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

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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

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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

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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

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Scrum in the sun in Sardinia

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