Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union. Here are the answers to our questions from Shanker Singham, who is Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the […]
The 54-year-old musician will release his LP ‘All Visible Objects’ – from which he has already unveiled the first single ‘Power is Taken
Under Article 50, by law, the United Kingdom will formally leave the European Union at 11pm GMT on Friday 31st January. This means that those who wish to celebrate this historic moment will need to look to a clock to mark the time (exactly as on New Year’s Eve). The natural choice for this would […]
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The 28-year-old from Rice Lake, WI, was the 2016 champion of Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) and won in Indy Lights, and has scored three wins and three pole positions in Indy Lights, but last year proved he was also a sportscar hotshoe.On the team’s IMS…
Find out how to make Super Bowl appetizers like chicken wings, spinach-artichoke dip, and nachos.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pessimistic about the chances of Marcus Rashford playing against Liverpool after his gamble on the striker’s fitness ‘backfired’. The forward was introduced as a substitute in the second half of Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves on Wednesday night, but limped off after just 15 minutes. Solskjaer admitted […]
Penske president Tim Cindric told Motorsport.com yesterday that reigning and two-time Supercars champion McLaughlin could run the IndyCar Spring Training at COTA next month, as he was being considered for an extra entry in one or more NTT IndyCar Serie…
Both men sit broadly on the centre-right of the Parliamentary Party. That there is no candidate from the Centre-Left is a sign of internal change.
Manchester United progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Wolves but they had cause for concern as Marcus Rashford limped off in the second half. Juan Mata’s goal was enough to give the Red Devils the victory over Wolves at Old Trafford in their third round replay. Wolves […]
The Northern Ireland Office has announced the new financial package for the new Executive. I did detect when I was up in Stormont on Saturday some nervousness about the exact nature of the commitments that would materialise from the British government and how much would be new money. Today we got our answer £1 billion. Note it’s the not the £2 billion extra as billed, since £1 billion is what we were getting anyway and we don’t know what’s happening … Read more
Jose Mourinho has signed Gedson Fernandes because he is not convinced by Harry Winks, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham. Tottenham completed the 18-month loan signing, with an option to buy, of Fernandes from Benfica. It raises questions about how Mourinho will fit all his midfield players into his team and whether Winks will warrant […]
Selena Gomez realised being vulnerable was a strength not a weakness.
Lesser spotted deal provisions can be interesting when picking apart a new political settlement, especially as the underlying funds threaten to pick it apart anyway. It has been commented upon that this is a good deal, indeed Newton Emerson used more colourful language in describing the “identitarians” who would turn down this deal. Possibly extra cash, difficult issues ‘oven ready’ to be dealt with and significant changes to the cultural policy of our public institutions here. I would have liked … Read more
The continuation of the deal marks a 27-year relationship between Mobil 1 and WAU, stretching back to the Holden Racing Team era.When the squad lost its factory Holden backing in 2017 Mobil 1 stepped up to its current co-naming rights status, and even …
EU ‘in a very good spirit’ ahead of Brexit talks.
Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly made a list of demands to become Manchester United manager. Current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure and could find himself out of a job if he fails to secure a top four finish. Pochettino has been tipped to be the next Man United manager following his sacking […]
Prime Minister Johnson spoke to President Bolsonaro of Brazil.
Coulthard, who was speaking at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, says the trend towards younger drivers isn’t necessarily a bad thing but that they can’t be expected to have the life experience of older rivals.“You would hope you’d be a b…
The standalone event was initially launched without a date, as organiser Australian Racing Group waited for the major TCR markets around the world to ratify their 2020 schedules.With that process now complete ARG and its partners Motorsport Australia a…
Conor McGregor has denied speaking to Tyson Fury about training the heavyweight boxer in mixed martial arts. Fury claimed he was planning to crossover sports in the future and had been in contact with the Irishman. The 31-year-old boxer, who is preparing for his rematch with Deontay Wilder in February, even said the former two-weight […]
Favourable road position for the Haradh – Shubaytah stage meant Alonso was primed to contend for a maiden stage win, having finished second to the Century buggy of Mathieu Serradori two days prior.But his hopes were dashed just over a kilometre into th…
The 45-year-old fashion designer shared a snap of her favourite breakfast – smashed avocado on toast – but fans were most shocked by the cost of the carbohydrate.
The 23-year-old rapper – whose real name is Daniel Hernandez – was jailed for two years in December on charges relating to attempted
Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde received just a one-match ban for his red card in the Spanish Super Cup final against Atletico Madrid. The 21-year-old hacked down Alvaro Morata as the striker was bearing down on the Real goal and was rightly sent off for the cynical challenge. The Uruguayan made himself an instant hero […]
Conor McGregor looked in high spirits during media day ahead of his UFC 246 clash with Donald Cerrone on Saturday night. However, the Irishman could not help but burst into fits of laughter after a particularly awkward question about Cerrone and his wife. The Irishman is set to end his 15-month hiatus from the octagon […]
Manchester United take on Wolves in their FA Cup third round replay tonight. The Premier League rivals played out a dull goalless draw at Molineux meaning they’ll need a replay to decide who makes it into the next round. Either Watford or Tranmere await the winner in the fourth round. United smashed Norwich 4-0 while […]
I always like a good binge over Christmas – no, not on babysham or egg nog, but on a box set or two.
Last Christmas it was Game of Thrones, which somehow I had avoided over the years. I got to the end of Season Three, by which time I was thoroughly confused by the plot (is there one), and by the fact that the show has so many characters that I rather lost track of who they all were and who had been killed off.
This year I thought I’d try Madam Secretary, a US series about a female Secretary of State, obviously designed to be a replacement for the late lamented West Wing. I was searching for it on Netflix when I came across another political series called Secret City, which is a Netflix Original and filmed in Canberra. It’s more Bodyguard than West Wing, and has a big spy element to it.
When I saw that my namesake Alan Dale, who played Jim Robinson in Neighbours was playing the Aussie Prime Minister in the show, I thought I’d give it a go. It’s cliffhanger-tastic and runs over two series, and I can highly recommend it.
So I then moved on to Madam Secretary on Amazon Prime. This ran for six series, and I was hooked right from the start. As in West Wing, there’s a lot of walking and talking but the plot lines are superb, and as in the West Wing they often run over more than one episode.
The main character, Elizabeth McCord, comes to the job after her predecessor’s plane crashes in the Atlantic. She’s a former CIA agent who drifted into academia, and the thread that runs through the series is her battle with moral dilemmas.
She likes to think she runs an ethical foreign policy, but quickly realises that this is impossible. The action is split between her role as Secretary of State and the conflicts that it poses with her family life and relationship with her husband, Henry, who also turns out to be a secret agent.
The story lines regarding Russia and Iran are superb, if sometimes a little far-fetched, and I was actually watching an episode about a potential war with Iran when I found out about the killing of Soleimani. Madam Secretary runs over six series and 120 episodes. I’m now on episode 40! It’s well worth your attention.
Madam Secretary is so good that it’s kept me from starting Season 3 of Occupied!
The Nine Inch Nails frontman – who already has Lazarus, nine, Balthazar, eight, a four-year-old son whose name has not been made public
Real Madrid have agreed a £47million deal with Ajax for Dutch playmaker Donny van de Beek, reports claim. The Netherlands international drew interest from a number of top European clubs for his brilliant displays in Ajax’s superb run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. And he has continued his red-hot form this campaign, having […]
Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane could miss part of next season. This is because the Africa Cup of Nations is set to be reverted from the summer to January and February, starting in 2021. The decision was made following a Confederation of African Football meeting which decided the summer climates of […]