If you’re not bored with hearing about Seb Coe and Steve Ovett, especially from this source, you may want to click on the link lower down, and take a look at the presentation I made a couple of Sundays ago at Watershed, the Bristol arts centre?
Given that it was at 3pm on the day that the match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray (first Brit to a men’s singles final since Fred Perry in 1936) had begun an hour earlier at Wimbledon, it was no surprise that only a dozen folks turned up. Had I not been there, I’d have been watching TV too.
Incidentally, the Watershed film archives have some excellent recordings. I’ve watched a thoroughly entertaining discussion between maverick writer Will Self and philosopher John Gray, on the work of JG Ballard; and there are, among other things, talks by/on film and literary luminaries such as Ken Loach and Angela Carter. And lots more.
And, with a film called Salute, centring on the Black Power medal ceremony in Mexico 1968, currently on release in the UK, there is also a discussion from last year in Bristol with Tommie Smith in the Watershed archive too (I have yet to watch the interview or see the film).
Anyway, here’s the link to the Coe-Ovett talk, in which I argue that two guys who met just seven times on the track in 17 years, during the most revolutionary period in athletics history, severely short-changed us.
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