Thursday 14 August 2008

Reasons To Be Cheerful: Mihir Bose

One good thing about this Olympics lark is that we get to see and hear more of this man - the grand panjandrum of BBC Sport, Mihir Bose. Did ever the BBC have a more unlikely sports correspondent than this portly, not young, staggeringly posh, shockingly intelligent, literate, well-dined and clubbable chap? Usually the sports types are lean, keen, permanently grinning more-or-less youngsters, with no character and no perceptible electrical activity between the ears. I doubt if Bose would have got the job if this thorough-going old-school English gent wasn't, improbable as it seems, 'Asian'. But the BBC is capable of sudden brainstorms whereby it appoints someone from outside its usual stock of clones and robots - someone, in other words, good, with something interesting to say. It happened when they made Jeff Randall - as un-BBC a figure as can be imagined - their big Business guy. The trouble is, such appointments - like Randall's - never last long. Let's enjoy Bose while we've got him.


  1. Reasons to be cheerful: You don't live in Darfur, Baghdad, or any of the former Soviet Republic countries. Or China. Or most of Africa. Really, you have a lot to be cheerful about, as do we all: Middle class or upper middle class, educated people who live in some of the greatest nations in the western world.

    Has any one of us ever really known hunger? I doubt it. Maybe Bryan, on his diet, but that was self-imposed!

    I'm off to the beach for a day of salt, sea, sand, reading, sun. I am incredibly cheerful, very grateful to be who I am and where I am. It's a stroke of luck, but I'm smart enough to know I don't "deserve" it, I just happened to get it.

    Rock on, Boys of Britannia! And girls (Sophie, my only other female compadre on here).

  2. Enjoy the beach Susan! We Brits are under the weather, literally, this wretched August.

  3. That is odd Nige, an intelligent sports commentator capable of stringing sentences together and at the same time not boring the pants off the audience, can't have been deliberate BBC policy then, the first time I saw him I thought blimey, Beethoven writing music for Madonna. As a bonus he makes quite respectable loudspeakers. Susan, there is an area over here like Darfur, its called Sunderland, Sophie can describe it to you.

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