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Why anger in sport has a bad reputation

Anger has a bad reputation, but it is a fundamental part of who we are. Without it there would be no sport. It underlines our need to compete, accomplish and succeed. If managed, contained and expressed positively, anger can drive … Continue reading

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Jody Cundy: A True Warrior

My heart goes out to Jody Cundy. I don’t know if he broke the rules, if he made a mistake, if the officials were fair or not. But in that cry: “You can’t do this, I’ve worked all my life … Continue reading

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Brevik massacre: An attack on us all

I don’t know a lot about Anders Brevik. But what I do know is enough to send a cold shiver down my spine. In writing this blog, I normally try to give a professional slant on important world events, but … Continue reading

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KP – Pantomime villain or attention seeker?

An England cricket supporter recently described Kevin Pietersen as a ‘pantomime villain’. I suspect the comment wasn’t meant as a compliment, but, from a psychological point of view, that might just be the way KP likes it. Earlier this week he … Continue reading

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Chinese Olympians versus Team GB

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The Great British Olympic Spirit

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Usain Bolt Going For Olympic Gold

 

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Pleasing our Parents through Sporting Success

Tom Daley dives in memory of his father. Gemma Gibbons weeps with joy mouthing “I love you mum” to the mother she lost in 2004 from leukemia.  Andy Murray has his mum Judy at court side as does Serena Williams … Continue reading

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The River of Anger from Stratford to Aleppo

Anger is universal. Without anger we are not alive. It is a powerful river running through all our lives.  It can be a force for good and achievement while also driving terrible deeds and behaviours. Today, both types of anger … Continue reading

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OFFENDED, YES – BUT WILL TOM DALEY BE DETERRED?

Tom Daley is undoubtedly reeling this week. On Monday he received a volley of abusive tweets after he came fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving. Twitter is an extraordinary phenomenon through which we are able to bare our … Continue reading

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‘UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN’ – Usain Bolt vs Expectation

Sprinter Usain Bolt carries with him an enormous weight of expectation.  He carries his own expectations, those of his family and his country, and those of the outside world. But he also faces the possible annihilation of a “self” which … Continue reading

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PC HARWOOD – His Anger was a Tragedy for Ian Tomlinson

Simon Harwood ‘s history is an example of uncontained and unrestrained anger. This could have been spotted many years ago. In policing much more even than in sport containment and self-management is essential to the job. In sport the consequence … Continue reading

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