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The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of, Sport

The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of

This year the Balloon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards merged and, as with everything FIFA awards, the winner was undeserving (although at least Qatari forward, Yusef Ahmed, didn’t win).  The new award broke the conventions of its predecessors and was actually awarded to the best player in the world.  This [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 5:30 pm

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march, Sport

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march

In a topsy-turvy year that contained controversy, elation and the retention of the Ashes, England are proving themselves to be world-beaters. Two heavyweights in the shape of Sri Lanka and India are making the trip to Blighty next year, but in 2010, we have seen a disciplined, confident and fearless side that have merited every success achieved.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:45 pm

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?, Eagle Eye

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?

Rich pickings in the wreckage. A second Question to Which the Answer is No about the Queensland floods. The above is number 486 in the series, asked by Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, at the Daily Telegraph.
Thank you to New Humanist.
Number 485 was asked by Accuracy in Media:
Will Piers Morgan Save CNN?
This is, strictly, a Question [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:34 pm

The Day After Tomorrow….Today??, Sport

The Day After Tomorrow….Today??

Call me paranoid, call me a conspiracy theorist, hell, call me Sheila if you want (but only on Thursdays), but a few things have been happening recently that have made me think, maybe the Mayans were right, and the world is going to end in 2012.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 3:39 pm

Ear To The Ground: RoxXxan, Notebook

Ear To The Ground: RoxXxan

I first came across Birmingham-born RoxXxan in 2009, when she attended my club night, ChockABlock. She was surrounded by a very male-dominated audience, waiting patiently for her turn to jump on the microphone, something I hadn’t seen a female MC do in a very long time; it was definitely refreshing to see.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 2:49 pm

Dalglish, the Carling Cup and January transfers, Sport

Dalglish, the Carling Cup and January transfers

Kenny Dalglish: Should you ever go back?
Don’t judge a manager on two games but I do not think you can go back in life – particularly if you have been successful there. Kenny Dalglish was a brilliant player and a fine manager at both Liverpool and Blackburn. I understand why he wanted to return [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 1:10 pm

One year after the earthquake, Haitians need real self-determination, Notebook

One year after the earthquake, Haitians need real self-determination

On Tuesday 12th January 2010, an earthquake of epic proportions hit the Caribbean island of Haiti. Despite international outcry and millions of pounds being poured into the country, we are now one year on, and over a million people are living in tents.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 11:15 am

The day Melbourne Park experienced some wet Wimbledon weather, Sport

The day Melbourne Park experienced some wet Wimbledon weather

The ‘Happy Slam’ is known for many things. Its ‘we can do anything’ atmosphere, the genteel patter of play, the thrilling late-night finishes, the sumptuous player’s lounge, the well-stocked media cafe, not to mention the oft-extraordinary tennis.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 9:00 am

Another day, another corruption scandal for the Golden Globes, Arts

Another day, another corruption scandal for the Golden Globes

I was intrigued, though not entirely surprised, to read allegations of impropriety levelled against the organisers of the Golden Globes by their former PR man, Michael Russell.

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 6:11 am

The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia, Notebook

The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia

Inspired by the claims of the now infamous (well done for that) Kenneth Tong, I thought I would use his inane drivel and his theory of “managed anorexia” to compile this, The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia.
1. Anorexia is NOT a lifestyle choice.
Kenneth Tong claimed that he didn’t promote Anorexia, but “managed anorexia,” a term that [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 1:30 am

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