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Here we go again

My greetings to National Rust readers as I resume my occasional blogs on the progress of Harlequins FC with the announcement that this season I am dropping the ‘Quins-watch’ tag with which I headed my efforts last year. For present purposes I have arbitrarily taken tonight’s Premiership 7s [...]

August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

An Evening with Mike Yardy and Luke Wright

Last night I was invited to an intimate cricket dinner at the Sussex cricket museum at Hove in aid of the Mike Yardy benefit. Sussex CCC has certainly improved in terms of amenities and performance these past few years, mainly due to a generous legacy of £16m. Sussex is a proud sporting county [...]

July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Owning up

A month ago I took a decision of principle that, whilst acknowledging that it was inevitable I would be exposed to occasional media coverage of the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow, I would make a point of neither seeking it out nor setting my schedule by it. In practice, of course, that laudable [...]

July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

It was apparently the eminent American essayist H.L. Mencken who famously wrote “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people [...]

July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Assessing the season

A slick  season ticket pack has now arrived.  It reprised encounters of yore with teams we are facing this season in the championship. For Ipswich we went back to the 10-1 thrashing, except that Graham Leggat ‘s hat-trick was in four minutes, not three. As for the getting ‘nowhere [...]

July 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Against the odds

After my remarks that Steve Palmer had provided me with winners, but not had the funds to back them, the Racing Post exacted its revenge. Jeremy Chapman tipped Tim Clark, the winner of the Canada Open, Jim Furyk second and Graeme McDowel ninth, but yours truly – with his normal incompetence [...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

What a difference a day makes

With no particular interest in sport myself, I’m currently dipping in and out of the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games now taking place in Glasgow. However, over the weekend I noticed a classic example of glaring lazy, if not shoddy, British media journalism. Specifically, a [...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hyping up the Commonwealth Games

At the National Rust we pride ourselves at tilting at windmills and we have already attacked the wall-to-wall coverage and hyping of the Commonwealth Games by the BBC. We are not alone. Tom Peck in yesterday’s Independent could not see the point of the Games, other than to remind us of the [...]

July 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

A study in movement

Despite having declared my brain a Commonwealth Games-free zone earlier this summer, yesterday – for want of anything more constructive to do – I switched to BBC1 and watched both the men’s and women’s triathlon events whilst simultaneously doing other things, e.g. flicking through the [...]

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Coming up fast

With Jessica Ennis-Hill on a year out of competition to have her recent baby, since January the 21 year-old rising English heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson had been promoted as one of the Commonwealth Games poster girls and favourite for the gold medal. Sadly, on the eve of the  the Games [...]

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

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