Social commentary, Sport

Neither sycophancy nor cynicism: Danny Boyle and the right kind of patriotism

I love sport and have always enjoyed the Olympics but I have never watched an Opening Ceremony until last night. I guess I have never understood what the point of it all is. But last night, I was blown away by the power and pride generated by Danny Boyle's crazy cocktail of comedy, history, dance… Continue reading Neither sycophancy nor cynicism: Danny Boyle and the right kind of patriotism

Sport

Stop Thieves! The Olympics have been sanitised and stolen

I was excited enough about the Olympics to apply to be a part of the huge phalanx of volunteers needed to run the games starting in two weeks. One of the reasons I eventually turned down the place I was offered was that I wasn’t sure whether I could stomach wearing a t-shirt advertising McDonalds.… Continue reading Stop Thieves! The Olympics have been sanitised and stolen

Sport

Corruption, greed and the Beautiful Game – by Steve Couch

In December 2010, FIFA announced that Qatar had been chosen to host the 2022 football World Cup. Not so much a footballing hotbed as just hot, it remains a controversial choice. Qatar has an appalling record of human rights but still, it fills the FIFA coffers, so that’s all right. Closer to home, players earn… Continue reading Corruption, greed and the Beautiful Game – by Steve Couch

Sport

Three reasons why Stuart Lancaster is the right choice for English Rugby

After his eye-catching Six Nations campaign as interim boss, Stuart Lancaster has been appointed full time coach until after the next World Cup in 2015. As well as winning four out of five since January here are three reasons why the Rugby Football Union should stick with him for the next four years. 1. He… Continue reading Three reasons why Stuart Lancaster is the right choice for English Rugby

Films & music, Recommended books, Sport

Cricket, justice and political action

Just as you cannot separate faith and politics, it is impossible to separate the world of international sport from politics.  Recently for my birthday I got two brilliant examples of the role cricket can play within the political sphere. Firstly the DVD of the acclaimed documentary film Fire in Babylon, which is about the great West Indies… Continue reading Cricket, justice and political action