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A sad day for sport and justice

My reaction yesterday to the news that long distance runner Paula Radcliffe had issued a four-page statement acknowledging that she had been the ‘household name’ British athlete mentioned in the series of exposures begin last month by The Sunday Times (in conjunction with the German broadcaster [...]

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’re all being watched, get over it!

On my daily perusal of the UK national newspaper websites this morning I came across the following item about a new Tory government initiative – see here – in THE INDEPENDENT It seems to me that there are points to make on both sides of the issue, as follows: Firstly, that the Government [...]

September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Another brave new world

For the past week Sky News has been running a series of reports on the rapid and ongoing development of ‘smart’ robots, thereby prompting a discussion upon the potential threat to jobs represented by the possibility that one day there’ll barely be a reason for human beings to work at all [...]

September 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

What’s going on, what’s going on …

Last night, channel-hopping after a day of grind sitting at my computer whilst waiting for my pre-prepared Waitrose meal to cook, I came across what I think was described as a Labour Party leadership ‘hustings’ session chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy during the Channel Four News programme [...]

September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Losing it never gets any easier

There once was a time when, as for any sports-loving young man, school lessons for me were just an unnatural interruption between excursions to the games field. Any games field. I’m not saying I was any good at sport, but I was proficient enough to feel that my destiny was surely to be found on [...]

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Are they trying to wind us up?

Being a man of simple and straightforward views, I was sufficiently incensed overnight by the announcement of the latest batch of newly-created inmates of the House of Lords that I immediately determined to write about it today. Perhaps the greatest joy of sitting on the sidelines watching the [...]

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s too late to stop now

If Life teaches us anything it is that everything around us – flesh or machine – has a built-in obsolescence, and therefore shelf-life, in terms of usefulness. Arguably, anything that does not move forwards is standing still … or indeed, potentially – depending upon the perspective you’ve [...]

August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

August: an apocalyptic month

There is a tendency to regard August as the least active of all months, the ” silly season” ,  but history shows otherwise. The dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan, the Kuwait war and the death of Princess Diana all took place in August and war was declared both in the Great War [...]

August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

A blast from the past

These days it is often considered that the word ‘genius’ [broadly defined in most dictionaries as ‘an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability … (or perhaps exceptional skill in a particular area of activity)’] is over-used. For example, and exaggerating to make [...]

August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Shoreham Air Disaster

When the editor, Miles Piper of the National Rust called me my initial reaction was he wanted a piece on the Championships in China. I was ready to excoriate Justin Gatlin  a convicted drug cheat who has been twice suspended and declare my delight that Usain Bolt beat him. In fact the editor [...]

August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

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