Joel Durston
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Wannabe and arguably actual journalist - I read and summarise the papers for companies at work and blog when not.

Joel writes at joeldurston.wordpress.com

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'The Wolf' Hungry for Another Canary Wharf Title

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2014 | (17:36)

Nick Matthew leads the English charge at the spectacular East Wintergarden venue for the Canary Wharf Squash Classic this year.

The Yorkshireman, at 33 years of age, is in some of, if not the best form of his career. He currently sits at number one in the world following a...

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Policitians DO Listen to Us... But Too Much

(6) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (13:47)

Politicians just don't listen to us these days - so goes probably the common, and personally most inane, refrain in current UK politics. But is there actually much truth to it? I don't think so. In fact, I think quite the opposite is true, and that that's slightly dangerous as...

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Best Albums of 2013 - One to Five

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:04)

It's been a great year for music, and here's my selection of the best of it. I've chosen one 'if you only listen to one...' track for each album, which I think is the best/one you might not have heard of. Feel free to praise or abuse as you want....

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Best Albums of 2013 - Numbers Six to 15

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (10:43)

It's been a great year for music, and here's my selection of the best of it. I've chosen one 'if you only listen to one...' track for each album, which I think is the best/one you might not have heard of. Feel free to praise or abuse as you want....

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Best Albums of 2013 - Numbers 16-25

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (15:09)

It's been a great year for music, and here's my selection of the best of it. I've chosen one 'if you only listen to one...' track for each album, which I think is the best/one you might not have heard of. Feel free to praise or abuse as you want....

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Squashed Unfairly in the Olympic Bid

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (16:04)

Squash - just an old man's game, isn't it? That's the common refrain I get - or I sense people are thinking but too polite to say - when I mention that I play, watch or - as I'm now starting to do - report on the game.

This came...

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Ashour Survives Scare in Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (15:13)

Ramy Ashour is still on course to be crowned World Champion in Manchester, but will be hoping he faces no more scares after his first round game.

This is because Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema took the first game from the Egyptian World No.1 and had two gameballs to take the...

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Ashour Looking to Extend Winning Run at the Squash World Championships

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (14:34)

All eyes at the AJ Bell World Men's Squash Championships, the squash world's biggest event, will be on World No1 Ramy Ashour, who is "hungry" to extend his astonishing winning run of 45 straight games.

Such is the Egyptian's focus on the tournament, and the gruelling toll of the...

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Has the Sun Set on Federer's Career?

(1) Comments | Posted 6 September 2013 | (00:00)

Has Roger Federer - probably the finest tennis player of all time, definitely the most decorated - finally seen the sun set on his career? The signs were certainly hard to escape in the twilight of the Louis Armstrong Stadium this week, where the Swiss master crashed out 7-6, 6-3,...

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Now the Football Season's Over...

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (01:01)

Football is often accused of 'being out of touch', overly corporate and expensive and populated by indifferent and vapid dilettantes - a giant behemoth devouring all in its path. These calls reached their zenith during last year's Olympics, when all the shiny, happy and most of all successful people cast...

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Be Careful What You Wish For...

(10) Comments | Posted 19 April 2013 | (13:46)

I started writing this piece a couple of weeks ago, but then, like so many things, Margaret Thatcher threw a spanner in the works, even in death.

I was meaning to argue the problems - and sometimes hypocrisy - in the popular call for more 'conviction politicians', but then she...

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Keep the State Out of Our Love Lives

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2013 | (13:41)

Onanists beware! The Icelandic government is trying to push through legislation that will make porn illegal - and in doing so, I imagine, create an awful dilemma for that great bastion of morality, the Daily Mail (the Mary Whitehouse in it disapproving of the porn, but it's strident anti-nanny state...

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Squash's Olympic Hurdle

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (09:01)

UK Sport caused uproar in many quarters recently with its unforgiving approach to Olympic funding, which saw four sports have all their Rio 2016 funding cut, leading many to claim the organisation completely threw away the much-trumpeted 'Olympic legacy'.

I don't want to discuss the merits or deficiencies...

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The Best Albums of 2012 30-21

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (18:18)

30. Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal
Following closely in the footsteps of Mumford & Sons (and their checkered-shirted, straw-in-mouthed imitators), came this Icelandic collective, banjoing and harmonising their way into charts and hearts. The whole scene has grown old quickly for some (including me...

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The Best Albums of 2012 20-11

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (18:14)

20. Calvin Harris - 18 Months
OK, so it's hardly going to win any prizes for originality or depth, but Mr Harris has an almost unparalleled consistency for creating - as they say (or at least said) in the trade - bangers, and a seemingly endless contacts book, put...

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The Best Albums of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (18:10)

10. Cold Specks - I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Al Spx actually hails from suburban Toronto - but you would never guess it from her sublime, yearning voice, right out of the heart Midwest in the civil rights-era America. In the hands of most others, the songs here could...

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A Brave New World for the British Press

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2012 | (10:55)

Next Thursday (November 29), Lord Justice Leveson will release his report press ethics in British ethics, which commentators are heralding as a step change in the industry. But this largely misses the point; the change is well underway.

The London Evening Standard reported this week, obviously with...

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