Filed: Sport

Commercial Break

Official Game of London 2012

I’d been out taking advantage of the sunshine last night to take some photos and when I returned I turned on the tv to watch the England women’s hockey semi-final when a strange thing happened. There were adverts.

The set was tuned to one of the Sky channels and having watched nothing but the Olympics on the BBC for the past fortnight I’d also had a break from commercials. Read more ›››

D is for Deary’s Derny

Peter Deary

If you’ve been watching the success of Team GB in the velodrome (and I concede that you might not, especially if you’re Australian) then you will have spotted Peter Deary on his Derny.

The motorised bike with its distinctive petrol tank mounted below the handlebars makes its appearance during the Keirin when it is used to gradually bring the cyclists up to speed before they sprint for the line… Read more ›››

Beach Cricket

Beach Cricket

When you watch Olympic events like handball and beach volleyball you can see how they must have developed in an ad hoc way by people improvising rules for fun.

On that basis, I propose that Beach Cricket should be introduced as a new Olympic sport for 2016, at least as a demonstration event. Read more ›››

Taking the Michael

Michael Johnson

US sprinter, Michael Johnson, is one of the true Olympic greats being the only man to win both the 200 and 400 metres at the same Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.

In 2004 he was elected to the Track and Field Hall of Fame and his 1996 achievement voted the greatest track and field moment of the previous 25 years. Read more ›››



There is an old military maxim that says, ‘No plan survives first contact with the enemy’, something I’ve found to be true of life as well as on the battlefield.

I mention this because of the close-up interest that the cameras take in the hand signals that beach volleyball players give to each other, like the one on the left. Read more ›››

King of the Road

King Bradley

I know there is still over a week to go before the end of the Olympics, but this photo is in the running for my abiding image of the games.

Having three enormous gilded thrones for the bronze, silver and gold medal winners of the men’s road cycling time trial at the finishing line at Hampton Court was completely over the top. Read more ›››

Team Player

Team Player

Having got well and truly stuck into watching the Olympics, I’ve begun to realise that the sports I like best are the team games where two or more competitors work together.

Swimming hasn’t particularly grabbed my attention, nor has archery, shooting and only the gymnastics when it was for the team medal. Read more ›››

Sporting Lexicon


The thing about watching (to me) obscure sports once every four years is that the tend to have their own vocabulary, words that I know how they are meant, but not what they mean. If you know what I mean.

Take rowing for instance. We know that taking part in the repechage means being given a second chance, but where does it come from? Read more ›››