Hunter Davies

Hunter Davies is a British author, journalist and broadcaster.

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A winter World Cup in Qatar? In football nothing is beyond belief - or money

Sepp Blatter has run Fifa like a fiefdom for years. He’ll probably carry on until he’s 120

Alex Ferguson: Schooled in the shipyards, he will be football’s last great dictator

He has clearly been good for Manchester United. But has he been good for football?

Comment: All you need is life - and a decent diary

JUST BEEN out to buy my diary for 2000 - same sort of shape as last year's, with a plastic folder bit at the back where I can stick my address sheets. Saves me copying them out, worn and tatty though they have become, but haven't we all?

Football - going, going, gone to the middle classes

WHO WOULD have thought, 10 years ago, that copies of Shoot, the children's football comic, would be on sale at Sotheby's. But they will be, tomorrow, 232 of them from the Seventies. They are estimated to fetch pounds 150-pounds 250. Hurry, hurry! No need to hurry for LS Lowry's football painting, Going to the Match. Too late. It went last week for pounds 2m, the most expensive piece of football memorabilia so far. A neat painting, yah, but has the world gone football daft?

Three steps to happiness - but who needs them?

I AM deeply unhappy today - not to say disgusted - because of Scotland's defeat. England were so jammy. Two chances; two goals. Just not fair. I am also unhappy about the cracks in the ceiling and the state of the brickwork at the back of the house. I am unhappy with Deutsch, the publisher, which has been late bringing out a book of mine.

I'm looking forward to life when I'm 120

WOULD YOU like to live to the age of 120? That's what something called the Future Foundation is predicting. It says that babies born in the next decade will grow up to have three different careers, then retire from work at 80. After that they'll just mess about, enjoying themselves, before popping off at the age of 120.

Mean, drunk and dour - it's time to Scotch the myths

HAVE YOU heard of the Golden Fleece Award? It was begun in 1975 by a US Senator from Wisconsin called William Proxmire, who gave the accolade each month for the most self-evidently wasteful piece of government-funded spending. For example, in 1978 he gave one to the Office of Education for spending $219,592 to develop a curriculum to teach college students how to watch television. Many went to pointless research projects, such as a Golden Fleece Award to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a $25,000 grant to study why people cheat and act rudely on Virginia tennis courts.

Journey to the heart of England

Hunter Davies lives in London and Loweswater - one day he decided to explore the bits in-between

Great, Bobby, but just act your age

HURRAH FOR Bobby Robson. You've done it for us, Bob; now show them how to do it. When they shout "On me 'ead" I want you to shout "In me 'ead" - because that is where you keep your real strength and power and wisdom.

Help! My life has been revolutionised

How have I acquired so many machines in such a short space of time - and all out of date?
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