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1 April 2016 ~

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Rémi Garde's departure from Aston Villa this week was accompanied by a statement from the club thanking him "for all his efforts during a difficult period". If there's an FA award for understatement of the year, that has to be a strong contender.

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Hodd150Badge of the week ~ IL Hodd, Norway
Norway is a very rough country and always has been. There is no word in Norwegian, for example, for “mittens”. In fact, right up until the late 19th century, parts of Norway were so lawless that even hairdressers wore body armour.

The IL Hodd badge depicts a Norwegian stylist from the Hodd area, one of the most infamous for haircut-related violence, showing one of his shorter customers the back of his head. This could traditionally go one of two ways: either the customer (even the very short ones) would bridle at an uneven cut (often caused by the hairdresser’s nerves) and rise to assault the man, or else they would simply nod and get up to pay. In 1870 alone, 35 hairdressers in Norway were slain by unsatisfied customers or customers who opted to have their hair cut during a period of blood lust.

In what was called the Great Hair Drain of the mid-to-late 19th century, thousands of qualified hairdressers left the industry to work in quarrying and mining. It is much safer these days to be a hairdresser in Norway, ever since the Leave Your Axe At The Door policy was introduced in 1952. Cameron Carter

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Sleaford Town’s live matchday tweets had to be abandoned when the person who runs their Twitter page went on as a substitute.

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A dramatic finish at Bath City.

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Nice to see proper recognition for Fred Keenor’s real claims to fame.

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from Stuart Edwards
"Not sure what’s worse here – the half-and-half scarf or the one that makes the Easter Rising look like a boy band."

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Argentina, land of technical football.

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Also in the news this week
Fake Shay Given fools Sky
Leicester picking up fans in Thailand
Romania players promote maths

 

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