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Alan Pardew: four years at Newcastle United – now is his time to make a positive mark. KettleMag, sports, football, Newcastle United, Andrew Musgrove
This week will see Alan Pardew celebrate four years (joined 9th December 2010) in charge of Newcastle United, it’s been a mixed bag, four seasons that smack of inconsistency but as he enters his fifth year – the 52-year-old has a real opportunity to put his name in the history books for all the right reasons. ...
Paying for sex: it’s common practice in ‘The City’ claims one former employee
“I can’t be named because it means I’m pointing the finger at some high up individuals,” *Lisa*, a former global risks underwriter tells me when I ask her about the attitude towards paying for sex in The City.   “Many of my now ex-colleagues paid for sex and did so because it’s part of the...
What’s next for Labour’s strategy after Rochester?
In a week which would have seen former Labour PR spin doctor Alastair Campbell shake his head in disbelief, Ed Miliband has been handed a surprising lead in the opinion polls.  The Labour leader is placed five points ahead of the Conservatives in the latest weekly poll, commissioned by Conservative Peer Lord Ashcroft. The Conservatives...
Film Review: The Drop
Imagine being a Ferrari: ahead you is a clear, open road and all you have to do is put your foot down.  But instead you’re coasting along – it’s not unpleasant, it’s mildly entertaining at the time but you’re always expecting that little bit more: that umph!  It’s only after you get out of the...
Ched Evans and Sheffield United: What Will The Club Do Next?
Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill is the latest high profile name to publicly speak out against Sheffield United and any intention the club may have of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans. The Sheffield born athlete, who has a stand at the club’s stadium, Bramall Lane, named after her has told the club’s hierarchy that should Evans join on a permanent...
Billy Joel: Mr New York?
Billy Joel is a symbol of New York as much as the Empire State Building or The Brooklyn Bridge and the Bronx born entertainer has taken over one of the Big Apple’s other attractions: Madison Square Gardens.  The 65-year-old has announced his record breaking 13th and 14th show at Madison Square Gardens as the singer/songwriter...
Dapper Laughs has show axed after a week of scandal
ITV have announced that comedian Dapper Laughs will not have his TV show, Dapper Laughs: On The Pull, renewed for a second series after he was recorded on stage telling an audience member that a woman was ‘gagging for a rape’.  Dapper Laughs, whose real name is Daniel O’Reilly, was performing at a sell-out gig at...
Alan Pardew doesn’t deserve an apology just yet Alan Pardew, nufc, newcastle united, kettlemag, andrew musgrove
This week saw Alan Pardew lead his Newcastle United into the quarter-final of the league cup, beating last-year’s winners and League champions Manchester City 2-0. It was a brilliant performance by a team that many before kick-off thought would struggle to keep City from scoring four or five.  The fans were wrong – I was wrong....
Review: BBC’s new drama, The Missing The Missing, BBC drama, James Nesbit, Anrew Musgrove, Kettle Mag
A crowded bar, euphoria as a goal is scored, hands aloft in celebration before a turn to the bar for drinks - for a brief moment you drop the hand of your child.  A brief moment is all it took.  The sheer panic is indescribable. The knots and twists in your stomach as you frantically...
Eastenders’ top five returns Andrew Musgrove looks at the most shocking returns to the soap on Kettle
With Nasty Nick Cotton's return imminent, Andrew Musgrove takes a look at the top five Walford returns! 5. Peggy Mitchell  Peggy has been in and out of the show so many times but her return to the soap in September 2013 showed just why the door will always be open for the Mitchell mariarch. Storming...
Newcastle United get first win of the season but it was far from convincing 54-alan-pardew-afpgt.jpg
  Alan Pardew can sleep a little easier in his bed this evening after his Newcastle United side recorded their first victory of the season with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City.   But Pardew would be a fool to take the victory as anything more than what it was: an unconvincing win against a...
Ched Evans needs to be made an example of
Ched Evans will be released from prison today with the footballing world waiting to see whether his former club, Sheffield United, will re-sign  the 25-year-old striker. The South Yorkshire club cancelled Evan’s contract in 2012 after he was found guilty of rape and the Welshman is set to be released after serving half of his...
Does Labour need a change of leader to guarantee a 2015 victory? labour party.jpg
In the last fortnight the starting gun for the General Election 2015 was fired as the UK’s four biggest political parties – yes, UKIP unfortunately are counted as the fourth – held their annual conferences where they set out their stalls for the next eight months of campaigning. Back in 2010 when the coalition agreement...
13.3m saw GBBO final but where does it rank on list of UK’s most watched TV shows? The Great British Bake off, gbbo, Andrew Musgrove, Kettle Mag
The Great British Bake Off concluded last night with over 13m tuning into to watch Nancy Birtwhistle crowned winner of the baking show but where does the viewing figures for this finale put Mary Berry and her bakers on the list of the UK’s most watched TV shows? The reality is, not very high on...
The Driver: Is the BBC drama worth a watch?
The BBC has had a stormer in the last few years producing what they like to label 'original British drama,’ gripping television which leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.   We've had Happy Valley, The Fall, Luther and Sherlock just to name a few which have gone on to take audiences by storm...
Alan Pardew needs more than one victory to save his job
As Alan Pardew traipsed down the tunnel after suffering yet another defeat as Newcastle United manager, the camera turned to the club’s owner Mike Ashley.   The billionaire puffed o As Alan Pardew traipsed down the tunnel after suffering yet another defeat as Newcastle United manager, the camera turned to the club’s owner Mike Ashley.   The...
What can student media do for aspiring journalists? student newspapers, kettle mag
It's freshers week and new students across the country will be eagerly signing up to every society that their university can offer. It's freshers week and new students across the country will be eagerly signing up to every society that their university can offer. For those with aspirations of becoming a journalist, it's the first...
What would Scottish Independence mean for the North East of England? Newcastle.jpg
Scotland is teetering on the verge of independence and as the polls close later this evening, those in Westminster will be sweating on the results which could start the ball rolling for more devolu Scotland is teetering on the verge of independence and as the polls close later this evening, those in Westminster will be...
Will Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise? 473898243_81ae070239_o.jpg
Rumours have been rife that the most dysfunctional yet effective secret agent – Jason Bourne - is to return to the big screen in 2016 after an absence of what would be nine years. Rumours have been rife that the most dysfunctional yet effective secret agent – Jason Bourne - is to return to the...
Gutierrez diagnosis a reminder to get checked
The footballing world was shocked this week to learn of the news that Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has had a testicle removed after being The footballing world was shocked this week to learn of the news that Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has had a testicle removed after being diagnosed with cancer and is...
The Guest: Entertaining but very, very strange theguest.jpg
Sometimes a movie comes along which leaves you at the finish asking “what the bloody heck?” – You didn’t hate it, in fact you quite enjoyed it but for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes a movie comes along which leaves you at the finish asking “what the bloody heck?” – You didn’t hate it, in...
What puts the great into the Great North Run? Great North Run, kettle mag
No matter the weather, people line the streets from Newcastle to Gateshead to South Shields – in the pouring rain to the blistering sunshine – they cheer you on.  No matter the weather, people line the streets from Newcastle to Gateshead to South Shields – in the pouring rain to the blistering sunshine – they...
A sceptical campaign with reshuffled priorities
David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle has been hailed by the Conservative Party as move to create a team 'fresh with ideas and ready to lead the country forward.' In reality it's the st David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle has been hailed by the Conservative Party as move to create a team 'fresh with ideas and ready to...
The good and bad things of moving back home
So it’s that time of year, most (if not all) students have packed up their three plates, two knives, one fork and that tatty old frying pan and headed back home. So it’s that time of year, most (if not all) students have packed up their three plates, two knives, one fork and that tatty...
World Cup: England’s next move after Italy loss
An energetic England side were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game of the World Cup 2014. An energetic England side were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game of the World Cup 2014. In uncomfortable conditions in Manus, Roy Hodgson’s men started bright with Raheem Sterling sending many bars across the nation...
Starting a media career? Stay north, not south
In the past few weeks I’ve read a number of articles that have labelled the north second rate to the south for work, education and everything in-between. In the past few weeks I’ve read a number of articles that have labelled the north second rate to the south for work, education and everything in-between. As...
Jim Pownall on comics and the pages to come fingers_newer.png
It’s a typical story for many young adults—spend three years at university and leave with a degree that for most isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. It’s a typical story for many young adults—spend three years at university and leave with a degree that for most isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. You...
Ukraine, Russia and Crimea: What is going on?
The East is no stranger to revolution. The East is no stranger to revolution. Within the last century Russia has seen two revolutions that helped shape Europe as we know it today. In 1917, as Vladimir Lenin rose to power leading to the creation of the USSR which lasted until 1991 when it collapsed after a wave of...
Alan Pardew: Part of Newcastle United’s problem
Never in the world of football has a manager split a fan base as widely as Alan Pardew. Most supporters either hate or love their manager. Never in the world of football has a manager split a fan base as widely as Alan Pardew. Most supporters either hate or love their manager. The Hammers don’t...
Line of Duty: Is the BBC drama worth viewing?
We waited two years for the return of this gritty cop drama and the wait was worth it. We waited two years for the return of this gritty cop drama and the wait was worth it.  If the first season was fast paced and gripping with twists and turns, then episode one of the second...
NekNominations: Harmless Fun or Dangerous Craze neknominate.jpg
In the last twelve months we’ve seen internet crazes sweep the platforms of social media, from the ‘Harlem Shake’ to ‘Planking’ and the latest to hit YouTube is NekNom In the last twelve months we’ve seen internet crazes sweep the platforms of social media, from the ‘Harlem Shake’ to ‘Planking’ and the latest to hit...
Newcastle United FC: The Graveyard of ambition
As the Geordies piled in to St James Park Saturday gone for the derby match versus Sunderland, there was very little optimism or even excit As the Geordies piled in to St James Park Saturday gone for the derby match versus Sunderland, there was very little optimism or even excitement for the game. The excitement...
Five Things to Catch up on iPlayer This Weekend bedfordshirepolicecar.jpg
The Voice UK, Series 3:  The Voice UK, Series 3: It’s back and supposedly better than ever, whether that is the case I will leave to your judgement.  But this series brings up a welcomed relief of Jessie J who from the first moment swung around on her red chair grinded on the nation, she’s replaced...
Roger Lloyd-Pack’s greatest moments as Trigger trigger.gif
Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played loveable dope Trigger in Only Fools and Horses has sadly died age 69 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played loveable dope Trigger in Only Fools and Horses has sadly died age 69 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Trigger was arguably most people’s favourite character...
Five things you should catch up with on iPlayer
As busy students the chance of you sitting down and watching something live on TV is minimal, so Andrew Musgrove has put a handy list of the five things you might want to catch up on this weekend o As busy students the chance of you sitting down and watching something live on TV is...
Still Open All Hours: It was aw-aw-awkward BBC Open All Hours_0_0.jpg
It was always going to be a risk, bringing back a national treasure such as Open All Hours without the national treasure who made it what it was, Ronnie Barker.  The risk sadly didn’t pa It was always going to be a risk, bringing back a national treasure such as Open All Hours without the...
Newcastle United’s fate lies in Mike Ashley’s hands Mike-Ashley-001_0.jpg
After a campaign which saw relegation avoided by just five points and a summer where manager Alan Pardew narrowly escaped with his job, Newcastle United will lie in the top six this Christmas After a campaign which saw relegation avoided by just five points and a summer where manager Alan Pardew narrowly escaped with his...
Mike Ashley is not winning charging journalists
Newcastle United are to start charging national newspapers fees to interview playing staff with immediate effect. Newcastle United are to start charging national newspapers fees to interview playing staff with immediate effect. While no exact fees are yet known about the proposed move, it is yet another unbelievable move by owner Mike Ashley, against questions...
Reflections on the legacy of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the man who inspired so many through his fight and forgiveness has died at the age of 95. Nelson Mandela, the man who inspired so many through his fight and forgiveness has died at the age of 95. A man who so many labelled as hero, an inspiration and a symbol of freedom...
Eleven things from the great city of Newcastle
With Ant and Dec, the Geordie duo back on our screens presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, it would seem a perfect time to remind the nation that there are few more things With Ant and Dec, the Geordie duo back on our screens presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of...
Robbie Williams: His anthology of swing music robbiewilliams.jpg
Robbie Williams will undoubtedly be notching up another No.1 album up with Swings Both Ways, but the 39-year-old remains far too much in his comfort zone for it to be a memorable effort.</ Robbie Williams will undoubtedly be notching up another No.1 album up with Swings Both Ways, but the 39-year-old remains far too much...
13 things you’ll quickly learn as a postgraduate student Postgrad_0.jpg
So it’s been about six weeks since a lot of us, made the (stupid? expensive? So it’s been about six weeks since a lot of us, made the (stupid? expensive? extortionate) decision to start a Masters course, and it would seem an apt time to see just what its taught us and the vast difference...
Open All Hours set to return to TV after 30 years open-all-hours-1.jpg
The BBC have announced the return of classic sitcom Open All Hours to our screens for a one off Christmas special.The show which last aired The BBC have announced the return of classic sitcom Open All Hours to our screens for a one off Christmas special.The show which last aired back in 1985 followed the...
Tommy Robinson quits the EDL: thug or mistaken man?
The end of the English Defence League has all but been confirmed today after the resignation of its leader Tommy Robinson and 12 other senior members, including his right hand man Kevin Carroll.&nb The end of the English Defence League has all but been confirmed today after the resignation of its leader Tommy Robinson and...
Amir Khan granted payday bout against Floyd Mayweather Amir_Khan.png
The 2nd October 2013 may not go down in history as a significant date, it may be remembered as the day legendary author Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66 but apart from that sad news, this da The 2nd October 2013 may not go down in history as a significant date, it...
Managers and the curse of West Bromwich Albion
Ex-Sunderland and Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane last week joked on Match of the Day 2 that on the back of Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City, man Ex-Sunderland and Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane last week joked on Match of the Day 2 that on the back of Manchester...
Great North Run: The best half marathon ever north.jpg
I’m sitting here, 72 hours after competing my 3rd Great North Run and I’m still aching a little bit—earlier this week I was struggling to walk but I wouldn’t trade that feel I’m sitting here, 72 hours after competing my 3rd Great North Run and I’m still aching a little bit—earlier this week I was...
Five Hollywood fights we’d really love to see
As dust begins to settle on Ben Affleck’s casting as the Dark Knight and attention now turns to the Superman/Batman movie itself, I thought it would an ideally opportunity to suggest a few ot As dust begins to settle on Ben Affleck’s casting as the Dark Knight and attention now turns to the Superman/Batman movie...
Sir David Frost: A pioneer of broadcasting
Compliments are often too heavily applied when a famous name passes away but in the case of Sir David Frost, no compliment is too much. Compliments are often too heavily applied when a famous name passes away but in the case of Sir David Frost, no compliment is too much. In fact some may argue...
Cameron and the politics of the Syrian crisis
Westminster is today in shock as Prime Minster David Cameron has lost the vote on military action against the Syrian government in retaliation of last week’s apparent chemical attack by the A Westminster is today in shock as Prime Minster David Cameron has lost the vote on military action against the Syrian government in retaliation...