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My newspaper of choice is The Times. My routine is to buy the paper version, skim-read the sports section and – to fight off dementia – do the quiz and chess puzzle. There is a section on the Euros within Section 2 largely dedicated to the Arts. Yesterday the section padded out the [...]

July 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Euros, Test and Tour

England beat Netherlands courtesy of a late outstanding goal by Ollie Watkins and some favourable refereeing. Many of us watching were surely baffled by the first half decision to award a penalty after a vigorous but seemingly fair challenge by Denzyl Dumfries on Harry Kane. In the second half, [...]

July 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

Richie Benaud’s Blue Suede Shoes/David Kynaston and Harry Ricketts

This is the story of a classic Ashes series in 1961 in the context of two very different captains Peter May and Richie Benaud. Peter May (Charterhouse and Cambridge) was more patrician, a classical batsman but cold and distant from his men. Richie Benaud was an adventurous captain but also a [...]

July 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

WW2: War in Crete/PBS

Pursuing my interest in the less well-known theatres of World War Two, I followed with much interest and no little enjoyment the PBS documentary of the Crete Campaign. Crete was in 1941 the largest airborne invasion ever by the elite Wehrmacht paratroops known as the Fallschirmjager. The Allied [...]

July 7, 2024 // 0 Comments

The weekend sport (so far)

On Friday I watched the first of the Euro quarter finals. Spain v Germany matched the recent champions against the hosts in which the former came on top. It was a vibrant, full-blooded game which tipped into nasty when Tony Kroos put Pedri out for the rest of the tournament. I thought Spain [...]

July 7, 2024 // 0 Comments


After a relaxing and enjoyable stay with some old friends, I decided to visit for the first time the Lincolnshire town of Stamford. Stamford was originally the refuelling place for the coach and horses trip to Scotland. It also has the palatial home of William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s most [...]

July 2, 2024 // 0 Comments

England 2 Slovakia 1

The gap between performance and result has never been more marked than in this game. England are through to the last 8 v Switzerland but it was another dysfunctional performance. Indeed it took a remarkable effort from Jude Bellingham to equalise in the dying embers. There was nothing in this [...]

July 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

An ultimately unsatisfying day of sport

Saturday you could watch the start of the Tour de France in Florence, two Euro 2024 games and the T20 World Cup Final. I followed most of them and watched the whole of Germany 2 Denmark 0. The game was marred firstly by lightning that caused the withdrawal of both teams and secondly by some odd VAR [...]

July 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

Fry Gallery/Saffron Walden

Friday I visited the Fry Gallery to see Eric Ravilious and the other artists of the nearby colony of Great Bardfield which included Edward Bawden and John Aldridge whose work was also exhibited. It’s a small museum of basically one room which is also a shop. Eric Ravilious was a Sussex painter [...]

June 30, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex win by 18 runs/Hail Louis Kimber!

I do not suppose many had previously heard of Louis Kimber – but they have now! On the morning of the fourth day, chasing 442 with 5 wickets down, Leicestershire’s chances were forlorn. Then Louis Kimber – at number 8 –  came to the crease to score a record breaking 243. He [...]

June 27, 2024 // 0 Comments

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