Summer Olympics

Life on a remote island in Coromandel, New Zealand

When I was young, around six or seven, my parents rented a bach every Christmas on a remote island in the Coromandel, on the east coast of New Zealand.   The half-moon shaped island, which had a postage stamp-sized sandy white beach, was called Motupohukuo Island or Turkey island in English. We loved that Island as though it were our own. Our bach had no electricity, no running water, no mod cons and the toilets were scary long drop loos, the tall wooden kind, set far in the bush.  We bathed in the sea, fished for snapper off the reef and ate raw[…]


Riots Over British Gold At the 1920 Antwerp Olympics

It was an amazing Summer for Team GB at the recent 2016 Olympics in Brazil with Britain winning 65 medals, of which 27 were gold, and beating China. Our athletes cemented a place in the heart of all Brits and Team GB left Rio on a cloud of euphoria. Apart from a few competing nations getting upset over our tally of medals, there was huge congratulations all around for the Brits on their amazing success. Now imagine this is 1920, we’re at the Antwerp Olympics and our British Water polo team has just beaten Belgium to the gold medal. Instead of admitting defeat, being happy with a Silver[…]