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Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt (4-5 pen.): Three things as Pharaohs progress to AFCON quarterfinals

An intense battle between the Ivory Coast and Egypt in the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations ended goalless after 120 minutes, and after Egypt backup goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal saved a penalty taken for the Ivory Coast by Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah scored the decisive spot […]

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Nick Mason – a very happy birthday to you!

All of us here at Brain Damage offer our very best wishes to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who celebrates the very special occasion of his birthday today (January 27th). We all hope you are going to have a great day, Nick! The cornerstone of the band, he had his first drum kit at the tender age of 13. A member of Pink Floyd since the earliest iterations, he is the only one to have appeared on every one of their albums. Thanks to his late father Bill, he has been a petrol head from a young boy, and cars have been – and remain – one of his major passions in life. His most recent book, Passion for Speed (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/books/passion-for-speed-nick-mason-and-mark-hales-2.html), is worth checking out, as is the DVD of the same name (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/dvds-and-videos/passion-for-speed-ferrari-enzo-dvd-nick-mason-and-mark-2.html) focusing on his Ferrari Enzo car (with Nick heavily involved). Of course, for those who haven’t read it, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/books/inside-out-2011-edition-updated-paperback-nick-mason-2.html) is an absolute essential read, and available in a variety of editions: hardback, softback (paperback) and an audiobook, which is read by Nick himself… Nick has contributed to a number of magazines on motoring issues over the years (including a fascinating monthly column in Octane Magazine), and also became president of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He is a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and a life member and Guardian of the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club). He has been involved in motor racing since the early 1970s and has entered Le Mans five times. Musically, of course, the big news over the last few years was the launch of his new band, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets. The four initial, small gigs in May 2018 held in London lead to a very successful and critically acclaimed European tour in September. This was followed, of course, in 2019 with dates in the US, Canada, and more dates in the UK and Europe. 2020 saw the release of the superb London Roundhouse concert film on audio and video formats, and was due to see the band play more shows. Sadly, the pandemic put the halt on any such plans for 2020, and 2021. The January/February 2022 tour of the US and Canada has also been postponed, and fingers are firmly crossed that these dates are rescheduled for later in the year, and that the upcoming UK and European dates – due to start in mid-April (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2022/index.php) – go ahead as planned. Many happy returns, Nick, and see you on the road!

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Lingard move to Newcastle on verge of collapsing

The proposed loan move of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United to Newcastle for the remaining part of the season is on the verge of collapsing, according to The Telegraph. The talks between the two clubs have apparently hit a large stumbling block and unless the problems are resolved quickly, the forward is likely to remain […]

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