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Sporting ironies

It is indeed ironic with the World Cup and Tour de France looming up that England could be supplying the winner for France’s premier sport and competition and that France has a much better team in football, our national sport. Pargie and I reckon at 13-2 France offers the best value Their [...]

June 10, 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

Well, whaddya know? ….

More reports on one of our hardy perennials – performing-enhancing drug taking in sport. See here for links to three reports in The Guardian by the excellent Martha Kelner, two of them upon cycling’s Team Sky – SKY ONE and SKY TWO – and the last upon our dear old friend LORD [...]

March 5, 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

There’s hot air … and hot air

I doubt that there is a sport worth participating in or playing that is without a performance-enhancing drugs problem. When it comes down to competition, huge – in both the prestigious and lucrative sense – prizes, and the ‘drug’ of adulation from millions of fans around the [...]

January 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Unhappy times

From where I sit in my master control suite surveying the goings on in the world of sport I sometimes reflect upon the debilitating and gradual disengaging effect of creeping age upon a sports fan’s mind. I might have once have called it ‘creeping maturity’ but I’m sufficiently ancient [...]

December 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s boiling up

It wasn’t long ago that at a Rust editorial get-together the ‘News and Current Affairs’ contingent entertained the assembled multitude with an amusing line that in recent times they had begun to feel at something of a loose end, this in the sense that these days, given the recent [...]

October 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of earning respect

As any fule no (reference Nigel Molesworth, the fictitious character invented by Geoffrey Willians, first appearance in Down With Skool (1953), illustrations by Ronald Searle of St Trinians fame, public recitations of which by our deputy headmaster were a staple of Saturday afternoons from about [...]

September 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

A great sporting weekend

This is one of my favourite sporing weekends showcasing the final 2 days of the Open and the culmination of the Tour. I remember in 1989 staying this weekend with a sporting family in Suffolk. Greg Norman contrived to lose the Open in a play off to Mark Calcavecchia, the Great White Shark was [...]

July 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

A plague upon them all!

Holding, as I do, a life-long aversion to exercise I have never understood the supposed benefits of travelling anywhere by bicycle. In fact I’d go further than that and mention that I hate all forms of two-wheeled transport and am totally resistant to the arguments put about in the PC-brigade’s [...]

July 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

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