The World Cup is here! Huzzah! A wallchart to follow the tournament is a must, but having missed out on one of the freebies from pretty much any newspaper over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been searching for one to print out.
Thanks in part to The Drum’s wallchart design competition, there are plenty doing the rounds this year. Although there are lots of charts that would look brilliant in A2 on glossy paper, I needed one that would work well printed on a couple of sheets of copier paper. They had to be easy to read, write on and preferably not use too much printer ink!
Here are a few good ones if, like me, you’ve found yourself unprepared for the incoming deluge of results.
At last! Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s community stadium at Falmer has been granted planning permission by Secretary of State, Hazel Blears, after an original decision to grant permission by John Prescott was quashed after a minor administrative error.
The stadium has been the cause of much controversy as it falls in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is in close proximity to the village of Falmer. However, Mrs Blears agreed that the need for the stadium by the local community was an issue of national importance, and that this, along with the carefully considered proposal for the stadium, would mitigate any impact that building the stadium would have.
Above: Image of the stadium site in May 2006, by flickr user ephemerol, on a Creative Commons license.
Opponents of the stadium, such as Falmer Parish Council, and Lewes District Council, may still appeal, and it will be September before the Albion will know if they face another legal challenge.
As a resident of Lewes District, I hope that the council admit defeat, and stop wasting our money by resisting another appeal. The stadium has now been approved by two Secretaries of State, and any further challenge is going to be costly to both the club and the councils involved. And, of course, I can’t wait to start watching live football in Brighton again!