Author: Ian

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Radiolab & Association Football

Over the last decade or so, there has been an absolute explosion in the amount of writing and talking about association football, to such an extent that it’s possible to believe that the “market”...

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Glen Campbell Signs Off In Style

Old age, and in particular the decay of the body and mind, is something that can sometimes feel like something that only happens to other people. The images of our years of dotage that...

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Percussion: A Love Affair

Like all of the best love affairs, to this day I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when it began. I was thirteen years old and, on a summer’s...

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The Xenophobe Who Cried Wolf

It’s a familiar enough cycle by now, of course. In the first place, Jeremy Clarkson says something that, depending on your point of view on the matter, is either easily interpretable as racist or...

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The Joy Of Air Crash Investigation

We live in an age of sensationalism. There are only so many pairs of eyes that can be directed in any one direction at any time, and our fractured media landscape means that there...

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Can The FA Cup Relight My Fire?

It’s ten past two on a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking across a field towards a turnstile. There’s one thing, though. This isn’t a metal gate at which I’m greeted by an old man...