Diary of a cricket obsessive
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Thursday 15 January 2009
Saturday 10 January 2009
With their name of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the 1960s hitmakers were never going to have much credibility, but they made some of the most enterprising and entertaining records of the era, including "Hold Tight", "Zabadak!" and "The Legend Of Xanadu".
Sunday 04 January 2009
Folk seems far too quiet, cosy and small a word to comprehensively sum up the eclectic and exuberant big band sound made by the English group, Bellowhead.
Wednesday 24 December 2008
Britain is facing the first serious flu outbreak for nine years, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) warned yesterday. Figures released yesterday show a 75 per cent rise in people consulting doctors with flu-like symptoms compared with the previous week.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008
Two pensioners murdered in their home were battered to death, it emerged today.
Monday 10 November 2008
Daily aesthetic delights are all around us, if only we have the energy to take pleasure in observing them. It is as easy for food to be a pleasure as not, and a fresh apple can offer more enjoyment than many a pretentious £40 supper. If you stop to observe the typeface, say, that this, or anything else you read today is printed in, you will see that somebody once designed it. They took immense care to make the different letters of the alphabet harmonise with each other, and to give some pleasure to the eye. It is all a matter of paying attention.
Sunday 21 September 2008
The sleeping Bears have awoken. Or at least, at the first time of asking under Ashley Giles, Warwickshire have shaken themselves from their self-inflicted torpor.
Saturday 16 August 2008
The number of court orders granted to mortgage lenders, allowing them to repossess the homes of customers who have defaulted on their loans, rose by more than 12 per cent between the first and second quarters of the year, breaking through the 30,000 mark for the first time since the housing crash of the early 1990s.
Wednesday 02 July 2008
Richard Ashcroft and co stroll on stage and launch into the muscular "A New Decade", from their second album, A Northern Soul. Picking up an acoustic guitar, Ashcroft dedicates the second song to his father, and suddenly we are in familiar territory: "Sonnet", from the bands career-defining third album, Urban Hymns. Ashcroft is soon enveloped in a huge sound as Nick McCabe's FX-laden guitar and Peter Salisbury's relentless drums kick in.
Tuesday 01 July 2008
Away from the high-rolling mainstream of Group One wins and priceless pedigrees, the rewards for perspicacity can, relatively, be as sweet. A week today, the value of one man's good judgement – backed up by a little luck – will be tested under the hammer in a Newmarket auction ring.
Sunday 06 April 2008
The seeds of Robert Mugabe's hatred of the British may have been sewn in the heavy-handed way ministers treated his first wife's claim for residency in the United Kingdom while he was serving a prison sentence in Rhodesia, newly released secret documents reveal.
Monday 31 March 2008
Archaeologists have begun a historic dig which they hope will unravel the ancient mystery of Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain.
Monday 31 March 2008
Life assurer Friends Provident today said it had rejected a revised £3.5 billion offer from private equity firm JC Flowers.
Saturday 29 March 2008
While some rain is generally welcome at this time of year you can have too much of a good thing and tomorrow's Old Surrey and Burstow at Penshurst, in Kent, is subject to a 2pm inspection today.
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student