Anything About Everything

2 September 2010

Money Laundering

Filed under: Corruption,Crime,Finance,Markets,Society,Sport — rajiv @ 2:47 pm

News of the World smashes multi-million pound cricket match-fixing scandal:

“In a meeting with our investigators puppet-master Majeed:

  • BRAGGED that the scam is rife and future games against England this summer are already earmarked for cheating.
  • CONFESSED his match-fixing round the world had netted customers MILLIONS.
  • REVEALED how he oversees cheating by using no-balls, specifying how many runs will be scored or conceded in certain overs, with signals such as changing gloves to confirm the fix is on.
  • ADMITTED he abuses his position as owner of non-league Croydon Athletic FC to launder his illicit gains.”


25 July 2009

Steven Gerrard

Filed under: Behaviour,Celebrity,Law & Order,Society,Sport — rajiv @ 2:41 pm

So Steven Gerrard has been acquitted of affray.

22 June 2009

The Cost Of Sports

Filed under: Economics,Sport — rajiv @ 2:18 am

How the F1 split might affect Singapore.


23 April 2009

Non-League Football

Filed under: Personal,Sport — rajiv @ 4:43 am

My interest in non-league football has grown tremendously since I first started looking at the Football League tables in 1977, especially in the last 4 or 5 years or so.


17 February 2009

Money Grows On Board Games

Filed under: Economics,Sport,World — rajiv @ 5:23 am

On BBC Sport yesterday:

29 January 2009

The Legend Of Bagger Vance

Filed under: Mind,Spirituality,Sport — rajiv @ 10:57 pm

I don’t play golf (not yet anyway), but my favourite sports-related movie is The Legend of Bagger Vance (no, not Escape To Victory), which, on the face of it, is about golf.


3 January 2009

Celebrity And The Law

Filed under: Celebrity,Law & Order,Society,Sport — rajiv @ 3:07 pm

A pathetic “excuse” for Steven Gerrard being charged for assault occasioning actual bodily harm is to be found in today’s Independent.

28 October 2008

The Truth Hurts

Filed under: Media,Sport — rajiv @ 3:26 pm

“During the 2002 World Cup Andy Gray and Jonathon Pearce took-up commentary duties on BBC Five Live. Graeme Reid-Davies (executive editor of BBC Sports News) e-mailed a colleague and joked “I think they’re both crap”, but unknowingly copied the message to all 500 members of the BBC Sports Staff.”


4 September 2008

Why I Support The Club I Do

Filed under: Personal,Sport — rajiv @ 11:02 pm

This is going to be a long story. After all, supporting a football club is a life-long tale.


2 September 2008

The British Nations

Filed under: History,Politics,Sociology,Sport — rajiv @ 7:59 am

In Reply To

Actually, in a legal sense, England, Wales and Scotland are nations… but they are not States, which is the proper term for an Sovereign entity. ….

The distinction drawn between a nation and a state is correct in accordance with a technical modern usage, although the technical distinction hasn’t always existed, and a nation can be a state, while a state can be nation.

Chick Young certainly considers Scotland a nation.

I suppose another way to draw the distinctions is as follows:

  • A society is a significant group of people living within a certain geographical area with a significant degree of common values, culture or traditions.
  • A nation is a society or groups of neighbouring societies that identity themselves as separate from other societies or nations.
  • state is one or more nations within a geographical region bound together by a political or legal system.

(As first posted on Tony Kempster’s Non-League Forum)