Of course there are some huge hurdles to come, not least when Jones’s mob head to Cardiff to meet Wales a fortnight on Saturday. Talking up England on the basis of one decent win, historically, has a tendency to galvanise their opponents even more. That said, it would be hard for even the most curmudgeonly of English haters to dispute the comprehensive nature of Ireland’s defeat, to dismiss Mako and Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Henry Slade et al as overrated, or Jones as a busted flush. … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones’s emphasis on attack puts down England marker for World Cup
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While the 1968 pandemic had a comparatively low mortality rate, it still resulted in the deaths of more than a million people, including 500,000 residents of Hong Kong itself, approximately 15 per cent of its population at the time. … [Read more...] about Worst pandemics to sweep the world from plague that left cities full of rotting corpses to flu that claimed 50 million
“I don’t know if Shoot! covered the subject as well, but the magazine I worked on as features editor – Total Football – had a long-running obsession with long throw-ins,” writes Alex. “One day we trotted down to St Andrew’s with a photographer and a 50m tape measure and invited Birmingham City and Wales midfielder, Andy Legg, to attempt a new world record. Despite suffering from an ankle knock, and amid complaints about the wet surface, Legg hurled a football the entire width of the pitch. … [Read more...] about Which footballer holds the world record for the longest throw-in?
Tallack’s journey isn’t set up as being continuous, and as it progresses he interleaves it with more and more of his rootless backstory. In Alaska he hangs out with Jeff, an old university friend, and their mutual alienation is, in some sense, healed by Jeff’s own growing sense of belonging: he’s building a cabin in the wilderness that has claimed him. Meanwhile, Tallack cannily observes of tourists visiting this wilderness that they are being sold “the promise of their own absence”, a neat characterisation of humanity’s paradoxical wanderlust. But while travel writing of this new school rightly eschews faux-purist completism, I nonetheless thought Tallack’s take on Siberia – which, after all, constitutes about half the land mass along his route – was pretty feeble. He writes of the love affair he had with the Kamchatka peninsula in his early 20s, and on this basis he gives the rest of this vast region a swerve, hopping … [Read more...] about 60 Degrees North by Malachy Tallack review – around the world in search of home
Kohli’s departure was even more influential. A fizzing leg‑break from Rashid pitched on middle and leg and passed the outside edge of the bat to clip the off bail. An aghast Kohli, who looked almost as astonished as Mike Gatting all those years ago against Shane Warne at Old Trafford, hesitated before departing. There followed a few nervous moments for England as the third umpire confirmed that the ball had broken the stumps before the intervention of Jos Buttler’s gloves, an outcome that would have relieved England’s wicketkeeper since he had earlier spilled a tough chance off Moeen Ali when Kohli was on 23. In the same over Suresh Raina was satisfyingly pouched at leg slip by Root – the satisfaction coming from the fact that England had stationed a leg slip in the first place. … [Read more...] about Joe Root reaches century on last ball as England beat India to win ODI series 2-1