Posts Tagged ‘England’

Migrations, Tate Britain, review

imageFrom the New English Art Club in the 1890s to the Young British Artists a century later – and with the Newlyn, Camden Town, Vorticist, Bloomsbury, Kitchen Sink, Euston Road, St Ives and school of London painters in between – let’s face it: even those of us who love British art have to admit that most of it is pretty second rate.

Since the 18th century, this country has produced only a handful of world-class portrait and landscape painters, and two animal painters of genius. Apart from that – and a unique tradition of Romantic and visionary art passed down from William Blake to the Pre-Raphaelites – our gift to the world has largely consisted of warmed-over reactions to French, Italian and American ideas, inflected with a British accent. Migrations at Tate Britain adds a further twist of the knife by showing that whatever vitality British painting has ever had depended on the presence here of foreign-born artists. (more…)

Wenger eyes Champions League despite Bolton draw

imageArsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal can still finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for next season’s Champions League, despite a disappointing goalless draw at Bolton.
But the Gunners boss said every match between now and the end of the season will be like a “cup final” for his side after Wednesday’s setback.

Robin van Persie twice hit the woodwork as Arsenal wasted a host of chances against struggling Bolton, the draw at least ending a run of three consecutive defeats for the Gunners and ensuring Wenger did not lose four straight league games for the first time in his 16 years as the London club’s manager. (more…)

Conservative Party Conference 2011: George Osborne unveils ‘Plan A-plus’ to get money into small firms

imageSmall companies will effectively be able to borrow money from the Government under a plan to kick-start the economy by averting a second credit crisis, George Osborne has announced.

The Treasury will spend billions of pounds buying the bonds issued by small and medium-sized companies in a move which should allow them to borrow money without dealing with banks.

The Chancellor’s “credit easing” scheme was the centrepiece of his speech to the Conservative conference during which he unveiled a series of measures to help business. Ministers are increasingly alarmed at the lacklustre state of the economy and the unwillingness of banks to lend money.

The credit easing scheme will run alongside the similar Bank of England quantitative easing programme to print money and buy government debts. The Chancellor has insisted there is ‘no Plan B’ in his recovery strategy but this is expected to be called “plan A-plus” as ministers rush to prevent a slide back into recession. (more…)

Arsenal’s new boundaries all too evident against Borussia Dortmund

imageDespite its last-gasp nature the point gained in Germany will ultimately be seen as a good result by Arsène Wenger

Talk to the football fan on the street in England about Europe’s super-clubs and the chances are that Borussia Dortmund will not merit a mention. Bayern Munich will normally be advanced as Germany’s representative, as the discussion incorporates the rival powers of Spain, England and Italy. (more…)

Rugby World Cup 2011: England players under pressure after opening match against Argentina

Jonny Wilkinson
The veteran outside-half inexplicably missed five successive penalties and although he looked sharp and full of endeavour, he was guilty of playing too deep at times and failing to give his centres more time on the ball. Toby Flood is on standby. (more…)

TV cameras to be allowed into criminal trials

imageTelevision cameras are expected to be allowed into criminal courts for the first time to record judges sentencing criminals.

David Cameron is expected to pave the way for the historic move in a long-awaited speech on crime planned for later this month.

However, the televised coverage is expected to be limited and will not allow cameras to record witnesses giving evidence as occurs in America.

Television cameras are currently banned from most courts in England and Wales although the proceedings of the new Supreme Court – the top court of appeal which replaced the law lords – can be broadcast. (more…)

England coach Martin Johnson names Matt Stevens in 45-man World Cup training squad

imageMatt Stevens’ return from the ignominy of a drugs ban continued today when he was confirmed in England’s 45-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

The Saracens prop has been joined by five uncapped players at England’s training camp – Manusamoa Tuilagi, Thomas Waldrom, Mouritz Botha, Joe Simpson and Charlie Sharples.

England manager Martin Johnson has also rewarded the Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw and Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth for their impressive seasons. (more…)

England Twenty20 captaincy could ensure Stuart Broad bounces back

imageStuart Broad will this week go from the playground bully to school prefect when he becomes England’s Twenty20 captain.

England describe Broad as the “enforcer”, a reflection of his personality as well as his bowling according to coach David Saker, but for next Saturday’s Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Bristol he will have to show there is more to his game than an ability to intimidate. (more…)

Government deal means councils will restore weekly bin days

Weekly bin collections are to be restored across the country,

imageThe Government is to announce a deal under which councils will be offered financial incentives to collect household rubbish every week.

A similar plan using government grants was successfully introduced to encourage local authorities to freeze council tax this year.

The policy is expected to be announced as the centrepiece of a review of waste policy being conducted by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

A source close to the review said the funding plans for councils to restore weekly bin collections – estimated to be about £100 million a year – had been agreed and the scheme will be unveiled within the next fortnight. (more…)

European rugby up and running thanks to hot spring treatment

imageChanging of seasons helps Premiership provide the perfect balance of running and attritional rugby – as Gloucester and Leicester have shown Northampton got things rolling, literally, when the prop Alex Waller made the best of a perfectly timed delayed pass from Shane Geraghty to barrel his way over before Tim Molenaar went in untouched thanks to the space spotted by Gloucester’s fly‑half, Nicky Robinson. Two sidesteps and the centre was under the posts and something like 12 minutes later there was yet more Gloucester speed on show when their 21-year-old wing Charlie Sharples burst from the blocks to chase down a neat chip from the full-back on the night, Freddie Burns, who is more frequently a fly-half.

And all that was on top of the 41-41 draw at Leicester three days earlier. Eight tries in two games … Gloucester rugby was not meant to be like that. Nor for that matter was Leicester rugby. Think Welford Road or Kingsholm and titanic forward battles are more likely to come to mind but along with the spring has come a bout of refreshingly ambitious rugby. Why? (more…)

Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Micky Young to join Leicester Tigers at end of season

imageNewcastle scrum-half Micky Young, talked of as an England player a couple of years ago, is to leave Falcons at the end of the season and join Leicester Tigers. (more…)

Scott Borthwick takes three key wickets to end Yorkshire resistance and give Durham victory

imageDurham (327 & 311-6dec) beat Yorkshire (149 & 343) by 146 runs Geoff Cook, the Durham head coach, singled out Scott Borthwick for praise after the young leg spinner propelled his team towards an emphatic victory over Yorkshire. (more…)

Netherlands Vs. England-A Shocker For The Rest

For all those critics who are considering new Cricket Teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 a source of practice for the older well-known teams, Netherlands Vs. England was a shocker!