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Owen Blackhurst

Sabotaging since 11 Nov 2010

An ex-binman, steel cutter, and car shop worker, Owen Blackhurst is Sabotage Times Head of Content. After dragging himself out of a no horse town, he worked as Travel Editor and Editor of GolfPunk Magazine and was Highly Commended by the BSME panel in the 2007 New Editor of the Year category. After four years of no sleep, beautiful hotels and terrible golf, he went off to work in digital publishing, a move that resulted in him learning the dark arts of SEO and working as launch Editor on #5 magazine and creating contract magazines. He has also written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and plenty of in-flight magazines. Follow him on Twitter @owenblackhurst.

My Articles

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Life

What It Feels Like To Get Your Head Kicked In

Ever wondered what it feels like to get the absolute shit kicked out of you? Well, wonder know more…

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People

Louis Tussaud’s House Of Wax: Gone, But Never Forgotten

It’s 86 years today since Madame Tussauds’ waxwork exhibition opened in London. Here are the terrible masterpieces of her less talented great grandson…

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People

Introducing America’s Greatest Ever Gambler

Many people have claimed to be America’s greatest proposition gambler, but the all pale against Titanic Thompson, the murdering, gambling, rootin’ tootin’ legend…

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Football

Liverpool: 4 Brilliant Midfielder Rodgers Should Sign In January

Brilliant against City, we seemed to be outmuscled and thought by Chelsea’s superior attacking midfield trio and muscular pivots. Here’s four who could help bridge that gap…

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Sport

Mickey Rourke on Boxing

You’ll know him as The Wrestler, but Mickey Rourke was once three fights from a boxing title. Here he talks about missing the ring, the current fighters on the scene and what it’s like to kick the crap out of someone.

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Travel

Sheep Racing In Michigan

In my time as a Travel Editor I had plenty of weird nights in mental places, but for sheer WTF this one took the biscuit…

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Food and Drink

Holy Mackerel & Ice Cold Beer In Tokyo’s Backstreets

A dark and dingy Tokyo street, beer crates for tables, hundreds of businessmen feasting on Yakitori and a piece of Mackerel that i’ll remember until the day I keel over…

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Life

Jobs I’ve Had And Loathed, Part Five: Campsite Barman

Acid on the beach, being called a mongrel, living with Gordon Brittas and getting seduced by northern A-Level students…

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Football

Brazil vs Holland: Greatest Combined Xl – Who Makes The Cut?

They’re two of the leading purveyors of the beautiful game but which players would make the greatest combined Xl of Brazil and Holland?

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Football

Liverpool: Sign Barkley, Bench Gerrard & Laugh At Old Bacon Face

Despite the odd blip everything is going swimmingly, now to kick on for the title…

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Food and Drink

Patty & Bun: London’s Best Burger By A Country Mile

Meat, cheese, onions, chicken wings that melt, chips of the gods and blinding pale ale. Brilliant…

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Life

Jobs I’ve Had And Loathed Part Six: Commis Chef

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen they say. Well I could take the heat, just not the fat racist I worked with…

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Life

Goodbye Old Pal, You Truly Were This Man’s Best Friend

In fact Man’s Best Friend doesn’t even cover it, how’s about the best friend you’ll ever have x 1000 and then some…

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Music

8 Great Songs About Big Beautiful Women (Not Including Queen Or Sir Mix-a-Lot)

From Jimmy Castor to Johnny Otis via AC/DC and Piano Red, these songs celebrate the larger lady. Crank up the volume and get your arses shaking…

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Life

Jobs I’ve Had And Loathed Part Three: The Car Shop

Pikeys, dossers and lunchtime spliffs. All in a days work at the car shop.

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Sport

Ashes 2013/14: Why England Should Drop Jonathan Trott (And Not Pray For Rain)

It may seem harsh, but it doesn’t come any more difficult than an Ahes series and affirmative action is required…

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Funny

5 Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Kids Football Coach

From sliding on your knees in celebration to getting leathered the night before a game, here are five things all aspiring football coaches should avoid.

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Music

McBusted? Here’s 10 Band/Pun Combos We’d Pay To See

Earth, Wind & Arcade Fire anyone?

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People

Melissa Bachman: A Hideous C*nt

This is one of the worst things we’ve ever seen, what’s more she is paid to do it…

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Music

The First Gig I Saw That Mattered: Manic Street Preachers, Wolverhampton, 1993

I was 14 and had to scab the bus money off the kids in the year below. Let’s just say it was worth it…

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Music

Biggie Smalls: Still The Best There Ever Was

16 Years on from his untimely death at the hands of hitmen, Notorious BIG is still the king…

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Food and Drink

La Taqueria: The Best Burritos & Tacos In The World

In the Mission District between 24th and 25th streets stands the world’s greatest Mexican joint, just don’t be put off that it looks like a Tijuana knocking shop…

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Fashion & Style

5 Winter Bashing Jumpers From GANT

At some point Winter is going to properly bite. These five will help…

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Music

Three Albums I Love Because Of My Dad

My old man didn’t really have any musical rules, except it had to be good and listened to loud and the time spent in his car as a kid was a vital part of my musical education…

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Work

Jobs I’ve Had and Loathed, Part Two: The Steel Factory

Grease, illiterates and 9% cider and hash bongs for lunch. The bins had been bad, but I entered a different world entirely when I took a job at the local iron and steelworks.

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Football

Arsenal’s Wilshere Wrong About England’s Style Of Play (But It’s Not His Fault)

Forget Jack Wilshere’s English jobs for English workers comments, it’s his views on the English style of play that are really worrying. Yet he isn’t to blame and he is right about the need for an identity, but what will it be?

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Liverpool Fan: Oi, Warrior, Can Our Away Kits Look Like This Please?

C’mon lads, stop going insane in the design process and take us back to these classic looks will you?

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Football

Liverpool Fan: Carra Made Fool Of Himself, Sky Made Idiots Of Us All

Just when he seemed to be holding his own with Neville, he dropped a clanger, and Sky will love it…

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Life

Jobs I’ve Had and Loathed, Part One: Bin Man

Before I got my arse into gear to write for a living, I spent eight years working in a series of jobs that I hated with a passion. Here’s the first one for your reading pleasure…

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Football

England: Why Everton’s Barkley Should Start Ahead Of Chelsea’s Lampard

A revelation for Everton this season, is about time we were bold and stuck the youngster in?

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Food and Drink

The Soho Diner: Cheesesteaks & Cocktails On Old Compton Street

Of all of the gin joints in all of the… Ok, so I didn’t drink gin as far as I can remember but I did have a rollicking night of cracking food and top-notch cocktails. What’s not to like…

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Work

Jobs I’ve Had And Loathed, Part Four: Golf Course Greenkeeper

It sounded, and started, like a dream job. Then the Head Greenkeeper returned and tried to convert me to religion…

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Funny

The Peru Two: Best Fancy Dress Ever

Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connoll are facing a long old stretch in a Peruvian jail after being convicted of trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country. You shouldn’t laugh, but whichever parent came up with this idea deserves a medal…

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Life

Seabrook Crisps: An Appreciation

How had I forgot about them for so long?

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People

Meet The Man Who Put A Rolls Royce In Oasis’ Swimming Pool

In a 21 year career Microdot founder Brian Cannon has seen it all. Here he talks Oasis, miserable bands, Coldplay being shite, creating rock n’ roll history and why Noel’s solo album will be brilliant…

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Sport

The Golfing Peacock Who Nearly Killed Dean Martin

He grew up dirt-poor, dressed in every colour of the rainbow, partied with Evel Knievel and The Rat Pack and had vodka delivered to him on course. But he’ll always be remembered for missing that putt in 1970…

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Sport

Champagne Tony Lema: The Rabble Rousin’ Golfer With A Heart Of Gold

He was the blue-collar boy from the wrong side of the tracks who developed a taste for the high-life and perished in a plane crash at the age of 32. His nerveless performance in the 1964 Open at St. Andrews proved he could’ve been one of the true greats…

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Books

This Bloody Mary Is The Last Thing I Own: 200 Pages Of Heavyweight Brilliance

Boxing can be full of Bullshit, but Jonathan Rendall’s ‘This Bloody Mary’ is a gonzo treasure that should be on the national syllabus…

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TV

Game Of Thrones 3.10: Five Things We Learnt From The Series Finale

It might not have boasted the one-two punch of last week’s slaughter, but it set us up nicely for season four…

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Football

Manchester United’s Giggs Makes Manchester City’s Tevez Look A Fool

Clever, very clever…

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TV

Game Of Thrones 3.9: The 5 Best Things From Last Night

After a pair of slow-burn episodes the fantasy epic went double tonto last night, here are our highlights.

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TV

Game Of Thrones 3.8: 6 Things We Learned From Last Night’s Madness

Leeches, lotharios and newly-plegded loyalties were all to the fore as the fantasy epic lurches towards an explosive climax…

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TV

Elmore Leonard’s Justified: Your Next DVD Box Set

Moonshiners, snake charmers, oxy addicts, religious nuts and a lot of trouble. Some of the many reasons you should get on Justified, pronto…

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Football

A Liverpool Fan’s Open Letter To Bayern Munich & Pep: Do One & Leave Suarez Alone

You think you need him, don’t you? But you don’t, you really don’t, and what’s worse is that it will strengthen Manchester United to boot…

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Music

20 Reasons Why Johnny Cash is Better Than Elvis

There’s no debate really, but just for shits and giggles here are 20 reasons why the Man in Black beats The King hands down…

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Books

The Killing Pool – Kevin Sampson: Gear & Loathing in Liverpool L8

Liverpool’s master storyteller returns with a foray into the crime genre…

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Music

I Went To Watch Vanilla Ice In A Homemade T-Shirt

It’s 1990 and one song has ripped up the charts and reverberated around the UK’s classrooms. Give me a pen, a T-shirt and a false sense of grandeur and you’ve got a recipe for extreme idiocy…

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Music

My 21 Favourite Pogues Lyrics

Shane MacGowan is probably the finest lyricist of all-time. Here’s the ones that get me banging the virtual beer tray on my head…

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Football

Chelsea Fans: Is This The Twitter Feed Of The Swansea Ball Boy From Before The Game?

It can’t be, can it?

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Music

A Decade Without Joe Strummer: 10 Of The Best From The Voice Of A Generation

I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since the great man passed, here’s a collection of my favourites from the street poet laureate of punk rock…

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Fashion & Style

Diadora B-Elite: 25 Years Of Longing

2009 bought happiness to trainer heads who’d missed out on these beauties first time around, but for me it quashed a playground stigma that lasted a quarter of a century…

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Life

Church Exempted From Gay Marriage? Oh Please Piss Off

It’s 2012, the President of the USA backs gay marriage and our Government have moved to protect the Church. Pass the sick bag. And the rifle…

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Football

Would Suarez Get Into The City Side? El Pistolero’s Stats Analysed

He definitely doesn’t score when he wants or he’d be on 30 goals by now, but to deride Suarez as a poor finisher shows a complete lack of understanding of the situation. Here’s a look both at and behind the stats of the man everyone bar reds loves to hate…

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Music

The Rolling Stones – Doom And Gloom: Rock N’ Roll Is Alive And Kicking

The boys are back with a track that kicks the piss out of the dirge we have to suffer elsewhere..

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Fashion & Style

Taylor Stitch Chambray Shirt

I got emailed a picture of this shirt. Now I want it.

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Football

Pulis, Sort Your Own Team Out Before Slating Suarez

In his MOTD interview yesterday the Stoke manager came out and said he thought Saurez should be banned for diving; he’d be better off having a look at his own team’s roughouse tactics before judging others…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week In The Premier League: The Olympic Spirit Dies

After a week of building the Premier League, the hacks and pillock pundits were out in force to hammer people taking their first baby steps…

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Football

Premier & Football League Opening Day As It Happened. Sort Of.

New signings galore, weather you could strip Ian Dowe’s face with and the prospect of Paul Merson turning into a blancmange on live TV. What’s not to like…

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Football

Jessica Ennis’ Bum & 14 Things We’ll Really Miss About The Olympics (And 5 We Won’t)

It’s over and we’re gutted, and not just because of a derriere. From Thorpedo to Balding, we salute London 2012…

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Football

David Price To Finish Audley And Get A PR Lesson

On paper it looks a mismatch, with the Liverpool giant miles ahead of the fading fraudster. But for Price this fight is about gaining new fans and learning to cope with the heightened attention…

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Football

Why Liverpool Shouldn’t Sign Arsenal’s Walcott: Can’t Pass, No Bottle, Goes Missing

The idea of Brendan Rodgers bringing fluid, possession based football to Liverpool had me chomping at the bit for the new season, but tiki-taka with Theo Walcott? Really? Please Brendan, say it ain’t so…

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Life

The British Phenomenon Of The Dancing Dad

Alongside the infamous mum run and sloppy auntie kiss, the dancing dad is a truly British phenomenon. Bleary-eyed and full of gusto, they wait for their moment before hitting the dancefloor…

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Football

England vs France: Liverpool’s Gerrard Shows You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Roy Hodgson may not have succeeded when managing Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, but the playmaker is revelling in a more disciplined role under the England manager at Euro 2012.

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Sex

Game Of Thrones: The 7 Best Things From Last Night’s Episode

Thankfully a change of pace returned the show to the glories of season one and as King’s Landing came under attack, we got some of the standout moments of season two…

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Football

The Liverpool Fans’ Summer In Pie Charts

This (not quite) scientific pie chart maps out the upcoming summer of football for all Liverpool fans.

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Fashion & Style

Dunlop Retro Range

Since diversifying into footwear and clothing in 1925, Dunlop has stamped its authority in fields as diverse as Aerospace and diving. Now they’re setting the pace again with a new retro inspired range…

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Books

Waterstones: I Need To Buy A Kindle, But Will Hate Myself For Doing It

So Waterstones are to stock Kindles after ditching plans to release an e-reader of their own. Fair enough, you might think, but that makes it no easier for me to make a decision…

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Football

Benitez, Martinez, Capello, Rodgers or Klopp? Who Should Replace Dalglish At Liverpool?

As the axe hangs over Dalglish’s head we take a look at the six contenders for the Liverpool job.

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Football

Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand: “Gary Neville Would Be My Ideal No.2″

Rio’s been dropped by Hodgson and GNev has been appointed the England manager’s assistant. When I interviewed the Manchester United defender a couple of years ago he revealed that Neville would make a great assistant and that one day he too would like to go into management.

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Football

Liverpool: Dear Mr Henry, Can You Sign Europa Cup Winner Falcao Please?

Two-footed, quick, never stops moving and had more desire in his little finger than Andy Carroll does in his entire body. We might have no chance, but please John, just give it a go…

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Fashion & Style

Slazenger Heritage Gold

From Bjorn Bjorg and Seve Ballesteros to the England World Cup winning ball, Slazenger know how to do sport in style – which is why we wholly approve of the new Slazenger Heritage range.

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Football

Aston Villa: The Truth Behind James Collins’ Brawl Apology

James Collins’ apology for the brawl has been done by numbers, here is what he is actually saying…

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Football

Tony Bellew’s Control And Power Slays McIntosh And Proves He’s World Class

A punch perfect performance from the garrulous scouser showed that he is ready to step up…

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Football

Goalkeeper Goes Monkey Rush And Sets Up Goal

Genius…

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Football

Unbelievable Pep! Real Madrid Players Dancing After Beating Barcelona

Having a bad day? Need a giggle to cut through the Monday gloom? Then check this out…

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Football

Why We Should Never Have Doubted Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has just hit an impressive 103 off 64 balls to claim victory for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, here’s a piece from last summer about a similarly successful knock against India…

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Football

Liverpool: Steven Gerrard Tells Kenny Dalglish To Jog On

It never rains, does it?

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TV

Apprentice Week Two Reviewed: Whatever Happened To The Serious Business Aspirants?

This lot can gurn and scream and look silly, but judging them on the evidence of last night’s tasks its clear that they haven’t got a business brain between them…

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TV

Mad Men Returns And Swaps Nuance For Knockouts

It’s 1966 and the civil rights movement has hit Madison Avenue. Change is everywhere, except in the lives and psyches of the two main draws…

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Football

Arsenal: Who Needs Fabregas And Gotze When Rosický Plays Like This?

The Czech skipper has endured a hideous time at Arsenal, now he’s back when they most need him and increasingly influential…

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Football

Liverpool vs Everton: Gerrard Needs Spearing Not Adam Beside Him

Gerrard was back to his best in more ways that one, Spearing showed a growing maturity, Carroll’s hold-up play was a highlight and even Hendo had a decent game…

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Football

Tottenham: Harry’s Silence Is Threatening To Derail A Glorious Season

Winless in three and looking over their shoulders, Spurs need to hammer Stevenage tonight. But not as much as the fans need Harry to man up and make a decision on whether he’ll stay or go…

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Football

5 Reasons Why Ex-Liverpool Gaffer Rafa Would Be Insane To Join Chelsea

AVB is gone, but surely it would be madness for Benitez to head to Stamford Bridge…

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Football

Arsenal’s RVP Tells Liverpool’s Martin Kelly What He Thinks Of Him

Scoring two goals wasn’t enough it seems as the Dutch striker hammered into Martin Kelly then gave him the international sign…

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Football

Rory McIlroy: What Makes Golf’s New World Number One Tick?

Number one for the first time in his career after winning the Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy can reign for years. When I first met him in 2006, he was a callow 15-year-old with a glint in his eye and talent to burn…

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Football

Liverpool: If Carroll Can’t Dominate Arsenal’s Makeshift Defence It’s Over

Shorn of two of their most experienced defenders, a weakened Arsenal travel to Liverpool today. It’s time for Andy Carroll to shape up or ship out…

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Football

Liverpool: Why Winning Cups Is More Important Than Finishing Fourth

Of course I want Liverpool back in the Champions League, but not as much as I want us to win things, starting today…

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Football

Pearce Is Psycho For Not Including Arsenal’s Ox And Norwich’s Holt In The England Squad

A brave new dawn was forecast by some in the run up to Stuart Pearce’s England squad announcement, but all we got was a couple of omissions and a striker back from injury. Here’s why he should have included Arsenal’s tyro and Norwich City’s brute…

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Sex

Help, I’m 33 And Addicted To Friday Night Lights

On the face of it I should hate Friday Night Lights, it’s about American Football and teenagers for Christ’s sake. But I’m addicted, hopelessly so. Here’s a spoiler free version of why…

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Football

David Haye And Dereck Chisora Are A Disgrace

An average fight was spiced up by a lively press conference, but with Haye and Chisora showing a disregard for the sport, I’m looking for David Price to step up and save British Heavyweight boxing…

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Liverpool: How The Downing And Carroll Show Can Go Beyond One Night

A storming run and intelligent cross by Downing was buried by Andy Carroll yesterday, but cvan the pair do it against better opposition. Here’s what they need to do…

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Football

Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal’s Young Gun Is Now Barcelona’s Second Best Player

A brilliant performance from Cesc helped Barca beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 last night. Yet beyond the metronomic passing and movement, Fabregas is behind only Messi in goals and assists and the improvement in his game is there for all to see…

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Football

Chelsea: John Terry’s Doppelganger Is 1930s Musical Sailor

Unbelievable Jeff…

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Football

Manchester United v Liverpool: Detestable Suarez And Other Lessons Learnt

Another match, another win in the bag, albeit with lots and lots to talk about, which I will let much better writers tend to. So here is a Manchester United fan’s take on the five other things we learnt from the match.

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Football

A Liverpool Fans’ Reluctant Admiration For Manchester United

I felt dirty writing it and expect a shellacking, but take the blinkers off and you’ll have to agree with some of what I’ve said – afterall, Liverpool vs Manchester United is one hell of a rivalry

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Film

Casuals Reviewed: The Real Story Of Terrace Fashion

This documentary, a Cass Pennant Production narrated by Peter Hooton, delves deep into the clothing that shaped a sub-culture…

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Football

7 Reasons Why Defoe To Liverpool Should Never Happen

There are many strikers I’d love to see at Anfield, but Defoe isn’t one of them, here’s why…

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Football

7 Things We Learnt From Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

A late goal from Kuyt won it for Liverpool, but beyond the chants and tackles, what else emerged from the FA Cup clash?

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Football

Forget Andy Carroll, Liverpool Should Spend £25m On Carlos Tevez Anyway

This article was first published in November 2011, but with news Liverpool have tried to swap Carroll for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, the reasons for signing him are still the same…

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Life

The Biggest Breakfast In The World

More man vs grease than Man vs Food, this monster costs £15 and could feed an entire football team…

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Football

Chelsea Should Give John Terry The Bullet Before Anton Ferdinand Has To Shake Hands

So Chelsea gaffer AVB has said QPR’s Anton Ferdinand should shake hands with John Terry? Nonsense, absolute nonsense…

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Football

Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy Is World Class And Would Improve Any Team On Earth

His status as the best player on the park last night not only makes a mockery of Mancini’s decision to let him go for nowt, but also shows that Bellamy’s technique and desire would make him an asset for any club in the world…

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Football

Balotelli Is A Hero And Other Lessons Learnt From Manchester City v Tottenham

A cracking affair at the Etihad generated several talking points, but we think we’re the only ones suggesting Coleman should have his tongue cut out and Balotelli for leader of the free world…

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Football

Liverpool Should Sack Comolli And Sell The Tripe He Has Signed

Carroll, Henderson, Adam and Downing have arrived for grossly inflated fees and should be sent packing at the earliest juncture, along with the man who signed them based on numbers…

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Life

Peter Serafinowicz’s Genius Tweet To Gary Glitter

The response to Gary Gliter joining Twitter yesterday was mixed to say the least, hailed variously as ‘the King’ by many and a ‘diddler’ by Joey Barton. But one man got it bang on…

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Football

Five Strikers Who Can Stop Liverpool Drawing 0-0

Following another 0-0 draw at home, Liverpool are clearly in need of a forward. They could start with one of these five….

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Football

The Times Should Hang Its Head For Ribbing James Wade’s Depression-Related Weight Gain

A year ago James Wade was on suicide watch in The Priory, after battling back to his best form, the last thing he deserves is to have fun poked at his expanding weight gain…

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Liverpool: Butch Carroll And The Return Of The World Class Kid

The skipper emerged from the bench last night to galvanise a stuttering Liverpool. His link up play, passing ability and appreciation of space showed that he is still a world class talent…

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Football

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor Is Out Of The World Championships, But He Should Still Be Knighted

He may have bowed out of the World Championship to Dave Chisnall last night, but Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor should be our next sporting Knight…

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Football

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez Banned: 5 Potential Outcomes For The Club And Player

Will he leave, will Carroll start scoring, will we sign a striker, will Dirk Kuyt learn to trap a ball?

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People

RIP Christopher Hitchens, The World Is Stupider Without You

We lost a true literary giant today, a rabble-rouser whose brilliant prose on everything from faith to the Cancer should be taught in schools…

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TV

This Is England 88′: Can We Have Shane’s Muse Back Please?

If you’re after a flash of nipple, some dodgy barnets and a couple of laughs, then it was probably right up your street. But shouldn’t we expect, and get, more from Shane Meadows?

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Football

Liverpool Need A Number 10 To Help Suarez Shine

A strong performance but a lack of goals against Fulham highlighted an all too common problem for the reds this season, proving that Dalglish must strengthen with a foil for his little Uruguayan in January…

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Football

Why Liverpool And Manchester United Should Battle For Shaqiri

One of the architects of Manchester United’s demise last night, Shaqiri has been on the radar of them and Liverpool for some time. This scouting report, written in the Euro u-21 Championships, proves why the should fight to the death…

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Football

RIP Gary Speed

Elegant, straight-backed and the general of every team he played in. RIP Gary Speed.

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Football

Liverpool Need To Replace Dirk Kuyt To find A Cutting Edge

Liverpool proved yesterday against Manchester City that they should only fear their own profligacy rather than any team, but is it time that the Dutchman was replaced?

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TV

X Factor 2011, Week 15: Steampunk Pimps And S&M Christmas Trees

We’re down to the business end of the show now, which means the judges lose their shit on song choices and the contestants start to unravel…

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Football

Liverpool: Suarez And Bellamy Should Start Every Game (And 5 Other Things We Learnt)

Charlie Adam had his best game since joining, Glen Johnson should play right midfield and Carra could spend a lot of time on the bench…

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Football

Presidents Cup: Tiger Woods vs Steve Williams

Tiger’s ex-caddy went one step too far when he declared himself the winner of a golf tournament last August – now the two are set to face each other in the Presidents Cup.

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Football

Why Liverpool’s Stewart Downing Plays Better For England

Unlucky not to get the Man of the Match award last night, the Liverpool winger put in a performance that we have rarely seen at Anfield. Here’s why…

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TV

I’m A Celeb 2011, Day Two: Freddie Bares His Teeth

The big fella makes mincemeat of Mark Wright, Fatima gets all teary and Jessica reveals her front pairing early doors…

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Football

England v Spain: Liverpool’s Glen Johnson Proves His Lack Of International Class

Picked ahead of Kyle Walker and Micah Richards for England v Spain, the Liverpool man was a constant weak link and displayed a worrying lack of basic defensive technique…

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Football

Ex Pats Xl: English Players Who’ve Graced Spain

From Vinny Samways to Mark Draper, 11 Englishmen who have plied their trade in Spain with varying levels of success…

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Music

Heavy D: Royal Mail Should Give Him His Own Stamp

Following the death of Heavy D, it’s time the Post Office put some serious heroes on our stamps: Heavy D, Biggie Smalls, Tupac are far more deserving than Her Maj.

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Football

Which Arsenal Man Is Gunning For Revenge Against Marseille?

It was the match fixing scandal that rocked French football, but why will one of Arsenal’s backroom staff hope to stick the knife into Marseille tomorrow evening?

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Fashion & Style

Noel Gallagher’s Signature Adidas Trainers

Currently riding the crest of a wave with the High Flying Birds, Noel has gone and got his own range of Adidas…

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People

Alessio Rastani: Who Is He Really?

The Rasatniometer has swung back and forth more times than we can count, so who exactly is he? We’ve collated all of the evidence and have attempted to come to a conclusion…

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People

Alessio Rastani And The Yes Men’s Five Greatest Hoaxes

Was the Alessio Rastani Goldman Sachs speech another hoax by the Yes Men? There has so far been no concrete proof but judging by some of their other pranks we wouldn’t be surprised…

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Football

6 Things We’ll Definitely See At Liverpool v Wolves

With both teams having suffered back-to-back defeats in the league something’s got to give at Anfield today, and I expect Suarez, Bellamy, Kuyt and Downing to be given license to terrorise. That and Jamie Carragher haul someone down…

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Football

Why Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp Should Never Be England Manager

Every time England fail to win 8-0 people call for ‘Arry to be the next England manager, but the last thing a new crop of promising youngsters need is to be told to ‘get into ‘em’…

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Football

Liverpool: Bellamy Reignites Suarez And Proves Carroll Should Be A Super-Sub

It would be to easy to say that Championship opposition is no real test, but Craig Bellamy was the best player on the pitch last night and should be an automatic pick in Kenny Dalglish’s side…

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Film

The X-Factor’s Bullying Of Ceri Rees Has Crossed A Very Dangerous Line

On Sunday night a clearly delusional woman from Wales was wheeled out to be laughed at by the nation, and the news that X Factor bosses pursued her crosses a line that should be set in granite…

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Football

Tyson Fury Needs To Lose The Gut And Tighten Up

The big man was impressive tonight against Nicolai Firtha, but he needs to watch the Klitschkos and train like a bastard to have a chance of being a true great…

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Football

Liverpool Target Stevan Jovetic Is Kenny’s Missing Link

Long linked with a move to Anfield, the ‘new Baggio’ could be the man to provide Liverpool with a bit of guile in attack…

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Film

X Factor 2011, Week 4: Zombie Whores At The Gates Of Hell

So last night we met the winner, two quarter finalists and a barmaid who will make the live shows before toddling off to work on the ships…

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Music

Wugazi, 13 Chambers: The Best Mash-Up Album Of All Time

If you missed it this summer the full Wugazi album is ace, it’s free and is a high-water mark in the world of mash-ups…

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Football

Stoke V Liverpool: As It Happened And Match Report

An engaging affair at The Britannia saw Liverpool walk away frustrated after dominating for large parts of the game only to be thwarted by Stoke’s dogged defending…

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Life

My Head Might Say England, But My Heart Will Always Say Wales

I feel nothing when I hear God Save the Queen but have supported England. I love Land of My Fathers but feel an outsider in Wales. Confused? Let me explain…

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Football

Liverpool: Why Kenny Will Succeed With Bellamy Where Rafa Failed

If managed and used correctly, the signing of Craig Bellamy could be a masterstroke by Kenny Dalglish. But can the player and his boyhood idol gel to propel Liverpool towards the title?

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Football

Liverpool: Why Swapping Sturridge For Meireles Makes Sense

There is no good reason for Raul Meireles to leave Liverpool for Chelsea, but should Kenny decide that he has too many midfielders then he should ensure Sturridge is the only player involved in a swap deal…

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Football

Sack Arshavin And Other Lessons From Arsenal v Liverpool

It was a fairly turgid affair save for the opening stanzas and after the introduction of Suarez and Meireles, but surely Arsenal should hand the Russian his P45 and Liverpool need to rethink the midfield pecking order…

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Football

5 Things We’ll Definitely See At Arsenal V Liverpool

While some pundits have bizarrely billed this as an early Champions League decider, we reckon it’s all about Wenger losing his marbles, Liverpool bullying Arsenal and exactly what moment Andy Carroll will do his sex face…

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Football

5 Lessons Liverpool Learnt By Drawing With Sunderland

A game of two halves if ever there was one, but despite the result, Liverpool fans have plenty of reasons to be cheerful following the 1-1 draw with Sunderland…

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People

David Cameron Proves He Couldn’t Lead A Choir, Let Alone A Country

Returning from Tuscany and after his meeting with COBRA, the PM give an address that proves once and for all he is a berk without a clue…

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People

Shane Warne And Liz Hurley Are Ace, Stop Your Jealous Moaning

He’s the larrikin turned metrosexual, she’s the staid posho turned blushing woman in the middle of a sexual awakening. You’re all just jealous, aren’t you…

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Football

The Liverpool Fans’ Season Preview: El Pistolero Is The Key

Liverpool’s pre-season has been shaky to say the least, but if Downing and Carroll gel and Suarez continues apace, fourth place should be achievable…

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Film

Hilary Devey For Queen And Other Lessons Learned From Dragons’ Den

So they’re back. Deborah gets all squeamish over a fruit, Paphitis has gone all Brando, Peter Jones continues as Private Pike and as for Bannatyne, don’t get me started…

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Football

England Beat India To Prove They Are The World’s Best

Reducing the world’s best batting line-up to a bunch of village sloggers is no mean feat. All hail England, the best team in world cricket…

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Football

Steven Gerrard’s Injury Is Good For Liverpool

His status as Captain Fantastic is assured, but do Liverpool’s other players play better without him? Is it possible that the team is actually a stronger unit without Anfield’s very own Roy of The Rovers?

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Football

Matt Jarvis Can Make Arsenal Forget About Nasri

The Molineux flyer won’t think he is bigger than the club, can cross with either foot and raises his game against the big teams. What’s not to like?

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Football

Amir Khan To Beat Judah, Slay Brook And Get It On With Mayweater

Amir Khan takes on Jab Zudah in Vegas in the early hours of Sunday, should he get past him then all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, but not before taking out a legend and an upstart…

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Football

Marcell Jansen Is The Left-Back To Give Liverpool Perfect Balance

Liverpool have been crying out for a left-back since Riise was bombed out, and the rangy German international would add goals, dead-ball ability and provide Dalglish with the balance he requires to attack on all-fronts this season…

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Football

Can Romelu Lukaku Be Arsenal’s Very Own Didier Drogba?

Built like a boxer and compared to Didier Drogba, Arsenal should look to no-one but Romelu Lukaku to be the powerful forward who can add a whole new dimension to the team…

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Football

The Open Championship: Golf Is Rubbish Without Tiger Woods

Luke Donald as number one without winning a Major? I don’t want to hear it, I’ll be cheering for Rory but golf is a much poorer sport without the disgraced phenomenon…

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Football

Wladimir Klitschko Destroys The Hate And Hyperbole Of David Haye

I said Haye would win, but I’m more than happy to admire the boxing masterclass that Klitschko put on in Hamburg…

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Football

5 Reasons Why David Haye Will Hammer Wladimir Klitschko

So here it is, the fight Heavyweight boxing has been waiting for since Lennox Lewis ended the myth of Mike Tyson. David Haye, the braggart from Bermondsey against Wladimir Klitschko, Dr Steelhammer. Here’s why I reckon Haye wins…

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Football

Sunderland’s Connor Wickham Is England’s Future, Not Liverpool’s Andy Carroll

Linked with everyone from Spurs to Liverpool, Connor Wickham has chosen Sunderland. If Bruce works on his all-round game, then a glittering future lies ahead. But should he only play to his strengths we should all be worried…

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Football

Kell Brook Beats Lovemore N’Dou And Proves He Can Upstage Naseem

As the latest Brendan Ingle disciple to promise greatness, Kell Brook showed this evening by beating Lovemore N’Dou that he is ready to step up to world level

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Football

6 Reasons Why Ashley Young Should Have Chosen Liverpool Not Manchester United

So the coveted England winger has plumped for Manchester United but here’s why he should have chosen Liverpool and will live to regret his decision.

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Football

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling And 4 Other Stars Of The U-17 World Cup

Liverpool’s Sterling has been on the radar for a while now, here he features alongside four other players to watch, get excited about and then sign on Football Manager…

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Music

Kasabian’s Tom Meighan on Oasis, N.W.A, Michael Jackson and Hoverboards

The Kasabian frontman shakes off the effects of stardom and remembers fighting, drinking, and listening to rap as a kid in Leicester

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Football

Neymar: Have Real Madrid Signed The New Pele?

He’s been heavily linked to Chelsea but the latest news suggests Brazilian forward Neymar has joined Real Madrid. Here’s why they call him the New Pele…
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Football

5 Reasons Why Liverpool Will Take Arsenal’s Place In The Top Four

Liverpool are flashing the cash, Arsenal are signing yet more wonderkids and the baying mob are on Arsene’s back…

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Football

Forget The Fee, Liverpool’s Signing Of Henderson Makes Football And Business Sense

Every pundit worth no salt have had a go at the fee, but Liverpool signing Henderson makes perfect sense for a variety of reasons

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Football

Manchester United vs Barcelona: How It Happened

I had no intentions doing this live blog of Manchester United v Barcelona, then some dodgy meatballs and an inspired tweet by the gaffer made me think again…

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Football

George Groves Achieves Sainthood, Is It time For James DeGale To Play His Wild Card?

A cracking fight saw the two bitter rivals separated by only two points, George Groves will wake up this morning looking for a world title shot, but should James DeGale be looking to follow Amir Khan west?

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Football

RIP Macho Man Randy Savage: The Memories Of A Lonely 11-Year-Old Boy

Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage died yesterday in a car crash, when I was an 11-year-old, he unknowingly helped me through a lonely period…

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Football

James DeGale Is British Boxing’s Next Superstar

James DeGale and George Groves have shaken hands and said that the winner will get the whole purse, here’s a look at why I think he’ll be our next superstar…

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Football

Meet British Boxing’s First Female Superstar

Since taking up boxing five years ago, Natasha Jonas has a handful of titles, is in pole position for the Olympics squad and thinks that Amir Khan and Frank Warren are chauvinists…

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Football

Arsenal Should Sign Papiss Cissé To Be The New Thierry Henry

Arsenal need to buy spirit, grit and a top centre-half. Yet strikers really fire the imagination, and the free-scoring Cisse would suit their style down to the ground…

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Football

The Genius Of Seve Ballesteros: Five Brilliant Moments

On his knees, in the trees, in a car park or stranded in a bunker 250 yards away, it never mattered to Seve Ballesteros, he’d always find a way out…

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Football

Goodbye Seve Ballesteros: The Original Rock N’ Roll Golfer

The flowing hair, the megawatt smile, the ridiculous shots, the Slazenger jumper, the pumped fist. No one can match Severiano Ballesteros.

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Football

Real Madrid Should Sack Mourinho, Sign Tevez And Liberate Ronaldo…

Apart from Iniesta’s pass, there was nothing classic on show last night at the Camp Nou. Yes, Barcelona again demonstrated that they are the best footballing side of the last decade and yes, they again proved that they are not beyond reproach when it comes to diving, feigning and moaning. But it is Real Madrid who have problems.

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Football

Amir Khan Should Watch Mayweather, Forget England And Move To Welterweight

The farcical bout against Paul McCloskey aside, Amir Khan should forget England, study the Pretty Boy and move up a division quickly…

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Football

Liverpool Don’t Need Europe And Mancini Is Man City’s Biggest Problem

The 3-0 thrashing by Liverpool of Man City last night was perhaps unexpected, but when you look at the merits of passion over money and positive thinking over negative tactics then it really wasn’t a surprise…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week In The Premier League

Following a mid-season break with the mute button on, I cranked up the volume and got Robbie Savage talking about Joey Barton when the real focus should’ve been on the latest round of howlers by referees…

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Football

Douglas Costa Isn’t The New Paul Scholes But Manchester United Should Sign Him Anyway

Despite some patchy form in Ukraine for Shakhtar, the performances of Douglas Costa in The Champions League have highlighted why Manchester United have spent three years chasing ‘the new Ronaldinho…’

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Football

Barcelona’s Jeffren Is The Winger Liverpool Need To Provide Ammunition For Andy Carroll

With the big man starved of decent service so far, the priority for Liverpool this summer is to buy width. They could do a lot worse that start with Jeffren…

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Football

John Terry Spits As England Outclass Wales

What was touted as a battle of the historical rivals turned into a training exercise as England beat Wales 2-0. You did see John Terry spit on the floor, didn’t you?

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Film

Jamie’s Dream School, Week Four: The Classics

Poetry and Latin might spell disaster, but despite some early reticence things take an upward turn. Then Cherie Blair is seen and the air of positivity begins to dissipate…

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Football

Liverpool Should Move Mountains To Sign River Plate’s Erik Lamela

He might not yet have the global profile – or indeed €50m price tag – of compatriot Javier Pastore, but the news that Liverpool have joined Barcelona in the race to sign River Plate’s Erik Lamela should get the Kop jumping…

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Football

Champions League? You’re Having a Laugh

After far too long spent in the armchair with only the odd pricey jaunt to Anfield, a journey to a Ryman League local derby between Tonbridge Angels and Maidstone United got my stepson and I bouncing…

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Football

Cricket World Cup: England Do It Again

And by do it I mean win and drag me back in when I’d sworn I was going to forget all about it. If England do get in the Super 8s they had better sort it out, I can’t cope with much more of this…

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Film

Jamie’s Dream School: Week Three

Week three and despite it being clear that the children have issues, the real problem is the shock and awe editing of Channel Four

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Football

Match Report: Barcelona 3 – 1 Arsenal

We all might have hoped for an Arsenal victory, but the performance of Barcelona defied logic, physics and the dispassionate Sky commentary…

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Football

The Blizzard: A Football Magazine For The Thinking Fan

As the craving for quotes by the nationals reaches fever pitch, a group of respected football writers have joined forces to produce a leftfield football magazine for fans sick of the cult of celebrity.

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week In The Premier League

Rooney swings the elbow for Man United and Ashley Cole goes back to being a gunner, but West Ham and Birmingham remind us that romance is not dead…

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Football

Orient, Man United, Man City, Crawley: Good Week/Bad Week In The FA Cup

The O’s provide the magic, Bebe and Anelka weigh in with the tragic and everyone seems to hate Crawley manager Steve Evans …

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Football

How King Kenny Gave Liverpool Their Groove Back

Six weeks ago Liverpool were a laughing stock, but the return of Dalglish has united fans, galvanised players and forced the rest of the league to take stock…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in The Premier League

Just in case you missed it, Wayne Rooney scored a screamer on Saturday. But it came off his shinpad, right? Pity none of the press cared to mention it…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in The Premier League

Chelsea fans get a new banner, Arsenal go mental, Wolves bite back and two-men curse the fact they aren’t there…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in the FA Cup

Torres wants out, ITV uses messrs Coleman and Hughton to talk about football and I’m ready for a rampage. I’ll apologise now…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in the Premier League

As the commerciality of the game continues to stick in the collective craw, a timely reminder of why we love it sprung from an Under 9′s training match and some beautiful football across the leagues…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in The Premier League

For the first time in ages I actually watched MOTD. Thank god for Carlos Tevez, otherwise I might have done myself an injury…

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Football

Good Week / Bad Week in the FA Cup

It’s time for Torres to cheer up or leave, why Robbie Savage is a plank and how Sven got Leicester dancing the La Bamba…

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Football

The Ashes, Fifth Test, Day Five: And The Winners Are.

After six weeks of plenty of wine, no women and enough baccy, biscuits and beer to keep a small band of sailors happy from here to the Cape of Good Hope, England have won The Ashes 3-1 in Australia.

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The Ashes, Fifth Test, Day Four: On The Brink

3 more wickets to win the Ashes and send Australian cricket into the age of introspection. Just hurry up about it…

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Football

The Ashes, Fifth Test, Day Three: Who’s The Daddy?

My bunker has been invaded, Cook has broken more records and Johnson continues to sling rubbish…

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Football

The Ashes, Fifth Test, Day Two: Bat Country

The painkillers are sending me doolally, Hasselhoff makes an appearance and Athers seems to have something to say about Bumble…

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Football

The Ashes, Fifth Test, Day One: In The Pink

Australia may be a busted flush and England dominant, and I did think about jacking it all in and forgetting about it. But we’ve come so far together…

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Music

2010: The Days the Music Died

Not a definitive list by any means, but here’s a tribute to five artists we lost in 2010 and have been part of the soundtrack to my life…

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Football

The Ashes, Fourth Test, Day Four: Gone Drinking

I’ve lived every ball, shouted at every bad call and have generally welded myself to this Ashes series like a wannabe WAG to a conference right-back. There might be one more test, but tonight is for celebration.

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Football

The Ashes, Fourth Test, Day One: Something In The Air

Win this test and retain The Ashes, it’s that simple, and it would also mean I could get a decent sleep pattern in 2011. To all the England bowlers, come here and gizza kiss…

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Football

The Ashes, Fourth Test, Day Two: Hot To Trott

This was Test cricket in all its absorbing glory. England soaked up the pressure, Australia bowled with heart and discipline and Ricky Ponting blew his stack…

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Football

The Ashes, Third Test, Day Four: Drowned and Out

The fourth test starts at midnight tonight, I’ll be up with a bottle of port and a turkey leg for company, here’s a reminder of how the third test finished.

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Football

The Ashes, Fourth Test, Day Three: The End is Nigh

We’re nearly there, but a chance meeting with some ice has left me one hand down. At least I still have my mind and spirit, unlike Ricky Ponting. Four more wickets to retain The Ashes.

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Football

Amir Khan Comes of Age in Sin City

Ever since he turned professional, Amir Khan has had to put up with a lot of criticism. Whatever happens from here on in, his performance against Marcos Maidana has answered every question asked of him and then some.

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Football

The Ashes, Third Test, Day Three: Gone Fishing

Not only are they back, but Australia have England bent over and are thundering to completion. Its like the 90s all over again.

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Football

The Ashes, Third Test, Day Two: Guess Who’s Back?

MItch returns from the wilderness, Ponting is now officially finished as a batsman and the sledging has gone into overdrive. Game on…

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Football

The Ashes, Third Test, Day One: Pressure Drop

Boycott gives everyone both barrels, Ponting fails again, a giant is on the march and my sleep pattern and marriage are in deep water…

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Football

The Ashes: England Greatest Xl v Australia Greatest Xl

As England and Australia prepare to lock horns in what could prove a vital third test, I drove myself insane delving into myriad statistics to compile the greatest ever Xls in the history of The Ashes.

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in The Premier League

Tevez wants out and Mike Ashley has tightened his grip on the puppet strings. But the juggernaut keeps on trucking…

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Football

The Ashes, Second Test, Day Five: Swann Necks the Aussies

Dame Edna, Ned Kelly, Mark Webber, Men at Work, Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Rupert Murdoch, your boys took one hell of a beating…

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in the Premier League

I’ve had to make the decision to steer clear of prawn sandwiches, Nasri is inviting comparisons with Zizou and Roberto Mancini is going to dust off his boots…

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Football

The Ashes, Second Test, Day Four: Heart Attack Online

Although the image alone could cause a mass outbreak of coronaries, it’s not the grinning mug of Piers Morgan that led to the headline. Nope, it’s his big, fat, mouth…

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The Ashes, Second Test, Day Three: Punter’s Pundits

Another night of controlled dominance by KP and co led to a deluge of analysis from sofas and commentary boxes the world over. It’s bad news for Ponting…

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The Ashes, Second Test, Day Two: The Cook Report

Well wasn’t that a treat? Cook looks imperious, the Aussies can’t bowl and KP has entered stage right. Barmy Army indeed…

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The Ashes, Second Test, Day One: Beer and Gloating in S.A

After three days of relatively normal sleep, the dog and I returned to the sofa. Ponting’s angry, Jimmy’s swinging and a girl from Massachusetts is involved…

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Good Week/Bad Week in The Premier League

How the Premier League bared its teeth and why it’s not all shits and giggles if you’re owned by a billionaire.

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Football

The Ashes, First Test, Day Five: Mitchell’s Misery

With honours even on a dead pitch, we move onto Adelaide. Will Ponting drop Johnson? is Alistair Cook really that good? And what will Boycott have to say about it?

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Football

The Ashes, First Test, Day Four: Warne’s Whopper

I’ve been watching England play cricket for 28 years and I’ve got the mental scars to prove it. Never have I seen an opening pair crush an Australian bowling attack with such ruthless efficiency..

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Film

Breaking Bad: Your Next DVD Box Set

You’ve finished The Wire, Sopranos and Mad Men is coming to an end. For your viewing pleasure check out this brilliant US series about a chemistry teacher cum meth dealer.

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The Ashes, First Test, Day Three: Haddin’s Hour

Oh what a night. I will never get the seven hours back that I’ve just spent watching Australia grind England into the dust. Two days to save a draw is not what I signed up for…

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The Ashes, First Test, Day Two: Botham’s Fury

I’ve managed not to spontaneously combust but Botham is ready to kill. Ponting’s gone, Bumble’s eyebrows are going wild and Hussey is on the march…

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The Ashes, First Test, Day One: Siddle Strikes

England and Australia might be mid-table in global cricket, but nothing gets me going like The Ashes. Here’s to 25 sleepless nights and a decree-nisi.

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in the Premier League

All predictions have now been thrown out of the window in the Premier League, but a chance meeting with a hero of Leeds’ title winning team of 1991-92 raises questions about the January transfer window.

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Film

Sidekick Simon: An Appreciation

When it was announced that Alan Partridge was to return we got just a little excited, we just didn’t expect him to be upstaged by a stoner from the fens.

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Football

Good Week/Bad Week in the Premier League

Roy Hodgson and Roberto Mancini are drinking sarsaparilla in the last chance saloon, Chelsea look anything but butch and Gerard Houllier is doing it for the kids.

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Football

Good Midweek/Bad Midweek in The Premier League

The world awaited, the nation expected and Manchester crackled with venom. Then the whistle blew, and all we got was 90 minutes of nothing.

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People

Father’s Day Gallery

We wouldn’t be here without our dads so we opened up the space for readers and writers to say thanks to their dads.

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