Welcome. I hope all you are prepared for a change in editorial policy. A change for the better in terms of providing you guys with interesting, up to the minute, reading that is. This issue took ages to get together. It missed one or two deadlines so to speak. It has some pretty good content I reckon, but there is still more great stuff to come. So there is the change. I’ve decided to let fly with a new edition every month but as exciting new material becomes available, I will update each issue continuously with new stories that have emerged from the intellectual sporting ether. That means less waiting for you between issues and more up to date content. So, by the time you have read all you want to read in a new posting, by gum, I assume I will have something new up there to whet your grey matter’s whistle.
That is my round-about way of letting you guys know that you should keep your eyes open, later in the week, for some more fantastic content. Mandy Nolan, one of Byron Bay’s most gifted exports, shares her experience as a parental good behaviour enforcer at kids soccer. Jack Marshall explains why yoga may not meet everyone’s definition of sport but it can potentially play a critical role in our lives. Tim Willcox mystifies us with some of his most recent postulations about why certain things in sport are as they are. Then… early next week… all those who have been patiently waiting for the “Secret Dads” second installment will get their wish. Can’t wait for that!
In this posting we feature a review of a book by William Finnegan called Barbarian Days. While book reviews might not normally be the stuff of feature stories the fact that not much great literature has ever come out of surfing and that this bloke has cracked it for the Pulitzer Prize for biography, makes this particular book is an interesting piece of sports news. You may well consider this book a cracker. A must read for surfer and non-surfer alike. You may not, too. Read my review to find out what I mean.
Spirituality creeps into this issue at the heart of a number of stories. Yoga guru Eoin Finn’s commitment to nature and the ocean and Jean-Christophe Rufin’s challenging stroll on the Camino de Santiago certainly raise important “heart” issues to sit beside their physical pursuits.
Don’t miss my confessions about my first steps (or pedals, I suppose) as a biking enthusiast. If Sportsocratic.com achieves one thing throughout its existence may it be that if offers non-elite athletes the chance to share their experiences. My biking exploits fit into this category.
I would be interested in hearing what readers think about my comments in relations to the pay disparity between male and female television sports journalists and the expressed reasons for the disparity. Do you agree that sometimes it seems that 2016 business executives are still living in the 1970s?