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Becky Adlington’s swimming career had been quietly building momentum before she finally freestyled her way into the public eye, with a double gold medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two gold and two bronze medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. In connection with Speedo’s Aqualab program I was invited to meet Adlington, fresh [...]
On the face of it we are seeing a big shake up at the top level of the BBC. In most organisations the announcement in quick succession of the departure of the boss’s second command and the marketing chief would be an indication of seismic change in the business. But the BBC, of course, is not like any other organisation. So I doubt whether these changes will make much difference at all.
Isn’t all this rolling Chilean mine news a bit too much? It’s miraculous that the 33 miners survived and that they’ve been rescued and all that – but blanket coverage on every news channel?
Before this all happened I’d never even thought about Chilean mines before. Why would I? But now I know what miners eat, [...]
My short profile of Sachin Tendulkar, the brilliant Indian batsman, for the Sports pages yesterday contained an appalling error.
I referred to how the Little Master has come of age during India’s “economic miracle”.
That this is an exhausted cliche is bad enough.
Alas, it’s worse than that. It’s completely untrue.
Miracles don’t exist, as David Hume pointed out in [...]
Warm-up matches are a fine art and a dreadfully difficult one to get right.
For their Four Nations tilt in Australia and New Zealand, England will have had two dummy runs.
The first, against Cumbria, was unimpressive enough, but it served its purpose of giving players a run and probably getting one or two of them [...]
LOVEFiLM subscribers will soon be able to stream the UK’s largest choice of subscription titles directly to their TVs, through their PS3 as a new partnership is announced.
Vince Cable suggested in the Commons yesterday that there might be a fee levied for early repayment, in the same way that a fee is charged by banks on those who pay off their mortgage earlier than agreed.
But I’m not sure the bank loan analogy is valid. And I’m also not sure this is the burning issue of fairness that some are suggesting.
The AJ4PM campaign has been reconstituted for one last comeback tour. We are celebrating the belated achievement of our ambition, that Alan Johnson should be running the Labour Party.
Ed Miliband might have thought that he would give him less trouble as shadow chancellor than Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper (the next leader of the Labour [...]
You might think an Eighteenth Century engraver and painter wouldn’t have much to teach us about the future of modern media.
But William Hogarth is as relevant today as he was when he was sketching A Harlot’s Progress in 1731. Not because he dealt in scenes of boozing and bawdiness beyond the imagination of most celebrity [...]
In recent years a motley crew of government agencies, police forces, human rights activists, feminists, religious groups and celebrities have turned human trafficking into one of the biggest issues of our time.
The anti-trafficking lobby claims that millions of people around the world – mostly women and children – are being smuggled across borders by means [...]
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