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2021 NBA Playoff – A change of scenery

John Tenido

For centuries, football and rugby have been the main attraction in the UK, but they are not the only sports in the world. The Premiership, The World Series, the Superbowl and the National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs are some of the sporting world’s biggest and most anticipated events.  Basketball particularly has been adored by countries all […]

Apple introduces Spatial and Lossless audio

John Tenido

With over 150 million premium subscribers and 356 million monthly active users, it’s no surprise that Spotify has been the king of the streaming service platform for a while. But that’s all about to change as in the early part of June, Apple introduced a new and mesmerising feature to Apple Music that could change the […]

The heart of Stoke lies in Lidice

Cliff Mitchell
Stoke on Trent Lidice memorial

Lidice is a small village in the Czech Republic that exists thanks to help from the people of Stoke. In recent years Stoke-on-Trent (Stoke) has become synonymous with the politics of the extreme right, with British National Party (BNP) councillors, and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) targeting its parliamentary and council seats, and the press […]

Melton Mowbray: bypass row leaves locals behind

Helen Louise Cliff
Melton Mowbray Bypass

When councils fall out with one another in such an acrimonious way to hit the headlines one would expect them to be at different ends of the political spectrum. Not so when it comes to Melton Borough (MBC) and Leicestershire County (LCC) Councils, both Tory run, who have got themselves into a particularly bitter public […]

We need to talk about Serco

Anna Girolami
Serco

In 2019 Serco was found to have “engaged in quite deliberate fraud against the Ministry of Justice.” It had already repaid £68.5 million to the government in overcharges and was subsequently fined £19.2 million for fraud and false accounting over its electronic tagging service. It also had to pay the Serious Fraud Office’s costs of £3.7 million. It still has the contract.

Begone!

Shirley Martin
Begone!

Begone! A political poem about the state of our country and the moral demise of our political system. It’s our families who mourn in pain.

Book Review

Dogged review

Jimmy Andrex
Dogged

Novel. Novelty. Newness. The newest literary form. Only a few hundred years old. A callow youth compared to poetry and drama. Its name suggests that, whenever you read one, there should be something you’ve not come across before. However, this is usually far from the case. Your average potboiler serves up something familiar you know […]

Cuts in UK foreign aid to East Midlands charity deprives street children in Uganda

Anna Girolami
Uganda children

A Chesterfield-based charity supporting street children in Uganda has had its only international development grant withdrawn when the government cut foreign funding from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent gross national income (GNI). S.A.L.V.E. International S.A.L.V.E. International is a Chesterfield/Ugandan charity, aimed at supporting homeless and out-of-school children in Uganda. It was founded by a group […]

Keeping up with Lee Anderson

Anna Girolami
Lee Anderson

Back in November last year, Central Bylines posted a profile of Lee Anderson which concluded that Ashfield, his constituency, deserved better than the Labour-turned-Tory-turned-antiwoke-warrior as an MP. Seven months later, we thought we’d see how he’s getting on. Is Ashfield getting a better service from its MP these days? If what you want from your […]

Updating the honours system

Bryan Manley-Green
Honours

‘The British honours system is a venerable way of honouring citizens for good work in society. It’s hard to disagree with the nation saying thank you in such a public way to someone who has made a positive difference and has been proven to be a great role model.

Surescreen miss the gravy train

Anna Girolami

SureScreen offered the tests to the government nearly a year ago but they were ignored. Addressing the government’s response to their approach, David Campbell, one of the directors, said, “We’ve done our best to engage with the government. There’s been tentative interest but unfortunately we haven’t had any good dialogue.”

Breaking news or broken news?

Bryan Manley-Green
Broken News

As the leading television provider in the UK, Freeview offers a very random selection of news channels on its main electronic programme guide (EPG). The current rather paltry offering consists of BBC News, Murdoch’s Sky News, Putin’s Russia Today, and Qatari-based Al Jazeera. Seemingly no room for France 24, Germany’s DW, or Euronews.

Euro 2021 – it’s war (minus the shooting)

Richard Hall

Sport can be about harmless fun and exercise but argues it’s only when it gets competitive that it brings out the worst in people. He concludes “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.

How a proud American party dies

Scott Weigle

The Republican party, formed at the dawn of the Civil War and championing union, fractures while promoting conspiracies and lies. A party born in the growing urban centers of the North fades toward irrelevance in dwindling rural enclaves. A party first led by ‘The Great Emancipator’ elects one of the greatest fools to ever hold elective office.

Tackling climate change and loss of nature via the Commitments of Derby & West Midlands citizens

Dan Greenwood

6 May was an important day for both the people of Derby and the state of the planet. The residents were heading to the polling booths to put a cross next to their candidate of choice in the local council elections.

For the charity organisation, The Commitment, this was the culmination of four months of community engagement, providing the electorate of Derby with the potential to have their voices heard regarding climate change and loss of nature.