Sport & Leisure

Reading FC Staring into the Abyss as Asset Strippers Hover

Posted on November 1, 2023

As I write this, Reading FC have received their latest HMRC winding up order. Fans of the club are waiting, hoping for a resolution. Over the last few days, there have been interested parties hovering around. Mike Ashley’s helicopter swirled above the stadium like a red kite swooping around mortally injured prey. Other asset strippers are also rumoured to be keen. Some of them, bizarrely, are merely attention seeking fantasists. To many, ...

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To Cyprus and Back

Posted on October 15, 2023

I am not sure if I am alone in this but as the years pass, I find the aggro of going on holiday increases. I have to remind myself that once I arrive, it’s nearly always worth it. However, I hate Gatwick Airport so much, I have in recent years demanded that I will only travel via smaller airports. This year we went from Bristol airport which, don’t get me wrong, is no utopian paradise. However, it is at least more tolerable than than the ...

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Are England the Real Deal?

Posted on September 15, 2023

Some time ago, probably around 2010, I gave up watching England playing football. It was like watching Groundhog Day. Same old shit about passion, desire, love of the badge and so on. It never worked and nearly always ended in bitter tears, sending off’s and a gammon onslaught about not caring enough. White Noise and Caring Too Much! Much of England’s problems always appeared to revolve around caring too much. Wound up by tabloid ...

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Who Enjoyed the Women’s World Cup?

Posted on August 20, 2023

I quite enjoyed the women’s World Cup. There were some good games and of course England did very well. Ultimately, they got stuffed in the final (if you can be stuffed 1-0) but they showed great team spirit to get as far as they did. They got the rub of the green against Nigeria in the last 16 but not in the final. But did it grip the nation in the way the media tried to make us believe? I think it spiked an interest but personally, I was ...

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Cricket – It’s Pretty Shit Really

Posted on July 24, 2023

In a way, it was fittingly English that the most exciting Test Match in years should end up ruined. There were England, on the cusp of something special, then it rained. Not just for a few hours but nearly two days. Rain Wrecks Once in Century Opportunity England were, without doubt, in the ascendancy. Having reduced the deficit to 1-2 in the series, they were dominant over a tired and listless looking Australia. The stage was set for a ...

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