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iBet: Peterborough will attack, attack, attack, Sport

iBet: Peterborough will attack, attack, attack

Peterborough v Milton Keynes, League One play-offs
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.6 to one with Betfair
I played cautious in the first leg between these teams in case the manager’s wanted to sound each other out before the real business tonight. I should have known better. Peterborough just continued in their normal gung-ho fashion, scoring [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 19 May 2011 at 12:01 am

1 in 5 young people unemployed: how has it come to this?, Notebook

1 in 5 young people unemployed: how has it come to this?

Figures released today reveal that overall unemployment has fallen to 2.46 million, but the most worrying statistic is the jobless rate for young people reaching 20%.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 4:44 pm

The Lizard People Are Going to be Very Cross, Eagle Eye

The Lizard People Are Going to be Very Cross

Uh oh. David Cameron has recklessly upset the lizard people from the lower levels of the fourth dimension who run the Daily Mail. Look at this exchange at Prime Minister’s Questions today:
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle) (Con): Now that there is to be a full investigation into the abduction or murder of Madeleine McCann, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 4:25 pm

Did a gluten-free diet make Novak Djokovic the best tennis player in the world?, Eagle Eye

Did a gluten-free diet make Novak Djokovic the best tennis player in the world?

I do not normally do sport, apart from American football. I have a particular aversion to tennis, until they abolish the babyish second-service rule. And I have never heard of Novak Djokovic. But this, asked by Irish website The Score, is good enough to be number 611 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 4:06 pm

Extreme Freestyling comes to the Docklands, Notebook

Extreme Freestyling comes to the Docklands

With the Monster Extreme freestyle tour kicking off in the next few days, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with the stars that will be performing, like Nate Adams and Chris Birch, when they came to London’s Dockland arena to have a play about. I also get to show you just how bad I am at this incredible new sport…

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 3:32 pm

Forcing out Ken Clarke helps the Tory right, Eagle Eye

Forcing out Ken Clarke helps the Tory right

This reminds me of last December’s conflagration over Vince Cable’s comments about taking on Rupert Murdoch. Labour-supporters gleefully called for the Business Secretary to be sacked, apparently oblivious to the fact that, in undermining Cable, they were strengthening the hand of the Chancellor in relation to the banks.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 2:06 pm

Rugby League: Wigan is a rugby town, but Athletic must be admired, Sport

Rugby League: Wigan is a rugby town, but Athletic must be admired

A real quandary on Sunday. It doesn’t happen very often, but every two years or so I get a phone call from the sports desk saying “Forget the rugby for once, we need you for football.”
It’s not as flattering as it sounds. The reason was that everybody else was still on their way back from [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 12:42 pm

Caught & Social: Naomi Fonda the Forsyth touch, Notebook

Caught & Social: Naomi Fonda the Forsyth touch

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 12:37 pm

A phone call in Pizza Express, Eagle Eye

A phone call in Pizza Express

Daniel Finkelstein makes a persuasive argument in The Times today (pay wall) against Gordon Brown’s appointment as head of the IMF. Persuasive if not wholly convincing. He opens, however, with the fullest account of Brown’s attempt, when he was Chancellor, to persuade George Osborne to allow him to go on a trip to Israel:
Sitting in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 12:31 pm

Today from i, Notebook

Today from i

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By | Notebook | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 12:29 pm

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