Ancient Egypt: land of pyramids, animal-headed gods, pharaohs’ curses, and mummies. It’s fair to say that, perhaps out of any civilisation in history, it’s Egypt that mesmerises us the most. And it’s possibly mummies and mummification which hold the greatest sway over our fascination. The Egyptian belief that preserving the…


  • HARRY KANE PRESSES LESS THAN SERGIO AGUERO
  • SON HEUNG-MIN PRESSES MORE THAN ALL OF CITY’S FORWARDS
  • SON IS BETTER THAN KANE AT DISRUPTING OPPONENTS AND RETAINING THE BALL
  • ONLY 1% OF ALL FORWARDS PRESS LESS THAN RONALDO (EVEN ZLATAN PRESSES MORE!)

After all that Harry Kane is staying. Never mind…


Success has many parents, failure is an orphan. The England men’s football team which has brought so much joy to a nation the past few weeks fell at the final hurdle. After defeat comes the post-mortem. …


There is no gambling like politics.

Benjamin Disraeli UK Prime Minister 1868 and 1874–1880

The British Government is gambling. Cases of coronavirus are doubling every 10 days in England and hospital admissions have risen over 50% in the past week alone. Yet today the government is set to lift restrictions…


Football, like life, is full of those ‘sliding doors’ moments. What if Ali Bin Nasser had spotted Diego Maradona’s handball against England in 1986 and sent him off with the score kept at 0–0? What if Paul Gascoigne had not checked his run when Alan Shearer played the ball across…


Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830 which toppled Charles X of France. A female personification of liberty is shown leading the people. In France, this figure has come to represent the French Republic and is called Marianne. I took this photo in the Louvre in 2017.

“Give me liberty or give me death”

Patrick Henry (1736–1799) American politician

A group of influential backbench Conservative MPs calling themselves the ‘COVID Recovery Group’ have put pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift lockdown restrictions by April. …


The times they are a-changing. The last fortnight has seen the return of knock-out European football. Last autumn it was announced that UEFA look set to change the format of the Champions League in favour of a ‘Swiss system’ with four more matches. This will be a mistake. This is…


In the pantheon of appalling Premier League titles Chelsea 2015/16 and Leicester City 2016/17 stand front and centre as the worst examples. Following this, however, would have to be David Moyes’s Manchester United 2013/14. Moyes’s nine-month stint went from being handpicked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘chosen one’ to his banner…


This week the respected German broadsheet Handelsblatt published an article claiming that the German government had leaked that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine only gave pensioners eight percent protection against COVID-19. They hastily released a clarification: the article resulted from a mishearing of a statistic: that 8% of the subjects in…


Masks are safe to wear. Thanks to analytics I’m aware that only about a third of readers of my posts actually read them in their entirety. So before you go I want you to know: masks are safe to wear. Whatever you may have read online, they are safe. If…

James Thomas

http://JamesThomas.me Doctor and Educator. Podcast https://www.takeaurally.com Blog on Medical Education and History of Medicine https://mcdreeamiemusings.com

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