Things I’ve Enjoyed Reading Today

‘In 1972 he won his first world championship at 22, then the youngest winner ever. At the time he was homeless, moving from squat to squat through condemned streets in Blackburn. He appeared for the final, fingers stained with nicotine, in white trousers and a tank top. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association ruled these “clothes unbecoming to a professional” and, after his victory, fined him.’ – The Economist’s always excellent obituary page turns to Alex Higgins.

‘If there is the occasional need to deploy a destroyer, then Lucas Leiva can do that job better than is often recognised – the much-maligned Brazilian was the fourth most prolific tackler in the Premier League last season.’ – From the Guardian’s Season Preview: Liverpool. They sometimes try too hard to find a new angle.

‘Carcinoma works cunningly from the inside out. Detection and treatment often work more slowly and gropingly, from the outside in.’ – Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair tell us about his cancer. Note: avoid using martial metaphors

‘Bobby Jones named one of the short holes as one of his best 18 holes in the world.’ – Playing Wallasey, Formby Ladies, Hillside and Formby in our annual golf Tour next week. I’ve read every review of every course. Can’t wait.

‘The planets have finally aligned and the iPhone 4 is remarkably well-suited to business users, especially those who need a durable, highly readable, and app-centric device.’ – Inc asks ‘Is the iPhone Finally Ready for Business Use?’

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