• NOBs & W&SCC Team Photo 2015

    NOBs vs W&SCC 2015. Match Report by Mark Burton

    Off the field events threatened to overshadow the game everyone has been waiting for. “Forget the Ashes,” said former England Captain Michael Vaughan on the Tuffers & Vaughan show last week. “What real cricket fans want to see is Warborough and Shillingford Cricket Club vs the NOBs.” But the much heralded game was in danger [...]

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    The Transformation of Gnome House

    When I first walked inside Gnome House it was a dark, cavernous shell. I was there because the forces of urban regeneration and the power of investment capital had arrived at the end of my road. Gnome House would be resurrected by the building developers who planned to construct 500 new homes on the surrounding [...]

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    NOBs vs W&SCC 2014

    There can be few more beautiful village cricket pitches than the one that’s home to Warborough and Shillingford Cricket Club in Oxfordshire.

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  • Ginola and Rob

    Rob flanked by Mark (left) and Scott (right)
    There are few people more inspirational than my friend Rob. He’s been an inner-city school teacher for over ten years and had a tremendous impact on numerous young student’s lives. But as they – and Rob’s colleagues are all acutely aware – much of Rob’s own inspiration comes from watching [...]

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  • The ultimate Flitch-u-mentary

    Some time in the dim and distant mists of time… March 2004 to be precise… Chris Collins, and self-styled ‘directional savant,’ Jeff Dotts, got lost en-route from Heathrow Airport to visit me in Suffolk.
    Fortuitously, they stumbled across a sign saying, ‘Great Dunmow, Ancient Flitch Town.’ Their curiosity piqued, they subsquently found out all about the [...]

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  • Glastonbury or WW1 re-enactment?

    Before the misery sets in
    Last year, in a moment of madness, Bronny and I decided to join our friends Jane, Jo and Brian at the Glastonbury festival. We’d heard of the fun, the music and the drugs, and in hindsight, if we’d started munching Class-A’s as soon as we left the car park then we’d [...]

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  • Tottenham Marshes Bat Walk

    About half a mile from my home in Walthamstow, the streets and industrial units all come to an abrupt halt. The cityscape is replaced by the waterways and marshes of the Lea Valley Park Authority.
    The park runs for 26 miles from the banks of the River Thames out into Hertfordshire and is dedicated to nature [...]

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  • Shieldaig vs Lochcarron: highland darts challenge

    The Ashes… Rangers vs Celtic…. the north London Derby….. England vs Germany…. Ross County vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle….these are just some of the great sporting rivalries in the world. And now, we can add to this list: the darts challenge between the villages of Shieldaig and Lochcarron.

    You’re going home in a Lochcarron mini-bus
    Nestled in the [...]

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    Dirty Canvas, March 2008

    Dirty Canvas is London’s hottest Grime club night – and it run by my cousin DJ Magic (or Peter as we call him…)

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