Category Archives: Sport

Food wars

Summary While politicians pull the only two levers they think they have, the issue of obesity is far more complex. You may have seen the news over the weekend: One side proposed squeezing the benefits of those obese, while the … Continue reading

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Culture, leisure and sport in Cambridge

Summary An evening with Cambridge Past, Present and Future  (CambridgePPF)- and friends, trying to answer the question: “How can we encourage as many people as possible to be actively engaged?” I took Puffles along to a gathering of the great … Continue reading

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Can we have the Paralympics back?

Following this editorial in The Observer today, please can we have the Paralympics back? It was so much better.  

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“Without the sponsors, we wouldn’t have had The Games”

Summary response: “Bovine excrement!” This blogpost looks at how corporate interests nearly killed London 2012, and why the experience of the past few weeks and of the South Africa 2010 World Cup shows two massive holes: One in corporate governance … Continue reading

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Puffles at the Paralympics

Summary Crazy dragon bloke takes cuddly toy to Stratford Sports Day No – really, I took Puffles with me and they allowed us both in! I managed to get hold of a couple of pairs of tickets – one for … Continue reading

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School sports

Summary Why a policy of 2 hours a week alone is not nearly enough to get children to take up sports. A lot of political pies have been thrown in this debate: Should schools be compelled to get children to … Continue reading

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When the Olympics started going right

Summary And you know what did it? Not the big celebrities, not the men in suits, not the corporations, but seemingly ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats. And the nation has responded accordingly. The contrast between the competitors and the bigwigs … Continue reading

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Olympians and social media

Summary Why these ones are much more fun – for me Well hasn’t it been exciting boys and girls! Actually, if you were watching the archery it was tremendously so. Each country with three archers firing away in groups of … Continue reading

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EmptySeatGate

Summary Will the corporations and officials take a kicking over this? Empty corporate seats at UK sporting events are not a new phenomenon. The first time I came across this was at Euro ’96. I remember watching Romania vs Bulgaria … Continue reading

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In praise of Danny Boyle’s Olympics’ opening ceremony

Summary A ceremony that won over even the most stubborn of sceptics – myself included. With the negative publicity around the run-up to the Olympics, Danny Boyle had his work cut out. Given that context – and the wider global … Continue reading

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