YOU SPOKE A LOT AT THE START OF LAST SEASON ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HAS IT CHANGED THE WAY YOU OPERATE IN THE TRANSFER MARKET? I think it's sort of hit crunch point really because it looks like some guys don't mind bending the rules to obviously chase the dream, which is the honeypot obviously of getting Premier League finance and football. I do believe in the way we're trying to do it though. So, I mean it has to be relatively sustainable. Yes, we've got a very rich benefactor, but it feels like every decision is made for the benefit and the future of the club. And I think it's the right way to go. Yes, listen, at times we've pushed it and at times you've got to rein it in. But through hopefully making good decisions through developing young players and improving the team as a whole year on year, I believe that if we keep making the right decisions we will achieve our goals. HAS FFP MADE THE MARKET DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE THOUGH? Yeah, … [Read more...] about ‘Some guys don’t mind bending the rules’
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PUBLISHED: 14:59 17 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 17 July 2019 Sam Frost The Take That Experience. Archant A top-quality tribute act will relight the fire of one of Britain's best-loved boy bands on a Weston stage next month, and the Mercury has free tickets to give away to lucky readers. The Take That Experience will wow the crowd at The Playhouse, in High Street, on August 16 at 7.30pm - performing all the hits which made the group one of the nation's most successful bands.Take That have enjoyed a quarter of a century as one of the most popular acts on these shore, scoring chart success with an almost-endless list of hits. The one time five-piece - made up of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams - first made their mark in the 1990s with hits like A Million Love Songs, Pray and Relight My Fire.Tunes like Never Forget and Back For Good remain sing-a-long favourites as closing time approaches in some Weston nightclubs. The … [Read more...] about Win tickets to see The Take That Experience in Weston
THE COCAINE THAT WASHES IN FROM THE SEA The last man you come across in Mexico can be found at the following coordinates: 18º 12’ 9” N and 87º 50’ 36” W. He is almost always there working on his rooftop terrace. His name is Don Luis and his home faces the Caribbean Sea beyond the ubiquitous mangrove swamp. If you walk five minutes to the right, you are in a different country, but if you go left, you are in Xcalak in an hour – the first town within the Mexican border. Don Luis is a muscular 58-year-old with dark hair and a moustache, and whose isolated dwelling is situated on one of oddest borders in the world. It is a line that divides a 99-kilometer strip of land into southeast Mexico and Belize, otherwise known as a key, which runs parallel to the Belize coastline. A military base marks the division between the countries. Mexico has 62 kilometers with barely a soul on them while Belize owns 37 kilometers crammed with tourists. The last man in … [Read more...] about The dark side of the Caribbean
PUBLISHED: 19:36 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 19:36 06 June 2019 Nick Richards Dare was the Human League's third album, released in 1981 Archant Nick Richards takes a trip back to 1981 to listen again to the Human League's Dare Side A contains The Sound of The Crowd, the first time Oakey was heard with two female backing singersEven in Phil Oakey's most optimistic thoughts, he couldn't have predicted that 1981 could go any better for The Human League. In October 1980, after two largely unsuccessful albums, a divisive split in the band saw founder members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh depart, leaving just Oakey and Philip Adrian Wright to pick up the pieces and move forward.Oakey sensed the need for a new direction and for third album, Dare, he recruited two local schoolgirls, Joanne Catherall and Susanne Sulley in January 1981 to largely perform backing vocals on this next project.And what a decision it was, for it gave the band their defining, more … [Read more...] about My vinyl heaven: The Human League
By Rob Stevens BBC Sport 24 May From the section League One Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48356991 Read more about sharing. League One play-off final: Charlton Athletic vs SunderlandDate: Sunday, 26 May Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 15:00 BSTCoverage: Commentary on BBC local radio, plus live text coverage on the BBC Sport website and appFollow live text coverage from 14:00 BST on Sunday"I'm not religious, but I did have a little moment where I said 'if there is anybody up there, please let this go in'."Charlton Athletic and Sunderland meet in the League One play-off final on Sunday, a match-up which brings back memories of a Wembley classic.The Addicks and the Black Cats shared eight goals on a sunny May day in 1998 in the Division One (second tier) play-off final, with Charlton striker … [Read more...] about Charlton v Sunderland 1998: The greatest play-off final ever?