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Boats drop in for Excel event

By Rob Virtue on January 7, 2010 12:09 PM |

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The Boat Show kicks off this week with a series of dramatic demonstrations from the Royal Engineers.

It is first time the group, one of the corps of the British Army, has appeared at the 56-year-old event. It will put on displays of its military craft three times a day.

What we're listening to

By Louisa Emery on January 7, 2010 11:09 AM |

The Road, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Mute, £14.99

The two Bad Seeds provide the perfect partnership to this post apocalyptic movie.

FF-dec24-footballer3.JPGDavid Beckham's American adventure might be drawing to a close but another footballer from east London has a bright future across the pond.

Sam Kennedy, from the Isle of Dogs, is one of the stars of college football in the States, and he hopes it will be the springboard to a professional career.


Saturday's clash at The Valley between Charlton and Hartlepool has been called off.

Frost covers, which had been on the pitch since New Year's Day were not able to prevent the surface freezing and the club announced on Thursday morning that the game would be postponed.

dd-jan7-jov142.JPGIf you didn't resolve to get out more in the New Year then maybe you should have.

Whatever your taste in entertainment, there is plenty to look forward to in the coming months. To make it that little bit easier, we have dug out a few of the highlights for you.

FF-dec24-franknouble.JPGLast Sunday's FA Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal might have left plenty of fans dispirited but two young players hope it was the start of lengthy runs in the first team.

Striker Frank Nouble and left-back Fabio Daprela made impressive full debuts for the Hammers and both youngsters are keen for more.

Concrete Pencil: It's like that...

By John Hill on January 6, 2010 1:36 PM |

For Dan Bourke, being back from work is a jagged little pill to swallow


Being off work was, like... Like, after the end of civilization, resurgent trees growing up through old motorways.

Being back in work is, like...Like going to see a film and, on leaving the cinema, finding out you still live in Canada Water.

Blonde's Eye View: Aims for 2010

By Rob Virtue on January 6, 2010 1:33 PM |

Angela Clarke debates the evil of round robin printouts


By the time this goes to print the first week of January will be underway.

Once more we will be enjoying the continuous cycle of commute, work, commute, work. Any residual holiday relaxation will have disappeared into the dustbin along with the drooping Christmas tree. And so another year begins.

By Jim Fitzpatrick

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Happy New Year and all the best for 2010. This is my first week back after the Christmas break and my operation. Thanks to everyone who sent get well wishes.

I'm only doing part-time this week, but have made a good start back, and my team has dealt with most of the business while I've been absent.

MillwallLOGO142.jpgMillwall have bolstered their squad with a one month loan deal for Ipswich midfielder Liam Trotter.

The 21-year-old signed for the Lions yesterday and will be in the squad for Saturday's trip to Carlisle - if it goes ahead.