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Wendy James on The Velvet Underground and Nico: ‘The band taught me how to write a pop song with as much sneering, insouciant naivety as Lou Reed.’

The first time I ever heard their first album The Velvet Underground and Nico was in a bedsit with Nicholas Christian Sayer, the guitarist and my musi(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Ray Houghton (C) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring in  the World Cup match between Italy and Ireland in East Rutherford New Jersey on June 19th, 1994. Irish super fan Jim Ryan, who has followed the team around the world, says Houghton’s goals in 1994 and against England in 1988 are some of his most memorable moments.  Photograph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters.

It’s just as well Jim Ryan isn’t fitted with an odometer because if he was, the clock would be well around a second if not a third time. The football(...)