‘I will cry when I watch my team again’

“The fans had to endure the long and bitter court battle between Oyston and Belokon,” says Peter. “The wheels of justice are a slow process and at times it felt like it would never end and we would never get back to watching Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.” Image copyright Reuters Image caption The boycott continued even when Blackpool played Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup in January The cause of the boycott dates back to the team’s tumultuous 2010-11 season in the Premier League, when their brand of attacking football saw the Seasiders become many fans’ “favourite other Premier League team”. The £90m parachute payment the club received on relegation should have been game-changing but supporters complained …

‘The most I played was 32 hours straight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Good: “I didn’t leave my room” A former gaming addict has told MPs he once played for 32 hours “without eating, sleeping or leaving his room”. James Good told a parliamentary committee his obsession with gaming led to him dropping out of university and suffering from depression. Mr Good, who now works with the Game Quitters support organisation, said it had affected every aspect of his life. Vlogger Jack Edwards said the “endless possibilities” of gaming left people prey to “falling down rabbit holes”. They have been sharing their experiences of gaming, how excessive exposure can harm young peoples’ studies and socialising, and how best to curb it. Image copyright HoC …

Funeral crowds cheer World Cup winner Banks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGoalkeepers Jack Butland, Joe Anyon, Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart acted as pallbearers World Cup final teammates of England goalkeeper Gordon Banks have attended his funeral, including hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst whose eulogy described him as a “superstar”. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Stoke-on-Trent as a cortege made its way around the city. The coffin was also driven to the home of Banks’s former club Stoke City where hundreds more chanted and applauded. Jack and Sir Bobby Charlton were among mourners at a later church service. The brothers – who won the World Cup with Banks in 1966 – attended Stoke Minster where Wembley teammate Hurst paid tribute. Image …

Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You wished you never went and watched the guy play,” agent Mark McKay tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan The report added further investigation is needed to discover his background and experience as a pilot. The light aircraft disappeared on 21 January and Sala had completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes just two days earlier – for a club record fee of £15m. He had returned to France to say goodbye to his former teammates. Sala pilot search finds ‘no trace’ Fifa investigates Sala transfer payment Image caption The plane carrying Sala disappeared on 21 January Dr Stuart E Smith, head of training for the school, …

Friend’s hope for missing climber

In the same year his mother became the first woman to conquer Everest unaided but later died on K2 in the Himalayas. Image copyright Pakistan Embassy Image caption A tent “invaded by snow” was spotted during a search involving a Pakistani army helicopter Related Topics Fort William Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Dooley hits back at Comic Relief criticism

Skip Instagram post by sjdooley View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by sjdooley Image Copyright sjdooley sjdooley The Labour MP for Tottenham added: “My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era.” Image caption Ed Sheeran visited Liberia as part of Comic Relief 2017 He said Dooley has “done some fantastic journalism”, but that “the image she wants to promote is her as heroine and black child as victim”. Mr Lammy added that he thought Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis should “use the platform responsibly”. Comic Relief said in a statement: “We …

Liverpool fan’s attacker pleads guilty

Two others jailed Mr Cox, a father-of-three, suffered serious catastrophic head injuries in the attack and has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. He spent four-and-a-half weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for brain injuries, following the attack on 24 April, before being airlifted to another specialist unit at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Mastrelli entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox. Liverpool fan ‘can’t talk after attack’ Roma fined by Uefa after Liverpool tie ‘Hope in hearts’ for Liverpool attack fan He pleaded not guilty to a separate count of violent disorder, which he was told will lie on file after the Crown accepted …

Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

‘Learning a second language changed my life’

He had not learnt the language at school, but was starting off a career in sports journalism and had the opportunity to go to Germany. Image copyright James Westgarth Image caption James, who works for an airline in Germany, with his two bilingual children The 44-year-old puts his successful career down to his language skills and the cultural awareness they bring. “Speaking a language helps to break the ice,” he said. “Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a good introduction and brings people on-side when you’re negotiating “My own two children, who attend an international school in Toulouse, are of course bilingual in French and English. “Now they have a lot of international friends and they’re discovering the world through …

William and Kate light up Belfast bar

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince William and Catherine are on a visit to Northern Ireland The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have closed the first day of their visit to Northern Ireland at a party in a Belfast bar. The couple mingled with young people who are making a difference in Northern Ireland at the Empire Music Hall. The focus of this Royal visit is very much on children and young people. Earlier, Prince William and Catherine visited Windsor Park stadium where they showcased their football skills. They also met Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill and former Northern Ireland, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Image copyright EPA Image caption The Duke and Duchess …

Sala pilot’s licence to be looked into

Who owned the plane Sala died in? Family’s tribute after Sala plane death Deadline for Sala payment extended Image copyright Jamie Brownfield Image caption The Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft was taking Sala from Nantes to Cardiff As flying is an expensive pastime, cost sharing allows pilots to notch up their flying hours while sharing the cost of fuel, landing fees and other expenses with passengers. The AAIB report said the basis on which Sala was being carried on N264DB “has not yet been established but, previously, the pilot had carried passengers on the basis of ‘cost sharing’”. Cost sharing on private flights is allowed in the UK and the report said Mr Ibbotson, of Crowle, North Lincolnshire, had operated these …

Karren Brady: ‘The first lady of football’

She encouraged Mr Sullivan to buy Birmingham City Football Club from administrators, which he did in 1993, along with brothers David and Ralph Gold. At the age of 23 she was made managing director of the club. In an interview with the Financial Times, Lady Brady recalls taking over as managing director at Birmingham. “David [Sullivan] did warn me that I would have to be twice as good as the men to be thought of as even half as good. I said ‘well luckily that’s not difficult’.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Brady, Lord Sugar and Nick Hewer with a Bafta award for their work on The Apprentice Despite decades of work in the football industry, Lady Brady …

Flypast honours bomber-crash crew

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe flypast was watched by Tony Foulds, who tends the memorial to the 10 men who died Thousands of people cheered a flypast honouring 10 airmen who died when their plane crashed in a park 75 years ago. The US bomber came down in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield on 22 February 1944, killing everyone on board. A campaign for a flypast started after a chance meeting between BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds, who tends a park memorial. A tearful Mr Foulds was given a rousing round of applause as the planes flew over. He said: “This is unbelievable.” Relatives of the aircrew and thousands of people from across Britain paid …

‘Art helped lift me out of homelessness’

“Suddenly I found myself surrounded by people who didn’t have much of anything,” he said. “It was a real slap, like a baby being born, but some people need that.” Image copyright Steven Roberts Image caption Pieces of Mr Robert’s art will be shown at YMCA Port Talbot Without the help of the Caer Las advocacy charity, Mr Roberts said it may not have been able to happen. His advice to people who find themselves in a similar situation? He said it is to “find something that gives you purpose and meaning”. For him, this was art and “making something and turning the pain into something that can be regarded as positive”. Mr Roberts was invited back to exhibit his …

Breaking: Can dance make the Olympics more urban?

Inspired by percussive drum rhythms from rock funk to Latin beats, the dance style features energetic moves such as windmills and handspins. Image caption Rap trio Break Machine appeared on Top of the Pops in 1984 Across the UK, young people clad in brightly coloured tracksuits and skiwear began to perform gravity-defying moves on scraps of lino laid down on shopping centre and nightclub floors. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBreakdancing in the streets of 1980s Nottingham Nottingham became a hub for breaking after US dance troupe, the WFLA crew, performed at the city’s Old Market Square in 1983. Dance collectives formed that gathered in the city centre’s Rock City nightclub to do battle. The dance form …

Huawei UK cyber-security risk ‘manageable’

Most of the UK’s mobile companies – Vodafone, EE and Three – have been working with Huawei on developing their 5G networks. They are awaiting on a government review, due in March or April, that will decide whether they can use Huawei technology. As first reported by the Financial Times, the conclusion by the National Cyber Security Centre – part of the intelligence agency GCHQ – will feed into the review. The decision has not yet been made public, but the security agency said in a statement it had “a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security”. Analysis Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent If anybody knows just how Huawei works and the threat it might pose to the …