Over the weeks that followed he pottered around his temporary home, inseparable from the bathroom nail brush that became his favourite toy and unaware that up in Westminster, discussions were already underway to find a dog for the latest incumbent at No 10. … [Read more...] about How Downing Street dog Dilyn went from wags to riches: Born on a puppy farm with a wonky jaw, sold to a dodgy dealer then saved by a real life fairy godmother – but what happened to his brother Jed who was left behind?
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Effectively reimagining from first principles how the game should be played, he was as towering a manager of Ajax and Barcelona as he had been a player. Without his visionary development of Total Football we would never have had Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, or the great Spanish national team that won an unprecedented three international competitions in a row, or even the inspirational German side that finally displaced them, or much else besides. Without Cruyff, the best modern football could offer is Cristiano Ronaldo: brilliant but selfish, the team always secondary to the ambitions of its presiding ego, the game engineered towards superhuman physicality. Worthy of respect, but hard if not impossible to love. Not universal, life-enhancing art, in other words. … [Read more...] about CHRIS DEERIN: Politicians should learn from Cruyff, who knew an ugly win means nothing
If the 50s was, in more ways than one, a black and white era, today, stripped of our innocence and our ability any longer to believe in Superman, we are more likely to see everything in shades of grey. It might not be the end of the world but it’s looking a lot like the end of the world as we know it. … [Read more...] about Want a snapshot of our latest pet fear? Watch a Hollywood blockbuster…