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With only a few weeks to go until the opening Grand Prix of the 2014 Formula One season, the Red Bull team is currently in a spot of difficulty with the development of its new car – see here for an article upon the problem on the website of the Daily Telegraph today – RED BULL ISSUES [...]

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Drugs in sport (again)

We learn today that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the two-time Olympic 200 metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown to compete again with immediate effect, after she had earlier received a two-year ban for a performance-enhancing drugs offence. I cast no aspersions at Ms [...]

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Looking for the future

As die-hard rock and blues fans, my brothers and I like a bit of live music and so, on a half-recommendation picked up by one of us in Putney’s Half Moon pub, we congregated last night at The Borderline club off the Tottenham Court Road to watch some young bands strut their stuff. It’s been a [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

An underwhelming BAFTAs evening

I’m scarcely one to talk, as these days I rarely watch films – the last two I have seen in the cinema have been Formula One-related (the outstanding 2010 documentary Senna and 2013’s drama-documentary Rush) and this despite the fact I don’t even like motor racing – but, having [...]

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Difficult issues

Ten days ago, at a lunch with some mates, the topic of celebrity sex-charges came up largely because the William Roche and Dave Lee Travis cases were then nearing their end. The consensus – unaided by any personal attendance at the trials and therefore based entirely our ‘reading’ of media [...]

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

A gap in understanding

My offering today will no doubt offend some of my ‘sister’ post-feminist scribes, but it addresses one of the dilemmas for modern women – the gap between what the vanguard of equality-strivers demand, largely for themselves, and the true concerns and instincts of the majority. Before anyone [...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Still bubbling …

Few things – not even politics – promote opinion and controversy like sport, which is half the reason it’s so central to modern culture and makes for such compelling viewing. Currently two leading sportsmen – one a soccer player, the other a cricketer – who may have departed [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Postscript to a seaside holiday

With my daughter joining her husband upon a business trip on July 2012, it felt to my wife Beth and I (as grandparents) to step into the breach – as it were – and look after the grandchildren for a two week period. Having previously done a sea cruise and trips to Wales and Cornwall in the [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The need for perspective

Maybe I’m going ga-ga in my old age, but some of the news items currently occupying the media are increasingly causing me angst, frustration and irritation. Take the issue of what can be described as the British happy-clappy, politically-correct, ‘compensation culture’, for example. This week [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I’m sure that in the right situation – perhaps a private dinner party with friends – Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is a warm, funny, charismatic lady. However, in public, she increasingly comes across to this observer as an over-serious, prim, hectoring, one-track mind promoter of [...]

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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