BIG VASE IS BACK, BABY! In these troubling times, nothing compares to the healing power of a Big Vase dead rubber. Tonight, Manchester United will drink in the LASK-chance saloon, where the booze is free and it’s impossible to get barred. United won 5-0 at LASK in the first leg, back in those innocent times when Boris Johnson was still licking trolley handles to demonstrate there was nothing to worry about. Given how little is at stake, the second leg could make the Craggy Island All-Priests five-a-side Over-75s Indoor Challenge Football Match seem fast-paced by comparison. … [Read more...] about Manchester United, Fred the Red and that slender five-goal advantage
“I remember at Molde winning the title for the time in their 100-year history and they went on to win it four more times in the next eight or nine years. … [Read more...] about How Man Utd could line-up against LASK with Solskjaer set to unleash kids including Teden Mengi and Ethan Galbraith
Coronavirus latest – Schools should be last to close and first to reopen if there is a second wave of Covid-19, with regular testing for pupils and teachers, the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has insisted. Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops should be shut ahead of schools in the case of emergency restrictions, with attendance of children in nurseries and primaries prioritised over secondaries if necessary. The government’s failure to impose special border measures such as mandatory self-isolation in the run-up to lockdown was “a serious mistake”, MPs conclude in a damning report in which they cite evidence suggesting thousands of cases arrived from overseas as a result. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Strife-torn Lebanon reels from Beirut port explosion
John Hume: A life remembered In their words: Former presidents and current prime ministers pay tribute to Mr Hume's illustrious career Inspiring a generation: Young people explain what John Hume meant to them In pictures: The career of one Northern Ireland's foremost political leaders Analysis: The man who was able to unpick the lock of the Troubles Diplomats recall the late SDLP leader's special connection to the US In depth: Read BBC News NI's obituary of John Hume … [Read more...] about John Hume: A lesser-known life of fish, finance and football
Further north, Newcastle plan to rebound from the disappointment of not being owned by human rights abusers, with an oft-mentioned but rarely seen double-swoop. They are keen on Josh King and David Brooks, who are likely to be available for reasonable money, following Bournemouth’s relegation. But there’s a fair chance both players will have better offers; perhaps a heart-rending petition might persuade them to the contrary. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Jamal Lewis and Aïssa Mandi to Liverpool?