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Richard Berry is a policy and political researcher, and managing editor of the Democratic Audit blog at the London School of Economics. He reviews popular culture for the Huffington Post.

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It's Time for a British Football Team

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:08 AM

Which was the biggest country in the world not to enter the World Cup? Hint: it's a member of the European Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations Security Council. It has a population of over 60million. It has a valid claim to have invented football, or at least formalised...

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Fifa Has a Lot to Answer For, But So Do We

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 6:09 AM

The relentless focus on corruption within FIFA on both the front and back pages of the papers in recent weeks has been a little unedifying. The allegations of bribery in the contest to host the 2022 World Cup, not to mention the long-standing suspicions about some of FIFA's commercial dealings,...

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Who Would Win the World Cup if Countries Were Competing on Democracy and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:22 PM

The draw for the 2014 football World Cup, to be held in Brazil, took place last week. Competing nations and their fans can now start plotting their route to the final, particularly those with favourable draws. Those drawn in the infamous Group of Death - there is one...

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The Walking Dead and the Democratisation of the Apocalypse

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 4:13 PM

One of the seminal moments so far in The Walking Dead - which returned to Fox this week - came at the end of the show's second season. The small band of survivors we follow were stranded in the woods in the middle of the night, having narrowly escaped death...

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40 Days of Dating Taught Us a Little About Love, and a Lot About Design

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:11 PM

So, Jessica and Timothy have finished their short, stressful attempt at dating in public. For those unfamiliar with the 'project', as its protagonists called it, 40 Days of Dating is a blog created by two young Manhattan-based designers, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, on which they publish an account of...

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The Brooker Paradox and the Welcome Return of Black Mirror

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Charlie Brooker has achieved a remarkable feat. Already the nation's leading TV critic, he is now its leading TV dramatist. His Black Mirror returned to Channel 4 on Monday night for another three-episode run, and so far promises to maintain the exceptional standards of its first...

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Star Wars Or Star Trek: JJ Abrams Needs to Pick a Side

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I was shocked to see the reports that J.J. Abrams had been recruited to direct the planned Star Wars sequel. Unlike Christopher Rosen, I'm still hoping that the news is wrong, and that Abrams is just the latest target of the misinformed...

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Roberto Mancini has Lost the Plot at Manchester City

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Few Manchester City fans would have begrudged the award of a new five-year contract to manager Roberto Mancini in the wake of the club's dramatic clinching of the Premier League title in May 2012. After all, this is the man who delivered City's first championship in 44 years,...

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This Was No Ordinary Quarter-Final Penalties Defeat for Team GB

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A penalties defeat for a British football team in the quarter-finals of an international tournament. Usually, this happens only once every two years - in 2012 it has happened twice in two months.

But the stories of the two tournaments couldn't be more different. At Euro 2012 England took us...

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Team GB have Their First Win, and Now Their Last Chance

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 6:34 PM

Team GB's men's football team have improved markedly in each of the first three games of their reincarnation. Although the opposition faced has been progressively weaker every time, the growing understanding among Team GB players has been very encouraging. After last night's match against the United Arab Emirates,...

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Stuart Pearce is Going to Blow Team GB's Moment of History

(9) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:09 PM

As Team GB recover from a limp, 2-0 defeat to Brazil in their first and final warm-up game before the men's football competition at London 2012, how the British Olympic Association must be regretting the choice of Stuart Pearce as manager of the squad.

First...

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Arise Sir Gary: Just When You Thought the Jubilee Couldn't Get Any Worse

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 7:23 AM

"They seem to think I'm somebody important. I'm going to play along with it." Gary Barlow's words as he arrived for a visit with a Solomon Islands tribe seemed particularly apt. Not only did they sum up his experience of filming this Jubilee-themed documentary, or indeed Barlow's career...

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The Killing: Didn't They Solve That Case Already?

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:41 AM

Imagine if 24 - nerve-wracking, terrorist-torturing, twist-laden show that it is - was called 48 or even 72. More hours more fun, perhaps, but it would probably start to drag a little over that second or third day. Now to make matters worse, imagine that at some point...

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Julian Fellowes' Titanic: All Class and No Character

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:36 AM

When George Orwell died he was planning a new novel about the class system set aboard a ship: a follow-up to his dystopian masterpiece 1984. It has always felt like a great literary loss that he didn't live long enough to finish it. In that sense,

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One Tree Hill: Jumping Forward in Time, But Still Looking Back

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 4:45 PM

When Dawson's Creek left our screens in 2003, two potential successor shows were left to compete for the position of America's leading high school drama, and the adoration of teenage hearts. They went about it in very different ways.

The OC represented an evolution in the...

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Pramface Was Bound to Disappoint, and it Did

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Any show pitched as "the new" something is bound to be a disappointment. Only the most successful shows are followed by their very own "the new"s, so the comparisons between BBC Three's new sitcom Pramface and two leading forebears, Gavin and Stacey and The...

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10 O'Clock Live: Satire is Still in Short Supply

(8) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Channel 4's 10 O'Clock Live returned to our screens on Wednesday night for its second series. While impressions of Tony Blair by Rory Bremner and Alastair Campbell by Peter Capaldi had accompanied Labour's time in power prior to 2010, 10 O'Clock Live represents a...

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Medal 48: Will Andy Murray Win One for Britain at London 2012?

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Great Britain won 47 medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, an impressive haul that exceeded the target of 35 set by UK Sport. But performing at home at London 2012 will mean the pressure is on to better that performance. This is the first in a

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David Beckham, Team GB and the Olympic Ideal

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 4:54 PM

At London 2012, Britain is preparing to take part the Olympic football competition for the first time since 1960. Quite how 'British' our representatives will be a still a matter of controversy, with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations refusing to cooperate with their English counterpart...

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They're Remaking Borgen in America? Now I Do Need to Suspend My Disbelief

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Imagine the scenario. It's the eve of a general election. Public satisfaction with the major parties of right and left is at an all-time low. In a televised debate the leader of a small, centrist party gives a stirring performance, surges ahead in the polls and wins the election, becoming...

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