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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

Sir Neville Marriner (1924-2017)

This April 15th would have been the centenary of the birth of conductor Sir Neville Marriner, the founder of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields, an eminent conductor. The BBC celebrated this centenary with a series of his recordings and I watched and listened to Marriner conduct his Academy [...]

April 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

Will the real Quins show up?

Recently Bordeaux Bègles put 100 points past Saracens in the Investec European Challenge Cup, whilst Sarries put 51 points past Quins;  so what chances if any did Quins have at the Chanan Delmas stadium in Bordeaux yesterday? As it happened, quite a lot – as in a thriller – they ran [...]

April 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

Masters’ Thoughts

We have now reached cut off day and Major winners Dustin Johnson, Brian Harman, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Wyndham Clark did not make the cut. It was a day of high winds which conditions did not lend themselves to accuracy the most necessary component to master the Masters. The smart money [...]

April 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Masters Preview

Even with the schism of LIV v PGA the Masters is always to look forward to and savour. Indeed the tourneys that will suffer from avoidance by the Liv golfers are more likely to be the non Majors. The Masters is the first Major and the only one played always on the same course in Augusta. It’s [...]

April 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

Titanic

Having listened to all of the episodes on ‘The Rest is History’ podcast on the Titanic, which took the listener through its building for White Star lines in the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yards in Belfast to its sinking when it hit a iceberg in April 1912, I then decided to watch [...]

April 9, 2024 // 0 Comments

A day at Hove County ground (Sussex v Northants 3rd Day)

I got a lift back from the Amex yesterday from Jon Filby the Chairman of Sussex CCC and left my glasses in his car. He retrieved them and invited me to lunch yesterday in the boardroom to collect them. There were two problems: the first was I was tired and fancied a refuel at home; and, secondly, [...]

April 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

St. Paul’s Old Boys and Oskar Schindler

In the week I watched on PBS Oskar Schindler/The Real Story and noticed that its writer, director and producer was Jon Blair. The self same Blair was at my school, St. Paul’s, and fled his native South Africa to avoid conscription. Like another South African of that era – Peter Hain – [...]

April 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Savage Storm: The battle for Italy 1943/James Holland

Pursuing my interest in the less well known theatres of World War Two warfare I read James Holland’s account of the Allies’ Italy campaign with great interest and enjoyment. The Allies had booted Rommel and his Afrika Korps out of North Africa, taken over Sicily and in late 1943 planned the [...]

April 3, 2024 // 0 Comments

Great Adventure/Tony Banks

This is an account of the Mohammed al Fayed era, which defined the modern Fulham, by a Fulham-supporting journo. It is diligent with interviews with al Fayed’s Director of Communications, Michael Cole, and most of the key personalities of that rollercoaster ride. It’s neither ‘”warts [...]

April 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

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