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A Carling Cup thriller, despite a couple of empty seats, Sport

A Carling Cup thriller, despite a couple of empty seats

You never quite know in football but Arsenal will be hot favourites to beat Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.
There is such a gulf in class between the squads and the Blues are struggling to score goals from their strikers. But Alex McLeish, proving to be a very good manager, has created [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 5:35 pm

Rugby League: What happened to the Lost Generation?, Sport

Rugby League: What happened to the Lost Generation?

Ever wondered what happened to rugby league’s Lost Generation?
Garry Schofield, now in charge at Barrow after 13 years out of club coaching, made a telling point at the launch of the Northern Rail Cup.
In a nutshell, it is that the game cannot afford to lose players of his era, like Denis Betts, Daryl Powell, Shaun [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 4:16 pm

Deja vu all over again, Chunomics

Deja vu all over again

I’ve just seen that the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, has ruled out defaulting on or restructuring his country’s government debts, despite advice from prominent economists such as Ken Rogoff that Greece needs to do precisely that and to take a sabbatical from the euro.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 3:58 pm

Sarko-nomics, Chunomics

Sarko-nomics

It is sometimes difficult for the British and for the rest of the world to understand the European mentality. That is to say the mentality of some of Europe’s leaders. Hence President Sarkozy’s extra-loud declaration of commitment to the euro, just in case we didn’t believe it the first time.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 3:20 pm

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response, Uncategorized

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response

Yesterday David Kato, a Ugandan gay rights activist, was beaten to death in his home.  His murder came a few months after a tabloid had published an article exposing him and other people as homosexual, in what was a very modern witchhunt.  Following the publication of that article, he received several death-threats; the police are currently investigating the circumstances of [...]

By | | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 2:43 pm

Jamie Dimon’s brave words, Chunomics

Jamie Dimon’s brave words

The head of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon should be given some credit for bravery, or chutzpah or something. Following Bob Diamond of Barclays the other week in front of British MPs, Dimon has travelled to the World Economic Forum in Davos to call for a stop to “banker bashing”. Hi s argument, like Bob’s, is that not all banks went bust in the crash – a “huge misconception” – and that JP Morgan and others were a “stabilising” influence. They would no longer “bend down and accept” the insults and abuse.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 1:08 pm

Richard Keys and the ancient art of the apology, Sport

Richard Keys and the ancient art of the apology

As someone who has been doing ridiculous things on a regrettably regular basis since an early age I am probably better acquainted than most with the etiquette of apology.
If Richard Key’s ill advised outpouring on Talksport is anything to judge by the erstwhile Sky Sports presenter is not a man who is accustomed to saying [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:46 pm

Talib Kweli: “Jesus talked to everybody – the beggar, the tax collector, the prostitutes”, Notebook

Talib Kweli: “Jesus talked to everybody – the beggar, the tax collector, the prostitutes”

Talib Kweli is getting his brag on, raising his taught, nasal voice a pitch, explaining why he shared a track with one-time murder suspect rapper Gucci Mane: “Jesus talked to everybody – the beggar, the tax collector, the prostitutes. Jesus isn’t saying – ‘help those who deserve it’. Jesus is saying ‘Help everybody’ because we all god’s children.”

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:41 pm

IPC World Athletics Championships: Hard work pays off, Sport

IPC World Athletics Championships: Hard work pays off

Three years of constant training and nine World Records later, I am now a double world champion!  It all seems to have happened so quickly and to be honest, it still hasn’t all sunk in properly; it feels quite like a dream that I really don’t want to end…I feel like my races are still [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:33 pm

Son of Brown, Eagle Eye

Son of Brown

Anthony Wells at UK Polling Report summarises attitudes to parties and leaders in Ipsos-MORI’s latest poll:
For David Cameron, 30% of people like both him and his party, 39% like neither. 17% like Cameron but not his party, 7% like the Conservatives but not Cameron. Hence, in total Cameron is liked by 47% of people (down 6 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:11 pm

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