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Two sides to the transfer window

AS the clock ticks round towards 11pm tonight, listen for the sound of panic. It will be emanating from football clubs the length and breadth of the country as they try to close deals before the transfer window shuts. The very existence of the summer window – and a second one in January – has … Continue reading

Walking near Bulbarrow Hill

A rare fine August day and a few pictures taken during a stroll around Woolland, Ibberton and Okeford hills, near Bulbarrow.

England may face a long wait to reclaim their crown

SO England’s reign as the world’s top cricket team lasted just one year. It was great while it lasted but, for all Andrew Strauss’s defiant words, it is hard to see them reclaiming the coveted mace from South Africa any time soon. It was an exciting, if all too brief, series and perhaps failed to … Continue reading

Back to earth with a bump

THE closing ceremony of London 2012 hadn’t even begun before our footballers and cricketers dragged us back to the real world. Kevin Pietersen, long established as cricket’s leading prima donna, made headlines when England axed him from the team to play South Africa in the final Test match at Lord’s. The crunch came because of … Continue reading

Olympic Games: sport at the summit

NOTHING – absolutely nothing – that sport can conjure up anywhere, at any time, can come remotely close to matching a truly brilliant Olympic Games. World Cups obsess some people, an Ashes series or Wimbledon can weave their spells, but only the unique magic that radiates from those five Olympic rings can so bewitch millions … Continue reading

Ravenna revisited

I’M fast coming to the conclusion that you have to visit some cities a second time to really get the measure of them. I did it with Rome last November and Venice in April, and this week I paid a second visit, albeit a brief one, to the beautiful city of Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna … Continue reading

Olympics broaden the sporting spotlight

IT’S that time when pub talk turns from the travails of United or City to embrace a whole new vocabulary of triple salcos and parallel bars, medleys, pelotons, spinnakers and extended trots. Every four years the Olympic Games provide the ultimate showcase for the minority pursuits to haul themselves out of the shadows cast by … Continue reading