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The Sunday Times Rich List

I always read The Sunday Times Rich List, which arrived with the paper last weekend, but with increasing cynicism. Firstly, how do they evaluate wealth and, secondly, debt? The Irish entrepreneur Tony O’Reilly passed recently. He was the businessman that built up the Kerrygold butter brand, had a [...]

May 23, 2024 // 0 Comments

A Day at the Races

Yesterday I was invited to Ascot Races for their first flat meeting of the year (Royal Ascot Trials Day) . It was mainly Group 3 – two year olds – the big stuff being the Royal Meeting and the Diamond Stakes which come later in the summer. I was mightily impressed by the new stand and [...]

May 3, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex win & top League Two

After two draws and yesterday’s win by four wickets against Gloucestershire, Sussex now top the second division. After coach Paul Farbrace went on record saying that we will never witness again the golden period of the noughties when Sussex won 3 Championship titles and the Cheltenham & [...]

April 23, 2024 // 0 Comments

Champions League Thoughts

Few expected Real Madrid to qualify – and not at the expense of champions Manchester City – but the fact remains that often the best teams do not win competitions. There are too many variables: injuries, refereeing decisions, VAR and  penalty shoot outs. Barcelona’s coach Xavi railed [...]

April 19, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 28 Glasgow Warriors 24 (Investec Cup)

The Comeback Kings are fast becoming the collapsible ones. 41-3 up against Bath Rugby, the game finished 41-34. Last night, after a sluggish start, Quins went 0-7 down but recovered to 21-7. In the second half Glasgow Warriors made it 24-21 and only a late try by Sam Riley and conversion by Marcus [...]

April 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 40 Bath Rugby 36

Bath almost “out-Quinsed’ the hosts with a mighty come back after being 40-0 down. It did reflect well on the Premiership. Quins, after being hammered by Saracens last time out, achieved an important win whilst Sarries lost to Northampton Saints, who themselves were beaten the previous weekend [...]

March 31, 2024 // 0 Comments

Saracens 52 Harlequins 7

It comes with the territory that anyone in their eighth decade – as I am – has to contend with “incoming” accusations from friends and family (in jest or otherwise) that they are prone to repeating themselves. I became a guilty party myself once my own father reached a certain age. [...]

March 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

Six Nations review: England 23 Ireland 22

Well, that was a pleasant surprise! A full-bloodied, dynamic performance by the England matchday squad as they went toe-to-toe with Ireland at RFU Twickenham yesterday on this year’s penultimate Six Nations weekend. These days rugby union is a something of a game in crisis as it struggles to come [...]

March 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

The rise of M & S

After many years in the doldrums M & S are now doing really well and their rise in status and appeal is based on their food hall. Traditionally M & S had valuable freehold sites and a reputation for quality goods. They paid suppliers within 7 days which ensured excellent supply lines. They [...]

March 9, 2024 // 0 Comments

The welcome rise of Ipswich Town

The cliche ‘back where they belong’ is too often bandied about, but no club has a divine right to the top table. However, I am so pleased that Ipswich – promoted from Division One – are now challenging for automatic promotion to the Premiership. They have had a torrid time in [...]

March 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

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