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An autobiography of FIFA, Sport

An autobiography of FIFA

I am FIFA – the single most powerful sports organisation in the world. I am the one that organizes what is undoubtedly the greatest competition one will see every four years.
I have the power to bring joy and despair to millions of people in each country. When I visit you, you know you are about [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 5:26 pm

Lessons from History: Obama, Congress and Libyan Intervention, The Foreign Desk

Lessons from History: Obama, Congress and Libyan Intervention

A normal politician may have found it daunting to be the first President in history to be given the stage that once played host to the embalmed body of Winston Churchill and decapitated corpse of Charles I. He may have felt the need to clear his head and schedule with a morning of absolute isolation, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 3:05 pm

The Conspirator – Trailer, Film

The Conspirator – Trailer

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

By | Film | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 2:42 pm

Gall’s Law, Eagle Eye

Gall’s Law

A letter to The Independent today:
There is an informal rule in internet comments that any comparison with Hitler and the Nazis immediately closes the discussion and causes the person who made the reference to lose the debate. Perhaps we could have a similar rule to be invoked when anyone blames events today on the prime minister [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:45 pm

John Redwood: his part in the credit bubble, Eagle Eye

John Redwood: his part in the credit bubble

Those who were even more laissez faire than Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in the boom shouldn’t be allowed to get away with rewriting history now and presenting themselves as unheeded prophets. Thankfully, with Redwood at least, we have the paper trail to show that he was no such thing.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:31 pm

Rugby League: The playlist, Sport

Rugby League: The playlist

I’ve had need lately to draw up a themed programme of music for my forthcoming bash.
As it’s based around a cricket match – my Over-50s versus the callow youths captained by The Guardian’s Andy Wilson, since you asked – I want the game of cricket to be represented.
I’ve tracked down Roy Harper’s “When an Old [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:02 pm

Edwin van der Sar: Career finishes on a high despite defeat, Sport

Edwin van der Sar: Career finishes on a high despite defeat

The Dutch goalkeeper brought to an end his remarkable career after the Champions League final against Barcelona but the loss to the La Liga champions could only dampen rather than ruin his farewell.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 12:50 pm

Paul Scholes – a poetic tribute, Sport

Paul Scholes – a poetic tribute

In his first few years at United,
He wasn’t seen as the danger.
It was just Beckham, Keane, Giggs -
And some ginger.
Sometimes, he seemed to bring his shyness
Onto the field of play,
Waiting politely for everyone to enter the box
Before he did:
After you, after you,
Letting his other team-mates approach,
Then sending ahead the ball, and, last of all,
Silently [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 11:20 am

Caught & Social: Craig’s capers are ‘leaked’ online, Notebook

Caught & Social: Craig’s capers are ‘leaked’ online

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 11:11 am

Today from i: Kid’s show sensations, Notebook

Today from i: Kid’s show sensations

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 11:00 am

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