Of Mice and Women

August 1, 2015

There is a runner, and her name is Lennie Waite. As a sports fan, you might be vaguely concerned that you’ve never heard of Ms Waite until today, but really you shouldn’t be, as she is far from noteworthy. Her crowning achievement so far is either seventh at the European Championships or tenth in the Commonwealth Games, and although she has finished above there is other championships her results have […]

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Why don’t you love Chris Froome?

July 20, 2015

We would like to start this broadcast with a message of sympathy, to one Chris Froome, who can often be seen on a bike. Mr Froome, we feel your pain, and understand how difficult it must be to live with the constant suspicion that people feel toward professional cyclists. Furthermore, we are also baffled at your apparent unpopularity in comparison with your contemporaries that the BBC felt was worth an […]

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Those poor professional sport stars…

July 12, 2015

“In Abu Dhabi, I stayed in an incredible five-star hotel, with a bathroom worthy of Julius Caesar. At first I thought ‘wow!’ But that was followed by a sad realisation that I had nobody to share it with.” Eddie Pepperell, ladies and gents. 24 years old, one professional tournament won in the world of golf and three amateur victories as well. The man chose to break convention this week, opening […]

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Canada 2015 and beyond

July 6, 2015

When it comes to trying to sum up the impact of a tournament on the worldwide popularity of a sport, it is never easy to gauge the way the public have taken to an event, and harder still when the media are working hard to push said event. Sometimes the people who sell papers, or maybe that should be click chasers these day,  work so hard to promote something that […]

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Black hearts in Baku

June 11, 2015

The authorities arrested dozens of political activists on bogus charges, imprisoned critical journalists, broke up several peaceful public demonstrations, and adopted legislation that further restricted fundamental freedoms. This crackdown was the backdrop for the October 2013 presidential election, in which the incumbent President was re-elected for a third term with 84.5 percent of the vote.   The above is from a Human Rights Watch article published in early 2014 on […]

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Know your audience

May 5, 2015

There is a famous old line from the world of football, used by referees to put idiotic players in their place, as a response to ‘bloody hell ref, have you ever even played football before?’. The intelligent official snaps back ‘not as badly as you are son’, and the tension is released, replaced by Carl Jenkinson’s favourite pastime, banter, but the initial question is actually a sign of the most […]

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