Category Archives: sporting achievements

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

Levon Aronian, 2017 Chess World Cup winner, got married yesterday. The Armenian grandmaster and his Filipina-Australian bride, also a chess champion, had their wedding photos taken at Zvartnots cathedral. I know, because I was there. Chess is Premier League combined … Continue reading

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Two Fat Ladies Ride Again

“Wrap up warm” she said “and don’t forget stout shoes.” I grimaced. So far, it didn’t sound like my idea of a treat. Then she tried to lend me her boyfriend’s fleece, and tutted when she saw one of my … Continue reading

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Ungroomed for good effect

For Eileen Hughes, Kitty Barrett and Allen Rodriguez–and everyone else living with dementia. I am now a world record holder in a field event. Look out for me in the next Guinness Book of Records, under S for scarecrow. I … Continue reading

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