Kelvin Maynard death

Former Burton and Antwerp footballer shot dead in Amsterdam Former Burton Albion defender Kelvin Maynard has been shot dead in Amsterdam, Dutch police have confirmed. Maynard was killed while in his car with police now searching for two suspects who are reported to have escaped the scene on a black scooter. The 32-year-old was helped by…

Peter Beardsley barred from football for seven months over racist language

The former England striker Peter Beardsley has been banned from football for 32 weeks after being found guilty of three charges of racially abusing black players while coach of the Newcastle under-23 team. A Football Association independent panel found that Beardsley had called a player of black African origin a monkey during a game of…

Vaping and E-cigs: Is it time now to consider quitting?

I was pleased to have stopped cigarette smoking seven years ago next month. However, the liquid substitution, the road I chose to drive down with its obvious non-tar element and the attraction of flavours is fast becoming a rocky one. It’s clear that vaping, still pretty much an unknown quantity health-wise despite having been with…

Fired Man Sam: He’s too male and puts women off joining

Fire chiefs have banned much-loved children’s TV character Fireman Sam — for being a man. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue service has axed the 30-year-old favourite from promo material saying he is too male and puts off women from joining up. It follows complaints that Fireman Sam was not ‘inclusive. He will be replaced by in-house…

Inside Middlesbrough: England’s most deprived town

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could cause Middlesbrough to experience poverty and a lack of investment that makes it feel even more like Middlesbrough. Experts warned that the post-industrial Northern town could face the catastrophic long-term situation of being largely the same. Economist Emma Bradford said: “I don’t wish to be too technical, but Middlesbrough suffers…

An offal hoo-hah over faggots…

A cafe owner has had a post removed from the internet after it was deemed too offensive. Jo Evans-Pring, 63, owner of Fanny’s Rest Stop Cafe wanted to promote her faggots so started paying for advertising on Google. Within a few weeks of launching her initial campaign, faggot sales rose significantly so realising she was…

The Beeches – Following Tividale FC

The Beeches is a new independent documentary film that captures the rituals and atmosphere of a non-League matchday On the fringes of the city of Birmingham is a community struggling to keep themselves afloat. But that could change with the hopes of a promotion for Tividale Football Club. This short documentary follows the volunteers who keep…

Porking On The Moon: ‘moss piglets’ could survive 30 years…

More lunarcy from space as those tiny pig-like creatures which smashed into the Moon could survive there for up to 30 years, experts said yesterday. Several thousand “tardigrades”, known as moss piglets, were on an Israeli lunar probe which crashed in April. And we know that pigs can fly because Pink Floyd proved this with photographic evidence…