Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Colours of Sport, or How Andy Murray Lost It

Is a sporting contest worth anything without an audience? The answer to this question is undoubtedly, Yes: my squash fixture against Ben the Hat is a key focal point of my week, and I take it most seriously, fitness wise … Continue reading

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If you really want to hear about it

the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where he was born, and what his lousy childhood was like, and how his parents were occupied and all before they had him, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, … Continue reading

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For grey_man

Grey_man, who is also know as Mark_Elt, loves Bjork, so here for him, and to continue the theme of Indie Love Song Week, here is the great Hit! by the Sugarcubes. This wasn’t supposed to happen/I was happy by myself… … Continue reading

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A Scattering

Well done to Christopher Reid for achieving the almost impossible and winning a cross-genre national book prize – the Costa – with a collection of poetry. I’ve read other of Christopher’s collections and heard him read. He’s very good, specialising … Continue reading

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Wild Horses

After a busy morning’s faffing about I was very late having my breakfast. This situation saw me settling down with a bowl of porridge to watch the 2.40 “E. B. F. Mares’ ‘national Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (qualifier)” from Leicester. I … Continue reading

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The Amazon World Ranking

All writers are obsessed with this figure, checking it every hour on the hour in the early days of a book release. And She Laughed No More never did all that much on this basis, or any other basis either, … Continue reading

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Herbert Chapman, Lee Dixon, Charlie George, Bob Wilson, Nick Hornby, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Bertie Mee, Highbury Library, Baudelaire, et numerous Homme Français…

…we certainly showed you boys!!! GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRNNNNNNNN STOKE! Monsieur Pulîs (Le Gaffer du Stoke): Il dit, ‘Oublie pas le beautiful game, mais regardez Rory Delap (‘Le Kiddie triffic’) – Il stick it to ’em à bientôt with beaucoup scuds de ‘la … Continue reading

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