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Bevan knows I’m miserable now
July 7, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment
Bevan knows I’m miserable now

I still have debts from a decade ago when my wife’s mother had to undergo treatment for cancer in a country that doesn’t have free-to-access health care. My wife spent most of the first two years of our marriage over there nursing her, while my part-time wage, credit cards and personal loans were stretched to pay for treatment.

Thursday Night Fever
June 6, 2017 – 8:05 pm | No Comment
Thursday Night Fever

Sometimes I have imaginary arguments while walking to work in which I come up with amazing ripostes to win the argument in no uncertain terms. Occasionally this is muttered out loud instead of inside my head and I get caught unawares by someone silently overtaking me, and I have to hope they think I’m using one of those bluetooth earpieces, so rather than being a lunatic I’m just a twat.

Truth, Justice and the Football Fan’s Way
May 2, 2016 – 12:46 am | No Comment
Truth, Justice and the Football Fan’s Way

Some level of justice was finally delivered last week to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster; victims that included those who lost their lives at a football match 27 years ago and those who still …

A home without a family is just a house
April 5, 2016 – 12:36 pm | One Comment
A home without a family is just a house

Sadly it now seems more and more likely to me that rather than serving as an inspiration for football fans who are fed up of feeling powerless in the corporate world of modern football, the legacy of this Mancunian adventure will be one of deeply disappointing yet wistfully avoidable failure.

Leighton to follow example of FC United chief
April 1, 2016 – 12:01 am | No Comment
Leighton to follow example of FC United chief

Following the news that FC United bosses want to investigate their own fans for criticising the club’s hierarchy, several big names are now also considering action against football supporters.

Everywhere we look there are flowers…
October 26, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
Everywhere we look there are flowers…

For those unwilling to add their explicit or implicit support to the uncritical assertion that our soldiers always fight for noble causes, it seems there’s little room to actively share in the sentiment ‘lest we forget…

Debt, Democracy, Disillusion
July 10, 2015 – 10:29 pm | No Comment
Debt, Democracy, Disillusion

So the bloody lazy Greeks expect us hardworking northern Europeans to pay for their lavish lifestyles? Well let me tell you, a debt is a debt and that has to come first. There’s nothing more …

Strike a light…
July 9, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment
Strike a light…

As the country prepares for the widespread horror set to be wreaked by selfish public sector workers, the wonderful British media are gearing up for what they do best.

batten down the hatches
January 5, 2014 – 8:41 pm | One Comment
batten down the hatches
War…what is it good for?
November 8, 2013 – 8:50 am | 2 Comments
War…what is it good for?

It’s that time of year again when everywhere you look people are wearing poppies. Well, they are if you’re always watching telly.

Stickin’ it to the man
September 12, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment
Stickin’ it to the man

It might only be a small or childish victory, like sticking a ‘love united : hate glazer’ sticker to a dibble’s back – which is literally stickin’ it to the man, even if it’s a woman – and it doesn’t even have to be done for any important cause, we can still enjoy it.

Democracy, what is it good for?
September 4, 2013 – 1:59 pm | 3 Comments
Democracy, what is it good for?

Cameron wanted his own moment of warmongering history, as if he had spent the last decade secretly admiring Blair’s darkest legacy, but mostly because of that legacy, he didn’t get it (at least not yet). …

Progress isn’t yours
June 28, 2013 – 9:07 am | No Comment
Progress isn’t yours

The capitalist rulers we live with now would rather subject the next few generations to lives of misery, and drive us all over the cliff, than give up the hold over us they have through low wages and debts.

The box-office fascist and a proud Roker roar…
April 2, 2013 – 9:16 am | No Comment
The box-office fascist and a proud Roker roar…

Sunderland’s appointment of self-proclaimed fascist Paulo Di Canio isn’t being wholly accepted with the ‘roll over and get on with it’ spirit that the club’s board were hoping for. ‘As long as he wins games …

Music, film and foreign food at Course You Can Malcolm…
March 28, 2013 – 9:22 pm | 2 Comments
Music, film and foreign food at Course You Can Malcolm…

An unassuming room tucked away in the top right corner of the MRE is the place to be once again before Bank Holiday Monday’s crucial game against Stocksbridge Park Steels. If you pass the unflinching …

From New Liberals to Neo-Liberals
December 29, 2012 – 6:24 pm | 2 Comments
From New Liberals to Neo-Liberals

By David Bardsley
In January 1906, a Liberal government was elected by a landslide with a parliamentary majority of 125 seats after 11 previous years of Conservative rule. The party contained many advocates of ‘New Liberalism’, …

They need their bloody heads knocking together them two…
November 20, 2012 – 8:11 pm | No Comment
They need their bloody heads knocking together them two…

Israel v Palestine eh? What a rivalry that one is! Two sides exchanging blows like prize fighters. I wonder which one will come out on top… proper edge of the seat stuff. But wait, this …

Pussy Riot
July 31, 2012 – 11:45 am | No Comment
Pussy Riot

Interesting stuff going on in Russia at the moment, with all-girl Punk band Pussy Riot standing trial for playing what the state seems to agree was a blasphemous gig in a church. They’ve been kept …

Stealing Time
July 17, 2012 – 10:55 am | 4 Comments
Stealing Time

I love time; it’s the best thing we’ve got, mainly because we don’t have enough of it. I hate work, which probably isn’t the worst thing we’ve got, but it does take away our time.

It’s the Euros!
June 7, 2012 – 10:28 am | One Comment
It’s the Euros!

Sandwiched between the Jubilee and the Olympics, this weekend sees the start of Euro 2012 (formerly  known as The European Championships for all you nostalgic ‘you can’t run a snickers’ romantics), in which Team GB, …