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Year’s mind

On South Africa’s historic 1995 Rugby World Cup win, its aftermath, and the sad death of James Terence Small . On Sunday morning, the first big international rugby fixture – All Blacks vs the Wallabies – was played since Covid halted the Six Nations back in early March. This will be followed by the other [...]

The Gentleman’s Marathon

On my attempt to run 26.2 miles, in Pheidippides’ footsteps. – For The Critic

In-line, online, and where to draw the line?

Notes on Colombo’s books and bookmen in the time of Covid-19. – For The Critic

Hat trick ball

My mate Howard has found a cricket ball in his aunt’s attic… – For The Critic

State of the nation

Review of Andrew Fidel Fernando’s debut book Upon a Sleepless Isle, which has just won Sri Lanka’s Gratiaen Prize (2019) for English-language literature. – For The Critic

Quaker lives matter

A tribute to my somewhat improbable Quaker ancestors, murdered/martyred on this day, at Scullabogue, in 1798. – For The Critic

Booksheds

As Colombo emerges from the Covid lockdown, I go immediately to one of my favourite places. – For The Critic

My first Carr

On my personal discovery of eccentric English novelist (and teacher, and artist, and airman, and footballer) JL Carr, the night before what would have been his 108th birthday. – For The Critic

Strength and honour

A love letter to 20 years of watching Gladiator. – For The Critic

May Day, May Day…

A lockdown letter from Colombo. – For The Critic