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By rights, your friends should never write books, principally because when they do you're a) expected to read them, and b) say exceedingly nice things about them. Which means you often have to lie. Which in the long run is no big deal, but if you know a lot of writers, that's an awful lot of lying.

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Andrew Perloff, the eccentric chairman of Panther Securities, is known for his forthright opinions, which included predicting the financial meltdown. In the property group's full-year results yesterday, he vented fully in a section appropriately titled "Chairman's Ramblings". Mr Perloff aired his opinion on subjects from BP and bankers, to an anecdote about George Best, only failing to reveal how they related to his company.

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Any difficulties with the spoken word would in the long run be dwarfed by his football knowledge

Ryan Giggs voted Manchester United's greatest ever player

Sir Alex Ferguson can see just why Ryan Giggs has been voted the greatest player in Manchester United history - even though the man himself cannot quite believe it.

Coldest December on record puts brakes on start of the big getaway

December 2010 is "almost certain" to be the coldest since records began in 1910, according to the Met Office.

Best's cup medal sells for £156,000

George Best's European Cup winner's medal sold at auction for £156,000 yesterday.

Ian Holloway: Too many will end up like George Best

Football has a real problem with morality and the game has a duty to stamp out culture of excess

Ryanair boss blames delays over Belfast airport pull-out

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary today blamed government delays over approving a controversial runway extension for his decision to pull out of George Best Belfast City Airport.

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