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?’
EU leaders have agreed a Brexit extension until October 31 with a review in June. After several hours of lively debate, the EU finally agreed a compromise shortly before 1am local time. It means Theresa May could cling on to power for up to six months until a deal is agreed. Mrs May had asked for a delay to June 30, with a break clause allowing the UK to leave as soon as Parliament has ratified her Withdrawal Agreement. Most of the leaders at the Brussels summit are understood to have favoured the longer extension of as much as a year recommended by European Council President Donald Tusk. But French President Emmanuel Macron dug his heels in for a shorter delay, warning that a no-deal Brexit would be less damaging than a disruptive UK remaining for month after month. That's one of the reasons for the June review. Pressed over whether she stood by her comment in Parliament that "as Prime Minister" she would not delay Brexit beyond the end of June, she responded that the … [Read more...] about What on earth just happened with Brexit and what happens now?
WHAT is wrong with the world? What is the problem? We look at the news, and we see crisis after crisis; the pollution of the oceans, freak weather, high school massacres, criminal damage, self-harm, [...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Andrew Watson: What on earth is wrong with… earth?
Just over eight years ago, during the post-Christmas lull, the Grimsby Telegraph ran a story about two local people who had found 50p coins “from the future”. Despite it still being 2010, they had been handed the ‘time-travelling’ coins dated 2011 with their change while doing their festive shopping. It wasn’t groundbreaking, it wasn’t especially insightful, but it was light-hearted and fun. It was the kind of story that would attract a barrage of disapproval from today’s cynical, opinionated social media brigade, who would waste no time tapping away on their phones announcing the death of journalism. Back then, it was a different story. While there were a few mumblings of this scoop's apparent pointlessness, not least from myself, it passed by without much furore and was rather well read online. Fast-forward to 2019 and Ricky Gervais has been on the receiving end of a tsunami of praise for his latest Netflix show, After Life, which balances … [Read more...] about How Ricky Gervais’ After Life nails what local news is all about