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Barcelona, Messi, and why Gil Scott Heron lied, Sport

Barcelona, Messi, and why Gil Scott Heron lied

Gil Scott Heron lied.
A day after he died, the revolution was televised:
When Barcelona came to Wembley, and under the jealous eyes
Of United, overthrew Europe.
This was a unusual coup:
Barca marched with an army whose members were slender;
Whose soldiers were shorter than Wayne Rooney’s temper.
Their attack won a bloodless battle:
A victory so clear, they didn’t even make [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 at 12:21 pm

Has Formula One outgrown Monaco?, Sport

Has Formula One outgrown Monaco?

It is known to drivers as Formula One’s Everest, the pinnacle of racing excellence through narrow city streets, defining control, speed and handling to the very finest of margins. The Monaco Grand Prix has provided 68 spectacle’s since it’s first appearance in 1929, and it has shown off the sport’s rugged nature, but not before wrapping it up in a lavish coat to present to the high-rollers watching on from their swanky yachts.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 at 12:18 pm

iBet: Belgium are constantly under-rated, Sport

iBet: Belgium are constantly under-rated

Belgium v Turkey, Euro 2012 Qualifiers, Friday kick off 7.45pm
Lay Turkey at 2.5 to one with Betfair
The domestic season may have drawn to a close but there’s a full round of Euro 2012 qualifiers to get our teeth into this weekend, starting on Friday. Belgium are ranked lower than Turkey but are one of the [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Caught & Social: Goals don’t lie…, Notebook

Caught & Social: Goals don’t lie…

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 at 10:33 am

Online House Hunter: Generation Rent, Property

Online House Hunter: Generation Rent

Britain is set to become a nation of renters. Our Online House Hunter shows how to set out on the right path as a tenant.

By | Property | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 at 10:26 am

Will Kissinger, Bush & Blair Be Brought Before the International Court?, Eagle Eye

Will Kissinger, Bush & Blair Be Brought Before the International Court?

Mark Seddon, former editor of Tribune, re-asks number 180 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. It is a common enough way of saying “I didn’t agree with the Iraq war” but each time the questioner manages to add another layer of insult.
With Philippe Sands it was to compare Tony Blair’s [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 30 May 2011 at 5:41 pm

Competition, competition and competition, Eagle Eye

Competition, competition and competition

Prophet in own land. Vindication too late. That was the gist of my column for The Independent on Sunday yesterday, in which I celebrated the irrefutable demonstration that competition in schools provision raises standards not just in academies but in neighbouring schools. (On which I commented here last week.)
If I had had space, I would [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 30 May 2011 at 3:39 pm

Online House Hunter: Shore things, Property

Online House Hunter: Shore things

Has the tide turned for seaside towns with a huge rise in house prices? Or does this data deserve a more critical look. Our Online House Hunter grabs a towel and heads to the coast…

By | Property | Monday, 30 May 2011 at 11:55 am

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Almost People’, Notebook

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Almost People’

The concluding part to this Frankenstein story finished with an unexpected twist revolving around the over-arching plot. It turns out that Amy was not actually Amy but a Ganger that ended up getting vaporised by the Doctor.

By | Notebook | Monday, 30 May 2011 at 4:23 am

Bhutan climbs a learning curve for happiness, The Foreign Desk

Bhutan climbs a learning curve for happiness

Jigmi Yoeser Thinley, the 58-year old prime minister of Bhutan, (right) says he was rebellious when he was young with “hair below my shoulders”. In 1974, he even wore jeans to a royal coronation that took place in front of a golden Buddha in Thimpu’s majestic Tashichhodzong.
“Now I am a soldier of tradition” he says proudly [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 29 May 2011 at 1:28 pm

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