Sport People on TV: Mark Nicholas

Oh yes, maximum! This week we settle in with Hampshire's finest, Mark Charles Jefford Nicholas. Face value Gives the impression of having been a very Dapper Dan in his pomp. In truth, he’s probably just grown into an age that suits him ‒ and that age is 59, which doesn't seem right. Rarely caught in anything … Continue reading Sport People on TV: Mark Nicholas

People Movers: the politics running the asylum

Imagine you're being chased. Someone's trying to kill you. They're trying to kill your family too – what's left of it. You're not just running from one person. It's an entire extremist group that controls the region. Or military regime that runs the country. You hear from a friend of a friend there's a way out. … Continue reading People Movers: the politics running the asylum

Nina Betts: “He immediately started showing me photos of his mother’s open casket funeral”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Nina is a natural storyteller with the best turn of phrase in the business. She's the kind of person who would make you feel inadequate by comparison at high school reunions. It would be totally inadvertent, of course. And you'd be enjoying the conversation … Continue reading Nina Betts: “He immediately started showing me photos of his mother’s open casket funeral”

Trust Issue: Cricket’s DRS Farce Continues

At least there's no immediate threat of the machines taking over... The lights are not long out on the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide and reviews are of the rave variety. The crowds turned up. Pundits pontificated excitedly - at excessive length - about a pink ball which ultimately behaved itself. And the cricket, despite … Continue reading Trust Issue: Cricket’s DRS Farce Continues

Blowing Smoke: Making Sense of a Dying Habit

"Do you smoke?" asked the doctor, peering down my gob as I sat stricken with my third throat-based illness in as many months. "Nope." "Oh, okay." He seemed surprised. #tbt Full disclosure: I'm a prude when it comes to smoking. I don't understand it. I smoked briefly when I was 16 and looked very uncool … Continue reading Blowing Smoke: Making Sense of a Dying Habit