The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them

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DEAD SERIOUS: Jesseca Liu in a scene from the movie Bring Back The Dead.
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'WE ENDED UP SCARING OURSELVES'

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This week in... 2010

GLAMOROUS: Kesha arrives for the premiere of Planes: Fire & Rescue at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, California.
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Gentle Bones among local acts who blew us away in 2014

The Sam Willows.

To say it has been a great year in local music would be an understatement.

Acts like Pleasantry, .gif, The Sam Willows and Gentle Bones achieved milestones this year.

Gentle Bones, also known as Joel Tan, hit No.1 on iTunes Singapore chart with his single Until We Die and self-titled EP while Pleasantry released a successful debut album.

The Sam Willows stepped out to do theatre and TV while .gif brought their music to Jakarta to an enthusiastic crowd.

What do they have in store for next year?

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 31.

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Drogba expects race to the wire

Few thought the Chelsea juggernaut could be stopped this season, but Didier Drogba always expected the title race to go down to the wire.

The west Londoners started the campaign in astonishing form, leading one bookmaker to pay out on them winning the Premier League after just 11 matches.

Chelsea boasted an eight-point cushion over Manchester City at that point, although that lead now stands at just three.

The gap would have been a single point had Manuel Pellegrini's men not blown a two-goal lead to draw with Burnley and fans' favourite Drogba insists complacency is not behind the difference being cut.

"I think it's going to be tough," Drogba said. "We knew it was not over.

"A few years ago, I think we were 11 or 12 points in front of Man United and then they won the league.

"So, eight points or nine points - I don't know how many points we had on top of Man City - I think it is not enough.

"At that time of the season, it was too early, but I think now we start again a new championship. I think the game is on."

Chelsea will enter 2015 atop of the standings and were in the lead at Christmas - something which has proven a good omen in the past for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese has won the league on all seven occasions his sides have been leading on Dec 25, but he suggests they would be in an even more comfortable position had the Blues not been the victim of a diving campaign.

RANT

Mourinho went on that rant after being denied what he felt was a potentially match-defining penalty early in the second half of last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton, when Cesc Fabregas went down under pressure from Matt Targett.

Instead of a spot-kick, however, referee Anthony Taylor deemed it a dive 
and booked the infuriated Spanish midfielder - part of a what Mourinho believes is a growing movement against his side.

"It's difficult from the bench to see, but I think the referee was close enough," Drogba said of the Fabregas incident.

"It's his (the referee's) opinion. I don't know what to say.

"(Fabregas) said it was a penalty, so I believe him. But, you know, it was still 1-1."

Asked if diving is something the players talk about between themselves or with the manager, Drogba retorted: "No. No. No. I think it is too much.

"Sometimes this kind of thing, I think it is a game and the game is fast, so these kind of things can happen. But it's not too much."

Mourinho's public comments about diving glossed over what was an, at times, ropey display at St Mary's.

Chelsea dominated in the second period but Eden Hazard's equaliser late in first-half stoppage time was the only shot on target they mustered all afternoon.

"I don't know (what was missing)," Drogba said.

"I think for sure that playing 48 hours after the last game - maybe that affected the team.

"But I think that was the same for both teams. I don't know." - PA Sport.

Huka Falls can make it a beautiful Sunday for Rodd

STYLISH WINNER: Huka Falls, partnered by Michael Rodd, goes to the line on a strong hold to win his trial yesterday.
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