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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Dubai rape case: Norwegian woman receives 'pardon' after being jailed

Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv's sentencing to 16 months last week caused outrage in the West

Without Hope: England were knocked out at the group stage of Euro 2013

Hope Powell to be passed over for elite women’s role, says Sir Trevor Brooking

Hope Powell’s position as the England women’s team coach, which has come under intense scrutiny since the dreadful showing and early exit from the European Championship finals in Sweden, may not be at immediate risk.

Kristian ‘Varg’ Vikernes was jailed in 1994 for murder and burning down churches

Musician and 'Anders Breivik sympathiser' Kristian Vikernes arrested in France for 'plotting massacre'

Authorities 'intercepted violent comments' on messages transmitted by Vikernes on the internet

Shady Norwegian valley town Rjukan lit up for the first time by mirrors in the mountains

Up until this year, residents of the small Norwegian industrial town of Rjukan who wanted to catch a few rays between September and March would have to catch a gondola first. Nestled deep in a valley, no sunlight reaches the streets during the long winter.

Youths at the opening of Norwegian Labour Party's Youth Organization (AUF) (Workers' Youth League) camp on Gulsrud camp

In the shadow of Utoya: Norway’s youth reclaims the idyll stolen by Anders Breivik

Two years ago the country’s worst ever mass-murderer turned a bucolic island into a bloody graveyard. Now, those he injured have returned

Jim Armitage: Politicians put all eggs in one basket on energy

It's really little wonder fracking is such a big deal for our political leaders. Because they some years ago bet our energy future on the hissing stuff when deciding on the next generation of electricity power stations.

One in 25 Buglarians and one in 100 Romanians are actively looking for jobs in Britain next year when they will gain the right to live and work in this country

Young people in the UK spend more time unemployment than their counterparts in Europe, says OECD

Young people in the UK spend more time out of work or on the dole than their counterparts in other western countries, according to an influential report out today.

Glenn Hoddle believes changes need to be made should he take up a role with the England Under-21's

Glenn Hoddle not interested in England Under-21s role unless changes are made to selection policy

Hoddle believes the FA need to allow best players to go to major tournaments if he is to have any interest should Stuart Pearce leave

Glenn Hoddle

Harry Redknapp gives backing to Glenn Hoddle to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach

The Young Lions endured a disastrous European Championships

The England Under-21s lost all three of their matches

Three straight defeats for the England Under-21s: What went wrong? What can be done?

Steve Tongue, who has covered all four of Stuart Pearce's tournaments over the past six years, reports from Israel

Stuart Pearce says it's time for the players to accept their share of responsibility

Israel Under-21s 1 England Under-21s 0 match report: Stuart Pearce rounds on players as Israel inflict final insult at European Championships

And so the final humiliation. What is expected to be final act of Stuart Pearce's reign with the England Under-21 team was another deserved defeat and with it their worst ever performance in the finals. Only Israel themselves, who somehow qualify for Eurovision Song Contests as well as European football, have previously ever returned 'nul points', which they did in the 2007 tournament. Back in those days Pearce's England pups were regarded as brave fighters who only lost the semi-final in one of the longest ever shoot-outs. From reaching the final two years later, his sides have regressed to tonight's low point.

Stuart Pearce in contemplative mood

Stuart Pearce’s final act is to give next batch of England Under-21 kids tournament experience against Israel

Coach of eliminated Under-21 side to play youngsters available for next tournament

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce’s job is on the line

David Bernstein admits England Under-21 selection policy left manager Stuart Pearce in difficult position

FA chairman wants a review of why so many players were lost to the England senior side

England’s Wilfried Zaha has been ‘outstanding’ in training

European U21 Championship: Stuart Pearce sweating as reign reaches breaking point

Under-21s must see off Norway in stifling heat to avoid exit and keep their coach in his job

Stuart Pearce has a ‘burning ambition’ to win the tournament

England will never win the World Cup unless drastic changes are made warns Stuart Pearce

The Under-21 coach tells FA to make changes

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