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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

A defining stage

Tour cycling is both an individual and team sport. The ‘domestiques’ (literally ‘servants’) have to support the team leader. Famously on this very stage of Pau to Peyragudes, Chris Froome once had to sacrifice victory for Bradley Wiggins and yesterday Landa did the same for [...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Tour de France

I was rather pleased with so much sport this weekend that my personal take on cycling should make the front page. Reporting on cycling these days is like apologising for halitosis. Its a sport that Team Sky dominates but scandal never seems far off to puncture any achievement. Those who are [...]

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sporting reflections upon a July weekend

Like I suspect all who regard themselves as avid sports-followers, whilst I have my favourites and my ‘avoids’ – most of them originally chosen from the array I played (or didn’t) in my schoolboy youth – if push should come to shove of a free afternoon in which to indulge myself, [...]

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

One of the few ethical issues that trouble those that wager on sport is betting against your own team. On one hand there are those that say why not, winning can be a consolation for defeat on the pitch, whilst others view it as heresy. It is undoubtedly true that having a financial interest in the [...]

July 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

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