News archive from 23 November 2014

MoD secrecy fuels doubts over Clyde yards future
 

Is this the moment Spain and Qatar plotted 2022 World Cup heist at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium? 

The Mail on Sunday makes public for the first time this exclusive image of a key meeting that World Cup bidding whistleblower Phaedra Almajid says was the start of Qatar 2022’s strategy to set up an alliance with the Spain-Portugal 2018 bid team for...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Five FIFA officials who were involved in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process to face new Swiss probe

Five officials with connections to FIFA and who were all involved in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are at the centre of a Swiss criminal investigation, according to the man who wants to be FIFA’s next president. Jerome...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 
Don’t prick the Christmas spending bubble – it’s keeping capitalism alive

Don’t prick the Christmas spending bubble – it’s keeping capitalism alive

Global capitalism, as a system, simply doesn’t work. Russell Brand’s new book provides the proof. As does my new book. And the hundreds of other new books that are just out. And the Sainsbury’s advert. And all the current adverts for booze and...

 
Two men arrested following a spate of lead thefts from churches in Cotesbach, Husbands Bosworth, Wanlip and Wigston

Two men arrested following a spate of lead thefts from churches in Cotesbach, Husbands Bosworth, Wanlip and...

Two men have been arrested after a series of high value thefts from churches across the county. The arrests were made following police investigations into thefts at five churches in Leicestershire in the last month where tens of thousands of pounds...

 
I took a class on how to pick up women. I learnt more about male anxiety

I took a class on how to pick up women. I learnt more about male anxiety

Sleazy. Everyone thinks the “trained” pickup artist is a sleazy, predatory lizard stalking women. The truth is some are like that, but quite a lot of them, I can tell you, are painfully shy guys who break out in sweats at the thought of even speaking...

 

Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United will have to make significant improvements if they are to challenge...

Louis van Gaal admitted that this Manchester United side will have to make significant improvements if they are to challenge at the top of the table despite a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Arsenal which lifted them into the top four. The Manchester...

Daily Mail, 00:12 in Sport
 

Observer killer sudoku

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Stewart Lee: you ask the questions

Stewart Lee: you ask the questions

According to new time-wasting device YouGov Profiler, which uses data to guess the demographics of different groups of people, fans of Stewart Lee and the Observer are virtually indistinguishable. If you’re reading this, the website suggests that...

 
Rail, road and bus spending is the way to bridge the north-south divide

Rail, road and bus spending is the way to bridge the north-south divide

‘Vomit trains, I call them. They’re very rattly and unpleasant. The seats are like park benches.” The disparaged carriage is well known to rail users in the north of England: this is an ageing Pacer train, wheezing its way into Manchester Piccadilly...

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 
One tweet blighted Thornberry’s career. Will the stirrers have a laugh at that?

One tweet blighted Thornberry’s career. Will the stirrers have a laugh at that?

Notes on modern Britain: when I looked on Friday morning, some 2,200 Mail Online readers had commented on the Rochester result – and 3,000 on Emily Thornberry’s white van tweet. The online Guardian’s scorecard was very similar: 2,300 to 2,600 or so....

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 
Theresa May reveals ambition to be desert island dancing queen

Theresa May reveals ambition to be desert island dancing queen

Theresa May will recall her habit of dancing to Abba’s Dancing Queen in a pair of flared trousers and a yellow blouse with “huge voluminous sleeves” during a guest appearance on Desert Island Discs. The Radio 4 programme is, at times, in danger of...

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 
Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help

Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help

The once mighty and revered Foreign and Commonwealth Office is failing to offer acceptable levels of help to many Britons abroad and their families – including those alleging torture in prisons overseas – according to a highly critical report by MPs....

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 
Stars join the fight to save people’s history as cuts threaten Manchester’s radical heritage

Stars join the fight to save people’s history as cuts threaten Manchester’s radical heritage

They chart the history of working-class battles from the Peterloo massacre and the birth of the trade union movement right up to the poll tax riots and opposition to the Iraq war, but two of the country’s only museums dedicated to working people’s...

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 


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