A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips

As the Commonwealth Games get under way in this sunny Queensland city, an insider offers tips on what to see and do – and where to eat and drink – away from the sporting action

A little piste of Christmas in the Austrian Alps

The high Alpine resort of Katschberg proves perfect for a family of mixed abilities, and December’s lantern-lit advent trail leaves everyone feeling festive

10 of the best winter sports resorts in Europe for skiing and more

Not everyone is thrilled by the idea of a week’s skiing and little else; here are ski bases with the full St Moritz array of winter fun but without the Swiss original’s steep prices

Thrills and spills: Melbourne gets serious in bid for Australia’s sporting capital title

There’s plenty for both local and visiting sport fans to enjoy in the Victorian capital, such as the grand prix, Asian fusion food and the 2017 AFL season

Giampaolo Pazzini, new Wembley’s first goalscorer, feels the emotions 10 years on

The striker took only 30 seconds to register the rebuilt stadium’s first goal for Italy Under-21s, ended with a hat-trick and is still moved by a standing ovation from England’s fans when he was substituted

Making a splash: cold water swimming

There’s something for everyone at the cold water swimming championships at the lido in Tooting, south London: medals for the fastest, an award for the best hat and a mass jump-in in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity

Top 10 city running tours

Do your sightseeing on foot, and have a workout while you’re at it, in some of the world’s most attractive cities – from New York to Melbourne and Barcelona

The Hula Hoop Games – Buenos Aires – Part 2

The accuracy events involve both throwing and rolling. The basic idea is that the hoop should land over one of three 2-feet long armadillos that are placed at distances of 100, 200, and 300 feet from the thrower. Since 1963, pottery armadillos have been used instead of real ones in order to save the animalsContinue reading “The Hula Hoop Games – Buenos Aires – Part 2”

Gool in Goole – Part Two

The game starts with the Gool balls racked three feet in front of the hole. Both players must play all their shots from a prone position. The game then commences much like a game of pool with players either potting all the spotted balls or all the striped balls followed by the black. However, becauseContinue reading “Gool in Goole – Part Two”

Golf Pool – Gool in Goole

The residents of the Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire are famous for having invented the sport of Gool – a portmanteau word obtained from the sports of Golf and Pool. Originally the town council had decided upon Gooker but realized that this name wasn’t synonymous with their town as was also the caseContinue reading “Golf Pool – Gool in Goole”