FIRST THEY LAUGH AT YOU, THEN THEY COPY YOU – HOW JOSE MOURINHO CAME OUT ON ‘TOP’ WITH THE SPANISH FOOTBALL MEDIA

It’s the 31st May 2010 and Real Madrid have just announced the arrival of Jose Mourinho as their new manager. Replacing Chilean Manuel Pellegrini to become Madrid’s 11th coach in the previous seven years, the 47 year old was then the hottest property in world football, having had recently guided his Inter Milan side to […]

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Happy Meals speak expanded musical and spiritual horizons on new record Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI

“We stumbled upon this festival that was going on in this temple and there was hundreds of people and all these elephants all round it, and a band playing percussion and these massive long horns, playing these two, durational notes, like a drone sound.”  So begins a chat – once the tears of jealousy are […]

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‘MALETINES’ AND MATCH-FIXING, THE SMITH THAT TEMPERS THE SWORD THAT IS SPANISH FOOTBALL

¡¡¡Lombardía, déjate meter un gol, que está arreglaooo…!!! (“Lombardía let one in, it’s been fixed”) So was the infamous cry from Elche delegate, Joaquin Vidal, trying desperately to convince Oviedo goalkeeper Alfredo Álvarez Lombardía to let his side score during their team’s league encounter on the last day of the 1971-1972 season in the Spanish second […]

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FROM SPANISH BROTHEL TO BREXIT COMMENTARY: HOW BANKSY’S JOURNEY FROM OBSCURITY TO OMNIPRESENCE ACTS AS METAPHOR FOR THE CURRENT CLIMATE CONCERNING BRITAIN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE

Like all careers of note, there’s always a starting point. An apprenticeship of sorts learning the tools of their chosen trade, far away from the bright lights and big bank balances that come later on as a byproduct of fame. And in the art world, that can mean years developing their craft, one where talent […]

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STAG & DAGGER: ONCE AGAIN DELIVERING A DATE NOT TO MISS ON THE GLASGOW MUSIC CALENDAR

Stag & Dagger’s annual multi-venue music festival returned to Glasgow’s very own version of the Vegas strip in Sauchiehall St on Sunday, promising a multi-faceted mix of live sounds from national and international acts. Having been a fixed date on the social calendar since its inauguration back in 2009, admittedly, this year’s line up seemed […]

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FROM THE VAULTS: THE TWILIGHT SAD’S JAMES GRAHAM ON NEW YORK POSTERS, GLASGOW CROWDS AND UNFULFILLED DREAMS

18th October, 2015 Things really can’t get much bigger for The Twilight Sad at the moment, with, in the past few weeks, press coverage of the band at breaking point. Currently supporting Editors on their European tour – which includes a date at the 18,000 capacity Palais 12 in Brussels – the band have just […]

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