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de Pfeffel – A Working Man’s Hero

Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister, a move that is bound to shake up British politics, especially with the impending endgame of Brexit about to come to fruition some way or another come October 31st. In spite of Michael Gove’s ‘Game of Thrones style‘ inspired back stabbing in June 2016, Johnson becoming PM is a move I have seen coming since Leave’s victory over Remain in that very same month. It was, in my opinion, very self evident that the Conservatives could not pull us out of the European Union with a remainer, and Labour could not offer the counter argument that their supporters so desperately craved with a Eurosceptic in command. And this kicked off months of some of

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Is This The End Of Chelsea’s ‘Golden Era’?

The recent turmoil of Chelsea FC has been well documented, from losing 6-0 to Manchester City, to Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing substitution in the league cup final, yesterday’s dismal 1-1 home draw to Wolves, and to top it all off the scandal of Chelsea signing under-age players and resultant two-year transfer ban. One cannot help but question whether this is the end of Chelsea’s reign as a premier league giant? Picture this: at the end of the 2018/19 season, Maurizio Sarri departs Chelsea after a ‘coup d’etat’ led by Kepa Arrizabalaga. As the preverbal Chelsea ship sinks further, Eden Hazard departs to join Real Madrid for a cut-price, due to the Belgian entering the final year of his contract. These two

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The Six Nations Week Four Takeaway

Tom Roberts has been reviewing every teams performance each week in the 2019 Six Nations. Check out his Week One and Week Two Takeaways below… Week One Week Two Week Three Scotland How did Scotland not win? The ability of this Scotland team is fantastic and they do play some seriously good rugby. However, their ability to not convert opportunities into points is costing them and will continue to cost them against top sides. The absence of multiple players through injury, especially Stuart Hogg, has exploited the lack of depth in the Scotland squad. They have still attempted to play their structures though and when they are successful in executing this they look good. Yet, they have to start being

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The Six Nations Week Three Takeaway

Tom Roberts has been reviewing every teams performance each week in the 2019 Six Nations. Check out his Week One and Week Two Takeaways below… Week One Week Two France France were awesome. If they had performed at that level for the first two weeks of this Championship they could be in a completely different position to the one they are in currently. However, let us not dwell in the past too much because off the back of a performance like that, France deserve any praise that comes their way. The main difference in their performance this week in comparison to week one and two was their defence. The Joue was still there, and my goodness it was wonderful to

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The Critics’ Picks – February 2019 Edition

Critic: Matt Evans Pick: Six Nations – England Vs Wales After a less than impressive 26-15 victory at the Stadio Olimpico, Wales equalled the longest unbeaten run in their 138-year Test Match Victory. 11 wins on the bounce for Gatland’s men. Between October 10h 2015 and March 11th 2017, England equalled the tier-one record for successive victories with 18 in a row. The wheels quickly came off England’s sweet chariot in 2018 though. But they’ve now been swiftly been repaired (much like England’s injury list). My point? Records and stats will largely go out the window in this Anglo-Welsh battle. The Millennium Stadium, as it is formally – and better – known, is a colosseum and provides the best atmosphere

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The Six Nations Week One Takeaway

France Friday night, you may have witnessed one of the most French rugby performances of all time. After a scintillating first-half, and with Wales on the ropes, it was screaming for the French to stamp their authority down on this championship and send a message to the competition, especially after a poor autumn series. However, it was not to be the case. Instead, in a single match, we saw the best and the worst of the French. A shambolic second half display turned, what should have been a brilliant week one victory, into a heartbreaking loss. The French, this six nations, have the potential to beat, or get turned over by, anyone. The reason for their first-half brilliance is the

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 Sporting Moment Of The Year

Critic: Max McGrath Pick: England’s Penalty Shoot-Out Victory Over Columbia A lot has been said about the BBC’s Sporting moment, which for me was a disgraceful choice by the critics’ panel. The world cup reunited a nation this summer and provided a wealth of sporting moments, none more of a rollercoaster of emotions than England’s first ever penalty shootout win in a world cup. Football is the most popular, most competitive and most talked about sport globally, even though the tournament ended in heartbreak for the Three Lions it still provided a moment that 24m people tuned in for. It had drama, heartbreak for the Columbians, redemption for Gareth Southgate and just under half the country would have been celebrating

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 TV Show Of The Year

Critic: Tom Roberts Pick: Succession Imagine Game of Thrones in the world of business. That is the essence of this new HBO show. The show sees ageing businessman Logan Roy and his children battle over his company, Waystar Royco, with all the characters making their own political chess moves to increase their power. What really draws me to the story is it is not as simple as good people against bad people, all the characters have their own flaws. In one moment, you can go from loving one character to thinking they are an utter dick or vice versa. This has the makings of a world-class TV show, I could not recommend it highly enough.  Critic: Max McGrath Pick: Sunderland

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What Has Happened To Manchester City?

Manchester City’s air of dominance could be coming to a halt as they sit seven points adrift of the league leaders, and a point behind fellow title chasers Tottenham. If the roles were reversed and it was the blue side of Manchester who sat atop the premiership table with a six-point safety net, many would now believe the race to be over. Once a team that would hand out beatings to pretty much any English team they came across has managed a disappointing three points from a possible 12. The King of the Jungle has been wounded badly, and everyone knows it. However, with the lack of experience between Tottenham and Liverpool in winning trophies, and especially league titles in

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The Critics’ Picks – December 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October and November below: October November Here are our selections for December…  Critic: Harry Pocket Pick: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Firstly, the title… I don’t like it. It makes sense both prophetically and thematically given Doctor Strange told Tony Stark, during ‘Infinity War’, ‘We’re in the end game now’. Furthermore, it is likely the end for at least four of original Avengers’ story arc’s, but nevertheless, I’m not a fan. Secondly, the teaser is brilliant. My guess is that all the footage is from the opening thirty minutes, but the footage they do

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