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Pop World Cup 2010: Group F – Paraguay 0 New Zealand 0
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Steve M’s New Zealand are through to the next round and coasting. Paraguay, managed by Talia, are very close to qualification, needing just a point to see them through. Is this a good time to play NZ? Or will Paraguay find their squad – a[…]

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The FT Top 100 Tracks Of All Time: 17: The Ronettes – Be My Baby
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Be My Baby always existed. Clearly to me it always existed, it is ten years older than me. But there is something about Be My Baby which feels like it always existed, its has the primal chord, the ur-drumbeat, that wall of sound and in the heart of i[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Group F – Slovakia 3 Italy 0
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There is controversy afoot – controversy about the suspect timekeeping in key matches, controversy about the competence of some of the less prominent PWC administrators. It’s a fractious time. One one side of this game, Julio’s Slov[…]

The Bondage of Modern Life
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What can we expect from the new-look NME? Inside gossip about Hollywood, duh! With the news that Sam Mendes might be directing the next James Bond movie, it’s worth considering how different the Bond series might have looked if Mendes had appli[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Group E – Denmark 0 Japan 3
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Onwards, ever onwards the Pop World Cup marches, with barely time to draw breath! Both Rob H’s Denmark and Dasal’s Japan need a win here, but even that won’t be enough if the other result goes against them. All they can do is play […]

Pop World Cup 2010: Group E – Cameroon 1 Netherlands 0
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With Ian F’s Netherlands already safely through as group winners this is little more than a run out to keep their eye in, maybe let some of the fringe players have a go. It means a lot more for Weston’s Cameroon who can confirm their plac[…]

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – A B C and D
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Martin Skidmore, manager of the Algerian team, joins Peter Baran and Roger Bozack for the most action-packed week yet. The final round of the group stage is bearing down on us – who will go through and who will go home? We hear France vs South […]

Pop World Cup 2010: Group Stage Catch-up 1 (Groups A, B, C and D)
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Now, we know the Pop World Cup is the most fascinating thing in the world just now, but we are very aware that these final rounds present a flurry of activity even by our standards.
We have therefore decided to present you with a handy digest of the […]

Pop World Cup 2010: Group D – Serbia 1 Australia 1
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Serbia have nothing to play for but pride, but Serbia is a proud nation and manager Tim E is a proud fellow, so their hearts will be on their sleeves. Australia still have a slim chance of qualification – Chris B and his team need to win, and w[…]

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Isle of Mull cheddar (cheesy lover #77) plus five bonus cheddars
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Isle of Mull cheddar
A hard unpasturised cows-milk cheese, bought from Neals Yard Dairy
This is a wedge of pale yellow cheese – much paler than other cheddars, I think. It’s slightly crumbly and has a pale-white-ish grey rind.
This is ver[…]

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