Last week, I set out with photographer Paul J White to locate all four football grounds used by the club that became Newcastle United. This is what we found: This is where it all started for Newcastle United, in a car park behind a tile warehouse, a couple of miles east of St James’ Park. […]
The own goal is the ultimate moment of soccer self-destruction. Few footballing sights are as awe-inspiring as that split second of lunacy in which a gangling centre half dives full-length to head the ball past his hapless keeper. What follows is a celebration of ten of the worst ever own goals, some funny, some bizarre, […]
Farewell Don, Peggy, Roger, Pete and Joan. Especially Joan. This week’s Mad Men season four finale means we’ll have to wait the best part of a year for our next wallow in the glamour and drama of 60s Madison Avenue. And that’s tough, because Mad Men is a show that completely absorbs its viewers, the […]
Airline seating is a particularly prickly consumer issue, and any frequent flyer knows that getting the seat you want on a plane can be a frustrating and expensive nightmare. We expect airlines to charge a premium for extra legroom, but many of them now charge extra for standard seating too. The worst offender seems to […]
Oh the Timperley test card’s on, so follow Frank down to the bottom of his garden. There’s been an outpouring of love for Frank Sidebottom since his creator Chris Sievey died earlier this year. He had many fans, but was never more than a cult figure. Frank’s Fantastic Shed Show was just about the closest […]
A big announcement from BSkyB HQ this week, with big numbers attached: Sky now has 10 million subscribers, hitting its long-term target set back in August 2004. According to the figures, Sky is installed in 36% of UK and Irish households, and reaches 25 million people. So there’s a good chance that you’ve got a […]
Ever posted a bad review on TripAdvisor? It’s a pretty satisfying way to blow off steam after a rotten experience, but, while carefully crafting your missive about unidentified stains on the bedding and £25-a-night Wi-Fi, did you consider the possible consequences..? Read the full post at Bitterwallet.
Nuisance calls are a right pain in the earhole, aren’t they? Us long-suffering Brits receive more than 1.5 billion of them every year. That’s around 75 nuisance calls per household. We’re all much too busy with our crushingly demanding lives to be bothering with some marketing drone wanting to know whether we need loft insulation […]
When Chris Sievey died in June, several of those who knew him best described him as a genius. Chris was best known as the man inside the oversized papier mache head of Frank Sidebottom, but before finding cult success with his aspiring pop star alter-ego, he had attempted to carve out a music career of […]
Unofficial Football World Champions traces football’s alternative championships from the very first international match in 1872, involving legendary teams and footballing minnows, classic finals and forgotten friendlies, celebrated players and unsung heroes.