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Sport

State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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Art Culture

Women Photographers from The Amberside Collection launches at Still Gallery

Stills’ exhibition Women Photographers from The Amberside Collection launched on Thursday with an atmosphere of vibrancy and buzz, and a clear sense of the excitement in attendees. The collection features photographs from women photographers in Amberside’s archives, with a selection of works from Diane Arbus to Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. This exhibition is part of Stills’ annual […]

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Music

Live Review: George Ezra at Utilita Arena, Newcastle

It is a strange custom in our society that certain individuals are deemed to be talented enough, that thousands of people will pay for the privilege of cramming into a stadium to shout the songs that they have written back at them as they sing. Even now, when Spotify and Apple Music allow you to […]

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Sport

Premier League strugglers plagued by poor off the pitch decision making

Even the most generous and wildly optimistic fans of Aston Villa, Newcastle, and Sunderland would agree that this season has not been their clubs’ collective finest hour. With all three looking increasingly likely to be relegated from the Premier League and so lose out (at least temporarily) on the massive financial rewards and prestige that […]

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Sport

Newcastle blueprint sets worrying precedent for Rangers

Rangers, axiomatically tied to the consciousness of football in Scotland, secured further headlines when they accepted Mike Ashley’s loan on the 25th October. Ashley, the pantomime villain who has been churning the anger of Newcastle fans for years now, previously owned 5% of shares in the Glasgow club. With the wolves snarling at the door, […]