Goodbye Smurf. Cock of the walk one day, a feather duster the next, although in Norman Smurthwaite's case the transformation took a little longer. He was hoisted shoulder high during promotion celebrations in The Crown, Burslem, at the end of his first season, a campaign in which some fans were also inspired to dress as Smurfs to celebrate Vale's success under their new owner. Six-and-a-half years on and Smurthwaite stayed away from Vale's final game under his ownership, away to Bury on Saturday. So, he missed the sight of supporters parading a huge banner across the away end of Gigg Lane depicting Smurthwaite with a dummy and rattle under the headline 'Bye, bye, cry baby' - get out of our club.' Childish, maybe, but has a Port Vale owner ever thrown his toys out of the pram quite so spectacularly as Smurthwaite did in March when he rang Radio Stoke and threatened to put the club into administration because of protests against him? Mind you, he and supporters were irreconcilable … [Read more...] about ‘What on earth was he doing?’
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A judge has vented his frustration after magistrates granted bail to a dangerous convicted man.Judge James O'Mahony expressed his annoyance when Grant Davis, 41, failed to surrender to Canterbury Crown Court today for sentencing.Davis, 41, was to learn his fate after being caught carrying knives and a knuckleduster in public.Judge James O’Mahony said: “What on earth is he doing on bail anyway?“This defendant who habitually carries weapons is a danger to the public.”The judge added Magistrates should consider not only the risks of defendants absconding, but also potential dangers of them re-offending.Davis, of Northdown Road in Cliftonville, pleaded guilty on March 12 to three counts of carrying an offensive weapon in a public place at Margate Magistrate’s Court.On November 26 last year Davis was caught carrying a knuckle duster in Hawley Square, Margate.On February 20 this year he was caught with a credit card style knife with a two-inch blade alongside a … [Read more...] about ‘What on earth is he doing on bail?’
For members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, there are few good news days. Friday 18 January was one of them. That's when special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian election interference, issued a rare public statement disputing an explosive Buzzfeed investigation that alleged that Trump had directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Buzzfeed reported that Cohen had told the special counsel that the president had asked him to lie to lawmakers about his negotiations with Russian officials over the building of a Trump tower in Moscow. In response to the story, several Democrats said publicly that they considered this an impeachable offence. But, after the special counsel's spokesman said that Buzzfeed's reporting was “not accurate” many media organisations were quick to dismiss the story. Perhaps too quick. Buzzfeed stands by its reporting, and has pointed out that the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight What on earth is Rudy Giuliani up to?
George Alagiah has returned to BBC News at 6 tonight after taking a year out to undergo cancer treatment. The newsreader was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, but was given the all clear in November 2015. The disease came back, meaning George had to undergo further treatment in January 2018, leaving him to take some time off of the news show. His fellow presenter Sophie Raworth posted an image of him in the newsroom, confirming his return to the programme tonight (Wednesday.) The end of a news bulletin mentioned that George would be back on the show, to which George commented: "@sophieraworth there goes my hopes of slipping back into the studio unnoticed! Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile. # BBCNewsSix" Sophie joked: "Slipping back unnoticed after a year?! Unlikely @ BBCAlagiah. We are delighted to have you back tonight...at 6 on @ BBCOne Be there. … [Read more...] about BBC’s George Alagiah back on News at 6 amid cancer battle
It's one of the city centre's most beautiful buildings and was going to be turned into Liverpool's first five-star hotel - but it's still unclear what's going to happen to the Martins Bank building. The Water Street landmark is one of Britain's finest 20th century buildings, with its striking Portland Stone exteriors and lavish interiors starring in many film and TV shows. But much of the building has been empty for years, with the grand banking hall and vaults unused since Barclays finally left in 2007. In 2016 the latest hotel plan for the building was revealed. But work never started and the building's future remains uncertain. Martins was the only national UK bank to have its head office outside London. The group traces its history back to Tudor-era financier Thomas Gresham. In 1918 it was taken over by the Bank of Liverpool, creating a national banking group that expanded across the country. The merged group needed a grand new headquarters and in 1932 opened its grand new head … [Read more...] about What on earth is happening to the Martin’s Bank Building?