired magazine as "Disneyland with the death penalty" is unsurprisingly not that progressive. Thasha Monique Dharmendra, whose petition and is clocking up signatures. Dharmendra wants Love, Simon to be reclassified with an NC16 rating in Singapore. "[The R21 rating] is ridiculous," she says.


"There is no sexual intercourse or violence involved ... It's just a harmless coming-of-age movie where the main character happens to be gay." In Singapore it is considered against the law in the country for two men to "commit" what the Penal Code viciously calls "gross indecency" — the maximum penalty is two years in prison. Meanwhile back home, historical homosexual convictions are being wiped from the record books.