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Ballance’s loss of form symptomatic of England’s struggles

Amidst the misery, bitterness and tiring calls for the return of Saint KP that have typified the response to another dismal England World Cup showing, my mind wandered to the last time English Cricket genuinely made me smile or laugh. Without doubt, it was the grainy photos that emerged from the Pandora’s box bar in […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: the Front Runners- India & South Africa

Form: For South Africa, typically imposing. Dispatched West Indies with consummate ease in a recent 4-1 series victory, though the mess that their opponents find themselves in mean that is not perhaps the best guide. Nevertheless, they will arrive with supreme confidence and so they should. Sounds familiar, though, doesn’t it? India, on the other […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: England’s Prospects

Form: Very much a mixed bag. Some superb, unexpected wins against Sri Lanka and India in recent months have occurred alongside some archetypal drubbings. Nevertheless, there is cautious optimism from both inside the England camp and out, that this current squad is as talented as any that have headed to a World Cup. Strengths: Although […]

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Music

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists’ frontman, Colin Meloy, begins the band’s seventh full length record in an almost apologetic fashion, pleading with his fans to let him escape the literary folk bubble inside which they exist: “We know you threw your arms around us in the hopes we wouldn’t change/But we had to change some.” It is a […]

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O’Neill providing old school leadership for resurgent Irish

Tackles flew in left, right and centre, regardless of the path or position of the ball. Two managers and one very angry assistant of considerable notoriety cajoled, roared and pushed their team through a battle of severe mental and physical exertion. Celtic Park tremored with fervour and full blooded approval. Amongst the delight at such […]

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Deadline day shows football losing its class

Of all the unsettling and unnerving sights on Deadline Day, Zeki Fryers, a 21 year old with just 16 senior appearances to his name, turning up at his new club Crystal Palace in a blacked out Bentley was right up there with the worst of them. There it was, laid bare. The embodiment of British […]