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A brief introduction to the Love our Colleges campaign.

The 17th October will mark a day of lobbying for colleges, organised by the Association of Colleges (AoC). So what exactly can you expect? Education unions are organising a march on the Houses of Parliament from Pall Mall. Principals, staff and students are expected to arrive in Westminster from 10am and the Methodist Central Hall for registration with the march expected to begin at 1230. This is likely to be followed by speeches and meetings with MPs. AoC staff will spend the latter part o

Book Review: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (25th Anniversary Edition)

Translated into 37 languages, Wild Swans tells the story of 20th Century China from the last days of Imperial China to the Japanese Occupation, Civil War, Revolution and post Mao era. Jung Chang narrates the biographies of her grandmother, Yu-fang, her mother Bao Qin and herslef. It begins with the tale of how Yu-fang was married off as a concubine to a high ranking general, and eventually married a doctor in Manchuria. Bao Qin joins the Communist Party at the age of 15 and eventually meets W

Match Report: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United

Sadio Mane scores twice at Anfield as West Ham slump to a deserved defeat in Manuel Pellegrini’s first competitive match. Liverpool started the game with impetus, enjoying the lion share’s of possession. A last-ditch nudge from Michail Antonio denied Roberto Firmino a clear opportunity to open the lead, with the Reds buffeting the West Ham box with a plethora of crosses. Another last-ditch tackle from Anderson was required after a rapid level break from a corner. It was one of the crosses th

My Cricket World XI

Over the years, several cricketers have captured the imagination of the public. In this article, I list my personal cricket World XI based on players who played the game when I was most in tune with the going-ons of the game. They are several top players who just missed the cut and perhaps on another day I would choose differently. Ali Cook faces the first ball of the game. England’s all time leading Test run scorer, Cook burst on the scene in 2006 recording a half-century and a century in hi

16 most iconic Cricket Grounds in the world

Cricket is one of the world’s oldest sports and one steeped in tradition and heritage. Hundreds of grounds have hosted international and domestic cricket at the top level of the game but a select few stand out among the rest as being the most iconic. From vibrant colour to historical moments, I’ve picked out 16 of the most iconic in the world. Located on one of the most important ports in the West Indies, St. John’s is noted for its’ hard and dry pitch which favours batsmen. Several of the W

The history of the Cricket World Cup: 1979

The second installment of the World Cup may have seemed liked Déjà vu. The format of the tournament was unchanged from the previous installment in 1975 and it was once again hosted by England using the same six grounds as before. England as hosts automatically qualified alongside fellow Test nations Australia, West Indies, India, Pakistan and New Zealand. South Africa were still under a sporting boycott at the time. Prior to the tournament which began on the 9th June, England also hosted the

The history of the Cricket World Cup: 1975

English sports fans don’t have to wait that long for one of the nation’s favourite games to come home. In May 2019, England will host the Cricket World Cup. In this new series, I’m going through the history of every single Cricket World Cup to date. Despite the sport having a long history dating back centuries, its premier world championship is just 43 years old. This comes from the fact One-Day Internationals are still a young invention with the first 130-odd years of international cricket be

AC Milan’s European ban overturned by Court of Arbitration for Sport

AC Milan have had their one-year ban from European competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Uefa had banned the Italian side last month for failing to meet licensing and financial fair play regulations. The seven-times European champions had failed to break even after spending £200 million on players last summer following a £648 million takeover by a consortium led by Li Yonghong. Uefa’s FFP regulations were brought in to avoid such scenarios and prevent clubs racking up hu

England to warm up for Ashes with four-day Test against Ireland

Joe Root and England played Ireland in a one-day series in May last year. The teams will meet in a four-day Test next July DAN MULLAN/GETTY IMAGES England will play Ireland in a four-day Test match next July in what will be the first meeting between the two sides in the format. The match, which will take place at Lord’s from July 24 to July 27, will be England’s final Test before the Ashes begin with Australia visiting Edgbaston on August 1. The Test against Ireland will also take place ten d

How far will each Premier League club travel in pre-season? (Data)

Pre-season offers Premier League clubs the chance to go on lucrative tours around the world in a bid to expand their fanbase and, perhaps more importantly to them, their brand. Plenty of air miles will be racked up in the process — Chelsea will travel to Australia to take on Perth Glory, Manchester United take on the San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara, California, while Southampton have already completed a trip to China. But not every club are looking for destinations far and wide — Leicester

Oxlade-Chamberlain may not play this season, says Jurgen Klopp

Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up the injury during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma Phil Noble/Reuters Liverpool’s optimism at agreeing a world record £66 million fee for the Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker was tempered today by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss the entire season during his recovery from a knee injury. Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, said it will be a “bonus” if the midfielder appears competitively in 2018-19, but Liverpool today insisted O

Felipe Anderson joins in record transfer

25-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson has finally completed his much-anticipated move to West Ham. He joins from Lazio for a fee of £36 million, which could rise to £41.5 million. Anderson spent time at several different clubs as a youngster including Coritiba but found himself at Santos at the age of 14. Anderson would break into the first team in 2010, around the same time as Neymar and Ganso. Injuries met his made his debut in October 2010, appearing as a late substitu

Fabian Balbuena: Corinthians captain in Hammers switch

West Ham United have today confirmed the signing of Paraguayan defender Fabian Balbuena from Corinthians for an undisclosed fee. Balbuena, 26, who has played seven times for his country, featuring in the squads for the 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America Centenario, was captain at the Brazilian side. Born in Ciudad del Este, the nation’s second-biggest city back in August 1991, he began his career at Cerro Porteno winning the Division Intermedia and promotion in 2011. After 76 league appea

Match Report: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 West Ham United

Marko Arnautovic scored the winner but left the ground with his thigh strapped with an ice pack as West Ham overcame League One newcomers Wycombe at Adams Park in their latest friendly fixture. With the club’s live stream being unable to work fans not attending found it difficult to keep up with the match. Adrian had to be on his toes early on to make a smart save from a Wycombe attacker before debutant Andriy Yarmolenko showed some good work to set up Robert Snodgrass – though the return loan

West Ham sign Yarmolenko

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s 28-year-old Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko for an undisclosed fee. The former Dynamo Kyiv has signed a four-year deal at the Olympic Stadium. Born in Saint-Petersburg to ethnic Ukrainian parents, Yarmolenko moved to Ukraine as a young child and begun playing football for local clubs in Chernihiv. At the age of 13, he joined Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv but returned after a year, having found training too rigorous. He would score fo

Match Report: FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini’s spell in charge of the Hammers begun with a defeat to against Swiss second-tier side FC Winterthur. The game was largely uneventful but sprung into life when Pablo Zabaleta fired just wide with the outside of his left foot before Winterthur hit the post and forced Adrian into a smart save. It was the Swiss who took the lead, a quick throw-in finding Calla who headed powerfully into the net. Young Conor Coventry had to be on hand to block a shot after a strong run from Luca

Pub that hosted Bobby Moore’s wedding reception saved from demolition

The nine-decades old Valentine Pub in Gants Hill, which hosted the wedding reception of Bobby Moore and Tina Dean in June 1962 is set to be saved from demolition. Tide Construction Limited withdrew plans to demolish the 1930s built pub today. In May, the company withdrew from plans to build a new major housing block, one of a number in the Redbridge Borough, but will now not demolish the pub either. Speaking to the Ilford Recorder, local campaigner Paul Scott said:  “I believe along with many

Foreign Film Friday: Turtles Can Fly review - a brutal but essential must-see

As part of the ConIFA World Football Cup in London, tournament organisers ConIFA have created a film festival showing films from member associations. The nomination from Iraqi Kurdistan was the 2004 war drama, Turtles Can Fly. The film is set in a refugee camp along the Iraq-Turkey border in the weeks leading up to the US invasion, until just after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The story follows a young Kurd, Satellite (Soran Ebrahim), who is nicknamed as such because he goes around the local vi

Somaliland: The Experiment In Democracy review - a powerful and eye-opening documentary

Most of the stories you hear out of the Horn Of Africa are overwhelmingly negative. But in Somaliland, a state battling for recognition, they have attempted to create something hopeful - a blueprint for the region: a democratic state. Screened as part of ConIFA's film festival, Somaliland: An Experiment in Democracy covers the 2012 elections. Despite being surrounded by a plethora of states where democracy makes the government shudder, Somaliland was founded as one in 1991, when the central gov

ConIFA World Cup: Final Summary

Whilst logistically covering this tournament was very intense, it was certainly more than worth it and this is something that every single journalist covering the tournament has told me. The tournament was not without its hiccups, but it is worth remembering ConIFA is a small with around 20 volunteers, what they have managed to achieve with nearly 50 games in 10 days was remarkable.  The tournament was full of , bringing together people from many different walks of life, connected by one thi
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