Back in the 1970s, a few years after Bob Dylan released Blood on the Tracks, he was being interviewed about how it was such an outstanding album. The album was written as Dylan’s marriage was coming to an end, a time of great trauma for him. Yet the interviewer saw only the musical accomplishment. Dylan’s reply was typical. “How can you enjoy so much pain,” he said.The same question began buzzing around my head as I waded through Alan Shatter’s recently released memoir, Frenzy And Betrayal — The Anatomy Of A Political Assassination. Alan Shatter is no Bob Dylan. The memoir will hardly ascend to the annals of literature. But the man’s pain bleeds from every page, as if he’s trying, like Mr Dylan, to quieten the demons who mock and wound when love turns sour.Shatter resigned as justice minister in May 2014, at the end of a year in which he grappled with garda controversies; principally, though not exclusively, the one involving Maurice … [Read more...] about A man shattered by his political demise
Mind like a steel trap
Maurizio Sarri helped Chelsea to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League during his first season at Stamford Bridge after a spring rebellion on the terraces disdaining his tactics and rigidity failed to dislodge him. Nonetheless, barring any last moment change of mind, he will not be around for a second because the Juventus vacancy is too tempting to turn down for a man who feels unloved and ill-treated at Stamford Bridge. His departure leaves Chelsea contentedly looking for an 11th long-term manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 but for the first time their hiring criteria differs from the established pattern. Which of the leading candidates fits the bill and is likely to succeed Sarri? Frank Lampard 4-11 Would Derby County’s Frank Lampard really leave Frank Lampard’s Derby County, a team he took from sixth in the Championship to sixth in the Championship during his first season at Pride Park, for the bright lights of … [Read more...] about Chelsea next manager runners and riders
Entertainment & Arts By Ian Youngs Arts & entertainment reporter 24 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48363282 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Once known for steelmaking and chemical factories, Middlesbrough … [Read more...] about From a town of industry to a city of culture?
LITTLE Mix's Perrie Edwards has said she suffered crippling panic attacks that left her fearing she was losing her mind. The 25-year-old singer added that she ended up in a "really dark place" and was so anxious she was terrified to leave her house, admitting: "It completely took over my life." Perrie made the confession on Instagram, writing: "Over the past few years I have suffered really badly with anxiety and panic attacks. "When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it." She added: "The first panic attack was so intense and overwhelming I felt like I was having a heart attack, I was so scared and confused and had no idea what was happening to me. "I’m not sure what triggered that first one but it soon spiralled & I found myself in a really dark place, feeling alone and scared. "I had people around me but I couldn’t explain to … [Read more...] about Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards crippled by panic attacks that left her fearing she was losing her mind
It was a case of the same old song and dance for Leicester City at King Power Stadium, and Brendan Rodgers had a front row seat. City have lost nearly half their home games this season and it has been a reoccurring theme as they again struggled to break down a well drilled and organised defence that camped in their own half. They have been caught in the trap repeatedly as sides have sucked them in and then sprung on the counter attack, and there hasn’t been a more classic example of City’s short-comings than this display. Newcastle had only won twice on the road this season previously and only the bottom three had scored less goals on the road, but they had also drawn seven times, evidence that they can frustrate most hosts. That is exactly what they did to City, with a back five and a midfield four in front you could probably tether together with a very short rope. The hours Rafa Benitez must have spent on the training ground drilling his players on how to contain and … [Read more...] about Verdict: Brendan Rodgers is a man on a mission at Leicester City