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Around and around

I have just returned from a stay with a pal of forty years and more, a far more well-read and sociable cove than me. It was a fascinating experience as I knew it would be. I’ve rarely read much purely for pleasure, which he does on practically a daily basis and I admire him for it. Instead I have [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well done Chris (possibly)

Yesterday Chris Froome completed a memorable feat by becoming only the seventh cyclist in history to win the Giro d’Italia (the first ‘Brit’ to do so) , the Tour de France (4 wins) and the La Vuelta trio and only the third – after Eddie Merckx (1973) and Bernard Hinault [...]

May 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make it up (part 24)

Wherever you are upon the spectrum of life – let’s stick to the old-fashioned and refer to it as ‘three score years and ten’ even though (as each of us all knows only too well some people die well before their time whilst others stagger on beyond their centenary in a semi-vegetative state [...]

May 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make it up (or so you’d think) …

You know you’re falling off the pace when you get bombarded for weeks (or is it months?) by emails and/or texts from seemingly every organisation you’ve ever had contact with or from – at no point during which do you understand why or what the slightest it’s got to do with you – and then [...]

May 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where sport (and life) is going

As the world moves on, so does the appliance of scientific advance – and not least to sport. I’ve touched upon this subject previously in the context of the ways throughout history in which sports stars have sought to gain a competitive advantage because, of course, ever since human beings [...]

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s enough to drive you mad

As I begin today’s post I feel I need to declare the warning/caveat or interest that I’m not quite sure where it’s going to be going. Actually no – let me put that another way: I know roughly where I’m starting from but at this stage have no idea where I’m going to end up. I guess [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch … and perhaps new beginnings

And so the rumours were true – Paul Gustard, one of Eddie Jones’ deputies, is to be Quins new head coach. Aged 42, he was a solid Premiership flanker who never played for England but ended his career at Saracens and switched to coaching there, since when he’s been on an upward trajectory. Why [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Overdue return of a football icon

Of course, when you consider it in the round – it all makes sense. With the mega-money sloshing around in the Premiership – and to a degree fans of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal et al. not caring a jot whether their first team is filled with [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Royal Wedding and Cup Final … ignored

Ivan Conway invited me to Sussex v Hampshire, an ODI Royal London game which meant I missed the Royal Wedding and Cup Final. I felt no sense of loss. My only interest in the Royal Wedding was that I doubt 20 years ago a prince could have married an African American divorcee. We heard much of the [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

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