Leeds United reinforcing squad after selling one of their best players to competitor

I’ve been taking a bit of time off from ranting about Leeds United recently because A: I don’t really think anyone is that bothered, and B: it gets me so annoyed. I’ve even written a positive post about ManUre in the last month so there’s definitely something wrong.

Yes, Leeds have made five singings since making Hockaday manager, which hopefully will reinforce the squad, but I don’t think its good business to sell one of your best players (Ross McCormack) to a side that you will be playing in the same league when your both looking to get to the Premier League. In fact, the selling of McCormack has, in my opinion condemned us to at least another season in the Championship.

Add to that, the fact that Massimo Cellino seems determined to ruffle as many feathers as possible, first dropping Paddy Kenny because his birthday is on the 17th and Cellino hates the number 17, and second demanding that all players must live in the city, and the fact that he hired an inexperienced manager to take the helm, it doesn’t look good.

Hopefully the squad and manager will prove me wrong, but only time will tell.

I would say that I’m looking forward to the beginning of the new season (away at Millwall) which starts on the 9th of August, but to be honest I’m dreading it.

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This is how to sell your old car!

Struggling to sell your old car? Well Sydney ad man David Johns has come up with the perfect solution, make a professional video and website.

The vehicle in questions is a 15 year old Holden Barina XL (basically a re-branded Vauxhall Corsa), with over 188,000 km on the clock and dents in every panel, but thanks to his ingenious advert has attracted bids of more than a$2,000 (approximately £1,100).

His YouTube page says, “I’m trying to sell my awesome little car,

“It’s a 1999 Holden Barina. It’s not in great condition, but it’s still a fun little car. Tweet me an offer using the hashtag #buymybarina. I’ve also set up a little site for it buymybarina.com

Check out the video:

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Best World Cup Memes so far and one for luck!

The World Cup has been a great tournament so far and has seen some great games including last night’s demolition of Brazil by Germany, but the best thing about the tournament for me has to be the memes that accompany nearly every game.

Here are some of the best ones:

Vanishing Spray

vanishing spray

Arjen Robben

Robben

Luis Suárez

suarez

Robin van Persie

van persie

Brazil vs Germany

Brazil Germany

And because its funny!

man utd

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The dawn of a new era at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal hasn’t yet taken the reigns at Manchester United, but a new era is coming after last week’s signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and the current Dutch boss has no intentions of leaving it there as United are linked to an array of other players.

Various news outlets have been speculating about who else is on van Gaal’s shopping list and here are the front runners:

Arturo Vidal – current team Juventus

The Italian based Chilean midfielder is regarded as one of the best in the world, there has been interest by United before but Juventus would not sell. Rated by his current club for £38 – £40m, it may prove too expensive for United.

 

Thomas Vermaelen – current team Arsenal

The Arsenal defender Vermaelen suffered an injury hit season last year and subsequently lost his place to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. He is rumoured to be close to signing a deal with United for a transfer fee of around £12m.

 

Alexis Sanchez – current team Barcelona

Another Chilean has roumoured to of caught van Gaal’s eye during the world cup, striker Alexis Sanchez. He is comfortable playing in a 4-3-3, a favourite formation for the next United manager and his speed and power would surely light up the premier league. Barcelona want around £30m for the striker.

 

Whatever happens I’m excited about the new season and just hope that Leeds can have a decent run and at least get to the playoffs, I would love to have the money to spend that United have but we will have to make do with what we’ve got. We’ll just have to wait and see if Dave Hockaday can do something that has aluded us in the past and reach the Premier League again, although not my first choice as a manager I support him and the team completely.

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1980’s Apple prototypes show that the company was ahead of its time even back then

Over the past decade, Apple has become synonymous with cutting edge design features, from its iMac G4 all-in-one computer from 2002 to its latest iteration of the iPhone and iPad, but it looks like the fundamental basis of its design driven products dates back to the 1980’s.

A new book from Harmut Esslinger showcases the design story behind Apple Computers and has over 350 pictures of prototypes and various designs throughout the history of the company.

Some of the picture include prototypes of tablet devices, mobile phones and laptops decades before the technology was there to implement them. For anyone who wants a copy of the book it’s called Keep it Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple and is available on Amazon.

Here are some samples of the prototypes in the book.

Apple Design

Apple Design 1

Apple Design 2

Apple Design 3

Apple Design 4

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Games I’m looking forward this year

The back end of this year is gearing up to be a busy one for me, especially when it comes to the Xbox One. There seems to be a flurry of AAA games dropping in October and November and here are some of the ones I’m coveting:

Forza Horizon 2 (October 3, 2014)

Halo: The Materschief Collection (November 14, 2014)

Far Cry 4 (November 18, 2014)

The Crew (November 11, 2014)

With that said there is also Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Battlefield Hardline that may eventually make my collection too. It’s taken a bit of time, but this generation of gaming is starting to become exciting.

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Getting the right travel insurance is essential for a safe trip

It’s nearly the summer holidays where millions of us will be donning our t-shirts and shorts and heading somewhere warm with family and friends, but there is one travel accessory that is often overlooked and could save you a huge amount of money – travel insurance.

Travel insurers are notorious for picking apart a claim to find some reason to reject it, this leaves a lot of people each year thousands of pounds out of pocket and is why you should always make sure that your travel insurance is the right policy for you and protects you thoroughly in case the worst happens.

An extraordinary 6 out of 10 people don’t even read insurance policies terms and conditions before signing, and many of them don’t get the right cover or disclose all the relevant information.

Here is some information about why insurance companies reject claims and how to make sure that you are fully covered for your holiday.

Failure to disclose pre-existing medical conditions and current medication is one of the main reasons why a claim will be rejected. It is vital to disclose any medical condition however minor or you could be stranded abroad and have to pay your own medical bills which could run into thousands.

Check that your destination is covered by your policy, as some European polices include Turkey and some don’t. If you’re travelling to multiple countries during your holiday it is also important that your policy covers those areas too.

Checking that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to do during your holiday including hazardous sports is also important. Some insurer may also reject a claim if you hire a scooter so always check the small print.

Watch what you drink – your insurer may refuse to pay out if you are drunk and have an accident or lose your valuables, so drink in moderation and make sure your valuables are locked up safe when not in use.

If your belongings are lost or stolen during your trip then it is important to fill out a police report, your insurer will want to see a written report before they will pay out a claim.

So, as long as you take these tips into account when taking out a travel insurance policy you should be covered for your summer holiday.

family holidayPicture: Colin Bowern

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