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A case of familiarity breeding contempt

Saturday 17th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 15; Leicester Tigers v Harlequins at Welford Road, kick-off 3.00pm; Result – Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 18; Leicester Tigers 5 points (win plus four-try bonus point), Harlequins 0 points; Standings after Round 15 – Leicester Tigers 7th on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mastering the art

One of the joys of coastal life is the air quality. As part of my new exercise regime, I try to walk at least 3 miles a day. I swim in the gym in bad weather but gyms are not for me: the music is too intrusive and not to my taste, the proliferation of signage reflects the current health and safety [...]

February 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated

Over the past eight months or so the salaries of UK radio and television presenters have been getting plenty of coverage in the media, largely because of the historical and continuing alleged unequal piles of dosh that have been doled out to men and women. Two main accusations have been made:- [...]

February 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

A successful man-management lesson? Possibly …

Yesterday Quins prop Joe Marler was widely quoted in the press talking about how things have been since he re-joined the England training squad towards the end of his six-week ban after being re-carded for ‘clearing out’ TJ Ioane at a ruck with a deliberate shoulder-shot to the head, allegedly [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things happen as they should

Yesterday I had one of those days of which not much is expected – I had one or two things to occupy me, viz. a phone interview to conduct, an errand to carry out, an article to complete and three phone calls to make – and initially things didn’t quite happen as they should but then, from the [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

You pays your money and you takes your choice

I reckon I’m in tune with about 70% of the population in the sense that firstly, – although I have never revealed to anyone which way I voted in the EU Referendum – I take the view “what’s done is done” and now we must all just get on with it … whatever [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Treading very carefully into the lionesses’ den …

I’ve just donned my battered tin helmet as a precaution before beginning to pen this piece. I did it in anticipation there’s a very good chance that I’ll soon be dodging ‘incoming’ (flak) simply because I’m happy to admit membership of the ‘unreconstructed male’ camp which decided a [...]

February 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

This fish is still rotting – can’t you smell it?

Well, whaddya know? At the risk of appearing partisan and disrespectful to one of Britain’s sporting icons and his extended team, I have never ‘bought’ the Sir Bradley Wiggins/Team Sky line that everything was totally ‘above board’ about their conduct relating to the [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Same old, same old’ fare at the Stoop

Sunday 11th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Rugby – Round 14: Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 1.00pm: Result – Harlequins 22 Wasps 44: New League positions – Wasps 3rd on 44 points, Quins 9th on 32. Wasps team photo (19th Century) It was another in the ongoing fierce [...]

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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