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My earliest memory of the World Cup is sitting on the floor of my primary school's canteen floor watching Paul Scholes score his 89th-minute stunner for England against Tunisia at France 98. Aged nine, I remember how the excitement, hope and expectation of the world's greatest sporting tournament gripped my entire Year 5 class.
Deep Heat, the clattering of boots and the smell of musty stale socks. This is what most people experience when walking into a football changing room. Slimming club Man Versus Fat Football (MVFF) is much the same - just with the added set of scales and a group of big lads exchanging recipes for a healthy vegetarian curry.
A war which started as an uprising in reaction to the pro-democratic Maidan Revolution in 2013 has turned into a stale, yet bloody, stand-off between bored and disengaged armed forces. Simply put, the war in Ukraine is complicated.
It was only after I instructed the barber for a 'number one all over', that I realised how significant the moment really was. I never honestly thought that I would have to make the decision to shave my hair off at the age of 27.
Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:18 Category: Articles and Commentary Written by Stefan Jajecznyk There is a certain irony when British journalists are riding alongside Ukrainian Civil Society volunteers, delivering British military uniforms (purchased in Kyiv) to Ukrainian troops fighting Russian and separatist forces in the Donbas region - it shows not only that the world is truly a smaller place, but also that the situation on the ground in Eastern Ukraine is a dire one.
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Karate athlete and coach James Wells overcame huge mental and physical challenges to defeat leukaemia twice by the time he reached the age of 22. On the cusp of reaching his athletic prime, his progress was cut short in 2010 after a short illness prompted a visit to Nottingham City hospital, where he was later diagnosed with Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
An interview with David Peachey, who starred in ITV children's television hit, Bernard's Watch in the late-1990s.
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