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Real want Spurs boss Pochettino; fans want Liverpool’s Klopp; Balague eats himself

The BBC says Real Madrid are no longer interested in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Sky Sports adds a little more: “Real Madrid end interest in Mauricio Pochettino, says Guillem Balague.” Ah, him. Balague is the expert … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, June 2018 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports, Spurs | Comment

Stanley Nelson’s film shown to all Starbucks workers – both racist and non-racist

When Starbucks stores closed for racial training – half a day training adults not to be bigots – staff watched this video by Stanley Nelson. Called The Story of Access, here … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, June 2018 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

Transfer balls: Arsenal have £88m for Dembele; Liverpool have tea with his mum

Arsenal are using Borussia Dortmund as a feeder club, chasing the German side’s former star Ousmane Dembele. The Gunners want the forward to play with his former teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, June 2018 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Media still gunning for Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling

Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling is a “great example” to us all, says England manger Gareth Southgate. His tattoo of a gun is no-one’s business but his own. … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, June 2018 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment

John Prescott is a Clint Eastwood look alike

In the Times news that Hollywood politician and actor Clint Eastwood looks a lot like John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister:



Clint Eastwood, of course, only pretended the punch people in … (read more)

Posted: 1st, June 2018 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment

Man jailed for pooing in hole on children’s golf course

To Wales, where a man was filmed on CCTV pooing into a hole on the children’s pitch-and-putt golf course, Parc Coed Helen in Caernarfon. The Cambrian News says Philip Blakemore, 22, … (read more)

Posted: 31st, May 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Zidane leaves Real Madrid; Spurs fret over Pochettino; Wenger hopeful

Zinedine Zidane is leaving Real Madrid boss, going out on an almighty high after leading the to a third straight Champions League triumph. He says the club needs “a different … (read more)

Posted: 31st, May 2018 | In: News, Sports | Comment

Jeremy Corbyn has “antisemitic views” says Jewish expert

The Mail’s photo choice is interesting


Jeremy Corbyn has “antisemitic views”. So says Jonathan Arkush. Arkush is the outgoing president of the board of deputies. He says the … (read more)

Posted: 31st, May 2018 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Raheem Sterling: Sky Sports joins The Sun in monstering the Manchester City striker (again)

Raheem Sterling’s tattoo continues to make news in the Sun (prop. R. Murdoch) and on Sky Sports (prop R. Murdoch). Manchester City striker Sterling has told everyone why he’s got … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2018 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Liege: biased reporting and Benjamin Herman’s last words

Two of the victims


How important is the fact that Benjamin Herman screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he murdered Soraya Belkacemi, Lucille Garcia and Cyril Vangriecken in the Belgian … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

Transfer balls: Alisson to Liverpool for £52m, to Manchester united for £88m and Karius to Italy

Loris Karius has been offered the chance to join Italian third-division side Rimini FC. The Italian club will provide a safe space for the Liverpool keeper. At Rimini the 24-year-old German will “rediscover … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2018 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Transfer balls: Manchester United have cool £120m for Bale who won’t laugh at Spurs

Two spots of Transfer Balls on the BBC’s clickbait football pages. First up the news that Manchester United “will offer” Real Madrid 140m euros (£121.8m) for the brilliant Gareth Bale. … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2018 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comment

‘Role Model’ Raheem Sterling should stick to junk food, gay bashing and gambling

Some news that the FA has a Code of Conduct for England players and that Manchester City and England striker Raheem Sterling might have fallen foul of it on account … (read more)

Posted: 29th, May 2018 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, Manchester City, Sports | Comment

Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo: Manchester City striker is the tabloids’ favourite target

It’s the lead news story on Sky News and the Sun: Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling has a tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his right leg. … (read more)

Posted: 29th, May 2018 | In: Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Mutiny festival deaths: test drugs, supply free water and stop blaming victims


Tommy Bakeer’s father does not want his son’s death to be forgotten. Both Tommy, 20, (aka Tommy Cowan) and Georgia Jones, 18, fell ill at the weekend’s Mutiny Festival in … (read more)

Posted: 28th, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

Transfer balls: Arsenal move to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal are closing in on Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The fee for the 29-year-old in the final yea of his Dortmund contract: £16m. With the imminent arrival of Stephan … (read more)

Posted: 28th, May 2018 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Spider-Man of Paris Mamoudou Gassama wins French citizenship

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, saw a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony. So he scaled the building to rescue him. It was 8pm on Saturday in northern Paris.


Les héros ne portent … (read more)

Posted: 28th, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

Princess Diana’s ghost has Harry and Meghan’s lives all planned out

Right it is that we finally get to hear from Princess Diana. For some months we’ve been told by experts that Diana “would have” been delighted with Harry for marrying … (read more)

Posted: 27th, May 2018 | In: News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment

Mutiny festival cancelled as failed drugs policy linked to two more deaths

Two people are dead at the Mutiny Festival. The BBC says they died “after falling ill”. Ebola?  Something from the Russian act’s smoke machine? Drugs? The dead are an 18-year-old woman … (read more)

Posted: 27th, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

Transfer Balls: Joe Hart to Manchester United unless Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea get there first

Spare things are not as good as the first choice stuff: second homes, the assistant manager, that old spare mobile with the crack in the screen that might be useful … (read more)

Posted: 27th, May 2018 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Gareth Bale gives Liverpool and Spurs fans something to remember


Liverpool tyro Mohamed Salah was injured in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Talks is of a suspected dislocated shoulder. He was hauled down by Real captain Sergio Ramos … (read more)

Posted: 26th, May 2018 | In: Key Posts, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Transfer balls: Arsenal sign Stephan Lichtsteiner (on Wikipedia)

Arsenal are making moves to sign Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The 34-year-old Swiss is out of contract very soon. Lichtsteiner, who joined Juventus from Lazio in 2011, has played 250 times … (read more)

Posted: 26th, May 2018 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer balls: Costa’s £39m reasons to join Manchester United


Did you know Manchester United are “willing” to splurge £79m on Douglas Costa, the Bayern Munich forward? The BBC says they are. That’s a lot of money for a player … (read more)

Posted: 25th, May 2018 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Barcelona break contract for life as Andres Iniesta joins Vissell Kobe

Andres Iniesta has left Barcelona to play for Vissel Kobe. The Japanese club is owned by the Crimson Group.

On October 6 2017, Barcelona gave Iniesta a contract for life, stating:
Andrés … (read more)

Posted: 24th, May 2018 | In: Sports | Comment

Unai Emery commits Arsenal to aggressive, entertaining football


The Guardian was live blogging Unai Emery’s fire press conference as Arsenal manager. Arenal fans were invited to watch it via the club’s website. But the paper can add a bit … (read more)

Posted: 24th, May 2018 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment