NASCAR community makes Super Bowl LI picks

first_img Logano is among several drivers in Houston, Texas for the festivities. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and David Ragan are also in town. BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! With Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons fast approaching, the NASCAR community is weighing on social media with their picks for the big game. This Super Bowl marks a stark contrast to last year’s game when the home team for much of the NASCAR community, the Carolina Panthers played in the game, losing to the Denver Broncos, 24-10. RELATED: Who did drivers pick in Super Bowl 50? Among NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and David Ragan have the biggest rooting interest in this matchup — the Connecticut native Logano is a Pats fan, while Georgia native Ragan is a Falcons fan. The two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers even made a charitable bet on the game. RELATED: Logano, Ragan make charitable Super Bowl LI bet So which team is the NASCAR community picking? Here’s a sampling below. Patriots fan as well as former crew chief turned NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte was on site as well.last_img read more

Solicitor Shailesh Vara is new justice minister

first_imgA former City solicitor was appointed justice minister in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle today. Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridge, replaces Helen Grant, who has been moved sideways to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after just a year as parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice. Vara, who was born in 1960, qualified as a solicitor and worked in City and west London firms, before entering Parliament in 2005, succeeding Brian Mawhinney.He attended Aylesbury Grammar School and Brunel University where he graduated in law.This is the first ministerial appointment for Vara, who has been an assistant whip in the coalition government. He is expected to take over Grant’s portfolio, which included victims, courts and legal services regulation.His entry in Who’s Who lists his hobbies as travel, cricket and tae kwon do.Grant has been moved sideways to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport where she is appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state for sport and equalities.It is understood that the rest of the ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice remain in post.last_img read more

Buy the sky and sell the sky and tell the sky…

first_imgMiles Standish proud, indeed… Of all of the albums that I will share, this is perhaps the finest for its relative obscurity and its overall weirdness of sounds and the sheer audacity that these four awkward genius dudes had to make music that they didn’t care whether you liked. They always had this incredible energy to polarize music people in some strange way because they weren’t hairspray or bubble gum and the college radio types somehow hated their success for being so brilliant with music like this during a period when they were popping out great albums every year. My favorite song is “What If We Gave It Away” but “Fall on Me” also has aged well against global warming. And “Begin The Begin” is as good of an opening track as has ever been written. Literally, just turn it on and turn it up. I think “King of Birds” is as fine of a song as there is. I came in on the R.E.M. indie college party an album before this (and definitely had catching up to do on “Pretty Persuasion” and “Radio Free Europe”) but this fourth album is the one piece of music that I always tell people to buy that they probably don’t own. Look, all of the work of R.E.M. is rightly praised and damned by those who know and think they know. It is a beautiful box of rock chocolates with lots of different gooey centers and warm flavors. I love most everything in their catalog but “Life’s Rich Pageant” is my favorite studio album and has been one of my favorite albums for most of my life. It’s a roller coaster of sheer sonic awesomeness. And you, of course, know “Superman,” which was a bit of a throwaway but has stood the test of time. last_img read more