with the Editor
Passion and heartache Large print rested when you begin, so you play better.
Also, the atmos phere is friendlier, as
AS I write this, the flags on the cars have Elspeth Fox has e-mailed me to ask if players have not had time to accumulate
wilted. Fans have taken England’s exit from English Bridge is available in large print ‘for frustrations during the day. Thirdly, the
the football World Cup hard – and I don’t those who have less than perfect eyesight in break for lunch affords a real opportunity
blame them. Then it was Wimbledon, and their old age.’ I regret the answer is no, as to socialise. And it all finishes at a reason-
Britain bemoaned Andrew Murray’s semi- the cost would be prohibitive. able time, so you still have the best part of
final defeat. Did anyone spare much However, that’s not to say that I am the day to do your chores or carry out
thought for the England players competing unsympathetic to the needs of those other activities.
at the European Bridge Team Champion- whose eyesight is not what it used to be – Clubs should try it out as an excellent
ships in Ostend, which was going on more especially as I am one of them! One of the means to increase membership.
or less at the same time? Not in the media, first decisions I made when I became the
they didn’t, nor did anyone ask Paul, the editor of this magazine was to use a larger Debatable issues
psychic octopus*, how the German bridge typeface but the drawback, of course, was
teams might fare – yet there was a lot of that now I cannot fit as much material as I Thank you to all those who responded to
passion and heartache in Ostend too. would like onto a page. Using an even my appeal and sent in suggestions for
These Championships are the European larger typeface would mean drastically cur- Debate topics, in particular Ian Kemp and
qualifiers for the next World Team Cham- tailing the number and range of articles the irrepressible Ian Dalziel who thinks a
pionships, and the top six in each series (or that are published. good subject would be whether women
seven, if the hosts, the Netherlands, ended If, as has been discussed by the Editorial are as good at bridge as men.
in the top six, as they would qualify as of Board, we put the whole of English Bridge The last time I debated this proposition
right) would gain the right to compete in in pdf format on the website, though, was at the end of an away match. The
the 2011 Bermuda Bowl (Open Teams), the readers could enlarge the text on the friend I was with maintained – over a
Venice Cup (Women’s Teams) and the screen of their computer. Maybe that is the couple of packs of pork scratchings and a
Ernesto D’Orsi Bowl (Seniors Teams). Our answer and I can promise that we shall pint in a country pub – that the top women
Seniors, current World Champions, started seriously consider its implementation. In in Britain could not possibly be as good as
badly and thereafter sadly languished in the the meantime, readers with less than per- a good male county player, i.e. him. As he
middle of the table. Our Open Team, Silver fect eyesight could try perusing the English was giving me a lift home, and the pub was
Medallists at the 2008 Beijing Mind Sports Bridge Library on the EBU website; I in the middle of nowhere, I refrained from
Games, did well to qualify for the second would appreciate their views as to whether stating my opinion forcefully. I have always
phase of their competition, but eventually reading from the screen represents an regretted my cowardice, so I will be only
finished twelfth. It was left to the Women’s improvement. too happy to try and set up debates about
Team (Gold Medallists in Beijing) to fly the Note that if English Bridge goes on the this and the other topics suggested.
flag, and they duly qualified for the Venice web, it will only be available to members
Cup – in fifth place, having been in con- as some areas of the website will become A vexed question
tention for a medal until the very end. Well members-only access in the coming year.
done Heather Dhondy and Nevena Senior, Finally, on to the vexed question of photo-
Sally Brock and Nicola Smith, and Fiona Day-time pleasure graphs in the magazine. Gordon Lawrence
Brown and Susan Stockdale; a full report surmises that those we use are ‘out of the
on the Championships will be published in Apologies if I preach to the converted, but ark’ – ‘Or are they really like that?’ he asks.
the next issue. if you have not yet discovered the joy of Well Gordon, yes, we are! I try to change
day-time bridge, you should hasten to photos of contributors every fourth year
repair the omission. I know this is not for (less often if their appearance really has not
*If you don’t know what I am talking those who have to go out to work, but if changed), so that you can actually recognise
about, ‘Paul’ is the celebrity octopus who you are retired or have a job (like mine) us if you meet us. That’s not to say that
predicted the result of the Germany World that allows you to work flexible hours, I some judicious removing of wrinkles (as in
Cup football matches by wrapping his can truly recommend the experience. I the photo top left on this page) might not
tentacles around the miniature German have now played twice in day-time sessions have been carried out – all in the name of
flag lowered in his tank together with the (10.30am – 2.30pm), and have enjoyed preserving that look of youthful enthusiasm
opponents’ flag (or viceversa). every minute of it. For starters, you are one has for one’s job, you understand! r
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