Author: Lentini

Inspecting Columbo

A total lack of planning plus a poor choice of main course equals a Sri Lankan nightmare I’ve just finished the last mouthful of the most amazing breakfast I’ve ever eaten. Genuinely. Eggs Benedict, with a juicy tomato and rocket salad on the side, accompanied by the most flavoursome dressing you can imagine. I’m in Colombo, Sri Lanka, staring out across the vast Indian Ocean on a bakingly hot morning. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Until I tucked into this breakfast, the highlight of my solo four-day trip had been the flight from Singapore. Perfect Planning Prevents...

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Trying Times

Former England rugby international James Forrester has bounced back from a career-ending injury to rebuild his life in Singapore. It’s 28 April 2007, and high-flying Gloucester is braced for a crucial showdown with big-spending rival Newcastle; victory would propel the rugby club to the summit of the English Premiership. The clamour for tickets means that the game has been switched from the Kingsholm Stadium to a larger venue, Bristol’s Ashton Gate football ground. The two teams are littered with stars of the global game, among them, Gloucester’s gifted back-row forward, James Forrester. Not only is the Premiership title within...

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Balls Of Steel

How former footballer PJ Roberts kicked testicular cancer into touch. Anyone who’s ever played team sports will understand that dressing room banter is an integral part of the bonding process. Sometimes it’s clever, sometimes childish. Sometimes the banter transcends everyday boundaries of common decency; basically, there’s very little that’s off limits – as long as what is said is funny and delivered without real malice, then all well and good. But what about cancer? Is the “Big C” banter material? Can we really laugh in the face of incredible adversity when one of our dressing room buddies is struck...

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When The Music Stops

The ‘Kamikaze Killer’ who made a fortune in mobile advertising before investing in an upmarket tailors. One of my first really vivid childhood memories was sitting in front of a blackboard with my primary school class and being asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. One of the most ambitious responses came from a pigtailed girl who was determined to become a lorry driver, but the most disturbing was from a scruffy looking lad called Jamie who stuck his hand up and declared, “Mrs Allan, I want to be a robber”. The boy in question showed...

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Social Netbusting

How three Singapore-based footballers launched a social media app. George de Mestral marches purposefully through the picturesque Alpine countryside on a bright summer’s afternoon, a freshly-polished shotgun under his arm and his faithful dog shadowing his every move. The year is 1941, and after a successful hunt, the 34-year-old Swiss inventor notices that hundreds of spiky burdock burr seeds have lodged in his woollen trousers and in the dog’s fur. After spending what seems like hours removing the seeds, a fascinated de Mestral reaches for his microscope and takes a closer look at these annoying, clingy objects. He discovers...

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