I’m moving to a different site!!!

Hello all!  For those who have followed me on http://www.sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com – thank you for following me once again! Its time for a new address.

I’m Chris Benson, this is The Benson Revue.  Sport, Music, TV and much more will all feature here.  Bookmark the site – http://www.thebensonrevue.wordpress.com and there will be regular updates, and hopefully articles which will keep you coming back. 

Chris

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Update!

Apologies for delay in update this weekend…  I’ve moved house and we have no internet connection at  home!!!  Normal service will be back later this week!

Here’s a guide in the mean time for the Sport on BBC this weekend – which of course includes The Champions League of Darts on BBC One and Two this Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/36722726

 

Look out for a review later this week of OMD’s brand new album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ which is an absolute classic.  Chris

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Snooker on Eurosport This Season!

Watch Snooker This Season On Eurosport Player

The 2017/18 season is underway and snooker fans throughout Europe can watch the sport anywhere and on any device through the Eurosport Player, the leading live and on-demand digital sport platform.

Eurosport Player is available to download and watch in 52 markets and in 20 languages, offering fans an all-access pass to immerse themselves in the greatest events on the global sporting calendar.

Look at the table below to see which snooker tournaments will be covered by the Eurosport Player this season.

With live and on-demand content available anytime, fans can experience sport in the way that they enjoy best and access enhanced live features, such as additional feeds and camera angles.

Fans across Europe can subscribe, with fantastic value for money and the chance to watch the best snooker stars on the planet battling for the most prestigious trophies. Head to eurosportplayer.com for more information on how to sign up for the service.

Calendar of events (all tournaments and dates are provisional and subject to change)

Tournament

Dates

Kaspersky Riga Masters

June 23-25

World Cup

July 3-9

Indian Open, Shanghai Masters and European Masters qualifiers

August 1-9

China Championship

August 16-22

Paul Hunter Classic

August 25-27

Six Reds World Championship

September 4-9

Indian Open

September 12-16

Shanghai Masters (subject to name change)

September 18-24

International Championship qualifiers

September 26-30

European Masters

October 2-8

English Open

October 16-22

International Championship

October 29 to November 5

Northern Ireland Open

November 20-26

Betway UK Championship

November 28 to December 10

Scottish Open

December 11-17

German Masters qualifiers

December 19-22

Dafabet Masters

January 14-21

China Open qualifiers

January 26-29

German Masters

January 31 to February 4

Coral Shoot Out

February 8-11*

Ladbrokes World Grand Prix

February 19-25*

Welsh Open

February 26 to March 4

Gibraltar Open

March 9-11

Ladbrokes Players Championship

March 19-25*

China Open

April 2-8

Betfred World Championship qualifiers

April 11-18

Betfred World Championship

April 21 to May 7

*Not available in the UK

S4C Sport Update!

Hello all – check out news of sport on S4C for this week, and live football games for the start of next season.  Chris

 

LIVE SPORT ON S4C 

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

 

11.00 CARDIFF TRIATHLON, live on Facebook Live – www.facebook.com/s4cchwaraeon.

With over 1,400 participants expected to line up in the Bay, S4C will be showing live coverage of the Cardiff Triathlon via Facebook Live for the first time ever. Lowri Morgan will present the coverage.

 

Watch highlights of the race on S4C at 22.00 on Monday 26 June. (S)

 

ALSO with S4C showing highlights of every match of the British and Lions’ tour to New Zealand, viewers can watch all the action from the match between the Lions and the Chiefs at 22.00 on Tuesday 20 June. Join Catrin Heledd and our team of pundits for full highlights and analysis. (S)

 

AND all the action from the vital first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions comes from Eden Park, Auckland. The task facing the visitors is daunting to say the least – New Zealand haven’t lost a test match here since 1994! Join Catrin Heledd and the team from 19.30 on Saturday 24 June, for highlights and analysis, with commentary from Wyn Gruffydd and Dafydd Jones. (S)

Forthcoming Football on S4C

Back of the net! Online matches and Friday night football on Sgorio for 2017/18 WPL fixtures

S4C’s flagship football show Sgorio has announced its first raft of live televised Welsh Premier League (WPL) matches for the 2017/18 season, as well as some additional matches which will be shown exclusively online.

Between the start of the season and the end of September, Sgorio, S4C and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) have selected matches from different competitions to be shown live on various platforms.

During the first block of games Sgorio will be experimenting with live televised games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as showing additional WPL matches online on Thursday nights.

The Sgorio season will start on Sunday, 13 August with a trip to Jenner Park as newly-promoted Barry Town host Aberystwyth Town in their first match in the top flight since 2004. On the following Saturday, 19 August, champions The New Saints will welcome Bala Town to Park Hall live on S4C.

S4C will show live Friday night football from the WPL for the first time ever on 25 August, when Bangor City go head-to-head with last season’s Huws Gray Alliance champions, Prestatyn Town, at the Bangor University Stadium.

The attention will turn to the international fixtures at the start of September with Wales’ double header against Austria (02/09) and Moldova (05/09) both live on S4C.

Sandwiched between the two World Cup qualifiers will be a live Irn-Bru Cup second round fixture as TNS and Connah’s Quay both join the competition on Sunday, 3 September.

On Thursday, 7 September, Llandudno v Prestatyn will be available to watch live on our website or on Facebook Live. The match between Barry Town and Carmarthen Town will also be streamed live on the web on Thursday, 21 September. Two days later, on Saturday, 23 September, Aberystwyth Town will battle with Bangor City live on S4C at Park Avenue.

Live Sgorio fixtures:

13/08 – Barry Town v Aberystwyth (17:15) – S4C
19/08 – TNS v Bala Town (17:15) – S4C
25/08 – Bangor v Prestatyn (19:30) – S4C
02/09 – Wales v Austria (19:45) – S4C
03/09 – Irn-Bru Cup 2nd Round – S4C
21/09 – Barry Town v Carmarthen (19:45) – WEB
23/09 – Aberystwyth v Bangor (17:15) – S4C
30/09 – TBC

06/10 – Georgia v Wales (17:00) – S4C
09/10 – Wales v RO. Ireland (19:45) – S4C

Sky Sports on Now TV – Reviewed for 2017

Time to take a look at Sky’s Now TV offering of Sky Sports – many thanks to Sky for giving me the opportunity to review.

http://www.nowtv.com/watch-sky-sports-online?referrer=skysportsnowtv&DCMP=KNC-Brand-skysportsnowtv-Sport-NOWTV-NC-Google&gclid=CPCy5paNzdQCFaO87QodymcFkQ – check out this link for offers and prices, well worth a look.

I’ll admit that sport took a back step for me when I got the Week Pass last month.  A couple of days after watching Bradford City v Millwall in the League One Play Off Final, there was the tragic events at Manchester Arena.  Like many, I was glued to the news for the rest of the week.

But, I did enjoy the weekend’s sport when I activated my Sky Sports Week Pass – there’s six great channels to choose from – with extensive sport 24 hours a day on each channel.  Cue Sky Sports 1 -5 and Sky Sports F1.  Many readers have asked me – “What about Sky Sports Mix?” – is this on Now TV?  Sadly, that’s a no.  At the moment there are “no plans” to add Sky Sports Mix to the Now TV offering either – hopefully this will change in the future.

But, back to the channels you can receive.  I was really impressed with the picture quality and sound – not only that, but the choice is unique to Sky Sports.  If you have BT Sport then you can receive four subscription channels including Box Nation, but six channels means an unprecedented amount of coverage.  Quite literally, there’s something for everyone.

£6.99 for a Sky Sports Day Pass is great value for money.  Take the Bradford Play Off as an example.  I know many people that paid a lot more to get down to Wembley to watch the game.  Sky’s coverage was excellent, and for 24 hours of sports coverage, £6.99 is less than what it costs for a cinema ticket these days.  For just £4 more, you can purchase a Sky Sports Week Pass, which is great during the Premier League season – and Sky Sports has more games than any other broadcaster.

For £33.99, you can purchase a Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which for just over £1 a day, I think, is really good value, and I have to admit, I’m tempted to subscribe!  My wife buys the Daily Mail every day – and just for a few pence more, you can have access to six sports channels, 24 hours a day, all year round.

Well worth checking out – and if you have the Now TV Sky Sports offerings, please do let me know what you think!  Keep your comments coming!

Chris

Wrestling on Front Runner

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide wrestling to make

its UK debut on free UK sports channel Front Runner

 

Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
is set to be broadcast on UK television for the first time in its history, exclusively on the free-to-air sports channel
Front Runner.

 

The first show will be aired on
Wednesday 14th June at 9pm to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland
on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.

 

The fast action wrestling style of Lucha
Libre AAA Worldwide, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year, offers wrestling fans the chance to see some of the world’s greatest luchador wrestlers such as Johnny Mundo, Angelico, La Parka, Super Fly, Drago and luchadora Taya.  

 

The Mexican promotion showcases the best
‘lucha libre’ style wrestling, focusing on rapid sequences of chain and grapple wrestling maneuvers as well as high-flying offence from the top ropes. Many of the international competitors wear masks when competing.

 

Ross Ravago,
from Front Runner said: “We are thrilled to be able to broadcast one of the biggest wrestling company’s to UK wrestling fans and believe that it is a fantastic alternative to similar programmes already shown in the UK.

 

He added: “Wrestling has a long heritage
both here in the UK and in Mexico and we are delighted to be able to gain the rights to broadcast this world renowned weekly episodic show, every Wednesday night from 9.30pm.”

S4C this weekend…

SUNDAY 11 JUNE

 

19.15 SGORIO RHYNGWLADOL: SERBIA v CYMRU, kick off 19.45, live from the Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade.

Live coverage of Serbia v Wales from the Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade – kick-off, 19.45. Join Dylan Ebenezer and ex-Wales internationals Dai Davies and Owain Tudur Jones for all the action and reaction from the crucial clash as Chris Coleman’s side aims to reach the FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia next year. With commentary from Nic Parry and Malcolm Allen and Nicky John reporting from the touchline.

 

ALSO with S4C showing highlights of every match of the British and Lions’ tour to New Zealand, viewers can watch all the action from the match against the Auckland Blues, at 22.00 on Wednesday 7 June. This will be the first of three visits to Eden Park and under the coaching of Tana Umaga, the city’s Super Rugby team are sure to offer a strong challenge. Join Catrin Heledd and our team of pundits for full highlights and analysis. (S)

 

AND during the Lions’ tour, another chance to see this tribute to one of the biggest stars in world rugby – Jonah Lomu: Cawr y Crysau Duon. The programme features rare interviews with Jonah’s mother and brother, Hepi and John Lomu, as well as ex-All Blacks’ coaches John Hart and Sir Graham Henry plus Welsh stars such as Jonathan Davies and Sir Gareth Edwards. This in-depth portrait into the personal and professional life of Jonah Lomu takes us from the celebrations on the pitch to the tragedy of his untimely death as we hear the full story of the great All Black and his connections with Wales. The programme starts at 22.00 on Friday 9 June(S)

 

AND the next stop of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand is the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, as they face Super Rugby’s most successful team – The Crusaders. Having won the Super Rugby tournament seven times in the past, they are once again New Zealand’s strongest contenders this season and will be confident of taking another huge scalp. Join Catrin Heledd and our team of pundits for full highlights and analysis from 19.30 on Saturday 10 June. (S)

 

 

(S) English subtitles 
(EC) English soundtrack available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option

S4C is available on: Sky 104, Freeview 4, Virgin TV 166 and Freesat 104 in Wales

Sky 134, Freesat 120 and Virgin TV 166 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

S4C HD is available for Sky and Freesat viewers in Wales and across the UK.

 

Live online and on demand on s4c.cymru and by using the S4C app for iOS and Android.

Viewers across the UK can also watch S4C on BBC iPlayer,tvcatchup.comtvplayer.com, YouView and via the Facebook app.

 

Flowers In The Dirt – Reviewed!

Flowers in the Dirt Review
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection continues with ‘Flowers in the Dirt’, McCartney’s solo effort from 1989. It was my good friend Craig Whitfield that introduced me to this album in 2005. I was going through a tough time, and the album was just the medication I needed.
It’s now available in a wide variety of formats, with new songs ready for me to discover.
Regarding the original album, it’s an absolute classic. Starts with the single ‘My Brave Face’, and into ‘Rough Ride’. Then a duet with Elvis Costello, ‘You Want Her Too’, one of several collaborations recorded – more on that later. There’s upbeat tracks, and mellow ones too. ‘Distractions’ is a soft, gentle number, as is ‘Put It There’ which follows a couple of tracks on.
My favourite track of the original LP has to be ‘This One’ – so much is it my favourite track that genuinely, I would have it played at my funeral. That’s how much I love it. It wasn’t a single, you probably haven’t heard of it, but genuinely, it’s brilliant.
Disc 2 in the new Special Edition includes nine previously unreleased Costello and McCartney collaborations. I’d heard ‘You Want Her Too’ before and this is a great song, but to hear eight more tracks, 28 years after the album first came out is just brilliant!  And they are sensational – adding even more, to an album that was already a favourite of mine.

So much work goes into the Paul McCartney Archive Collection – from locating previously unheard material, to the actual remastering of the albums too.  I already look forward to the next release with anticipation.

 

Chris

Share My House – On Right Move Now!

Hi readers quick favour. Please share the link to our house for sale… Giving it a big push to sell…http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60007033.html/svr/2121?utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=smspropertydetails&utm_source=url – share on social media etc. It’s the best house in Bradford for under 70k… Well worth a look. Ive lived there for ten years and many happy memories. All the best, Chris