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charltonbadge.jpgChristian Dailly and Miguel Llera both marked their first league appearances for Charlton with goals to set the Addicks on the way to a nervy 3-2 victory at The Valley on Saturday.

The centre-backs opened and closed the scoring for the home side, with new skipper Nicky Bailey adding the second, to give fans optimism for the long season ahead.

westham.jpgWest Ham emerged from a fractious encounter against Italian side Napoli relieved not to have added to their injury list.

What should have been a celebratory match degenerated into an ugly encounter as the visitors employed a less than friendly approach, culminating in one of their players being sent off for a bad challenge on Herita Ilunga.

Spiral Notebook: Lists # 2

By Giles Broadbent on August 8, 2009 12:07 PM |

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Things that would work better marketed as a honey nut cluster
Tamiflu
Body Shop seaweed pore cleansing facial exfoliator
Sugababes
Emmerdale

charltonbadge.jpgCharlton Athletic begin their first campaign in English football's third tier for 27 years and manager Phil Parkinson says his team are ready for the challenge.

The Addicks entertain Wycombe at The Valley tomorrow having endured a difficult close-season overshadowed by ongoing takeover rumours.

What We're Reading

By Louisa Emery on August 7, 2009 1:42 PM |

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BOOK
The Cosmopolitan Guide To Online Dating,
Georgia Barlow
, JR Books, £8.99
2/5

IN A NUTSHELL
Georgia Barlow waves the banner for internet dating with common sense advice and shameless coercion.


MillwallLOGO142.jpgMillwall are itching to get the new season underway as they look to make up for last year's promotion disappointment.

The Lions lost an epic League One play-off final 3-2 to Scunthorpe in May and the players and manager are determined to do better this time round.

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It's a decade since Steve Edwards first opened a new bar to the thirsty hordes of Canary Wharf.

When Bar 38 arrived on West India Quay it was cutting edge. Since then the area has seen good and bad times - not least when Dion and Beluga closed last year - but the bar remains a leading venue.

FF-aug6-ChrisWEB.jpgChris Tomlinson is Britain's best long-jumper but he knows he will have to be at his absolute peak to be in with a chance of winning a medal at the World Championships later this month.

The Newham & Essex Beagles athlete holds the British record holder at 8.29m and he will have to leap close to that to be in with a shout in Berlin.

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By Andrew Williams

We got a touch of festival fever last week with the Canary Wharf Park Sounds. Festivals on a slightly larger scale have become inescapable in recent years. Where once the summer began with Glastonbury and ended with Reading, there is now not a free weekend for months.

ee-aug6-jamies2WEB142.jpgCanary Wharf's newest restaurant officially opened its doors to the paying public this week.

If the track record of the man behind the concept - Jamie Oliver - is anything to go by it will be a resounding success. His first foray into Docklands sees him returning to his first and greatest love, Italian cooking.

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