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Discussing campus extremism on Radio 4′s Sunday show

This morning I made a brief appearance on Radio 4’s Sunday show as part of a discussion on campus extremism – a topic I regularly write about as the JC’s Campus Editor.

The BBC’s Trevor Barnes investigated the rise of extremism and antisemitism at UK universities and spoke to students at last Wednesday’s launch of the Coexistence Trust’s Campus Ambassadors scheme.

To listen to the report click here, and scroll to around 30 minutes.

You can read more about the Trust’s project in this Friday’s JC On Campus section.

A week is a long time in football…

Rarely is there a quiet week at Hull City these days.

The last seven days have seen plenty of action, both on and off the field.

I’ve written three blogs in the last 10 days, covering the departures of Kamil Zayatte and Jimmy Bullard for pastures new, as well as the battle facing Nigel Pearson to pick his best starting midfield.

You can read about Kamil here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/18/au-revoir-kamil/

The blog on Jimmy, which went on to have the second highest single day hits of any of my Daring to Dream blogs, is here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/27/ipswich-fans-dont-build-your-hopes-up/

And the midfield muddle piece here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/25/stuck-in-the-middle-with-who/

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Thatcher and Begin – the truth?

Margaret Thatcher believed that Menachem Begin was the “most difficult” man she had to deal with in the early years of her premiership, and thought his West Bank policy “absurd”.

The former Prime Minister’s views about her Israeli counterpart were unearthed in documents released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule.

The previously secret papers reveal that, during a tête-à-tête with President Giscard of France at Number 10 in November 1979, Mrs Thatcher discussed how she had “never had a more difficult man to deal with” than Mr Begin.

Read the rest of my story from this week’s JC about the relationship … Continue Reading

Football’s Man of the Year 2010

As 2010 drew to a close I contributed a piece to the Football Pubcast website’s excellent Man of the Year competition.

My nominee for the title was Inter Milan and Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder. He had as good a year as most footballers could ever dream of, winning the treble with his club side and then pushing his national team to the brink of World Cup glory in South Africa.

Sadly, just as Wesley missed out against the Spanish in the final, so too he missed out on the Man of the Year award, finishing sixth out of the 10 entrants. 

You can read my … Continue Reading