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Readers will not be surprised to learn that I am against the proposed 100 ball format intercity competition. The rationale for it seems to be the attraction of a new and younger audience but the reality is money from broadcasting rights to rival the IPL. One ECB  executive commented that cricket [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Millwall 0 Fulham 3

Fulham had a stern examination at Millwall, unbeaten since November, but passed it with flying colours. It was a shaky start when Millwall’s crosses tested a Fulham defence that is not always dominant aerially. I was impressed by Millwall. They play a physical game but not without skill. In [...]

April 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chateau and the ballet

The flat I rent is adjacent to the Chateau of Nice. In the book that Henry reviewed and I read – The Riviera at War – it refers to this being a place for German ordnance to fire on the Allies in the event of sea attack. You can see why as it’s atop of a hill on a promontory between [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Spurs 1

Brighton achieved the one valuable point last night in a hard-fought game that should mean Premier status next season. Much has been made of the run-in that numbers Manchester City away, Manchester United at home and Liverpool away, but by then the position should be clearer. West Bromwich are [...]

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

No frills, no fun

There are few things in life I enjoy less than travelling on a budget airline. From booking to getting the boarding passes to travel, the whole process is one where I grit my teeth and bear it. Take yesterday, for example, when I was travelling from Nice to London Gatwick on easyJet. Neither Polly [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The golfing weekend/ Ryder Cup

After a lucklustre Masters I was pleased to be back on track with a winner, Jon Rahm, in the Spanish Open and a couple of places in the Heritage, Bryson DeChambeau  and Patrick Cantlay. This was won after a play-off by the Japanese Sotoshi Kodario. I’m a big fan of Jon Rahm but so are others [...]

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Brentford 1

However much you rationalise Brentford’s 94th minute equaliser it still hurts … a lot. Brentford deserved a draw. In the first half they may have had a goal ruled offside and a penalty when Stefan Johansen’s arms were well above his shoulders to charge down a free kick; the visitors [...]

April 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner report; Fulham 1 Reading 0

Fulham for the first time this season moved up to second and automatic promotion place. Play-offs are now guaranteed but with 4 games to go we have every chance of the automatic berth. The next two matches are derbies againat Brentford and Millwall. The latter still have play-off ambitions. The [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments


I have always found cleaners an odd breed, supposedly  providing a service but in reality imposing their own foibles on your household. French cleaners are no different, worse in fact. I have engaged a cleaning agency that offers a but not the cleaner twice a week as I have yet to have the same [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

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