Preview: Tallinn Combined Events Meeting

The postponement of the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing meant that some other meeting was going to have to bear the heavy responsibility of being the highlight meeting of the indoor season. This meeting is that highlight. The 2019 iteration of the Tallinn Combined Events competition at the Lasnamäe Arena was the one that launched…

Review: X-Athletics, Clermont Ferrand

On a crisp, clear afternoon in the shadow of the Puy-de-Dôme, the invigorating smell of burning wood wafted through the picturesque town of Clermont-Ferrand. But it wasn’t the good people of Aubière stoking their bonfires. Rather, it was the arrival of Manuel Eitel on 11-12 January 2020 to burn up the boards at the X-Athletics…

Le Douleur Exquise

There’s an episode of Sex and The City – bear with me – where Carrie learns that Big is moving to Paris for a year. After an initial hissy fit, Carrie stocks up on French miscellany (mostly a beret and French fries) and decides to accompany Big to Paris, only to find that he is entirely ambivalent…