How to win at golf, without even playing

Congratulations. You are a winner! I think it’s safe to say, we all love the idea of winning something for little or no input. We buy tickets for the school raffle, we might have a punt on the office sweepstake for the Grand National or the World Cup. Some of us must be buying Lottery […]

Horse Sense: The Art Of Living With An Open Heart

Many people talk about the importance of planning, but when it comes to life changing events I find that the biggest don’t seem to be planned at all. Take for example the chain of events that today finds me learning how to ride a horse. At 64 riding seems a pretty daft thing to do, […]

Next Goal Wins released on DVD

An Agile Films and Archer’s Mark Production Directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison “Funny, touching, heroic and utterly marvellous.” Stephen Fry “Possibly the best football film ever” Shortlist “A story of courage, hope and redemption that will restore your faith in the beautiful game” GQ Empire **** Total Film **** Little White Lies ****The […]

In the beginning, we had white golf gloves!

What is it with white golf gloves? Why can I only buy a white glove, or a black one if I want to wear an all weather glove with the same level of comfort and feel as those hand-knitted mittens you wore in the school playground when it threatened to snow? I discovered the answer […]

Take your Dad fishing for free on Father’s Day

Mums and families are being encouraged to give dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day – get him fishing! The Father’s Day special promotion is part of the annual Take a Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association in association with the Environment Agency and supported by anglers from the […]


As excitement builds ahead of this summer’s hotly anticipated football tournament, attention has turned to the ball that will take centre stage at kick off. Tested for over two years by some of the biggest stars in the footballing world, pundits are calling it the most tested ball yet. But one legend has still to give it his […]

Should ‘How’s That’ be introduced for footballers?

These past few weeks I have been watching the Premier League and it has got me thinking; Should we introduce the “How’s That?” appeal from cricket into football? For those of you that are not familiar with cricket, in the laws of the game the bowler or fielders must ‘appeal’ to the umpire to ask […]

So not shaking someone’s hand is a crime, right?

Refusing to take the hand of somebody who you insist has wronged you is reprehensible. Let me start by saying that if I were in Suarez’s position I wouldn’t have shaken Evra’s hand. And if I were Evra exactly the same and it has nothing to do with racism but a lot to do with […]

Is DRS Ruining Cricket? (Or Making it Better)

I am writing this eating lunch and 16 wickets have fallen currently for less than 200 runs on the first day of a test match after the side winning the toss decided to bat i.e. the pitch looks a good one. Now firstly I would like to say that the bowling from both sides has […]

Why You Just Have To Love Athletic Bilbao

Those crazy Basques: They want independence from Spain but want to be in Europe They have sticky out ears except the ones that don’t They are short and squat except the ones that aren’t They have a different blood group except for those who don’t. They have an unintelligible language. (They do so no arguments […]