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End of term report

Yesterday the England rugby autumn international season ended with a relatively straightforward 37-18 home victory over a depleted Australian side at Twickenham for an overall three wins, one loss (15-16 to New Zealand) record. Personally, I’d describe this as a 7 out of 10 outcome given where [...]

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Time for reflection

No apologies today as I return to a what is commonly known as The White Album, a classic and often under-rated Beatles offering recently in the news for being re-released in an anthology version. Here’s a link to a piece by David Lister, setting the album in its historical context as a [...]

November 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

KARAMBA! I have finally come to my senses …

[I begin today’s post with my usual disclaimer/declaration of interest. I’m a political agnostic who has long believed that the Establishment class are little more than condescending, self-interested, ‘holier than thou’, Snakes & Ladders game-players who love the sound of their own [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain …

After recent events, not least culminating in everything that has occurred hour-by-hour since the Prime Minister unveiled her [is it her infamous Chequers Deal made real… or Chequers Minus Minus Minus  … or Chequers Plus Plus … or even nothing resembling the Chequers Deal at [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Something wrong in the state of Denmark?

Through my slight connections with those who have spent time in English rugby administration, I possess a degree of ‘insider knowledge’ upon what goes on in the Premiership and indeed at the Rugby Football Union. Over the past four years I have often listened to the exasperation of a [...]

November 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess you’ve got us into

I spent much of yesterday in my home bunker flicking between Sky News and the BBC’s coverage of the epic developments beginning with Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons and ending with the picking over the entrails of its aftermath following her officially-announced 5.00pm Downing [...]

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Beating up the BBC (again)

Today I opened my copy of The Times – chockful of Brexit coverage, natch – and at page 10 came upon  a report headed BBC paid £700m using tax loophole, apparently the latest development in the long-running row over BBC pay that has included elements of public outrage at the size of BBC [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another milestone on the road to ruin

Last night – well, ‘last night’ for me, it was actually around 5.10pm – up at the gym I reached and then crossed something of a Rubicon as regards my age and fitness. You know how it is. Yesterday morning I had read an item on the Section 2 of The Times newspaper on the subject of its [...]

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

For those who fell

No apologies for my post today – a special Remembrance Sunday because it marks the centenary of the ending of the First Word War – and I wish to begin by paying a small tribute to those who ply their trade in the UK media, both the Fleet Street and radio/television varieties. The press [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon the eve of battle

Last night a member of the RFU Council asked my opinion upon the outcome of this afternoon’s rugby union international between England and the All Blacks – [there, I’ve always wanted to write that opening line (or at least something very like it) and for the first time in my life can [...]

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

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