Graham wasn't the first of Ambler's protagonists to be trained, as Ambler was, as an engineer. In Cause for Alarm, Nicholas Marlow loses his job on the day he proposes to his girlfriend. After several weeks of trying to find new employment, he accepts, not without misgivings, and with the disapproval of a socialist friend, a position in the Milan office of a British firm which manufactures machines that make artillery shells. No sooner does he arrive in Italy than he is approached by various spies of uncertain affiliation (including one Andreas Zaleshoff), all eager for information about how the fascist government is arming itself. Marlow, whose predecessor was not only involved in espionage but murdered, at first wants nothing to do with these people, but a roughing up at the hands of fascist thugs changes his mind. Caught up in a tangle of espionage and counter-espionage, he eventually falls foul of the authorities. Trapped on the wrong side of a continent rolling towards war, with a … [Read more...] about Dangerous games
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Former Wales international Gareth Thomas is “really upset” by Catalans Dragons’ decision to sign the controversial Israel Folau. Folau, a 30-year-old dual-code international, joined the French Super League club on Tuesday having not played since being sacked by Rugby Australia last May for making homophobic comments on social media. … [Read more...] about ‘I will never watch him’: Gareth Thomas hits out at Catalans signing Israel Folau
With just about everybody speculating that Jose Mourinho will leave Chelsea this summer, it is hard not to be reminded of the comment of Bela Guttmann, the great Hungarian coach, that "the third season is fatal". Some managers - Bill Shankly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger - are empire-builders, determined to imprint their mark on a club, to build it in their image and lay down structures that will last long after they are gone. Others are guns for hire, eternal wanderers driven by a constant need to prove themselves again and again. Guttmann remains football's greatest wanderer. … [Read more...] about Chelsea be warned: a Guttman is hard to find
“I don’t know if Shoot! covered the subject as well, but the magazine I worked on as features editor – Total Football – had a long-running obsession with long throw-ins,” writes Alex. “One day we trotted down to St Andrew’s with a photographer and a 50m tape measure and invited Birmingham City and Wales midfielder, Andy Legg, to attempt a new world record. Despite suffering from an ankle knock, and amid complaints about the wet surface, Legg hurled a football the entire width of the pitch. … [Read more...] about Which footballer holds the world record for the longest throw-in?
6. Altura Women's Night Vision Thunderstorm Jacket Described as a real 'game-changer' for women cyclists, this waterproof cycling jacket is breathable with a taped seam jacket, and has a longer length back to keep you dry, with the added benefit of a detachable hood should the sun come out. … [Read more...] about Best waterproof cycling jackets so you can ride all year round