In Focus: The Allianz Arena

Munich’s Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern and on occasion the German national football team, is one of the world’s best examples of how a new build football stadium should be designed.

Like another of Germany’s more interesting attractions, Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, the existence of the Allianz Arena is owed to a regional referendum, where almost two thirds of voters backed plans for the new stadium. After ground was broken in 2002, Bayern moved in to the 346 million euro arena during 2005 and announced that by the end of 2014 they had recouped the building cost, years ahead of their 2030 target. Minus the sponsor’s name (a financial services firm headquartered in Munich), it was used for six matches in the 2006 World Cup including the opening game and a semi-final, hosting Germany twice in two wins.

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The Andy Lewis Story

Six months ago today, an Instagram photo from Andy Crofts all but confirmed rumours that he was going to replace Andy Lewis on bass in Paul Weller’s band. Although I’ve now grown to love the new band setup with Tom van Heel taking Crofts’ place on keys and the Moons frontman on bass, Andy Lewis is the bassist I associate with my earliest memories of seeing Weller’s band.

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TEF: Terrible Education Failure


I was interested to read yesterday that the University of East Anglia has, following a successful appeal, been upgraded from silver to gold on the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Although it looks like a nice status for UEA to have achieved, there’s no point in being too jubilant.

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‘Graduates should look smaller for bigger chance of job hunting success’ – survey

Graduates searching for a job should prioritise their time towards looking for more niche vacancies with smaller businesses and writing specific applications for each post they apply to rather than sending out as many blanket applications as possible to market leaders, a recent survey of graduate employers has suggested.

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