Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday
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Thursday 29 July 2010
Everyone dies, don't they – but not everyone lives," said Dan, the subject of Alastair Cook's film The Men Who Jump Off Buildings. If you had to devise a bumper sticker to promote suicidal recklessness that would do the trick, wouldn't it? It sounds plausible enough, relegating all those of us too sensible to launch ourselves off the Trellick Tower at four in the morning to mere zombiedom. It's the sort of slogan that you need to see flashing past you in the fast lane, though, because any kind of tailback would give you too much time to question its essential premise. You might, for one thing, want to ask exactly what kind of definition of "living" was proposed here. Dan – compulsively addicted to base jumping – seemed to acknowledge at one point that it was a slightly desperate, compensatory one. "Base jumping gives me enough excitement to carry on with this," he explained, smearing tar on to a roof while doing the job that pays for his parachute. Is that really a life though – in hock to boredom for the occasional 45 seconds of terrifying adrenalin?
Tuesday 13 July 2010
Midge Ure: Co-wrote the 1984 Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas? and helped to organise Live Aid
Thursday 08 July 2010
Lord Foster has pointed out that he is not a nom-domiciled UK resident and has never sought "non-dom" status, his letter setting out his position is here.
Tuesday 22 June 2010
Monday 21 June 2010
The Football Association last night rejected reports that senior figures in their organisation believe Fabio Capello will quit if England fail to reach the last 16 of the World Cup, sparing them the public backlash at paying up the final two years of his £4.8m-a-year contract if he was sacked.
Friday 04 June 2010
Coventry's Ricoh Arena has been chosen as the Midlands' venue to host football matches at the 2012 Olympic Games. The arena, which boasts a capacity of 32,500, was chosen ahead of bids from Birmingham's St Andrew's stadium, Leicester's Walkers Stadium and Derby's Pride Park. The decision follows a lengthy selection procedure by the London 2012 Organising Committee and comes after Villa Park was ruled out due to planned redevelopment work.
Friday 28 May 2010
Alex Horne has been appointed general secretary of the Football Association on a permanent basis as a successor to Ian Watmore, who walked out as chief executive in March.
Thursday 27 May 2010
Alex Horne has been appointed general secretary of the Football Association on a permanent basis to succeed Ian Watmore, who walked out as chief executive in March.
Sunday 23 May 2010
They will be nursing a few sore heads along Blackpool's Golden Mile this morning, and with good reason. Blackpool's promotion to the Premier League is a romantic tale to warm the most jaded of hearts, and they did it in some style. As the announcer at Wembley stadium yesterday said: "The tangerine dream has become a reality."
Sunday 09 May 2010
Wednesday 28 April 2010
More than two million indecent internet images of children were circulated by 100 child sex offenders convicted in the past 20 months, an NSPCC investigation found.
Monday 19 April 2010
A new pitch is being laid at Wembley following criticism of the playing surface there, with work commencing yesterday. It is the 11th new pitch since the stadium reopened in 2007.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
Wembley officials have called a meeting with pitch experts on Monday to try to solve the crisis over the playing surface.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'