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There’s no sport to speak of tonight, which gives us a good chance to look ahead to next month’s Cheltenham festival to see if there’s any ante post value. I’ll be there on St Patrick’s Day and the race I’m most looking forward [...]
I saved up this gem for number 500 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is … Well, What Do You Think? Oliver Kamm spotted it, which is fitting, because I stole the idea for the series from him in the first place (although, as the series started at 94, I should perhaps [...]
Since the London Marathon began in 1981 more than £500 million has been raised for charity through the event. As well as it being an incredible sporting endeavour, the marathon has turned into a significant revenue-generating and promotional opportunity for the third sector. Each year about 13,000 places (of the 36,000) are taken up by [...]
What magic is this? I must confess some disappointment about the lending targets agreed by the Chancellor with the banks. As a gross figure the £200bn target doesn’t make any allowance for firms paying cash back. Thus a net repayment of debt by firms across the economy is perfectly consistent with a large gross target, though admittedly unlikely.
So I went down to the Bike show on Friday at London’s Excel Arena, and this is a round up of some of the coolest stuff I laid my eyes upon.
The Walker report proposed that we should know exactly how many employees of our state-underwritten banks are receiving bonuses of more than £1m. He was proposing that we should be able to see the distribution of rewards too.
Still angry that Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany didn’t count? If the answer is yes, then move on. Seriously. Especially when you put it in to context. The following incident had fans asking, with genuine seriousness, if the referee was indeed blind…
The team robbed of a goal was Costa Rican outfit Alajuelense, who eventually lost [...]
Off to Cardiff, then. I’ve checked for snow, floods, hurricanes etc and it seems that we will be able to get there. So that’s the first hurdle out of the way, although holding anything in February will always be a lottery.
Cardiff will be fun, although not in the outdoor festival sense of previous years. I [...]
Quintessentially English in style and sound, the simplistic sound of Penguin Café both impressed and reassured an affectionate audience in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Arthur Jeffes and his dandy companions add a touch of exuberance to traditional folk music whilst capturing the authenticity of the original works of the late Simon Jeffes, who formed the Penguin Café [...]
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