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Publicly-funded Blair-hating film wins publicly-funded European Film Academy prize. The story of The Ghost, Roman Polanksi’s film (right) of Robert Harris’s self-loathing book, gets worse. I have previously reported John Rosenthal’s discovery that the film received nearly €5m in taxpayer subsidy.
It turns out that this figure, mostly from German taxpayers but including €590,000 from EU [...]
Aleem Dar will most certainly not be amongst Ricky Ponting’s favourite umpires at present with the Pakistani twice getting under the Aussie skipper’s skin. A reprieve for Kevin Pietersen (51) when he appeared to feather a catch to Brad Haddin came in the afternoon session, while Matt Prior (75 not out) was called back by Dar early in his innings after nicking behind off Mitchell Johnson, the verdict, a no-ball.
Where would West Ham United be without Scott Parker? The tenacious midfielder is the team’s top goalscorer and has been their talisman for several seasons.
Back to January 2010 in my blog archiving (yes it is going slowly; yes there have been interruptions). I enjoyed reminding myself of these:
For cricket fans around Australia it was like expecting an Xbox 360 for Christmas only to get a scarf after the dismal display put on show to the masses gathered at the MCG . The stark contrast in performance from Perth cannot be blamed solely on the slower pitch as a disciplined bowling display tore the home side to shreds.
My entry for Embittered Plonker (I think it means Blairite) of the Year is my essay on the uninevitability of politics in The Independent on Sunday today, in which I take a sideswipe at James Callaghan.
Search for “coalition agreement” on Google and it finds the pdf of the document on the Cabinet Office website.
1. “I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament.” Nick Clegg (right), Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and twenty-five other Liberal Democrat MPs failed to predict that they would vote in favour of an increase in fees (or abstain).
It’s that time of year again. The last edition of The Independent on Sunday of 2010. Time to look back over the past year and think what might have been. Alan Johnson as prime minister, in my case. In Nick Clegg’s case, he must look back at that sunny day in the garden of No 10 [...]
There is one standout bet in the Boxing Day fixtures for me and it’s in a game that will go ahead (in fact I’ll be there). Villa Park has undersoil heating, but Aston Villa don’t have much in the way of togetherness because their manager, Gerard Houllier Houllier, is making no friends at all.
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