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A random sample from the British periodicals


Back and Forth

Hampshire Veronica Bliss: I wish tennis commentators on television would obey the spectators’ rule: no talking once the point begins. More and more, they continue talking while the player is serving. This would not happen at Wimb­ledon, where there is silence from when the player begins to serve. We want to see tennis, not hear endless chatter. The real joy would be a channel where the only sounds were of the ball being hit and umpire calling the score.

The Daily Telegraph

Fight Club

Herfordshire Tony Hall: I met Muh­ammad Ali when I was the doctor with the England cricket team at the World Cup in India and Pakistan in 1987. In the hotel where we were both staying, I asked him for his autog­raph. He wrote: “To Tony from Muhammad Ali, Serv­ice to others is the rent we pay for our room in the here­­after.” I expect he has a penthouse suite. His words have inspired me ever since.

The Daily Telegraph

Closed Argument

Bath Diana Francis: Why is there so little discu­ssion of values in the EU ­debate? Why is it so widely assumed that “the national interest” is the only focus? This is morally inadequate. The things that threa­ten our security (clim­ate cha­nge, food short­ages, storms and floods, war, want and forced migration, etc) call for global solidarity, not fragmentation. Com­­mon ­security is the only kind that makes sense. The UK should work within the EU to make it an instrument of coop­eration.

The Guardian

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