Tag Archives: England

Is it really coming home?

Gosh, where have we seen this before? Only at nearly every major international football competition over the past, say, 50 years. England turn up, either with high expectations (because they’re obviously the most brilliant football team in the world, ever), … Continue reading

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Ashes Season

It’s a wonderful time to be in England. If you’re a cricket fan, that is. The Australians are in town, trying to have a go at getting the Ashes back, having not had a whiff of them since 2007. England … Continue reading

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Tribute to Smith

On Friday, Graeme Smith led South Africa out in a Test match for the 99th time. Including another Test as captain of the World XI (vs Australia in 2005), that made him the first person to captain in 100 tests. … Continue reading

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Following Your Nose

This is probably going out on a limb a little, with a somewhat tenuous link to reality, but please try to bear with me for a few minutes, if you wouldn’t mind. With that out of the way, here’s a … Continue reading

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The Pastoral Dream

At the start of a new year, it’s customary to look back and reminisce, or to look forward with velleity. And so naturally I’ll avoid doing all that because I just couldn’t be bothered with that sort of thing. But … Continue reading

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What to do?

I have discovered that the propensity of the English to create kitsch attractions at every possible location is matched by only two things: their ability to queue patiently to get into them, and their willingness to fork out vast quantities … Continue reading

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Too much of a good thing

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the population density in England, and I hinted at something else worth writing about. Since there’s not much else on the go here (a two-day trip to Legoland is hardly worth a … Continue reading

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