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Month: April 2017

Post Office Olympians – Athleticism in the Post Office Post 1936

Following on from last week’s article “Training while Working: Athleticism in the Post Office pre WWII”, I felt it only right to highlight some more of the employees that represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games post WWII. While only a handful of medals were won by Post Office Olympians, recognition should also be given to those who competed or were short-listed but not ultimately selected, as well as the diversity of the sports in which they competed. Of course nowadays the Olympics are mostly dominated by full-time professional athletes and the notion of fitting training around a 47-hour...

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On This Week – 24th April 2017

On this day in 1704 the first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published. In 1741 George Stevenson became the first fighter to lose his life as a direct result of a prize fight. He died after a bout with Jack Broughton at Taylor’s Booth, Tottenham Court Road. On this day in 1792 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes “La Marseillaise”, it went on to become France’s national anthem. The United States Library of Congress is established today in 1800, when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be...

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English Influence on the French Development of Sport in the 19th Century: the Example of the “Bordeaux Athletic Club” (1876)

This article deals with English sport influences in France, specifically, how did cultural transfer operate through the case of the Athletic club of Bordeaux? In addition, I would like to present some reflections about the link between sport and wine trading that I discovered in doing this research.   The origins of the club This club is interesting to study because it was the second club of football in France:  the first being the Havre Athletic Club (HAC) in 1872[1].   PARIS; 1826, est annoncée la « prochaine arrivée d’un vélocipède âgé seulement de 17 ans, qui arpente, sans se...

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‘Training while Working’ – Athleticism in the Post Office pre WWII

Over the years the Post Office has had many sporting clubs, societies and associations for staff members to participate in with many of the larger offices and departments fielding teams in  sports such as football, cricket and tennis. Furthermore several of these sports had countrywide “postal leagues” such as football’s Courier Cup.  As well as a great number of Post Office staff taking part in an abundance of other sporting events, they also featured prominently in the Civil Service athletics championships together with the regional athletics events that were held under the auspices of the Post Office. Given the...

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On This Week – 17th April 2017

17th – The Greek tennis player Demetrios Petrokokkinos was born today in 1878. He competed at the 1896 Olympics, he was defeated in the first round of the singles tournament by fellow Greek Evangelos Rallis. This put him in a six-way tie for eighth (last) place among the thirteen man field. In the doubles tournament, Petrokokkinos again faced Rallis in the first round. This time, Petrokokkinos and his partner Dionysios Kasdaglis of Egypt defeated Rallis and his partner Konstantinos Paspatis. Petrokokkinos and Kasdaglis faced Edwin Flack of Australia and George S. Robertson of Great Britain in the semi-finals, again...

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