At dinner, everyone was in their finery, dressed to kill or score. Then there was a boxing match, an
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2002
Edited by Graeme Wright <em>John Wisden, 1,632pp, £35</em>
George Best's glamorous young wife was amazed to read what I had written about her husband in 1965.
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.
A Season with Verona
Tim Parks <em>Secker & Warburg, 447pp, £16.99</em>
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.
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.
In Mustique last month, I had a drink with Felix Dennis at his house, and he said something that has hung around in my mind ever since. We were not talking football, although he does own Man Utd, but talking about magazines, of which he owns many in the UK and the USA.
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