Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

18 June 2014
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British Values: Ebenezer Cobb Morley and the Laws of the Game

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Most people, other than the historically uneducated, will have heard of the first two names in my series, even if they don’t necessarily associate them with the same topics that I have. But today’s source of British values is far … Continue reading

28 May 2014
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World Cup Scenarios

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Taking a break from politics and one way streets, here’s look forward to the World Cup next month. No matter what happens as far as England are concerned, someone will say that they predicted it all along. So here’s my … Continue reading

9 November 2013
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Bad news for football fans

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It’s being reported that BT has grabbed the rights to all Champions League and Europa League football matches from 2015. As things stand, this is seriously bad news on several different levels. It’s obviously bad news for Sky and ITV, … Continue reading

23 May 2011
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Shrinking violets hiding behind injunctions

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There’s a quite astounding comment attributed to a footballer who has managed to gain an injunction preventing the press reporting his off-field activities. No, not Ryan Giggs, the other one. Well, one of the other ones – it seems that … Continue reading

21 May 2011
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Scoring an own goal

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I’m not particularly a Man Utd fan, but I have to admit that they deserved to win the Premier League this year. Of their main rivals, Arsenal still can’t find the bottle to go with their undoubted skills, and Chelsea’s … Continue reading

13 March 2011
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The distance between the FA and common sense

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All four semi-finalists in the FA Cup come from the North West or the North Midlands. Both semi-finals will be in London. This is not entirely sensible.

27 June 2010
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I blame John Terry

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So, England are out of the World Cup. Never mind the dodgy linesman’s decision which wrongly ruled out Frank Lampard’s goal. The fact is, the team just weren’t good enough anyway. So, what went wrong? I blame John Terry. No, … Continue reading

28 June 2006
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Unofficial world champions

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Since today is the first day during the 2006 World Cup on which there is no football, today’s website is a football-related one to help those suffering from withdrawal symptoms. The Unofficial Football World Championship is contested in a simple … Continue reading

20 June 2006
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Poetry in, er, motion

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Today’s website is one that mixes high art with low sport. Football Poets is a website of, well, poems about football. Love it!

13 June 2006
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World Cup – Not!

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I promised I’d try to avoid doing too many football-related websites during the World Cup. So, to start with, here’s one for the anti-cup brigade. The World Cup Widows Club is a site set up by a bunch of women … Continue reading

4 June 2006
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Consistent reporting?

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24 May 2006
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Football and a harmonious home

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This will be my first World Cup as a married man. Which also means it will be the first World Cup where negotiating both access to the TV and time to watch the matches will be an issue. Now, there’s … Continue reading

21 May 2006
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My thoughts on the England squad selection

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I was a bit surprised that Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ledley King weren’t even in the standby list (although it’s subsequently turned out that King was injured anyway, and wouldn’t have made the squad even if provisionally picked). But the main … Continue reading

21 May 2006
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Football, fussball, voetbal

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With the World Cup coming up, I’ve decided to add a blog category that’s mostly about football. This is partly in order to add a bit of sport-related interest to both my own blog and planet.uknot.org (where this one is … Continue reading

26 March 2006
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Daniel Bedingfield and Joe Cole – separated at birth?

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Has anyone else noticed the resemblence between Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole and pop star Daniel Bedingfield?