The statisticians crunch their numbers and serve up reverse explanations. Too much rotation. Too many passes around the opposition’s penalty box. Too few shots blocked. And so on, until a team is reduced to a broken machine set that can be deconstructed and stared at by an engineer. There is warning there to Liverpool, who will see in City’s dip how hard it is now to make a good idea or a great squad stretch across five years or a decade. … [Read more...] about Pressure to maintain high standards has left Man City stalling – now only European glory can fix matters
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When we picked a random event, we found a £75 face value seat for a Hugh Jackman show at the London O2 arena in June on sale for £108. The price paid by the original buyer, including fees, was £87.50, to which he had then legitimately added just under 10%, taking the resale price to £96. Then AXS’s £12 fee (12.5% of £96) is slapped on top, giving you a final bill of £108, though at least in this case there’s nothing to pay for delivery. … [Read more...] about Tickets: can you trust the new wave of resale sites?
“Me? No, I play a lot of country and western music. I love country music. Also, I’m not what is traditionally a person living a show business life. I don’t like going to discos and parties really. I take a much quieter life. But if you’re asking, do I like Village People music, then of course, yes I do. I love our music and I don’t think it’s conceited to say I think we’re very good at our jobs. That’s why a lot of people get our image wrong. They miss our humour, which maybe is our greatest talent, and think we really are those characters we portray … that’s interesting.” … [Read more...] about Village People’s Glenn Hughes: ‘Here for all those thousands of cowboys is disco recognition’
Germany's Rosenmontag parades see politicians lampooned, racism scorned Cities at a standstill Rosenmontag is the highlight of Germany's six-day long pre-Lent Carnival festivities. The annual event is a chance for the public to dress up in fancy dress, lampoon each other and watch or take part in the street parades featuring no-holds-barred satire. Despite the usual color and caricature, this year's events were a little more subdued following the the Hanau shootings. … [Read more...] about Spanish Holocaust-themed Carnival parade sparks outcry