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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Brian Viner: And so the long wait goes on

'Feelgood factor' is a nebulous concept. But sport does make life brighter

The 'Cheers' bar in Boston

Boston: Destination of independence

Today's Fourth of July celebrations will be particularly resonant in Boston, a city where revolution meets the Red Sox

She says: 'I think that anybody who knows me knows that I'm not a pushy mum.'

Judy Murray: More than a tennis mum

Whether or not her son finally wins Wimbledon, the new mentor of our women's game has made her mark

He says: 'Football is a fantastic and intelligent game which teaches us how to live together.'

Michel Platini: A great attacker forced on to the defensive

Few footballers of his stature rise to comparable heights as an administrator. But with controversy swirling around Euro 2012, the Uefa president faces one of his biggest tests

She says: 'I don't expect to be swept into first class and treated better than everyone else. I expect to have the same experience, and that is often just not the case.'

Tanni Grey-Thompson: Paragon of the Paralympics

For this supreme athlete, champion of the disabled and life peer, London 2012 is a chance to make her voice heard – and change people's lives

MCC members look on from Lord's pavilion, resplendent in the club's egg-and-bacon stripes

Saturday at Lord's, once a carnival now a crypt of codgers

Test at the home of cricket against West Indies brings back memories of fun and games on both sides of the boundary rope but the picture is very different these days

Jimmy Mulville: 'The Scouser in me helps me cut through middle-class chatter'

The comedy creative tells Brian Viner how he owes his latest success to Richard Nixon

John Lindley (top), Alan Price and Bob Fisher

Old Ealing hands keep game in rude health

Bob Fisher, John Lindley and Alan Price are three very wise men playing on in their 70s. They tell Brian Viner how the camaraderie of club cricket has kept them at the crease

The100-year-old Fenway Park nestles in Boston's modern city centre

Baseball: Fenway - more than just a park

The home of the Boston Red Sox, which is 100 years old tomorrow, defines American history like no other place

Parents can relax while their children take part

Scrum in the sun in Sardinia

Forte Village Resort has enlisted the great and the good of English rugby to teach its younger guests this summer

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?