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This is a strange time for runners leading up to the London Marathon. However half-hearted you may have been about the event at the start, after months of training I challenge anyone embarking on their first marathon not to admit that they are totally obsessed.
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Phil Mickelson is all the rage for the Augusta Masters, which will have golf fans burning the midnight oil for the next four nights. The course is the second toughest on the US tour and requires long hitters and fearless putters, but also rewards golfers prepared to take chances. Mickelson loves Augusta and his three-stroke win last year when he held off Lee Westwood was his third success in this major.
This morning’s Labour Party creative industry policy review announcement was hijacked by Kat Jackman’s story about Unsigned Band Review, a recently-founded online “one stop shop” for unsigned bands looking to break into the music industry.
Ryan Gallagher for the New Statesman has compiled an interesting list of seven great whistleblowers. They are:
Joe Darby (Abu Ghraib)
Daniel Ellsberg (the Pentagon Papers)
Mark Felt (Watergate)
Katharine Gun (bugging the UN)
Clive Ponting (the Belgrano)
Frank Serpico (NYPD corruption)
Mordechai Vanunu (Israel’s nuclear weapons programme)
Number 566 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by the Daily Mail until it changed the headline. Perhaps they forgot that I was onto them. Fortunately, PaulH61, who spotted it, kept an old link and I recovered the old front page from the cache (left).
So we now know, if we hadn’t guessed, just what the Exiles are all about.
It’s the name that is going to be attached to the team selected from the best overseas players in Super League that will play England on June 10.
The Government’s much-heralded cap on skilled immigration takes effect today. It will limit the number of skilled migrants from outside the EU allowed to come to the UK to work, although there are some substantial exemptions, including workers transferred within multinational companies and the very highly paid.
Player ratings are hugely popular. Whenever we run them on independent.co.uk, they tend to rocket up the ‘Most Viewed’ with more venom than a Wayne Rooney goal celebration.
The big story from the San Siro last night was Inter Milan’s 5-2 capitulation against the un-fancied German outfit Schalke 04.
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