Filed: Sport

Achtung, achtung

It’s a face that only a mother could love, or if like me you’re a Man United fan who saw him play, or better still an England fan on that Saturday of 31st July 1966 when he became immortal.

For the uninitiated, I should explain that the toothless wonder on the left is Nobby Stiles who these days they’d call a ‘holding midfielder’, loosely translated a player who kicks other players and keeps the passes simple. Read more ›››

Ils pensent qu’il a terminé …

‘Ils pensent qu’il a terminé – il a maintenant.’ I’m fairly confident these were not the words used by the French Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst scored the fourth goal in England’s 1966 victory in the World Cup final, but I like to think they were.

It’s rather scary to be part of history rather than a student, even if it was only as a spectator, but as the country looks back at 1966 and all that, I figured I should add my own recollections. Read more ›››

Codswallop War

Leaving work last Thursday, I jokingly said that by the next time I saw my colleagues we could be out of Europe and out of the Euros and now feel rather guilty that the embarrassment felt at half our countrymen and the whole of our football team is all my fault as a result.

Last night’s match has caused much hilarity on social media, and rightly so, although for me it seemed inevitable that our players would catch the national mood of toothless humiliation and exit with a whimper. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

The last trump: He has helped our understanding of space and time, but even Stephen Hawking finds it a lot harder to explain Donald Trump.

And while some sport ‘Trump 2016: Make America Great Again’  and ‘I’m with Hillary’ bumper stickers, others take a more jaundiced view of the presidential election. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Boris the time-travelling transvestite

Time traveller of the week: When Boris Johnson isn’t campaigning for Brexit, he is hopping into his Tardis as a time-travelling transvestite.

Meanwhile The Mirror rehashed the video which appears to show a time traveller filming a Mike Tyson fight on a mobile phone back in 1995, even though it clearly isn’t. Read more ›››

Field of Dreams

It must have been a brave man to bet £50 at odds of 5,000 to 1 at the start of the season on Leicester City winning the Premiership, but his bravery ran out in March when he cashed it in for £72,000.

Only time will tell if he’s kicking himself if Leicester do pull off the miracle, but it does seem rather likely with just five points needed from three games to bring the club its first ever title. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Euphemism of the week: Ever wondered what a ‘mass animal deposition event’ is? It’s what you might expect to find on your lawn if you kept a herd of buffalo or sheep on it. But it has scientific and historical, as well as scatalogical significance. Scientists at Queen’s University, Belfast, are trailing a thin crust of horse excrement to solve the riddle of which route Hannibal took to cross the Alps 2,000 years ago. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Easter trivia: The tradition of egg-rolling at Easter was once illegal at the White House. It was so popular with so many children that they caused serious damage to the landscape and there simply wasn’t the money to employ more gardeners to fix it. So in 1876, William Steele Holman of Indiana introduced the Turf Protection Act ‘to prevent any portion of the Capitol grounds and terraces from being used as playgrounds’. President Rutherford Hayes renewed the tradition in 1878 by holding an Easter egg celebration and it has been held there every year since. Read more ›››