‘This is a sad song for Brexit’ was Staples’s sole comment on the events of that night. No Treasure but Hope seemed a fitting anthem for a disillusioned but steadfast Europhile
The first post-lockdown restaurant and it was back to an old favourite after a day of sweating over the books in the library.
Cricket this week with Nigel Hancock, who is the Chair of the Cricket Society. Nigel is the Chair of the Cricket Society, which is an organisation which exists to promote the study of the history of cricket, with a regularly published Journal and bulletin as well as live events with cricketers and the people who write about them.
The history of sports chaplaincy this week with Conor Heffernan talking to Will Whitmore, who is currently completing a PhD at the University of Gloucester.
Will's PhD focuses on the role of sports chaplains in professional sports teams in a comparative study between soccer in the UK and American sports. He describes the special role that sports chaplains in the UK play in clubs' relationships with their fans and contrasts this with the close relationship that the chaplaincy has with NFL teams, whose rituals of worship date back to the 1950s and beyond.
As a tribute to Everton Weekes, one of the greats of cricket, I publish my entry on him in the Dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean Biography.
The history of Physical Culture this week with Dr Conor Heffernan of the University of Texas at Austin talking about his research into physical culture in Ireland in the twentieth century, as well as the history of weightlifting and the search for the 1000lb bench press.
There's chat about Sinn Fein's trash-talking of the English physique in the 1900s and an insight into the use of tennis balls and tight towels in power-lifting. You can also read his article on Irish body building at the excellent Playing Pasts website.
Olympic and Paralympic History on this week's podcast with a recording of an online symposium sponsored jointly by the British Library, the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University and the British Society for Sports History
The event was chaired by Dr. Raf Nicholson with four speakers talking about different aspects of researching the history of the Games.
Irish soccer history this week with Conor Heffernan talking to Dr Conor Curran, who is Dublin City Council's official football historian. Conor talks about his ground-breaking study of sport in Donegal which was publish as The Development of Sport in Donegal, 1880-1935 in 2015. He also talks about the oral histories he conducted when writing about the experience of Irish migrant football in the post-War years for his Irish Soccer Migrants: a Social and Cultural History, which was published in 2017.
Last chance to register for Documenting the Olympics and Paralympics a FREE event running this Friday 19th June at 3 pm GMT
Flaming the salmon involved a geezer nailing a whole side of salmon to a plank before donning a fire-retardant suit and helmet and holding said plank to a charcoal-fed furnace.
In another short lockdown episode Helena Byrne drops in to talk about the British Library's upcoming symposium on Olympic and Paralympic History which will take place on Friday 19th June from 3pm to 4.30pm.