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Fabio Fognini wins in Monte Carlo

Last Monday week, when Fabio Fognini was one set down and losing 5-1 to Russian Andrey Reble, I never thought that I was watching the future champion who triumphed over Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the final on Sunday and 11 time winner winner Rafa Nadal in the semis. At 31 he struck a blow for the [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Waitrose v locals

Waitrose has come to represent more than just a premium food store but symbolic of the liberal metro intelligentsia. In the Rust and beyond a Waitrose shopper means you are a Remainer, elitist, indelibly middle class. The most recent remain demo was labelled as a Waitrose one in the media. There [...]

April 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Scott Parker: the case for and against

Fulham ‘s first away win at Bournemouth in a year solidifies the case for Scott Parker’s permanent appointment. Here I draw up the pros and cons: Pros 1) Fulham have had 6 managers over 6 years. Each new appointment might offer initial hope but the reality was upheaval. The case for continuity [...]

April 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sussex beat Surrey in Royal London Cup

Where better to be on a sun drenched day than Hove? Bob Tickler’s flat in Nice maybe. Sussex inflicted Surrey’s second defeat in the Royal London – the once Gillette Cup – by 2 wickets and 11 balls. David Wiese the big South African all rounder was unquestionably man of the match [...]

April 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Great sporting occasions I have slept through

Falling asleep on my comfy sofa for the final quarter of that classic encounter between Manchester City v Spurs reminded me of one of the great personalities I have met in my sporting life Morris Lazar. Morris invariably fell asleep during a boxing bout prompting his autobiography Great Fights I [...]

April 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Aviation archive

Travelling back from Nice yesterday on easyJet, I reflected on how much air travel has changed in my lifetime. When I first travelled by plane in the sixties, a national carrier like British Airways was the symbol of the nation and would not descend so low as to charter or budget travel. Buccaneers [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Cardiff 2

Brighton’s fourth consecutive defeat without scoring has opened up the relegation trap door. Cardiff are now just two points behind. True, the Seagulls have the superior goal difference and a game in hand. However the run in comprises away games at Spurs and Arsenal and a final game at home to [...]

April 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The 2019 Masters

The victory of Tiger Woods would not have pleased the bookies. The blanket media coverage of him and Rory McIlroy generates a lot of popular betting which belies their recent Majors form. Woods though has had a good start to the year. I was on Francesco Molinari. I believe the occasion got to him. [...]

April 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Bournemouth 5

It’s squeaky bum time in Sussex as Brighton were thrashed by neighbours Bournemouth 5-0 in El Coastico. Defeat next Tuesday at home to Cardiff and we could be joining Huddersfield and Fulham. The key to Brighton’s survival has been home form and a reliable defence but neither were apparent [...]

April 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ La Colombe d’Or

Understated is not an adjective I’ve often used to describe a top notch restaurant/hotel but entirely appropriate for the Colombe D’Or in St Paul de Vence in the foothills above Nice. We gathered there for a lunch hosted by Bob Tickler. Ideally we would have liked to have been in the terrace [...]

April 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

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