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The 100 Funniest Tweets of 2014

by Rob Fee Dec 30th, 2014<p>Once again, 2014 was a year filled with hilarious jokes on Twitter. It’s amazing that so many brilliant one-liners can come …

Lennon or McCartney? 550 Artists Answer the Essential, Timeless Question

Lennon & McCartney -- the two musicians came together and composed the most important songbook of the last 50 years. Early on, John and Paul wrote …

Best of 2014: our ten most-read pieces

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The 18 Best Philosophical Movies of All Time

10. Barton Fink (1991, The Coen Brothers)<p>Directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers who made remarkable films such as Fargo, The Big …

Five mighty empires across the globe are gearing up for an economic wargame where there could be no winners<p>Putin gives a speech and the rouble falls. Europe’s central bank boss gives a speech and the stock markets fall. Opec meets in Vienna and the oil price plummets. Japan’s prime minister calls a …

Allardyce happily admits he’s a reactive manager and against Swansea crosses to Andy Carroll’s head made perfect sense<br>• Match report: West Ham 3-1 Swansea City<p>West Ham United have undergone a significant stylistic shift since last season. Whereas 2013-14 was about long balls and crosses, this …

Manchester City open £200m training academy so special Lionel Messi was left open-mouthed

Man City's City Football Academy View gallery<p>When even Lionel Messi is left open-mouthed in amazement, you know you have created something …

Soccer

All politicians favour people moving ‘up in the world’. So why has social mobility in Britain gone into decline? For historian David Kynaston the answer begins with our elitist and divisive system of education<p>There is a piquant scene in Ralph Glasser’s classic autobiography <i>Gorbals Boy</i>. The setting …

David Cameron attacks BBC over 'Wigan Pier' cuts coverage

David Cameron's spokesman says BBC coverage likening cuts programme to Depression-era Britain was 'hyperbolic'<p>David Cameron has attacked the BBC for the "hyperbolic" coverage of the measures to address Britain's economic deficit in the wake of the Autumn statement.<p>The Prime Minister's official …

United Kingdom

Why the UK is being asked to pay £1.7 billion to the EU

The European Commission has asked the UK to contribute an extra £1.7 billion to its budget by 1 December. The Prime Minister's words to MPs this week …

Fact Checking

Gambling addiction a threat for Premier League stars as study shows professional sportsmen more vulnerable

Gambling addiction a threat for Premier League stars as new study shows professional sportsmen three times more likely to be 'problem</b> …

Why doctors fail

Every family has its pivotal medical moments. One of ours was in July 1995 when my son Walker was just 11 days old. He had difficulty taking his feeds, he couldn’t hold anything down, and we took him to the paediatrician. The paediatrician put her stethoscope on his chest, listened for a moment, …

Mark Garnier, Conservative MP for Wyre Forest, caught on tape making comments at the Institute of Economic Affairs thinktank<p>A Conservative politician has been caught on tape suggesting there is no need for his party to worry about attracting “dog-end voters” who live in “the outlying regions” of …

Ruthless Real Madrid can beat teams in a multitude of ways

In recent years, arguably the major tactical debate within top-level football has concerned the optimum approach in the attacking phase of play: …

The stats behind the breathtaking rush of Bayer Leverkusen

Roger Schmidt's side won 5-1 this weekend and stand third in the Bundesliga. But it's how they do it that is truly fascinating.<p><i>Why is this game so slow? Can't we watch something more exciting?</i> To most football fans, these complaints are so cliched we barely even notice them anymore. But somewhere …

The night the Lib Dems gave up their last remaining principles

Generally speaking, the Liberal Democrats get a hard time of things. Journalists and the public like to view politics as a black and white battle of …

A Haunting Drone’s-Eye View of Chernobyl

Back in August, Colin Marshall remarked that drones "have drawn bad press in recent years: as the intrusive tools of the coming surveillance state, …

The economics of Seinfeld

Scenes from Seinfeld can help illustrate economic concepts like incentives, thinking at the margin, and common resources. For instance, in The Strike …

Sunk Costs

All you need to know about racism in America is in this one amazing Chris Rock interview

Photograph by Martin Schoeller for Vulture.<p>Holy crap, comedian Chris Rock interviewed by Frank Rich in Vulture. Epic interview.<p>Read the whole thing, …

Michael Owen takes delivery of his new car from Alexanders Prestige

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Tottenham restore confidence with comeback win vs. Everton

LONDON -- A trio of observations on Tottenham's 2-1 win vs. Everton in the Premier League.<p><b>1. Hosts have top-four hopes</b><p>We might finally have seen the …