Jose Mourinho will not give up on the title, insists former Chelsea goalkeeper

first_imgFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini insists that Blues manager Jose Mourinho will not surrender the Premier League title easily despite their poor start to the season.Chelsea have taken just four points from their opening five games, including successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton, and already sit 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.The Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime in a crucial game, and Cudicini believes Mourinho and the team still have the capacity to defend their crown.“We all know him [Mourinho] and that’s hes not giving up yet. There’s obviously a bit of a gap to try and get back,” the 42-year-old told the Sports Breakfast.“It’s a long season and it’s only just started, but the quicker the team responds to this start to the season, then there’s more of a chance to catch up with the other teams.”Chelsea have an excellent recent record against the Gunners, failing to suffer a league defeat against Arsene Wenger’s side since October 2011.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Harry Redknapp rules out Aston Villa move and urges club to hire lower league coach

first_imgHarry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job, but believes the club should take a gamble and hire one of the many talented young coaches outside of the top level.Redknapp’s name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and Nigel Pearson as potential replacements for Tim Sherwood, who was sacked as boss this weekend after a run of six straight defeats left Villa at the foot of the table.Ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde has also emerged as one of the favourites for the position, but former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp believes there is a host of untapped talent in the lower divisions of English football who would relish the opportunity.“It’s a fantastic football club but I wouldn’t see myself getting that job,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be difficult for me now, but it’s a great job for somebody. There are managers in the lower divisions, when are they going to get a chance?“How are they ever going to manage at a top level unless they get their team promoted? If you’re managing in the Championship, the only way you’re going to get into the Premier League is if you take your team up.“There are loads of lads down there who could do the job, they just need the opportunity.”The Villans have endured a dreadful start to the season, claiming just four points from their opening ten games, after a torrid summer which saw key trio Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar depart for pastures new.But despite a weakened team, Redknapp believes the squad is talented enough to beat the drop again for a second successive year.“It’s going to be a great job for whoever gets it. It’s all there for somebody to have a real go and make a success of it, even though they have lost some key players.“It’s very difficult when you lose key players and you can’t replace them. Even Manchester City look a different team without Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.“You still feel, though, that there’s enough there for Villa to stay up this year, and then hopefully you’ll get a bit of backing in the future and take the club forward again.”last_img read more

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner expected to miss England friendlies with hamstring problem

first_imgLiverpool midfielder James Milner is expected to miss England’s friendlies with Spain and France after sustaining a hamstring problem.The 29-year-old was forced off after an hour of Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan in Russia after taking a knock to his leg.As a result he was left out of Liverpool’s team to face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday – the first time he has missed a Premier League match for the club he joined in the summer.It is now most unlikely he will join up with the national team later this week ahead of the trip to Spain for Friday’s match in Alicante.Liverpool have already had issues with England this season after youngster Jordan Rossiter returned injured from under-19 duty having played three 90-minute games in six days.It led to manager Jurgen Klopp complaining about the treatment, saying: “These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses we get horses.” 1 James Milner last_img read more

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‘I can’t even remember what Abou Diaby looks like!’ – Reaction to former Arsenal midfielder’s injury return

first_img1 Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is about to make his first appearance in 506 days for Marseille.The 29-year-old left the Gunners in the summer after playing only 125 times since arriving in north London in 2006.Following his move to France, Diaby broke down in training resulting in a further seven months in the treatment room, meaning he is yet to play for his new club. However, he is finally fit and in line to make his debut in the French cup against Trelissac on Thursday.See below for the best reactions to Diaby return from injury (and some predictions of how long it will last!) Abou Diaby last_img read more

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Huck and Stuff

first_imgMeanwhile, the front-runner (Rudy Giuliani) has so separated himself from Christian conservatives that they’re making noise about running a third-party alternative – a Naderlike vote-grabber who would all but assure a Hillary Clinton presidency. But if the GOP runs on Bush foreign policy and liberal social policy, it’s destined for a well-deserved landslide, anyway. It’s hard to imagine that Huckabee has the wherewithal to save the party this time around, but he does have the right idea. Tennie Pierce, time to move on The Daily News headline was one most of us could agree with: “Tennie Pierce: `Justice wasn’t done.”‘ Indeed, justice was not done in the Tennie Pierce case. A prankster walked off with $1.4 million plus a pension as the result of a prank no more harmful than the ones he routinely played on his fellow firefighters. All because Pierce, who liked to call himself “the big dog,” was treated to a few bites of dog food. Getting past the GOP’s hucksters Newt Gingrich may be out of the 2008 presidential race, but another Republican Southerner is picking up where he left off – trying to give the GOP a clean break from the Bush administration. That would be Mike Huckabee, the second-most famous native of Hope, Ark., and a long-shot candidate in the GOP primary. Huckabee probably lacks the resources and the name recognition to get elected, but unlike the front-runners, he seems to understand that running on the Bush legacy (and Bush foreign policy) is no way to win the general election. In a recent speech, Huckabee said the Bush administration ignores peaceful options to resolve problems with Iran, trusts the Saudis too much, and has allowed Pakistan to go soft in the War on Terror. This is pretty tame stuff, but the fact that it seems controversial points to how little the front-runners have sought to separate themselves from the president. Of course, when Pierce speaks of the lack of justice in his case, he doesn’t mean the way he fleeced the taxpayers of Los Angeles. He’s feeling sorry for himself. He thinks that – in his seven-figure settlement – he somehow got a bad deal. If that’s so, he should have taken his case to trial, where a jury would have laughed it out of town. Tennie, you’ve got your money. Do yourself a favor, and disappear from the scene. Don’t hang around and kvetch about how badly you have it. That’s just doggone poor form. Savage intolerance In the battle of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vs. Michael Savage, it’s hard to know whom to root for. For the uninitiated, Michael Savage is the living, breathing embodiment of liberals’ worst nightmares about talk radio. The guy is a vitriolic bomb-thrower, mean-spirited and vicious. That he said some pro-immigration activists on a hunger strike should “fast until they starve to death” may be outrageous, but it’s pretty much par for the course in the Savage Nation. So it’s curious that this particular comment should be the one to arouse such consternation. And one wonders whether the San Fran supes, who last week passed a resolution condemning Savage’s remark, really have nothing better to do than denounce a talk-radio host. Worse, though, is the language of the supervisors’ pious anti-Savage resolution, which boasts of how San Francisco “values the dignity of all its residents,” and brags of its “tolerance.” Oh, please. This is the same city that subsidizes the grotesque Folsom Street Fair – a public S&M display that’s a grandiose insult to human dignity, and which, this year, ran an ad mocking Christ and the Last Supper. Plus, just 18 months ago, these same self-righteous politicians condemned a Christian youth rally in their city as “fascist.” So much for tolerance. Savage deserves a condemnation, but then, the San Francisco supervisors do, too. Truth be told, Savage and the supes really deserve each other. L.A. County seal, SCOTUS-bound? The valiant souls who have been fighting for the restoration of the original Los Angeles County seal think they might get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. I wish them well, but I’m not optimistic their effort would succeed. Had the county not caved in to the ACLU – that is, had it kept the original seal – and had the ACLU taken the matter to trial, the county would have won handily. The seal never conferred any kind of religious endorsement; it merely acknowledged that Christian missionaries settled the Los Angeles area. Like the name “Los Angeles,” the old seal pointed to our region’s religious heritage without establishing anything close to a state religion. But the county didn’t fight, opting to surrender to the ACLU, and that has created a much more complicated case. Anti-religious thinking likely influenced the supes’ decision to remove the seal, but short of reading minds, how could that ever be proven in a court of law? And while the Constitution doesn’t preclude the county from including a cross on its seal, it certainly doesn’t require one, either. The irony is that when the supes voted to kill the cross, they said they were saving the taxpayers’ money – never mind that changing the insignia on every county vehicle, form, letterhead, etc., would cost $700,000. That was a pittance, they said, compared with what it would have cost in legal expenses to defend the old seal. But now they find themselves spending untold millions – they refuse to disclose how much – to protect their new, politically correct seal. So they’ve saved the taxpayers nothing, while creating needless controversy and insulting the intelligence of every one of us forced to foot the bill. Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Schiff stands firm

first_imgDemocratic support wavered Wednesday for a resolution declaring as genocide the World War I killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. Political leaders from both parties warned of strained relations with modern Turkey – whose aid the U.S. needs in the Iraq War. But the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said there was still support for the resolution despite defections. “We have a very tough fight because we have the Turkish lobby and all the money it has spent to persuade members against this resolution,” said Schiff. His non-binding resolution would officially recognize the mass killings of an estimated 1.6 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as an act of ethnic cleansing. The bill passed a key House committee last week and Speaker Nancy Pelosi had vowed to hold a vote on the issue within a month. But since then, several Democratic co-sponsors have withdrawn their support, citing Bush administration arguments that its passage would endanger national security by alienating NATO ally Turkey. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After the bill’s passage through committee, Turkey threatened to deny the U.S. military access to its Incirlik Air Base, a key resupply point for U.S. troops in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Pelosi showed signs of doubt about the measure’s prospects Wednesday, telling reporters on Capitol Hill that whether or not the bill will come up for a vote “remains to be seen.” Schiff said he is still gauging support for the measure in the House following the defection of at least nine co-sponsors and criticism by fellow Democrats including Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida and John Tanner of Tennessee, who urged Pelosi not to move forward with a vote. The Turks argue that the deaths did not constitute ethnic cleansing, but resulted from the forced relocation of Armenians, many of whom sided with the invading Russian army during the war. Schiff has been in close contact with Pelosi’s office about the bill’s prospects, but he has not been contacted by President Bush, Hastings or Tanner on the issue, the congressman’s office said. Bush has called Pelosi’s office though, asking her to reconsider bringing the measure to a vote. “One thing Congress should not be doing is sorting out the historical record of the Ottoman Empire,” Bush said during a news conference. He called the resolution “counterproductive.” Schiff suggested the president’s presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama on Tuesday – in defiance of protests from U.S. trading ally China – and his opposition to the Armenian resolution together constituted a double-standard. “We can’t be selective about when we speak out on human rights, or when we speak out against genocide,” said Schiff, who shepherded the bill through the House International Relations Committee in 2005 only to have it stalled under the then-Republican-led Congress. The movement of Schiff’s bill could not have come at a worse time for relations with Turkey. Unlike China, Turkey is a U.S. ally in the administration’s war on terror, said Steven Cook, a fellow with the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations. “If you look at Turkey and draw lines out from Ankara (the capital), you can see that Turkey sits at the center of certainly some of our most important foreign policy concerns,” said Cook, author of a book on military and political developments in Turkey. “And relations with Turkey have already been damaged by the war in Iraq.” Turkish restrictions on U.S. use of its air bases or airspace would not compromise the supplying of U.S. troops, but would certainly make it more difficult, Cook said. Pentagon officials have said they are already making contingency plans for supplying U.S. troops via alternate routes. But Schiff’s resolution could have additional, less tangible repercussions, Cook said. “U.S. defense contractors could lose contracts with Turkey and U.S. corporations would have a harder time doing business there,” he said. Turkey already suspended relations with France after that country’s recognition of the Armenian killings as genocide. Cook also said that the bill could cause a nationalist backlash in Turkey against ongoing dialogue about the Armenian Holocaust, which has been recognized by Turkish Nobel Prize winner and author Orhan Pamuk. At the same time, it could make it more difficult for the U.S. to persuade Turkey against further military incursions against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, a move which the Turkish parliament approved on Wednesday. Despite the intense pressure from Turkey, the Bush administration and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Schiff’s bill is still “in good shape,” said Zanku Armenian, a board member of the Armenian National Committee of America’s Western Region. He accused Turkey of threatening to endanger U.S. troops while trying to influence government policy and freedom of speech in the United States. “Are we going to speak our minds and the truth about a genocidal crime, or are we going to give in to threats from a country that so far has proven itself too immature to deal with its own history?,” said Armenian, who noted that the U.S. invasion of Iraq took place despite Turkey’s prohibition on the use of its airspace. As to the timing of the resolution, Schiff said that argument has been made before. “We tried to advance this resolution before the war in Iraq, before Afghanistan and before 9/11 and we were told it was not the right time,” Schiff said. “This is obviously a very inconvenient truth. But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, `It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.”‘ Before Schiff’s bill, the last time a local politician had stirred up such an international furor was when former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian visited Cuba in 1996, said Caltech politics professor Michael Alvarez. “And that was much more localized,” said Alvarez, noting that Schiff likely has more Armenian constituents than any other member of Congress. “I certainly can’t think of anything else by a local legislator that has had such broad implications.” What is the controversy? Historians have estimated that more than 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923. Armenians have long contended the mass killings amounted to genocide. Turkish officials admit that hundreds of thousands of Armenians died when the Ottoman Empire forced them to relocate from Eastern Anatolia during World War I. But they deny the deaths amounted to ethnic cleansing and insist the relocations were a necessity during a time of war, when many of Turkey’s Armenian citizens sided with the invading Russian army. A nonbinding resolution by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, would for the first time require the federal government to recognize the Armenian Holocaust as a genocide. But the legislation is facing defeat thanks to strong opposition from legislators from both parties and the Bush administration, who argue the bill will result in the U.S. military’s loss of access to important Turkish bases and will make it difficult to persuade Turkey to stop military incursions into Iraq’s Kurdish-controlled north. Wire reports contributed to this story. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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MAN BEHIND DONEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ‘JAILED’ OVER FIRE REGULATION BREACH

first_imgA BUSINESSMAN behind a series of Donegal property developments was briefly jailed today for breaches of fire regulations – before being fined and given a suspended prison sentence.Tom McFeely was placed in custody pending sentencing for breaches of regulations in a Dublin apartment complex.The director of Coalport Ltd later received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a maximum €3,000 fine. His former partner Laurence O’Mahony received a one-month suspended sentence and €1,000 fine.Dublin District Court heard of fire safety breaches at the Priory Hall apartment complex, including a lack of automated opening vents in common areas, a lack of ventilation in the basement car parks and exposed gas pipes.Counsel for Dublin City Council said evidence from the fire officer showed that defects had not been remedied despite six separate undertakings by Mr McFeely since December 2009.Defence counsel said his clients did not have enough time or money to complete the works.He said the High Court had ordered similar works at another apartment complex in Clondalkin, which cost €97,000 and for which Mr McFeely received a conviction.The Irish Nationwide Building Society had a profit-sharing agreement in the Priory Hall development but had failed to provide funding for the works, he said.Imposing sentence on the defendants as legal owners of the complex, Judge James P McDonnell said evidence showed that it was not built in accordance with planning permission, which he said ‘seems to indicate an attitude which is a begetter of the problems they now face’.McFeely, a former IRA hunger striker from Co Derry, had extensive property interests in Co Donegal over the years.He refused to speak as he left court today.MAN BEHIND DONEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ‘JAILED’ OVER FIRE REGULATION BREACH was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GOVT MUST ALLOW FREE TRAVEL ON BUNCRANA-DERRY BUS ROUTE – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has said it is unacceptable for Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to refuse to permit use of free travel passes on the Buncrana to Derry Bus Route, previously operated by Lough Swilly.The Lough Swilly bus is no more.The Donegal TD was reacting to news that McGonagle coaches of Buncrana were told by the Department of Social Protection that they would be given no subsidy in order to accept travel passes.Deputy McConalogue commented, “It is a ridiculous decision by the Department not to offer a subsidy to the new Buncrana-Derry route. We now have a number of qualifying pensioners with virtually worthless travel passes because of the Government’s refusal to pay the companies who have taken over the routes from Lough Swilly. “Pensioners depend on these local routes and the Buncrana to Derry route is of particular importance locally. With many of our pensioners having worked in Britain for a number of years and returning home in later life, the majority of their pensions are paid into banks in Derry.“The fact that the subsidy has not been offered to McGonagle’s has increased fears about the proposed review of the free travel pass. The review has created increased anxiety among older people in Donegal, who depend on it to go about their daily lives. It is an essential support which helps them live independently and any attempts to change or tamper with the travel pass will not be tolerated”.“The Minister must recognise what the loss of the free travel passes means to elderly passengers in Inishowen and an allowance has to be made”.GOVT MUST ALLOW FREE TRAVEL ON BUNCRANA-DERRY BUS ROUTE – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalLough swilly buslast_img read more

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MASSIVE FAMILY FUN DAY TO CELEBRATE OFFICIAL OPENING OF COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN SUPERSTORE

first_imgA massive family fun-day has been organized to celebrate the official opening of Cooneys Home and Garden Superstore. The family fun-day events starts tomorrow (SAT) at 12-noon and will finish at 4pm.Absolutely everyone is invited to attend the event, which promises to be a great day for all the family. To mark the official opening,young Ciaron Cooney, son of Gary the proprietor of this fantastic new retail outlet will officially open the retail store at 1pm.It’s going to be a real family fun day and for the kids Minnie and Mickey Mouse will be there as will be Sponge Bob and Minions.There will be stilt-walkers, fire performers, face painting, DJ, and weather permitting a Bouncy Castle.There will be numerous give-a-ways and prizes on the day so make sure you come along and joint in the celebrations and refreshments will be served. Cooneys Home and Garden opened their doors on Friday morning last and since then countless people have visited it.Great credit has to go proprietor Gary Cooney and to each and every member of staff and all the people who worked tirelessly to bring what was an empty 35.000 sq ft space less than fifty days ago to what it is today.Of course there are some things that have to be tweaked and with stock arriving daily for various departments the final pieces of the jigsaw are being put in place at Letterkenny’s newest superstore.There has been fantastic customer feedback from the opening weekend and with the Christmas countdown already underway those who visited the store were in awe with the Christmas Shop the likes of which has never been seen before anywhere in the country.It is truly magnificent and the layout, themes and stock has to be seen to be believed. Of course Cooneys Home and Garden is not just about Christmas and numerous loyal customers to Gary’s Pet World over the last twenty years were there in numbers to see this section for their pets that has been incorporated into the new outlet.The new look Gary’s Pet World is bigger and better than before yet retaining the name which has been and will continue to be a household one throughout the North-West and even further afield in the years to come.The Homeware section of the store also attracted much interest because of the fantastic range of stock available at unbeatable prices as did the Giftware and Workwear areas where again all stock is displayed and laid out in a very customer friendly way.Another beautiful feature of the new store is the way in which the Greeting Cards and Party Wear area has been incorporated into it. This is another section of the outlet that is going to be extremely busy with cards and accessories for every birthday and indeed all occasions.Although for many of us it is not Gardening weather there are those who keeps their green fingers active all year round and for them at this time of year there is everything you could ever need in this comprehensively stocked end of the store.Just wait and see what Cooneys Garden Centre will have for you come spring!Furniture has been arriving on a daily basis since the opening on Friday last so you will be spoiled for choice when you come along and view the beautiful range of furniture available for your home.For over twenty years Gary’s Pet World and Garden Centre was one of the most renowned retail outlets in the North West.And after only a week at Letterkenny Retail Park, ”Cooneys Home and Garden ”which incorporates Gary’s Pet World and much more is certainly attracting many customers.And there is every reason to suggest that this new megastore will soon establish itself as one of the leading outlets of its kind in the entire North-West and indeed even further afield.So each and every one of you is welcome to come along tomorrow Saturday to join in the fun and games that get under way at 12-noon until 4pm and for the cutting of the tape for the official opening at 1-o-clock.Congratulations and best wishes to Gary, his family and staff on this fantastic new venture.MASSIVE FAMILY FUN DAY TO CELEBRATE OFFICIAL OPENING OF COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN SUPERSTORE was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessCooneys Home and GardenFeaturesnewsofficial openingSuperstorelast_img read more

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Shearer: ‘Hopeless’ Newcastle are going down ‘without a fight’

first_img Newcastle were beaten again at the weekend and look set for relegation 1 Newcastle legend Alan Shearer says his former club are ‘hopeless’ and are going down ‘without a fight’. The Geordies lost again at the weekend and their chances of staying up now look very grim. Rafa Benitez’s side are six points adrift of Norwich, who occupy 17th – the last safe spot. But Shearer’s main gripe is the manner in which they capitulated against Southampton. Shearer told The Sun: “If Newcastle are going down, they could at least go down with a fight.“At Southampton on Saturday they showed no fight at all until it was obvious they could not win.“They were hopeless for the first 45 minutes and by the time they did improve slightly in the second half, it was already too late.“I saw the match on TV at Augusta, where I have been out to watch The Masters this weekend.“As you would expect, I got plenty of stick, with Nottingham Forest fan Lee Westwood popping in and shouting across the room ‘Can you sort me tickets for Newcastle-Forest next year?’”last_img read more

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