Mark Bibby Jackson

Nothing will come of nothing
Diego Costa

A Fistful of Yuan

January is a strange month. With Christmas and New Year celebrations over people settle down to the mundane normalcy of life. However, in the strange world of Premier League Football, January is anything but normal. While most sensible Europeans are in hibernation, England’s footballers start their annual dalliance with the ‘romance of the cup’.

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To Cook A Spider wins the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Cambodia

To Cook A Spider Scoops Gourmand Awards

Mark Bibby Jackson’s debut Cambodia novel To Cook A Spider has received international recognition at the prestigious 2016 Gourmand Word Cookbook Awards. The competition’s jury announced that To Cook A Spider was the national winner for Cambodia in the categories of Best Self-Published Book and Best Asian Cuisine Book, on January 10.

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Have Conte's Chelsea already won the league?

They think it’s all over …

So, Antonio Conte can start cracking open the bottles of prosecco. As mentioned in last month’s column, the team leading at Christmas traditionally goes on to win the Premier League come May. Chelsea’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace ensured the 2014-15 champions would go into the festive break with a six-point lead over Liverpool, despite […]

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Can Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool head the table come Christmas

Festive Cheer

Recent times have seen the most recent (false?) coming of Liverpool, followed by the swift renaissance of Chelsea – were you one of those baying for Conte’s blood earlier in the season? – the inevitable Arsenal falter and Utd’s implosion. What was perhaps more difficult to foresee was the second coming of Yaya Toure, although […]

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Sergio Aguero's goals have helped Man City get off to a flyer

A Marathon Not A Sprint

A week may be a long time in politics, but it’s an eternity in the life of a Premier League manager. Three wins in three games and Jose Mourinho could do no wrong; the Special One was reborn. One week and two losses later, the first at home to city rival and the second in […]

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Expect the Expected

Those following the build up to this Premier League season might be forgiven for concluding that the world’s most popular sport is a game of chess played by Football Masters. Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte and Klopp have taken the headlines apart from a splattering of Ibrahimovic and a last minute Bolt-like surge from Pogba. However, football […]

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Richard III

The city of Leicester has been in the news in recent years and not just for the unexpected success of its football team. A skeleton unearthed beneath a car park there in 2012 was found to be that of Richard III. Rupert Goold’s rendition of Shakespeare’s play of the same name, currently performing at the […]

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Set in the ruins of Europe, Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine is a difficult play for the audience. In her programme notes for the current Collide Theatre production, director Emily Louizou asks the viewer not to “try to understand everything which will be happening around you,” but to “experience the crisis you will see.”

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