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HoCWC 1987: A glimpse of the future – Gursimran Hans –

In 1987, the Cricket World Cup left for England for the first time. This edition was held on the subcontinent with defending champions India co-hosting with Pakistan. At this point in one day cricket’s development, 50 overs had become the standard for international cricket, so the World Cup which had traditionally been 60 overs each innings was no down to his present 50 over format. With South Africa still banned from international cricket, the seven Test-playing nations at the time where join

Book Review: Ross Kemp Gangs II

Ross Kemp: Gangs II follows parts of Season Three and Season Four of Sky One’s documentary series Ross Kemp on Gangs. Kemp, who had shot to prominence for his role as Grant Mitchell on Eastenders during the 1990s begun his career as an investigative journalist in 2004 with the filming of Gangs. The Essex born Kemp would write books about his experiences filming the documentaries and the second book delves into the episodes focusing on Colombian sicarios and paramilitaries, Polish football hool

Review: Sunderland ’Til I Die

Sunderland ’Til I Die is an eight-part Netflix series charting the story of Sunderland AFC’s ill-fated 2017–18 campaign. The season before saw the end of a ten-year stint in the English top flight, whilst in previous years the likes of Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce had been able to keep Sunderland just about safe, David Moyes was unable to succeed in what was always an uphill struggle. So, in comes Simon Grayso

A study into the credibility of Hong Kong Media Organisations

The aim of this study is to determine the credibility of five different articles on the land reclamation policy announced by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, during the Annual Policy Address on 10th October 2018. Lam announced the Hong Kong Government was to pursue the reclamation of land in Lantau to ease Hong Kong’s housing crisis. The policy was met with a fair degree of concern over cost, environmental concerns and debate over effectiveness. By credibility, we aim to determine how

Book Review: The Fall by Albert Camus – Gursimran Hans –

Albert Camus’s The Fall tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Clamance, a former Parisian lawyer staying in Amsterdam, who is very similar to the characters of Meursault in prior Camus novels, only he is on a nuclear scale. Clamance bumps into someone in the bar one night, the reader and recounts his story. First published in 1956 and totalling under 100 pages, Clamance has lived the high-life and tasted all sorts of physical pleasure but metaphysically it’s a different story. Feeling empty and ful

HoCWC: 1983 and how India announced their arrival on the World stage

The third instalment of the Cricket World Cup saw the West Indies attempt to win a third consecutive world championship at Lord’s. England would host the tournament once more — but with an increased number of venues. The six grounds that had hosted matches in 1975 and 1979 all hosted three matches each but County Grounds in Derby, Bristol, Taunton, Chelmsford, and Southampton, as well as St. Helen’s, Grace Road, Nevill Road and New Road, would all host one game each. England, of course, qualif

Wayne Rooney Farewell: 10 Other examples of international testimonials

Controversy surrounds Wayne Rooney’s recall for a farewell appearance for England against the United States. However, international farewells and testimonials are not completely unheard of. Whilst Paolo Maldini turned down the opportunity to play for Italy in a friendly against Northern Ireland as he approached retirement and David Beckham famously said he would never retire from England after suggestions England’s November 2010 friendly against France would be his farewell, they have become in

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
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