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Media hype and rise of UKIP behind increase in social intolerance

I am one of many people to say that I am proud to be British. I love the United Kingdom as it is a country I was raised in. Its surroundings, scenery, atmosphere and people I've been raised around through my life have pleasured me to be the person I am today. Despite the weather and the government, I am pleased to call the UK home. However, there is one underlining issue which overshadows this wonderful democratic nation - the intolerance of some people towards other's views. This lack of respect has given me that unwelcoming urge to rant. This has come about because a soldier was brutally murdered by two heartless criminals who used a machete as their weapon at a busy Woolwich street in London. The two suspects were quickly caught by police officers who shot the pair. They are both still alive but are being treated in separate hospitals. Once they recover from any wounds, they would be questioned by detectives and are expected to be locked behind bars for a considerable amou

Delight and heartbreak: A standard English football season

(l-r) Sir Alex Ferguson, Brentford heartache at Wembley, Craig Bellamy, Barnet's relegation woe The phrase "What a season" is possibly one of the most repetitive sayings to describe a football season but it is sometimes difficult to put it differently. This is one of the reasons why I absolutely love the sport. Yes, you can argue the distinctive negative points about the beautiful game such as the escalating footballer's wages, and the growing concerns of racism and hooliganism, but overall - the tension, anticipation and passion can overshadow the doubters who grouch the same argument timelessly. But we can agree that we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly this season. Take the last month for example - we reflect on the legacies of worldwide superstars like Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham who bid farewell to their commitments as they retire from management and playing career respectively. The bad is we have seen heartbreak from teams such as Portsmo

Ferguson must be grateful of Rupert Murdoch

Sir Alex Ferguson (Getty Images) It is the end of an era in British football - that is what many journalists have said since Wednesday as it was announced that Sir Alex Ferguson has hung up his hairdryer by confirming his retirement from management. As a Chelsea fan myself, I could not be happier by this news. There hasn't been a manager as successful as him for an incredibly long time and the amount of respect he has received across the world is admirable. I reluctantly raise my hat to him. My views on Sir Alex has been mainly negative. I have never met him but during my time as an avid football fan, I have always despised him. I hated the way he obsessively chewed gum in every match. I hated his celebrations every time The Red Devils would score a goal. I despised "Fergie time" and then when an opposing team takes advantage of it, he would throw a hissy fit. I hated the way he treated the media, the way he simply shown journalists the door if they didn't see

BBC's Apprentice has run its course

Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Nick Hewer (Image: I missed the opening episode of the new series of BBC's The Apprentice, but I didn't miss it - if you catch my drift. After being an avid watcher of the show (including the Young Apprentice series) for the last three years, I saw its positives and considered myself a fan of Lord Alan Sugar, and his advisers Karren Brady and Nick Hewer. I still admire the show and its prize. However, I feel the programme is outdated.  The Apprentice wasn't outdated three years ago, when the show was practically Lord Sugar's employment process with a prize of being an employee at one of his companies. He realised that this reward ran its length after 2010's winner Stella English walked away from three of his companies including Viglen, less than a year after emerging victorious from The Apprentice. She considered herself an over-paid lackey. She was given a £100,000-a-year salary but felt she was treated like