The Farmhouse at Mackworth, Derby: hotel review

From post-funeral venue to loud, lively design hotel, the Farmhouse has changed almost beyond recognition. Once it has ironed out the wrinkles – and turned the music down from 11 – this could be a fantastic place to stay

The Mackworth hotel, just outside Derby, has long been a destination venue – for funerals. It is handy for Markeaton Crematorium, and used to be suitably sombre. The last time I was here was for my grandmother’s wake.

What a difference a refurb makes! The rebranded Farmhouse at Mackworth, now owned by Marston’s Revere Pub Company, is almost unrecognisable. My friend and I arrived late on Friday night and were almost deafened by club classics booming around the bar. We retreated to the library – which has books suspended from the ceiling – for a nightcap, curling up in cosy chairs as far from a speaker as possible.

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FA Community Shield 2015: Live Stream and Form Guide for Arsenal vs. Chelsea

The curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season takes place at Wembley on Sunday, as Premier League champions Chelsea take on FA Cup winners Arsenal.

The Gunners’ new goalkeeper, Petr Cech, faces his old club in the traditional friendly at the national stadium, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho looks to add more silverware to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet.

Arsenal are looking to retain the title they won 12 months previous, defeating then EPL champions Manchester City 3-0.

Here is how you can watch this intriguing encounter, with streaming and TV information, and the latest pre-season form guide for both sides:

 

Date: Sunday, Aug. 2

Time: 3 p.m. (BST), 10 a.m. (ET)

Live Stream: BT Sport App (UK only); FOX Soccer 2Go (USA Only)

TV Info: BT Sport 2 and HD (UK only); FOX Sports 1 (USA Only)

 

Pre-Season Form Guide

 

Match Preview

Chelsea opted for a much reduced pre-season after suffering with exhaustion in the final months of the season. Mourinho kept his squad tight—using minimal variations throughout the year—and it appeared to affect his side at the tail end of the campaign. 

The Blues have become the penalty kings on their tour of the USA, defeating both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona on spot kicks after draws in their friendly matches. The 5-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls means the Blues have failed to win any of their tour games in normal time, but they have still produced a good overall performance value. 

Eden Hazard has undoubtedly impressed in the past couple of weeks, taking off from where he left at the end of last year, and he will once again be the fulcrum of the Special One’s attack. 

Phil Lythell of ESPNFC.co.uk waxed lyrical about the tricky Belgian talent, comparing his skills to that of Lionel Messi:

The locals might have been disappointed that Lionel Messi was rested by the Catalans, but in Eden Hazard they saw a magician playing to a similar level to the Argentinian genius. The Belgian mesmerised both the crowd and the Barcelona defenders, with the crowning moment his spellbinding goal when he beat a host of players before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. It was one of those nights when he was simply unstoppable and he led the opposition on a merry dance for the 68 minutes that he was on the pitch. 

Hazard will be Arsenal’s main problem at Wembley, with the attacking midfielder growing in stature with every passing month. Chelsea might wonder how long they can hold on to their little genius—if the Spanish superclubs come calling—but for now, he will be the player to lead the cavalry charge. 

The 24-year-old’s record was impeccable in 2014-15, scoring 14 times in 38 EPL games, per WhoScored.com, and also providing his team-mates with nine assists. It could be argued Hazard can further improve these stats, but as long as Chelsea are winning, Mourinho will be more than satisfied. 

Arsenal have gone a long way to plugging their defence with the capture of Petr Cech from their London rivals. Cech saw his Chelsea career evaporate last season—after the loan return of Thibaut Courtois—and the Czech Republic goalkeeper needed a fresh challenge. 

The Gunners have craved a top goalkeeper for many years and have never really replaced David Seaman, who departed the club 12 years ago. 

For Chelsea, the game plan will not deviate too much, with Mourinho looking to play his controlled style of football, filtered through the likes of midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. Cech will be kept busy by the presence of Hazard and Diego Costa, with new signing Radamel Falcao also likely to get minutes on Sunday. 

Arsenal have been in great goalscoring form during their pre-season, hitting the back of the net on no fewer than 14 times in their four matches. The return to full fitness of Theo Walcott will give Arsene Wenger a different dimension in his attack, especially with the niggling injuries sustained by Danny Welbeck in recent times. 

Arsenal will be missing Copa America winner Alexis Sanchez, as reported by Nick Wright of Sky Sports, but the pre-season form of Mesut Ozil will enthuse Wenger, who needs the German to perform at his best this year.

However, it is Cech who is the key as to where the Community Shield ends up, and the former Blues player will be desperate to prove to Mourinho he chose the wrong goalkeeper to take the club forward. 

Celeb Stripper Gets Candid on #DrZoeToday

Thursday night the Dr. Zoe Today show hosted Keith Webb, known from E! Entertainment’s Men Of The Strip and now recently joining Chippendales Las Vegas and International. With an episode titled “The Real MAGIC… Life As A Male Stripper”, Dr. Zoe continues to keep her listeners on the edge of their seats.

Host, Dr. Zoe Shuster is renowned for creating an at-home atmosphere with her guests, ensuring her interviews are authentic, unfiltered and uncut. She also gives props where props are due, telling Keith Webb his black & Italian heritage is working well for him. Keith spared no details during his opportunity on the show. Being open about working at gay bars as well as male revues he admitted, “I make a lot more in the gay community than I do with women but women are more fun so it’s worth the pay cut.” He made it clear that male strippers often provide sexual favors for cash just as female strippers do.

When a listener asked if any of Men of the Strip was scripted, Keith states it was “90% real” and that “reality TV is an over exaggeration of who we are”. Dr. Zoe added that different networks have approached her about doing a reality show, one being completely scripted that she rejected and is in talks with others, seeking out an opportunity where she will have more creative control. Dr. Zoe Today has featured numerous reality television stars from MTV, Bravo, TruTV, TLC, Oxygen and E! Entertainment.

A prominent topic in this interview was Webb’s attraction to larger women (BBW). Wanting to make it clear that this was not something started as a reality television tactic for Men of the Strip he said, “One of the main reasons why they cast me for the show was because I was attracted to bigger women.” Thinking back he stated, “I remember the first time I saw a naked woman on the cable channel and I was like ‘Wow this is awesome!’. Then I remember the first time I saw my first big girl naked, I was like ‘Whoa, this is even better!’. And I never went back.” Keith even went into detail about several sexual encounters as well as his open relationship with his latina BBW porn star girlfriend, Julia Juggs. He freely shared a recent experience at BBW CON where he had sex with a foursome of BBW porn industry workers, to which Dr. Zoe of course quipped, “You literally had a ton on your d*ck that night, didn’t you?”. Keith claims many more men are attracted to bigger women than they are willing to admit, they are just too afraid of what other people think to act on their desires.

BBW sex positions, steamy rendezvous with fans, steroids in the male revue scene, threesomes and more were all covered in this dirty but oh-so-addicting ear candy.

While Dr. Zoe states that her show supports people’s individual sexual preferences, it’s so important that there is clear communication and boundaries regardless if the relationship is open or monogamous.

Connect with Dr. Zoe on Twitter and Instagram @zoenfriends, her Facebook Fan Page and DrZoeToday on snapchat.

The show will be featured all week and will continue to be available in the show archives found in the free “Dr. Zoe Today” app available on the App Store and Google Play or at DrZoeToday.com.

 

Mets get Cespedes at trade deadline (Yahoo Sports)

Detroit Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes follows through on a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas. Sixteen trades were made Friday ahead of the annual deadline for deals without waivers, but San Diego was among the buyers, not the sellers, to the surprise of some. Hamels was the only top starting pitcher dealt following earlier trades that sent Scott Kazmir to Houston, Johnny Cueto to Kansas City and David Price to Toronto.


Listen To “Kickin Flava” From Tyke T

Check out the newest single “Kicking Flava” from Tyke T off his project “The OverLooked: Reloaded” which is set for release in August

Audiences who enjoyed Tyke T‘s flow on his previous efforts will still find the essence of what they have come to know and love on his newest release. It will definitely intrigue new listeners who might have initially “Overlooked” his first efforts, with his new joint “Kicking Flava” off his project “The OverLooked: Reloaded”

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