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Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

When it comes to golf coverage in the media two players  dominate: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Rory has not won a Major for 4 years and I don’t think will add to his total of 4. He has blown up on the fourth round several times this year. Nor do I think Tiger will add to his 14 but he is [...]

August 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Crystal Palace 2

Welcome to the Premier where if you are dominating a game it’s not enough, you need to be clinical in your finishing. Palace were, Fulham weren’t. Much was made of our new back four and keeper, none of whom started at Wembley in May, but since the words “reality check” will be used, the [...]

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rain, rain go away

I finally watched 45 minutes of play at Lords before the heavens opened and I hot-footed back to Hove for the crucial T20 blast game against Kent. I say hot-footed but once again there was a trespasser on the line at East Croydon so the Gatwick non-Express crawled pitiably and then a decision was [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

The beginning of a bright new dawn

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the past couple of days thinking through the implications of recent media reports referenced by Rust columnists suggesting that the recent spate of forest wildfires in Portugal and California and the current all-out drought destroying the farming industry [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Blighted by the weather

I travelled up to London to watch the Test with Dougie Heath only to spend much of the day in the hotel room following sport. I am not the only Rust staffer to fall foul of Southern Fail. All trains from the station to London were delayed or cancelled because of an earlier trespass incident. What [...]

August 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pre-season and some armchair watching

We rugby union fans are now in the annual ‘Phoney war’ period before anything actually happens. Thus the (rugby) media is full of little ‘puff’ pieces from every last Tom, Dick and Harry detailing how their poor form last season was due entirely to a long term niggle but happily – this [...]

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swimming against the tide

The wonderful world of supposed female political-correctness continues to dominate the British media agenda because, of course, that is where some of its most articulate proponents live and work. From this world-weary and cynical observer’s perception – and I do acknowledge the qualification [...]

August 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thomas Le Roi

It’s something of an irony that football is the British national sport and the World  Cup was won by France whose national sport is cycling and their marquee event Le Tour De France is going to be won by a Briton. In many ways it’s been an unsavoury tour of loutish behaviour by fans and [...]

July 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

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