Entries by Rob Atkinson from 01/2013

The Worst Manchester United Manager Ever?

| Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Sport

I have but one candidate for this title, a man whose personal qualities and actions during his period of tenure put him, I would argue, clear ahead of the field as the worst Old Trafford boss of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Olympics 2012 Lesson: Unity Is The Way Forward

| Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Sport

Benjamin Franklin memorably stated "Gentlemen, we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately". The message that no group of people can succeed and prosper who are divided against themselves, applies equally to society at large.

We Hate Nottingham Forest, We Hate Liverpool Too

| Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Sport

Football is tribal, football is cathartic, football is where you get to let off some steam after gritting your teeth all week. And, for all of that, you need someone to hate.

Ask Not What Your Council Can Do For You, Mr and Ms Elected Representative

| Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics

I'll be arguing the Utopian ideal on the radio, when we have this debate. I'll be saying that elected office is something that should be undertaken for the benefit it provides to the community, not for personal gain.

MPs Want 32% Pay Rise (Yes, Really)

| Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

It's the kind of headline that could almost have you wondering whether you had one too many after all on New Year's Eve, and have just woken from a long and boozy slumber to find it's April Fool's Day already. Check the date - it's not 1 April, and these people mean it.

Les Misérables - Making a Good Thing Even Better

| Posted 01.17.2013 | UK Entertainment

As a devoted fan of the stage show since January 1988 when I first experienced it at The Palace Theatre in London, I have to confess: I was extremely...

'Blue Bloods' - Off-The-Peg Morality and The American Dreat

| Posted 01.23.2013 | UK Entertainment

Blue Bloods is a CBS-produced TV drama - now in its third season - airing on Sky Atlantic in the UK, which typifies the successful formula used to create a top-rating series stateside.

Stand Up, If You Hate Man U - And Think It Might be TV's Fault

| Posted 01.23.2013 | UK Sport

It would be difficult to imagine that any other club should have such a long, unbroken run of live TV coverage in their FA Cup ties. On Saturday, they will figure in their 38th consecutive such event. This will be a home tie against Fulham - hardly a game bursting with giant-killing potential.

A Day In The Death Of Leeds United

| Posted 01.24.2013 | UK Sport

Some of the fans - not all, but some - now feel that there is now no way back for Leeds - not to anywhere approaching the pre-eminence they once enjoyed in the game. If that's the case, then the question arises: what is a reasonable aim now? To gain promotion to the Premier League, and strive to survive?

Snouts in the Trough - But It's Time Those Living High on the Hog Picked Up the Tab

| Posted 01.28.2013 | UK Politics

The thing about politicians is - if they're not talking, or furiously thinking of a way out of their latest web of deceit, or maybe sleeping (a swift forty winks on the backbenches, the ultimate power nap), then they're most likely at some or other official function, stuffing their faces with the finest of freebie food and drink.