3 bites and you're out.. Suarez, Shame and the World Cup

Posted by: Professor Andy Lane

“He’s bitten again," said a flight attendant as I queued to check in a flight returning from Spain. Uruguay vs Italy in the World Cup and Liverpool footballer Suarez goes to bite his opponent

Focus back on Murray for Wimbledon

Posted by: Professor Andy Lane

Britain’s number one tennis player must have been looking forward to an opening week of Wimbledon with the pressure slightly off… but thanks to England’s stuttering World Cup, ‘a nation turns its lonely eyes to you’ Mr Murray...

Is the new GCSE syllabus a form of literary jingoism?

Posted by: Dr Aidan Byrne, Senior Lecturer in English, Media and Cultural Studies.

Michael Gove has apparently ‘banned’ American classics such as John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men from the GCSE English syllabus in favour of a British-oriented curriculum.

Land of Hope and Glory?

Posted by: Professor Andy Lane

Or is Hope a dangerous thing? England head for the World Cup with hope in their hearts!

Why Brazil cannot rely on home advantage to win the 2014 football World Cup.

Posted by: Professor Alan Nevill, Professor in Research

In the past, countries hosting the world cup finals have had a high probability of winning or at least being runners up in their ‘home’ competition. England’s one and only success in the World Cup came on home soil in 1966, and more recently France in 1998 and Argentina in 1978 were both victorious as hosts.