You’d think that would earn him a lifetime ban but no, there he is, large as life and giving the desk strawberries a run for their pips. The problem with Wimbledon coverage is that BBC bosses now insist on treating tennis as entertainment rather than sport, complete with X Factor-type back stories and endless talk of players’ struggles. ’; ‘He is a big practice horse.’Those were among the Borisinian gems the big German uttered during the Rafa Nadal/Donald Young match on Wednesday — and that was when I could understand what he was saying.
Terrified of not being inclusive, they avoid the purity of distilled expertise and assume everyone watching is a bit of an idiot who needs to be amused and diverted. Most of the time he just rumbles on, sounding like Arnold Schwarzenegger talking through a gumshield in the corner of a sports bar.
How it ever got quite so bad is one of the mysteries of the age.
You always know when Nigella has a new recipe book coming out — because the first thing to be cooked up is a controversy.
I also like her crisp hosting discipline and the way she keeps everything moving along.
And of course, anything is better than the debacle of Wimbledon 2Day, her zany, Twitter-friendly show which everyone loathed in 2015.
What doesn’t she include cream and vermouth in, I ask you? And if it were hundreds of years old, every village in Italy would have its own version anyway — though admittedly the addition of cream would be unlikely.
Still, Italian fans have been posting howls of fury about her desecration of this ‘traditional’ recipe on her Facebook page, where Nigella’s team published it. Perhaps more pertinent is that for newly super-slim Nigella, pasta must seem like something she once ate a lifetime ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
Tennis fans who have been working all day — the vast majority of us — want to come home and watch a simple, comprehensive round-up of the day.
They want as many on-court highlights as possible, straightforward scrutiny and expert opinion.
Why else have Boris Becker commentating on important matches? At a key moment when Nadal double-faulted, Boris didn’t even mention it because he was too busy waffling on about the French Open and reminding everyone that he is ‘a family man’.
Far too many of these hoary old players with nothing much to say are indulged on television, and every year it is the same old story — with the glory of Wimbledon comes the ordeal of the coverage.
Using other people’s research or ideas without giving them due credit is plagiarism.