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Bye-Bye Becks

In the end, David Beckhams 100th game for England was a low-key affair and he probably deserves a better send-off. Next month's friendly with the USA would provide the perfect opportunity.

Responsible Drinkers, Your Country Needs You

David Cameron (from The Publican)

As I walked to the station the other night I was heartened to spot the Evening Standard placards splashing licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe's apparent criticism of alcohol tax rises in Alistair Darling's budget.

Buena fortuna, Fabio

England's new manager was never likely to be short of advice and, as someone with a flimsy grasp of English, he surely relished in the bizarre idea that he might somehow welcome Glenn Hoddle's recommendations for dealing with the media.

Binge Drinking Thinking

A Young Drinker - Sasan Saidi

It was only a matter of time once the smokers had been dealt with. First came a shot across the bows from Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Cheshire, who proposed to rid our open spaces of underage drinkers by, er...raising the legal drinking age to 21.

Borough's Royal Oak Pub

The Royal Oak

The Borough may not be the new Hoxton (a dubious accolade that is currently bestowed on New Cross) but it does have some outstanding pubs. The Royal Oak serves as a template for what a proper pub should be like.

Statistically Challenged

Only one more empty Saturday until the greatest show on turf kicks off and Professor Andy Gray returns to our TV screens.

In Pursuit of the Proper Pub

The Cockpit

I'm on a search for real pubs, not bars or gastropubs, although the latter do serve a useful purpose insofar as they keep proper pubs free of undesirables.

Taking it to the Streets

As a 10-year City cycling veteran, I've noticed a big rise in the number of pedal-power commuters this year. Too bad cycling smarts haven't kept pace.

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Statistically Challenged

Only one more empty Saturday until the greatest show on turf kicks off and Professor Andy Gray returns to our TV screens.

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