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Confusion over Pietersen's England captaincy role

Jan
07

Breaking news (10:30 AM - LAST UPDATED: 12:07 PM):

KEVIN PIETERSEN'S reported resignation as England cricket captain this morning, has been quashed by the England Cricket Board (ECB), according to Sky Sports News sources.

The 28-year-old South African born English middle order batsman had initially been reported to have stepped down from his role following ongoing speculation about his future as captain. 

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Sexual bullying: a testament to our times?

Jan
06

Normally the ramblings of my nan have no particular significance or effect on my life, however this one struck a chord as it is an issue which may effect my baby sister. Now if you know me well, you will know that I do not react well to things which could hurt her and this is why the increasing amount of sexual violence and bullying in schools has me concerned.

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Video journalism map

Jan
06

Press Gazette asked me to take look at the state of video journalism on regional newspaper web sites for a piece in its latest issue. (It ain't pretty, generally speaking - although I can't link to the piece directly because of PG's rather 1990s practice of not posting magazine content on its web site). To tie in with the piece, I've created an interactive Google map designed to highlight some of the good video stuff that's being produced by newspapers around the world.

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Gaza and herding tigers in dense fog

Jan
04

Finding thoughtful news about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is harder than herding rabid tigers in dense fog. The temptation to give up is powerful, which is why many people in the UK imagine this is a simple case of good versus bad. A lesson I learned while working in the region is that some (not all) of the best commentary and analysis is written by journalists who live there. I turn to two English language titles in particular: the Lebanon Daily Star ( www.dailystar.com.lb ) and the Jerusalem Post ( www.jpost.com ).

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Last-Gasp Clarke Punishes Wasteful Chelsea

Jan
03

Peter Clarke produced a 90th minute equaliser for Southend to earn them a shock FA Cup Third Round replay with Chelsea.

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Anthr nw yr rslshn

Jan
03

Now that I am suitably recovered from the over-indulgence of the past two weeks, I have made a New Year resolution to provide you with some variation from the tedium of speed building and have now got as far as the second revision exercise covering Teeline B (see Module notes).

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Don't blame me

Jan
03

I ask for a little sympathy at the start of next term, as the chances of me being able to confidently write 60wpm in shorthand or to have read all the politics books by the 19th of January are increasingly looking quite bleak. 

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New Year's Resolutions

Jan
01

On the table there is a large box of Thornton’s chocolates. Everyone knows I’m a chocoholic. In fact chocolate and a cup of tea is often my solution for life’s little problems. 

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Keyboard practice

Dec
31

Since purchasing my Yamaha YPT-200 keyboard on Monday and not a day's playing of the keyboard since Year 9 in Music, I have managed to learn some chords and catchy melodies. I listened to the songs carefully and worked out the chords and notes myself, because no song book will give you any great songs to practice and then I started playing.

Amazingly, I can now play a few tunes, well some quite well and others needing a little tweaking.

But: I can play some of the following, some near-perfect, others with the odd mistake in the note.

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Scolari Must Carry the Can Heading Into the New Year

Dec
31

Things are not going quite as Luiz Felipe Scolari had planned when he took up the Chelsea manager’s job in June.

After a blistering start to the campaign that saw his side bang in the goals and lap up the plaudits, matters have taken a turn for the worse.

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