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Withdrawal and well being

One of the features of this year’s sport has been the withdrawal from participation by elite sportswomen and sportsmen. Naomi Osaka was followed by Simone Biles and the latest is Ben Stokes. Generally the media attitude is sympathetic. Gone are the days when Frank Bruno was cruelly mocked by the [...]

August 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

The dictatorship of the cycling brigade

Every stout and upright member of the British public over the aged of fifty will be familiar with the notion that the 21st Century’s “woke” Generation X do-gooders have a regrettable supposedly politically-correct stranglehold over the thinking and policies of the craven UK [...]

July 30, 2021 // 0 Comments


A few weeks ago on the car radio I happened to hear A Good Read, a book recommendation programmme presented by Harriet Gilbert. Under the Milkwood by Dylan Thomas was advocated by one participant. There was much praise for the Welsh poet’s lyricism. Harriet Gilbert, as accompaniment, used an [...]

July 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

A ball of considerable confusion

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that – in what (nobody needs reminding) has been something of a strange a disconcerting world these past eighteen months – the “crazy” factor has recently gone up several notches in the UK as both world sport – not least football, [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Covid- living with it, or dying of it ?

Two recent incidents defined to me, and and increasingly I should suspect the public’s, attitude to Covid. Staying with some friends in the country, which I presently am, I arranged a cat/house-sitter for my beloved pussy cat who requires 2 insulin injections daily. The said cat/house-sitter [...]

July 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Brian London

I was sad to learn of the death of Brian London. He epitomised the British post-War heavyweight pug – good but was not good enough. He had a powerful dig – as Ingemar Johanson found out – but was slow and ranked second in the popularity stakes to Henry Cooper. He was a bit of [...]

June 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Fitness (new campaign) update 2

Now officially over a week into my latest fitness campaign, which has the vague goals of helping me lose up to a stone (14 pounds) in weight and revisiting the general “well-being” feeling that attends being fit, I am still stuck in the inevitable early “hard yards” phase. The first [...]

June 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Northants (1st day)

After 20 months it was wonderful to watch cricket at Hove again. Henry Crocombe Sadly, Sussex’s performance did not match the exhilaration as, after winning the toss, they were at one stage just after lunch 67-8. Fortunately a 8th wicket stand of 99 by young bowlers Henry Crocombe and Jack [...]

May 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

Back in the groove again (possibly)

From time to time I take to the Rust in order to report from my perspective as a near-septuagenarian seeking to stave off the ravages of time by maintaining a certain degree of physical fitness. This quest is a sometimes unequal contest between committing to and enjoying the undoubted benefits of [...]

May 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

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