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Carpe Diem Sergey

There was relative calm that night in Kiev, a year ago this weekend.  An uneasy truce between the government and opposition saw Hrushevskoho Street partially cleared while the Maidan Nezalezhnosti protestors around the corner braced themselves for the violence they sensed was coming.  The official beginning of the 2014 Ukranian Revolution was still three days […]

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Federer: Greatest of All Time or Second Best of his Generation?

There is a tennis Grand Slam tournament starting tomorrow and you all know what that means: reams of sycophantic articles in praise of the tennis doyen’s tennis doyen, Sir Roger Federer.  The Sir prefix is pure facetiousness on my part but it would not actually surprise me if a SW19 pressure group are currently lobbying […]

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Better the Devil You Know?

They couldn’t contain themselves in the build up to the new Formula One season.  The new 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines, lowered front noses, fuel restrictions and double points finale had the aficionados giddy with excitement and promising an unpredictable roller-coaster ride of a championship. It’ll be “the most exciting year” gasped Lewis Hamilton.  The […]

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The Irish Inspiration Behind Wawrinka’s Major Success

Before his first appearance in a Grand Slam Final, Stanislas Wawrinka is reported to have said with admirable self-deprecation: “No one beats me 27 sets in a row”.  It was a reference to his miserable record against his opponent Rafael Nadal and as events unfolded in Melbourne on Saturday night, it turned out to be […]

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The Only Thing that is Constant is Change

So tweeted Heraclitus about 2,500 years ago.  But your modern day Madrileño philosopher here would like to add: But Every Change Needs a Constant.  Read on, and please bear with me, to be illuminated. The system for calculating world golf rankings is as convoluted as it gets.  But the only knowledge of it needed for […]