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iBet: It’s not often you bet against Real Madrid, but…, Sport

iBet: It’s not often you bet against Real Madrid, but…

Barcelona v Real Madrid, Copa Del Rey, tonight

Lay Real Madrid at 3.2 to one with Betfair
All Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the weekend proved to me was that although Jose Mourinho knows how to stifle the Catalans, he does not yet know how to beat them. The truth is that if all things [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 12:01 am

Big banks talk big nonsense, Eagle Eye

Big banks talk big nonsense

No less than nine banks are underwriting Glencore’s floatation: Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital, Société Générale, UBS and Liberum Capital. And Glencore says more banks could yet be named.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 8:02 pm

What George Osborne said about Ireland before the crash, Eagle Eye

What George Osborne said about Ireland before the crash

In a tweet earlier today Denis McShane asked if anyone could dig up George Osborne’s comments on Irish economy before the 2008 crash.
A quick search reveals a speech he made at University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit School of Business in 2006 about the lessons the UK could learn from Ireland. It makes interesting reading.
The key [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 5:58 pm

Updated: Fakes, abuse and a social media storm…, Notebook

Updated: Fakes, abuse and a social media storm…

… or if not a storm, at least an unpleasant downpour.
[See below for update.]
I am writing about something that today hit independent.co.uk regarding the article which actually has this url: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/kate-middleton-jelly-bean-expected-to-fetch-500-2269573.html
That however was far from the url that was tweeted about 6am, where the headline component had been changed offensively and using words I cannot [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 5:49 pm

A guide to swearing on the football pitch, Sport

A guide to swearing on the football pitch

So, is it okay to swear at a Frenchman but not at a Sky Sports cameraman?

By | Sport | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 3:28 pm

2012: A Hopeless President, Notebook

2012: A Hopeless President

‘Hope’ is the rallying call for liberal politicians. Encapsulating as it does our overwhelming apathy and residual but dormant motivation to generate ‘change’, it has been adopted by a new breed of centre-leftists.
It is a word synonymous with revolution and advancement, and triggers an admirable naivety in the most relentless cynic. Even Labour leader Ed [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 3:01 pm

Cedar Rapids: Clip – Who Wants To Get Wasted?, Film

Cedar Rapids: Clip – Who Wants To Get Wasted?

To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (The Hangover’s Ed Helms), ‘naive’ is a gross understatement. He’s never left his small hometown. He’s never stayed at a hotel. And he’s never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

By | Film | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 2:32 pm

The Veteran- Trailer, Film

The Veteran- Trailer

Robert Miller (Toby Kebbell), a young soldier returning from Afghanistan, unable to fit back into society, is soon targeted as a clandestine operative to monitor suspected terrorists in Britain.

By | Film | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 2:28 pm

It Started With a Tweet…, Notebook

It Started With a Tweet…

MANCHESTER’S Northern Quarter is gearing up for a Royal celebration on the day that Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. Whether Mancunians are celebrating or shunning the Royal Wedding and all that it brings is a moot point; but they are certainly acknowledging it in style.
Carole Keating, a local arts and events manager [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 2:13 pm

How a Yes to AV vote could collapse the Coalition, Eagle Eye

How a Yes to AV vote could collapse the Coalition

There is an intriguing line in today’s Times about what might happen in a post “Yes to AV vote” world.
Under the existing legislation, the paper reports, the 2015 General Election can only be held under AV if it is also held under re-drawn boundaries – and these will have to be approved by a Parliamentary [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 1:51 pm

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