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iBet: Ajax are just too good for Anderlecht, Sport

iBet: Ajax are just too good for Anderlecht

Ajax v Anderlecht,  Europa League, 8.05pm

Back Ajax at 8/11, generally available
Given that Dutch club Ajax beat Anderlecht 3-0 in Switzerland, it seems strange you can back them at 8-11 to win the second leg tonight. Perhaps the bookmakers think the manager will rest a few players, but 3-0 can be a dangerous score and I [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 1:00 am

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry…, Notebook

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry…

“I never thought I’d see you two and food in the same room at the same time.”
It was my Uncle Jack’s funeral today. A beautiful mass, the perfect sending off.
This came in the pub afterwards. Three or four generations gathered in an old room round the back of the bar. I was chatting away to [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 11:31 pm

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?, Eagle Eye

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?

I do not actually know the answer to this question, posed by Sunder Katwala on the basis of a line in a Benedict Brogan post, so it does not yet qualify as number 517 in my “illuminating“ series.
Katwala does a brilliant job of tracing Blair’s pretended interest in AV Plus, or AV Top-Up, the compromise system [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 10:17 pm

Never before has the MPC been so split, Chunomics

Never before has the MPC been so split

So now there’s a four-way split on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, MPC. A bit like the proverbial swan, the serenity of monetary policy and interest rates left constant for a year or more disguises the furious paddling rows beneath the surface. Never before has the Committee been so split. And yet, these [...]

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 6:37 pm

Best Prime Minister We Never Had, Eagle Eye

Best Prime Minister We Never Had

It is an old device, but a good one, and Francis Beckett seems to have put together a fine collection of essays for a book on a variation of the theme, The Prime Ministers Who Never Were, to be published next month:
Austen Chamberlain Stephen Bates
J. R. Clynes Phil Woolas
Lord Halifax Hugh Purcell
Oswald Mosley [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 6:26 pm

Rugby League: The crucial factors in the World Club Challenge, Sport

Rugby League: The crucial factors in the World Club Challenge

The precise nature of the challenge in the World Club Challenge is getting your side to peak so early in the domestic season.
Having seen Wigan at Bradford last Sunday, I don’t really have many doubts in my mind that they are going to beat St George-Illawarra. They were firing on very nearly all cylinders at [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 1:24 pm

Football managers – what not to wear, plus Ancelotti, Hodgson and the FA Cup, Sport

Football managers – what not to wear, plus Ancelotti, Hodgson and the FA Cup

I have always believed in smart suits, ties etc on duty for matches etc. Now sports scientists at the University of Portsmouth studied the effect that coaches’ appearances had on a players impression of their competence.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 12:35 pm

A separatist separated from his people: An interview with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, The Foreign Desk

A separatist separated from his people: An interview with Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani has problems with both of his eyes, one of his kidneys has been removed and the other has been reduced a quarter by a surgeon’s knife. His gall bladder has also been taken out. A pacemaker on his heart was replaced a couple of years ago. He is 81 years [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 12:08 pm

World of weather: Help predict future floods, Notebook

World of weather: Help predict future floods

In autumn 2000, during Britain’s wettest September to November period since records began, widespread flooding caused significant damage to large parts of England and Wales.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 10:59 am

Caught & Social: It’s Chezza and Chas, Uncategorized

Caught & Social: It’s Chezza and Chas

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 10:56 am

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