Barbara Barry

16 Jun 19
Cathays Brass

… Based on our shared love of Music and Beer… In 2014 Cathays Brass received an enticing message from the musicians of Musikverein Stuttgart Hofen  Their youth ensemble would soon be  visiting Cardiff to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cardiff – Stuttgart twinning relationship and wished to meet up with a local band. Being […]

16 Jun 19
Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix

Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix – Mid-way Fathers Day Report, from Joanne Ainsley Perry: The Buoyant rocking chair filled nearly the whole living room floor space but it was kept, because my dad, Roger Hargreaves (Clayton) had earned it, either by finishing first vet in the Grand Prix or 3rd overall in the 1991 series […]

16 Jun 19
AndersonVision

Bring Home the Stop-Motion Adventure, MISSING LINK arriving on Digital 7/9 and Blu-ray, DVD 7/23 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents MISSING LINK, arriving on Digital July 9 and Blu-ray and DVD July 23. Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis lead an all-star voice cast in this globetrotting adventure from LAIKA, the makers of […]

16 Jun 19
Aletho News

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | June 13, 2019 155 European Researchers and academics have delivered a stinging rebuke to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research & Innovation. In a beautifully […]

16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
SKY SPORTS’ leading Scottish football commentator Ian Crocker has seen and done it all in a 20 year-plus radio and TV career. Here he tells SunSport about a row with radio icon Tony Blackburn over Bobby Moore, getting a look of death from Fergie and copping Old Firm abuse. Sky Sports commentator Crocker And he spills the beans on the moment that left his Sky sidekick Davie Provan with a red face… ADVICE. Best given? A few bosses have told me less is more when it comes to commentating. Let things breathe, don’t dive in and shout. Another gem of advice came from my old boss Andy Melvin at Sky. He simply said: ‘Don’t f*** up.’ BOG OFF. Who gets on your nerves on TV? The political guy Robert Peston. He’s irritating. It’s his voice and his speaking style. Crocker isn’t a fan of Peston CHAOS. One live match when everything went wrong? We did a game at Hamilton a few years ago — I think it was Christmas Eve — and Storm Barbara was at full rage. The wind and the rain against the TV gantry was unreal. The rain was horizontal. I wear glasses, so they were constantly needing wiped while the notes on my clipboard, and the team-sheet, were quickly destroyed. I can smile about it now. DUMP. What stadium has the worst facilities? I wouldn’t use the term dump because I like the old grounds. But I have a lasting memory of working at Arbroath’s unique Gayfield Stadium right beside the North Sea. It was so windy that I was advised to wear a harness on the gantry to avoid being blown into it! I refused because I thought I’d look a t***. I also thought the wind wouldn’t be strong enough to blow a fat commentator into the sea. EUREKA. Reaction when you heard Sky had secured a top-flight Scottish football contract with a record £30m a year? I was delighted. Sky has consistently supported Scottish football for many years. We have a team hugely passionate and who are very good at what they do. Sky struck a new deal in Scottish football FA CUP. Memories? My local team as a kid was non-league Weymouth. They reached the third round once after beating Cardiff at Ninian Park. I was 17. I look back on that as one of the greatest days ever. West Ham’s another team I supported as a kid simply because they had the same colours as Weymouth. I remember their 1975 glory. GIBBERISH. Tongue-tied nightmares? There’s been many a time I’ve struggled with a player’s name. But the worst I’ve ever been concerned a Shakhtar Donetsk guy called Andriy Vorobey in a Champions League tie against Celtic. I also have to confess to once using the dreaded C-word on radio. It involved Birmingham City player Jonathan Hunt. HEROES. Pre-TV career idols as you were growing up? Billy Bonds. An absolute giant for West Ham. I got to work with him when I did the tannoy at Upton Park, my first broadcast gig. INCREDIBLE. Best player/team/game covered? Lionel Messi, Man United’s Treble team of 1999 and, with apologies to Rangers, Hibs winning the Scottish Cup in 2016, their first for 114 years. Messi is the best player Crocker has covered JOKE. Funniest moment in football? It’s not hilarious, but amusing for me. I covered a Charlton game for Capital and missed an OG from 30 yards. It happened as I was looking at my notes. I was on my own, not a clue what happened. I had to be honest. That was early in my career and a big lesson. KIM JONG-UN. Tell us about the so-called football dictator Doug Ellis at Aston Villa? He had a reputation and the nickname ‘Deadly Doug’. But I found him a fantastic character. I remember former manager John Gregory telling me about a showdown meeting. Villa were struggling and John was summoned. He thought he was going to be sacked. Doug was more concerned about finding out why John, during a hotel stay, ordered Dover sole off the menu instead of a cheaper cod option. LARSSON. Do people still approach you about your commentary of his iconic goal in the 6-2 win over Rangers in 2000? A few years ago I worked at Celtic’s Player of the Year event and a lot of people came up to me to quote my line ‘That’s S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L!’ It’s 19 years ago but it’s humbling so many folk still recall it. Larsson celebrates against Rangers MOTTY. Your commentating idols, mentors? Growing up in England there was only really John Motson, Barry Davies and Brian Moore on TV. But the guy who got me thinking about the job was radio great Peter Jones of the old Sport on Two. Fantastic voice. NORTH KOREA. How tough was it researching their players while working at the 2010 World Cup finals? It was difficult, but thankfully Fifa helped with a handbook of pen pics on their squad. Portugal thumped them 7-0 and I didn’t have to reference their players much . . . they hardly got a kick! OLD FIRM. Which side’s supporters give you the most abuse? I get a fair bit from Celtic and Rangers fans. I don’t mind a bit of banter. Sometimes it crosses a line. Predictably, I get accused of bias and it generally comes from the fans of the losing team. Rangers fans reckon I get more excited by Celtic goals. That’s nonsense. They only have to check out my reaction to Lovenkrands’ winner in the Scottish Cup final in 2002. PROVAN. Tell us about your beloved sidekick and SunSport columnist? There was a Scotland game against either San Marino or the Faroes and it was proving a nightmare trying to get their formation. Davie decided to march across the pitch to confront the head coach. I saw Davie brandish a pen and paper at him and gesture for the info. But the guy instead thought Davie was after an autograph, signed it and turned away. The look on Davie’s face will live with me forever. QUESTION TIME. Toughest post-match interview? Alex Ferguson. I interviewed him a lot during the 90s. He kept you on your toes and I didn’t mind it. But there was one interview when I repeatedly asked him about a penalty being awarded for Middlesbrough. Crocker says interviewing Fergie was tough He said tersely: ‘It wasn’t a penalty.’ I tried to probe for a longer answer but he gave me one of his chilling stares. That was that. RALGEX. Ever endured a ‘Deep Heat’ pre-match prank? Not really. But Davie Provan makes a habit of trying to throw me minutes from a kick-off by taunting me with the name of that Shakhtar player Vorobey. It’s all my effort to avoid laughing and losing my composure. SETANTA. How was losing your job in 2009 when they collapsed? That was a very tough moment. I’d made a big decision to leave Sky in 2006. But I had left Sky on good terms. Setanta going bust meant I could return. THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER. Commentary line you’ll always be proud of? The 2016 Cup final, moments before Hibs’ historic winner. As Henderson was about to take a corner I said: ‘What a moment this is.’ Seconds later the ball was in the net. [article-rail-curated title=”related stories” selected_posts=”4370996,4370042,4370616,4370545,4370212,4370285″ /] UFO. Do you believe Scotland will ever qualify again for a major finals? I really do. They’ve got a guaranteed play-off for Euro 2020. I’ve covered Scotland since 1998 and I’d love to see it happen. VOLCANO. Fiercest row in your career? During a spell with Capital Radio on breakfast sport when the legendary Tony Blackburn had a pop at me at the time Bobby Moore died. Tony knew nothing about football and tried to dismiss Bobby as a ‘mere’ footballer. I took exception and let’s say we had an exchange of views! I got taken off the breakfast show. WANTED MAN Sheffield Wednesday to hijack Celtic’s move for David Turnbull WALKER. What’s your fellow Sky Sports pundit Andy like? Travelling to games in the car we sing along to Smooth Radio. Andy’s a good guy, a great pro. XANADU. Favourite holiday destination and why? New York and Vilamoura are great places. But, I also love Kenmore, Drymen (Clachan Inn), Balmaha and Luss. YOKEL. Tell us about life in your birthplace Sutton Poyntz, Dorset? A little quiet village where not much happened. That’s my memory of it. But happy times. ZZZZZ. Who in football puts you to sleep? Many modern-day players leave you bored. They’ve got nothing to say, all one word answers. If only there were more like Neil Lennon and Steven Gerrard. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6048441899001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen fears ‘time is ticking away’ as he battles motor neurone disease”]
15 Jun 19
SOLACEWRITES✍️

What happens when you’re asked to give a speech, professionally or personally? If you getnervous, start sweating, and hope it’s all just a bad dream then you aren’t alone, but you need help. Painless Presentations prove that speaking doesn’t have to be painful, or even stressful. A speech is a means to giving great, helpful […]

15 Jun 19
SOLACEWRITES✍️

What happens when you’re asked to give a speech, professionally or personally? If you getnervous, start sweating, and hope it’s all just a bad dream then you aren’t alone, but you need help. Painless Presentations prove that speaking doesn’t have to be painful, or even stressful. A speech is a means to giving great, helpful […]

15 Jun 19
Church Cults In The Name Of Jesus

InReview Online, July, 1999 By David FreyENTIRE ARTICLE HERE Exchanging hugs and handshakes as they took their seats, hundreds of people crowded into the auditorium of the War Memorial for a fiery two-hour church service. “Let me tell you something!” evangelist Doug Lambert shouted. “If your church doesn’t change your life, then it is not […]

15 Jun 19
Watching Forever

It was an easy decision to take part in the second “Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon,” a celebration of two studios that have given so much to fans of horror and fantasy (like me).  Once again, the blogathon is hosted by Barry P of Cinematic Catharsis and Gill Jacob of RealWeegieMidget reviews. It’s a fun idea with […]

15 Jun 19
Taking Up Room

The crazy world of Hammer-Amicus is back… We all know that the Amicus filmmakers love their monsters. A lot. Crazy a lot. So why not go nuts? Instead of one or two monsters, how about a whole slew? That’s what 1981’s The Monster Club is about, and if one can get past the bouncer, there’s plenty of […]

15 Jun 19
This Price is Usually Right

May half term was the usual #funtimes #soblessed – juggling 4 kids with no childcare, the eldest child of the 4 being mid GCSEs, so eggshells were being trodden on, and we still needed to run our construction company. Then – on the last day of the week – I was emailed by the publisher […]

15 Jun 19
It's Behind You Dot Com - Green Room

SPOTLIGHT ON…….KEITH SIMMONS   Keith Simmons – Fifty years in Pantomime And still going strong “Oh yes! He is!” 2019 will be a great milestone for Panto veteran Keith Simmons. His appearance in Aladdin at The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St. Anne’s marks his 50th Pantomime. As one half of Simmons and Simmons Keith, and his […]

15 Jun 19
Randy H-D's Sight

1. What harm do we do to ourselves as a community when we take a life? When We Kill By Nicholas Kristof May 17, 2018 Max Guther “I hereby sentence you to death.” The words of Judge Clifford B. Shepard filled the courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 27, 1976. Shepard was sentencing Clifford Williams Jr., […]

15 Jun 19
Acordo Coletivo: Cidadania

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search “Scorsese” redirects here. For other people with the surname, see Scorsese (surname). For the King Missile song, see Martin Scorsese (song). Martin Scorsese Scorsese in 2010 Born Martin Charles Scorsese November 17, 1942 (age 76) New York City, U.S. Citizenship United States Italy[1] Education New York University (BA, MFA) Occupation Filmmaker, […]

15 Jun 19
mydaftlife

Beasts, bombs… Last week we witnessed the Care Quality Commission (CQC) prioritise its reputation over the people it’s meant to serve and protect on live television. It was grim viewing. CEO Ian Trentham and Paul Lelliot were hauled in front of the Parliament Human Rights Committee to answer questions about Whorlton Hall (I previously wrote […]

15 Jun 19
Acordo Coletivo: Cidadania

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search For other people named John Ford, see John Ford (disambiguation). John Ford Ford in 1946 Born John Martin Feeney February 1, 1894 Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S. Died August 31, 1973 (aged 79) Palm Desert, California, U.S. Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California[1] Occupation Film director/producer Years active […]