Category Archives: Sport

Football Review: England vs France, 10th December 2022

I blame British insularity, and Brexit in particular, when England lose matches they should have won. This match, 2-1 to France, is no exception. The principal English striker, Harry Kane, is a Spurs1, ‘lifer who’s never played in foreign leagues. … Continue reading

Advertisement

Posted in education, Politics, Sport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Beware of chess playing boyfriends

“To Marcel Duchamp, chess was a higher vocation than art: on his honeymoon he paid more attention to the game than to his bride. In revenge she glued his pieces to the board; divorce ensued.” New Statesman 7th October 2022 … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Sport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Sports Mechanic

Three middle-aged women were bragging about their sons. Sarah said “My son William studied Architecture at Cambridge. He makes £70,000 a year and has been promised a partnership.” Her friend, Anthea, smirked, “Charlie read Law at Oxford and he’s only … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Sport | Tagged | Leave a comment

Black Lives Matter: Jesse Owens Olympic Champion 1936

Jesse Owens on the podium after winning a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics. A month after the Olympic Games, Owens told a crowd, “Hitler didn’t snub me—it was [Roosevelt] who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, Sport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Manchester United 2022

In a last ditch attempt to save their season, Man Utd have dug up the pitch to plant potatoes. That way they’ll have something to lift in May.

Posted in Humour, Sport | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Garry Kasparov’s phenomenal memory

“I was to be tested by seeing if I could identify each game by looking at the position on the board….. I said, ‘I’m honoured you are interested in understanding the human mind, but I hope you will forgive me … Continue reading

Posted in education, History, Sport | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Sarah the Supply Teacher

Sarah the supply teacher watched the boys having fun kicking a football. She went across to Harry, who was standing by himself, and asked if he was OK. ‘Sure.’ “You can go and play with the other boys.” “It’s best … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, School, Sport | Tagged | Leave a comment

Book Review: Zlatan Ibrahimovic ~ I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic (with David Lagercrantz) (Translator Ruth Urbom)

This book is a superior sports autobiography. Zlatan’s ghost writer is an author in his own right, and translator is excellent. They capture the intensity of his life and the voice of an immigrant living in poverty. As a sports … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Review, Sport | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Geoff Boycott and Garry Sobers: a superb anecdote

IAN CHAPPELL, former Australian captain, once told a great story about SIR GARFIELD SOBERS and SIR GEOFFREY BOYCOTT: They were playing in England and GEOFF BOYCOTT came to GARRY one day and said, “GARRY, you seem to get me out … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Sport | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Social Class and Test Cricket

“We looked through all the specialist batters that debuted (for England in Tests) since 2011, and we found that 95 per cent of them have been white, 77 per cent of them have come from private schools, only 30 per … Continue reading

Posted in School, Sport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment