Are the Olympics Finished?

I love competitive sport.  I’ve been to three Olympic Games and religiously watched them all whenever I could, until recently.  With these Pyeongchang  Olympics, I found myself completely disengaged, even more so than the Rio Games.  Reflecting, I think the Olympics have had their time and should be nicely retired.  Here’s why.Read More »

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WHY A SPORTS LOVER DOESN’T LIKE THE OLYMPICS ANY MORE

The Olympics are almost over…and I really don’t care, apart from the light relief it has provided from the usual dismal political world news.  But I’m a sports lover.  I’ve actually been to three Olympics.  I used to love the Olympics.  What’s wrong with me?  I think there are at least five reasons.Read More »

MUHAMMAD ALI: WHAT THEY DIDN’T SAY

I’ve just finished watching Muhammad Ali’s memorial service speeches and last night I watched a TV documentary ’The Trials of Muhammad Ali’. As with all funeral services, you learn a lot about the person that you wished you had known before – things they had achieved or done, skills they had.

The memorial service reminded me of Princess Diana, another world icon, whose funeral service was also televised worldwide, an amazing reflection of the power that some people have to impact the world.

The service brought tears to my eyes. Ali’s ability to stand for what he thought was right, his willingness to speak out when he saw was inequality, injustice, rights abuse and the madness of war contrasted with the tenderness of his relationships which so many people spoke about.  He suffered for his beliefs.  Who can believe that today the US is celebrating the life of a Muslim, a conscientious objector…and….Read More »