EVERY man reaches a certain age when suddenly - as hair loss begins to show and their six-pack begins to morph into a beer gut - they're hit with the terrifying realisation they are no longer in their prime. When a mid-life crisis hits, even the most sensible of men can start splashing the family savings on boys' toys, hair transplants and wild nights out. Surely David Beckham, one of the most iconic men of a generation couldn't be plagued by the crippling insecurities of mere mortals? Well, after hitting 43, the average age to have a mid-life crisis, it seems as though this global superstar may be in the grip of one right now. Here, we weigh up the signs.Fears about his fading looks A source who knows the star tells us David will have to face up to his fading looks. "For the first time in his life, when he was away recently, a group of girls didn’t even recognise him," he says. "He’s used to all eyes on him, but during recent trips to the US and especially Shanghai, … [Read more...] about Girls not recognising him, ‘spray-on’ hair and partying until 5am – Is David Beckham going through a midlife crisis?
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Published September 19, 2018 Hildur Guðnadóttir’s beaming face emerges from the digital blur. She leans into the camera, her features springing into sharp resolution. Her long hair is tied up into a loose bun with several pixelated spikes, and her bright eyes glitter above a broad smile and she peers from the screen. “Hello!” she exclaims, with warmth, as if greeting an old friend. Hildur is speaking from her studio in Berlin, a sunny peach-coloured room that’s suffused with soft late-summer light. She’s lived in the city for sixteen years. “It feels like home,” she says. “I love going back to Iceland—it’s expansive, and you always have the horizon—but it’s difficult to make a living there as a musician.” “My punk rebellion would have been to be an athlete and be like ‘Fuck you, I’m going running!’” A composer, performer and serial collaborator, Hildur has an … [Read more...] about Alien Communication: From Hafnarfjörður To Hollywood, Hildur Guðnadóttir Hits The Big Time
0 Have your say One of the most treasured documents in Bruce Rioch’s possession is his father’s military file, dad Jim having been a regimental sergeant-major with the Scots Guards. The file runs to 268 pages, covering many different postings, which ensured young Bruce could enjoy the school run in a tank. For an extract, the former Scotland captain chooses three words from the opening testimony penned by the old man’s commanding officer: “Loyal, sober, exemplary.” “My two sons were reading the file,” explains Rioch. “Maybe they then remembered a conversation we’d had about Argentina. ‘Look at the wording, Dad,’ they said. ‘Loyalty.’ I think in that World Cup Ally MacLeod was too loyal. I was the beneficiary, in that he picked me to play against Peru, but he shouldn’t have done.”Wow. That’s a sober assessment from Rioch about the calamity in Cordoba 40 years ago. You’d have … [Read more...] about Interview: Bruce Rioch on why he shouldn’t have played against Peru
IT is a hot July night in the late Nineties. Two hundred holidaymakers pour off four coaches at an open-air nightclub in the middle of the countryside on Ibiza. While everyone is being counted off their bus a hedgerow nearby rocks violently back and forth. The grunting and groaning can signal only one thing. The sun hasn’t set, not one vodka Red Bull has been downed and yet a couple are already having sex in the bushes. Moments later he strolls out smiling broadly and flicks the condom over his shoulder. She follows, readjusting her skirt. Everyone cheers. He does a fist pump to his mates and she pulls down her boob tube, flashing her breasts at her girlfriends. The same guy went on to have sex with five other women that evening. By the end of the night he was rubbing cocaine on his willy to try to maintain an erection. Over one summer I saw people having sex on stage, witnessed vast quantities of alcohol downed in seconds and dodged more puke on pavements in one hour than … [Read more...] about Club 18-30 is an iconic institution… a rite of passage where kids become adults
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their … [Read more...] about Arsene Wenger signs off saying he ‘had disagreements’ with the fans: ‘But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC’