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UK weather: Floods and gales to cause transport chaos

31 January 2014 08:02:27 UK headlines

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood warnings as heavy rain and gales are forecast to hit parts of the UK today

Vice All News Time31 January 2014 08:02:27


UK weather: what caused the Christmas storms and flooding?

13 January 2014 21:16:51 UK headlines

Paul Davis, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, explains why the jet stream brought such stormy weather during the end of last year

Vice All News Time13 January 2014 21:16:51

UK weather in pictures: Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain

06 January 2014 14:02:47 UK headlines

Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain.

Vice All News Time06 January 2014 14:02:47

UK weather in pictures: Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain

05 January 2014 13:51:37 UK headlines

Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain.

Vice All News Time05 January 2014 13:51:37

UK weather in pics: Strong winds and heavy rain cause disruption and flooding

30 December 2013 16:04:57 UK headlines

Strong winds and torrential rain cause disruption and flooding.

Vice All News Time30 December 2013 16:04:57

Warning of fresh floods and storms for UK

26 December 2013 10:57:23 UK Homepage

Tens of thousands of homes were left without power on Christmas Day and nearly 1,000 homes were flooded after bad weather caused chaos

Vice All News Time26 December 2013 10:57:23

UK weather: flooding causes thousands of pounds worth of damage to business owners

06 December 2013 17:04:50 UK headlines

Business owner Steve Clemmett says flooding has cause tens of thousands of pounds in damage to his Lowestoft shop

Vice All News Time06 December 2013 17:04:50

The Fiver | An entirely shocking turn of tedious events | Daniel Harris

29 July 2013 17:26:41 Sport news, comment and results |

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving BECAUSE HE'S WELL GOOD AT FOOTBALL AND THEY'VE GOT LOADS OF MONEY "You know that girl Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo?" "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Smith, or Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Yes, I know." "She told me she fancied you." "Really? Give over." "It's true, I promise." "How do you know?" "She straight told me." "Straight?" "Straight." "Straight!" "Bare straight." "How do I know that you're telling the truth? You could just be making it all up." "Because you've known me for years and we're friends – such that anyone is friends with anyone. Have I ever lied to you before?" "Yes, when you told me that you didn't put that pig's heart in my bag after biology." "That was different, that was just a joke, this is business, straight. You're in." "Ok, safe, I'll get involved." "Yeah, obviously it's fine, enjoy – just one thing. You're just not allowed to say that it was me who told you." "Why not?" "You know how people are, they get all upset and stuff." "Yeah, people." "It's just for the sake of it really, like it always is, but whatevz. Just wade in and give her one for me." The Fiver understands and the Fiver's sources understand that to some lucky teenagers, this actually happens. Seriously. And apparently, none of those teenagers spent any time at all demanding evidence and quotations – or quotes, as the youth of today insist on calling them. Instead, they simply set about mortifying themselves as rapidly as possible, and everyone was happy. Meanwhile, Real Madrid want Tottenham's Gareth Bale because he's well good at football and they've got loads of money, and Gareth Bale wants Real Madrid because they're well good at football and pay loads of money. Who could possibly believe such a thing? Instrumental in this entirely shocking turn of tedious events was Bale's Mr 15%, Jonathan Barnett, who, in the last few months, has spent time on Spanish television announcing to the world that he is Bale's Mr 15%. Him! Yes, him! Know him, world, for he is a Mr 15%! Respect him! Fear him! And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter Mr 15% he really is, involved in the attempt to legally trademark the sheer uniqueness of Bale's heart celebration and oblivious to the reality that there's more chance of people copying his skidmark. And now, he is engaged in a superfight for the ages, the cops and robbers for the modern playground , a battle that will forever define the summer of 2013 – with the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter chairman he really is, keen to ignore contracts when paying up managers he no longer wants, less so when attempting to retain players forced to leave on account of his transfer market parsimony. He does business for he is a businessman! No one messes with him! He knows Joe Lewis! Business! Quite why Levy is making such a fuss is unclear – as demonstrated by Manchester United, when selling Cristiano Ronaldo, it's fine to lose your best player by far – all you need to do is retain the majority of the money for your own ends, spend the shrapnel on Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Mame Diouf, and everything will be just fine. The Fiver understands that L'il Mickey Owen is also available on a free transfer. QUOTE OF THE DAY "It cannot be our fault on any level" - Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore – the man responsible for marketing English football around the world, thus flooding the league with big-money signings, thus pushing English talent down the food chain, thus meaning only 30% of the Premier League players are eligible to play for England – says he is not to blame for the state of Mr Roy's shoddy England team. FIVER LETTERS "So if Gilford Park are now the Queen's Celtic Nation, which lucky northern team three tiers below them are going to be dissolved and re-formed as the Newco Pope's O'Rangers Nation? My money's on Seaton Delaval Amateurs in the Northern Football Alliance" – George Ridley. "Provincial locations in England (Friday's Fiver) – Runcorn, Peterborough, RHYL!!!!!. Sometimes I think you deliberately make it too easy" – Tony J (and 1,056 others). • Send your letters to . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can tweet the Fiver. Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Rollover. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS The former Birmingham City striker and Ecuador international Christian Benitez has died aged 27. The cause of his death in Qatar is yet to be confirmed. Kick It Out have launched a new app for reporting racism. "We felt the old format was stale," said Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley, sparkling up the fusty old business of highlighting discrimination. Pepe Reina has written a Dear John letter to Liverpool fans. "If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving," he said, packing up his belongings, arguing over who gets the Phil Collins CDs and claiming the deal for him to join Napoli was done behind his back. The administrator in charge of the Lithuanian bank owed £15m by Hearts has said the three bids lodged for the club so far are unacceptable and warned liquidation would be the alternative. "I sincerely hope this is the way of things we still can avoid," boomed Gintaras Adomonis, apparently via Google translate. After Red Star Belgrade struggled to beat Icelanders IBV in the Europa League, club officials have highlighted one or two issues in their players' training regimes. "All the hard work will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," sniffed manager Slavisa Stojanovic. "Cigarettes and nights out on boat-bars lined up along the river are also out of the question," noted club vice-president Nebojsa Covic. And the chairman of the Crawley Town Supporter's Alliance, Paul Prendergast, has been banned for four games for "mercilessly winding up" Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway until he yelled: "Why don't you just shut up?

Vice All News Time29 July 2013 17:26:41

James Gandolfini, master Soprano, dies at 51

20 June 2013 05:16:12 Film |

Heart attack suspected in death of much-loved actor who starred as gangster family head in The Sopranos • James Gandolfini's life and career - in pictures The actor James Gandolfini, who played mafia boss Tony Soprano on the hit TV series The Sopranos, has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy. He was 51. Colleagues and fans expressed shock after news broke late on Wednesday. "It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy," said his managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. "Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply." Tributes flooded in for an actor who won three Emmys and showed that being fat, bald and playing thugs was no impediment to charisma. " was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that," David Chase, who created The Sopranos, told "He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone." Gandolfini was due to take part in the Taormina film festival in Sicily this weekend. Mara Mikialian, a spokeswoman for HBO, the network that made The Sopranos, told Reuters the cause of death might have been a heart attack. Gandolfini was set to star in a new series for HBO, Criminal Justice, one of several projects in the works. His film credits included Get Shorty, The Mexican and Zero Dark Thirty. A New Jersey native, Gandolfini worked as a truck driver, bouncer and nightclub manager in New York before he went to an acting class with a friend and got hooked. "I'd also never been around actors before," he told Time magazine, "and I said to myself, 'These people are nuts; this is kind of interesting.' He made his Broadway debut in a 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. The following year he played a philosophising, brutal hitman in the film True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, which paved the way for his lead role in The Sopranos, the gangster family saga that ran for six seasons from 1999. It swept awards and has been voted the best television show of all time. Tony Soprano's struggles with his relatives, henchmen, psychiatrist and, above all, himself anchored the show and created a new type of anti-hero. described his portrayal of Soprano as "the schlub we loved, the cruel monster we hated, the anxiety-ridden husband and father we wanted to hug in midlife crisis". Joseph Gannascoli, who played Vito, said: "James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with." Tony Sirico, who played Paulie, said the late star was one of his best friends. "He was there whenever I needed him. Not only did he help me with my career, but also in life, God bless him. He and I were always helping the troops, we even went to combat zones to visit the marines." Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn its loss. "I'm truly heartbroken ... he is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss," said Johan Hill. Colleagues and acquaintances said Gandolfini had been in high spirits and full of plans – including one for a tattoo. There had been speculation about a Sopranos movie involving the fictional family's Italian origins. The actor is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple's daughter in October. He also has a teenage son from a previous marriage. • Watch a trailer for In The Loop • Read Armando Iannucci's account of working with the actor US television The Sopranos Crime drama Drama Television United States Quentin Tarantino Alec Baldwin Rory Carroll © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time20 June 2013 05:16:12

Stuart Lancaster looks to the future after England sweep Argentina

17 June 2013 01:03:44 Sport news, comment and results |

• Argentina 26 England 51 • 'We have a great generation of players here' Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, believes that the clean sweep over Argentina has provided a crucial building block for their World Cup challenge in 2015. A seven-try to two victory in Buenos Aires meant that Lancaster's side became the first England team to win all of their Tests on Argentinian soil following the 32‑3 victory in Salta last week . Admittedly, the calibre of the opposition somewhat lessens the achievement, with Argentina missing 21 players before the Rugby Championship, but England were also without the majority of their key performers. In their place a new generation emerged, including eight debutants, and impressively staked their claim to retain their starting berths for the autumn internationals. Sometimes summer tours can be a factory for one-cap wonders; the chances of adding Matt Kvesic, Marland Yarde, Kyle Eastmond and Christian Wade, the wing who was called up by the Lions hours before kick-off, to that undistinguished club are slim. In his previous guise as the RFU's elite rugby director, Lancaster always knew that such talent was bubbling under the surface in the English game, yet until now he was unaware if they were ready for the rigours of Test rugby. "The players have been outstanding to work with," Lancaster said. "They are very talented and from an England rugby point of view we have a strong few years to come. We have a generation of players coming through who should be here way beyond 2015. I very much see this tour as a staging post for the World Cup. It's a pleasing step forward and this tour was always going to be critical in our development towards 2015 because it gave the opportunity to bring other players through. "It gives me confidence and also reassurance that the direction we are going in is the right one. I was always confident in my old role that we had quality players coming through the pipeline. They have been blooded in the Premiership, they have played in big games in the Premiership and in Europe and now they are making the step from club to country. Someone like Marland has taken to it brilliantly." The players that were rested – Chris Ashton, Chris Robshaw, Brad Barritt, Toby Flood and Danny Care – have been assured that their places in the next senior elite player squad are secure. Nevertheless those left behind and on Lions duty in Australia will have cause for alarm. In England's last four matches of the Six Nations they conjured one try; in the four against the Barbarians, a South American XV and Argentina they have rattled up 22. The personnel was different and so was the mindset. "We want to carry on playing in that manner," Lancaster said. "Sometimes you have to play wet-weather rugby but certainly in this environment we like to show that we can play and I think that we did." They also had to overcome a strong start by Argentina, who were leading 12-6 approaching the half-hour mark. Within 10 minutes England had moved out of sight through a Freddie Burns try and a pair of penalty tries, even if Manuel Montero scored just after half-time. Then it was the turn of the three-quarter line. Rob Webber, the hooker, touched down in the left-hand corner after the ball was spread at speed before Yarde, on his debut, flew down the short side. Eastmond, the rugby league convert, marked his first start with a try by slaloming through six tackles and then provided a gorgeous inside ball for Yarde to score his second. It was a performance that will give Lancaster much to ponder on his flight to Australia to see the Lions. Argentina Bustos Moyano; Agulla, Tiesi, Ascárate (Madero, 72), Montero (Orlando, 66); Contepomi, Vergallo (Cubelli, 59); Roan (Henn 41 (Guidione, 55)), García Veiga, Bustos (Gómez Kodela, 66), Farias Cabello (Lozada, 52), Galarza, Baez (De La Vega, 59), Macome, Leonardi. Tries Montero, Leonardi. Con Bustos Moyano 2. Pen Bustos Moyano 4. Sin bin : Bustos Moyano England Brown (Foden, 61); May, Joseph, Eastmond, Yarde; Burns (Myler, 65), Dickson (Wigglesworth, 61); Marler (Doran Jones, 65), Webber (Paice, 61), Wilson (Thomas, 75), Launchbury, Attwood (Lawes, 50), Wood (capt), Kvesic, Morgan (Vunipola, 59). Tries Penalties 2, Burns, Webber, Yarde 2, Eastmond. Con Burns 4. Pen Burns 2. Referee : N Owens (Wales) England rugby union team Argentina rugby union team Rugby union Stuart Lancaster © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time17 June 2013 01:03:44