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Pout People!

Dec
16

A statue of Rebecca Hughes was built in the Centre for Journalism newsroom earlier today after it was revealed that Hughes successfully managed to “pout”.

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Refused asylum seekers

Dec
16

Did anyone hear about the man who stitched his mouth shut to avoid being sent back to Iraq? This treatment of rejected asylum seekers is horrific. Clearly people who beat themselves unconscious and stab themselves in the stomach (same article) have a reason to be afraid of being deported.

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Old Boys Return to Hamper Chelsea's Title Ambitions

Dec
15

Chelsea missed out on the chance to go top of the Barclay’s Premier League this afternoon after drawing 1-1 with Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham.

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Outrageous, extraordinary, astonishing, brilliant?

Dec
14

I was all prepared to write a lovely blog on how Lewis Hamilton is an incredible sportsman and totally deserved to be given the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but had to change my carefully composed plans when his name was read out in the runner-up position. I, to be honest, was astonished. In fairness, Chris Hoy is a more than deserving winner, probably won't have a more astonishing year, it's an Olympic year so it should be an Olympian, and a genuinely nice guy.

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January striker transfers

Dec
13

It is that time of year again where football managers delve in to their pockets and pick out who they feel could add a certain reliability or panache to their squad in the January transfer window. With Manchester City's billionaire Arab owners, Abu Dhabi, expecting to provide significant outlay for possible purchases, the blue half of Manchester are anticipated to be the biggest spenders with world stars including AC Milan's Kaka, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Chelsea's John Terry all rumoured to be joining Eastlands.

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Eyes on '09

Dec
13

No-one could have predicted the events of 2008, but The Economist's predictions for next year (the world in 2009), got me thinking: what will be the big stories next year? And beyond that, what are the most important stories to me that will be taking place in the coming 12 months?

For me, the biggest story will be taking place almost twelve months from now, in Copenhagen.

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Flight map

Dec
13

This is an animation showing all the commercial flights taking place on earth over a 24-hour period.

It's 72 seconds long (quite boring) but if you grab the tab and move it you can see how the concentration of flights changes with the movement of the sun across the earth's surface.

Geeky, I know, but fun.

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International intervention

Dec
12

With the UK opposing European intervention in the Congo, amid increasing calls for intervention to depose Mugabe, the question I want to ask is: in what circumstances, if indeed there are any, is international military action against sovereign states justified?

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The Smiths: Return of the charming men?

Dec
11

For you old lecturer croneys out there (naming no names Ian and Richard) :)...

The Smiths have a lot to answer for in music. If not just for Stephen Patrick Morrissey's (or Morrissey as he is better known) hair, vulgar nylon shirts, dubious dancing and discordant vocal, but their ability to stand out from the crowd upon their inception.

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Robbie Back for Good? But will Gary Take That?

Dec
11

Take That's reunion in 2005 has marked a rejuvenated renaissance for the boy band. Since reforming, Gary Barlow and company have managed three UK #1 singles and two UK #1 albums in Beautiful World and The Circus (with the latter currently top of the UK album chart on debut entry) and are enjoying a peak in their pop career.

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