This article appeared in Givemesport.com
It’s the scandal that shocked the cricket world and two months on, it is still a hot topic of debate.
The ball-tampering saga from Australia’s tour of South Africa resulted in captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner receiving 12-month bans, Cameron Bancroft a nine-month ban and coach Darren Lehmann’s eventual resignation.
So of course, when the Aussies rolled into town for their first clash against England since the debacle on Wednesday there was no chance it wouldn’t be brought back up again.
England fans had a lot of fun at the One-Day International at the Oval in the first of a five-match series against the Australian team today, handing out strips of sandpaper, mimicking what the Aussie culprits had in their pockets to make the ball behave erratically during that ill-fated Test just a few months ago.
(I have interviewed the Mistress, Her House Slave, Her P.A., a Freudian Psychoanalyst and a sex therapist for a comprehensive article on this subject.)
(the word Mistress and related pronouns are traditionally in capital letters)
A friend told me one day – ‘I have a really interesting opportunity. If I tell you, promise not to laugh.’ I duly promised. ‘I’m going to be helping a Dominatrix. It’s mostly personal assistant work, answering the phone, taking bookings, optimising the website etc. It’s also a really great writing opportunity.’ Read More
I recently went back to the Calais Jungle as a volunteer for the third time within the last twelve months.
(photograph by Katrina Allen)
So, what’s changed during that time?
Well, when I was first there last October, there were an estimated 5,000 migrants at the camp. According to a census a couple of weeks ago, conducted by two of the charities helping out, the numbers have now reached 9,000, with a 29% increase in just one month and around 70 new arrivals every day.
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I recently met a woman at a meet-up group who makes her living out of writing male-to-male erotic romance. What is even stranger about this is the fact that some 70% of readers are women.
The LGBT community has a far higher incidence of mental health issues than the heterosexual one. Why?
THE WORLD OF INTERNET DATING/MEET-UPS
This is what happened to me after playing tennis for half an hour in New Zealand without applying suncream. Read More
It seems ludicrous to penalise people who fish perfectly edible food out of the likes of Iceland’s bins. Surely the main problem is that the supermarkets have so much waste in the first place. Read More
There’s been so much press recently about the dangers of London cycling. Many years ago, in my twenties, I cycled everywhere in London. I covered about a hundred miles a week. I must have been very fit but I’m just amazed I never had an accident.
I thought I’d do something different last Christmas – the idea of slobbing around and eating too much, watching The Snowman and the Queen’s Speech yet again, didn’t appeal. Read More