Month: May 2013

Subbuteo Art: Where Do Subbuteo Figures Go When They Die?

Richard Brook reveals an unusual artform that flicks to kick. In 1991, when I was ten, the accepted way for football fans to record their special football memories was to keep a scrapbook of pictures and clippings from newspapers and magazines. You recreated these treasured moments on the Subbuteo pitch. Somewhere over the last 22 years the distinction between these two, footballing pastimes became blurred, at least in the mind of Aston Villa fan Terry Lee. Terry has an unusual – indeed unique to my knowledge – business. Terry records some of the most memorable moments of football history...

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The Thursday Essay: Fame And Its Feet Of Clay

Stephen Tudor explores the nature of modern fame and how its simple shallow water became polluted. When I was growing up in the 80s fame was a simple and straightforward concept. The public understood implicitly the vacuous nature of stardom and seemed content to merely skim the surface of it realising there was very little of interest beneath. We cooed at the dresses of princesses and politely enquired whether a footballer listened to Luther Vandross or enjoyed a pre-match steak and chips; anything beyond that felt like prying into a private life we had no business knowing. Without the...

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The Great Gatsby?

Our resident movie guru Rob Ward reviews Baz Luhrmann’s fatally flawed blockbuster. The Great Gatsby is my favourite book and has been ever since my first encounter with during my A-Levels. I have owned many copies, although the well-thumbed version I currently own (and which I read in one sitting on a recent flight) is probably my favourite: a Penguin Classics edition with a wonderful introductory essay by Tony Tanner. The romance and subtlety of the novella linger long in the mind, the perfectly crafted prose reveals a gem on every single page, the central characters delight and repel...

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Manic Street Preachers: A Design For Life

by Chris Tobin Some bands although achieving financial or chart success will never achieve significance, they may emanate a musicality for its own sake, and whilst delusional they accept their own importance. The conflict and absurdity cannot not go unstated when you speak and indeed eulogise about The Manic Street Preachers. There was an uneasy relationship with music media moguls and fans that held the band as close to their hearts and minds as was possible in the late 1980’s. The Manic Street Preachers would strangle its audience into submission with an intellect and prose sadly missing elsewhere in...

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10 Players Arsenal Should Be Gunning For This Summer

Mark Urban looks at the players who would turn Arsenal from top four contenders to title challengers all within their reputed summer budget. If Arsene Wenger has anywhere near the reported £70m war-chest that has been rumoured, then he needs to look at bringing some of the following players in to strengthen his squad. All of them are currently playing in the Premier League, are realistic targets within Arsenal’s price range and play in positions that the Gunners need to strengthen. While it won’t be financially viable for Wenger to purchase all of them, the addition of any of...

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