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April 2013

London 2012 Paralympics

29th April 2013

From daunted to dumbstruck,  over-anxious to overwhelmed, exhilarated to exhausted, the Paralympics took me, in the space of just ten days, on an incredible journey. I’d been approached by the Times several months before; they wanted to add extra value to their coverage  by ...

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Paralympic cycling

29th April 2013

“Make some noise”. The big screen instruction at the London Velodrome is as superfluous as the notion that British sports fans are shy and retiring. The London Velodrome is all about noise. The venue that rocked to the exploits of Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Holt and Jason Kenny  less t...

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Paralympic football -1

29th April 2013

“Are you blind referee?” There’s not a football crowd in the country that hasn’t at some time or other bawled out the question, more often than not with  what it considers to be hilarious references to white sticks and guide dogs . There’s hardly a player who has...

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Paralympic football-2

29th April 2013

This was a must win match for team GB, and they lost it. They didn’t even come close - which might have been a bit of a relief for masochists accustomed to the way England teams make heart-breaking exits from major competitions but signally failed to subdue a boisterous, shirt-sleeved crowd...

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Paralympics Wheelchair basketball

29th April 2013

Overpaid , oversexed, over here. The wartime barb was aimed at American GIS  and has been relatively easy to re-work ever since. Even, just about, in connection with the US team at the London Paralympics. The first proposition, even though team USA  is bankrolled by one of the wealthiest...

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Paralympics goalball

29th April 2013

It started with a scene from Cats, took in some Chess along the way and, with Sweden beating Great Britain with a golden goal in the first minute of extra time, it ended with a fanfare from Mamma Mia. We Will Rock You got a look in as well, with London Calling belting out every time there was a b...

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Blood Sweat and Tears

29th April 2013

  Blood sweat and tears. We’ve had plenty of  those over nine  days of a Paralympic Games that has  exceeded the wildest dreams of  the organizers and reduced  the most cynical  and jaded of sports hacks  to awed reverence.  But, with the ...

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The Paralympics - What now?

29th April 2013

Please try later.  I was  praying that the robot at the other end of the phone might actually intone the phrase.Deep down I knew it wouldn’t . I had already made the call at all times of day and night and logic told me that, however much I willed it, not a word, intonation or infl...

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