Posted: 02 Jan 2009 06:45 AM CST
Three teams have expressed an interest in his employment - Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - and having Michael Kennedy air his feelings means Given is letting everyone know that he’s ready.
Whether Newcastle will want to sell him is not yet known, he could be one of the costlier transfers in this window if someone were to pick him up. An indication of how the club feel may arise tomorrow in their FA Cup game against Hull City and whether Given is between the sticks to take on the potential Giant-Killers.
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 06:19 AM CST
Fairtrade, or more specifically Fair Trade Certified products, have grown in recent years to be worth more than $3.6 billion in 2007, with revenue numbers expected to be higher in 2008, and their 2007 annual report highlighted the 7.5 million prodcuers and families that benefit from the premium that fair trade goods have.
As with any business, there will be loopholes, and people pushing (if not breaching) any guidliness and twisting to get the best reports and inspections. It seems from the report that while Fair Trade is something to support, the continued drive for low food prices means a much stronger controlling hand from the Fair Trade Labelling Organisation is required.
More at The Times.
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 05:44 AM CST
Your Country Needs You starts on BBC1 this Saturday at 7.10 pm, more info on the BBC Eurovision website.
Come Back, Jessica Garlick
Let’s start with the exception. Any other year, any other year, and this would have won Eurovision. In 2002, Malta and Latvia dueled for second place, while the UK and Estonia eventually tied for third. Having to run in second in the contest of 24 countries doomed the song - if it had bee later in the Eurovision running order, the Welsh Pop Idol contestant would likely be lauded as our last winner. Still, it’s our highest placing since being second in 1998.
Love Shine A Light, Katrina and the Waves
And the year before that #2, was the last winner for the UK, back in 1997. Regarded as one of the finest songs to ever grace Eurovision, this was originally written as an anthem for The Samaratins, it soared to success. Expect to hear many mentions of this song.
Cry Baby, Jemini
On the other hand, expect to hear very little about “Jem and I” (see what they did there?). While taking a competent song to the 2003 finals, their lack of stadium performance skills and basic equipment (such as in-ear monitors) meant an out-of-key performance and the embarrassment of the first “nul points” for the UK.
Teenage Life, Daz Sampson
While it came 19th in Greece, Teenage Life had one thing going for it. The UK genuinely loved the song, and it reached the Top Ten in the week after the Song Contest… unlike other UK entries which failed to chart. While Daz didn’t top the table, he at least had the country behind him - perhaps Eurovision wasn’t ready for a Dance/Rap track from the man behind The Hamster Sance?
Woo (You Make Me), Michelle Gayle
So with all this history, last year the UK sent a binman - who’d never done studio songs. Andy did his best with his own song, but when your song peaks at #76 in the UK charts, why should we expect Europe to vote for it when we as a country essentially ignored it. In second place in the UK finals was ex Eastenders Michelle Gayle. Who has two Top 30 albums, who performed in the West End as a leading lady, and has three Brit award nominations. And had a song that was a decent mid-table Eurovision number.
They Don’t Make Em Like They Used To, Justin Hawkins and Beverlei Brown
Need some stadium rockers? Who can work an audience? Call Justin “ex-Darkness” Hawkins and this bouncy Schlagen pop duet that sounds like every Swedish entry since Abba. Surprisinlgy, this came third in the UK’s heats in 2007, loosing out to the reformed Scooch…
Pif Paf Pof, by The High Life (Forbes Mason and Alan Cumming)
Scooch of course did a Carry-on esque number of Airline stewards and stewardesses which was so cringeworthy they needed to have alternativle lyrics to appear on Blue Peter. And scottish comedians Alan Cumming and Forbes Mason must have had flashbacks to their Airline Steward based sitcom, The High Life from the mid 90s, where they attempted to create a Scottish Song for Europe that went something like this…
I’ll Leave My Heart, Cyndi
…and I’ll be honest, Forbes and Cumming were better than Scooch. The song that came second was this belter of a ballad. At the UK Final, Fearne Cotton called Scooch the winner, and Terry Wogan, simulaneously (yet incorrectly) called the contest for Cyndi. Perhaps it was a last Hail Mary to save the UK embarresment that year? Nobody but Terry knows, but consider that Cyndi went on to come second in the Fan-Run “which was the best song that came second” contest (the irony) while Scooch had to rely on a block vote from our friends in Ireland and Malta. Everyone else nul pointed us.
So the stage is now set for us to choose a singer for Eurovision - interestingly that singer will not be singing our entry just yet, as Andrew Lloyd Webber has rightly decided to write something appropriate for the winning performer. Right now the country needs to focus on chosing the right performer who has the ability to hold the audience captive over three mintues, and who can best work the media circuit in the month of the contest.
Your Country Needs You, BBC1 Saturday at 7.10 pm, more info on the BBC Eurovision website.
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 04:37 AM CST
New Years Day in Scotland, can only mean one thing..a nice refreshing swim
The place to be for Hogmany is Edinburgh, and this year as per the past 23, many took to the cold waters of the River Forth to celebrate the new year at precisely 1.30pm due to tidal conditions.
The annual Loony Dook draws “swimmers” from around the world and raises thousands of pounds for charity.
Among the characters at South Queensferry for the 23rd event were Wonder Woman, Elvis, man-brides and a nun.
More info can be seen on the Loony Dook website..brrrrty
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 04:26 AM CST
With a LIVE launch tonight, the goldfish tank filled with ex-famous people is back
Davina McCall returns to present the live launch show as the celebrities enter the Big Brother house.
The full line up of stars can be found here, one thing is for sure, with a line up that resembles a Victorian circus, we are in for some fun..
Once the celebrities have entered the Big Brother house, join comedian Jack Whitehall and guests for the first Big Mouth of the series, as they debate the new housemates on night one.
Celebrity Big Brother Live Launch - Channel 4 9pm
Celebrity Big Brother’s Big Mouth - E4 10.15pm
Celebrity Big Brother Live (and plenty of annoying bird noises covering up celeb secrets) - E4 from 11.05pm
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 03:53 AM CST
Imagine the surprise when a mad Uncle dies and left a garage that has a special secret..
The nephew and niece (from Newcastle) of an 89 year old doctor were amazed when they were left a garage in his will..
Only when they opened the door did they find the world's most expensive car covered in dust.
They were told the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, one of only 17 made in the world could fetch over £6m at auction next month as the highlight of Bonham's Retromobile car show and sale in Paris.
The Bugatti had been left to gather dust for 47 years since its last tax disk expired in December 1960.
Hat tip to the mirror.
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 03:38 AM CST
Celebrity Big Brother is back on your screens tonight and the line up is very similar to others
Just as we revealed on Christmas eve, here is the full and complete line up of celebrity big brother series 6.
La Toya Jackson, 52, famous for being Michael Jackson's sister and posing for Playboy.
Mutya Buena, 23, founder member of girlband Sugababes, she left in 2005.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr, 45, only known as COOLIO, rapper from USA.
Michelle Heaton, 28, lost out in final of Popstars and formed losing band Liberty X.
Lucy Pinder, 26, topless model.
Tina Malone, 45, plays Mimi in Shameless.
Steve Strange, 49, New Romantic singer in band Visage.
Terry Christian, 42, hosted cult show, The Word.
Verne Troyer, 40, played Mini-Me in Austin Powers.
Ulrika Jonsson, 41, known as much for her fling with Svenn as her Tv persenting roles.
Tommy Sheridan, 44, Scottish Politician.
Celebrity Big Brother Starts Tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm, stay tuned here on the Daily Dust for more updates.
Posted: 01 Jan 2009 02:36 PM CST
So there you have it, two and a half months punting for a small profit following a poor December.
I’ll be having a break from the Daily Dust in the near future but may return later in the year with some more profitable betting so stay tuned.
85 bets 31 winners for a profit of +£44.50 to a £10 stake.
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