I went to see Madame Zelda the other day to see if she could shine a light on who was going to win the Heineken Cup this Saturday. After two hours of pointless effort with the crystal ball she said: "It will be a game of fine margins," in a scary voice. "Would that be small margins or just fine margins?" I asked. "Is there a difference?" she asked. "Huge," I replied. "Fine margins," she said. "What else?" I asked. "A game of inches?" I interrupted. "How did you know?" asked Madame Z. "I didn't," I replied. "I was just hoping the spirit world would come up with a better class of cliché than the living are serving up at the moment." We are not on talking terms at the moment but I will probably need her for the World Cup finals, the result on Saturday going a long way towards Ireland's rehabilitation from a shaky season. I think Leinster are going to win on Saturday. One or two suppositions but Leinster, I think, have the better team, better coaching and are better geared to … [Read more...] about Neil Francis: Leinster won’t be bullied by Sarries
The worst one he remembered was being heckled by a blind man. The man in the second row of the audience shouted, "Get off the stage you useless bastard." Skinner sized up the situation pretty quickly but was unable to respond. About 20 seconds later the blind man turned to the audience and asked, "Has he gone yet?" At half-time in Coventry you could have asked the same question of Munster. Yes indeed, they were still there and only 12-9 down, but you have to ask the question: How do they continue to do it? We knew even before the ball was kicked off that they did not have the firepower or the horses to trouble a Saracens side that were locked and loaded in every position on the field and knew exactly how to beat Munster. Saracens' 12 points in the first half were hard-earned and the product of invention, endeavour and confident teamwork. Munster got a handy nine points from just hanging in there by the skin of their teeth and yet even they knew what would be coming in the second half. … [Read more...] about Neil Francis: ‘Munster’s heart and conviction just not enough against Europe’s superpowers’
Freddie Flintoff’s property company Logik Developments has unveiled revised plans for a new tower - after original proposals were rejected by planners last year. The original proposal involved the construction of a 35-storey tower and a 10-storey block housing a total of 386 apartments on land bordered by Arundel Street, Worsley Street, Ellesmere Street and Egerton Street in Castlefield. However, it was rejected by Manchester council’s planning committee last October over concerns the structure would tower over Castlefield. Now, following an extensive redesign amid collaboration with residents through the Britannia Basin Community Forum, Logik’s new plans will be presented at a consultation event this Friday at The Banyan Tree in Hulme. Under the new plans, the tower will be scaled down to 23 storeys, the second building will be reconfigured and the overall number of apartments will be reduced to 355. The revised scheme includes redeveloping a former Department of … [Read more...] about Freddie Flintoff’s property firm unveils revised plans for Castlefield scheme
PUBLISHED: 12:55 15 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:05 15 March 2019 Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, aged 16 Archant The father of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has said he is pleased those who killed “our beautiful son” will pay for their actions. Aristote Yenge, 23, of Spring Road, Ipswich, Adebayo Amusa, 20, of Sovereign Road, Barking, Isaac Calver, 19, of Firmin Close, Ipswich and Kyreis Davies, 17, of Turnstile Square, Colchester, were found guilty of murder by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.Callum Plaats, of Ipswich, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.Leon Glasgow, 42, of no fixed address, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.Speaking outside Ipswich Crown Court after the final verdict was delivered for Calver after 31hrs and 19mins of deliberations, Tavis’ father Neil Aitkens said: “We’re very pleased with the convictions and are glad these defendants will now pay for their actions.“It has been a heartbreaking time and the loss of … [Read more...] about Tavis’ father ‘glad defendants will now pay for their actions’
MPs voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit last night amid chaotic scenes in the Commons. After the 149-vote rejection of her Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday, Theresa May suffered a second defeat in as many days when MPs backed the cross-party amendment rejecting a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances on Wednesday. In a surprise move, the Commons voted 312 to 308 - a majority of four - in favour of the proposal tabled by former Conservative chairman Dame Caroline Spelman. The vote was later confirmed by a more emphatic 321 votes to 278, overriding a Government motion from Mrs May that would have rejected no-deal on the scheduled date of March 29 but left it on the table for other times. MPs will now vote on an delay to Brexit tonight. And Mrs May has also signalled a third "meaningful vote" on her EU Withdrawal Agreement could be held, following its two previous rejections. Conservative ministers who abstained from voting last night include Solicitor … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the no deal Brexit motion?