From the monthly archives:

January 2016

Sports Review / Sporting Hero of 2015

January 4, 2016

Welcome to our sports review & sporting hero award of 2015. Farewell to 2015 – A sporting year that was dominated by some familiar faces and also some welcome surprises. The status quo still prevails across many sports with the continued dominance of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in tennis, Chris Frome winning his second […]

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King of the Valleys Award 2015

January 3, 2016

Our King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or persons who have seen their reputation plummet the furthest over the course of the last 12 months. The unworthy winner(s) receive our infamous dog turd branded King of the Valleys jersey. In the historical pantheon of previous King of the Valleys we have:- […]

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King of the Mountains Award 2015

January 3, 2016

Our annual end of year King of the Mountains prize is awarded to whoever has seen their reputation make the most significant climb upwards over the past year. In 2010, this went to Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan, for transforming himself from a Manchester United joke figure to one of the stars of the 2010 World […]

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Week 1: Hero – Ben Stokes

January 3, 2016

Our first hero of the week for 2016 is Ben Stokes for hitting the fastest double century for England, the second fastest in history, on day two of the second Test with South Africa in Cape Town. Stokes raced to 200 in only 163 balls to beat Ian Botham’s 220-ball record. He eventually made 258 […]

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Prat of the Year Award 2015

January 3, 2016

Another year is over, and so we turn again to our annual awards. Our panel of judges have met, carefully considered the merits of each candidate and then taken whatever bungs were on offer before making our final decisions – we’ve learnt well from FIFA this year on how these things should be done. It is […]

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#1055: 2015, Sleaford Mods, Rupert Trousers

January 3, 2016

So my song of 2015 is this superb track from Sleaford Mods’ Key Markets album.  The song which is far less ranty in its vocal delivery than many Sleafords tracks (not that they are any worse for that) may be the greatest state of the nation song since the post-Mick Jones’ The Clash’s This Is […]

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George East’s Top 10 Tracks of 2015

January 3, 2016

I haven’t done this in previous years, sticking instead to lists of gigs, albums and (in February) films. But it seemed an odd omission. As will become clear when I get round to the albums list over the coming days, I think 2015 was a truly superb year for music, with many excellent albums and […]

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Spain’s inconclusive election

January 3, 2016

I mentioned during the week that I would post on the recent Spanish election. The recent general election in Spain has left the nation without a clear government. The current ruling party, the conservative (and successors to Franco’s Fascists) People’s Party (PP) remained the largest party, but 53 seats short of the 176 deputies needed […]

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