The Beatles – Live in Barcelona

«I’m sorry, he’s from Barcleona,» Basil Fawlty used to say to bemused guests at Fawlty Towers, to explain the erratic performance of his Spanish waiter, Manuel.

In a bizarre reversal, I found myself saying to the street-puppeteer on La Rambla, Barcelona’s main tourist thoroughfare; «It’s all right, I’m from Liverpool,» in an attempt to reassure her as to my qualifications for assisting her with her Beatles puppet show. Obviously, because I am from Liverpool, I am an expert on anything remotely connected with the fab four, even a puppet show, about which I know less than nothing.

What drew my attention in the first place was the pathetic sight of the Beatles reduced to a duo of John and

Ringo only, Paul and George apparently comatose on the stage. Whether this was an attempt to

authentically re-create their early Hamburg performances, where they often performed for hours on end

before collapsing with exhaustion, I do not know, but I suspect it may have had something to do with the

absence of her partner.

Naturally, I could not allow this sorry state of affairs to persist: I immediately offered my services, free of

charge, that the Beatles could perform once more as the fab four we know and love. She was less than

enthusiastic, suspecting (rightly) that I was possibly the worse for drink, and insisted on giving me a lengthy

tutorial on the mechanical workings of the puppets, which not only danced rhythmically to the music, but

were also able to strum their instruments, by means of one half of a pair of scissors which was worked by

the puppeteer’s thumb.

When I had mastered this technique to her satisfaction, she fired up the CD player, and The Beatles

demonstrated once again what made them such a great live band. The puppets themselves were

remarkably accurate – John Lennon had a suitably prominent nose, Paul was left-handed and played a

violin-style bass, and they even seemed to move like the real moptops, although Ringo was possibly more

animated than I remember.

Initially, all went well. A small crowd formed, the music blared out of the tinny speakers, the band kicked up

a storm. To increase the authenticity still further, I maneuvered Paul over to George’s microphone for the

harmonies – the puppet lady was clearly dismayed by this – with two puppets so close together, a fatal

string entanglement was the only possible outcome. Her eyes flashed at me, and Paul returned to his

rightful position on the edge of the stage. We did one more song together, but she made it clear that

enough was enough. I was asked to leave the group. Now I know how Pete Best felt.

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Avoid the Boredom on a Maldives Holidays

I regularly take calls from potential clients keen to visit the Maldives but worried that more than a week will drive them to distraction. As you probably know The Maldives are predominantly small unspoilt and natural islands offering guests the opportunity to experience a world largely untouched by commercialism, so many clients feel that after a few days of tranquility and relaxation they are ready to try something else. Enter the Multi Center Holiday! There are several airlines that fly to both the UK and one of the surrounding destinations to the Maldives so combining both locations in one holiday saves money on the flights and has the benefit of making you feel as if you have been on two holidays.

Maldives and Dubai – Emirates Airlines are the National Airlines of the UAE and based rather conveniently in Dubai, half way between the UK and the Maldives. All the Emirates Airlines flights stop in Dubai on the way out and back to the Maldives giving us as travellers the opportunity to stop over en route and experience what it has to offer. The flights from the UK are from Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and both Gatwick and Heathrow to Dubai taking approximately 6 hours before connecting on to the Maldives, a short 4 hours away.

Dubai offers a totally different experience from the Maldives and whilst is can't beat the Maldives for beaches it does have a lot to offer and well worth a short stop especially as your flying through the airport. Dubai is a man made, vibrant, high raised city by the beach. Its filled with hotels of all standards, restaurants, bars and an unsurpassed level of customer service. The hotels have been compared to the glitz of Las Vegas as so many are theming themselves to offer something different from the neighbor hotel and competitor. More importantly Dubai is an eclectic blend of the Western and Arabic culture and customs.

Maldives and Sri Lanka – Although close to the Maldives, Sri Lanka is a world apart, from these tiny unspoilt islands. Sri Lanka is the same size as Ireland and full of wildlife and beautiful scenery with a wealth of history.

You could choose to stay on one of Sri Lanka's beaches and experience the change in culture, or combine the Maldives with a Sri Lankan Safari – the wildlife is excellent here especially in Yala National Park renown for the tigers or perhaps undertaking a classical Sri Lankan tour with car and driver taking in all the highlights in this largely unspoilt country. Its important you look at the foreign office web site to keep yourself up to date on the troubles that have taken place in the very north of Sri Lanka, its not an area that benefits from tourism but by reading the foreign office web site you'll get the up to date picture. Sri Lankan Airlines operates a direct service taking 12 hours between Heathrow and the Maldives several times a week and also a daily service between Heathrow and Colombo taking aprox 9 hours and Colombo and the Maldives, a further 2 hours which makes Sri Lanka and the maldives a very attractive combination. Its also a very effective way of lengthening your holiday from a 10 night holiday to a 14 nights holiday as accommodation in Sri lanka is half the cost of the accommodation in the maldives allowing you to add a few extra days for very little money.

Maldives and Kerela – Long Sandy beaches, scenic spice and tea plantations. Extensive and fascinating backwaters describe the idyllic coast state of Kerela. Kerela is famous though out India for is therapeutic expertise in Ayurvediac treatments and most hotels have excellent Spa's.

Maldives and Bangkok, – Here is your opportunity to combine the Thailand with the Maldives. Bangkok represent the exoticism of the east, a lively mixture of both the ancient and the modern. Bangkok has retained its traditional charm amidst the disco's, bars, nigh markets and heavy traffic. An exotic city with glittering temples, culture and warmth.

Maldives and Singapore – Sri Lankan Airlines based in Colombo half way between these two destinations offer a superb service from Heathrow down to the Maldives and across to Singapore giving you to chance to combine the Maldives with the garden city. A bustling mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian races cultures and cuisines. Singapore offers fabulous shopping, plenty of sightseeing and a large variety of restaurants to choose from.

A great tip when planning your trip is to look at a map of where the Maldives is located, its likely that the surrounding countries will operate flights to and from and so logistically it will be possible and if cost is important then selecting the locations that the aircraft has to stop in is always a good bet.

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How to Impress Any Soccer Scout

I see people ask questions like; »What does a soccer scout look for in a player?» So through this tutorial I’ll show you what top club scouts like Manchester United, and Chelsea scouts look for. I hope this helps you out!

Step 1: You need TECHNIQUE, meaning you need a good first touch and great control. Most of the scouts don’t look for fancy work. They want you to be able to receive the ball, and pass it with out losing it! Fancy tricks are great but they usually slow down the game.

Step 2: PACE is the next thing you need. The scouts are looking for a burst of speed that will beat a player, or change a game in an instant.

Step 3: MOVEMENT!! Yes the scouts notice you without the ball to. They’re looking for players who, when they have passed the ball, move quickly to get it back or can find space!

Step 4: A lot of scouts look for TEMPERAMENT too. They usually don’t see this until your actually on their team. Temperature, meaning you can handle conditions like 95 degree weather or wet muddy weather. So if it’s a hot summer day you should try practicing or running in the condition.

To get noticed your going to have to train constantly and make sure you have heart. Make sure you look like you want to win. Win every 50/50 ball in the air. Slide tackle do whatever it takes to stand out.

Your also going to need to get on a good club team. Make sure your the one standing out. If you are having trouble with your technique and touch then you should try soccer freestyle. It helps almost everything in your soccer game. Why do you think Ronaldinho is so good?

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Manchester United Sign Fred

Manchester United unviels Fred

Manchester United sign Fred for 52.5 million pounds on a five year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk with a one-year contract extension. The blue half of Manchester and the current English Premier League champions, Manchester City were also in the race to sign the twenty-five-year-old from Shakhtar but were beaten by United for his signature. The club has a history and an attractive trophy cabinet which way bigger than City and is the reason why Fred chose to join Manchester United.

The Brazilian said that he has chosen Manchester United over their bitter rivals Manchester City to win trophies. Fred was unveiled at Manchester United on Thursday by their mascot, who is also Fred playing the piano. The Brazilian is known for his creativity and brilliant vision in the midfield. Mourinho has been looking to sign a player with a similar profile. Fred will still have to fight for a starting place ahead of Ander Herrara and Juan Mata alongside Pogba and Lingard.

Manchester United was clearly looking to splash big after they fell short of the League leaders with a huge margin. however, last season was Manchester United’s best one since the retirement of their iconic manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The club has seen a difficult period since Sir Alex retired after a stay of 25 years following which United have appointed their third manager in Jose Mourinho. With David Moyes struggling with his players and was sacked within 10 months of his appointment. His successor Luis Van Gaal lasted for 2 seasons but was criticised for his boring gameplay and 3-4-2-1 formation. Even though Van Gaal had experienced success in Europe with Bayern Munich and Ajax with his tactical philosophy but failed to live up to the expectations at Manchester United. He was sacked with a lot of bitterness at the end with the club’s board. Following the two failures, Jose Mourinho was appointed.

Manchester United’s signings under Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese man has splashed around $300 million in the transfer market and made some iconic signings since his sacking from Chelsea.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic for free from PSG.

Paul Pogba from Juventus for $100 million which was the most expensive transfer until last year when Neymar switched to PSG.

Nemanja Matic from League rivals Chelsea. He has cemented his place as a defensive midfielder and improved the team significantly.

Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the winter transfer window. The deal was a swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was struggling for form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

Victor Lindelof from Benfica. The Swedish player has failed to show consistency like most of other Mourinho’s signings but has been excellent at times.

Diego Dalot is the new right back signed this year before Fred. The twenty-year-old is assumed to be the best right back in his age group.

Read more at FRED IS A RED

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League of Legends Guide for High ELO Gameplay

League of Legends Guide Tip #1. Map Awareness

All great players have great map awareness. They always know where enemy champions are by frequently glancing at the minimap. You should ALWAYS have a count in your head of where enemy champions are. For example, if you see 1 champion in each lane on Summoner’s Rift, then you know that there are 2 champions MIA (Missing in Action) – usually the jungler and one other. By knowing the enemy’s whereabouts, it will determine your gameplay and how aggressive or cautious you want to play. If all 5 are MIA, then you should be cautious. If you see all 5 on the map, then you can play aggressive (assuming they’re far enough away not to interfere)

League of Legends Guide Tip #2. Wards

Wards are crucial and go hand-in-hand with map awareness. Let’s talk about Gold for a second here.. it costs 75g for a green ward. That means 4 of them costs 300g – the same amount of Gold given for a champion kill. So if you buy four wards and one of them saves you from a gank, it was MORE than worth it! Because when you die, you have to take into account all the costs involved – 300g for the enemy killer, plus any gold from assists they get, plus you will miss out on 2-3 minion waves of experience, plus you miss out on 10-18 last hits. That’s a huge cost of dying. So buying wards, even if all they do is keep you from getting ganked 25% of the time, is more than worth it.

When you watch the Season One Championships, you will see how many wards these great players buy. They buy wards almost EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY SHOP. That’s how you should play too! No excuses that «I’m a carry, it’s not my job.» It’s everyone’s job to provide sufficient ward coverage in game. Wards win games. Period.

I know it sucks not to finish your big item because you had to buy a few wards, but wards will make a much bigger impact in the game than your big item – because they will allow you to pick the RIGHT FIGHTS at the RIGHT TIME.

League of Legends Guide Tip #3. Learn from Every Game and Every Mistake

Great players learn from every game and every mistake. They always ask themselves these two questions at the end of a game.

Question 1. «What mistakes were made in this game?»

This question applies to every player in the game – teammates, and enemies. Did the enemy team get Baron because no one on your team warded it? Did an enemy walk into 5 of you and die? Every little mistake should be noted so that you can learn NOT TO DO that.

This is how you become a great player – by analyzing mistakes and patterns and not making them.

Question 2. «What could I have done better?»

This is THE MOST IMPORTANT question and strategy for becoming a great League of Legends player. What could you have done better? Did you miss some last hits? Why? Figure it out, and get better! Did you get ganked early on? Why? Figure it out and get better! Get wards next time instead of getting ganked. Did you target the wrong enemy champion in a team fight? Why? Figure it out and get better!

There’s only one way to become a 2000+ rated player in League of Legends – get better! And you do that by analyzing your own and others’ gameplay and learning from mistakes and successes.

League of Legends Guide Tip #4. Learn from Great Players

Anytime you see a player kick ass in a game, add them to your friends list and chat with them. Ask them about their runes, their masteries, and any other tips or advice they may have for you. Great players hang out with other great players and learn from each other.

Are you learning from great players?

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Air Optix Night and Day Aqua

Are you a contact lens wearer with a busy schedule? Then you surely must have experienced the occasional need to take a time out from your hectic day for a refreshing catnap. The only thing is, you probably didn’t think of removing your contacts-and you awoke still wearing them. Forgetting your contacts in your eyes while sleeping may be acceptable from time to time, however potential eye-health problems could occur if occasional forgetfulness becomes neglect. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a contact lens with a wearing regimen that could accommodate your style of living?

Now there is.

More on-the-go people are looking for a contact lens that is compatible with their lifestyle: full and active with little time or patience for life’s inconveniences (such as time out for frequent lens care). Many find the answer with Air Optix Night & Day Aqua, a monthly disposable that has been approved by the FDA for up to 30 nights of continuous wear. *

If this contact sounds familiar, it is because recently Ciba Vision changed the brand name of its Focus Night & Day to Air Optix Night & Day Aqua. Many active contact wearers quickly realize the benefits of this new brand, a soft lens with an emphasis on comfort. Air Optix Night & Day Aqua offers the same fit as Focus Night & Day, with the addition of Ciba’s ‘Aqua Moisture System’. This silicone hydrogel innovation delivers six times more oxygen through the lens than the prior brand, achieving a continual ‘breathability’ that contributes to healthy eyes. They are also moister, with a surface that reduces build-up of deposits-a combination dramatically lowering the rate of dehydration and discomfort that may occur at the end of the day. The result is a contact that can be worn while sleeping; which, aside from convenience, gives one the advantage of waking up to crisp, clear vision.

Those satisfied with Air Optix Night & Day Aqua enthuse about the natural feeling they get with their use, which increases due to not having to ‘bother’ with them for an extended period. Also, reduction in ‘red-eye’ or irritation, as well as the fresh sensation stemming from the oxygen flow through the lens adds to their comfort. Impromptu naps can take place without concern for failing to remove them.

If you are a busy mom, frequent business traveler, involved student, or just want a few less hassles in your life, then Air Optix Night & Day Aqua may be the contact lens for you.

* To minimize risks that may come with continuous wear contacts, be sure to strictly follow your eye-care professional’s instructions.

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Forts of Malabar – St. Angelo’s Fort Or Kannur Kotta

MALABAR, AN INTRODUCTION:

Malabar lies along the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula and falls within the state of Kerala and. It lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Its name is believed to an amalgamated derivation between the Malayalam word Mala meaning Hill and the Persian (or Arabic) words Barr (Kingdom/port/continent). The name Malabar also has connotations to mean the hill country, a name well suited to its physical characteristics. Malabar is also used by ecologists to refer to the tropical moist forests of southwestern India. It is one of the oldest inhabited areas of Asia and the ancestors of today’s population have inhabited the region for centuries. This region formed part of the ancient kingdom of the Cheras for centuries. It was absorbed as a part of the Great Hindu Empire, The Vijayanagara or the city of Victory in the 15th Century. The capital of the empire was located at Hampi. Under the combined onslaught of its rival Muslim armies, Vijayanagara fell after the battle of Talikota in 1565. The destruction of the kingdom resulted in the emergence of local, yet powerful rulers. Considering its historical importance and prosperous spice trade, the region was coveted by the local rulers as well as the colonialists. Earlier dominated by the Portuguese followed by the Dutch and subsequently the English, this was a region to die for! The region finally came under British rule in the 18th century, during and after the Anglo-Mysore Wars.

Today’s Malabar region predominantly comprises of the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Kasaragode, Wayanad etc. In keeping with its military past, the region comprises of many forts. There are mainly five standing forts in and around the Region-the St. Angelo’s Fort, Thalassery Fort, the Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort and the Hosdurg Fort. This article is the first of the series and will explore the St. Angelo’s Fort or the Kannur Kotta (Kotta in Malayalam means Fort).

St. Angelo’s Fort (also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kota), is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from the town of Kannur. Kannur located in the green & beautiful state of Kerala in India. It has always been a political nerve centre. This characteristic of the place is maintained even today-it is still the hotbed of local politics. Considering its association with the lucrative spice trade, it was also the playground of colonialists like the Portuguese, Dutch & English. As is well known, architecture can convey many perceptions including that of strength. The forts were predominantly meant to store spices and other items for trade, offer safety to colonial officers and also at times a prison for political detainees. The forts primarily conveyed to the local populace a sense of its occupant’s invincibility. Their importance is such that they are imprinted in the psyche of the inhabitants.

History

St. Angelo’s Fort was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India and is on the Arabian Sea about 3 km west from Kannur town in Northern Kerala. It is a massive triangular laterite fort and characterized by flanking bastions and has a moat to protect it from aggressions. It has a sea wall projecting from the fort separating the rough sea and inland water. From the fort one can have a breathtaking and fascinating view of the Dharmadom Island and a natural fishing bay called the Mappila Bay Harbour. The Dharmadom Island is a small one occupying 5 acres in total area and is situated about 100 meters from the mainland in the Arabian Sea and the Mappila Bay is a natural fishing bay that is being turned into a modern fishing harbour. The only Muslim Dynasty of Kerala-The Arakkal family ruled from nearby location. As a reminder of its past, the Arakkal Mosque and its erstwhile palace are located nearby.

A seashore fort, it appears to be etched against the blue skylines and is a beautiful sight especially in the early mornings and sunset. Needless to say it’s a photographer’s delight. Its Imposing walls have remained an Icon of Portuguese power on the Malabar Coast. Surprisingly, despite the typical Indian disdain for history and its remnants, this fort has been well maintained. One of the dominant characteristics of this fort is its large field guns pointing out menacingly from the bastions. This fort symbolizes dominance and power. It is one of the most frequented politico-commercial structures.

Adding to its mysterious aura is its chequered history. It changed hands many times over. On August 1509 Almeida refused to accept the appointment of Afonso de Albuquerque’s as the new Portuguese governor. Desperate to continue as the boss of what he considered «the gains of his hard work»; he went to war with Albuquerque in what is today known as the naval Battle of Diu. After defeating his fleet Almeida arrested Albuquerque and imprisoned him in this fortress. He obtained his freedom only after three months of confinement, after the arrival of a larger fleet from Portugal in October 1509. After the mutiny was suppressed, Albuquerque went on to be the governor.

In 1663, the fort was captured by the Dutch from the Portuguese. They sold it to Ali Raja (Belonging to the Arakkal Dynasty) of Kannur. After the ascend of the British in Kerala, they aspired to control the fort that had by this time become the locus of power in the Malabar Coast. In 1790, the British seized control of the fort. Understanding its strategic importance as well as its place in the minds of the local populace, they renovated & strengthened it and transformed it as their most important military station in Malabar. According to lore, the British connected the St. Angelo’s fort to the Thalassery Fort through a secret underground tunnel. There could be some truth in it. Thalassery fort was the first place from where the British started their «trade». Thalassery fort is also located at a distance from the St. Angelo’s fort and such a tunnel would have come in handy in case of an attack at either of these locations. As a reminder of its glorious past, the barracks, the magazine, and its cannons are still intact in the fort. A painting of this fort and the fishing harbour behind it can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

After India’s independence from the British in 1947, Kannur continued to be considered strategically important. The fort continued to be a symbol of military power and falls within the Kannur cantonment where the Indian Military has a significant presence. The spirits of the past still echoes within the walls of this fort and continues to enthrall its visitors. One of them is a policeman called Sathyan Edakkad. He has spent most of his life in and around the fort and is a walking encyclopedia for the fort and its legends. He went on to write and publish a book in Malayalam language «Vasco da Gamayum, Charitrathile Kaanapurangalum» (loosely translated as Vasco da Gama and the unseen pages of history). Visit it to believe it. But before you go, read a bit about Kannur’s turbulent history. Only then would one be able to understand its importance.

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Portsmouth New Kit 2009-2010

Popping up on the internet from time to time recently amid the constant Portsmouth takeover speculation, has been the issue of the club’s new kit for next season.

Of course, the all blue home kit, created to commemorate our ‘110th anniversary’ (!), can’t be worn next season as we will need another to mark our 111th anniversary. This does mean, though, that it looks likely we will be reverting to red, white, and blue. Hooray! Whether the design lasts more than one season remains to be seen. The picture doing the rounds for most of the last few weeks has been a rather amateurish looking photoshop showing white trim with a new sponsor, Intercontinental Hotels. However, the quality of the image left many suspecting tomfoolery.

There is now a new version appearing. It is shown on TrueBlueArmy.com. To see the home kit, click here; for the away, here. Rumour has it the third kit remains black, with a horizontal blue stripe. The source for these latest pictures is Canterbury in Australia, but whether the images are right or wrong, the kit must surely be in production by now. The issue of the sponsor appears unclear, with none shown. It seems the club may be cutting it fine if the takeover needs to be complete before a shirt sponsor is confirmed. The designs themselves look fine to me. The inportant thing is that we return to white shorts and red socks. This has got me thinking about other kits we have had, good and bad, but bear in mind my experience dates back only 25 years. It may be true, however, that we have seen more variations in this time than in the previous years put together!

1983-85 – a classic looking plain royal blue with slightly darker tramlines by Le Coq Sportif. Wouldn’t mind one of these as a classic shirt!

1985-87 – not the home shirt, which was fine, but not as nice as the previous version my opinion. The manufacturer had changed to Umbro, but I’m talking about the white away kit, with the two diagonal blue shoulder stripes on the shirt. Although I’m sure this was the kit in which we were embarrassed on national TV in an FA Cup tie against Wimbledon when, straight from the kick off after going behind, Noel Blake mamaged to slot the ball past Alan Knight for an own goal and 2-0, as Knight was doing up his laces!

1987-89 – again, not the home shirt with the red and white pin stripes, which even then I thought was tacky! Admiral, the new manufacturer, didn’t cover themselves in glory there. But I loved the retro salmon pink away kit! I had one (with shorts and socks, of course as I was eleven at the time). I think we should reintroduce a version of that now!

1991-92 – this was truly horrendous! However, I still have it as a treasured possession due to its association with our FA Cup run that season (I also still have the blue shorts with the little FA Cup on the side). Made by Influence, it had their trademark zig zag, same-colour pattern all over it. I seem to remember Cambridge United having the same design on theirs. The only worse one I can think of was the Arsenal away kit which had the same pattern in yellow and black! That (and the cup run of course) is the only thing that made me feel better about this kit.

1992-95 – Asics were making quite a splash at this time and they gave us a decent home shirt, much better quality than the previous one. Something strange had happened with the badge, and even with the design on the shirt itself, which at a distance looked plain blue, but was a bit ‘swirly’ up close. Where they really came into their own was with the away kit, which was in black and red halves. I had both the shirts but the black and red one was much my favourite. I had great memories of it at a late season 2-0 midweek away win at Tranmere (Whittingham,2), but not so great ones after losing 1-0 to Leicester at the City Ground in the first leg of the play offs.

1997-99 – my memory is slightly hazy around this time as to exactly when we changed our kits. I think we used the Asics one for three seasons before they changed the design. The second Asics kit wasn’t so good, with a huge white band around the collar. But the stand out horrible kit from this period was the Admiral kit which (I think) we used from ’97 to ’99. I still have it, if only to prove to anyone that asks (never gonna happen) how bad it was. It was poor quality with a HUGE badge in the middle of the chest, and ‘Pompey’ written in tacky yellow italics on the bottom of the back (?????). Still, we wore it at Bradford City in 1998 to avoid relegation.

2000-01 – after a one season flirtation with an own brand kit that wasn’t up to scratch, the club unveiled an improved version in 2000. The quality was no doubt an improvement, but the shirt was uninspiring. Still, this is the one that Robert Prosinecki graced and the orange away version was at least distinctive.

This marked the start of the one-season kit era, with only one kit since the introduction of a new kit in 2000 surviving beyond a single campaign. The biggest howler in that time has been the 2005-06 kit by Jako with a yellow stripe running the length of the shirt. The season was as bad as the kit, and the icing on the cake was the embarrassing red and beige away effort. UGHH!

To the present day, and Canterbury make stylish kits. The 2007-08 Cup-winning year kit has been by far the best recently, with only the Le Coq shirt from the early 80s to rival it in my opinion. Some have complained about the gold flashing, but I don’t mind that combined with traditional colours. Last season’s colour scheme was paricularly uninspiring. Let’s hope this new kit returns to tradition and lasts for more than one year!

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Best Wedding Venues To Hire

Wedding is the most important day in a person's life, so everyone tries to make the wedding day unforgettable. Although all arrangements for the wedding play an important role for making the event successful, but the importance of venues is greater as compared to all other arrangements. Venue is a place that is specified and designed to hold wedding ceremonies.

A venue has all the required facilities and provides enough space to a large number of people effectively. Most of other wedding arrangements are dependent and influenced by the venue, so it can be said that venue is an important factor for making the wedding event successful or unsuccessful.

There are many venues all over the world that are known because of providing facilities to the guests that make their stay over there comfortable. Before hiring wedding venues, people must keep few things in mind so that the venue is perfect for the event.

There is no doubt that people have to consider their budget before selecting a wedding venue, but it must be considered that the wedding venue provides enough space for the number of guests invited in a wedding. A wedding venue that is very small or too large for the number of guests is not suitable for making the event wonderful, but it can destroy all wedding arrangements.

While looking for wedding venues to hire in the UK, people can search different websites that are aimed at providing details of wedding venues in different areas of the world. There are so many cheap and luxurious venues in the UK that can be hired to make the wedding ceremony exclusive. To make the wedding ceremony hassle free, people can use directories that provide lists of venues. In the UK, there are many hotels, restaurants, clubs and other types of venues like castles, historic buildings and churches.

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The Top 10 Football Teams in London

There is much to see for those who are interested in football in London. Just to clarify for any readers of this article from outside the UK, football means the ‘beautiful game’, what is commonly referred to as Soccer around the world.

London has a proud tradition of famous football teams with much competition between them to be the top club. There are generally four or five London teams in the Premier League and there are many commentators who believe that this is one of the biggest obstacles to any one of them winning the league. A ‘local derby’ between two London football teams could produce an electric atmosphere and turn current form on its head they are so well contested.

Premier League tickets are sometimes difficult to obtain, but a bit of persistence often gets results. There are a number of ticket agencies that can get them for a price.

In the last decade, both Arsenal and Chelsea have each won the illustrious Premier League title twice and reached the final of the European Cup.

Here are some details about the top 10 football clubs in London and to avoid any accusations of being partisan, they are listed in alphabetical order:-

Arsenal

The Gunners, Arsenal have played in the top division of English football in consecutive seasons since the 1919-20 season. They have been champions on 13 occasions and achieved a unique record for modern times in 2003-04 season when they went the whole season without being beaten.

Arsenal have won the much coveted ‘double’ (league and cup winners in the same season) three times, in 1971, 1998 and 2002

In recent years they have moved to a new venue, The Emirates Stadium, with a 60,000 capacity. The Arsenal Museum is well worth a visit and is open every day.

Brentford

The Bees, Brentford Football Club are currently playing in Football League I. They were founded in 1889 and play their home games at Griffin Park their home stadium since 1904. Brentford’s most successful spell came during the 1930s, when they achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division.

Since the War, they have spent most of their time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford have been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and have twice been Football League Trophy runners-up.

Charlton Athletic

The Addicks, Charlton Athletic have seen better days. There halcyon days were in the 1930s and 40s. In recent years they have struggled after being relegated from the Premier League in 2005 and then from the Championship in 2008.

They play at The Valley just south of the River Thames in Greenwich. The club was founded in 1905.

Historically, Charlton’s most successful period was the 1930s, when the club’s highest league finishes were recorded, including runners-up of the league in 1937, and after World War II, when the club reached the FA Cup final twice, winning in 1947.

Chelsea

The Pensioners or the Blues, Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905, and play in the Premier League. Chelsea have been champions three times (1955, 2005, 2006), and have won the FA Cup five times, the League Cup four times and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup twice. They reached the UEFA Champions League Final in 2008

Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge in West London and their ground capacity is 42,000.The Chelsea Museum is open most days and is well worth a visit for those interested in museums and football history.

Crystal Palace

The Eagles, Crystal Palace Football Club was formed in 1905. The team plays its home matches at Selhurst Park, where it has been based since 1924. The club is currently competing in the second tier, The Championship.

Crystal Palace’s most recent successful period began in 1988-89, when the club finished third in the Second Division and were promoted to the First Division. Reaching the 1990 FA Cup Final only to lose the replay against Manchester United and finishing 3rd in the First Division in 1990-91.

Since then Palace have been relegated from and promoted to the FA Premier League on a number of occasions, their most recent relegation from the top flight was in the 2004-05 season. This is all despite the club being almost bankrupt in July 2000.

Fulham

The Cottagers, Fulham Football Club was founded in 1879, they celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2004, and are in the top tier of English football, the Premier League. Fulham are the oldest professional football team in London.

In 2009, Fulham had their highest-ever finish in the Premier League, coming 7th to qualify for Europe.

The club has produced many great British footballers including Johnny Haynes, George Cohen, Bobby Robson, Rodney Marsh and Alan Mullery and Jim Langley. They play at the historic Craven Cottage, their home since 1896, a riverside ground on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham.

Queens Park Rangers

The Hoops or just QPR, Queens Park Rangers Football Club based in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. They currently play in the Football League Championship, and their honours include winning the League Cup in 1967, and being runners-up in the old First Division in 1975-76 and FA Cup in 1982.

Queens Park Rangers Football Club was founded in 1882, and its traditional colours are blue and white. Owing to its proximity to other West London clubs, QPR maintains long-standing rivalries with several other clubs in the area, the most notable of these being Chelsea, Brentford and Fulham with whom they contest what are known as West London derbies.

In 2007 QPR was taken over by Italian tycoon Flavio Briatore and rank among the top 10 richest sporting clubs in the world. Other major shareholders include Lakshmi Mittal & F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. So watch this space!

Tottenham Hotspurs

The famous ‘Spurs’ side of 1961, is still reckoned by many football enthusiasts, to be one of the best football teams in English football history. They achieved the ‘double’ which had not been achieved at that time since Aston Villa won it in 1897.

This has given recent Spurs’ teams a lot to live up to. But Spurs have a long tradition of playing good football so there are many exciting matches at White Hart Lane especially with their close North London rivals, Arsenal.

In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a major European trophy – the European Cup Winners’ Cup. In the 1970s, they won the Football League Cup on two occasions and were the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972. In the 1980s, Spurs won several trophies: the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup 1983-84. In the 1990s, they won the FA Cup and the Football League Cup and in 2008, they beat Chelsea in the final of the Football League Cup. This victory means that Tottenham have won a trophy in each of the last six decades – an achievement only matched by Manchester United.

Spurs have planned a new stadium to be completed by 2012 and it is expected to be one of the best stadiums in the UK.

Watford

The Hornets, Watford Football Club based in Watford, Hertfordshire. They play in the Championship. The club was founded in 1881, and played at several grounds before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where they remain to this day. Since 1997, they have shared the stadium with Saracens Rugby Club. Watford have a long-standing rivalry with Luton Town.

The club is best known for two spells under the management of former England manager Graham Taylor. The first lasted from 1977 to 1987, when the club rose to the old First Division from the Fourth Division. Once in the highest division of English football, Watford finished second in the league in 1983, reached the FA Cup final in 1984 and competed in the UEFA Cup in the 1984-85 season.

The second period spanned from 1997 to 2001, when Taylor took the club from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League in successive seasons. Taylor is currently a non-executive director of the club, and honorary life president alongside Sir Elton John who owned the club during both of these eras and has continued a long association with the club.

West Ham United

The Hammers, West Ham United Football Club have play at Upton Park (Boleyn Ground), in East London since 1904 having been formed in 1895.

They featured in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley in 1923 against Bolton Wanderers. The club have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980. They have also been runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006.

In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, and in 1999 they won the InterToto Cup.

Their players are considered an important factor behind England’s triumph in the 1966 World Cup, as England’s captain at the time was West Ham’s Bobby Moore, and both goalscorers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were West Ham players.

West Ham currently compete in the Premier League, their highest finish in the Premier League was 5th in 1998-99.

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