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Book Review: The Acid Test by Clyde Best

In April 1972, history was made at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham United played Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham manager Ron Greenwood, who later gave an international debut to England’s first black player, picked three black players for the first time in English football. They were Bermudan forward Clyde Best, Nigerian born US striker Ade Coker, who scored that day, and Canning Town-born full-back John Charles. The Acid Test is Best’s autobiography. The title coming from an anonymous letter sent to h

Book Review: The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

First published in 1846, The Double tells the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, a Saint Petersburg bearcat. Golyadkin’s behaviour is rather antisocial and his doctor encourages him to put himself about more. After leaving a party in rather acrimonious circumstances, he finds himself in a snowstorm and meets a man who looks just like him. They also share the same name. The two figures referred to by Dostoyevsky as Golyadin Sr, the original and Golyadkin Jr, the titular double, start off as cl

Book Review: Farewell My Colony by Todd Crowell

Todd Crowell is a journalist who has worked in Hong Kong for Asiaweek. He wrote Farewell My Colony to chronicle the experiences of the last years leading up to the handover. It is an eye-opening book, chronicling the hopes and fears of both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps as well as the UK and People’s Republic of China. The book takes you through interviews with locals, legislators in both camps whom Crowell had lunch with, and gives a comprehensive telling of Chris Patten’s democrati

13 Must-Watch Sports Films

Billions of people around the world love watching films of all kinds of genres. Films about sports or sportsmen and women are often hailed as classics. In this article, I look at 13 sport-related films which you should watch if you get the chance. This article does not include documentaries but does include docudramas. A working-class boxer who is a debt collector in Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), suddenly gets a chance to take on world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl

Glasgow stabbing: Police confirm identity of the man who went on deadly rampage

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Police in Scotland have named the attacker who went on a rampage at West Geroge Street on Friday. The 28-year-old from Sudan was shot dead by police after injuring six people. The police said: "The identity is based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year. "Poli

Coronavirus map LIVE: US reports almost 46k COVID-19 cases in one day - Highest day rise

The Government is expected to include Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands and Finland. Portugal and Sweden are not expected to make the cut. But Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis this morning pushed back against the July 6 date, suggesting it could take weeks for his country to safely establish an air bridge with Britain. He said the Greek Government was working closely with health experts to devise a plan to kick-start the country's tourism indus

China bombshell: Expert says country must be ready for ‘mid-sized war’ against India

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Two weeks ago, clashes in the high altitude Galwan Valley left 20 Indian soldiers dead with unconfirmed reports of Chinese casualties. Qiao Liang, a retired air force major general and military theorist, wrote on WeChat the chances of an all-out war were low but China needed to be more prepared.

North Korea bombshell: Experts reveal how Kim Jong-un maintains life of luxury

Kim Jong-il launched the organisation in 1974. The organisation is particularly useful given that North Korea is limited by sanctions. David Maxwell, a retired US Army Special Forces colonel and North Korea expert, told the New York Post: “Where do you think Kim gets his cognacs, Mercedes and Rolex watches? “All the money to buy that stuff comes from Office 39.” It is believed the official name is Central Committee Bureau 39 of the Workers' Party of Korea, but it has been referred to as Room 39

London horror: Two stabbed in street in Clapton - armed police rush to scene

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The incident is believed to have taken place at Clapton Common. Two people were found injured, but their condition is not currently known. MPS Hackney tweeted : “We were called at 23:20hrs to reports of a stabbing near Clapton Common, E5. “A man was arrested at the scene and taken to a nearby po

UK weather forecast: Flooding fears as torrential rain to savage Britain

The rain will be heavier in the north. The south will mainly encounter showers. A Met Office meteorologist said: “Chilly start to Sunday morning, outbreaks of heavy rain across north and the west of the UK. “A rainfall warning in force right through Sunday and into Monday, risk of flooding throughout the day as we go through the day in places.” There are three yellow flood warnings in the UK on Sunday. These are for northwest England, northwest Scotland and west Northern Ireland. All three a

Princess Beatrice reunites with her mother for heartwarming gesture

Beatrice appeared to read The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton on the segment Storytime with Fergie and Friends. Her mother, Sarah Ferguson expressed her delight at the appearance with her introduction. Sarah said: “I cannot thank you enough for doing this for your mummy. “This is so incredible and you’re just so beautiful and I look at you reading the stories and I just go I mean I’m the luckiest person alive to have two of the most beautiful girls. Beatrice then said: “Welc

Local lockdown fears for Leicester after coronavirus infection spike

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The East Midlands city saw an extra 658 cases in the fortnight leading up to June 16. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is said to be reviewing legislation and daily reports from the city. Sources told the Sunday Times he is “quite worried” and considering “all options”. There are re

Book Review: Life According to Freddie Flintoff

Life According to Freddie Flintoff sees Flintoff discuss quite a few aspects of his life. He talks about growing up in Preston playing cricket and chess, his cricket career, his time as a boxer, his media work, his showbiz work, family life and life in general. It is quite honestly, a gripping and captivating read. Flintoff is brutally honest about himself and at times, downright hilarious. Particularly amusing is a prank involving an alarm clock he plays on David Lloyd whilst on tour in Pakis

SpaceX SHOCK satellite launch delayed to allow for more Falcon 9 rocket checks

A launch of the Starlink satellites and two BlackSky satellites had been due to take place from Florida tonight. A new date has not yet been set. SpaceX tweeted: "Standing down from today's Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. "Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range." The ‘Range’ is understood to refer to the Eastern Range. This is part of the United States Space Force and oversees launches

Boris Johnson boost as new poll shows steep drop in Starmer support

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Boris Johnson’ s net favourability is now at six points, an increase of two. The Tories are now leading in Westminster voting intention with 43 percent of the vote. Labour are second with 36 percent, with the Tories gaining one point and Labour losing one from a fortnight previously. The Liberal

Coronavirus map LIVE: Study sparks alarm bells - as death toll sees spike of 186

As a result, it is not possible to draw conclusions from the data about the prevalence of the complications highlighted in the study. Benedict Michael, the lead author of the study from the University of Liverpool, said: “There have been growing reports of an association between COVID-19 infection and possible neurological or psychiatric complications, but until now these have typically been limited to studies of 10 patients or fewer. “Ours is the first nationwide study of neurological complicat

Liverpool’s Liver Building on fire shortly after firework seen striking building

The Liver Buiding on the VE Day anniversarry We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. It is unclear what caused the fire but the Liverpool Echo report it began on one of the balconies as crowds gathered to celebrate Liverpool FC winning the Premier League and that fireworks were seen striking the building. Liverpool Football Club , Mer

Coronavirus resurgence can be tackled by ‘local reaction’ claims West Midlands Mayor

Andy Street, a Tory, made the comments on BBC Newsnight. Mr Street has been in the role since May 2017. He said: “At the beginning of this pandemic, the West Midlands was particularly badly affected. “You look at the graph of how this disease has travelled through the West Midlands, it’s much much more steep up, it’s also steeper down than the national average. “That reflects the fact that once the lockdown came the compliance here was very good and actually there’s now a tail of new cases that

Melania Trump bombshell: New book claims first lady could be ‘the end’ of Trump

Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan spoke to 100 White House insiders for ‘The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump’. Sources have told CBS News that Donald Trump originally offered the position of Vice-President to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but the offer to the now-former Governor was later withdrawn. Mr Christie said of Mrs Trump: “This is not some wallflower; this is somebody who is self-confident and self-assured. He adds people who claim Mrs Trump does not love h

Prince William backs campaign to end illegal wildlife trade - ‘Abhorrent Activity’

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) estimates the industry is worth between £5.6billion and £18.5billion annually. Alongside William’s United For Wildlife organisation, the FATP have written a report providing guidance to help prohibit money laundering from the trade. In a video message, William said: “The work that has been done will help authorities trace the finances of the transnational organised crime gangs that facilitate this abhorrent activity. “It underlines the need for us to work
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