Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Last of the Great Sportswriters

I was sad to hear last week of the death of the renowned sports journalist Hugh McIlvanney, not just because I have greatly enjoyed reading his work over the decades but also because he was probably the last of the truly great sportswriters. After making a name for himself at The Scotsman, McIlvanney moved to […]

It’s an Age Thing

I was having a convivial pint in a local pub last week when four young people came in and sat at a nearby table. Upon sitting down all four of them (two male, two female) got out their phones and sat there transfixed by them. It was the best part of half an hour before […]

What Did We Do to Deserve This?

I’ve tried not to mention Brexit in these posts, like most people I’m more than a little weary of it. However I found myself with a lot to think about after watching Brexit: The Uncivil War on Channel Four last week. I found it a slightly strange experience to watch a fact based TV drama […]

Happy New Year

First of all, may I begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year. You don’t need to be Mystic Meg to predict that the year is likely to be dominated by Brexit. On the political front the posh boys on the Tory right (Johnson, Rees Mogg, etc) may well succeed in their desire to […]