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The Tanner report: Huddersfield 1 Fulham 2

I had the utmost respect for those Fulham diehards on a very wet night – when the match was televised – who made it up to the Smith Stadium and were rewarded by a 2-1 victory. I watched it on the telly. Some of the key incidents I am sure I would have missed had I been there. In the [...]

August 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second day of Test

In a day of slowish scoring of less than 300 hundred runs in total, a third of them scored by Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow, the main feature of the day was its dedication to the Ruth Strauss Foundation. At the risk of sounding like Victor Meldew I was not sure about this. Charity is a matter of [...]

August 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Lehman Trilogy

Many of my friends who go irregularly to the West End Theatre cite the same reasons: 1) it is expensive; 2) the theatres are old with poor amenities; 3) it’s a rush and the choice of supper beforehand or after is unattractive; 4) you emerge late at night in an insalubrious part of London; 5) [...]

August 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rain, rain, go away

Today I’m going to Lords for the start of the Ashes Test. It’s highly likely I will not see a ball bowled. If it ends as a draw England will have to win two and draw one of the remaining three to recover the Ashes. Unlikely. More likely more rain and they cannot get Steve Smith out. Steve Smith [...]

August 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Film criticism and Mark Kermode

In France film reviewing is taken very seriously. The film review magazine Cahiers du Cinema – literally translated as “Exercise books of Cinema” – spawned a fine generation of Auteurs like Jean Luc Goddard, Francois Truffaut and Alain Resnais. In the UK film reviewing can [...]

August 13, 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 Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

There is a well known tactic usually symptomatic of the classier footballing team: “playing out from the back.” Fulham in the first 30 minutes created their own version of “playing in from the back”. Time after time again the ball was passed laterally between central defenders [...]

August 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Missing London?

A question I am often asked before and after I moved down to the coast is whether I miss London? One good friend of mine put it more starkly “I will give it two years and you will be back with more to pay in property prices”. A lady friend of mine I have known for over 50 years and who lived in [...]

August 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Imperial Treasure

When an old friend told me he had booked Imperial Treasure off Pall Mall for our regular lunch date he promised me “Chinese cuisine on a different level”. Looking at the menu on its website I was not sure if he was referring to the cost!! In fact he was right … and so was I. The [...]

August 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sussex Sharks rampant

Last night I saw Sussex Sharks easily dispose of Glamorgan – the bottom side in the Southern division – for themselves to go top. Sussex had no Jefra Archer who was busy playing for Sussex seconds in Blackstone Gloucestershire, taking 6-27 and scoring a century in preparation for his [...]

August 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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