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IAN THOMSON RIP

There must be something in the Sussex air that inspires longevity as in 2018 five our of the last six surviving Test players wore the six martlet sweater of Sussex CCC: Don Smith, Hubert Doggart, Alan Oakman, Ian Thomson and Jim Parks. With the recent passing of Ian Thomson, only Jim Parks [...]

August 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thinking the unthinkable

Last week brought media reports of a new study undertaken by Professor Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow which apparently demonstrates that professional footballers who play in defence for ten to fifteen years are five times more likely to suffer dementia that the general population, [...]

August 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Olympic coverage

Like my colleagues on the Rust I find the back drop of empty seats in the stadiums a distinct turn off. In the week of track and field I miss the winning athlete draped in the national flag going over to supporters. I am also less than impressed by the BBC coverage. The BBC has so few sporting [...]

August 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

It’s about everything – and nothing …

As I begin my post today, reflecting upon some of the issues thrown up by the Olympics currently belatedly taking place in Tokyo, I’m conscious that I’m sailing gingerly into choppy and potentially hazardous waters and also simultaneously at significant risk of losing my thread or even [...]

August 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

A thriller at Hove

When the T20 rose in popularity it was feared that the 50 over format would feel the squeeze. It had tradition, a variety of sponsors from Gillette to Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society to the NatWest Bank. It was above all the format for the World Cup. Its latest competition sponsored by [...]

August 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

One-all … and one to go

Family events conspired to prevent me watching the entirety of the rugby union Second Test match yesterday between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions in Capetown as I had originally planned. I did not reach the sanctuary of home until just before half-time last night and made an [...]

August 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

More thoughts on Sussex sport and the Hundred

Yesterday I had intended to go to Hove Cricket Ground to see the Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires in the Royal London 50 over match. Except for a window in the afternoon there was no play and the game ended “no result’, Sussex’s sixth such ending in all competitions. It was little consolation [...]

July 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

Can we believe what we see?

This isn’t exactly rocket science, but occasionally every man (or woman) jack of us gets reminded that – for the human race generally – either things are never quite what they seem to be and/or (alternatively) sometimes they can be exactly what each of us want them to be, simply because [...]

July 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Sir Christopher Wren Windsor

A few years ago I was a regular visitor to both the Sir Christopher Wren hotel and Windsor. The hotel got tattier and tattier. One day on the outdoor terrace I saw a spritely Indian businessman directing affairs. He turned out to be the owner of Sarova hotels. Sarova have now taken over the hotel. [...]

July 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Positively ignoring my first Olympics

In accordance with what seems to have become a newly-adopted Rust policy stance that elite sporting games/events staged in the absence of crowds are unedifying to the extent of being unwatchable, I am currently “not watching” the Tokyo Olympics. Despite whatever brave and noble performances our [...]

July 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

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