Advertorial, features

From Grannies-Only Nostalgia-fest to a Fast ‘n’ Fun Night Out: How Jackpotjoy Turned Bingo’s Image Around

Promotional feature You don’t need to be a bingo fan to have noticed that Britain’s bingo-ing mad. It seems that whenever you turn on the telly or get online there’s a ladylike pink or purple-backdropped ad out there espousing the virtues of the nation’s latest favourite online game. It’s no small thanks to Jackpotjoy, now […]...More

features, festivals, music

Opening bands of the greatest music festivals of all time – Glastonbury, Woodstock

Ever wondered who were the very first band to play your favourite music festival? Who kicked off the shenanigans at Glastonbury back in 1970, or who preceded all the greats at Monterey and Woodstock? And what ever happened to them? Did they achieve greatness or become a musical footnote just dragged out in features like […]...More

Football

Arsenal’s 2013-14 season – five reasons why it could be a disaster

Personally I have a fairly optimistic view of the world so I believe that in spite of Arsene Wenger’s dithering in the transfer market Arsenal will have a much better season than last year. You can read that one here. However there is some pretty compelling evidence that I have chosen to ignore. In some […]...More

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Arsenal’s 2013-14 season – five reasons to be optimistic

Should Arsenal fans be optimistic about the new season? A number of British newspapers have now compiled their predictions as to who will finish where in this season’s Premiership. By common consent Arsenal are due to finish fifth and lose out on a Champions League slot to their North London rivals Spurs. However are those […]...More

Football

A theory. Arsenal’s game plan – Michu now, Suarez next week?

Time is starting to run out for Arsene Wenger to make his marquee signing. Several papers have said this morning that the club will continue with there pursuit of Suarez, but will look at other options. The names that are mentioned are the usual suspects; Michu, El Shaarawy, Dzeko and at a very big push […]...More

Football

Arsenal ready to sign Higuain, but put deal on hold for Suarez says BBC reporter

Arsenal’s failure (if that is the right word?) to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid is still shrouded in mystery. Did Real really put the price up? Were they waiting for new manager Ancelotti to be installed before the deal could be sanctioned? I don’t know where he is getting his information from but the […]...More

Football

Arsenal face Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier

Well there is plenty for Arsene Wenger to mull over after it was confirmed that Arsenal will play Fenerbahce in the Champions league qualification tie. The first leg will be played on the 20th August in Turkey with the following leg on the 27th at The Emirates. At least the club managed to avoid the […]...More

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Arsenal update: Gundogan and Flamini

There are a lot of unhappy Arsenal bloggers at the moment. And with good reason. While most of Arsenal’s rivals have strengthened their squads and started to integrate those players into their teams Arsenal fans are still waiting not just for a marquee signing, but any singing really. With the Suarez move in the balance […]...More

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Arsenal dilemma: if not Suarez… Sanchez? Lewandowski? Michu?

There appears to be a split as to how Arsenal are set to progress with their possible transfer of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Some papers are saying that Arsenal are readying a third bid, while others hint that Wenger might wait until towards the end of August before making the key move for the player. The […]...More

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Fabregas not for sale says Martino, so will Arsenal/United look again at Fellaini?

Some bad news for David Moyes, but good news for Barcelona fans, in that new Barca manager Gerardo Martino has told the Man United boss unequivocally that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale. Martino said at a press conference this morning: ‘Man United want Cesc? If the club rejected two offers, I will reject it […]...More

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Is this Arsenal’s most disastrous summer of recent times?

Well it is a dramatic statement I know, but I am beginning to feel that way. Previous summers have felt like torture for Arsenal fans as they have watched their star players leave for other clubs. But this year has been worse. In many ways it has completely undermined my confidence in the club and […]...More

features, music

One of 2013′s most influential bands – The Status Quo – yes really

I have been listening a fair bit to the new album Inventions from the ultra cool Nashville psych band The Sufis and been scratching my head to work out what their key influences are. Sure there’s plenty of Revolver era Beatles, and they have obviously mastered all the key elements of the Syd Barrett songbook. […]...More

Football

Arsenal update: Suarez on plane back? Bernard says he has had English offers

Quick lunchtime update. Luis Suarez is currently on Liverpool’s tour of Australia and not chatting to Arsene Wenger about a move to The Emirates. However it appears he might be doing that very soon. There’s speculation that he could well be jetting back to the UK. Here’s what SDN has to say. Liverpool play the […]...More

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How the Bale transfer saga could torpedo Arsenal’s Suarez deal

I might not be a Spurs fan but in a weird way as a Gooner I can understand a little bit of what the club are going through. You have a world class player (see also Fabregas, van Perise etc) and summer after summer Europe’s elite clubs are circling round them while your management team […]...More

features, music, top ten

The ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen

If you like a Beatley melody, some twangy guitar, a smidgen of sitar and the odd bonkers middle eight 2013 has been a vintage year so far. The rush of new psych bands that emerged in 2012 has blossomed into a worldwide movement. And it isn’t all about 60 re-treads. Some of the new bands […]...More


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