Losing the Ryder Cup

Monday, September 30, 2002 Spare a thought for Steve Ryder, the journeyman sports broadcaster for the BBC. He’s just spent the last three days covering the Ryder Cup (no relation), without being able to bring us any live coverage, because the Sky Sports schemers had the rights. Poor Steve, normally enthroned on high above the […]

Ray Mears – Practical visionary

Monday, July 22, 2002 Ray Mears is that rare and perfect combination – a practical visionary. When he’s talking you through the challenges of surviving in the world’s wildernesses, you trust his judgement and expertise, but you also warm to his more philosophical side. I’ve always been disappointed they make astronauts out of fighter pilots […]

Who should win Big Brother 2?

Wednesday, July 11, 2001 OK, we’re down to six people in ‘Big Brother’, and there can be no doubt who the winner should be; so here’s the order in which I would off them, In an ideal world, Paul would be the first on my list, but he’s dodged nomination this because his fellow inmates […]

The real deal – Faking It reviewed

Friday, May 11, 2001 There was a great moment in this week’s ‘Faking It’ (Channel 4, Tuesdays), when Alex, the frightfully posh, 5’6”, gay student from Oxford University, looked straight to camera and said in his new bouncer brogue, ‘I AM a doorman’. He wasn’t faking it any more. The format is brilliantly simple – […]