Sport & Leisure

The Month of Joy the Enabled Tried to Ruin!

Posted on July 13, 2021

As I looked around the dejected faces of the cricket club on Sunday night, I felt sad for the young people feeling what I did 31 years ago after a dramatic night in Turin. The sick part of me also felt glad that these people should be subjected to the misery I once endured. But mostly, I felt empathy. I felt miserable too, but like many of my age group, I am battle hardened, so it didn’t last more than an hour. I have witnessed no fewer ...

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Footballers and Covid-19

Posted on January 6, 2021

If the ageing process, Brexit and Covid have taught me one thing, it’s that making impulsive assumptions can result in public shaming and not learning about the devil in the detail. It also allows people like Toby Young, Julia Hartley Brewer and Laurence Fox to make money for being the voices of lunatic reason. So, with that in mind, I decided to not pay much attention to the outrage directed at footballers who had broken Covid-19 ...

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Dai & The Ramblers at The Hyde Tavern

Posted on December 7, 2017

It is always difficult to write a music blog as I am not a music critic working for MOJO or the NME but what I have liked doing over the last decade is listening to as much music as I can, rather than becoming entrenched in one genre like someone saying 'You can't beat a good pint of Fosters'. I first heard Dai and the Ramblers late one stormy night on Radio 6 whilst I was driving down the A303 and I was immediately hooked to the song ...

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Crooked Calypso

Posted on July 25, 2017

It was nice to see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott reach number one in the album charts this week, even though it is possibly becauses us older folk are more likely to pay for music, whilst our offspring simply nick it. I have been a fan of Heaton's for years (over 30 years actually) partly because of his ability to stick to his roots whilst others have succumbed to money but mainly because of his witty lyrics often featuring sinister tales ...

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George Michael Departs to Various Tributes!

Posted on December 26, 2016

I watched with great interest, the responses that flooded in after the death at 53, of pop superstar, George Michael. Perhaps the most accurate  I saw came from a friend (Stephen Fuller) on Facebook. "It'll probably take the first couple of 'celebrity' deaths of 2017 to make people realise there was really nothing special or unique about 2016". When I told my girlfriend, her response was something along the lines of "oh that's ...

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