Month: June 2013

Does Hypnosis Work For Smokers?

by Bob Lethaby I went to a hypnotist the other day in a bid to cure my on-going problems associated with social smoking, particularly with a beer or at our Sunday cricket matches. I have to say that it was a terrible experience that left me feeling deflated and ripped off because when I left the building none of my social cravings had been erased. There are several categories of smoker but the main two are as follows: Smokers who have no regard for what doctors or their family say as they belligerently puff themselves into a pine overcoat,...

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The Globetrotter Diaries Part 7

Having explored the stunning beauty of California our intrepid journeyman James Willis this week goes tourist…and just misses out on spotting Johnny Depp. Having officially ended the tour through California, Nevada and Arizona upon our arrival in Los Angeles, it came time to explore for myself. At least that was until half of the tour group realised we were all staying in the city afterwards by ourselves anyway. Upon this realisation a unanimous decision was reached that we’d probably still spend the rest of the week hanging out too. Leaving the hotel, that had been our final stop of...

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Adios Carlos, The Tezmanian Devil

Kevin Henning bids a sad farewell to a controversial figure. The most controversial player in Manchester’s recent footballing history left for Turin yesterday leaving behind him an entire spectrum of emotions. Despised by reds to a man, Carlos Tevez’s relationship with City fans is nigh on impossible to summarise. Both sets of supporters have their own reasons to be glad to see the back of the Argentine but when the dust settles and Mancunians reflect on what Tevez brought to their teams, they’ll remember him as much for his footballing ability as his numerous talking points. It all started...

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Man of Sleep: Superman Reviewed

Our resident film guru Rob Ward remains grounded on the latest in the Superman franchise. The involvement of Chris Nolan (as screenwriter and producer) ought to guarantee a successful re-imagining of a superhero franchise. After his sterling work on Batman, his wonderful manipulation of narrative in films like Memento and proving his big-budget blockbuster credentials in Inception, who better than to steer director Zak Snyder and his all star cast through another attempt at rebooting Superman. Since Christopher Reeve’s early incarnation as the Man of Steel, the franchise has suffered by the law of diminishing returns. The sequels grew...

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40 Years Ago, The Light Started To fade

Neil Jensen essays the 1973/74 season and its significance to the decline of English football. Malcolm Allison, the wayward, some might say eccentric, Manchester City coach, said the period between 1967 and 1972 was the last golden age of English football. Allison, whose team was one of the leading lights during those years, was talking about the post-1966 era when the game received a boost as the nation celebrated England as World Champions. But it was also a period in which defensive football came to the fore in many quarters and hooliganism continued to emerge as a social menace....

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