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IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP – FEB 2015

PETER ALLISS has spoken of his ‘great sadness’ that the BBC will lose live coverage of The Open Championship to Sky.

PETER ALLISS has spoken of his ‘great sadness’ that the BBC will lose live coverage of The Open Championship to Sky.

Alliss, who first broadcast for the BBC at the 1961 Open, commented: “I’m just glad I am 83 not 35 and relying on working for the BBC, because I would be looking for another trade.” Sky cover golf’s other three majors, but viewers would not need to be Sky subscribers to enjoy the Open, with ‘NOW TV’ they can take a daily or weekly package without a contract. All very impressive, but it doesn’t make up for losing Peter Alliss.

PROVING THAT that you don’t always need to buy the latest equipment, Brandt Snedeker took the AT&T Pebble Beach trophy last week with a 9 yr. old putter (Odyssey White Hot) a 5 yr. old driver (TaylorMade Burner Superfast) and 4 yr. old irons. (Bridgestone J40.) He dropped only one shot in 72 holes.

“If they’re doing the job, why change them?” he said. His new swing, carefully put together over eight months with Butch Harmon, obviously helped a bit.

BILLY CASPER, who died this month aged 83, had a lethal putter and total self belief. Although overshadowed by the ‘Big Three’ (Palmer, Nicklaus and Player) he won 51 PGA Tour titles, two US Opens and the 1970 Masters. His 23 1/2 points is still a U.S. Ryder Cup record, and he also captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe in 1979.

Casper once said: “I had a hand/eye link. I could look at a telephone pole 40 yards away and hit it with a 7 iron 10 times in a row. And somehow I understood the game, without having a lot of guidance.”

THE ‘CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS’ in Beijing has produced 37 world champions and Olympic gold medallists, and is looking to produce more.

It is one of China’s ‘Centres of Excellence’ which teach badminton, gymnastics, table tennis, and now golf. The golf hall consists of bare walls, no windows, and the Chinese flag. Nothing else except about 30 children, aged between 5 and 9, putting and chipping in front of mirrors for two hours a day after normal school work. Golf however, tends to produce unlikely champions without intensive training. Like Billy Casper.

PENSIONER COLIN DAVIES, a former Staffordshire miner turned property millionaire, was saved from drowning on the paradise island of Barbados by Lee Westwood who was holidaying there after winning the Thailand Championship.

Colin, who suffers from Parkinsons disease, said: “I started waving and shouting then I felt a pair of strong arms pick me up and carry me back to my sun lounger. Lee disappeared before I could thank him.” How typically British!

ANOTHER COMEBACK ATTEMPT failed at Torrey Pines for Tiger Woods. Grimacing after every shot, he hobbled up the fairway. There was a 2 hour delay due to fog, and his lower back stiffened up. Tiger blamed ‘deactivated glutes.’ “I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but they never stayed activated,” he groaned. You’d think a chap with 14 majors would have someone on the payroll to reactivate his glutes for him.

DOWNHILL PUTTS, a tip: If your ball is 20 feet from the hole, stand 15 feet from the hole while examining the line and taking practice strokes. The eyes are the window to your mind, so when you’re standing closer to the hole while rehearsing you’ll be training your mind to hit a softer shot.

BILLY HORSCHEL collected about $13.5 million when he won the FedEx Cup and BMW Championship. He handed the locker room attendants at East Lake $10.000 and gave a cheque for $1 million to his caddie. In the rarefied world of PGA Tour golf even the caddies get to holiday in Barbados!

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for all your regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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MAJOR NEW INVESTIGATIVE DRAMA FROM THE AWARD-WINNING ANTHONY HOROWITZ

Anthony Horowitz

New Blood is a bold and surprising 7 x 60′ crime thriller created and written by Anthony Horowitz, made by Eleventh Hour Films.

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama, New Blood sets out to show a unique side of modern London, through the eyes of two outsiders.

Anthony Horowitz says: “For a long time I’ve been wondering how to take a fresh approach to crime drama and I hope that with New Blood I’ve succeeded. This is a show about the so-called Y generation – young people starting out in their careers, the powerless against the powerful. It’s so refreshing to be writing about two central characters who are still in their late twenties and 21st century London is the perfect setting. Ben Stephenson has been hugely supportive and I’m delighted to be back at the BBC.”

Junior investigators Stefan and Rash, who work for two different law enforcement divisions, are brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases.

Rash and Stefan are opposites in almost every way. What they do share are the same frustrations with life – underpaid, unappreciated and undermined. Lumbered with huge university loans, they can’t afford to buy a house and have little or no job security. They are both British but not part of the establishment.

New Blood will see Stefan and Rash come up against the uber rich and powerful – corporations, individuals, governments and the new breed of criminals who hide behind legitimate facades and are guarded by lawyers.

As Stefan and Rash’s friendship is cemented across the series they come to understand that by quietly pooling resources and combining their different skills they make a formidable crime solving force. And at the same time they might be able to help each other up the promotional ladder – if they don’t get themselves fired along the way.

Jill Green says: “This is Eleventh Hour Films first BBC Drama commission so it’s an exciting moment – and thrilling to be at the helm of a brand new Horowitz crime drama that truly embraces multicultural London with a really fun ‘bromance’ at its heart.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Anthony Horowitz back to the BBC. In New Blood he has created a contemporary crime series that will take BBC One viewers into a modern and complex world, one that moves the genre into exciting new territory.”

Casting to be announced in due course.

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Deirdre and Me: A Tribute

On Tuesday 3rd February on ITV there is another chance to see this documentary special looking at the woman behind those famous glasses, showing as a tribute to the late Anne Kirkbride and her 40-year career playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street. Originally shown in November 2012, this hour-long documentary sees Anne takes the cameras […]

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