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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Mary Berry: Flour power

Baking is having a big moment – for which one of TV's unlikeliest stars takes a lot of the credit

Nick Faldo shaking hands with Tom Watson after his singles victory in 1977

Nick Faldo: 'Sure, I would have done it differently'

Exclusive: Nick Faldo, who predicts a tie at Medinah, made mistakes as captain four years ago but was also held back by unexpected events, he tells Brian Viner

The US captain, Davis Love III, still enjoys the adrenalin rush

Ryder Cup: Tough Davis Love up for fight after life studded with tragedies

American captain says the loss of his father in a plane crash has made him more determined

Jason Leonard tries to clear US team-mates and fans from the green at Brookline in 1999

From polite applause to wild catcalls: how Ryder Cup fans have changed

Brian Viner explains how a missed putt in 1985 can be blamed for the increase in fierce partisanship that can turn ugly

Bowling over the viewers: Behind the scenes of televised cricket

From veteran voices to modern techies, Brian Viner goes behind the scenes to meet the team that puts England cricket on screen

Bright vision: the view from the Dionysos Estate

Turkey: Hidden pleasures

Avoiding the mass tourism and the madding crowds of Turkey's coastal resorts is easy – you just have to know where to look. Brian Viner reveals the best-kept secrets, both ancient and modern

At peace: one of the duplex suites at Castel Monastero

Room Service: Castel Monastero, Tuscany

The 11th-century monastery is now a fabulous hotel that provides splendid solitude fit for a monk, says Brian Viner.

Balding was good from the start, and she has spread her wings beyond sport

Clare Balding: Queen of the screen

After an outstanding Olympic Games, is the BBC presenter's elevation to national treasure status complete?

He says: 'The quest for medals is not everything, but it is important.'

Jacques Rogge: The quiet Olympian

The International Olympic Committee is rarely far from controversy. How is its chief so good at rising above it? By Brian Viner

He says: 'It would be naive of me to sit here and say that nothing could go wrong.'

Sebastian Coe: Lord of the rings

London 2012 is less than a week away. Will it prove to be its mastermind's finest hour?

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