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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Victor Chandler would love nothing more than owning a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Victor Chandler: Always playing his cards right

Victor Chandler has made his money as a bookmaker but it's away from the track that he's really lived his life. He regales Brian Viner with tales of Lester Piggott, George Best and, er, the Queen Mother

Thinking Creatively Under Pressure is Sir Clive Woodward’s mantra and it is one of many winning ideas he’s developed during a multisport career and is now passing on to Britain’s Olympic hopefuls

Clive Woodward: From World Cup to T-CUP

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British boxer Dereck Chisora is all smiles during a press conference in Munich earlier this week

Dereck Chisora: From drugs and weapons to a fight with Dr Ironfist

The heavyweight tells Brian Viner how a street brawl in Cricklewood led to him fighting for the world title tomorrow

Decca’s Dick Rowe, left, turned down the Beatles

The man who rejected the Beatles

Exactly 50 years ago, Decca's Dick Rowe turned down the Fab Four, so heading an unenviable club of talent-spotters who passed up their biggest chance. But is it all an urban myth? A new book suggests so

Karen Brady vice-chairman of West Ham United says they will not give up on the Olympic Stadium

Karren Brady: Grounds for optimism

Karren Brady talks to Brian Viner about why West Ham will not give up on the Olympic Stadium, her battle to overcome sexism and how brain surgery made her reassess her life

Kermit returns, and not before time

Brian Viner: It's time to play the music (not a moment too soon). The Muppets are back!

The return of Kermit and Miss Piggy to our cinema screens is just what dull, depressed Britain needs, says this avid fan of Jim Henson's creations

Brian Viner's Christmas Quiz Answers

The winner of Brian Viner's Christmas Quiz is Andy Parlett of Cheam in Surrey, who will be receiving a year's supply of Spitfire Ale from master brewers Shepherd Neame.

Winter wonder: Taking to the slopes in Espace Killy

Slopes with savoir faire: Val d'Isère still retains its centuries-old character

Polo, the ski-shop manager at Les Barmes de l'Ours, Val d'Isère's swankiest hotel, is the kind of fellow one finds only in winter-sports resorts and Bond movies: charming, cooler than cool, with an impressive air of worldliness for a man whose horizons are all jagged and snow capped.

The epic rivalry of Arkle and Mill House from the 1960s can be evoked when Kauto Star and Long Run meet at Kempton on Boxing Day

Brian Viner: Festive season provides top sporting fun

The Last Word

From l-r: David Ginola, Bernie Ecclestone and Vinnie Jones are just a few of the sporting personalities Brian Viner has interviewed

Brian Viner: From Ginola to Vinnie, I've had a ball...

The Brian Viner Interviews: I've listened to Ken Bates, talked to Bernie Ecclestone about the Train Robbery and learnt that Damon Hill used to wet himself. I even made it through four meetings with Ian Botham. It's been 13 years, it's been a blast

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