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Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’
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Last Friday evening, as the showers hastily turned into a downpour in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, myself and a female colleague found ourselves tramping around the neighbhourhood of Osama Bin Laden, searching for a secret building. It had been reported that for several months, the al-Qa’ida leader had been under surveillance not only from [...]
It’s now cheaper to buy than to rent, according to one survey. Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver reports.
Man Utd v Blackpool, Premier League, Sunday 4pm
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.8 to one with Betfair
Man Utd won’t field a full strength side in this game as they prepare for the Champions League final and that actually gives Blackpool a chance; I remember West Ham winning on the last day of the season [...]
Nottingham Forest v Swansea, Championship Play-Off semi-final, tonight 7.45pm
Lay Nottingham Forest at 6/4
The play-offs must be the best thing the Football League ever invented – they extend the season and give the fans of four teams great excitement and hope, as well as generating lots of revenue. The Championship play-offs are [...]
It comes with the best intentions. It comes with a smile, perhaps a hand on the shoulder. Genuine, of course, but so utterly ignorant of the consequences.
Most people would be flattered. Maybe because they had lost a few pounds after working hard at the gym for a few weeks, cutting out the crap in their [...]
The Daily Mail website now seems to be devoted to parodies designed to trick me into adding its headlines to my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. I have fallen for it again. Here, thanks to my friend Graham (you don’t think I read this stuff myself, do you?), is number 608:
Are Cameron [...]
Anyone watching Prime Minister’s Questions on television (or what we must learn to call video, as live-streamed on computer) or listening on the radio will have missed the off-camera and off-microphone entertainment provided by Ed Balls.
While Ed Miliband and David Cameron were engaged in a six-round argument about whether NHS waiting times had risen or [...]
On the 8th of April a vicious massacre took place in Camp Ashraf, Northern Iraq, home for the past 20 years to more than 3400 Iranian dissidents. Under relentless pressure from the Iranian government, the Iraqi military sent 5 Divisions of heavily armed troops with tanks and armoured vehicles to mow down unarmed men and women in a brutal assault that shocked the civilised world.
Clive Crook says “had the bin Laden operation gone wrong, it would have been all over for Mr Obama.” Well, that’s probably what conservative commentators like Crook would have argued. But that doesn’t make it true, or fair.
I spent this morning at the Bank of England’s Inflation Report press conference. Talk about inflation. Far too much of the time was eaten up by a series of Socratic dialogues between BBC personalities and the Governor. So some of us had no chance to get a word in edgeways, even though we strictly observe the convention that it is supposed to be one query per correspondent, not three or four.
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