The Anonymous Widower

Doha’s Disgrace

The World Athletics Championships in Doha is being ruined by the lack of crowds.

It should also be remembered that this may be partly due to the political situation between Qatar and its neighbours, which mean there are no flights, to allow those in the Emirates to come over to watch the action.

Those who decided to give Doha these championships, should hang their heads in shame and open their affairs to Fraud Squads around the world.

Will we be seeing empty stadiums at the ridiculous World Cup in Qatar?

Some of the athletes seem to have been affected by the heat and withdrawn from events, so will we see some footballers decide not to go to the World Cup?

September 30, 2019 Posted by | Sport | , | 4 Comments

Rugby Is A Team Game And So Is Formula One!

On Saturday morning, the Japanese rugby team, showed how teamwork is important, as they hardly seemed to make a mistake.

The Welsh and the Australians, both played their parts in an excellent match.

And then we had the Russian Grand Prix at lunchtime!

Mercedes got the teamwork like clockwork and they won.

As to Ferrari, the two drivers felt out with each other and Vettel didn’t obey team orders.

I have watched Formula One for many years, and every so often Ferrari seem to lose the plot!

 

September 29, 2019 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | 1 Comment

Perhaps We Should Ask The Japanese To Sort Out The Problem Of The Irish Backstop?

September 28, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , , | 3 Comments

I Had A Decompensation Stroke On Saturday

On Saturday, I went to the first half of the Spurs Crystal Palace match at White Hart Lane, so at least I saw all the goals.

But at half-time, I wasn’t feeling well, with stroke like symptoms, I suffered before, like bad eyesight on the left side and bad control of my left hand.

So I contacted a steward and he walked me to the medical room, where I was checked out.

They thought, I could be having a stroke, although, they seemed surprised I was so lucid and could remember details like my son’s phone number.

An ambulance was called and I was taken to University College Hospital.

They did a CT scan and cleared me to go home and then return on the Sunday to have an MRI scan.

They also said that I could stay overnight, which is what I did.

The MRI scan on Sunday ,morning, showed that I hadn’t had another stroke and they told me that it was a decompensation stroke.

The hospital fully checked me out, including doing the same mental check the doctors gave to Donald Trump, which I passed.

I was home by two.

But what is a decompensation stroke? There’s precious little on the Internet.

If nothing else, my small incident proves that the systems at Tottenham Hotspur, the London Ambulance Service and University College Hospital worked as everyone expects.

September 16, 2019 Posted by | Health, Sport | , , | 2 Comments

The New White Hart Lane Station Opens

The new White Hart Lane station opened on Monday and I went along this morning and took these pictures.

Some points about the design.

  • The station has three entrances on the stadium side and two on the other.
  • Materials used include terracotta pots and weathered steel.
  • There is a pedestrian tunnel under the railway for those that don’t want to use the trains.
  • There are two sets of stairs to both platforms
  • There are lifts to both platforms.
  • The station can probably handle twelve-car Class 710 trains if required on match days.
  • There are solar panels on the roof.
  • The station  must have some of the tallest overhead electrification gantries in the UK.

From what one of the project managers told me, it appears that the station was built by cleaning, refurbishing and strengthening the viaduct and then erecting an independent steel frame on either side to form the station.

It looks like a technique that could be used on other stations on viaducts.

It’s certainly a better station with a larger capacity, than the previous one, that I used many times back in the 1960s.

The old station is to be demolished, at some point in the future.

Conclusion

It is an excellent station, that should serve its main function of getting supporters to and from Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

But will the station and the soon-to-arrive new trains have other effects.

  • As I said earlier, the design could be repeated with different cladding for other stations on viaducts.
  • I believe that good public transport infrastructure tends to calm crime and anti-social behaviour. Only the statistics will give a verdict.
  • Will the passenger numbers rise through the station?
  • Will the station and the stadium attract some better class retain premises and cafes, as the Emirates has done?

And perhaps most importantly! Tottenham Hotspur now has two new stations to serve the ground! Will this reduce the congestion caused by large crowds?

 

August 28, 2019 Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

Will People Look Back At the 14th of August 2019 As A Significant Day in History?

On the 14th of August, Stephanie Frappart refereed the 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool.

This article on the BBC, is entitled Stephanie Frappart: History-Making Referee Praised For Super Cup Performance.

The tone of the title is typical of the comments in various newspapers and on web sites.

There was some criticism for the penalty award to Chelsea, but then many fans and commentators don’t agree with penalty decisions.

I watched all of the match and she and her two female assistants, certainly did a better job, than some officials, I’ve seen in the top two English divisions.

I look forward to the day, when the gender of the referee is irrelevant and they are judged solely on their competence.

Was Wednesday’s Super Cup a first major step towards that goal?

Conclusion

We mustn’t forget that for most countries in the world, football is the most important sport, so the ramifications of Ms. Frappart’s performance, may be greater than we first think!

August 17, 2019 Posted by | Sport, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Will Sky Ever Broadcast A Freeview Sports Channel?

Yesterday, Sky held the rights to both the Cricket World Cup Final and The British Grand Prix.

But in the end Sky shared the coverage of both events with Channel 4!

Now that both events have successfully concluded, Sky will have the details of the following.

  • Number of viewers.
  • Advertising revenue on both Sky and Channel 4.
  • Reaction from politicians, some of whom are not very pleased with Sky.

This will enable the company to decide, whether it is in the company’s interest to do it again.

  • I can also see a scenario, where if a Sky Freeview channel exists, that sports would want to do promotional deals to get their sport in front of viewers, by perhaps having the top level on satellite and lower levels on Freeview.
  • Sky uses a lot of repeats on its Sports Channels at Off Peak times.
  • Freeview technology will also be allowing more channels.
  • Sky must be a bit worried about competition from other broadcasters woth bottomless pockets.

I don’t think we can rule anything out, as Sky are an innovative and ambitious broadcaster.

 

July 15, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wimbledon Comes To The City

I took these pictures in Spitalfields today.

Perhaps, we should do it more often!

July 4, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Refereeing At The Women’s World Cup

At times, as in today’s England game against Cameroon, refereeing has not been of the highest quality.

I watch a lot of football and being a referee is something I would not want to do!

But I do have a few thoughts!

Are Some Of The Referees Not Fit Enough?

I have my suspicions on this one, as some of the bad decisions seem to have happened, when the referee is behind the play!

Referees from major football playing countries, probably officiate in many more games and come under much more scrutiny about their fitness, than they do in other countries.

Was It A Mistake To Send Referees Home From The Last Sixteen Countries?

I know why FIFA has done this, but does it get rid of a lot of the best and most experienced referees?

Perhaps delaying until the last eight would have been better?

Should We Integrate More Women Officials Into The Men’s Game?

We are always hearing that there is a shortage of referees for matches in the UK

I wouldn’t be surprised that this is a problem in a lot of countries, with large league structures.

Surely, welcoming more women into the profession would help to ease the shortage.

I actually, think, as with many other trades and professions, the shortage will mean that more women are welcome.

I should say that at Ipswich in the Chapionship, we have had the occasional woman assistant referee and there hasn’t been any adverse crowd reaction.

But, I suspect, other crowds and possibly countries wouldn’t be so friendly.

Conclusion

The standard of refereeing by women will improve, as more come into the game, due to the shortages.

But no real progress will be made in the UK, until a woman referees a high-profile League or Cup match.

The first time it happens, will be down to a chapter of unfortunate circumstances.

Perhaps a team of four for a match will contain two women, one of whom will be the fourth official.

The man refereeing the match, becomes unable to do so, as happens a couple of times during matches in the Premier League every year.

Perhaps, the man running the line has made a terrible howler and is getting stick from an angry crowd.

So, the inevitable decision will be made.

After all, Bibiana Steinhaus, has refereed in the Bundesliga for a couple of years.

One of her problems according to Wikipedia, has been that Iran cut her out of broadcasts of matches, when she is the referee.

But then there’s no accounting for that religious basket-case!

 

June 24, 2019 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Down The Pub For The Football

There is a typical man’s pub that does beer and pizza near me, where I go occasionally to watch football, if I don’t fancy watching alone.

So for tonight’s England-Argentina game in the Women’s World Cup, I walked along my road and had a butchers!

There wasn’t a seat to be had, so I may have got my gluten-free beer, but there wouldn’t have been anywhere to eat a pizza.

But it was gratifying to see the support for the women’s version of the National game!

 

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Food, Sport | , , , | 2 Comments