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As an invisible Cricket World Cup finally ends and the gimmickry of the Hundred looms, in the shires and small towns of England the game continues to be played as it used to be.
To spend time in this town of honeyed stone is to belong to some unending melody.
He is now best known for that dramatic pot-boiler, An Inspector Calls. But Priestley’s gripping novels show an instinctive understand of England and a faith in the power of literature.
What a ghastly mess.
Arsène Wenger may have run his last meaningful race but others no longer young are still on the track.
My week, from walking the streets of Berlin to class snobbery and the right kind of gentrification.
Cricket was once the English national sport – but, for many people today, it has become invisible.
As McIlvanney retires from sports journalism, it is worth remembering why to read him on Muhammed Ali or Matt Busby was to read a very fine writer indeed.
Botham blends his sportsmanship and deep-seated passion for cricket with a lust for life.