Sir John Hall sat down with a Malaysian consortium interested in buying Newcastle United after his first meeting with Mike Ashley's team in 2007. The group, who had travelled to London to watch the FA Cup final, were keen but naturally wanted to do lengthy due diligence. Ashley, in contrast, did not. It was one of the many sliding doors moments in the Magpies' recent history and while Asian owners would have naturally increased the club's profile in the Far East, Ashley intended to make the most of the Newcastle 'brand'. One of the main reasons he bought the club, after all, was to market Sports Direct products in Asia. That struck a chord with Sir John, who attempted to increase the club's global profile during his time as chairman. But this summer will be the first in the Ashley era that Newcastle will visit the Far East - and the timing feels significant. Newcastle secured a new shirt sponsor in Asian betting giant Fun88 in 2017. Last summer, the Magpies signed two talented players, … [Read more...] about Mike Ashley is doing what his team told Sir John Hall when he bought Newcastle
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COOKERY show MasterChef UK 2019 is back on our screens for the 15th series. Here is what you can expect and what the chef who's crowned winner can expect... What does the MasterChef 2019 winner get? The winner is awarded the coveted MasterChef trophy. But it is the recognition, prestige and exposure that is the main appeal of winning the contest. In the past finalists have gone to open their own restaurants or have launched a culinary career. The website says: “MasterChef sets out to find the UK’s best amateur cook. “A cook whose talent and passion could transform their life. “It’s a life-changing journey for many, but only one will be crowned the nation’s MasterChef.”What does the trophy look like? The MasterChef trophy is the show’s logo; the letter ‘m’ surrounded by two circles. It is made of polished aluminium and mounted on a tiered aluminium base. Makers of the award, Gaudio, say on their website: “The MasterChef … [Read more...] about What does the MasterChef UK 2019 winner get, what does the trophy look like and where are past winners now?
HIT ITV Drama Victoria is back for season three THIS SUNDAY, 24th March. The gripping show follows the life and trials of Queen Victoria and stars Jenna Coleman. Here's all the lowdown on the next instalment of the hotly-anticipated third series... When is the third series of Victoria on TV? Season three will be back on ITV on Sunday 24th March. The show has already started airing in the US, much to the UK fans disappointment. The drama follows the life of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert. It was created by Daisy Goodwin and stars Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. What happens in Victoria season 3? Starting in 1848, the third instalment of the lavish drama will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety. Creator Daisy Goodwin said: … [Read more...] about When does Victoria season 3 start, how did series 2 end and who’s in the cast with Jenna Coleman?
Update: The British House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has selected four main amendments for the debate on extending the Brexit process.They do not include amendment B, which sought to reject a second Brexit referendum.The included amendments are:Amendment H, tabled by Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston and which seeks an Article 50 extension to stage a second referendum with Remain and Parliament’s preferred Brexit option on the ballot paper.Amendment I, tabled by Labour’s Hilary Benn and which seeks to allow MPs to take control of the Brexit process.Amendment E, Labour’s amendment which notes that Parliament has “decisively” rejected both Theresa May’s deal and no deal and calls for a delay to Brexit “to provide parliamentary time for this House to find a majority for a different approach”.Amendment J, Labour MP Chris Bryant’s amendment to stop a third meaningful vote on Mrs May’s deal.Update: European Commission chief … [Read more...] about Brexit latest: John Bercow excludes amendment rejecting second referendum for today’s Brexit vote
Derry Girls get stick on social media over second series BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The latest episode of Derry Girls received a mixed response from fans on social media. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/derry-girls-get-stick-on-social-media-over-second-series-37910909.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/article37910908.ece/8488e/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-14_ent_48732890_I1.JPG Email The latest episode of Derry Girls received a mixed response from fans on social media. This has now left many asking: is the hit comedy show starting to flop? Episode two of the second season, titled Ms De Brun and the Child of Prague, saw Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla and James inspired by their new, radical English teacher Ms De Brun, played by Judith Roddy. It also featured a raid of Ma Mary's Christmas cupboard and a trip to the cinema ruined by a security alert. Viewers took to Twitter to critique the episode - and although it continued to enjoy acclaim … [Read more...] about Derry Girls get stick on social media over second series