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Weekend TV and radio

This was very much a mixed bag. The best programme I heard was Private Passions.  This programme – on a midday on Radio 3 – is presented by Michael Berkeley and is a fusion of interview and music, much better than Desert Island Discs.   When I switched on 5 minutes after the [...]

October 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

Valley of Tears – what happened?

I was very much looking forward on Friday night to the latest mega drama of Israeli TV – Valley of Tears – but searching for it on More 4 I  could find no sign of it – instead 24 Hours in Casualty was being broadcast. I have found no information why it was pulled. I do hope [...]

October 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

The entrepreneur & sport

With Derby getting a massive point deduction under owner Mel Morris, Nigel Wray selling most of his stake in Saracens, Bernard Tapie dying and a podcast I listened to on disgraced financier Allan Stanford, today’s post is on the entrepreneur and sport. These are less common with sovereign wealth [...]

October 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ridley Road/BBC 1

Every Friday in the 1960s amd 1970s my late mother would shop at Ridley Road market in Dalston. Even when we moved upmarket from Stoke Newington to St John’s Wood in 1964 this routine continued, involving a long car journey. So when I heard of a BBC drama based on the Jo Bloom novel I was [...]

October 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

The dawn of a new (rugby) season

English rugby’s Premiership 2021/2022 kicked off last night at Ashton Gate, the home ground of Bristol Bears, last year’s “winners” of the regular (league) season and favourites to win the Final who then suffered a Devon Loch-like failure in their semi-final play-off against the Harlequins. [...]

September 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Birmingham 1 Fulham 4

After the defeat at Blackpool, which was merited, the boys were back on track and atop the Championship with a decisive thumping of Birmingham. Blackpool deserved their win and chief coach Marco Silva did not blame the international break. Our American players Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson had to [...]

September 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Seagulls soar

Whenever I look at the Premier table, which I admit to doing quite often, what do I see? Brighton in sixth place. Above Spurs and well above Arsenal, both well supported down here. Admittedly our 3 wins over Burnley, Watford and Brentford could not be classed as against top opposition – and [...]

September 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

White Lotus

White Lotus, a HBO production on Sky Atlantic, has been the success story of the summer and I can see why as it’s topical, well-observed and funny. The White Lotus is a high end hotel in Hawaii which attracts privileged, self -absorbed white American guests varying in their awfulness. The [...]

September 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hail Emma

A fact little commented on before or after this wonderful victory is the joy it has brought the nation. We always like a British champion winning on foreign soil: think Ken Buchanan, Justin Rose winning the US Open and, before him, Tony Jacklin and the British Lions. First the stats. Emma Raducanu [...]

September 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

The upsurge in chess

There has been an upsurge in chess for 2 reasons; the success of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and more playing on chess sites like chess.com on the internet during the pandemic. A few years ago I played in the RAC chess club and on our board one courteous banker launched, as a whim and [...]

September 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

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