Author: Edward White

Hot air: Loud Trump politely ignored by Scots

Scotland has approved the construction of a wind-farm situated off the coast of Aberdeen, much to the dismay of leather-faced shit-magnate Donald Trump.   The custard-maned billionaire criticised the construction as a ‘purely political decision’.   Trump – who owns a £750m golf resort/trouser exhibition that overlooks the north sea several miles away from the proposed site – has threatened to use his raging financial lovemuscle to nip the project in its tender virginal bud. The basis of his complaint being that those distant pylons will spoil the view from his luxury course, itself controversially built on protected Scottish dunes....

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Armenia’s Compulsory Chess Curriculum (and how it might change the world.)

In an attempt to make the world a brighter place, Armenia has added compulsory chess lessons to its curriculum for pupils as young as seven. Beyblades and Pokemon cards just won’t cut the mustard for adolescent strategic training these days. Armenia – as a former soviet state and a place of eccentric cultural heritage – is as obsessed as any other developing country with improving the quality of its education. Over the past 7 years, Armenia has won the comically pretentious ‘chess olympics’ three times. The country’s leading chess player Levon Aronian is a national hero; Bestowed the title ‘Honoured Master...

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Ashley Cole’s 100th Cap and World-Class Wilshere

It was a match of many landmarks, arranged to celebrate 150 years of FA bureaucracy and incidentally falling on the centennial caps of two modern-day legends. Brazil were welcomed to Wembley, the site of their 2012 Olympic failure, with a degree of apprehension as England sought to boost confidence ahead of must-win fixtures against San Marino and Montenegro. Despite the match’s healthy media build-up, the sombre abundance of empty seats portrayed the lack of any true pressure on England to win the game, or even put up much of a challenge for Brazil. Nonetheless, in typically english style and...

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Fascinating People #3 – Bob Dylan: The (Anti)-Social Revolutionary

From unwitting civil rights figurehead to evangelical outcast, Robert Allen Zimmerman and his divergent ideologies have had a profound effect on contemporary popular culture. With a sound planted firmly between the folk music of late 1940s America and the birth of 50s rock-‘n’-roll, Bob Dylan (as Zimmerman would come to be known) embedded himself into the psyche of 1960s America… Dylan was born in Duluth and later raised in Hibbing, both small and bitterly cold Minnesotan cities near the western shoreline of Lake Superior, largest of the 5 ‘great lakes’ of North America and largest freshwater lake in the...

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Barclays Premier League: Team of the Week 29/10/12

 Goalkeeper – Julio Cesar (Arsenal  1-0 QPR)     The 33 year old Brazilian keeper, once nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or, displayed exactly the sort of class and stoicism that enabled him to play for Italian giants Internazionale. (Picking up two consecutive Serie A goalkeeper of the year awards in the process.) Despite eventually being bested by a clearly offside goal from Mikel Arteta, the seasoned international made several glorious saves to deny Olivier Giroud and co. at The Emirates  Left Back – Jose Enrique (Everton 2-2 Liverpool) Having been a marginal figure under Brendan Rodgers so far...

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