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My readers know when it comes to domestic appliances I am an amateur. I am reminded of the Jackie Mason joke “A Jew can put 7 companies together but cannot assemble a vacuum cleaner …” On Tuesday in my new residence I was without hot water, on Wednesday without electricity. One of [...]

May 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Recipe for a long life

According to reports in the media, the latest edition of the publication Psychological Science sets out the results of a survey conducted by researchers at Carleton University in Canada demonstrating that – at any stage of your life – having a purpose in life is a good strategy for having a [...]

May 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner End of Term Report

There was a good article on www.hammyend.com which went beyond highlighting the appalling errors made this season to consider a faulty management structure. The great thing about Mohammed al Fayed was not just his love of the club and its supporters, but that he had a vision, not necessarily the [...]

May 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Moving on

Yesterday I was involved in moving from one of my residences to another. I organised the removal team with military precision but inevitably things happen and frustratingly cannot be found on arrival. My removal chaps were immensely helpful and it made me think what a broad based job they have. [...]

May 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Given this play was first performed in 1626 and written before then, it has as its theme one with which a modern playwright might feel uncomfortable – namely, an incestuous and passionate love between brother and sister. Antonella has returned to Parma with her tutor friar and her father [...]

May 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The play offs

Most supporters and Sky Sports love the play offs but that does not deny their intrinsic injustice. So when Derby, who finished 11 points ahead of Brighton and beat them twice, won at the Amex last night justice was done – but not totally the job. The Amex is a rousing place and whilst the [...]

May 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Sporting films

Charles Thursby  has identified the main problem with sporting films, namely that you cannot suspend disbelief that the actor is the athlete. Some have crossed the barrier successfully, notably Robert  di Niro in Raging Bull or Russell Crowe in The Cinderella Man, but the boxing genre works [...]

May 8, 2014 // 0 Comments


Our editor always likes us to write outside our box, penalty one in my case as – aside from football – what else do I know and what can I say that can interest our 1.5 million readers? However, on a  week that saw Fulham relegated and lose the Youth Cup Final, I am prepared to go [...]

May 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fiorentina file

I do not know who had the worse Saturday, Alan Tanner or me. I was in the Stadio Olimpico for the final of the Coppa which Fiorentina lost 3-1 to Napoli. Before the game there was a serious shooting incident which delayed the kick off for some 45 minutes.  The Napoli fans did not want the game to [...]

May 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

20 Reasons why Fulham were relegated

1) dismantling the old Fulham board of Cole, Collins and Turner when Khan took over; 2) believing Alastair Mackintosh the CEO could  run the club without the input of a Fulham board; 3) not having an adequate left back all season; 4) getting rid of Aaron Hughes, without whom Brede Hangeland was [...]

May 4, 2014 // 4 Comments

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