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Matt Weiner

Sabotaging since 2 Feb 2010

Matthew Weiner is SabotageTimes Head of Content. Formerly FourFourTwo's deputy editor, he has written for CNN, The Times and Esquire about football and other men's stuff. He was Puma's embedded journalist at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola where he swapped a bag of McDonalds burgers, fries and nuggets for an interview with Kevin Prince Boateng. He's also one of the few Jews in the world who has spent a weekend at the BNP summer camp..

My Articles

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Music

Tupac’s Former Bodyguard Reveals Who Shot The Rapper

Following the news that Tupac’s former bodyguard Frank Alexander has died, here is an archive interview in which he revealed who he thinks was the killer (and explains why he wasn’t to blame).

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Music

The Misadventures of Slick Rick

Before 2Pac and Notorious BIG there was Slick Rick. The Godfather of gangsta rap, who only had one eye and was born in South London. In 2002 he spoke to me from his cell about guns, drugs, fame and hard luck…

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People

Brian Zembic: Thanks For The Mammaries

In 1986, the Canadian professional gambler had silicone implants to win a bet. What’s stranger is that he’s turned down $10,000 to have them removed.

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Football

Arsene Wenger: “Most Of My Idols Were German”

A few years ago I was lucky enough to interview Arsene Wenger and as you would imagine he was brilliant company. Here’s what he told me about the start of his career from living in his parent’s pub to trying to wean Ray Parlour off Mars bars.

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Funny

What’s The Funniest Thing You’ve Ever Heard At A Game?

Ever been left on the floor by a wisecrack in the stands? This lot have…

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Football

Is This The Worst Player To Have Ever Scored At Arsenal?

I’ll never quite get over the day I transformed myself from the worst player in the Jewish North London 4th division to the scorer of wonder goals at Arsenal.

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Football

Arsenal: Forget Romeo Beckham Sign Mitchel Bergkamp

Arsenal have signed Romeo Beckham but perhaps they should take a punt on this young Dutch forward.

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Football

Arsenal Fans: Hate RVP But Love His Goals? How Fantasy Football Ruined Matchday

You hate Manchester United, support Arsenal, yet you’re considering putting Gooner traitor Van Persie in your Fantasy team. Why? Because they’re goal machines and you want to win. But, boy it’s going to mess with your mind when they bang them in…

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Politics

BNP Youth Camp: Holidaying With Baby Racists

Ten years ago I spent a weekend undercover at a British National Party youth camp. Being Jewish this wasn’t exactly my dream holiday…

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People

The Las Vegas Whale Hunter

Meet Steve Cyr, the casino host infamous for luring in the biggest gamblers by any means necessary. Duets with Tony Bennett, tennis with Andre Agassi, he’ll even comp the wife’s $10,000 shopping spree – just as long as hubby’s prepared to shed $250,000 on the blackjack table

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Football

Inside the Crazy World of The Premier League Butlers

Footballers often aren’t the sharpest so pity the Premier League player liaison officers – the poor guys tasked with looking after their daily needs. I interviewed a bunch of them a few years ago and their revelations were quite bizarre.

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Life

My Colombian Drug Bust Hell

Getting busted for drugs is never a good idea, particularly when it’s by a crazed Colombian policeman with an evil sense of humour.

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Sport

Con FC: A Season With A Prison Football Team

Prisoners play football for her Majesty’s pleasure. Home fixtures only.

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Books

The 19 Greatest Movies Never To Be Made

They may be the most compelling stories ever written but thanks to prima donna authors, dying directors and the occasional world war, some of the greatest books of all time such as Catcher in the Rye, A Confederacy of Dunces and The Dice Man just never get made into movies by Hollywood. Here’s why…

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People

Evel Knievel Classic Interview: “When I Die I’d Like To Come Back As A Stallion”

In the five years since he died, the legendary daredevil’s reputation as a bona fide loon has remained intact. Here he is on injury, death and being reincarnated as a horse…

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Football

Eating Burgers With Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng won the respect of the world today when he walked off during a friendly following racist abuse from the crowd. I’m reminded of the time prior to the World Cup when after piling on to the Black Stars’ coach he gave me a interview in return for a bag of contraband McDonalds.

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People

Rolling With The Dice Man

Over 40 years since writing his cult novel The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart is still making life choices with the shake of a die. In this exclusive interview he reveals how he dreamt up the concept of ‘dice living’, how it found him his wife and how he once had to intervene when a fan tried to take it too far…

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Life

Working Wounded

Hate your job? At least you don’t have to put up with bullies, maggots and corpses. Matt Weiner meets Britain’s unluckiest workers

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Life

Summerhill – The School With No Rules

For some it’s a nightmarish Lord of the Flies dystopia, for others a hippy dream where kids run free – that’s why Summerhill is the world’s most controversial school.

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People

Stik: An Interview with the Homeless Street Artist Turned Superstar

Eighteen months ago, he was a homeless street artist prepared to risk his life and freedom to leave his trademark stickmen across London’s skyline. Today he has become one of British art’s hottest properties. Here’s what Stik had to say about his success…

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Life

The Loo Library

The toilet isn’t just for numbers 1 and 2. It’s also for relaxing and reading the newspaper, a book, or even a blog thanks to smart-phones. Here’s why Britain loves a loo library…

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Books

The 21st Century Hunter Gatherers

An army of middle-class men and women are ditching their wallets, mortgages and worries and opting to live the good life off-grid. Meet Mark Boyle, the 31-year-old business graduate now known as The Moneyless Man.

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TV

The Fast Show’s Simon Day on Growing Up in Borstal

The Fast Show returns today, here one of the stars reveals the truth about his difficult past from working as a toilet cleaner, gangster flatmates and life inside.

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Hardware

Poker Champion Pius Heinze: Here’s 9 Ways To Blow Your Winnings

German poker whiz has just won the WSOP in Vegas so here’s a few suggestions on how he can lighten his wallet.

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Football

Arsenal: Vermaelen’s Signed – Now Make Him The New Petit

Arsenal’s Belgian star has just signed a new deal with – perhaps now Arsene Wenger should consider giving him a new role in the team.

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Football

The Sunday Mirror And The Art of Stinging A Manchester United Star

Whether it’s bungs, kiss-and-tell stories or a Sunday roasting, the tabloids have always relished a scandal involving footballers. The former investigations editor of the Sunday Mirror reveals how to do it.

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Football

“Manchester City Rebel Carlos Tevez Would Be Dead If He Wasn’t A Footballer”

According to Roberto Mancini, Carlos Tevez refused to play for Manchester City against Bayern Munich last night, while the striker said this is not the case and that he is willing to give his all for the club. But if City sack him for breach of contract and hold onto his registration, what next for the one-time talisman?

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Football

The Arsenal Fans’ Season Preview: Arshavin’s Been Training in Greggs

If the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over again then someone needs to cart Arsene Wenger off to the funny farm pronto.

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Football

A Kind Of Magic: The Card Game Turning Geeks Into WSOP Gods

As the World Series Of Poker gets down to the business end of the tournament, we take a look at the boardgame that is a breeding ground for the next generation of poker superstars…

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Football

Ref Camp: Who’s The Future W***er In The Black?

Who’d be a ref? Well, plenty. Each year the Young Referee’s Conference helps those who dream of one day emulating their heroes and being barracked by 40,000 screaming fans…

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Football

Nottingham Forest: Forget Steve Maclaren Give The Manager’s Job To Zippy

Roy Skelton, the voice of Zippy has died. Here he is in 2006, in character as Zippy, talking about the puppet’s love for Nottingham Forest (must be read in full Zippy voice)…

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Football

Dominic Matteo: “I Was Given Painkilling Injections At Leeds United and Liverpool And Now I Can’t Even Lift My Kids”

The former Leeds and Liverpool player talks about playing through excruciating pain during his career and the price he’s having to pay for it now.

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Football

Former Manchester Utd Star Cantona Will Succeed In USA Where Beckham Failed

New York Cosmos CEO Carl Johnson reveals why new Director of Football Eric Cantona will help them crack America.

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Football

The Real Superstars of Football

Forget the preening prima donnas who play for your club, this is how footballers really look.

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Football

Why Arsenal Are Rubbish Without Cesc Fabregas

After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it’s clear that Arsenal suffer without Cesc. And as the stats show, if he leaves in the summer, they could be in big trouble…

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Football

Blind Faith: A Day With Arsenal’s Visually Impaired Fans

Could you imagine going to a football match blindfolded, or singing the names of your favourite players without ever actually seeing them in action? We find out why there’s so much more to a football match than merely what our eyes pick up.

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Life

How To Beat The Casino

Blackjack expert Anthony Curtis won millions counting cards. Here he explains how to win big and not get busted.

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Film

Behind The Scenes of Taxi Driver

If you love Scorcese’s Taxi Driver then you might find Taschen’s new opus of unseen photography is talking to you.

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Football

Help, I’m Trapped In A Bad Relationship With England

They tell you that this time it’s going to be different. That they’ve learned from their mistakes in the past. Then they go and do it to you all over again.

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Football

Is my tee ready yet, mum?

He may only be eight but ‘The Wolf’ is the UK’s answer to Tiger Woods. Well, that’s what his dad reckons anyway. Welcome to the weird world of kids’ golf…

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Hardware

The Batmobile’s Cooler, Tougher Brother

Introducing the Lamborghini Ankonian – a concept car that could bring superhero style to our streets

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Football

The Cap Doesn’t Fit

His CV may be stacked but curmudgeonly old Fabio Capello – Italy’s answer to Victor Meldrew – should be shuffled off to a retirement home rather than given another chance with England.

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Football

South Africa skipper Aaron Mokoena’s Guide To The World Cup

South Africa captain and Portsmouth defender Aaron ‘The Axe’ Mokoena reveals who he plans to chop down this summer, what World Cup advice Nelson Mandela gave him and which local beer and sausages all Englishman should sample.

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Football

Where’s Wally? Why Theo Should Have Gone To The World Cup

Walcott will watch the World Cup from his sofa not the pitch, has Capello scored an own goal before kick-off?

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Football

Google Football Transfer Rumours: In Pie Charts

Want to know where Joe Cole, Edin Dzeko, David Silva, Jermaine Beckford and James Milner are heading this summer? So did we so figuring there’s no smoke without fire, we fed the players’ names and the clubs they’re linked to into Google to see where the most smoke is coming from. The results make very interesting reading…

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Football

Real Men Play Chess

The world’s greatest game is not for the faint-hearted. In its wake, international chess has left a torrid trail of punch-ups, lunacy, corruption and even murder plots.

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