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(racket sports, travel, psychology, anything quirky). Former real tennis champ and tennis tournament player. Franco/Italophile gone mad… London based.

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TENNIS

TENNIS

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LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

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TRAVEL

TRAVEL

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BLOG/FICTION

BLOG/FICTION

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Real Tennis/Jeu de Paume – History

 

 

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Real Tennis: Illustrations

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From the viewing gallery (the “dedans”)

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Davis Cup, Queen’s Club, July 2015

This article first appeared in Languedoc Living in July 2016

Davis Cup tennis quarter final tie – France vs GB

Davis Cup Tennis Quarter Final tie : France vs Great Britain, The Queen’s Club, London. 17-19 July 2015

By Katrina Allen

Best of 5 matches. Two singles, one doubles.

The Davis Cup tie was held at The Queen’s Club in London, venue for the AEGON tournament, the Wimbledon warm-up event, which is also known as “the suit and tie tournament” because that’s how members think one should dress to watch sport.

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Andy and Amelie – Katrina Allen a.k.a. Clem Harris

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LGBT Accommodation – DIVA Magazine June 2015

 

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DIVA – LGBT Mental Health – May 2015 Issue

The LGBT community has a far higher incidence of mental health issues than the heterosexual one.  Why?

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O2 – the tennis circus..

I finally made it to the O2 ATP tennis event last week.  A shoot-out between the top 8 men.  It seemed so promising. Read More

Great Scot!

So Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, is through again on Strictly Come Dancing.  It does seem odd that she is considered to be a celebrity because she is the mother of a celebrity. Even odder, It has actually been suggested she won’t get the votes because her son encouraged people to vote ‘yes’ in Scotland’s campaign for independence.

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DIVA MAGAZINE November 2014

 

THE WORLD OF INTERNET DATING/MEET-UPS

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Diva Magazine August 2014 – sexism and homo/lesbophobia in tennis

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WHEN ANDY MURRAY HIRED LESBIAN TENNIS CHAMP AMELIE MAURESMO TO BE HIS COACH, THE SEXIST AND HOMOPHOBIC RESPONSE RECALLED THE REACTION WHEN MAURESMO CAME OUT 15 YEARS AGO. HAS ANYTHING CHANGED IN TENNIS?

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Dangers of the Sun

NZ sunThis is what happened to me after playing tennis for half an hour in New Zealand without applying suncream.   Read More

Restos. du Coeur

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

London Cycling

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.

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CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS

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

‘SPOTY’ 2013

SPOTY 2013

BartoliWell done Murray for winning The Sports Personality of the Year Award, in spite of ‘having no personality’.

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Billie-Jean King at 70

Billie-Jean King at 70

Hard to believe… and Gardner Mulloy 100 !!! I had a hit with both.. now that makes me feel old..