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Anne Robinson explains why she was ‘stiff’ in first few episodes of Countdown

But now she’s beginning to find her Countdown feet, the presenter revealed she’s started trying new things.

“But I think now – I’m endlessly curious,” she said.

“I’ve started to talk to the contestants, to talk to them in each round and it’s become great fun!”

Talking to the contestants was something Anne stated she never did when she hosted game show, the Weakest Link.

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Moeen: I would welcome Robinson back with England

Moeen Ali on Ollie Robinson, who is now cleared to return to international cricket after suspension: “I am sure he has learnt from his mistakes. He has done his time in terms of the ban. I think everybody makes mistakes – you forgive, forget, carry on with life and try and move on”

Last Updated: 03/07/21 1:20pm


James Cole reports that England bowler Ollie Robinson is free to continue his career after being deemed to have served his suspension following an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets



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James Cole reports that England bowler Ollie Robinson is free to continue his career after being deemed to have served his suspension following an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets

James Cole reports that England bowler Ollie Robinson is free to continue his career after being deemed to have served his suspension following an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets

Moeen Ali would welcome Ollie Robinson back into the England fold and believes the Sussex seamer has “learnt from his mistakes” after being cleared to resume his international career following his ban for posting historical offensive tweets.

Robinson was handed an eight-match suspension by the independent Cricket Discipline Commission on Saturday for posting a number of racist and sexist social-media messages between 2012 and 2014.

Five matches of that have been suspended for two years and with Robinson already missing three games during the investigation – England’s second Test against New Zealand, plus two Vitality Blast matches for Sussex – he is now eligible to return to cricket.

The 27-year-old’s tweets emerged during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s last month and overshadowed his success on the field, with the paceman taking seven wickets in the match.

Robinson's seven-wicket return on Test debut was overshadowed by the emergence of his historical tweets

Robinson’s seven-wicket return on Test debut was overshadowed by the emergence of his historical tweets

England all-rounder Moeen said of Robinson: “Of course I would welcome him back. I have only known him for a short period but he seems a very nice guy and I get on really well with him.

“I am sure he has learnt from his mistakes. He has done his time in terms of the ban. I think everybody makes mistakes – you forgive, forget, carry on with life and try and move on.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board withdrew Robinson from the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston and made him unavailable for international consideration while the independent investigation into his tweets was conducted.

Moeen praised the ECB for its stance and the CDC for giving Robinson a ban and hopes the episode can show that discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.

Moeen Ali believes Robinson has learnt from his mistakes

Moeen Ali believes Robinson has learnt from his mistakes

Ali, speaking ahead of England’s third and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Sunday, added: “I thought the ECB did the right thing pulling him out of the Test series and I think [the punishment is sufficient], that the right thing has been done.

“Regardless of the length of the punishment, the fact there was punishment was good.

“It’s all about looking forward now and how you can’t get away with these kinds of things, that things need to change and people need to change.

“Even as a young player coming through the county circuit, you have to be careful with things you tweet.

“There are loads of things that will come out of this and hopefully for the good in the future.”

Sky Sports Cricket pundit and former England batsman Mark Butcher added: “I think it was handled exactly as it should have been.

“The player had to be suspended, they had to make sure there were no further cases to answer, they had to go through that process. The historical nature of the tweets would have caused the leniency.”

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Robinson cleared for return to cricket

Last Updated: 03/07/21 10:28am


England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson is free to resume playing cricket
after being deemed to have served his suspension following an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets.

The Cricket Discipline Commission announced he has been handed an eight-match ban, five of which are suspended for two years, for “a number of offensive tweets” between 2012 and 2014.

However, the panel has taken into account Robinson’s suspension from the England team and two Vitality Blast matches, leaving Robinson free to play immediately, although he was also fined £3,200.

The 27-year-old had admitted breaching two ECB directives in relation to a number of offensive tweets posted when he was aged between 18 and 20.

The tweets came to light on June 2, the opening day of Robinson’s first Test match for England.

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'There are too many snowflakes!' Anne Robinson slams society's 'unnecessary censorship'

Anne Robinson has returned to viewer’s screens as the new presenter of Countdown after taking over from Nick Hewer who recently stepped down from the role. The former Weakest Link host, who was branded the Queen of Mean, has hit back at the amount of “censorship” currently imposed on society.

The 76-year-old has claimed that the Weakest Link would not have been made today.

It comes after Anne addressed remarks she previously made on the BBC quiz programme.

The new Channel 4 presenter admitted she will not be calling any of the Countdown contestants “stupid” after the small-screen star was known for dishing out harsh criticism to quiz player’s on her former BBC show.

Anne agreed that Weakest Link could not be made now, for fear of the effect on contestants’ mental health.

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She told the BBC: “I hate it that television, newspapers and charities are all pandering to it.

“Instead of supporting the people who support their newspaper or their charity.”

Anne has since taken over the famous Countdown chair, replacing Nick, with her first instalment going out to fans this week.

Speaking ahead of her debut on the Channel 4 programme, she admitted that while Nick may have been on hand to offer support, she isn’t in need of any.

Anne said that her way of filming the show will be completely different to Nick’s.

“Nick offered that if I wanted to call him, I could do,” she said.

The Crosby-born star went on to say: “But I thought I should just do what I want to do.

“There’s three shows where you’ve got 10 minutes to come off, get changed and do you hair.”

You can read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times out now.

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Furious Anne Robinson explodes at 'woke' Britain: 'I'm fed up with being told what to do!'

The television presenter, who became known for her tense confrontations with contestants when she fronted hit BBC quiz show The Weakest Link, takes over as the new host of Channel 4 quiz show Countdown next week. The 76-year-old explained one particular interaction she had with a contestant on Countdown, who “taught English to non-English speaking people”. But she was left stunned by his response to one of her questions on his profession.

The Countdown presenter also insisted she does not want her “language mangled”, adding: “We’re well passed whether we offend people.”

She said: “I have a chiropodist, a gay chiropodist – that’s not funny, I’m just telling you – lives with a gay partner, and they have adopted twins, and they have in the process, they have learned what I would call a lot of ‘woke’ language.

“Presumably it’s from all the vetting that they’ve had to do, and every time I have my feet done I learn something new that I’ve got to say or not say, and I’m beginning to say, ‘Who’s the arbiter of this?”‘

She added: “In fact, a contestant this week on Countdown said he taught English to non-English speaking people, and I said, ‘You mean you teach English to foreigners?’

“And he said, ‘We never say that’. Is that woke? Does anyone know?

“So I am fed up with it, I’m fed up with people telling me I’ve got to say ‘mixed heritage’ and not ‘mixed race’.

“I just think we’re being told what to do by people who aren’t in a position to tell us what to do.

“I don’t want my language mangled – I don’t want to lose the English language.

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The outspoken host said she would not be able to say many of the things today that she previously said when hosting The Weakest Link for eleven-and-a-half years.

When asked who would be a good host for the discontinued programme today, Ms Robinson replied: “Well, I’m not in charge of light entertainment at the BBC, but I’d probably suggest somebody completely different, with a different approach.

“I also think it’s worth mentioning that I finished in 2011, and woke has happened since then.

“I imagine there are a great many things that I said that you couldn’t say now, and maybe that’s one of the reasons that you’d need a host with an entirely different approach.”

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Anne Robinson says BBC would have cancelled her as Weakest Link host today 'Woke happened'

“I don’t want the contestants to have to have a box of Kleenex next to them.

However, she added to The Mirror: “With the Weakest Link I never spoke to contestants before the show.

“I was on the podium, with a stern face, to create the atmosphere.

“With Countdown, I have a chat with them, to stop them thinking it’s going to be very cruel.”

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Lions squad: Warren Gatland must pick Manu Tuilagi and avoid Eddie Jones error – ROBINSON

Manu Tuilagi has been out of sight since November but he definitely should not be out of Warren Gatland’s mind when he names his Lions squad.
Think of the one player South Africa would not want running at them this summer and it is Tuilagi. He is close to a comeback for Sale after his torn Achilles and by the time the series starts he should be purring.

He has to go on the tour.

I would also have Sam Simmonds inked in. It is bizarre how the Exeter No 8 continues to be overlooked by England – especially as they played so poorly in the Six Nations.

I’m hoping Gatland won’t make the same mistake as Eddie Jones.

If he is in it will be a wonderful moment for Simmonds when the news breaks.

For me in 2001, I hadn’t been named in the initial preliminary squad and hadn’t started a Test for England so I wasn’t tuned in for the announcement.

I was actually fixing a fence in the garden because we had a Great Dane at the time which kept escaping when I got the call from Sale’s media manager Dave Swanton to tell me I was in.

That tour was such an incredible learning experience in the company of great players from across the four nations and one which did so much for me. Five tries in my first game for the Lions, that phone box score inside three minutes of the First Test and top try scorer on the tour. Fun? You bet.

What sticks with me most though was the incredible travelling support – the sea of red in the stands – and it’s such a shame the 2023 Lions will not have the chance to experience that.

It’s great that the tour is on but something will definitely be missing. With no Lions fans, the bubble restrictions and the fact that they are playing the world champions I think this will be the hardest tour ever.

There is only one man to lead them on it – Alun Wyn Jones. He had a great Six Nations leading Wales to the title, has all the experience in the world and is a figure who is used to playing with the pressures of captaincy.

I know Maro Itoje has been talked about for the job in some quarters but to lead the Lions you need to be a captain of your national side or at least your club and Itoje is neither so just let him do what he does best and play.

It isn’t as if Jones will be short on leadership back-up with Stuart Hogg and Owen Farrell – both national captains – on the trip.

Farrell had a disappointing Six Nations and is playing Championship rugby at the moment with Saracens but I would expect him to regain his form as a Lions tour progresses.

It is the sort of environment which will bring the best out in him and if it does I would pick him at stand-off in the Test side.

I would also select Jamie George, a terrific Lion in 2017 who lost his England place in the Six Nations as well as Hamish Watson, the Scotland flanker.

He showed in the Six Nations he can punch above his weight and he can help the Lions to move South Africa around and, in tandem with Tom Curry, disrupt them at the breakdown.

I’d also want Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing. He has the pace to go the distance on the hard grounds of South Africa. He has only played a handful of Wales Tests but a rookie can make a big impact on a Lions tour.

I guess I should know.

Jason Robinson’s Lions XV for the 1st Test: Stuart Hogg (Scotland); Anthony Watson (England), Manu Tuilagi (England), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales); Owen Farrell (England), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales, capt), Tom Curry (England), Hamish Watson (Scotland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales).

Warren Gatland’s likely 36: Back three – Hogg, L Williams, A Watson, Rees-Zammit, May, Nowell. Centres: Henshaw, J Davies, Ringrose, Tuilagi. Half-backs: Biggar, Farrell, Russell, Murray, T Williams, Care. Front row: W Jones, M Vunipola, Sutherland, George, Owens, Cowan-Dickie, Sinckler, Furlong, Z Fagerson. Second row: Jones (capt), Itoje, Ryan, Beirne. Back row: T Curry, H Watson, Tipuric, Navidi, Underhill, Faletau, S Simmonds.

Jason Robinson is writing for Express Sport in association with TXM Group (www.txmgroup.com).

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Tony Robinson breaks silence on why he won't be in Time Team revival ‘It should feel new’

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“This is the first time a heritage TV show has been brought back by the fans. When they see the programme going out they will be thinking, ‘Crikey, I helped make that’.”

He added he hoped the episodes will bring in a “new generation interested in archaeology”.

During lockdown, Tony, created in collaboration with Checkatrade, wrote a new short mini-documentary, which explores how Roman innovations underpin modern-day trades like tiling, roofing, plumbing, glazing and painting.

The documentary is available to view here.

Slaughter Aliens and Fix a Broken World in Space Robinson

Your unmanned space shuttle crash lands outside Colony 21, where you’re supposed to make some desperately needed repairs. Unfortunately, the planet has a bit of an alien problem and the locals aren’t too friendly — so you’re going to have to use your heavy, mighty wrench to adjust some attitudes as well as repair machinery, fighting through five different Biomes, each with three stages.

Blurt all the blustery bravado you want but  be prepared to die. A lot. (Hopefully, you’re getting paid overtime for this.)

Space Robinson

Dash and bash

Your core fighting abilities are smashing with a wrench and dashing to thread your way through enemy fire and avoid attacks in general. The dash ability is essential to survival, and it can be improved and modified through various power ups as well—making you briefly bullet proof or inflicting damage on enemies, for example. And as your skill improves and you get a few upgrades for that wrench, you’ll definitely feel the thrill of splattering enemies as ‘Run Punch Man’.

Space Robinson

Run and gun

While wrench-bashing is thrilling and a wrench never runs out of ammo, don’t worry — there is still plenty of shooting. You’re also equipped with a humble pistol and more weapons and power-ups are waiting to be uncovered. Fighting your way deeper into the Colony, you’ll find numerous upgrades and new weapons, such as an auto-aiming sniper rifle and a ricochet gun that fires bouncing bullets (excellent at clearing rooms). And that’s just the beginning.

Space Robinson

Beware the night

If you think fighting during the day is hard, wait until nightfall. Day and night cycles are a regular part of the game, and when night falls on Colony 21 your visibility is reduced, leaving you to guess at what might be lurking in the shadows waiting to shoot you in the face, eat you, or generally dampen your day. Get ready for even more intense, frenzied battles while you scramble to survive Colony 21’s exciting nightlife.

Space Robinson

Find, fight, and fix

While you’re fighting your way through enemies, your primary quest is to repair Colony 21. Each section requires different items (artifacts) that you must find in order to fix it. In addition, once an artifact is acquired and a section is repaired, you will gain access to new passive buffs — but choose wisely! Upgrade stations only allow you to choose one of three randomized options.

Throughout your battles you can also find and unleash robot ‘pet’ companions that can add some ridiculously devastating firepower to your arsenal. (If you see an egg, grab it to unleash the pet and enjoy the carnage!) 

Space Robinson

Power up and press onward

As Space Robinson ramps up its considerable challenge level, you will also earn experience points and level up to help meet those challenges. Gaining levels allows you to choose from various upgrades such as more health, increased damage, and more. New weapons and modifications also await. Want your wrench to freeze enemies and unleash a hail of bullets? You can.

Space Robinson

Space Robinson is a classic roguelike shoot ’em up available now in the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

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Survive the unforgiving world in the action rogue-like adventures of Space Robinson. After crashing into an abandoned colony base overrun with hostile life, you must find a way to survive the elements armed at first with only a gun and wrench. Find friends and upgrade your way to victory. Experience: Challenges Take pride in the game’s challenging design. Death is just a part of the true hardcore rogue-like experience afterall. But worry not, you’ll keep many of the precious resources you collect during your adventures when you respawn back at the base, others you will need to venture out again to recover. Get Allies Summon a raccoon, dog, or flying pig to help you venture deeper into the depths of the unforgiving world. These brave beasts are your only friends in the world, literally. Fresh Gameplay Procedurally generated levels with day and night cycles that will present new challenges for you to conquer. So hopefully you’re not afraid of the dark. Craft and Upgrade Collect crystals, artifacts, and level up as you play. Upgrade, craft new weapons, and repair the colony units to increase your chances of survival.

P. Bryan Edge-Salois, Writer, Crytivo Inc.

Oprah Winfrey chooses four novels by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson for book club

Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “Gilead,” the first of her books set in the fictional Iowa town of Gilead.

Apart from her work on the headline making interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey has also been busy with reading the novels of Marilynne Robinson. 

Winfrey announced Tuesday that she has selected Robinson’s acclaimed quartet of “Gilead” narratives for her next book club selection. Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “Gilead,” the first of her books set in the fictional Iowa town of Gilead, and she has followed with “Home,” “Lila” and “Jack.”
“As I was recently reading author Marilynne Robinson’s latest novel, ‘Jack,’ I thought it would be wonderful to explore her entire Gilead universe through these four novels. I am looking forward to going on this journey with our Book Club community over the coming months,” Winfrey said in a statement. 
Robinson, whose other admirers include Winfrey’s friend former President Barack Obama, said in a statement that “Oprah Winfrey is a singular voice in this country and in the world. It is wonderful and amazing that my books will have the kind of attention only she could bring to them.”
Tuesday’s announcement continues Winfrey’s partnership with Apple, which she began in 2019 by choosing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer.” After announcing new picks every two to three months through the first half of 2020, she has slowed her pace; the Robinson books are her first selections since Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste” in August. 
Apple customers wishing to learn more about why Winfrey chose Robinson’s books can now do so by asking Siri “What’s Oprah reading?” and hearing a recording of Winfrey.
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