Some Rangers fans probably think the club needs the magical powers of Harry Potter to close the gap on rivals Celtic next season. But they could do a lot worse than the flame-haired wizard’s namesake Graham who has performed a real-life footballing miracle in Sweden. Plenty of Light Blue legions scoffed at the idea of appointing the 42-year-old after he emerged as the bookies’ favourite to take over this week. The fact the left-field appointment of Pedro Caixinha went so disastrously wrong has probably scared them off taking a gamble. But just because that punt backfired spectacularly doesn’t mean every one will and Rangers have no option but to think outside the box with a limited budget. Potter isn’t a big name that is likely to excite the fans in the way former players like Frank de Boer and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who played at the very highest level and have been touted, will. But there has to be a touch of realism over the next appointment. Unless … [Read more...] about Rangers won’t get a big-name boss and could do worse than Graham Potter
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AS the value of the pound continues to battle against most major currencies including the euro, getting good value for your holiday cash is more important than ever. Here are the essential rules to remember whenever you're getting euros, and why you should always pay in the local currency when you're overseas. Here's the lowdown... What is the pound to euro exchange rate? How many euros you get to your pound will depend on the exchange rate on international currency markets, known as the "spot" rate. The pound to euro exchange rate, influenced by big investors like banks and hedge funds, determines how much each currency is worth in comparison to one another. If a currency is strong, it means it's worth a lot compared to other currencies, which in turn means you get better value when buying foreign currency. The reverse of this is a weak currency, which results in poor value exchanges when buying money to spend abroad. Where is the best place to exchange pounds for euros? When you buy … [Read more...] about Where’s the best place to buy euros to get a good exchange rate and should I buy at the airport?
THIS year marks the 250th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s most famous son, Captain James Cook, setting sail on his first voyage of discovery on the Endeavour. It was a voyage that changed our perceptions of the world. His crew were the first westerners to see the east coast of Australia and only the second to discover New Zealand. They were the first to see kangaroos and surfing; their mathematical observations helped to create the system of longitude. And Able Seaman Robert Stainsby, from Darlington, became the first westerner to get a tattoo. Loading article content What an incredible – and indelible – claim to fame! Stainsby was born in 1741, the third child of William and Hanna, of Darlington. He was one of the first to join Cook’s crew, suggesting that he had some sea-going experience before. The HM Bark Endeavour sailed from Plymouth on August 26, 1768, carrying 94 people, and it reached Tahiti on April 13, 1769. They waited to observe the … [Read more...] about The Darlington man who became the first westerner to get a tattoo
COMPANY bosses need to question “whether or not they really do understand what’s going on in their organisations” on the back of the recent sexual harassment scandals, the UK Government's business equality tsar has said. Sir Philip Hampton – who co-authored a review of women in senior leadership positions – said allegations in Westminster and Hollywood had caused him to reflect on whether he was focusing on the right things. He said: “What Westminster showed and Hollywood showed, is that these things were happening, and women did not feel able to raise them. Loading article content "They thought it would be an impediment to their careers if they were raised. And that's a really big concern, if very often strong-minded, highly intelligent, highly sophisticated women feel that they can't talk about these things. "So my own expectation – certainly my profound hope – is that large companies, and all companies, will have processes … [Read more...] about Government tsar: Businesses need to ensure they get a grip on sexual harassment
Curry loving British expats have long complained about the Indian food on offer in France. But is it really true that you can't find a good curry on this side of the Channel? The complaints about the lack of good quality curries available in France from British expats are frequent and numerous. Many Brits who move to France lament that their days of chowing down on delicious spicy curries are behind them and their first port of call when visiting home is often not their family or friends but a curry house. But is it true that a good curry is impossible to find on this side of the Channel? We asked our readers. "You can't get a good curry in France because there has traditionally been very little immigration from the countries concerned ie Bangladesh, Pakistan and India," said Mandy Davies. "Most immigration is from North Africa and, in the East, from Vietnam. Even when you do find restaurants selling curry they are … [Read more...] about Is it really true you can’t get a decent curry in France?