Post Cheltenham


The shadow of the virus hung over Cheltenham and plenty of people queried whether it should be happening at all. But once we were in it, there didn’t seem to be much merit in being negative. Indeed being at the home of steeplechasing gave us quite a strong metaphor. Because the situation for all of us, indeed for the whole globe, is that of being in a big race on a bad jumper. You have to be careful but you must not cower.

It is in that spirit that you should read these pieces written for The Times and The Sunday Times last week. They represent something of a milestone because this is the first week when I have written seven features and reports in seven consecutive days for The Times and Sunday Times – and that’s stretching back to December 1971! 

Hope you enjoy.