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Robin van Persie had an incredible debut season for Manchester United. It was his signing that essentially won us the Premier League title. It had been decreed that Sir Alex Ferguson would never sign a player over the age of 26; such was the new mantra of Manchester United that the preference was to develop our own world class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, than to just simply buy them in, unlike some noisy neighbours of ours. However, having suffered the anguish of losing the 2011/12 title in the dying embers of the season on mere goal difference (if only we’d conceded JUST 4 against the Dubai contingent at OT), we were not going to make the same mistake again. So we bought the best striker in the league at that time. Genius; and it worked. Van Persie finished the season with 24 goals in the league, and even though we only performed like champions in the second half of last season, we ran away with the trophy by a humungous 11 points.
I have always loved and been fascinated by cars. One of my earliest memories (apart from falling off the sofa aged 2) is being in my bedroom, where I had a rug that had a layout of a town on it, and a wooden toy box full of Matchbox cars that I used to drive everywhere. I could (and did) spend hours lying on the floor, driving my Porsche 911 through the town, and then when I got bored of that, I got out my red Ferrari Dino GTS and took that for a spin instead. I drove my first car when I was 5, on Blackrock Sands in Criccieth; my Dad operating the pedals and me perched on his lap, holding the wheel, commandeering our Rover 820 Si across the beach. Of course, my Dad was always in control, but in my head the roads were opening up in front of me, and the World was mine to explore.
As the new Royal baby emerges it sparks up the age old debate of the validity of the UK monarchy. France, Spain and many others have deposed of their monarchs whilst us Brits have clung on to ours as their power has slowly dinished. Although one of two grumbles are always audible the majority of the country, if not in support of our monarchy, then shows a certain degree of apathy towards the sacred family. So does the monarchy still play a role in todays society?
Since Patek Philippe created the first wristwatch in 1868 the watch has developed not only into a fashion item but a status symbol. A watch apparently says a lot about someone. So what does the Mutewatch say about you? Tech Geek, fashionista, technophile.
Microsoft Launched hotmail 16 years ago on the 4th July 1996. Today marks a new era for Microsoft: the advent of its new Outlook.com experience as part of its rebranding. Is Hotmail really so uncool that Microsoft had to drop the brand? Favoured by spammers and hated by many is Microsoft cutting its losses or just updating the brand? We're sad to see it go.
Chelsea today are left with serious headache after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup to Premier League over-achievers Swansea. The controversy however surrounds the sending off of Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard for what appeared to be kicking a ball boy interferring with play.
Last year the British press were roundly set upon by an outraged public. The News International phone hacking scandal was an abuse of the watch dog status that the media claim to hold over the rest of society. Corrupt cop? They’ll expose them. Shady politicians? They’ve got them on the run. Unfortunately any dishonesty they announce could be attributable to them in the first place...
This is the touching story of seven-month-old kitten Ginger who last week miraculously survived a brutal and heartless attack. The plucky kitten is thankfully on the road to recovery after being shot seven times with an air rifle. This is an appeal to anyone who may have information that could lead to catching the thugs that comitted such atrocity.
It sounds like a silly question doesn't it. When does Christmas start... it's obvious isn't it the 25th December. But advertising agencies and brands seem to think it starts in mid-November. So when is it acceptable to start Christmas shopping and getting into the 'Christmas Cheer'. I know what you're all thinking. This is going to be a 'Scroogy' dictatorial piece on how not to enjoy Christmas. Well the fact is it isn't. I love Christmas just like everyone else but we need to clear a few things up first.
In August of last year I was unfortunate enough to witness firsthand the riots which occurred in Manchester. The quarter I work in was one hit most heavily by the looters forcing all businesses including the office I work in to close. These were the events that led to David Cameron's declaration that we now live in a 'Broken Britain. A year and two months after the dust has settled is now a poignant time as ever to look into depth at Mr Cameron's comments and discuss their validity.
You almost wished it wasn’t true. You read it, heard it on the news, and you were hoping that it was lies. Someone who had come through the toughest of adversity, back from the brink of death to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, and inspired millions of people to keep the faith and “livestrong” through the yellow bands that everyone, me included, wore to raise cancer awareness. And all this time he had been abusing the system, cheating himself, his team, his fellow competitors, but most of all those who had stayed most loyal to him throughout, by being part of what has been described by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) as “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program the sport has ever seen”.
Panasonic's 42" model of it's UT50B can be had for under £600 and certainly represents a lot of 'bang for your buck'. It's packed with features and although is a little light on the connections front still presents a good value mid range TV for a measly price. Plasma although is seen as a redundant technology has far many advantages over modern lcd (and led) TVs.
I’m back! After a substantial period of time in hiding, I have re-appeared and should be back for at least a little bit. And I start with a generic question: how thick are people nowadays?
After watching the latest round of football action on Match of the Day and the Football League Show I started thinking about how the free kicks were all a little boring and routine. I also thought about how if Alan Shearer didn’t get off the fence and Harry Redknapp kept on describing everything as “top” I probably wouldn’t finish watching the programme but that’s beside the point. Getting back on track, I decided that I’d come up with some alternative and slightly more innovative free kick tactics for both the attacking and defending sides.
Last month, on the 21st of August, sandwiched somewhere between the end of the Olympics and the start of the Paralympic games, this site had its six month anniversary. Now seeing as this monumental occasion went by with about as much fanfare and celebration as a non-Olympic or Paralympic athlete passing through London this summer I felt the need to celebrate this fact with my first article.
Funded by the Pentagon and capable of a land speed faster than the worlds fastest man. This is the type of military technology from the realm of film of sci-fi. But in fact it's none more than Boston Dynamics Cheetah aided by Pentagon $'s.
It reached 28 mph on a treadmill beating Bolt's speed of 27.8 mph when he broke the 100m world record in 2009. Boston Dynamics is developing a whole range of military robots funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
This has to be one of the strangest crazes to catch in the past few weeks. The tail, sorry tale, of a the cat with two faces. Venus has become an overnight sensation across the globe for the distinct two faced markings on it's face.
To celebrate the Olympics Google's doodles will have everyone doing a lot less work this week. From the Google homepage you can access the daily 'Doodles' which let you play in a different event each day depending on the day's Olympic action.
If you work in an office I'm sure there's going to be a lot of rivalry between colleagues vying for office titles. The two so far have been fantastically addictive. Keep checking back daily to see the new games.
Trains going through Walkden this morning are being diverted/cancelled due to the theft of important signalling cable near Walkden. This is currently set to affect services from Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Walkden, Atherton, Daisy Hill, Hindley and Wigan Wallgate.
It’s been a whole ten years since the young and funny Tobey Maguire graced us with his presence in Sam ‘Spiderman’ Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. The movie was fun, funny, featured a blonde as a red head and gave us one interpretation of how the geeky misfit Peter Parker became the superhero Spiderman.
The Manchester United star looks almost certainly set to leave Manchester United this summer. The star has been posting on his Facebook recently to air his dissatisfaction with the club. The Bulgarian star only plaid a bit part in United's Premier League challenge last season and it now seems he feels he no longer has a role at the club. One thing is for certain is that there will be a list of clubs eager to secure the star's services.
Budget Android tablets have appeared on the market in greater numbers every year. An Android equipped tablet can be picked up for as little as £60-70 and definitely won't break your wallet. However they have always been poor and marred with cheap hardware and outdated software.
If you're sat at home with a fist-full of cunning plans on how to circumvent prohibition or have been working on your Godfather accent for a while then this may be the purchase for you. Capone's old Cadillac may only have 90hp but sure does it pack a punch in the swag department. American Motor Auction company RM is auctioning off the car on the July 28th and expects to fetch up to $500,000 for the classic V8. The car, which only has 3 gears, was modified by Mr Capone in order to fully be able to attend to his business and protect himself in his particularly dangerous line of work.
In 2012 Manchester City won the Premier League for the first time since 1968 overtaking United on points only in stoppage time on the final day of the season. But this success has come at a huge cost estimated to be around £1billion. Put into perspective it is hardly surprising that Sheikh Mansour has been able to turn the mid table club into inevitably a title winning outfit. Mansour followed a tried and tested formula in the Premier League that had previously been followed by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich at Chelsea that led them to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
Our body is a fragile thing. Not as fragile as glass, but it is personal. We need to learn to accept ourselves, our body, and the way we look, and if we choose to alter it, learn to accept that. Your body is probably the only thing that will stay with you from birth till death, so when something happens to it, it’s traumatic, painful and we wish to recover as soon as possible.
Today we live in an age where our phones act as handheld computers with the ability to organize our entire lives and 'Smart Assistants' can actually answer our questions and read our minds. That being said in Britain our rail network is barely the standard it was during the golden age of rail travel in the 1850s. Since the first passenger train was unveiled in Britain in 1804 Britain has led the way in rail travel but now it seems that this title has slipped irreplaceably out of our grasp.
With Promethus coming out and expecting to break Box Office records, it’s worth looking at the sci-fi genre.
Sci-Fi or science fiction in its fullest form is a movie, game and comic book genre. Sci-Fi refers to invented content, normally set in the future, featuring futuristic technology and science. It has everything to do with plausible science e.g. space travel and funnily enough science theory including aliens, killer robots and space theory.
He was made to believe that he was about to make a 50-foot bungee jump when his so called friends were leading him to the edge of a merky pond whilst blindfolded.
At first he seems reluctant to make the jump but eventually takes the plunge and realises what is happening.
Thankfully though he sees the funny side.
‘The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.’ Edgar Allen Poe
Death is a subject much debated; it is ironic that the only certainty of life is death. Death plays on many emotions, fear, inevitability, freedom, sacrifice, ending, hate; but there have been a number of films that have included death, most notable the death of females.
There are many reasons behind a woman’s death, as with a male, but it seems sometimes that women are being targeted and death is the only logical thing for them.