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Cool video about how the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters became a pop culture phenomena. What do you think is the new “Keep Calm and Carry on”? Is there one?

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We were listening to a piece on NPR this week about the Jamaican influence in UK music, and we got an introduction to MC Lady Leshurr…what do you think? 

The British Press was always known to be aggressive in its investigations of others, so we imagine the level of scrutiny related to News Corporation isn’t going to drop for quite some time. “I’m Sorry” probably won’t be enough… #understatement

The British Press was always known to be aggressive in its investigations of others, so we imagine the level of scrutiny related to News Corporation isn’t going to drop for quite some time. “I’m Sorry” probably won’t be enough… #understatement

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Noisettes,
Wild Young Hearts

Music from The Noisettes, “Cheap Kicks” from their release Wild Young Hearts.

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"Set Fire To The Rain", from Adele’s latest release 21.

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The Heavy,
Great Vengeance & Furious Fire

"Colleen" by The Heavy, from their album Great Vengeance & Furious Fire.

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VV Brown,
Travelling Like the Light

Music from VV Brown from her album Travelling Like the Light. This track is entitled “Bottles”.

Saturday’s soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City of the English Premier League, a game known as the “Manchester Derby,” is likely to be played in the sort of bleak and drizzly weather conditions one might expect.

But this won’t be just another regularly-scheduled whistle stop on the British soccer calendar. It will be the richest match played in any sport, at any time, anywhere on the planet Earth.

According to analyst estimates, team statements and media reports, the players on the field and on the two benches in the Manchester Derby will have cost their teams roughly $850 million to acquire, or about as much as NASA spent to refurbish the Hubble Telescope.

Those numbers should prove comforting to baseball fans who are worried about the profligacy of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. When those teams meet, there’s only about $380 million in player investments on display. In pro football, the NFL record belongs to the free-spending Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, who met twice this season. But the total only came to about $350 million.

Even Spain’s two notoriously extravagant teams, Real Madrid and Barcelona—which are the two biggest soccer clubs in the world by revenues—fall short in this arena when they play one another. While Madrid’s player investments are on par with the top English clubs, it’s not scheduled to play any of them this season. Barcelona still draws many of its players from its youth development program, which greatly reduces the amount of money it takes to assemble a team.

The Derby’s reign at the top of the money pile won’t last long. Next month’s match between Manchester City and Chelsea will shoot past it to set a new combined record of about $900 million. By the time Manchester United and Chelsea (combined player investment: over $800 million) square off in two upcoming matches this season, the Derby will have fallen to fourth-place on the all-time list.

These records reflect a wave of spending by English clubs this year during the recently completed period known as the “transfer window,” when teams in the EPL can juggle their rosters. Unlike North American team sports, soccer clubs don’t just acquire players for the cost of their salaries. They’re also expected to pay the player’s current club an additional “transfer fee.”

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