Douglas Murray 12 May 2018 9:00 AM 12 May 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I spend my life moving. Over recent years it was research. Now it’s caused by that research. But I have become adept at adding things on to each trip. In Naples at the weekend, I visited the Sansevero chapel which contains the ‘veiled Christ’ of Sanmartino — a work Canova said he would have given ten years of his life to have created. This is so moving to see in the flesh — even the nail wounds visible through the marble shroud — that you have to make an effort not to ignore the other masterworks around it. Afterwards I steal a night down the coast in Positano. The sun is searing and the Mediterranean like glass. Only the tablecloths billow frenetically in the wind that rushes down from the cliffs. It is a day before the start of the season and the locals are already complaining that too many people are coming to the … [Read more...] about The perils of speaking in public
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Blackpool Supporters’ Trust has warned the EFL they will campaign without them if they’re not willing to help facilitate change. READ MORE: EFL issues response to question posed at Blackpool fans’ meetingThe Trust, responding to last week’s letter from the EFL, claims the body has a “culture of secrecy” and a “defensive attitude” towards any kind of criticism which makes the organisation a difficult one to deal with.The Trust also say there is a “constant pattern” of responding to issues at a “glacial pace”, even when clubs are in crisis.It comes after Tim Fielding, on behalf of BST, quizzed chief executive Shaun Harvey about the EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test at the meeting held with supporters in Blackpool on March 20.He argued that, had the EFL interpreted its own rules correctly, then Owen Oyston would not have been permitted to run Blackpool Football Club given his conviction for rape.The … [Read more...] about BST tells the EFL: We will campaign without you
Give us a name to replace Graeme Murty at Rangers in the summer? Anthony Haggerty: It depends what market Rangers are in. Top operators like Alan Pardew and Frank de Boer cost money. Closer to home they could do worse than Jack Ross or, here’s a left-field shout, Steve Robinson. Craig Swan: So long as Preston miss out on the play-offs and promotion to the Premier League, Alex Neil looks the type of character who could go into Ibrox and sort the place out. David McCarthy: It’s obvious. Steve Clarke. He knows the game inside out, is up to speed with the Scottish game and wouldn’t be fazed handling the pressure of managing at Ibrox. Gordon Parks: In the absence of any standout celebrity names, Tommy Wright. A guy who will come in and bring some accountability to the dressing room. Will Hibs get second place? Anthony: Yes. Hibs and Neil Lennon are going for it big time. They would have given Real Madrid a run for their money with the way they played against … [Read more...] about Who will Rangers choose to replace Graeme Murty?
The 2018 Grand National at Aintree is fast approaching. Here is everything you need to know about the big race: What is the Grand National? The most popular jumps race on the calendar as 40 runners and riders take on the daunting obstacles of Aintree's 30 Grand National fences over the course of four and a half miles. Aintree Racecourse is expecting more than 150,000 racegoers over the three days of racing this year. When is it? The horses will take post at 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April - ie this weekend. A total of 21 races will take place during the Grand National meeting. Where is it? As always, Aintree Racecourse, which has hosted the race since 1839. The racecourse is situated approximately six miles outside of Liverpool. What TV Channel is it on? The National is on ITV for the second time this year after winning the broadcasting rights to show racing. Ed Chamberlain will be their presenter, a familiar face for any football fans out there and is a man … [Read more...] about Grand National 2018: What time is the race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
It looked like a done deal between a Nigerian bank in need of funding and a U.S. private-equity firm keen to stump up the cash. But even after contracts were signed it fell apart, showing how tough the African nation can be for investors.Milost Global Inc. said it penned an agreement in November to provide $1 billion of financing that would’ve given it 60 percent of Unity Bank Plc. Milost has now backed off, citing an unidentified “politically connected” shareholder who threatened the investor’s Nigerian interests if it pursues the deal. The Lagos-based lender has denied that the documents were binding and said it had nothing to do with the threats.The transaction failed as President Muhammadu Buhari wants to make it easier for businesses to operate in Africa’s most populous nation, which ranks 145th out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s ease of Doing Business index. While Milost is still weighing other opportunities in Nigeria, it sends a warning … [Read more...] about Failed Bank Buyout Deal Shows Perils of Investing in Nigeria