Maas hysteria: an interview with Timo Maas, Front, 2002

Audi is doing great cars. They have a good image. BMW is for guys with a moustache and long hair at the back. Mercedes is for old men with hats.

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Make it quick, son, you’ve only got a minute: an interview with Frank Black of Frank Black And The Catholics, Front, 2002

The boy-band thing, that’s way out there on the peripheral of my vision – I would never have a reason to come into contact with it. Boy bands to me are almost like a rumour.

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WEEKS 64-76 Purple Refrain

By the time I’d put the key in the front door, I’d made my decision to quit. I couldn’t keep up, I struggled to follow simple instructions, my hip was bothering me and making movement difficult, I was looking like a prat, I was holding up the entire dojo and there was no way I was good enough to shift up a belt. I was through, done, ex-karate.

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Does he not like that?: an interview with Graham Taylor, Front, 2003

I talk to the players and for me you’ve got to make players confident. They’ve also got to believe in what you’re asking them to do. They’ve got to see that it works. Do we want to see football that’s pleasing to the eye, or do we want to watch some winning football?

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Oi, Oi, Savile-oi!: an interview with Jimmy Savile, Front, 2000

It sounds yucky, but we made decency popular. You could watch Fix It with your 80-year-old grandma, or eight-year-old daughter, and you’d not be embarrassed.

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Piece of Pearce: an interview with Jonathan Pearce, Front, 2002

Subbuteo I used to commentate on, to the state where no-one would play with me. My parents used to send me up to a room in the attic to play it. I then took it to university.

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You fat b******: an interview with Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, Front, 2002

Bernard Manning was the first person to ring me when he found out I had cancer. Everyone thinks we’re rivals. We’re not. These are my people, my peers, the people I admire. The people I think are funny.

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Dome alone: an interview with Jim Smith, Front, 2000

The worst was in Newcastle. On a New Year’s Day, against Wolves, it was. We lost at home 4-1. It started a bit from the yobbo end, like.

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WEEK 63: Back On The Horse – And Knuckling Down

So with that, the blog draws to a close on Week 63. After a blip, I’m back on track and a far fitter fiftysomething fella than I was on Week 1. Karate – maybe you should try it. I’m glad I did. So this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. I wonder what it would be like to be a black belt? And yes – that’s an Airtex England 1970 World Cup 3rd shirt as worn in the 3-2 Quarter-Final defeat to West Germany.

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WEEK 62: The Wheels Fall Off

Thursday, 15 June 2023 can easily be described as my worst hour in the dojo thus far. It was like being Bruno Fernandes playing at Anfield and Liverpool have gone 5-0 up. Bearing in mind it was 26°C – you can imagine the state of my gi after an hour.

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