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Summing up Sri Lanka

Cricketers, like most international sportsmen, live in a bubble. I do try to understand the culture and politics of any country I visit. Sri Lanka is in constitutional and economic meltdown. The President has attempted to displace the Prime Minister with his own choice and at present there is an [...]

November 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gin tasting /part two

I enjoyed meeting J.S. Bird on HMS Tickler. To complete the circle here are a few gins I enjoy not on J. S. Bird’s list: Gin Mare This is a gin distilled south of Barcelona best drunk with Fevertree Mediterranean tonic. As Bob explained when he dispensed this gin with great flourish, Fevertree is [...]

November 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Teport : should SJ go or should he stay?

Fulham have now lost 4 games om the bounce and conceded 28 goals so at very least coach Slavisa Jokatovic must be feeling the heat. After another comprehensive home loss 0-3 to Bournemouth I now ask the question should he go or stay? The arguments for dismissal are that he does not know his best [...]

October 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Friday night meal

Yesterday my godson Jamie and his mother C and I were invited for a Sabbath meal by my niece. She comes from an orthod0x Jewish family and it was very much the traditional meal. C is a RI teacher and always eager to see at first hand religious practices. Amongst these Jewish orthodox practices are [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

My art week

Dear old John Pargiter often gives us the lowdown on his sporting week and as there have been three developments in mine I thought I might share them with you. On Monday the ex-cricketer and now artist Jack Russell popped round. I now have three of his works and admire his sense of composition and [...]

October 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

There was no USPGA tourney this weekend and on the European Tour Ashan Wu narrowly defeated Chris Wood who bogeyed the 18th. Eddie Pepperell’s top five finish saved me. I had backed Sussex Sharks at 7-1 at the outset of the T20 Vitality Blast and felt quite confident after their resounding [...]

September 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1

So in one month, in one competition we won a play-off game against Derby and we won a major final. 43 years ago I went to Wembley to see Fulham lose to West Ham due to two goalkeeping errors. 7 years ago I travelled to Hamburg and this time Athletico Madrid – with the likes of Aguerro and de [...]

May 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Millwall 0 Fulham 3

Fulham had a stern examination at Millwall, unbeaten since November, but passed it with flying colours. It was a shaky start when Millwall’s crosses tested a Fulham defence that is not always dominant aerially. I was impressed by Millwall. They play a physical game but not without skill. In [...]

April 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dolce Vita Confidential /Shaun Levy

I very much enjoyed this affectionately appreciation of Cinecitta, the great rise and contribution to world cinema by Italy, which is also known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.” I am a huge fan of Italian cinema and the book is a worthy addition to my film library. Yet it is more than just a film [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

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