Weekly Thoughts From Phillip Khan-Panni

FALLING BEHIND THE TIMES IN IRELAND

  When I came to live in Ireland, last year, I hoped to keep in touch with England through The Times. It was, however, never quite the same paper as I’d get in London. And then, quite recently, they abandoned all pretence and made it an Irish paper: The Times, Ireland edition. It was, in

Males and females competing together

  Was at the RDS last Friday, for the Aga Khan trophy for showjumping. The USA won with an all-female quartet of riders. Showjumping seems to be the only major sport in which men and women compete together, and on equal terms. That applies to the horses as well, with mares, stallions and geldings all

NO FAIRY TALE ENDING

So, no happy-ever-after for Usain Bolt, or for his army of followers. His final solo race did not end in the expected victory. Even worse, the gold went to the much derided Justin Gatlin, the American runner with two drugs-related bans on his CV. Bolt looked past his best, even though he will be only

IRELAND’S MIND IS ON OTHER THINGS

Brexit is on everyone’s lips in Ireland. When people hear my English accent they quickly want to know what I think of the whole sorry mess, and how it will impact this country. The Northern Ireland border is much on their minds. It links directly to concern about the Good Friday agreement and to the