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bean’s blades blues

More football? Go on then. And with the League One play off final taking place on Sunday Blades fans seem largely to have taken the fact they won’t be there with their usual reserved resignation. “At least it means we won’t have to watch them lose on penalties,” one colleague notes. But one famous Blade appears not to have taken it so well: Sean Bean. Out in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he’s currently filming his latest movie Wicked Blood – with fellow Brit and Yeovil Town fan James Purefoy. “We had a big gunfight scene after the match,” James told a newspaper this week. “And I must admit I thought he was a bit more aggressive than usual.”

a Sharpe retort

Our Sean was somewhat more nonplussed, however, by a practical joke played on him in a New Orleans bar. Another ex-pat Sheffielder – of the blue- and-white variety – heard he’d been frequenting The Cigar Factory boozer in the city and got the American owner to ask if he was an Owl or a pig? Sean’s response? To look up from his beer, offer a frank (and unprintable) opinion on Wednesday and carry on smoking his cigar.

vision impossible?

So, in 15 years time Sheffield will be a 24 hour city of big name shops, independent boutiques, thriving restaurants and busy cinemas all connected by a new tram route and surrounded by hill-top parks, then? That’s the vision unveiled by Sheffield City Council, as revealed in this paper. Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, eight years after the £60 million Sevenstone retail quarter was first announced there’s still no sign of a start date. One wonders whether to laugh or cry. Or ask Julie and John, why not concentrate on reality before you start spending our money drifting into fantasy?