British Baker leaves no stone unturned in its quest for bakery enlightenment, which makes it all the more edifying to discover that heavenly powers now may be choosing bakery products as their vessel.It was with great pleasure – and no small measure of piety – that we followed the progress of an item posted on New Zealand auction site [http://www.trademe.co.nz] entitled: “Jesus Christ Pitta Bread”. And subtitled: “The tasty messiah”. Our intrepid salesman described the item thus: “Hungry one morning last week, I decided to heat up some pitta bread. I broke it into little bits and left it in the oven for about two-and-a-half minutes.”After the pieces began to blacken, I took them out. Oddly enough, one piece looked like the ’face’ of Jesus. I was tempted to eat it but for some reason I didn’t.”Such self-denial of temptation is, you would agree, a credit to this devout dealer. But wait, the story does not end there! He continued: “Instead, I left it in the pantry until today, when I finally decided that I might as well auction it off.”And the burning question you surely want answered about such a faithful flatbread…? “I guess what you all want to know is whether it’s a coincidence or a real apparition. I’m not really sure.”Damn it, some questions, we suppose, are never meant to be answered. “All the same,” continues the dealer, “whether you’re a Christian or just curious, happy bidding!”The auction ended last week with the hammer going down on a saintly NZD$215 (£83) to one blessed pitta punter. Let’s hope the money went to charity. read more
Leaders Chelsea will look to end Manchester United’s unbeaten run of 21 Premier League games when the pair lock horns at Old Trafford today. United have not lost in the league since a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October, winning 11 games and picking up 10 draws.The match also sees Jose Mourinho host his former side for the first time as United boss, having lost both games to Chelsea already this season – conceding five goals and scoring none. And while United are looking to end their worst-ever PL run against Chelsea (D4 L4), Antonio Conte’s side are chasing much more than just a rare double over today’s opponents. With Tottenham beating Bournemouth yesterday, Chelsea’s gap at the top has been reduced to four points. Victory at Old Trafford would take Conte one step closer to a league triumph in his first season in England, while it would also dent United’s hopes of a top-four finish.David de Gea is set to return to the Manchester United’s starting line-up against leaders Chelsea. The goalkeeper missed last weekend’s trip to Sunderland with a minor injury and was an unused substitute in the midweek trip to Anderlecht.Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Ashley Young (groin) trained before that match so will be hoping to prove themselves fit but Phil Jones (foot), Chris Smalling (knee) and Juan Mata (groin) are out.Conte should have a fully-fit squad for the trip to Old Trafford. Wing-back Victor Moses returned from a toe injury against Bournemouth last Saturday and came through unscathed. Conte could therefore name an unchanged side from the 3-1 win at Dean Court.Manchester United are without a win in eight Premier League games against Chelsea (D4 L4); their longest ever winless streak against a single opponent in the competition. Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to achieve a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 2009/10 season under Carlo Ancelotti.A win for the away side would see Antonio Conte become the fourth Chelsea boss to record a Premier League double over the United, after Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94, Jose Mourinho in 2004/05 and the aforementioned Ancelotti in 2009/10.United have scored just three goals in their last 10 games against Chelsea in all competitions (an average of 0.3 per game).N’Golo Kante has netted each of Chelsea’s last two goals against the Reds in all competitions – they are his only goals in 34 appearances for Conte’s side.United’s Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 21 matches (W11 D10 L0) – the joint 10th longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances (13 goals, 5 assists) for United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Monaghan take-on Tyrone at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, where throw-in is at 8pm.Meanwhile, there’s also quarter-final action tonight in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship.Waterford and Cork will clash at Walsh Park at half-past six. And there’s a 7pm throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds where Limerick will host Clare.