Filed: Sport

Note To Self

I watched the Scotland and England rugby match on Saturday for no other reason than it happened to be on the BBC. Rugby union about too stop start for my tastes and the rules get more arcane every season – I much prefer rugby league.

But I was interested in the shot of Scotland’s Finn Russell at the end of the game that showed markings on the back of his left hand. At first I thought it must be one of those strange tattoos that sportsmen are so keen on these days, but then realised it was actually a numbered list of instructions. Read more ›››


Sepp Blaatter's mole

Sadly the operation was not a success – the mole rejected Sepp Blatter.

The good news, of course, is that FIFA has also rejected Blatter, which is only about a decade too late. But better late than never ,and thank goodness that other chiseler, Platini has also been shown the exit door. Read more ›››

Winter Wipeout

Swiss Bobsleigh Team in 1910

My post the other day set me thinking about what sports ought to be included in the winter Olympics.

I was tempted with the idea of Alpine Snowballing, Short Track Speed Snowman Building, the Playground Slide Bobsleigh and the Grand Slalom Sledging on a Cheap Piece of Plastic, but I can see that the purists might object. Read more ›››

No Business Like Snow Business


As Yorkshire Pudding rightly points out, idleness has become a way of life for some of us and a very pleasant change it is too compared to the hustle and bustle of our working lives.

I’m two and a half weeks into a two month project that is keeping me busy for much of the week and I admit that I’m starting to miss my hours of idleness – or creative pottering as I prefer to think of it… Read more ›››

The Preston Plumber

Finney Statue

I was driving home through the rain on Wednesday when I passed the statue and fountain of Tom Finney outside Preston North End’s Deepdale ground.

My first regret was that I didn’t have my camera with me to get a shot like the one on the left, although it wasn’t exactly what you would call photography weather. Read more ›››

I Don’t Like Cricket…

Uneeded Floodlights

After the washout that was the fifth day of the third test, summer gave an encore yesterday as the sun shone on the righteous of Lancashire for the England and Australia one day international at Old Trafford.

It hadn’t looked promising when the Headingley match was called off without a ball being bowled on Thursday as the rain fell heavily, but then that’s Yorkshire for you – wet and windy… Read more ›››

Literally Depressing

Mathieu Valbuena

I have been literally up to my eyes in it of late with literally all my time being spent working on the new look website, but amid it all there was literally steam coming out of my ears when I heard that the OED had literally said that it was okay to use the word ‘literally’ for emphasis rather than being actually true. This is literally the most depressing news I’ve heard in a long while. Read more ›››

Ashes in the Rain

We were once on holiday on Santorini and had ridden a couple of hired mopeds to the beautiful village of Oia at the northern tip before following the road down the eastern side of the island. Except the road disappeared, or at least the tarmac did, and we found ourselves creeping carefully down a a rutted track. Read more ›››