Squash bloglife

Grasshopper MegaRallies 2016

I don’t know about you but I do like to watch the odd rally that either: a) involves both players hitting the ball so hard that it appears to occasionally enter (and return from) hyper-space or...

16.06.28. 19:52

High-Rise Squash (2015) – Film Review

High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley, is a 2015 British film based on J.G.Ballard’s 1975 dystopian science fiction novel.

16.05.08. 19:15

Rockdale ’83 (2003) – Short Film

In 1980s Sydney, Keith and Alan share their hopes and dreams as they take themselves to the limit in the game that made them men. A celebration of the popularity of the great game of squash in 1980s suburban Australia.

16.04.30. 18:45

How To Win A Rally

Most squash coaches and sport psychologists have got this one nailed down…haven’t they?

16.03.29. 17:19

Hanoi Lakes

I met Thin in a café on Le Thai To Street in the south of the Old Quarter. I was studying a street map, working out where I was, tracing where I’d been since leaving my hotel. It was a … Continue reading

16.02.28. 19:05

Squash Never Sleeps

The Tournament of Champions, held every year in New York, originally started life in 1930 as a men’s only event named the US Professional Championships. In 1993, it acquired its current name and in 2001 added a women’s event.

16.01.31. 18:55

Squash And Love (2012) – Short Film

During a game of squash a man and a woman flirt. Their bodies brush, as they exchange a conspiring glance and smile. But will the game end as it began?

15.12.06. 21:06

Desert Places (à la Evelyn Waugh) – Part Two

Three weeks after his meeting with Mr. Salter, William entered the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel in Al Mussab. He was followed by a line of uniformed porters carrying his luggage.

15.11.30. 20:44

Haunted In Philadelphia

I’m not a betting man, but I’m guessing that quite a few visitors to the recent 2015 US Open in Philadelphia will have taken time out to have the bejesus scared out of them.

15.10.30. 20:44

Abandoned Squash Courts

During the Second World War, the East Anglia region of England earned the reputation of being the ‘aircraft carrier of Britain’.

15.10.01. 00:53

Desert Places (à la Evelyn Waugh) – Part One

At a relatively early age, John Boot had achieved an enviable reputation as a writer.

15.08.31. 17:13

Hot Snow

It has been confirmed that from 2016, every major squash tournament will be held under the blazing desert sun.

15.07.31. 19:39

Sufi Squash Stories

NB. Nasrudin (or Nasreddin) was a Sufi scholar and mystic who is believed to have lived and died during the 13th century in what is now Turkey.

15.06.30. 20:23

Notes From A Windy City

On the Red Line Evening rush hour in downtown Chicago. It’s cold but dry. I’ve just arrived on the California Zephyr from San Francisco. Now I’m riding the metro’s red line northbound from Washington to Sheridan.

15.05.31. 18:50

Smash!

I’ve always been somebody who’s keen to share the latest ideas about how squash can gain new followers. So here’s one from 1959, courtesy of British Pathé News.

15.04.30. 18:58

Pathé Squash

It may surprise you to know that in the mid-1930s the soft-ball version of squash appears to have been pretty well established in the US as well as the UK.

15.03.26. 18:38

Squash Futures IV: Community / Coaches

N.B. This article is the last in a series. The first three articles, “Sense / Leaders,” “Culture / Clubs” and “Network / Probes” were published previously on this blog.

15.02.27. 17:34

Surprising Squash Shots: Fakes, Flukes and Fortune

Having watched plenty of elite squash over the years, I’m beginning to get the feeling that some top players actually inhabit a parallel universe.

15.01.29. 17:50

Squash Horoscopes

Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) You will have a promising start to the year when you briefly lead your squash club’s internal leagues due to all of the top 23 players being injured, out of the country on ‘business’...

14.12.27. 19:30

Hello and Goodbye

Fifteen years ago, I paid a flying visit to a city which has now established itself as a venue for major sporting events. At the time, Doha – the capital of Qatar – had already hosted one World Open squash … Continue reading

14.12.01. 00:23

Gnomes, Grasshoppers and Squash

Culture is a funny thing, isn’t it? Ask the British what they feel about gnomes and their opinions will centre on garden ornaments and Swiss bankers.

14.10.31. 15:42

Squash Futures III: Networks, Constructs & Probes

N.B. This article is the third in a series. The first two articles, “Sense / Leaders” and “Culture / Clubs,” were published previously on this blog.

14.09.09. 19:26

Squash and The City

By the time I was offered my first ‘proper’ job in The City I’d already got form. There’d been a couple of years working on projects for The Giant Vampire Squid on Fleet Street, helping them clear up the mess … Continue reading

14.08.31. 23:43

Squash, Gold and the English…

In winning the squash men’s singles gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, England’s Nick Matthew repeated the feat he had first achieved at the 2010 Games in Delhi.

14.08.01. 00:18

Squash Futures II: Culture Clubs

This article is the second in a series. The first article, “Leaders Choice,” was published previously on this blog and describes different forms of leadership (including those suited to SIMPLE...

14.06.30. 21:08

Monkey Business

I walked out of the apartment building into the early morning humidity of the Gulf and looked for a cab. In a city where buildings were being built (and demolished) at breakneck speed, I was lucky. Over the road was … Continue reading

14.05.31. 19:35

Junior Showdown at El Gouna

Both hailing from Egypt and having brothers on the World Squash Tour, Ramy Ashour and Mohamed El-Shorbagy have plenty in common.

14.04.29. 19:17

Jansher’s Last Title

In the 1990s I was living in a small village in Hertfordshire about 35 miles north of London.

14.03.31. 20:28

Swedish Squash Balls

Living just outside London, I’ve managed to get to some major squash tournaments over the years both in and outside the capital.

14.02.28. 16:06

Squash Futures I: Making Sense of Leadership

England’s squash governing body, England Squash and Racketball, was recently hit by a 20% reduction in its funding by Sport England ...

14.01.31. 18:53

Court 3: A Ghost Story (à la M.R.James)

Among the towns of Jutland, Viborg justly holds a high place. It is the seat of a bishopric, has a handsome although almost entirely new cathedral, a lake of great beauty, and a charming botanical garden.

13.12.23. 23:33

In Search of Lost Squash (à la Marcel Proust)

It is asserted by many connoisseurs that the popularity and comfort of any café can reliably be perceived as standing in inverse relation to each other.

13.11.24. 19:54

The Only Honest Drug (à la Irvine Welsh)

Squash?Ah’ve nae really thought aboot it; Just played it, ye knaw, since Ah was a bairn. Ah still do too whin some fucker rings me up wanting a fix.Yeah, that’s it; a fucking fix.Ah dunno.

13.10.31. 16:22

Back Wall Boast (A Squash Play in One Act)

SCENE The late-1990s. Somewhere in South East England. A squash club bar. It is a Thursday evening in late October. Outside, it is dark. The bar is furnished with a selection of tables and chairs, and a solitary pool table.

13.09.26. 16:10

Brian Clough’s Squash Racket

Genius? Eccentric? Maverick? Whatever qualities he might previously have attributed to his coach, one leading squash player must have sensed that he shared at least some characteristics with another famous Yorkshire-born sports coach.

13.08.31. 18:07

No Man’s Squash (à la Harold Pinter)

ACT I The mid-1970s. Somewhere in North London. A glass-backed squash court viewed from behind the back wall. The glass is streaked with the dried perspiration of sweaty palms.

13.07.09. 17:06

The Man in the Café Leblon (from ‘Breaking Glass’)

He remembered that night. Clearly. It had been three days before the start of the finals. He had glanced at his watch. It was almost two fifteen in the morning. Out in the street, he could still hear the music … Continue reading

13.06.29. 23:35

Squash and the London Olympics

The 1908 Olympic Games began on the afternoon of April 27th when Evan Noel, the eventual gold medallist, defeated Cecil Browning in the first round of the men’s singles racquets tournament.

13.05.31. 16:53

The Big Squash (à la Raymond Chandler) – Part 2

It was raining hard and the rain came through the soft top of my car. I stuffed the magazines under the front passenger seat, put on my coat and went to buy some whisky. Then I sat in the car … Continue reading

13.04.30. 23:21

The Tango Dancer (from ‘Breaking Glass’)

She glanced at the elegant gold watch adorning her left wrist. A gift from an unknown admirer. Eleven fifteen. Just over eighteen hours to the Grand Opening of the glass court. Eighteen hours to the spectacle, the excitement, the glamour.

13.03.27. 10:51

The Big Squash (à la Raymond Chandler) Part One

It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, one day in October. There was no sun, and there were rain−clouds over the distant hills. I was a neat, clean, shaved and sober private detective, and didn’t care who knew it.

13.02.24. 16:39

Brotherly Love (from ‘The Club from Hell’)

The line went dead. Weston pushed a button on the hand-set. There was a click and a low hum. ‘Did you get all that?’ asked Weston. There was a pause. ‘Loud and clear,’ came the reply. One of the workers … Continue reading

13.01.31. 14:46

The Small Business of Squash at Christmas

Trade cards first became popular at the beginning of the 17th century in London where they were typically distributed by businessmen to clients and potential customers.

12.12.31. 19:54

Dark Side of the Squash Court

In 1974, I hadn’t even heard of squash, never mind coming into contact with anyone who’d actually played it.

12.11.21. 22:44

Weston’s Game (from ‘The Club from Hell’)

The match at the Heliopolis Club went into a fifth game, Gamal levelling with his trademark forehand volley-drop into the front right-hand corner.

12.10.31. 23:16

Squash in New England: A Walk in the Woods

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that … Continue reading

12.09.28. 14:30

The Squash Racquet Expert

A few years ago, I decided to find a way of making money which would, at the same time, enable me to draw on my passion for squash. A well-connected friend of mine suggested that I invest in vintage squash … Continue reading

12.08.31. 23:10

Mr Darcy’s Squash Match (à la Jane Austen)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a broken heart, must be in want of sportive diversion.

12.07.31. 18:44

Squash and Human Nature: Part 2 – Food, Sex and Gossip

In the first part of “Squash and Human Nature” we looked at three of the six characteristics that encapsulate what it is to be human: playfulness, scientific thinking and rule-making.

12.06.22. 23:41

Squash and the Art of Espionage

If you visit Central London, you can easily find the futuristic-looking headquarters of Britain’s Special Intelligence Service on the banks of the River Thames at Vauxhall Cross.

12.06.04. 14:01

Squash and Human Nature: Part 1 – Playing by the Rules

Believe it or not, like all animals, we humans (and I’m including squash lovers here) display idiosyncrasies and quirks that clearly set us apart as a species.

12.05.02. 22:32

My Name Is Maximus Decimus Meridius…and I Will Play Squash

The recent appearance of New Zealand-born screen actor Russell Crowe in the British tabloid headlines wasn’t that much of a surprise.

12.04.29. 17:37

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Világevő, 16.07.20. 21:12

Jön egy székely és egy magyar külföldről Budapestre...

A vicc folytatása szerencsére az, hogy itt meg is állapodnak, és aztán nagyon egyéni, különleges és főleg laza és mégis magas színvonalú ételeket főznek a megújult Babelben.[...] Bővebben!

Világevő, 16.07.19. 19:33

Szombaton lesz a talán legjobb balatoni program!

Tavaly ott voltam az első Bohém Légyotton, és nem túlzás azt állítani, hogy egy hihetetlenül hangulatos programról van szó, finom borokkal, jó hangulattal, nagyon normális emberekkel egy fantasztikus helyen...

Limara péksége, 16.07.17. 17:43

Amerikai almáspite

A kedvenc pitém. Vaníilia fagyival verhetetlen.A piacon gyönyörű, zöld színű nyári almákat kaptam, talán fontosalmának nevezik, de ebben nem vagyok biztos. Savanykás, az tuti.

Chili és Vanília, 16.07.15. 20:15

Egyben sült csirke nyári céklákkal

Vasárnap délelőtt, lassan ébredezik a város, a Tűzoltó utcai kézműves söröző udvarán azonban már korán reggel nagy az izgalom.

A bűvös szakács, 16.07.05. 09:41

Iskolatáska teszt

Nyakunkon az iskolakezdés. Ilyenkor minden szülőnél felmerül a kérdés, milyen szempontok alapján válasszon iskolaszereket a gyermeknek.

Chili és Vanília, 16.07.04. 09:21

Sütés nélküli sajttorta csatos üvegben

A Nők Lapja mostani számában amerikai ihletésű recepteket találtok tőlem: hamburger tépett sertéshússal, nyári lazacleves csöves kukoricával, ragacsos, csípős csirkeszárny, többek között.

Limara péksége, 16.06.29. 14:19

Ropogós sajtgolyók

Számtalanszor hallom az ismerősöktől, hogy imádom a rántott sajtot, de nem készítek, mert annyira macerás.

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