IN Britain, we love to hate it, but when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest it seems the rest of the world can't get enough. Even our friends in Australia, an eye-watering 12,000 miles away, will jet over to Europe to take part in the all-singing all-dancing extravaganza in Portugal later this month. Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018? No, you're not going mad - Australia definitely isn't in Europe. However, since 2015, singers from the other side of the world have been taking part in Eurovision. Australia was invited to take part in a gesture of good will for the show's 60th anniversary, which had a 'Building Bridges' theme. Soloist Guy Sebastian was welcomed with open arms, mainly because it was meant to be a one-off. However, when former Australian X Factor contestant Dami Im took part in 2016, a few eyebrows were raised. It appears our Aussie friends came up with yet another excuse to take part - and it all comes down to TV rights. As former Bake Off … [Read more...] about Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and how does the annual competition work?
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0 Have your say Six albums in seven years give you some idea of the frantic pace at which Dirt Box Disco work. And that prodigious workrate, and their heavy touring schedule, are the reason why the Midlands five-piece, who meld elements of punk, metal and glam rock, are one of the best emerging bands right now.I happened upon them around the time of their 2012 debut album, Legends, and, along with many others, fell immediately for their cheeky charms.Yes, some of their lyrics are silly, and sometimes a bit rude, but I can guarantee that if you like your music loud and fast, they'll bring a smile to your face.I've long tipped them as future headliners of Blackpool's annual Rebellion festival, where they've already filled the main hall twice.That's because if you look beyond the pound shop fancy dress costumes and daft nom de plumes, you have a tight band who know their way round a singalong tune.You might even have unwittingly heard them; one of their songs, Freaks, from 2013 … [Read more...] about Review: Dirt Box Disco, O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
0 Have your say Having witnessed yet another Leeds United defeat, the Yorkshire Evening Post jury points to an air of inevitability about the performance – and season. And they’re not too convinced about head coach Paul Heckingbottom either ... See if you agree with what they have to say:DAVID WATKINSOnce again Leeds got into a great position, a goal up away from home, and a superb goal to boot, with just six minutes of the first half remaining.We should have been two up when Kemar Roofe went through but couldn’t hit the target with only the keeper to beat. But we’d never be any good looking after next door’s dog would we; we just seem incapable of hanging onto a lead.There was a degree of good fortune about the Norwich equaliser the way it looped over Bailey Peacock-Farrell and squirmed almost apologetically over the line having kissed both posts, but to say that ignores the fact that Ronaldo Vieira gave the ball away cheaply in the first … [Read more...] about Norwich City 2 Leeds United 1: Another trip to the Pit of Misery for long-suffering fans
Rangers dragged themselves back into second top of the Premiership with a much needed morale boosting three points over Hearts. Strikes from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias did the damage despite Chrisophe Berra pulling a goal back as the Jambos threatened a late fightback. The Ibrox side are now level with Aberdeen in the race behind Celtic but it was an afternoon which did little to ease the fans discontent of boss Graeme Murty or his players. Murty made four changes from the side which capitulated in last weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic . Jak Alnwick, Josh Windass, Jason Holt and Cummings all came into a home side which enjoyed a greater share of the ball in the early stages but they lacked precision or a final ball Jamie Murphy’s deflected shot in the 20th minute fell just wide of target and Steven Naismith also had a shot blocked by Graham Dorrans seconds later at the opposite end of the pitch were the best of some uninspiring early moments. … [Read more...] about Rangers 2 Hearts 1
ALL the signs are that Britain is caving in on the three issues in the first phase of the Brexit talks. Theresa May was told she had to yield by next week to persuade the European Union summit on December 14th-15th to agree that there had been sufficient progress to begin talks on transition and a future trade framework. The prime minister has duly made big concessions on the rights of EU citizens in Britain and on the exit bill, perhaps enough to pass the test. There even seems to be some movement on the trickiest issue of all, how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, making a December deal more likely—but still not certain. Yet behind the good new lurks a persistent and dangerous threat. The more that Mrs May yields, the more some Brexiteers argue that Britain should leave on March 29th 2019 without any deal at all. Even if she wins agreement to move to phase two of the talks, the lure of no deal will not disappear. Brexiteers hate the concessions … [Read more...] about The siren song of a no-deal Brexit