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    Brian McDermott sacked.

    Reading have sacked manager Brian McDermott following a dismal run of results that has left the club joint-bottom of the Premier League. A 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday was the club's fourth in a row and left them four points from safety. McDermott, who joined...
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    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Boris stuck on zipwire | London - ITV News Hero. Legend.
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    Rangers hit with 12 month transfer embargo.

    Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football and a 12-month transfer embargo has been imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association. The two punishments came as a series of penalties handed out by the SFA on Monday night. The transfer...
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    PFA Player of the Year shortlist.

    PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Joe Hart, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Scott Parker. PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist: Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kyle Walker, Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale. Parker shouldn't be there. Aguero...
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    Budget 2012.

    A politics thread from me? AMG. Income tax for the rich should have been cut. The only argument against it being cut is it being 'unfair'. It's irrelevant if it's fair or not, what is relevant is how it affects the economy, which is positively. The 'Granny tax' is a myth. State pension is...
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    Catholic cardinal criticises gay marriage plans.

    The government's plans for gay marriage have been criticised by the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in Britain. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, said the plans were a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right". He said the idea of...
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    Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan

    Landline and mobile phone companies and broadband providers will be ordered to store the data for a year and make it available to the security services under the scheme. The databases would not record the contents of calls, texts or emails but the numbers or email addresses of who they are sent...
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    Capello resigns - Hodgson appointed England boss

    The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England Manager. This follows a meeting involving FA Chairman David Bernstein, FA General Secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium. The discussions focused on The FA Board’s decision to remove the...
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    Rumour: Next gen Xbox to have no used games.

    Rumor has it the next-generation Xbox may limit exactly what kind of games you're allowed to play. According to sources speaking to Kotaku, the Xbox 360's successor will have some kind of anti-used-game enforcement. There's no explanation of what that means, but speculation surrounding the issue...
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    FBI wants to monitor social media

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has quietly released details of plans to continuously monitor the global output of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, offering a rare glimpse into an activity that the FBI and other government agencies are reluctant to discuss publicly. The plans...
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    Anyone else been watching this superb series? The whole second series has been excellent throughout, and last night's finale was brilliant. Cumberbatch and Freeman are sublime as Holmes and Watson.
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    RIP Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

    British-born author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62. He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he had, at a Texas hospital. Vanity Fair magazine, which announced his death, said there would "never be another like...
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    Matched Betting

    I don't know if anyone already knows about it/does it, but thought I would make a thread on it anyway, since it can make you some very easy money very quickly. In essence, matched betting makes it so you cannot lose money in your bet. In a football match, you can bet on three possible...
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    England squad announced for friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

    Goalkeepers Scott Carson (Bursapor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David Stockdale (Ipswich Town - loan from Fulham) Defenders Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United)...
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    Oliver Markoutz

    Name: Oliver Markoutz Club: Bayern Munich D.O.B: 14/1/1995 Nationality: Austrian Position: AML/ST Strengths: Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Finishing, Flair. Weaknesses: Most mental stats. Description: Promising Midfielder Personality: Balanced Suggested Roles: Inside Forward, Winger. Can...
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    Occupy movements.

    An anti-capitalist protest in London's financial district is continuing for a second day, with protesters gathered outside St Paul's Cathedral. The church square was the scene of protests by about 2,000 to 3,000 people on Saturday with at least 250 camping overnight, according to organisers...
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    Iran agents 'planned US terror attacks'

    The US says it has broken up a major terror plot in which agents linked to Iran sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Two men originally from Iran - one a naturalised US citizen - have been charged with counts of conspiracy, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The plot was...
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    Your political compass?

    I'm interested in where people generally fall. :) Here's the test: - Mine
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    Results day 2011.

    Figured there'd be a fair few of us getting results tomorrow/next week, so made a thread for it. Grade Boundaries for the exams have been released if you want to see them: Edexcel grade boundries AQA Grade Boundaries OCR Grade Boundaries Edexcel Core 3 boundaries suck.
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    First person to live to 1000 has already been born

    It's a pretty old article, but I thought it was something fascinating to think about firstly for how far science has come and how much further it is going, and to consider the philosophical, social and economical problems of such a feat. -- Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world...