I feared deep vein thrombosis during those first two weeks, sitting slumped in my chair for up to si
Observations on the World Cup
They took 400 books with them to read while they were away. My wife wants to know the titles. But, a
Japanese Rules: why the Japanese needed football and how they got it
Sebastian Moffett <em>Yellow
Observations on the World Cup
The pin-headed kid began booting his ball at the sign, trying to dislodge it
In the mornings, I use the same bathwater as my wife. So for the World Cup, she will have to sharpen
The latest revolution to hit China
Don't believe it - "Beckham flying home"
The Boss: the many sides of Alex Ferguson
Michael Crick <em>Simon & Schuster, 612pp, £17.99</em>
At dinner, everyone was in their finery, dressed to kill or score. Then there was a boxing match, an
George Best's glamorous young wife was amazed to read what I had written about her husband in 1965.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2002
Edited by Graeme Wright <em>John Wisden, 1,632pp, £35</em>
In a normal week, my wife, poor soul, will read five books while I watch five games. Fiction is a se
When Ulrika Jonsson, via a "close friend", asked her sometime lover (and long-time partner of someone else) Sven-Goran Eriksson "What kind of man are you?", she already had the answer. Ulrika thinks he's "a lying cad", the close friend said, through a national newspaper.
Observations - Love triangle
I've been wearing a grey armband all week, showing respex for Bex. I am so worried about him. And about my friend Rupert and his wife Sal. All three have been awaiting medical reports, not knowing what was going to happen next.
<em>In memoriam, the Queen Mother</em> - These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of han
Arsenal double, that's what I landed last week, a double at Arsenal. I'll start again. For four seasons, I've had half a season ticket, courtesy of an Arsenal friend whose son has been away at college. This season, he returned to live in London and claimed his ticket, his inheritance.
I think I'll give up following football. Or at least give up telling people I follow football. Last week I was so shanned. That's a Carlisle expression, one I've never heard used elsewhere.
I used to have discussions with the Beatles about being role models. There was, and is, a section of society which says that if you are rich and famous, doing a job that millions of others would like to do, then you have a duty to set a good example. This varies from generation to generation.
A Season with Verona
Tim Parks <em>Secker & Warburg, 447pp, £16.99</em>
I spend such a lot of time watching football, often managing seven live games a week on TV, plus going to football in the flesh, and such a lot of time reading about football in the newspapers. I really don't know how I manage to squeeze in other things. Such as living.
My theme tonight is freedom: business freedom and creative freedom. When these come together, things happen: business grows, societies benefit and nations prosper.
INTEGRATING THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
We set off with such anticipation and excitement just before ten o'clock, Derek's car loaded with enough food and drink and sweets and bickies to keep us going for a week. We managed not to start eating and drinking, oh, till we were well up Highgate West Hill. That's one street away.
Japan, whose football fans stay behind after matches to clear away litter, lives in terror of the ho
I've had flu all week, despite having had an anti-flu jab, what a waste that was, and it's been so boring, staying inside being sensible, overdosing on cough mixture, becoming addicted to Lemsip, counting the hours till the next Strepsil.