Fatal Idée Fixe

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Sport teaches us the consequences of changing parameters. From racing – the softness of the turf. From fly-fishing – the entomology of larvae. From cricket – final innings, spinner-exploitable pitch cracks. In short, there are horses for courses, flies for certain rivers and months; on cloudy days some bowlers worth shining the conker for. Parameters are rarely if ever fixed entities. The … Continue reading Fatal Idée Fixe

Operation Myth

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The rumours that Hitler escaped Europe after the Second World War only became credible to conspiracy theorists because the Russians hid the truth from the West – they had collected a file of witness statements relating to Hitler’s suicide and had taken Hitler’s teeth and part of his skull from Berlin to Moscow in May 1945. Totalitarian Stalin’s strategy was to instead … Continue reading Operation Myth

Toast?

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN “Dad, who did you vote for in the 2019 General Election?” “I voted Labour that year.” “For Mr Corbyn?” “Yes.” “But we learnt at school, Dad, that Jeremy Corbyn was an Anti-Semite and he almost single-handedly ruined the Labour Party.” “Well, there was some talk of that at the time, son. But it was in vogue back then amongst my generation to … Continue reading Toast?

They Can’t Laugh Back

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN There’s a well-known anecdote from the Soviet Union: A judge walks out of his chambers laughing his head off. A colleague approaches him and asks why he is laughing. “I just heard the funniest joke in the world!” “Well, go ahead, tell me!” says the other judge. “I can’t – I just gave someone ten years for it!” There’s a similarity in … Continue reading They Can’t Laugh Back

Chapeau

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN A week on from the death of our beloved family dog, Cadbury, things are more serene in the Wightman household. Our children have been most resilient. It is my wife and I, and the remaining chocolate lab, who still mourn. While an air of sorrow is ever-present in the void, the shadows are not winning – prevailing light still disseminates through my … Continue reading Chapeau