An ode to the Ceefax match report

When the history of great sports journalism is written, perhaps the BBC’s shortform English league match reports might get a footnote or honourable mention. A product of the Ceefax revolution, these four-paragraph, c.80 word summaries lived on after the platform’s loss of popularity, surviving the transition to BBCi and, for a while, the BBC Sport website.

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Spearmint close their latest chapter with a bang at The Water Rats

Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.

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Spearmint at The Water Rats – everything you need to know

Here’s all the information you need to know ahead of Spearmint’s final gig for a couple of years tomorrow at London’s Water Rats venue…

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Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson at The Half Moon, Putney – Review

Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson: no, not a new Viz cartoon, but a pair responsible for one of the most enjoyable musical 55 minutes of the year at Putney’s intimate Half Moon despite both being used to backing the stars at far larger arenas.

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More thoughts on Votes at 16

So, the Tories have given Votes at 16 the red light, for now…

Needless to say, I was pretty upset on Friday when the Conservatives succeeded in filibustering Jim McMahon’s Private Member’s Bill for Votes at 16 out of Parliament before a vote could take place. However, the positive reaction to the idea in the lead up to the vote confirmed that it is a matter of when, rather than if, a bill will be successful and Votes at 16 will become a reality.

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