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Patrick Kidd is Editor of TMS, the Times Diary column, since 2013 and is also the paper's political sketch-writer. He joined the paper in 2001 as junior Diary flunkey under Giles Coren, working his way up to lackey before moving on to be a property journalist for three years. He has since written for most sections of the paper, including news, features and sport. He covered the London Olympics in 2012, the same year he was shortlisted in the Sports Journalism Awards, and has published two books before this anthology: The Best of Enemies (with Peter McGuinness), on the sporting rivalry between England and Australia, and The Worst of Rugby.
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze and astonish, hard to imagine anyone reading this collection without laughing out loud every page or two. An absolutely essential Christmas stocking treasure for every Times reader. ~ Sue BakerLike for Like ReadingHas the World Gone Completely Mad? Unpublished Letters to the Daily Telegraph, Iain Hollingshead (Editor)I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong: And Other Wise and Witty Comments from The Guardian, Marc Burrows (Editor)
Subtitled 'Violence and Foul Play in a Hooligans' Game Played by Gentlemen', The Worst of Rugby is one of the best-selling titles in Pitch's popular 'Worst of Sport' series. The book takes a humorous look at the whole catalogue of foul and dastardly behaviour associated with the sport - stamping, gouging, arguing, drunkenness - on and off the pitch. The Worst of Rugby gets right under the skin of game: from the superstars to the lowliest supporter, the book reveals the true nature of the contest and those who live for it. Presented in loving detail across 15 chapters, here are all the very worst elements of rugger. From the worst imaginable gamesmanship to the worst wagers and injuries; from the worst missed kick to the worst instances of cheating, brawling and bleeding on teammates, the book will simultaneously delight and appal any player, supporter or aficionado of the great game.