When, five years ago, it was revealed that Wayne Rooney had visited Harley Street for a hair transplant, the general public were left incredulous. Never before had this very personal procedure been made so public. Cue lots of guffawing – but amidst the jokes and finger pointing, something important was happening: scores of follicularly-challenged fellows around the country were getting their first glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel. Since then, the hair transplant has become increasingly common, adopted by reality televisions stars, Premier League football coaches and – yes – the everyman (who has thousands of pounds to spend). The stigma attached to boosting your barnet has all but disappeared. But what hopeful men with disappearing hairlines don't realise is that not everyone can undergo the procedure. Like so many miracle cures that sound too good to be true, the conditions you must meet to be eligible for a hair … [Read more...] about What makes a good candidate for a hair transplant?
THERE is more sports programming available on TV now than ever before. As a sports fan you would assume I would be in my element with this, but I’ve come to the conclusion this is actually damaging. A little confession time, I’m old enough to remember a time of just four television channels and when seeing sports was much rarer, which made it special. For example look at the nation’s favourite game of football. I can still remember events like the FA Cup Final being essential viewing, with the nation stopping for a couple of hours. Now it has sadly become just another match, overshadowed by the end to the league season - when every match in the run-in is usually shown. Over Christmas if you wanted to you could have watched a match every day for three weeks. Maybe we should be celebrating this amount of choice, but I have previously written in this column about the damage it can to do to attendances at these games, and for grassroots football. I’m … [Read more...] about Hours of extra coverage and a new tournament is not needed
SOMERSET all-rounder Peter Trego has engaged in a Twitter spat with Stan Collymore after the former England striker criticised cricket and the coverage it receives. A typically forthright Collymore began his venting on Tuesday evening, writing: "When a sport is more interesting in a broad sheet or radio commentary than on the actual playing surface, it's fair to say it's the Emperors new clothes of sport. Whatever anyone tells you." He went on: "There's a reason the best sporting nations on the planet don't play cricket [...] It's because most of the time it's boring." The former Aston Villa striker then developed his argument, questioning why primarily former colonies play the game. Countries who win multiple titles in multiple sports! You’re not seriously going to argue that cricket is only played by former British colonies at any discernible level is anything but a sport that has virtually no true global value or interest whatsoever ? https://t.co/4AQTIRsIwM — … [Read more...] about “You clown!”: Trego clashes with Stan Collymore as former footballer slams coverage of cricket
Home / News / UK & World by Press Association January 18 2018, 2.10pm Updated: January 18 2018, 3.02pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week The new Lord Chancellor David Gauke has told senior judges he wants a “good outcome” for the legal profession from the ongoing Brexit negotiations. During his swearing in ceremony in London on Thursday, the Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire said there must be “close and comprehensive arrangements” for judicial co-operation with the EU after the UK leaves the union. The former solicitor, the first legally-qualified Lord Chancellor since Ken Clarke left the office in 2012, said: “English Law and UK courts provide the certainty, clarity and flexibility that clients from around the world want.” He added: “I know just how important this sector is, not just for London, but for cities and … [Read more...] about New Lord Chancellor tells judges he wants good outcome from Brexit negotiations
WELL hello there, the first week of television 2018! How different you look to the first week of television 2017. No escapist dramas to lift the January blues, no attempts at highbrow telly to give a comforting sense of a fresh start, and no how-to-lose-weight shows because you’ve eaten your body weight in Celebrations. Ah, hang on. The first week of television 2018 is exactly the same as every other first week. Let us not be too tough on the TV commissars; there’s a whole year ahead in which to do that. McMafia (BBC One, Sunday/Monday, 9pm) opened in a sun-dappled exotic location, always a good sign. Various characters whom one sensed were not international aid workers were discussing a major deal and smiling villainously. Loading article content Over in London, handsome young City slicker Alex Godman (James Norton) was going about his strictly legitimate business. Alex’s family money may have come from the shadier side of the Moscow street, but he would … [Read more...] about Alison Rowat’s TV review: McMafia, Spiral, Girlfriends, Great Art, Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good