the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

  By resigning from his position as technical director of British cycling, Shane Sutton has instantly become the poster boy for those who believe that women aren’t capable of coping with the rigorous, often unpleasant realities of competing in elite sport. Phone-ins and social media networks are alight with righteous indignation propelled voices claiming that …

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Image: Tim Whitby/Getty Images Europe. Listening to Victoria Pendleton trying to explain her reasons for self-harming on the radio this morning reminded me of a time when I too sought refuge in the slicing of my own flesh. Conversations with people since then, plus the perspective that the passing years lent, did not make the compulsion …

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