Category Archives: Sport

An Olympic Legacy

This is a damning report: Athens’ Olympic venues lie empty and disused as the tenth anniversary of the Games approaches. Greece spent over £7bn on the Games, yet the canoeing and aquatics centre are now completely dried up. The pictures … Continue reading

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Another World Cup, Another English Defeat

I did not watch all but the last 10 minutes of England’s inevitable defeat at the hands of Uruguay last night, which effectively ends their world cup campaign after only 5 days.  Instead I found myself at a bar with … Continue reading

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Here we go again

Isn’t this always the case, though? Preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are the “worst” ever seen, according to International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates. … The news comes as Brazil faces a race to be ready in time for … Continue reading

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South Africa vs Australia

During the drubbing of the English cricket team during the last Ashes test, I made the following observation of the Australian team: Despite their success, this team has yet to demonstrate it can follow even a modest first innings total … Continue reading

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More on the Dismissal of KP

This is pathetic: Kevin Pietersen’s international career was ended so captain Alastair Cook could create a culture where players can ‘trust each other’, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said. … [I]n a joint statement with the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the ECB said: … Continue reading

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On the Dismissal of KP

I was going to write a post on Kevin Pietersen’s forced departure from the England cricket setup, but George Dobell has said it perfectly in an article already.  Some excerpts: If you can’t manage, you shouldn’t be in management. By allowing … Continue reading

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Flower vs Pietersen

According to the rumours, which would have been dispelled within seconds were there not an element of truth to them, Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen are at loggerheads with Flower wanting KP out and threatening to quit if he doesn’t … Continue reading

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An Observation on Australian Sporting Culture

The other day I caught an interview between one of the presenters of the Australian cricket show and the former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath.  McGrath said something which would have passed unnoticed by most viewers, but for me it spoke … Continue reading

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A Summary, Ashes 2013/14

I was going to write a review of the fifth and final test of the 2103/14 Ashes series in the same way I did the other four, but having watched nearly every ball I fear I would just be repeating … Continue reading

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The Fourth Test, Ashes 2013/14

Well, it’s hard to know what to say about this match, being so bereft of positive points on either side that any analysis is painful. Although I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the MCG on Boxing Day, the standard of cricket … Continue reading

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