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5 July 2013 ~

Much has been said this week about Roman Abramovich's tenth anniversary at Chelsea. The best summing up was by Matthew Syed of the Times in this interview with some baffled presenters on Sky Sports News.

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uru142Badge of the week ~ Uruguay Montevideo FC
This is what happens when someone in management allows all of the town's crest designers to take annual leave in the same week. In an emergency such as this, the army were called in to take over graphic design duties for the area, hence the brutal clarity of the message here. With the military involved, there is no room for the suspicious symbolism inherent in all images – all the public require is a label, in this case the club's initials on a plain blue background.

The only concession to creative expression can be seen in the fact that the letters read downwards, rather than left to right. It is possible that, feeling a little bit giddy after reading William Burroughs' The Soft Machine, smuggled in from home wrapped in a car magazine, a junior officer amended the final draft to this effect. Nevertheless, the outcome is the same obnoxious and sanctimonious dullness known only to those of us who have witnessed a health and safety professional's examination of our small business's five-year-old first-aid box. Cameron Carter

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from Rob Weston
"A new Joe Kinnear shirt is available in no fewer than 18 colours. Not an official Newcastle United item – yet (Mike Ashley will surely be monitoring the sales)."

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from Nigel Robinson
"'It's great news another established England international has got behind the wheel of our universally acclaimed extended range electric vehicle.' Yes, that is great news. But what leaps out to me from this story is that Glen Johnson has 49 international caps. That just seems so decadent."

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If Everton get a sudden injection of cash, it's likely to be in newly printed bills in a variety of denominations.

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from Simon Melville
"A news report about violence involving football hooligans in Edinburgh turns into a history lesson at the end."

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Barnet promote a new kit – just not the right one.

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If you came to The Hive Community Day on Saturday you will have been lucky enough to see the unveiling of the 2013/14 kits.



The club received two sample kits from Surridge Sport that were modelled by Luke Gambin and Mauro Vilhete.



The kits are samples and do not represent the final version that the Bees will wear during the new season at The Hive.



The colour of the home shirt will change slightly to a darker shade of amber and the shorts will be black to keep with our traditional colours of black & amber.

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