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Brighton 2 Manchester United 3

The Seagulls can count themseves unlucky to lose this one. Leandro Trossard struck the frame of the United goal three times and the VAR decision that Neil Maupay handled the ball led to a winning United penalty after the final whistle. Still, the Seagulls, who have played well in every game this [...]

September 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

What the doctor said

Throughout the pandemic I have heard very little from doctors on the coal face on how grave the situation is. This is a question I posed to the doctor who gave me a thorough medical yesterday. He said there was far too much ill-informed hype. There were some 70,000 illnesses out there of which [...]

September 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sue McGregor

Sue MacGregor  is a hero of mine so I listened avidly to the Archive on Four on Radio 4 last Saturday for her celebration of five decades as a broadcaster. It sums up her qualities that she treated the programme as a news broadcast. She was neither bitter nor boastful. She merely recounted how she [...]

September 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (Caraboa Cup)

This match, streamed on the Caraboa website last night, was hardly compelling viewing but instructive in its own way. In particular the powerful and pacy Antonee Robinson, acquired from Wigan, looked a more than credible alternative for the smaller Joe Bryan who holds the left back position. Keeper [...]

September 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Manet and Degas

Our art course resumed for its autumn term yesterday on Zoom. We studied Edouard Manet and Edgar  Degas. Both came from wealthy families. Manet’s father was a lawyer and judge who – it is said – was reluctant for his son to be an artist until he married his father’s mistress [...]

September 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Assessing the US Open

Bryson DeChambeau may not be a popular champion but he is a worthy one. He was the only player to beat par. The critics call for a different ball and more testing lay outs to restrict his heavy hitting. True he missed 23 out of 56 fairways but if the powers that be tighten things up, knowing [...]

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Leeds 4 Fulham 3

With no points and seven goals conceded you might have thought I would feel dejected but not a bit of it. It’s early days but there is a spirit in Scott Parker’s side that was lacking 18 months ago. When we went 4-1 down I received a text from our cycling correspondent Guy Danaway that I [...]

September 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Rosh Hashanah

It’s Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).  The Hebrew calendar is about a month out of kilter with our own and has its own month and year. This causes me particular anguish as the dates of my beloved parents’ death are not the same in both calendars. In the Jewish religion it’s [...]

September 19, 2020 // 0 Comments


I was delighted when I was asked to post – not after but during the event – as any post mortem is inevitably coloured by a gambling near miss. Of the 4 Majors the US Open is the one the professionals like to win. The Masters is slightly up itself and its Southern Colonialism has in the [...]

September 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport week

It’s hardly been a great week so far for Sussex sport. On Monday the Sharks lost in the T20 to Essex Eagles, a side unlikely to qualify from the Southern Division (Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and ourselves). That Monday night Brighton lost 1-3 to Chelsea. We dominated possession [...]

September 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

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