I’ve just finished reading Janie Hampton’s fascinating book ‘The Austerity Olympics’ which describes the events surrounding the London Games of 1948.
I’m absolutely certain that one of the results of London 2012 will be that sports which have not been seen as mainstream or ‘interesting’ by the Press will become enormously popular in the UK as a result of their exposure at the Games.
I saw some of the beijing paralympics coverage on terrestrial TV, I wasn’t aware, at the time, of the existence of an alternative source of coverage, or much about the range of international sporting events for disabled people that take place throughout each year, many of which are also publicised on the website.
The concept of a truce brokered by sport is something which is resonating more and more with modern commentators.
What is striking about Brettell’s article is the emphasis he puts on the importance of how the Sydney volunteers were trained, and treated. People were forbidden to characterise themselves as ‘only’ a volunteer, and it was made clear to them how much their contributions were valued. It all came down to ‘respect’ seemingly.
The London 2012 Olympics ought to be the best documented (and most efficiently archived) Olympic Games ever, so that future researchers have as comprehensive a record of the Games as they can possibly have.
I’m writing on the day after the London Marathon and thinking about the great ethos of endurance running where amateurs are allowed to race with elites.
There was a wonderful picture in the Times on Monday of Paul Collingwood celebrating England’s win over Australia for the World Twenty20 cricket trophy, and naturally I immediately thought what a pity it was that cricket hadn’t made it into the Olympic Games pantheon.
Polly Russell explains why the Spare Rib resource may be suspended in the event of a ‘no deal’ withdrawal from the EU
We’re really excited to announce two new Collaborative Doctoral Awards for research into web comics, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Catherine Oliver writes about the online collection she has curated which explores Animal Rights Activism
I am the new British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the British Library.
In February 2019 the British Library determined that if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal it will be necessary to remove from access the full run of digitised Spare Rib magazines hosted on the Jisc Journals platform.
The British Library has approximately 170 million items, which include books, academic journals, government records, personal correspondence, oral histories, newspapers, stam
A manifesto is a unique way of communicating which addresses an audience and asks them to unite to take action and change something.
Professor Halberstam will provide a very timely consideration of the history of Trans* communities, and examine their association with political goals and a quest for recognition.