The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Skiing in June – It’s Snow Joke! http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/03/skiing-in-june-its-snow-joke/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/03/skiing-in-june-its-snow-joke/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:24:57 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21910 skiing_dd_03062010_p

As we head into June and temperatures reach mid-twenties in much of the UK,  Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort is still open for business.

The extreme winter and snowfall of January and February has meant that the resort, which also features a railway, is still welcoming visitors and skiers alike.

“There is still a good cover on the upper part and our highest run, Ptarmigan Bowl, is still open at weekends,” Managing Director Colin Kirkwood told The Daily Dust.

“We also have a terrain park with big piles of snow and jumps and a sledge park which are also open,” he added.

Cairngorn saw a flux of skiers over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and expect to open for another two, maybe three weekends.

“We had around 200-300 skiers over the Bank Holiday weekend, which was a nice surprise and we expect to open this weekend, next weekend and maybe the one after that,” Kirkwood added.

The snow of 2010 will long be remembered by both staff and visitors to the resort and there is even a photo exhibition showing the extreme amounts of snow which fell this year.

“We look like having to cancel a staff competition we have each year where we predict which month the snow will melt,” he joked.

Cairngorm Mountain has seen its number of visitors more than triple in the last three years and has had 144,000 already this season and while ever the snow is there that number will continue to increase.

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Academy boss: “No coloured boots until you’re a pro” http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/02/no-coloured-boots-until-youre-a-pro/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/02/no-coloured-boots-until-youre-a-pro/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:25:06 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21900 8127946

Charlton Athletic Academy have banned players from wearing coloured boots until they reach the first team squad.

Addicks development manager Damien Matthew believes that the move will enforce discipline.

Players will be able to wear coloured boots when they reach the first team squad as a “reward.”

“People might say they’ve gone old fashioned but it’s going back to that discipline,” Matthew told BBC Radio Kent.

“If you make it as a professional that’s the reward you get but until then we have that little bit of control over you.

“Manchester United only allow their young players to wear black and white boots. You never want to prevent any player showing that they are creative, but it is that discipline that I alluded to.

“But we don’t have too many problems with them at Charlton.

He added: “The message from [academy manager] Steve Gritt is to go back to basics. There is also a safety issue.

“These boots are so light and you only need one kick and as we have seen these metatarsal injuries have become very fashionable, and these black and white, and padded boots give so much more protection.”

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Capello spot on with squad selection http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/01/capello-spot-on-with-squad-selection/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/01/capello-spot-on-with-squad-selection/#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 17:39:42 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21880 capello_dd_01062010_p

As Fabio Capello names his final 23 man squad for this summers World Cup, Sam Cooper takes a look at what each player brings.

The somewhat surprise omission from the squad is that of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. Walcott, 21, who was the surprise inclusion in England’s last World Cup squad back in 2006, featured in both of England’s two World Cup friendlies against Mexico and Japan.

However, the former Southampton man failed to impress Capello and fellow right-wingers Sean Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon are on the plane for South Africa.

Darren Bent, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson, Leighton Baines and Tom Huddlestone also miss out.

But what can each of those 23 members of Capello’s squad bring to the team and bring to the tournament?

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart – Hart has had a fine season on loan at Birmingham City and was a key part of their ninth place finish. The Manchester City goalkeeper kept 12 clean sheets for the Blues including a shut-out against champions Chelsea who scored 103 Premier League goals. The 23 year old featured in both warm up matches and could well start in South Africa.

David James – The oldest man in the squad turns 40 this year and, despite being relegated with Portsmouth this season, looks set to challenge for the number one jersey this summer. James will be keen to impress any managers or scouts in a bid to prevent himself from playing Championship football next season.

Rob Green – The West Ham keeper has been the preferred choice of England boss Fabio Capello and did his chances no harm in the warm up match against Mexico, notably saving at the feet of Carlos Vela. However, Green is more than aware that the race for the gloves is definitely a three-horse race.

Defenders

Jamie Carragher – Criticised by many for comments in his autobiography criticising playing for England, Carragher looks set to be cover for his Anfield team-mate Glen Johnson at full-back or even at centre-back. However, if Carragher shows the same passion as he does when wearing the red of Liverpool, he could prove to be vital asset.

Ashley Cole – One of four Premier League champions in the squad Cole has had a turbulent year. Wife Cheryl stating she will be filing for divorce just weeks before the World Cup is bound to affect Cole personally but it must remain strong and on task – which he has done for his club all season.

Rio Ferdinand – Ferdinand has had an injury ridden season featuring just 13 times in the League for Man Utd. However, the new England captain must show his leadership and experience considering the relative lack of World Cup experience throughout the squad.

John Terry – Stripped of his England captaincy in February following allegations he had an affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend, Terry’s form suffered as a result but has improved in recent months to lift the Premier League trophy. He must perform this summer considering the pace of teams England could meet in the later stages of the tournament.

Glen Johnson – Scorer of a fantastic goal against Mexico, Johnson has had a fine first season on Merseyside. The former Portsmouth and Chelsea full-back has also shone for his country sealing the right-back position. Johnson also brings an attacking element to the side and ,as mentioned, is a great striker of the ball.

Ledley King – A first inclusion at a major tournament for King following a great season with Spurs which saw them qualify for next season’s Champions League. A surprise to some given his injuries but his versatility to play anywhere in defence and in midfield means he is more than worthy of his place in South Africa.

Matthew Upson – Included as cover at centre-back, Upson is ready to pounce in case of injury to Ferdinand or Terry. However, Capello isn’t the kind of man to be wary of dropping the big names so don’t be surprised to see Upson featured.

Stephen Warnock – The headline surprise inclusion, Warnock has cemented his place in Aston Villa’s back four and although not expected to feature much, can learn a lot from the experience of being there.

Midfielders

Gareth Barry – Passed fit for the World Cup but not for the first game against USA, Barry looks set to feature in a defensive midfield role, allowing Lampard and Gerrard to support the attack.

Michael Carrick – Carrick hasn’t featured much at international level but looks set to be given the chance to shine in the opener on June 12 and should he shine could feature more in the tournament.

Joe Cole – Again a debatable inclusion but Cole can feature to allow Gerrard to play his more favoured central role. But Cole offers abilities of his own and could prove to be a tricky winger to deal with for the opposition.

Steven Gerrard – The  Liverpool midfielder is a certainty to feature but whether that be on the left or in the middle is a decision yet to be made for Capello. The England boss has played Gerrard out on the left more often than not but he could go more attacking against Algeria and Slovenia.

Frank Lampard – Another certainty in midfield, Lampard has notched 22 league goals from the middle of the field and despite missing penalty against Japan will probably be England’s spot-kick taker in South Africa.

Aaron Lennon – Following the somewhat surprise omission of Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon looks set to offer England’s injection of pace on the wings. Lennon puzzled Premier League defences all season long on his way to securing Champions League football for Spurs next season and could well be the “super-sub” of the squad.

James Milner – Milner has had a great season for Aston Villa scoring seven league goals. But it’s not just Milner’s goals which make him the right choice his ability to get to the by-line and to create goal scoring chances for others means he is invaluable for Capello.

Sean Wright-Phillips – Another debatable inclusion, Wright-Phillips takes the place of Man City team-mate Adam Johnson, despite Johnson playing ahead of Wright-Phillips at Eastlands. Wright-Phillips has been inconsistent when wearing the Three Lions but will need to be consistent this summer as, more likely than not, his inclusion will be from the bench.

Strikers

Peter Crouch – Arguably England’s most valuable asset. Crouch offers variety with very few of the other favourites offer. It’s not just his height that makes Crouch stand out, Crouch can also finish well and certainly has an eye for goal.

Jermain Defoe – Crouch’s Tottenham team-mate Defoe along with others also offers an element of pace but this time down the centre of the attack. Defoe has netted 18 times in the League along with five in the FA Cup showing he can produce goals.

Emile Heskey – A surprise inclusion after being out favoured by Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill, Heskey can supply Rooney with flick ons and hold the ball up well to bring the wingers and central midfielders into the game.

Wayne Rooney – The man with which 56 million England fans dream will bring the World Cup home. Rooney has had yet another fantastic season for Manchester United but has struggled since picking up an injury against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League. However Rooney is now, by his own declaration, fully fit and ready to go.

So, there is the 23 men tasked with the challenge of bringing the World Cup home, but can they do it? Capello has led the side to just one defeat in qualifying and despite two below-par performances in the warm up games, the final 23 selected shows variety, strength, pace and strength in depth – all key components to any World Cup winning squad.

Don’t forget to show your support for the team by claiming your FREE England T-Shirt from our friends Iffyton!

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BREAKING NEWS: Capello decides on final World Cup Squad http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/01/breaking-news-capello-decides-on-final-world-cup-squad/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/01/breaking-news-capello-decides-on-final-world-cup-squad/#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 15:08:56 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21871 england_dd_01062010_p

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is the surprise cut from Fabio Capello’s final 23 man World Cup squad.

Walcott, 21, who was the surprise inclusion in the last World Cup squad of 2006 has failed to impress Capello in two friendlies against Mexico and Japan.

Also set to miss the cut are Scott Parker, Leighton Baines, Adam Johnson, Darren Bent and Tottenham duo Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been passed fit to play but will likely sit out the opening game against USA on June 12.

Sunderland striker Darren Bent, who has netted 25 times for Sunderland this season, responded by saying: “Am gutted. But thank you for all your support this season.”

Meanwhile, Walcott released a statement which read: “I am very disappointed not to be included in the squad going out to South Africa, but completely respect Mr Capello’s decision. I would like to wish the team the best of luck and hope they have a really successful tournament.”

Final 23 man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.
Defenders: Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole,Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Strikers: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.

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FREE England T-Shirt for Daily Dust Readers http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/free-england-t-shirt-for-daily-dust-readers/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/free-england-t-shirt-for-daily-dust-readers/#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 15:27:51 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21793 iffyon_dd_28052010_p

The Daily Dust have teamed up with our friends at Iffyton High Street to offer all of our readers a FREE England T-Shirt just in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Iffyton are offering the free t-shirts (shown above) which feature Wayne Rooney completely free and the only charge is a £3.80 postage and packaging charge for delivery within the United Kingdom.

However, Dust readers can also take advantage of the free t-shirt by adding any of the other designs on the site to the order to make the most of the £3.80 postage and packaging charge.

They will also be offering a different design free for every week England remain in the tournament.

Head to this link to order your FREE t-shirt!

And don’t forget to take a look at the rest of Iffyton’s designs!

Leave your comments below if you’d like a particular design to be featured in their next offer.

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Balloon man flies across Channel http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/balloon-man-flies-across-channel/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/balloon-man-flies-across-channel/#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 14:44:51 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21787 trappe_dd_28052010_p

American Jonathan Trappe has landed safe and well after flying over the English Channel underneath a bunch of helium-filled balloons.

The daredevil has safely landed in Dunkirk, France after a four hour journey describing the trip to The Metro as “extraordinarily peaceful” and “extraordinarily beautiful.”

Trappe departed from Kent at around 5am this morning and as he arrived in France began to cut off some of the balloons before aiding his dissent by jettisoning water ballast.

This isn’t the first time he has used balloons as a somewhat effective mode of transport, though. The American last month set a world record by travelling 109 miles across North Carolina power by nothing but balloons.

Upon landing  he described the English Channel as an”‘iconic ribbon of water that is calling.”

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Mourinho targets Premier League trio http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/mourinho-targets-premier-league-trio/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/05/28/mourinho-targets-premier-league-trio/#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 09:40:19 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=21772 mourinho_dd_p_28052010

Jose Mourinho has identified Premier League trio Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as desired targets when he officially takes the helm at Real Madrid.

Mourinho is poised to replace Manuel Pellegrini as Real manager, following his departure from the treble winning Inter Milan and he has sparked fear amongst the Premier League as he confirmed he was interested in the England World Cup trio.

The former Chelsea manager worked with Cole and Lampard at Stamford Bridge and Cole is thought to be unhappy in England following the news that his wife Cheryl is going to officially file for divorce.

Lampard has always been a favourite of Mourinho’s and it was rumoured that the Special One tried to persuade him to join Inter last summer. Meanwhile the signing of Steven Gerrard would see him partner former Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso in Madrid’s midfield.

“I like players at the end of their careers,” Mourinho told The Guardian.

“I love to have some players who are 33 or 34-years-old. They are players who you buy and you do not recover the money but if they give you good performances for two or three years, you’ve got your money’s worth. Both [Gerrard and Lampard] are great players who always give everything.”

Mourinho dropped Coles’ name as he explained the tactics that he intended to use at the Bernabéu.

“Normally, we play with four [at the back] but with two offensive full-backs of the style of Ashley Cole or Maicon,” he said. “In midfield, we can play in a diamond or triangle. If we play with the triangle, then we line up to three forwards,” he added.

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Devils and Stingrays Fight It Out At The Bay http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/15/devils-and-stingrays-fight-it-out-at-the-bay/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/15/devils-and-stingrays-fight-it-out-at-the-bay/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:15:21 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=14067 elite_dd_26082009_p

Cardiff Devils powered to a 5-2 victory in an Elite League Challenge Cup match on Sunday night which ended with no fewer than 284 penalty minutes.190 of those came with only 23 seconds remaining. Stingrays Adam Knight dropped the gloves on Devils new import Tyler Michel before Devils enforcer Brad Voth took matter into his own hands.

The duo both recieved double match penalties including travsety of the game as they fought both on and off the ice.

See the fight for itself here.

Elsewhere around the league this week, Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants shared the spoils in their home and away double header.

Giants taking two points back to Belfast thanks to an amazing comeback which saw them score three times in two minutes 13 seconds.

Nottingham Panthers winning start came to an end on Sunday night away at Newcastle Vipers. A late Vipers surge with goals from Mike Berry and an empty net strike from Matic Kralj were enough for a 5-3 victory.

Elite League Scores

Saturday 12 September 09

Belfast Giants 2-3 Sheffield Steelers (penalty shots)

Hull Stingrays 4-2 Cardiff Devils

Nottingham Panthers 2-1 Coventry Blaze

Sunday 13 September 09

Cardiff Devils 5-2 Hull Stingrays (Challenge Cup Group B)

Newcastle Vipers 5-3 Nottingham Panthers

Sheffield Steelers 2-4 Belfast Giants

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Rio: “Get In Kids, We’re Gonna Wales!” http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/10/rio-ferdinand-takes-family-on-welsh-caravan-park/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/10/rio-ferdinand-takes-family-on-welsh-caravan-park/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:09:20 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13938

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand took his family on a £400 caravan break in North Wales, snubbing more expensive holidays to New York, Barbados or Florida.

The England international, who earns £100,000 a week, took his wife and two sons to Presthaven Sands, according to Haven Holidays who hosted the family at the site in Prestatyn.

Dismissing more tropical getaways, Ferdinand decided to take his family to the small town in Denbighshire known as the ”gateway to North Wales coast” where ”mountain air meets salty sea breezes.”

The former Leeds United defender booked his wife Rebecca Ellison and two sons into the Haven park for a credit-crunch busting weekend break in late August.

‘He had a very lovely time, he was mobbed by young lads on the park but was quite affable about it all signing autographs then tried out the go-kart track,” a Haven spokeswoman told the Telegraph.

”Perhaps he recognised that with two young children, people like to get a value for money family holiday and perhaps children are unimpressed by five star hotels and would rather have go-karting and football and dancing.

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England Women Eye Euro Shock http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/10/england-women-eye-euro-shock/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/10/england-women-eye-euro-shock/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:56:21 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13934

England women take on Germany in their first major final in 25 years in the European Championship showpiece on Thursday.

Hope Powell’s side earned their place in the final with a 2-1 semi-final victory over the Netherlands, but start as underdogs against the pre-tournament favourites.

Germany have won every game in Finland and came from behind to beat Norway 3-1 in their last-four tie.

But Powell isn’t phased telling BBC Sport: “We will be refreshed and rejuvenated.”

England may benefit from playing their semi-final a day earlier, when goals from Kelly Smith and Jill Scott earned them an extra-time victory over the Netherlands on Sunday.

Smith, who joined Boston Breakers this year after scoring 71 goals in 65 appearances for Arsenal, is regarded as one of the world’s best in the women’s game.

“The main thing is that we are in the final,” said Powell. “We have been creating lots of chances and have scored goals in every game.

“The problem at the moment is we are conceding more (goals) than we usually do and that’s something we are going to have to look at for the final.

“Our main aim was to get out of the group but the ultimate aim was to get ourselves into the final.

“We’re there now and the next step, of course, is for us to win it,” she added.

England are hopeful on Faye White, despite the defender fracturing and dislocating her cheekbone in the quarter-final win over hosts Finland. She would wear a protective face mask if passed fit.

Germany have looked in unbeatable form, scoring 15 goals in five matches and conceding only three – after winning all eight qualifying games, scoring 34 times.

Three-time Fifa Women’s Player of the Year Birgit Prinz is their key up front, but they also rely heavily on the prolific Inka Grings, who came out of international retirement this year, and right-back Kerstin Stegemann, who is nearing 200 caps.

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Capello decided on striker options http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/09/capello-decided-on-striker-options/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/09/capello-decided-on-striker-options/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2009 09:23:27 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13870

England coach Fabio Capello has decided whether to play Emile Heskey or Jermaine Defoe against Croatia but is keeping his cards close to his chest.

Defoe has scored five goals in his last three England appearances, all as a substitute, while target man Heskey played in the 4-1 victory in Zagreb back in September last year.

Asked if he knew who would partner Wayne Rooney up front, Capello said: “More or less I have decided in my mind.”

The England coach has no injury worries in his 25-man squad.

Victory for England will guarantee their place in the world cup finals in South Africa next summer.

Meanwhile, Capello has promised not to be another “Wally with a brolly” at Wembley tonight.

Steve McLaren’s England lost a crucial qualifier against Croatia in November 2007 – a result that cost the team a place at Euro 2008.

However, Italian Capello says 2007 is irrelevant to tonight’s game.

“That match is too old, it was too long ago. It is history,” he said.

“I prefer to look at the next game. I do not speak about a game that they played two years ago.

“I have to motivate the players for Wednesday, not what happened two years ago.

“They will go into this game thinking about how we won in Croatia.”

Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick in the victory in Zagreb but is out with a back injury and Aaron Lennon is expected to start on the right after impressing as a substitute on Saturday.

Lennon is expected to replace Sean Wright-Phillips in the only change from the side that beat Slovenia 2-1 on Saturday.

Niko Kranjcar is expected to replace injured Tottenham team mate Luka Modric in the centre of midfield for the visitors.

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Man City reported to FIFA http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/08/man-city-reported-to-fifa/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/08/man-city-reported-to-fifa/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2009 08:57:04 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13836

French Ligue 1 side Rennes have confirmed they have reported Manchester City to Fifa over the alleged poaching of French youngster Jeremy Halan.

City manager Mark Hughes snapped up the teenage defender earlier this year after he reportedly opted against seeing out his first professional contract with Rennes.

The Clairefontane academy youngster was wanted by Manchester United in 2008, but Rennes dug their heels in to keep hold of Halan.

But with United out of the question, City moved in, much to the anger of Rennes who insist that his pre-contract agreement tied both him and the club to a contract if he represented France at youth level.

If found guilty of inducing the youngster City could well be in for some harsh punishment, following Chelsea’s transfer ban until January 2011.

Hat-tip to Sky Sports.

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Burglar leaves his dog at crime scene http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/03/burglar-leaves-his-dog-at-crime-scene/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/03/burglar-leaves-his-dog-at-crime-scene/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2009 09:24:25 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13670

A burglar who broke into a school in Gateshead, may have left his dog behind according to police who are hoping they can use the pet to trace its owner.

Officers found the small Jack Russell at the infants school in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bobby, the name given to the dog by police, is being cared for by Northumbria Police.

They hope that someone may recognise the dog and they can then ‘sniff out’ it’s owner.

The dog is thought to have been left when the burglar fled empty-handed, perhaps alerted by an alarm going off.

Inspector Peter Storey told the Telegraph: ”We are hoping that somebody might recognise the dog and help us to identify its owner.

”The animal was found at the school and so may have belonged to the thief.

”Although there is no name on his collar, the officers who found him have called him Bobby.”

Hat-tip to the Telegraph.

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Steelers comeback to win Charity Shield http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/03/steelers-comeback-to-win-charity-shield/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/03/steelers-comeback-to-win-charity-shield/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2009 08:43:55 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13665

Sheffield Steelers twice came from behind to beat rivals Nottingham Panthers in the Charity Shield on Wednesday night.

The final pre-season game of the season was watched by more than 6500 spectators at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre.

Panthers came out roaring and were two goals to the good under four minutes into the game.

McAslan slotted home a pass from former NHL draft pick defenseman Dominic D’Amour at 1.51 before Panthers player coach Corey Neilson doubled the lead two minutes later.

But the Steelers rallied quickly and struck level with goals from captain Jonathan Phillips and Brad Cruikshank.

Rob Dowd then struck to give the Steelers the lead to finish an error-strewn first twenty minutes.

Cameron Mann then batted home a rebound at the start of the second to level the scores again.

But two quick-fire powerplay goals from new signing Jeff Hutchins and Scott Basuik made it 5-3 to the Steelers but ex-AHL player McAslan added his second of the night to lure one back for the Panthers.

Both teams began the final session looking tired with mis-placed passes and turnovers contributing to multiple chances at both ends.

McAslan then bagged his hat-trick and fourth goals to put the Panthers 6-5 up with less than fifteen minutes to go.

Steelers struck back yet again though, through Jason Hewitt who has shown fine form this pre-season.

So, the game went to penalty shots and with Galbraith the only scorer for the Panthers it was left to the Steelers’ Jeff Hutchins to net the decisive strike.

The 2009/2010 bmibaby Elite League season gets underway this weekend and you can follow it all right here on The Daily Dust, including exclusive interviews, match previews, reports, analysis and much more.

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Live – Transfer Deadline Day http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/01/live-transfer-dealine-day/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/09/01/live-transfer-dealine-day/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2009 09:18:47 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13555

Keep up to date with all the latest transfers with our Sports Editor Sam Cooper on what is anticapted to be a frantic day of moves.

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Goldfish survives after seven hours without water http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/goldfish-survives-after-seven-hours-without-water/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/goldfish-survives-after-seven-hours-without-water/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:23:32 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13377

A goldfish has survived after leaping out of its tank and being without water for seven hours.

Sparkle was able to survive for hours behind the dresser of the tank, covered in dog hair and dust on the floor, according to owner Paula Dunster.

Miss Dunster, 46, noticed that her 18-month old pet was missing when there was only one goldfish in the tank.

When she asked her partner Malcolm Roy if he had removed Sparkle, he assured her he had not.

Mother-of-four Miss Dunster, of Redcar, North Yorkshire, told the Daily Telegraph: “We didn’t know what had happened really but I thought I would get another fish because the other one was on his own.”

“The man in the pet shop told me he might have jumped out of the tank so when we got back home I looked behind the dresser that the tank was on and I could see him, absolutely covered in dog hair and fluff.”

Struck by fear of flushing little Sparkle away, she decided to clean him off under the tap. As she did so, he began breathing.

“I was really shocked and my daughter said it was a miracle. It had been down there for so long covered in all of the hair,” Miss Dunster said.

“He was cocooned in black hair. I couldn’t even see him properly because there was so much!

“But he seems fine now which is great.”

Daughter, Kelly, 15, said: “I was stunned and really shell-shocked when it happened.

“I’m really pleased that he is still alive. He seems fine now.”

Hat-tip to the Daily Telegraph.

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Elite League Fixtures Announced http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/elite-league-fixtures-announced/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/elite-league-fixtures-announced/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:55:54 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13372

The bmibaby Elite Ice Hockey League have announced the fixtures for the 2009-2010 season, which starts on Saturday 5 September.

The 2008-2009 champions Sheffield Steelers open their campaign with a home game against last season’s runners up Coventry Blaze, whilst title chasing Nottingham Panthers host Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils make the long trip north to Newcastle.

The Elite League is this season made up of eight teams, with each team playing four home and four away games against each of their rivals, making for a 56 game regular season.

The season will end on the weekend of 3rd and 4th April when the top four sides battle out the Elite League Playoff Championship.

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Elite Ice Hockey League Announce Pre-Season Schedule http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/elite-ice-hockey-league-announce-pre-season-schedule/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/elite-ice-hockey-league-announce-pre-season-schedule/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:37:28 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13367

The bmibaby Elite Ice Hockey League teams have announced their pre-season schedules.

Date Home Away Time
Fri 21 Aug Sheffield 4 Coventry 4 7.30pm (1)
Sun 23 Aug Coventry 6 Sheffield 3 6.00pm
Wed 26 Aug Sheffield Scimitars v Hull 7.30pm
Thu 27 Aug Belfast v Newcastle 7.00pm (2)
Sat 29 Aug Cardiff v Coventry 7.00pm
Sat 29 Aug Sheffield v Aalborg (Den) 7.00pm
Sat 29 Aug Hull v Tilburg (Hol) 5.30pm
Sat 29 Aug Irish Ice Hockey League Select v Belfast 8.00pm (4)
Sun 30 Aug Coventry v Aalborg (Den) 6.00pm
Sun 30 Aug Newcastle v Sheffield 5.30pm
Sun 30 Aug Nottingham v Tilburg (Hol) 3.30pm (3)
Mon 31 Aug Hull v Nottingham 5.30pm
Tue 1 Sep Coventry v Cardiff 7.45pm
Wed 3 Sep Nottingham v Sheffield 7.30pm

(1) @ Ice Sheffield
(2) @ Dundonald
(3) @ Hull
(4) @ Dundalk

Table taken from Elite league Official Website.

Fixtures and times are subject to change please check with venue before travelling.

The daily dust are not responsible for any errors.

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Lescott completes City move http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/lescott-completes-city-move/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/26/lescott-completes-city-move/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:11:02 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13363

England defender Joleon Lescott has completed his move from Everton to Manchester City for a fee in the region of £22m.

The 27-year-old defender has a five-year deal at Eastlands, in a move which takes City’s summer spending to more than £120m.

The transfer brings to an end the banter between the two clubs, with Everton manager David Moyes accusing City of “disgusting” behaviour.

Lescott is in contention to make his debut against struggling Portsmouth this Saturday.

City boss Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joleon to Manchester City.

“In bringing Joleon to the club I feel we have recruited a defender of the very highest quality. He can play in a number of defensive positions, and I’m positive he will make a significant impact for us.”

Lescott said: “I’m over the moon to get the move completed, and I’m looking forward to training with the lads as I’ve not trained for a few days.

“The way this club is moving on, I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.”

The move is also thought to have paved the way for City’s club captain Richard Dunne’s move to Aston Villa.

Hat-tip to BBC Sport.

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Britain’s toilet habits revealed http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/25/britains-toilet-habits-revealed/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/25/britains-toilet-habits-revealed/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:59:21 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13327

A poll has revealed that three-quarters of Britons text, blog or surf the internet whilst on the toilet.

Other respondents passed the time during their bathroom visits by thinking about their next meal (14 per cent) or even eating or drinking (6 per cent), according to the research.

The survey of more than 2,000 Britons was carried out by Yakult to mark the launch of Gut Week, which aims to raise awareness of digestive disorders.

While it is an old tradition to take a newspaper or magazine to the toilet with you it would seem that the digital revolution has even hit the most natural habit of all.

More than a third (34 per cent) of those polled said they had sent a text message while on the toilet, 33 per cent admitted they had conducted a telephone conversation and 7 per cent revealed they had searched the internet.

The research also revealed that it’s men who like to have distraction while on the loo and 14% of males polled said they read football match programmes while 18% of men completed a crossword or Sudoku puzzle behind the locked bathroom door.

Hat-tip to the Telegraph.

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United back on form as Spurs go top http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/25/united-back-on-form-as-spurs-go-top/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/25/united-back-on-form-as-spurs-go-top/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:33:27 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13323

Manchester United bounced back from their 1-0 defeat at Burnley with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Wayne Rooney scored his 100th and 101st goals for United while new signing Michael Owen netted his first. Dimitar Berbatov and Nani also found the net for the champions.

Early pace-setters Arsenal ran out 4-1 victors over Portsmouth at the Emirates. Abou Diaby scored twice either side of a fortunate William Gallas goal before Aaron Ramsey made the three points certain with a composed finish.

Big summer spenders Manchester City got their home campaign off to a winner with a 1-0 victory at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Steve Bruce’s Sunderland came from behind to defeat Blackburn 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Gael Givet had given Rovers the lead from 25 yards but a Kenwyne Jones brace turned the game on its head.

Meanwhile, Hull’s new strike force of Jose Altidore and Kamel Ghilas proved too much for the Bolton defence as City won 1-0.

Birmingham and Stoke ran out the first draw of the 2009/2010 season as they drew 0-0 at St Andrews.

Sunday saw Tottenham and Chelsea run out victors in the two London derbies.

Tottenham went top of the table thanks to a 2-1 comeback victory over West Ham at Upton Park.

Meanwhile Chelsea manager Carolo Ancelotti praised his strike force as first, Didier Drogba then Nicolas Anelka found the net at Craven Cottage.

Burnley followed up their victory over Manchester United with a 1-0 win over Everton at Turf Moor. Wade Elliot curling in the only goal.

Liverpool fell to their second defeat in three games as Aston Villa won 3-1 at Anfield on Monday night.

Martin O’Neil’s men took all three points with goals from Lucas (og), Curtis Davies and an Ashley Young penalty.

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A Beauty And The Beast http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/20/a-beauty-and-the-beast/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/20/a-beauty-and-the-beast/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:02:25 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=13144

A stunning strike from Robbie Blake and a man of the match display from goalkeeper Brian ‘Beast’ Jensen helped Burnley to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

Blake’s first-half explosive volley crowned a night of high emotion at Turf Moor as The Claret’s marked their return to top-flight football after a 33 year wait.

Goalkeeper Brian Jensen matched Blake’s heroics as he pulled off a number of point blank saves including a Michael Carrick penalty just before half-time.

Meanwhile, a Jermain Defoe hat-trick helped Tottenham Hotspur ease to a 5-1 thumping of Hull City at the KC Stadium.

The former Portsmouth striker has started the season in fine form, including two goals for England against Holland last week.

Liverpool got their first points of the season with a 4-0 victory over Stoke at Anfield.

Glen Johnson scored his first goal for the Red’s whilst Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog also marked their first home game of the season with a goal.

A James McFadden injury time penalty earned Premier League newcomers Birmingham a vital three points against Portsmouth.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Chelsea were 3-1 victors at Sunderland and Wolves ran out 1-0 victors at Wigan.

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Chelsea win Community Shield on penalties http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/10/chelsea-win-community-shield-on-penalties/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/10/chelsea-win-community-shield-on-penalties/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:24:48 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=12721

Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his first game in charge of Chelsea with a penalty shootout win over Manchester United to win the Community Shield.

Nani’s angled long range drive gave United an early lead – but Ricardo Carvalho headed the FA Cup winners level and Frank Lampard’s disputed strike look to have given Chelsea the victory.

Wayne Rooney ensured the highly entertaining game went to penalties with a composed finish in the last few minutes of normal time.

United felt justice had been served when they behind to Lampard’s strike with 20 minutes left, scored with United defender Patrice Evra down after he was fouled by Michael Ballack, a foul missed by referee Chris Hoy.

But Rooney’s goal wasn’t enough to inspire a United victory as Chelsea produced an emphatic performance in the shootout.

Lampard, Ballack and Didier Drogba were on target for Chelsea, while only Michael Carrick scored for United, who saw efforts from Ryan Giggs and Evra saved by Petr Cech – allowing Salomon Kalou to complete the formalities with the decisive penalty.

Chelsea have the psychological edge over United now in what is surely going to be a tight Premier League title race.

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It’s all about the pants http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/05/its-all-about-the-pants/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/05/its-all-about-the-pants/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 08:56:27 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=12531

It’s all about bra’s and knickers for The Dukes of Hazzard babe Jessica Simpson.

Simpson has revealed that the lingerie she puts on in a morning “sets the tone” for her day.

Newly single Jessica – who has designed her own range of underwear – told WWD.com: “I love lingerie. What girl doesn’t?

“My lingerie reflects the way I’m feeling when I wake up and helps me set the tone for my day. I wear whatever my mood calls for.”

“It is important to me personally … to be able to wear my own line,” she told WWD.com.

“Vandale is developing a great collection of feminine, sexy, regular and full-figured bras, which are going to be amazing. We are also working on a sleepwear collection that I know I will live in.”

Hat-tip to the Sun.

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Emails ‘sent by dead’ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/05/emails-sent-by-dead/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2009/08/05/emails-sent-by-dead/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 08:32:47 +0000 Sam Cooper http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=12527

A messaging service to send emails from beyond the grave has been set up called the Last Messages Club.

The service, which was first launched in 2007,  allows personal notes written prior to death to be sent to loved ones and friends in the future.

Important documents such as wills and insurance policies can also be accessed using the service.

A member can write up to 100 emails that can be sent once they die at times of their choosing, such as when a relative or loved one marries or has a child.

The service also offers a Digital Will, in which you can leave usernames and passwords so your love ones can access your ‘online world.’

Hat-tip to The Daily Telegraph.

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