The women's football kits, they are coming! They will soon be in your homes, on your television screens, they are already in the windows of your large central London sports shops. Regrettably, they remain pricey pieces of fine-fiber wicking polyester mesh, which is not a great look for a sport looking to broaden its appeal. But as the kits for this World Cup have gradually been revealed we have witnessed two important things. First is the novel idea that women's football kits should be cut to fit a woman's body, rather than forcing athletes to make do with stuff designed for a different gender. This is both an encouraging break from depressing tradition and a great way to avoid the sorts of tent-like disasters which were familiar for players of Hope Powell's generation: Second, we have new bespoke designs to enjoy for several teams. For the first time several manufacturers have created new kits for women's teams, rather than just … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup 2019 kits: every home and away shirt ranked
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Poland is perfection as Helen McGurk discovered on a trip with her family We had just popped into a takeaway pizzeria in Zakopane for a margherita with olives, but within minutes were downing icily-sharp vodka with the affable owner and his friends. The assembled and their two blue-eyed huskies, were in fine fettle and as we waited for our order insisted we join them in a complimentary shot of the potent firewater, which was presented with a large gherkin and even larger sausage chaser. ‘‘Ukrainian vodka...is best,’’ said the owner as he poured from the unmarked bottle. I’m no vodka expert, but I’m sure the stuff was only a whisper away from pure ethanol, nonetheless it was a lovely gesture which fortified us for our trudge through the snow back to our hotel.Zakopane is a beautiful fairytale town at the foot of the Tatra mountains in southern Poland. It’s a haven for skiers of all abilities, and those of none (ie me). Before arriving in … [Read more...] about A city break and skiing aren’t poles apart
Douglas Murray 6 April 2019 9:00 AM 6 April 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp While Britain continues to try to struggle its way out of the EU, perhaps it is wise to consider what is happening inside the bloc itself, not just in Paris where the fumes from burning cars fill the apartments and approval ratings for Emmanuel Macron continue to slide as he engages in a national listening exercise (which actually consists of him delivering Chávez-length lectures to the French public). But over the border in Italy, where the tone of the era is being set. Being both interior minister and deputy prime minister is a tremendous position for Matteo Salvini to be in. It allows him to fulfil some of his election promises — most notably stopping the migrant boat landings — while being able to attribute the failure to perform others (such as deporting half a million illegals) on his coalition partners. These moves give significant … [Read more...] about Matteo Salvini: the man reinventing populist politics
PUBLISHED: 10:23 23 March 2019 Andrew Clarke Is Four Weddings and a Funeral Britain's greatest film? Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, James Fleet star in this slice of 1990s life. Picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. What makes a great British film? Something that captures the essence of the British character or sense of humour. Which of these Great British Films have you seen? Joseph Fiennes is Britain's greatest playwright Will Shakespeare in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love Photo: UniversalFor me, a great British film is one you can return to time and again and gain comfort from the fact that the film remains as good (if not better) as the last time you saw it.The list was designed to embrace great movies from throughout a century of film-making but looking at the list after I had compiled it, I was surprised at how many comparatively modern films are on there. Which, I hope, … [Read more...] about Great British Movies: Is your favourite on our list?
When he was 31 years old, Robert Macias was working as an art director for the TV and digital media company Univision in its “content creation facility” in Miami. Macias, the son of Colombian parents and a graduate who majored in digital communication and media, oversaw projects in marketing and adver-tising. He worked with brands including McDonalds and Kellogg’s, creating “visually compelling and engaging interactive experiences for the web”. Now, you’re more likely to know Macias as r.m. drake, the New York Times-bestselling poet with 1.9 million followers on Instagram. He has published 14 collections of poetry, has a number of celebrity followers, and his poems have been repeatedly shared by the Kardashians. While working at Univision, Macias wrote in his spare time. In 2012, he started sharing his work on Instagram – taking short excerpts, typing them on to handmade paper with his 1940s Royal typewriter in lower case, and signing off with … [Read more...] about Why are we so worried about “Instapoetry”?