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Plenty of people think it hopelessly pretentious to take any interest in the quality of what you drink. A friend was recently in a pub when he was accosted by a fellow punter whilst having a look to see what was on the handpumps. ‘What does it matter?’ he was asked. ‘It’s all beer, isn’t [...]
There are signs of growth once more in the buy-to-let market. Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver explores the options.
Schalke v Inter Milan, Champions League, tonight 7.45pm
Lay under 1.5 goals at 3.6 to one
Schalke’s 5-2 win in Milan in the first leg goes down as THE shock of the knock-out stages. The Germans had picked up slightly under their new manager, but nothing to suggest they could demolish the champions at the San Siro, [...]
We haven’t had a quiz for a while. So let’s have an NHS modernisation quiz. Who said this?
As society evolves, so too must the NHS. The Bill will deliver a modern NHS fit for the 21st century. It is the natural progression of the original vision to deliver the finest health care for all our [...]
A great deal has been written about the waves of protest and revolution in parts of the Middle East; much of it uses the powerful tool of analogy to shed light on the situation and to open up the debate. Is the ‘Arab Spring’ analogous to Prague 1968, Tehran 1979, Berlin 1989 or even Paris 1789? No one can agree but it is certainly fuelling café conversation all over the region. The reference to historical comparisons and more importantly the ensuing debate is helping to make sense of what is happening here in the Middle East, even if it can’t give easy answers.
Number 571 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the Daily Doingitonpurpose.
Thanks to Arieh Kovler, who noted the original version of the question in Haaretz, a little more specific: “Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?”
And to Benjamin, who noted the similarity to number 570, asked by the [...]
One week to go and it couldn’t be going worse. Just when I thought I was into my gentle taper with nothing worse than my nerves to contend with and avoiding illness, my hip has started to hurt.
Unfortunately it’s not any muscular pain that I have become used to or familiar niggle that settles after [...]
In the build-up to tonight’s Champions League second-leg against Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson has been lavishing praise on Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia.
The South American’s second season at Old Trafford came to an abrupt halt in September when he broke his leg against Rangers. Six months later, the former Wigan player has returned, and his form [...]
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