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Andrew Martin

Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.

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Irritations of Modern Life 10: Televised Sport In Pubs

I REALISED the extent of the televised-sport-in-pubs disease about a year ago when I walked into my local to find the entire clientele watching a bodybuilder in sparse underpants who was flexing his muscles and mincing around to an anonymous piece of heavy metal. "A good performance from the Finn, there," breathed the commentator when the man eventually finished.

Real Living: Man's World

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Football: pounds 10m bid for Yorke rejected by Villa

ASTON VILLA continued to shrug off the unwelcome advances of Manchester United for Dwight Yorke yesterday, after they rejected what they have described as United's second and final faxed offer of pounds 10m for the striker.

Football: Wilson on warpath

DANNY WILSON, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, has denounced speculation linking him with a player-plus-cash move for Nottingham Forest's Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Football: Villa say pounds 10m for Yorke `too low'

ASTON VILLA continued to shrug off the unwelcome advances of Manchester United for Dwight Yorke yesterday after they rejected what they have described as United's second and final faxed offer of pounds 10m for the striker.

A bloke writes: The barber, my father and a short back and sides

MY FIRST haircuts took place in a north of England barber's shop, where the burble of Jimmy Young could always be heard from the trannie. I waited with my father on a row of wooden chairs, he having taken the Sporting Life from the magazine rack and tossed me a three-year-old Beano. Then one of the two barber's seats would become vacant, the barber would thrash at it with his white towel to clear away the hairs, and I'd nervously step forward.

Football: Charity and faith is Vivas' hope

NELSON VIVAS is expected to make his debut for the Double winners Arsenal against Manchester United at Wembley today as the Charity Shield announces the beginning of the new season for the elite clubs.

Would you trust this man with your crisps?

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Football: Anger at 'crazy' ticket allocation

AFTER the roar of Lens, the silence in St Etienne may be just as deafening, with a mere 2,049 tickets allocated to England fans for Tuesday's second-round meeting with Argentina.

Come on baby, do the locomotive

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