I’m an FA Cup traditionalist, and I wouldn’t want to see major changes in the format (and especially the ‘feel’) of the competition. I’ve hated the destruction of the Final as an event, by playing it at a stupid time …Continue reading
This post lists what I’ve found out about parking at the Greenwich, London O2 Arena (the old Millennium Dome), and my experience of event parking there. I hope it’s useful, and please use the comments to add anything …Continue reading
- It’s the birthday of loads of people I’m proud to share a birthday with. They include Paul Weller, Frank Oz, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Julian Clary, Cillian Murphy, Sir Jonny Wilkinson, Sugar Minott, Alastair Campbell, Igor Sikorsky, Richard Dimbleby
Everyone will have seen the ‘league table since Christmas’ and we’re all quite aware that for Town it was a season of two halves. But I thought I’d look into the numbers a bit more deeply across the division.
For …Continue reading
I was nerdy enough to get on Twitter really early on (August 2007), as @CherryHintonBlu. Quite a few even more curious people had been there before me, as I was only user ID number 8,015,922. Here’s my first Tweet (Twitter …Continue reading
Not angry. Just bored.
I’ve had a season ticket at Portman Road since 1974, apart from a few years when I was away at university. For the first few years I went with a schoolmate and we both stood on …Continue reading
You rarely see serious forecasts of the European elections on a regional (constituency) basis, mainly because the proportional voting system makes it much harder than “first past the post” systems. But I thought I’d take a look, spurred on by …Continue reading
Back in 2012, my wife and I were walking down Hills Road, returning from having voted in a local election, when we ran into some neighbours, walking towards the Polling Station. “Off to vote then?”, I asked. They shook …Continue reading
This just in from my mate Andy:
Nik and I went along to see the Moldova game last night and as we left, folks were crowing about us being top of the group. But this is a rather false position, …Continue reading
So here they are: the eight managers who won the main trophies or league titles in English football in the 2011-12 season …and what happened to them twelve months down the line. I guess the table speaks for itself. Well …Continue reading
In a few days’ time, most of the country is going to get to elect a well-paid public official called the Police & Crime Commissioner for their area. I cannot resist the temptation to put forward my own thoughts on …Continue reading
Butch Harmon on Sky TV described it as “the greatest golfing spectacle ever”. Mike Atherton in The Times went even further, saying it might rank as highly in all of sport. It’s now seven days since Team Europe came back …Continue reading
…and other debriefing notes.
1. Team (Great) Britain (and Northern Ireland) didn’t do as well as everyone thinks at the Olympic Games.
OK, controversial one to start with. We did good, no? Well, maybe. Certainly we smashed the pre-games medal …Continue reading
One of the tasks which the organisers of the 2012 Olympics will have looked forward to the least will have been the ticket distribution. With demand inevitably set to outstrip supply, and in an age where everybody believes they have …Continue reading
Here’s a list I couldn’t have imagined doing two years ago. And to be honest, I’ve taken to “apps” so much more since getting an iPad, I probably wouldn’t have even thought about doing this list as recently as last …Continue reading
A list of favourite sporting moments of the year might be overwhelmed by football, so I thought I’d do a separate list of highlights from other sports. There were some spectacular ones, now I come to think of it!
Alistair… Continue reading
Oooh, nice. The most expensively-placed grocer’s apostrophe I’ve seen for a long time. A half page advertisement in The Times doesn’t come cheap. And when your ad only has a few words on it, well, proof-reading isn’t that onerous a …Continue reading
A friend threw a pub quiz-style question at me today: “How many sets of brothers can you name who have both played football in the English First Division (or Premier League)?” It’s a good one, and I have to admit …Continue reading
Woo-Hoo. Texaco Fantasy Football is back for the Championship 2010/2011 season. Do join! Picking a team takes 5-10 minutes and is free.
You can then also join in individual leagues, and I’ve got two tell you about:
1. ITFC …Continue reading
Those who can, do. Those who can’t get a cushy job in the TV studio.
Isn’t it odd that Danny Baker’s few minutes on Match of the Day became for some people one of the most abiding memories of the …Continue reading
Yeah, snappy title, huh? This extraordinary document crashed out of my Sunday Times today, and I’d love to know more about it, not least because I can’t see any commercial credits and I therefore have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve …Continue reading
BBC News website picture of Ipswich fan stuck at airport thanks to the Icelanders making a big bonfire of all the evidence. Or perhaps just burning money, who knows?
(Clicky for full size)…
This is one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen on the internet. A company variously calling itself Alphascript Publishing and Betascript Publishing is taking articles from Wikipedia and publishing them as books. It would appear that the act of …Continue reading
I may well blog quite a bit about the forthcoming General Election, because we’re actually in a very interesting constituency here in Cambridge, which could go one of three ways. And as an “undecided” voter at the moment, I need …Continue reading
1: Ipswich 5 Bolton Wanderers 3 (2000)
Simply the most exciting football match I have ever had the privilege to watch. Funnily enough, both teams were nervous and the quality of football was rather poor, although we conveniently forget that.…Continue reading
5: David Beckham curls in a free kick, a nation goes mental (2001)
The time, the place …how can any team leave World Cup qualification to the 93rd minute and then do this? Like all of the top five here, …
10: Europe win the Ryder Cup in Oakland Hills (2004)
There was just something about his one. Watched it in a packed bar full of Dads who’d got away from their families for a joyous evening.
9: Usain Bolt saunters… Continue reading
15: Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals in Beijing (2008)
When a sport you’re not usually that interested in totally grabs you for a few hours or days, it can only be because something extraordinary is happening. And good grief, …
I should point out, of course, that these are my twenty most memorable moments in sport from 2000-2009. They won’t be yours. But my goodness, there are some moments here that make those long winter nights in between worth persevering …Continue reading
Curious news that The Times is about to launch a science magazine called Eureka. But hang on… there’s already a long-established, well-respected technology magazine called Eureka, published by Findlay Media. Whilst the subject matter may not be exactly …Continue reading
The Cambridge Folk Festival kicked off on Thursday with a terrific performance by Mumford & Sons. Blimey, if the rest of the weekend is this good it’ll be amazing. “Post Folk” at times, according to @fenlandgentContinue reading
The story so far: Having just got myself one of those gadgets which shoehorns video signals into a USB port, I’m now going through hundreds of dusty old VHS tapes gradually expiring in the attic. So far, the oldest full-length, …Continue reading
Well, four or five of us twittered from this afternoon’s riveting nil-nil thriller at Portman Road; the whole project is a little primitive at the moment, but I honestly believe that one day this sort of thing will be …Continue reading
110% Larch Dithering! Champion!
I’ve always loved anagrams, although my admiration for their possibilities reached its peak many years ago when my flatmate and I realised the best ever anagram of his name was “Bob Ganjashit”. In those days, you …Continue reading
And so we wheel out the picture of the best album of 2008 for one last time, as I bring you my Compilation of 2008 – a CD of (mostly) sheer joy which I have imposed on some of my …Continue reading
For ages I’ve been sitting on loads of great engineering articles written in the late nineties, and at last I’ve got around to putting them onto the interweb. They were produced by various engineering suppliers for general publication. I know …Continue reading
The Mini Coyote Speed Camera Detector (which was written about in The Times) is now available from Amazon UK for £199.
Click on the link below to go directly to the correct page at Amazon where you can …Continue reading