When the Ref is the Star

In the aftermath of England’s match against Turkey yesterday, it has to be said that Pierluigi Collina is undoubtedly THE best referee in the world of football. How many other refs would get a standing ovation from the crowd before the game? Okay, so maybe the Turkish supporters were trying to influence him, but I doubt it. He doesn’t strike me or anyone as the sort of character who can be swayed by mere flattery. Read more ›››

Phew!

England did it, but only just against Turkey.

Scotland the Brave

Well done Scotland. A 1-0 against Lithuania may not sound much, but it gets them into the play-offs for the European Championships next year. And won by Man U’s Darren Fletcher.

I’m not one of those Englishmen who takes pleasure in Scots losing (unless it’s against England.) Must be my Scots roots, my mum’s Binnie family having moved south about 1890. The difference between this and my Yorkshire ancestors (of which there are many) is that I always knew the former and the latter only of late. Read more ›››

Up and at ’em Mighty Atom

Did I say an occasional series? Today I have to mention John Dalton following an article in tonight’s Manchester Evening News. It seems we have managed to misplace his body, or at least the exact spot where it was buried.

A reclusive Quaker, Dalton died in 1844 and was buried in Ardwick Cemetery which fell out of use in the 1950s. In 1963, it was turned into a playing field for Nicholls Secondary School. Dalton’s headstone was moved to Manchester Metropolitan University, but no-one knows exactly where the body was buried. Read more ›››

Greater Mancunians

This is the first of an occasional series of postings about Great Mancunians, people born in or adopted by Manchester, people who have contributed to the greater good.

Harumph! So here goes. One hundred years ago. Dateline 10 October 1903. The place: 62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on Medlock, Manchester. The event: The founding of the Women’s Socialist and Political Party by Emmeline Pankhurst. Motto: “Deeds, not words.” Read more ›››

Aussies Couldn’t Give a XXXX for PM

The Rugby World Cup started this morning in Sydney, and as ever, the Australians made a great spectacle of it with fireworks, drumbeats and kids moving in formation to create Rocky, the event mascot.

But the strange thing was that when their prime minister, John Howard, got up to make his opening speech, he was roundly booed by the crowd. Read more ›››

Rio Grande

The row about Rio Ferdinand’s ‘forgotten’ random drugs test is getting out of hand. I think his excuse is pretty lame, and you do have to wonder at why Man United didn’t make sure he took the test, but the FA have been totally incompetent. Read more ›››

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