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How can a Manchester City supporter come to terms with the global brand that is Manchester United?

By Howard Davies   October 2001

The Sunday edition of the Straits Times of Singapore puts a weekly question to its readers. It is quite a serious broadsheet, so the questions can sometimes be high-minded. Should China be admitted to the WTO? Was George Bush right to reject the Kyoto treaty? Earnest Singaporeans e-mail their answers in large numbers.

A few weeks back, though, the Straits Times tried a different tack and asked its readers: “do you approve of David Beckham’s new haircut?” The number of responses was a record high (with a sizeable majority voting against the motion-mohicans are not yet acceptable in Lee Kuan…

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