Rob Atkinson
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Rob Atkinson was born in West Yorkshire in 1961, and has lived there all his life. He is married, with one daughter who is currently studying in York for a career in Primary Education.

Having worked for many years in the voluntary sector as a Welfare Rights adviser and freelance trainer, he has been occupied as a carer for the past few years, working also as an actor, proof-reader and copy editor. Rob is currently writing a book about the bad and worse times of following his first and most enduring love, Leeds United AFC.

When he is not treading the boards in various theatres around Yorkshire, he is to be found somewhere near his computer station at home - ostensibly working, but more likely reading the work of authors he admires (George MacDonald Fraser, Leslie Thomas et al), and dreaming of publication.

Rob's other interests include local and national history, astronomy and cricket. His newly-established blog can be accessed here.

Entries by Rob Atkinson

It Was the Man Utd Myth, Not the Job, That Was Too Big for Moyes

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (10:39)

So David Moyes has departed the Theatre of Hollow Myths. It was the increasingly poignant tragedy that has been waiting to happen as Moyes appeared to become progressively more bug-eyed and Gollum-esque with every passing interview, following each damaging defeat. Now, in the immediate aftermath of his inevitable sacking, the...

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Bedroom Tax - Finally Killed by Plain Old Common-Sense?

(2) Comments | Posted 9 February 2014 | (15:45)

The Bedroom Tax - the most ill-conceived, misbegotten, malicious and counter-productive piece of misguided legislation since - well, since the Poll Tax - may just have been dealt a fatal blow by a Tribunal judge wielding the trusty old sword of common-sense.

In brief, what appears to have happened is...

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No Fat-Cat Whinging, Please, Over Labour's Removal of the 'Spare Bentley Subsidy'

(2) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (10:29)

Oh, I'm sorry - you Tories out there still refer to it as the "top rate of Income Tax", don't you? That's very passé, you know - and more than a little misleading, also. After all, the country's in a mess - substantially more of a mess than it was...

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Sweep Board in Fifa's Narcissist of the Year' Awards

(3) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (12:36)

Sometimes, you catch sight of a headline and, as you feel your eyebrows heading for your hairline, you wonder to yourself: "Did I really read that right?" Such a headline caught my notice the other day. "Cristiano Ronaldo opens a museum in his own honour in Madeira, Portugal", it read....

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The Tory Approach to 'Stock Management' in Animal Farm UK

(3) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (16:55)

George Orwell's "Animal Farm", written as an anti-communist allegory in 1943-44 at a time when, due in part to wartime alliances, Joseph Stalin was well-regarded in the UK, remains a classic of its kind. The allegory is a versatile literary device for imparting a message beyond the literal storyline; in...

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Is Nice-Guy Moyes Starting to 'Fergify' Himself?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2013 | (16:34)

Many good judges are predicting that, with the Alex Ferguson era over at Man U, the club will now struggle to continue with their run of success. By common consent, Fergie was not the greatest coach or tactician out there - his major contribution to the success down Salford way...

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Rookie Man U Boss Moyes to be Haunted By Fergie's Ghost?

(2) Comments | Posted 7 July 2013 | (10:12)

There are worrying signs already for the inheritor of the poisoned chalice that is the Old Trafford hot-seat. David Moyes has been gathering his own people about him as he sets forth to put his own stamp on the Man U machine - but Moyes will be grimly aware that...

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Games Giant Mattel's "Complete Disregard" for Their Legion of Online Scrabble Fans

(74) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (22:27)

Toy manufacturing giant Mattel are under fire from thousands of fans addicted to their online version of "Scrabble", the popular word game played on a board with letter tiles, which has sold approximately 150 million sets worldwide. The row has erupted since the virtual web-based game,...

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Birds of a Feather: From Screen to Stage - And Back Again?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2013 | (13:44)

Last week, I was asked by "The Public Reviews" - which aims to provide an informed critique in a wide range of theatrical productions as well as reviewing new album releases - to write a review of the "Birds of a Feather" touring production as it arrived at...

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Royalty: Isn't it About Time For a Change at the Top?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (23:35)

One of the many oddities in the life of our Queen, Elizabeth II, is the fact that she has two birthdays each year - as if one wasn't enough when you already have rather too many years on your shoulders, weighing you down along with all those cares of state....

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'Loadsamoney' Cameron in 'Tasteless and Ignorant Flash Git' Row

(16) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (12:24)

Prime Minister David Cameron has had his judgement called into question yet again after a "date-night" meal out with his wife on Friday at a pizza restaurant in Soho. Having enjoyed a simple repast of pizza and lasagne, accompanied by dough balls and a bottle of red - amounting to...

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Shaker Aamer: Prisoner 239 and the Ongoing Scandal of Guantánamo Bay

(7) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (12:43)

On 14th February 2002 Shaker Aamer became a father for the fourth time, his British wife Zin Siddique bearing him a son, Faris. On the same day, Aamer was incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay detention camp, where he has remained ever since. He has never met his youngest son,...

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Spurs: Ultimately, What IS the Point of Them?

(91) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (00:00)

As a Leeds fan, I'm quite familiar with the whole big club/small club debate - who qualifies as 'big', what are the criteria? If you currently have a crap team, does that mean you're suddenly a crap club? And so on and so forth, ad nauseam.

It's not really a...

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Why We Can't Afford NOT To Invest In Help For UK's "Lazy Porkers"

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2013 | (00:37)

BBC Radio Five Live were crusading again last week, their plan of campaign once more heavily reliant upon taking a lazy sound-bite and stimulating a heated debate around it. This time, the sound-bite was a distinctly unprofessorial not to say yobbish statement by Professor Craig Currie of Cardiff University, who...

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David Beckham to Retire at the Top

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (17:37)

So, the day has arrived at last. An icon is to depart the game. England's "Goldenballs", the man with the most famous metatarsal the world has ever seen, he of the sculpted facial furniture with chiseled jaw and cheekbones to die for, David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE is finally to...

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Bedroom Tax Claims Its First Confirmed Victim

(5) Comments | Posted 11 May 2013 | (22:37)

Stephanie Bottrill was a 53 year-old grandmother who had lived in her terraced house in Solihull for 18 years, bringing up her children as a struggling single parent, nurturing the cherished back garden which was her pride and joy. Here she'd buried the pet cats she had loved;...

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Remembering the Bradford Fire Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2013 | (11:00)

28 years ago, on May 11 1985, I went to watch Leeds United play at St Andrews, Birmingham City's ground, in order to support the United lads, who still had a faint mathematical chance of promotion. These were the bad old days, when football violence was still highly fashionable, and...

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Alex Ferguson: A Tribute

(74) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (11:43)

The football-related media is in a frenzy of mourning today after the announcement that Sir Alex Taggart has decided to step down as Supreme Dictator of the FA Premier League. Who will follow him, they ask, tearing their hair and wringing their hands in distress. Chelsea fans may be surprised...

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Football: Why Liverpool FC Are Still the Greatest

(4) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (16:24)

Okay, so I'm a Leeds United fan - so what has this got to do with me? Well, I'd have to start by declaring an interest - as a die-hard supporter of the One True United from the right (Yorkshire) side of the Pennines, I'm not exactly enamoured of Man...

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Duncan-Smith Appeals Politely to Finer Instincts of 'Rich Pensioners'

(2) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (00:24)

Iain Duncan-Smith, having pandered for so long to the Daily Mail-reading citizens of leafy suburbia, gladdening their hearts with his continual broadsides aimed at "shirkers" or those allegedly living the high life on munificent benefits may just have made a tactical error, thereby rousing the ire of the comfortably-off grey...

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