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A Small Achievement

If there is one thing that my family is not very outspoken about – and believe me, we are very outspoken about a lot of things (usually each other) when we want to be – it is individual achievements. We … Continue reading

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29 April 1982

Thur Apr XXIX Very Wet Soccer Practice. Still beat the U14’s 3-1 and Shane missed a penalty! I have no idea why I wrote the first part of this entry as if it were a title. As I have said … Continue reading

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Early to Bed

There was a time, back when I was aged around 11 or 12, when my parents had a very strange idea. They decided that Wednesdays were going to be days when all four of their children had to go to … Continue reading

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I Never Play Basketball Now

It probably won’t come as a surprise to most of you to know that I was reasonably good at basketball when I was at school. After all, being excessively tall and having a face which looks like it has taken … Continue reading

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A Limp End to the School Day

Believe it or not, from the age of about 6 I used to walk home from school by myself. Nowadays the child care gestapo who haunt every county hall would probably have whisked me into care as soon as my … Continue reading

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Girls’ Games Are Dangerous

When I was growing up, school sports were run on very clear gender lines. Boys played football (that’s ‘soccer’, for any Americans tuning in) and rugby during the winter and cricket in the summer. Girls played hockey and netball during … Continue reading

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Indoor Football

It is getting towards that time of year again. The days grow shorter and colder and as they do so the number of wet and windy days increases. To a sport-loving child such as I this was not a good … Continue reading

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