Bob Higgins, 66, abused 24 aspiring footballers, Bournemouth Crown Court heard A paedophile former football coach was today smiling and joking moments before he was jailed for more than 24 years for sexually abusing 24 schoolboys. Bob Higgins was found guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault, carried out mainly on trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United, between 1971 and 1996. Bournemouth Crown Court heard his status as a 'God-like' figure enabled his campaign of abuse that took place over 25 years. Waiting for his sentencing hearing to start today at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, Higgins sat smiling and joking with a dock security officer, covering his mouth. It came as police said they are looking at further possible prosecutions after more victims came forward during the trial. Yesterday those that were sexually assaulted lined up to describe a 'conveyor belt of abuse' at the hands of 'pure evil' Higgins. They fought back tears as they spoke of having … [Read more...] about ‘Pure evil’ ex-football coach Bob Higgins, 66, is jailed for 24 years after grooming and abusing 24 young players over 25 years as police say more potential victims have come forward
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When Fernando Roig bought a controlling share in Villarreal in May 1997, people thought he was going slightly mad. And when he announced that he was going to make the club first division challengers, they thought he had completely lost it. How times have changed. When he said that Villarreal could win the Champions League on Tuesday night, no one thought him even slightly eccentric. Villarreal's is the classic rags-to-riches story. When Roig took over, they were struggling at the foot of the second division, with a stadium that held just 3,500, crippling debts and virtually no history. They had never been in the first division and were overshadowed by every other club in the region. Now they have overshadowed virtually every other club in Spain. "When Roig said we were going to get into the first division, I was scared. I didn't imagine we could get there in my wildest dreams," says José Manuel Llaneza, Villarreal's general manager. As for the Champions League, forget it, let … [Read more...] about Villarreal? No one is laughing any more
Stage Nureyev dances Romeo at the Royal Ballet, 1966 You may prefer Rudolf's Swan Lake duet with Miss Piggy (also on YouTube). But a more traditional pas de deux with Margot Fonteyn from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet delivers a glimpse of Nureyev's sublime physicality as a dancer; the balcony scene in particular gives him plenty of room to flex his muscles, with lifts and leaps aplenty.tinyurl.com/6efb2u Documentary on Trevor Nunn's Nicholas Nickleby, 1981 The RSC stage adaptation (by David Edgar) of Dickens's novel was eight hours long, featured a cast of 39 and was a landmark success. The South Bank Show that charted its progress through from rehearsal to performance casts a richly illuminating light behind the scenes, particularly on the tensions (and bitching) that arose when, after seven weeks of workshops, casting began. Not everyone got the parts they wanted and six cast members duly quit.tinyurl.com/6f9mqx Pina Bausch's Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue), 1977 Posted (in 12 parts) in its … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube
Professor Sir Richard Evans, historian, president of Wolfson College, Cambridge Gove presided over the disintegration of our school system; he opened up teaching to untrained people in state schools, because he had contempt for professional educationalists. The restoration of professional teaching in our schools must now be an urgent priority. I'll remember him as someone who tried to dumb down the teaching of history by eliminating the teaching of skills and converting it to a mindless rote learning of a slanted patriotic version of events. With the history curriculum, he set up an elaborate consultation process, then after it was complete he ditched it and came up with his own half-baked ideas. And of course everyone rejected it. Fortunately, his attempt to foist his own rather ignorant and partial version of history on to the national curriculum was one of his many failures. Tom Sherrington, headteacher, King Edward VI grammar school, Chelmsford When you met him he was always … [Read more...] about Michael Gove: ‘bogeyman’ or ‘the greatest education secretary ever’?
Run, don't walk, to the cinema is all I can say. This electrifying picture is part tender coming-of-age film and part gang-warfare epic from the Brazilian slum, or favela, told from the viewpoint of the children who manage to be both its underclass and its criminal overlords. It's a movie with all the dials cranked up to 11, an overwhelming, intoxicating assault on the senses, and a thriller so tense that you might have the red seat plush in front of you - or even some unfortunate's hair - gripped in both fists. Amores Perros - increasingly the touchstone of the Latin new wave - began with a car chase and a dead animal. Director Fernando Meirelles's City of God, co-produced under the aegis of Walter Salles, has something similar, but invests his images with more overtly mythic qualities, irresistibly potent from the very beginning. A swaggering gangster is about to slaughter a chicken in the middle of the favela; it escapes, and there is a hilarious but still oddly gripping chase … [Read more...] about City of God