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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

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

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

Sussex v Leicestershire (third day)

Sussex are now poised for victory against Leicestershire. They declared at 296-6 setting Leicestershire a target of just over 450. At stumps Leicestershire were 139-5, losing their major batters, notably Patel. Confidence oozes through this young Sussex side, who top Division 2 of the Championship [...]

June 26, 2024 // 0 Comments

A day at the County Ground

Yesterday summer had come with fine sunny weather and a cooling sea breeze and what better place to enjoy if than at the county ground at Hove for the first day of the Championship game v Leicestershire? Leicestershire put Sussex into bat and took 3 wickets in the first session. Once again captain [...]

June 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

Welcome to West Sussex

I mostly write about the delights of East Sussex but West Sussex too has much to offer. Yesterday’s post by Bob Tickler neglected to mention his acquisition of a beach hut on the Chichester peninsula and he can be found sometimes with a bottle of bubbly with a grandee, sometimes sharing a [...]

June 22, 2024 // 0 Comments


Ten years ago I made the momentous decision to leave London for the south coast. A good friend at the time advised me that if it did not work out – as clearly he thought it would happen then – I would be back within 2 years and have to deal with increased property prices. In fact, [...]

June 21, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton confirm Fabian Huerzerler as Head Coach

First a few facts courtesy of the Argus Brighton football reporter Brian Owen. Huerzeler is the youngest Premier boss in Brighton’s history at 31 ( Charlie Webb was aged 28 when appointed in 1919) Heuzzeler younger than Lewis Dunk and Pascal Groß, and the formation of the Premier League in [...]

June 18, 2024 // 0 Comments

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