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Thoughts on the European Super League

If nothing else the proposed European Super League (ESL) of the major clubs of England, Italy and Spain has done something unique: united the disparate and diverse elements of football in voicing its opposition. The devil, as they say, lies in the detail. I found the best coverage to be in The [...]

April 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Arsenal 1 Fulham 1

To concede a goal late in the 7th minute of extra time is gut-wrenching but, when it costs you the final lifeline of survival, doubly so. Had we won we would have closed the gap on Burnley with a game against them. However a dismal start, and a recent run of poor form and results have really made [...]

April 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

A Taste of Honey (1961) and The Family Way (1966)

A Touch of Honey is based on a Shelagh Delaney play which she wrote when just eighteen. It’s set in the industrial landscape of Salford and was the first and acclaimed role of Rita Tushingham as Jo. She is the illegitimate daughter of Helen (Dora Bryan) a flighty woman first introduced as [...]

April 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

County championship woes

The county cricket championship is under way and Sussex CCC have the thin end of the bat. The mini league format of the last Covid-stricken season was re-adopted with Sussex placed in an ‘odds and sods’ group along with Lancashire, Yorkshire, Northants and Glamorgan. The championship starts [...]

April 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

What’s it all about?

My subject for today – illustrated by two examples – is the vexed one of how the human race copes with life on a planet with finite resources on the one hand and apparently infinite complications upon the other. I grant you that’s a hell of an opening statement but there’s no particular [...]

April 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Liverpool… again

One again there was a disturbing outbreak of severe hooliganism at Anfield when on Wednesday night the Real Madrid coach was attacked by a mob of 400 Liverpool fans. A similar incident occurred when Liverpool beat Manchester City, whose coach was attacked, and for which Liverpool was fined [...]

April 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

That all-important second jab

It so happened that yesterday I joined a very British queue. I’d been rung on Tuesday afternoon by someone from my local GP surgery about my second vaccination jab. I’m sure that every GP surgery, pharmacy, NHS “walk in centre” and other unit involved in rolling out the UK’s vaccination [...]

April 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

London impressions

This was my first visit to London to see my dentist. It’s both a painful and expensive process but I assure myself not an ongoing one. I thought the readers might be more interested in my impressions of London in my first visit in just under 6 months. Last there I was struck by the emptiness of [...]

April 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Back in the real world

Yesterday, for the first time since Monday’s Great Emergence From Lockdown (or “GEFL”), I waddled into my local town high street in the bright sunshine and accompanying still ice-edged bracing wind gusts for little more than just the hell of it. Well, not quite just the hell of it. I needed [...]

April 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – Claridges & Hush but first the hairdresser

Like so many people my first port of call yesterday was the hairdresser. It had been over 3 months since my last visit and my “ barnet’ was a mass of unruly curly and ends.  Yet it in an odd way I felt more youthful too. My hairdresser had coped with the lockdown well – in some ways its [...]

April 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

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