Month: April 2013

Austria’s Wunderteam: The Godfathers Of Football’s Soul

by Neil Jensen Apart from a spell in the late 1970s when Hans Krankl was one of Europe’s most prolific strikers, Austrian football has spent many years in the shadows, despite being joint hosts of Euro 2008. It was during the football-fest of 2008 that an interesting exhibition in Vienna paid tribute to the history of the Austrian game, and in particular, a time when its national team was among the most feared in the world. Das Wunderteam was its name, and for a few short years in the 1930s, Austria’s reputation was of a whirlwind team that brushed...

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Stay In With Eevee – The Hobbit Reviewed

Each week our resident DVD guru Rob Ward picks out a flick worthy of popcorn, slippers and your phone switched to mute. This time out it’s Peter Jackson’s flawed epic. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was a huge success. Not only did it garner widespread critical acclaim, it also managed to appease the obsessive Tolkien aficionados who treat the source material with the kind of reverence normally reserved for religious writing. Despite this, however, rumours abound that Jackson has played faster and looser with his adaptation of The Hobbit… Toying with the cinematic form (3D, IMAX, 48...

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“It Is What It Is” – Eevee Meets Young Knives

Oxford’s finest Young Knives may not be known for indulging in a superabundance of rock excess – they prefer tweed to weed and the trio’s groupies are more likely to explore anecdotes on limited released demos than the contents of their pants – but the Mercury-nominated band still enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle that is the envy of most. Having dented the charts with such geek-sleek gems as She’s Attracted To and The Decision theirs is a life of tour buses, festivals and Carling for breakfast. Which makes them Eevee heroes. Returning from a brief creative convalescence tonight’s gig is...

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Advertising, Hollywood And The Worst Sex Scenes In Modern Literature

Our Lifestyle Editor Siobhan Carney compiles a bad sex guide from film, TV and books. Magic penises and freshly made ears? Set your dinky little JVCs to stun. Sex sells. At least it does according to advertising agencies. Like Freud before them, companies looking to sell us products have stumbled upon the fundamental truth of human existence: When it comes to sex, we’re really no better than animals. Sure, we can be smug about possessing opposable thumbs but, as any sexually frustrated teenage boy will tell you, the ability to grip hasn’t exactly elevated us above our baser instincts....

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Talking Telephone Numbers

by Bob Lethaby After a lovely weekend down in the New Forest meeting new people, I got a phone call and a visit from my old mate Richard last night. Despite feeling a bit jaded, we meandered off down to the delightful Hyde Tavern in Winchester with another friend, Steve, to have a chinwag about any old crap that would have the average woman searching the landscape for hills and proceeding to make a run for them. However, I really enjoy these conversations that meander from one subject to another without any rhyme or reason. Last night, the conversation drifted towards telephone numbers, a riveting subject that started by us recalling another friend of ours who had an almost autistic knack of memorising numbers after only hearing them once. This is something we all used to do, but now, with modern mobile technology, there is no longer the need. I don’t know the mobile number of anyone except my own; not my children’s, not my dad’s or my girlfriend’s, not anyone. It is all stored by name in my little iPhone in alphabetical order. Right up until my early twenties it was critical to memorise as many numbers as possible because unless you had a diary, there was no way of recording them except in your brain. In my youth, if it was discovered that you carried a pocket...

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