Stephen Teap found himself a grieving single dad to two small boys, holding down his job with Volvo, all while being caught up in the highly public eye of the CervicalCheck storm, when his wife Irene died of cervical cancer following two misread smear tests that could have saved her life.
We’d been warned about the trains. Or, to be more accurate, the stations. People with experience of Japan looked on us with pity, like raw recruits being sent over the top to impending doom. Ominous warnings were sounded and tales told of underground labyrinths teeming with commuters and the odd tourist rooted to the spot in awe and confusion.
Legendary writer Neil Simon had a long list of stage and screen hits to his name, but The Odd Couple remains one of his most famous, with the iconic pairing of Jack Lemmon as fussy Felix and Walter Matthau as slob Oscar making for a memorable and much-loved movie.
In a tale of two Las Vegas super fights, Jason Quigley admits the September middleweight showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is the quality match-up. But, understandably, he cannot get away from the hype that surrounds the battle of you-know-who next weekend.
Around teatime last Sunday week a pal rang: “Well, what did you think?” He was referring to Cork-Tipperary, lately ended, and was clearly settling in for a long chat. I pointed out I was not only still working, but actually right in the middle .... “What, you’re still there? Still?”