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Ticket issues

Yesterday I made my plans to go Devonshire Park Eastbourne for the tennis tournament this week. I googled Devonshire Park and was directed to Nature Valley who sponsor the tournament. Several of the days were sold out but there were a few left for the day I wanted to go. The ticket allocation had [...]

June 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

A great day of sport

With my missus off to Alton Towers with grandkids Holly and Bracken I had the run of the gaff. Armed with a chilled rose, a Rosalie Mistral, recommended and supplied by Algy for services rendered and warm enough to fire the barbecue on the back yard I settled down to burgers, sausages and coleslaw [...]

June 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

England lose but the tournament wins

England’s defeat came as a surprise to many but not the Sports Rusters who were more doubtful of their chances. Had England won, then next week we would have matches between the top four (Australia, England, India, New Zealand) and meaningless games between the rest. Now the rest have some [...]

June 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Royal Ascot

On both Wednesday and Thursday I watched on TV the horse racing at Ascot. This I did with a certain degree of sad nostalgia as Ladies Day (Thursday) was one of our few regular family outings. My father, a conscientious doctor, would do his morning surgery which made for a late start. My mother, [...]

June 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Damnation of Faust/ Glyndebourne

Critics of live performances in the arts rarely give you the audience reaction. Sportswriters more commonly include the crowd – in football, the reaction to a substitution, to tactics or even an individual performance. This does not happen with arts reviewers even though I would suggest that [...]

June 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Appeasing Hitler

Tim Bouverie has written a measured, well researched account of the Appeasement years. He cites several reasons for the appeasement policy of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain: 1) the country was ill-prepared for war; 2) there was a mood of pacifism in the country which may well have resulted [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wakehurst Gardens

Somerset Maugham observed that, as we have so few summer days in Britain, it is only fair that ours should be finer than anywhere else in the world. Thus on one of the few hot days – or rather one without rain – I was delighted yesterday to have organised a trip to Wakehurst Gardens in [...]

June 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Weekend sport

US Open winner Gary Woodland was not on anyone’s radar: his big-hitting game did not seem suited to a course where accuracy is all. Will Woodland “do a Koepka” and become a multiple Open winner after his first, or will be the fifteenth golfer with just one US Major win? Post-Tiger [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Australia v Sri Lanka

The petering out of Australia v Sri Lanka blows the theory that limited over cricket is necessarily more exciting than the Test/county variety. Sri Lanka, set a high total (334), made a good fist of it of it. At one stage they were 153-1 but once they started losing wickets ( 7 for 42 runs) it was [...]

June 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

They are watching you

Bob Tickler’s post that he is eschewing all forms of technology based on the Internet may not seems as luddite as it sounds. Last Monday on Radio 4 the programmme File on Four explained the latest advances in surveillance and the problems these pose. The Israelis are at the forefront of this [...]

June 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

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