Brian Viner

Brian Viner swapped London for the Herefordshire countryside, and his column ‘Country Life’ documents his attempts to chase the rural idyll. Chiefly a sports writer, he pens a weekly sports column and interview for the paper. He is the author of 'Ali, Pele, Lillee and Me: A Personal Odyssey Through the Sporting Seventies'.

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Michael Owen: 'When your horse wins, it’s relief more than adrenalin. But it’s just as addictive'

Michael Owen: Hooked on the horses

Former striker who has a growing set of stables tells Brian Viner why the buzz of a Goodwood win will rival finding the net

On the fairway: one of the island’s stunning golf courses

How tourism got lost in the Bermuda triangle

It’s beautiful, British and has brilliant golf courses, but visitor numbers to this Atlantic archipelago have slumped. Brian Viner wonders why

Divided: Snooker or gardening?

Green baize takes on the green-fingered

Brian Viner bravely enters the snooker vs gardening row, and explains to the mystified why he is mesmerised

So innocent those days growing up in front of the telly. Or maybe not ...

For my generation these revelations are not  just sickening, they are disorientating

Webber fumes after Vettel steals win in controversial end to Malaysian GP

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and how we learnt that only the flag is black and white in Formula One

We have the spectacle of a man lambasted by his team for winning a race

The studio from which the first programme was broadcast in 1960

BBC Television Centre: Farewell to the dream factory

It gave us Basil Fawlty, Del Boy, the Daleks, and Eric & Ernie – though not, necessarily, in that order. Now, after more than 50 years, BBC TV is to quit its Wood Lane base

Mersey beat: Ken Grant captured the spirit of Liverpool as it coped with two decades of distress

The photographer chronicled the turmoil in the north west in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sir Ranulph is the perfect antidote to the modern phenomenon of rewarding modest achievement with instant fame

Ranulph Fiennes: The iceman goeth

A throwback to a more heroic age, he is an explorer who seemingly baulks at no challenge. His latest is his most extreme yet

Laura Davies: 'Right now, my only thought on the first tee at the start of a tournament is winning'

Laura Davies: She has still got drive despite tour transformation

Britain's four-times major winner is just shy of turning 50 and has seen the world of women's golf change dramatically – yet her desire is as fierce as ever, she tells Brian Viner

Don’t call me Everyman: Martin Freeman ‘finds a sort of poetry in the ordinary man’, says writer Steven Moffat; inset, as Bilbo Baggins

Martin Freeman: No ordinary Bilbo Baggins

From ‘The Office’ in Slough to Middle-earth, he finds a heroism in everyday decency

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