World Cup Journalism No8

With the momentary pause in FIFA's never-ending football road-show, come the journalistic legacy predictions. And they can only ever be predictions at this stage because we are dealing with such intangibles like the national feel-good factor or the nation building bonus. Will the extravagant new infrastructure ever be fully used again? Probably not. Will the corporate world's new found love of all things African translate into renewed investment in Africa and a fairer World trade system? Only time will tell, but don't hold your breath. South Africa has extreme pockets of old colonial wealth and a seemingly intractable morass of colonial legacy problems that no one-off FIFA event can ever hope to touch and it would be totally naive to imagine otherwise.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 May 2018 04:58 )

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Africa's Year of Sport

Whether or not it is absolutely true, I used to delight in telling my history students that there was only one race - the Human race, and that we humans all descended from Africa. It seemed the best way to cut through their inherited tribal allegiances whether those allegiances be based on skin colour, geographic place of origin or the most facile of all tribalisms - that of religion. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 May 2018 16:19 )

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The Curious Case of Matthew Syed

Matt Syed is most definitely becoming a positive force in sports journalism. From right in the belly of the beast, Syed is regularly producing thought provoking editorials which, along with the long established excellence of Simon Barnes, now makes The Times the most thoughtful sports pages on offer.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 May 2018 17:04 )

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Tiger Woods and the Morality Brigades.

There is little doubt that Mr Woods had set himself up for an almighty fall. By playing the all American, clean living family man, his philandering ways were certain to trip him up big-time sooner or later. That day has now come. His squeaky-clean image is in tatters.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 May 2018 17:08 )

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While FIFA Fiddles the Planet Burns

First a confession. I am genuinely and unequivocally looking forward to the World Cup in South Africa. I'd be a bigger hypocrite than usual if I tried to deny it. A whole month of football mania slap bang on top of the climax to the current Premier League and UEFA Championships.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 May 2018 16:18 )

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