Can we just forget the last 10 months and start again please? – Article from Daily Mail

David Moyes says Manchester United job was ‘immense’ as he thanks everyone BUT the players in LMA statement

By JOE RIDGE (Daily Mail)


David Moyes has spoken for the first time since his sacking by Manchester United.

In a statement issued by the League Managers Association on behalf of Moyes, he spoke of the ‘immense’ scale of the job he faced at Old Trafford.

Moyes thanked the fans, the club’s staff and Sir Alex Ferguson for their support during his time at United but significantly did not thank the United players.

Scroll down to read David Moyes’s statement in full

Parting shot: Moyes did not mention the United players in a statement issued by the LMA

Parting shot: Moyes did not mention the United players in a statement issued by the LMA.

Come in No 5: Rio Ferdinand arrives for training the day after Moyes was sacked by United

Come in No 5: Rio Ferdinand arrives for training the day after Moyes was sacked by United.


Drive time: A glum-looking Wayne Rooney arrives at Carrington in his car

Drive time: A glum-looking Wayne Rooney arrives at Carrington in his car.


Caretaker: Ryan Giggs - who is standing in for Moeys until the end of the season - arrives for training

Caretaker: Ryan Giggs – who is standing in for Moyes until the end of the season – arrives for training.


VIDEO COMPILATION of Moyes’ despondent post-loss pressers

The statement comes as stories continue to emerge of rebellion within his squad.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan was critical of United’s handling of Moyes’s sacking, which was confirmed by the club on Tuesday, less than 10 months after he took the job.

Bevan said: ‘The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club.

‘Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition.

‘It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.’

Keane: United players should be ashamed of themselves


‘To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

‘Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on. 

Poisoned chalice: Moyes never came close to emulating his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson (left)


Poisoned chalice: Moyes never came close to emulating his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson (left)

‘The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

‘We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.  

Frustrated: Moyes said he understands the frustration shown by United fans


‘In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

‘I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.’

End of an Era at United? Fans have their say about Moyes

MY VIEW: What a ten months it’s been. Plastic fans tweeting ‘Moyes Out’ from more or less the third week of the season. Mediocre team performances. A David Moyes witch hunt. Not enough said about player performances. I have been a Manchester United supporter since before Sir Alex’s appointment. The team we have now is not in the same league as the one we had during the 90′s and the brilliant year in 1999 when we won the treble. Too much criticism has been sent David Moyes’ way by both the media and ‘spoilt’ fans alike. The Sir Alex Ferguson era is over, they should come to terms with it. Here’s to a new foreign manager (complete with his equivalent of a hairdryer hopefully), new players, a more organised boardroom and less premadonna players.
The players need to take responsibility, the performance against Everton was a deliberate attempt to get David Moyes sacked. They succeeded, but every single one should be fined for that. They get paid far too much these days. If they are not proud to wear the shirt, prepared to perform for ridiculous amounts they get paid, then get out.
All the best to David, failure to qualify for next years Champions League as also cost him his job, in my view he should have been given another season, but its all about money, stocks and shares now. I also thought he was the best man for the job and Fergie’s backing seemed good. Now ten months on I cannot help but wonder why didn’t they appoint a foreign manager straight away. I know availability plays it’s part but I think the way David Moyes has been treated is very unprofessional by the boardroom especially over the last 48 hours.
Whoever comes in, the players should be prepared, because non of the speculated candidates look like they are to be mess with. Please Mr Woodward get yourself sorted and more organised. As for next season.  Bring it on!  x MUFC x

‘Ghost car’ appears from nowhere and causes a crash

Originally posted on Metro:

It’s like a scene from Back To The Future – a car appears from nowhere in the middle of the city streets.

But, rather than Hill Valley circa 1955/1985, this is Moscow 2014 – and it seems impossible to determine exactly what happens in the dashcam footage.

At the major intersection, a row of cars turns left before the car in front brakes quickly as another vehicle seems to materialise out of thin air.

Some have tried to explain away the YouTube clip by claiming the car to the right obscures the ‘ghost’ vehicle or the tram is hiding it.

These seem the most likely scenarios – but, having watched this back a number of times, we’re still not convinced…

Probably aliens or time-travellers.

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Peaches Geldof dead at 25: Tests to determine cause of death in coming days

Shez-Anais Chelios:

So very sad :(

Originally posted on Metro:

Peaches Geldof cause of death: 'No drugs or suicide note found'

Tests will determine how Peaches Geldof died (Picture: Yui Mok/PA)

Tests are to be carried out in the coming days to establish how Peaches Geldof died, as her father Bob paid a heart-wrenching tribute.

The mother-of-two was found dead yesterday, at the age of 25, just hours after posting a picture of her late mother, Paula Yates, online.

Reports this morning claim officers found ‘no evidence of hard drugs, no visible signs of injury and no suicide note’ at her Kent home.

According to the Sun, the coroner is looking at the possibility the socialite and journalist died from natural causes.

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘The death is being treated as a non-suspicious, but unexplained, sudden death.

‘The local coroner has been informed and a post-mortem is expected to be carried out in the next few days.’

Police officers attend the home of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, Kent. Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 7, 2014. See PA story DEATH Peaches. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Police officers attend the home of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, Kent…

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77 Days To Infamous……

Just another 77 days and finally I get to see Derren Brown’s Infamous (only had my tickets since June last year lol, however my wait will soon be over). Currently doing a week in Leeds, here’s a local interview he has done there  with ‘Leeds-List Meets’ with a few added pictures from my laptop……..
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Leeds-List Meets… Derren Brown


By:  Paul Clarke 21.3.14

Derren Brown is one of the few illusionists who genuinely make you think ‘how did he do that?’

His TV shows and live shows are the work of an entertainer who really understands what makes people tick. Paul Clarke caught up with as he brings his new show ‘Infamous’ to Leeds Grand Theatre later this month


What is Infamous all about? Well I ask audiences to keep the contents of the show a secret, so I can’t say a lot. For anyone who has seen previous shows, they’ll get the general idea – it’s an evening of psychological manipulation where audience participants are randomly selected with frisbees. There are certain themes that emerge, but I don’t want to give anything away. It’s funnier and more varied than what you’ll see on TV and you know you’re not seeing something that’s edited or staged. I find it has a better home on stage then on the small screen. That’s one of the reasons I’ve moved away from performing that kind of stuff on TV.


You are back working with Andy Nyman and you claim this show is different to the others…how so? It’s got a different feel from previous shows. It’s personal, more stripped back, my equivalent of an ‘acoustic’ set. I felt, after five previous shows, that I had to do something different. It was a risky move, as we weren’t sure that people would go with it, but they seem to have taken well to the sideways step.



I saw Svengali, which was mind-blowing…you must have psychic powers. That’s very kind, but I don’t, I actually spent a lot of time debunking such things. I think it’s good for people to know that sort of thing can be convincingly faked. But strangely, I find that I have to be more convincing than the psychics who perform largely for believers, as they don’t have to work so hard. if you know what can be done by someone like me, then you can make a more informed decision about whether or not you want to go see someone, say, offering to put you in touch with a lost loved one. I find the psychological reasons behind why those kinds of charlatans can convince us is far more resonant than talk about spirits or psychic ability, because ultimately it’s about us, about what it is to be human, and how we work as thinking, fallible, fascinating creatures.


Victorian theatres like Leeds Grand Theatre seem perfect for your type of show…what do you think of the venue?
It’s beautiful and the crowds are excellent, which is why we’re filming it there for television. Whatever happens on stage in Leeds Grand Theatre will be immortalised for ever. Which is an odd thought, given how much the show can change from night to night – I don’t know what sort of people will turn up or how they’ll react. The show works well in older theatres, as it’s all about the experience of the audience members and the environment does make a difference. If I was performing in arenas and stadiums, it would be a very different type of show and we’d lose any of the intimacy. That’s bad enough for comedians, but I think for my shows it would demand a complete re-think.



I loved ‘Apocalypse’. Out of the TV shows you’ve done, do you have any favourites? ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Hero at 30,000 ft’ are my favourites. In both cases, someone’s life was really affected for the better and it was a very emotional experience for everyone involved. So I feel a strong connection with those shows, as well as with Matt – who’s from Leeds – and Steven who went through them. But, that’s not the same as them being the ‘best’ shows or the most popular – that’s a hard one to judge. Certainly Apocalypse was madly ambitious. The last show, The Great Art Robbery, was much more intimate in scale, but was still extremely popular.


How thrilling was your cameo in ‘Sherlock’? I confess I’d only seen bits of it here and there. I don’t watch TV and was only vaguely aware of the extraordinary phenomenon that is ‘Sherlock’ before I starred in it. I watched the previous episode shortly before viewing the one I was in and like everyone else; I tried to figure out the answer, but I was way off. It was a fun day filming – I did it during a day off from touring ‘Infamous’ last year. There were loads of ‘Sherlock’ fans on the street and the production team kept them guessing and threw out a lot of red herrings. The atmosphere was extraordinary. I did my tiny bit fairly quickly and enjoyed it immensely.



Although you are pushing people’s buttons, are you ever surprised how far people will go? Filming ‘The Assassin’ brought some surprises – the guy who was to later shoot Stephen Fry was hypnotised and put in an ice bath, having been told that he would find it perfectly comfortable. The psychologists and I were both skeptical that the suggestion would work, but it would have been fine in the show for it not to have worked, so we went ahead, not really sure about what would happen. It worked so well, that it challenged our presumptions about nothing really being possible under hypnosis that isn’t possible outside of it. You’d be hard pushed to sit in that ice without battering an eyelid using any other sort of motivation. That was fascinating for me. Usually I’m fairly confident that the bigger stunts will work and that they’ll comply in the right way, but often it’s the small stuff that takes me by surprise.


You are the patron of a parrot sanctuary. How on earth did that come about? I had a parrot for many years and I used to talk about him in interviews. The Parrot Zoo – near Skegness – got in touch and asked if I’d be a patron.
Since then I’ve seen it grow into the most extraordinary place. They take in unwanted parrots and do some wonderful research with them, while offering a gorgeous visitor attraction with monkeys and meerkats.
We all go as a touring group whenever we pass anywhere remotely close and it’s generally the highlight of the tour for us. I have a new parrot now – a Blue Quaker called Rasputin. They’re extraordinary animals.

Derren Brown’s Infamous is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 23rd March to Saturday 29th March 2014. Tickets are available.

Derren Brown Interview With The Belfast Telegraph March 2014

How Derren Brown went from law to hypnotism……

Ahead of his week-long run at Belfast’s Grand Opera House, Derren Brown tells Claire Savage how he became entranced by the world of illusion and losing his religion, but keeps schtum about his Newry-born partner

Derren Brown brings his latest show to Belfast next week

14 MARCH 2014

For a man who has made his name by delving deeply into the human psyche, it is quite a surprise to learn that when it comes to his personal life, Derren Brown is somewhat secretive – on certain things at least.

While the engaging television star will happily chat about his love of parrots, painting and taxidermy, as well as his past as an evangelical Christian, asking about his Ulster-born partner elicits a polite but firm rebuttal.

“I’ve learned you have to draw the line somewhere,” he says, “so I like to keep that personal, but he’s from Newry, actually…”

Then again, perhaps it helps too for the high-profile hypnotist – who brings his latest stage show Infamous to Belfast‘s Grand Opera House next week – to maintain some air of mystery about himself.

It was while studying law at university in Bristol that he first became smitten with the idea of hypnotism, after attending a show by renowned stage hypnotist Martin S Taylor.

“I came home from that show with my friend and I said to him, ‘I’m going to learn how to do that’,” says Brown. “He said, ‘I am as well’, but I said, ‘No, I really am.’

“I did hypnotism shows at student venues – I just became the guy at university who hypnotised people, but I realised I couldn’t make a living out of it.

“For a long time, I was doing close-up magic around the tables – but I always had an interest in the psychology stuff.”

Upon completing his degree, the by-now avid adherent of the craft told his parents that a career in the law was just not for him.

“There was no pressure from family to be a lawyer,” he explains. “My parents have only ever said ‘Just do what you enjoy’.

“I came home one day and said to my mum ‘I’m going to be a magician’ – and she said ‘That sounds fine!’

“I think it just appealed to a lot of insecurities at the time,” he adds. “There’s something about control and I think at the time, that spoke to me. It just ticked a lot of boxes for me.”

Finding that hypnotism drew “pressure to do tacky shows”, Brown developed an interest as a conjuring magician.

“I ended up writing a couple of books as a magician and eventually I got approached by a TV company because of that,” he says.

Hypnotism, however, was also to have a profound effect on the young Brown’s faith. Although he didn’t come from a particularly religious family, he himself was an evangelical Christian, although his beliefs were to be called into question by his new-found passion.

“There were two things,” he said. “One – I was going to quite happy-clappy evangelical churches at the time, and, with the hypnotism, it seemed to me that it was all about crowd suggestion and manipulation more than anything else. It put up a sceptical field.

“Secondly, at the time, there was a lot of demonising of tarot readings and New Age beliefs. Because I was doing magic, I knew how these things worked, so I knew it was nothing to do with Satan.

“Both of these things just started me thinking, ‘I don’t think I have a belief there that’s justified.’

“I thought, ‘I need to rediscover this. So, I started reading books about how the Bible was put together.

“I thought I would have a more solid starting point for belief, but then it started to feel silly.

“It just fell apart. It was a while before I was brave enough that if I was asked if I believed in God I’d say ‘No’. But it was liberating.”

Another key event in the illusionist’s life was when he came out to the public as gay, although he is disparaging of adding ‘openly’ to that: “It always strikes me as a slightly odd word …”

He wrote a brief column in a national newspaper about his sexuality, as he “didn’t want to be in this slightly weird situation where I was turning up at a party with a partner and it wasn’t out there”.

Brown and his partner Mark recently celebrated their seventh anniversary together, although all he will say of the relationship is that “we met through a mutual friend”.

On the stage or screen, however, Brown is much more upfront and has, from day one, made it clear that what he does is a mixture of psychological manipulation, hypnosis and good old-fashioned magic.

Indeed, after a string of his shows aired, he felt he had “this sort of responsibility” to ensure people understood he had no psychic ability.

“It became important to be clear about this,” he says.

“To let people distinguish what can be done by a magician and what can be peddled in an exploitative way.”

Among his television shows which have made a splash over the past ten years or so are The Heist, in which he manipulated a number of selected participants into robbing a security van in broad daylight, while in last year’s Great Art Robbery, he showed a group of old age pensioners how to steal an expensive painting from an art collector (who was aware of the stunt as well).

He maintains that it’s “never about trying to think bigger or to top the last idea”, as otherwise “it wouldn’t have any depth or resonance”.

Illusions aside, Brown also has a strong interest in portraiture painting – his art is displayed in London and New York galleries – and then, of course, there’s that taxidermy hobby …

“My landlord, when I was a student, collected taxidermy,” he chuckles. “I kind of just thought, ‘What a great thing to do!’ I’ve now got a whole house full of it.”

And for his 43rd birthday last month, Brown’s touring team gifted him with … “a huge dead horseshoe crab”.

As patron of The Parrot Zoo near Skegness, Brown also has a live parrot as a pet – and a few stuffed versions.

“Occasionally it startles guests, who think it’s one of the stuffed ones,” he laughs.

Meanwhile, he is working on a book about happiness and philosophy, and is slap-bang in the middle of a very busy UK-wide tour.

Reflecting on this, he says: “All I can hope is that people get the fact that it’s a game and it’s theatre and that’s the fun of it. There’s always going to be people who go, ‘It’s fake’ – but I wouldn’t go to all that effort.”

Look into my eyes … his most memorable stunts

Derren has made a name for himself with some ground-breaking televisual moments:

Casino – he attempted to predict the outcome of a roulette wheel, staking £5,000 of a viewer’s money on the outcome. The ball landed in the pocket numbered 30, adjacent to Brown’s choice of 8.

Lottery – by carefully analysing members of his audience, Brown appeared to correctly predict the National Lottery results

Apocalypse – in one of his most elaborate – and at times genuinely terrifying – projects, Brown convinced an unmotivated young man that the world had undergone a zombie apocalypse, in the process helping him to realise that he had been missing out on enjoying a productive and meaningful life

Hero at 30,000 Feet – Brown took one fearful flyer and managed to convince him that he was capable of landing a commercial jet, loaded with passengers, after the captain had apparently taken ill, although the actual process was done in a simulator

Derren Brown – Infamous, runs at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, from Monday to Saturday, March 17-22. For details visit