Opinion / Chess, Football, Cricket, Sport

Gareth Bale in Many Languages

Ah. The football season comes round again. To get in the right frame of mind you just can’t see this one often enough. But try listening to the different language styles, starting with characteristic British understatement and then accelerating in intensity… Wonderful.

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Gareth Bale’s Copa Wonder-Goal

This one is mainly for US readers as everyone else on Planet Earth has seen it already. Astonishing for the babbling Spanish commentary. Plus the goal is quite good.

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Another Win for Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen delivered a mighty second blow against Vishy Anand today. Here is my old acquaintance and eloquent chess expert GM Danny King explaining in terms we can all understand how Anand for no very good reasons drifted into a poor then bad then hopeless position.

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Carlsen Takes The Lead

A horrible new addiction enters my life: live World Championship Chess. The Anand/Carlsen match is being played in India, but now you can watch it live on the Internet with streans of analysis and expert Grandmaster commentary as each game proceeds. See eg on Chessdom the Hindustan Times site. Open […]

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Iran at the UN: Diplomatic Chess

It’s hard to work out what exactly Iran’s President Rouhani said in the USA about Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions (or not) and/or the Holocaust. We Brits see these events through the filter of our media bias. Luckily we have Press TV to explain what is happening: Although the reports of […]

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Russia’s Transition from Communism Recalled

My latest piece for DIPLOMAT is out. It recalls in some detail my happy time in the Foreign Office dealing with the end of the USSR and then the Russian transition from communism: I was posted to Moscow as Political Councillor in 1993. We watched this giant country start to […]

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Pat Nevin Talks Rubbish on Football Pitch Size

Here on the BBC Football web pages is a video of former footballer Pat Nevin waffling on about the correlation between the size of a soccer pitch and the likelihood of goals being scored as a game draws towards the end: BBC Sport’s Pat Nevin explains how a variation of […]

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George Zimmerman on Trial

I have been away at Crawf Major’s University graduation ceremony and generally wilting in the heat of the sun and the England cricket attack. Some space for some writing now reappears, including a nice opportunity to write something for Scotland’s Sunday Post about Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream […]

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Rules v Principles

My piece below on Cricket and Morality mentioned the problem of rulews crowding out principles and therefore judgement. Patrick Young of YoungMarkets replies: The deepest irony – and one of the many untruths spiralling around in the battle against finance is the myth of deregulation and principles-based regulation. 1) principles-based […]

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Cricket? Meet Morality!

Here is my flashing cover drive straight to the Commentator on the ever-intriguing and timely subject of cricket and morality: In earlier years it was part of the moral code of cricket that a batsman ‘walked’ (ie left the field without waiting for any formal umpire decision) when he knew […]

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