Gone were the usual smiles, smirks and ho-ho-hos. Instead, the Boris Johnson in the Commons chamber yesterday was suddenly a man fighting tooth and claw for his reputation. A week of woeful headlines over his Downing Street flat's refurbishment, not to mention an investigation by the Electoral Commission announced moments before, had clearly left him on the precipice. On top of it all, Sir Keir Starmer had been needling and gnawing away at him like a jabbering woodpecker. Who had 'initially' paid for the work, he asked – five times. Enough was enough! In the most explosive, gladiatorial PMQs of recent years, the Prime Ministerial lid eventually popped. Boris was boiling. Steaming. Raging. Up he leapt, jabbing a podgy digit across the despatch box, shouting about how his government had delivered on the vaccine rollout and putting more bobbies on the beat, while all Labour had done was 'twist and turn in the wind' and 'play political games' over his home furnishings. … [Read more...] about HENRY DEEDES: Suddenly, the jokes stopped. Boris was boiling, raging steaming
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HENRY and John Sandon are both much-revered experts on Antiques Roadshow. Their shared surname has left many viewers thinking that there must be some familial relation between the two. Here's the lowdown... Are John and Henry Sandon on Antiques Roadshow related? Yes, as you may have guessed, the two are related. Henry is the father of John Sandon, to whom he has passed his love, and extensive knowledge of antiques. Henry is 92-years-old, and his son is 62. Who is Henry Sandon? Henry Sandon, born on August 10, 1928, is a former Antiques Roadshow presenter and antiques expert. He attended the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. As a child, he was evacuated to Buckinghamshire during the Second World War. From an early age, Henry was a keen archaeologist with an eye for pottery and porcelain. From 1966 to 1982, he worked as the curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum at the Royal Worcester Factory. During his tenure at the Dyson Perrins Museum, Sandon … [Read more...] about Are John and Henry Sandon on Antiques Roadshow related?
JAMIE CARRAGHER and Thierry Henry have picked their next six Premier League Hall of Fame inductees - and managed to agree on three legends to be added. The Arsenal hero appeared on Monday Night Football a week after being named as one of the two initial Hall of Famers alongside Alan Shearer . But while three got the nod from both former Premier League stars, they also had another three each from the list of 23 nominees to be voted in next. Here's who Carragher and Henry selected to join the elite club... Dennis Bergkamp (both) Henry: " Bergkamp always wanted to do more, first in training, last in training, doing what the game was asking him to do. The passion he had for Arsenal and for the Premier League. "He made the team better, the guys around him better. At one point he came back and did all of pre-season without a contract, working hard, playing all the friendlies. "He showed us what it meant to be a professional. And we must mention the goals … [Read more...] about Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry pick their next six Premier League Hall of Fame inductees and agree on three legends
Six years after setting Henry Slade on the road to the top, Stuart Lancaster is hoping it doesn’t come back to bite him. The former England boss comes face to face with the player he capped and took as a bolter to a World Cup at Sandy Park today. Slade is now a senior England international with 38 caps and a mainstay of the Exeter team putting its Champions Cup defence on the line against Lancaster’s Leinster. He has won three Six Nations titles, a Nations Cup, two Premierships, a European Cup and played in a World Cup final. But back in 2015 he offered only potential when Lancaster plucked him from the chorus line, gave him one audition, then handed him a part in rugby’s greatest show. “I’ve always thanked Lanny for giving me my first cap,” said Slade, whose Exeter side have won their last eight home games in Europe. “Obviously I was quite young coming into the environment there and he was always good at making me feel comfortable. “I was quite shy, being like 21 … [Read more...] about Henry Slade out to bite hand that fed him in reunion with first England coach
FOOTBALLERS have had enough. Today, along with rugby players, cricketers, sports broadcasters and others, they’re switching off their social media — and I don’t blame them. I’ve met lots of footballers of late to discuss the toxic issue of online abuse — including Troy Deeney , Karen Carney and Jordan Henderson — and have been appalled at what I’ve heard. From waking up to going to bed, they are bombarded with racist and sexist slurs, threats and repulsive banana-emoji-filled posts. It’s completely unacceptable. This weekend’s boycott spells out loud and clear that social media companies must do more . I wholeheartedly agree with its aims, and I salute English football and others calling for change. I won’t officially join the boycott, as I believe it’s the Government’s job to act, not to protest. My bit is to deliver new laws. So I will shortly introduce legislation into Parliament that will force social media firms to stamp out abuse — or face the … [Read more...] about I want abused footballers to know that we heard them in Westminster and change is coming