Practical Newspaper Reporting by David B Spark; Geoffrey Harris

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Before going back to college to study how to be a journalist, I cut my teeth on pop papers, reviewing gigs and albums (now there’s two words that date me horribly). I enjoyed the 11 THE HARDEST JOB EVER CRAVED freebies and the opportunity to brush shoulder pads with style leaders. I also dabbled in cinema, but soon realised that, much as both music and movies would both continue to provide untold pleasures and insights into the human condition, neither repaid repeated, daily, ritualistic observation.

Inside this romantic gift, for the man she would soon marry, are held by scholars to be the ashes of, variously, a bail, a ball or a veil. 6 With horse racing patronised and encouraged by royalty since the fourteenth century, turf ‘Classics’ (the St Leger was the first to be run, in 1778) and steeplechases (the Grand National followed in 1839) were already staple dishes on the annual social menu, tapping into Britain’s fondness for a flutter and affinity with non-carnivorous animals. Yet this, in keeping with 24 BATTING AND BALLING 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4111 5222 6111 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 3522 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4111 contemporary notions of sport as ‘masculine Christianity’7, was the era in which the ball game came of age – sports that placed a premium on individual skill and, in the case of football, rugby and cricket, collective responsibility.

Wodehouse, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Dylan Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell and a couple of Mitfords – so baseball has trumped it. Baseball – A Literary Anthology (2002) features Bernard Malamud, John Updike and Philip Roth, Damon Runyon and Ring Lardner, Whitman and Dom DeLillo: how cricket must envy a constituency of celebrated aficionados that includes the living. The world’s best-known sports publication is Sports Illustrated, a weekly feature-led North American magazine born of the postwar sports boom.

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