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‘Granite’ Grant Logan joins the Rust

SPORTS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT Despite the Rust’s extraordinary commercial success – itself a welcome testimony to the fact that those beyond the first flush of youth can still be relevant, place new ideas on the table and indeed provide insights sprung from wisdom gained down the years that [...]

September 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The name on the Trophy

With the Rugby World Cup almost upon us – it begins on Friday morning (UK time) – it is currently the ‘Phoney War’ moment during which the media to provides us with a blizzard of copy about every aspect of the country, the culture, the competing teams and indeed every [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

At last the Phoney War is over …

After a rather hectic day of domestic engagements and chores yesterday, in the evening I served my particular take on Welsh rarebit (involving Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and extra mature cheddar since you ask) and uncorked a bottle of chardonnay in order to join the family in front of the [...]

September 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

From behind the sofa

Sport – at elite level or below – is a funny old game, isn’t it? At its best it is probably one of the human race’s most life-enhancing and positive experiences – either to participate in or watch – and yet, after all the complexities of emotion and hype potentially involved in the [...]

August 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Unusually for me I did not have a tickle all weekend though I had some golf bets in the week. Sometimes I just want to watch sport free of angst. I started with the Bledisloe Cup as I’m watching a good deal of rugby in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup. I had little doubt that there would [...]

August 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A bit of a damp squib

For my sins – despite the ‘Phoney War’ nature of all these Rugby World Cup warm-up games – yesterday I made a point of watching Channel Four’s live coverage of the Welsh 13-6 victory over England in their return fixture at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It the event, for all the [...]

August 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perception and memories can play tricks

As I set off upon today’s post I’m conscious that I don’t know quite where I’m going or indeed where I’m going to end up. However – in the spirit of the famous catchphrase of Alfred E. Newman, the hero of America’s Mad magazine of which I was an avid reader about fifty-five years ago [...]

August 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s sporting weekend

It seeems strange to be just in August with all 4 Majors completed and into Fedex season. You might say business end as $15m awaits the FedEx rankings winner. After yesterday’s tourney at the Liberty National at New Jersey the field narrows to 70 for the BMW at Medinah and the final one is [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The weekend’s rugby union matches

Let us be blunt about it. Few rugby fans will be drawing conclusions about the outcome of this year’s Rugby World Cup if, like me, they watched the Northern Hemisphere warm-up games between Ireland and Italy (29-10 in Dublin) and England v Wales (33-19 at Twickenham) on television over the [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rugby World Cup preview

With the Rugby World Cup beginning in Japan next month, rugby union fans are gearing up for the biggest festival of the 15-a-side game on the planet with mix of keen anticipation and restrained nervousness as regards their own nation’s prospects. In my view the 2019 tournament is one of the most [...]

August 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

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