Fringe begins.

It is here. At 1655 today, I take to the stage at the Stand Comedy Club for the first Fringe outing of Shout out to my Ex, my eighth full length Edinburgh show. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Little Mix, and everything to do with the fact that I still love Edinburgh, enough to only ever want to do a full run, and I believe that I have an interesting, feelgood and most importantly funny story to tell.

Preview season has been tough, in the sense that in May I had one quarter of a show, and although I knew what I was trying to do with the previews, audiences aren’t necessarily expecting a lack of slickness from a minor celebrity. But it has been creatively energizing to have taken so many steps way out of my comfort zone, and I am pleased to say that the last week and a half of preview shows have been deeply satisfying.

A quick summary of how Edinburgh has been for me thus far…..

2001 Big Value on a bill with Birdman, Cochrane and Micky Flanagan. Watched the “out Out” routine 25 times.

2004 First solo show about my hatred of “Love Actually”. I hope I convinced the 17 people who turned up that month of how bad the film was.

2005 Came up for 2 days. Saw Kitson. Suddenly realised how lazy and shit much of my writing had been.

2006 Surprise nomination for the prize leading to….

2007 A whole month of being a talked about comedian.

2008 A short run including my worst ever Fringe gig, involving me offering a punter 20 quid to leave, and him being cheered by the audience when he took it. I cried behind the stage for twenty minutes afterwards. It wasn’t the Pleasance’s fault, but in my head I decided I needed a new venue.

2009-2011 Warmly reviewed shows at the Stand 3

2015 “Postcards from the Z List” , my first post-Chase fringe show, and an experience I loved, feeling that the Stand Comedy Club helped make me less of a clumsy performer.

 

Sixteen years since I first performed at the fringe, and of course everything has changed. It is a bloated behemoth, with statistically far less chance of getting noticed. But that is good news for the punters who have never had more choices. My plan is to drink less, eat more healthily, and see and recommend a massive number of shows. I am aware that none of this is likely to become reality but its good to have ambitions. I will start with some recommendations, which come with no explanation….

Sophie Willan

Hannah Gadsby

Michael Legge

Seymour Mace

Matt Ewins

Ahir Shah

 

My main recommendation is ………….don’t go and see shows just becuse the act is on the telly. Unless it’s me.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/paul-sinha-shout-out-to-my-ex

Previews.

The tawdry need for self-promotion awakens me from my six month blog slumber.I’m doing a new show at Edinburgh this year, called “Shout out to my Ex” which is attempting to be a feelgood look at acute heartbreak. I’ll be performing it at one of my alltime favourite comedy rooms, The Stand Comedy Club. Details here…..

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/paul-sinha-shout-out-to-my-ex

What this means is that I am deep into preview season. This is my eighth solo show, and it never gets any easier. There are bits that really work, bits that never get any laughs, and bits that I dont know about because I always forget to deliver the material. It may sound ludicrously self-important to claim that it should be fascinating watching an established comedian performing way out of his/her comfort zone, but I believe it to be true. Please don’t expect it to be a finished product yet, and please dont expect it to be bland, clean and peppered with jokes about white suits.

I thought I only had twelve previews left. I have fifteen, and here they are.

Monday 3rd July

Good Ship Comedy

289 Kilburn High Road

https://www.thegoodship.co.uk/comedy

 

Tuesday 4th July

Red Imp Comedy

Walthamstow

http://www.yeolderoseandcrowntheatrepub.co.uk/index.php/events/red-imp-edinburgh-previews-paul-sinha-bethany-black/

 

Thursday 6th July

The Courtyard

Wickersley, South Yorks

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-night-with-paul-sinha-tickets-34571677819?aff=eac2

 

Friday 7th July

Chorlton Irish Club, Manchester

 

Saturday 8th July

Darwen Library Theatre, Darwen Lancs

https://darwenlibrarytheatre.com/whats-on/paul-sinha-tom-wrigglesworth-preview/

 

Sunday 9th July

Off the Rails Comedy Club, Hebden Bridge

SOLD OUT

 

Friday 14th July

Comedy Cellar, Bracknell

http://www.southhillpark.org.uk/events/edinburgh-previews/?ri=1

 

Saturday 15th July

Northampton Playhouse

https://www.ents24.com/northampton-events/playhouse-theatre/paul-sinha/5027634

 

Thursday 20th July

Last Laugh Comedy

Lescar, Sheffield

http://www.wegottickets.com/sheffieldcomedy

 

Friday 21st July

Rotherham Civic Theatre

https://www.ents24.com/rotherham-events/rotherham-civic-theatre/paul-sinha/5039153

 

Saturday 22nd July

Great Yorkshire Fringe, York

https://greatyorkshirefringe.ticketsolve.com/shows/873573628

 

Saturday 22nd July      A second preview!

Brighouse, West yorks

https://www.ents24.com/brighouse-events/norths/paul-sinha/5035974

 

Tuesday 25th July

XS Malarkey, Manchester

http://www.xsmalarkey.com/listings/

 

Wednesday 26th July

Comedy Box, Bristol

http://www.thecomedybox.co.uk/site/index.asp

 

Thursday 27th July

Keighley Comedy Club

https://www.facebook.com/events/626018717586874/

Sunday 30th July

Milton Keynes Comedy Cow Festival

http://www.thecomedycow.co.uk/festival/

Oh yes I did.

It seems an eternity ago that my agent told me that I had been offered the part of Abanazar in a production of Aladdin at the Grand Opera House in York. My immediate instinct was to turn it down. I can’t sing, I can’t dance and my acting experience had been limited to the occasional medical revue. The idea of spending Christmas away from the family when I have a young nephew and niece did not enthuse. “But just find out how much the money is, just in case”

Two days later “Bradley. Can I have a word? I have just been offered the part of Abanazar in panto. Do you realistically think I can do it?”

And the vastly talented king of light entertainment, a true panto A lister, listened to the question. His eyes lit up and he said “Do it. It will be the most fun that you have ever had”.

It has been well documented that December is not a fun time for comedians. This was my chance to do something different. This was an opportunity to step way, way outside my comfort zone. I had no relationship with panto. I had never seen one, and knew nothing of its traditions and tropes. All I knew of Aladdin was from having watched the Disney movie in 1993. Crucially, I had no idea that by me saying yes, they had just cast a man with no acting experience into a massively important role.

When I first met the cast for rehearsals, that is when I realised the scale of the task. They were all so effortlessly talented and experienced. In amongst this cast of showbiz veterans and natural movers, was me, a man who makes John Sergeant look like Gene Kelly. I cast my mind back to November 1995, one of my first comedy gigs, dying on my arse while Harry Hill looked on, trying his best to look sympathetic. Suddenly I was an open spot again.

The dress rehearsal was one of the most dispiriting days of my life. Nothing went right. I was nervy, fluffed lines, props and scenes. Nobody really came out of it with their dignity intact. And yet, one day later, on the afternoon of Friday 9th December, I had to walk on stage as Abanazar and get the ball rolling. I walked on. And 500 kids booed their hearts out. And it felt amazing. And then a few days later, the reviews came in. The panto was great. Apart from the guy who played Abanazar, who really wasn’t very good.

I was gutted. I’m used to getting bad reviews from witless strangers on twitter. This was different. This made me feel embarrassed. I felt like a contestant on Faking It who had really, really tried his best but hadn’t quite made it. The difference was, there were still 30+ shows to go. I had  choices. Organise a longstanding personal vendetta against each of the reviewers, losing all dignity in the process. Start a hunger strike until the reviewers were forced to admit that they had unrealistic expectations of a man with no acting experience. Walk out of the production and flee to Belgium. The one option that sounded the best, though was….”You are having the time of your life. The good reviews for the show will guarantee audiences. You are working with people you utterly adore. Listen to their friendly advice, work harder and get better. Pantomime is a team game. So get over yourself.”

Team game. Stand up comedy is anything but. It is a lonely, neurotic, narcissistic journey. When Bradley had told me how much I would enjoy panto, he meant being part of a group who were all working for each other and not for themselves. If I had stopped enjoying being Abanazar because of what a critic had said, my unprofessionalism would have damaged the whole production. I desperately did not want to be that dick.

I’m back home now. I gave it everything I had for the remaining 30+ shows and I hope I improved. Pantomime, a genre I had always ignored, gave me the best month of my life. York, both the city and the Grand Opera House, was a magnificent host, and the cast, from the better known names to the stupendously talented but less heralded names made me feel humbled by how good they were. And the audiences, from people in the first year of life to people in their 90s, seemed to love the show. Pantomime appears to be based on bad puns, good puns, pop culture references and gay innuendo. Why wouldn’t I want to do it again?

 

 

 

Five Years

A tweet from a random stranger a few hours ago reminded me that it is five years to the day since I made my debut on The Chase. Five years since my life changed from being a little recognised but perfectly successful comedian, to suddenly being thrust into the role of smugfaced, shit-suited jelly-necked Granny magnet. I have tasted triumph and disaster and utterly failed to treat those two impostors just the same. I have some pithy observations to share with you.

There is no “best chaser” 

You will all have your favourites and Lord knows, I know you will all have your least favourites. But there really isn’t a best Chaser, we all have our different strengths. Shaun is supreme on sport and history, Anne is remarkable on literature. Jenny is one of the elite entertainment quizzers in the UK, I now know who plays Harry Potter. Mark brings the same ferocity and speed to devouring questions on the Final Chase as he does to finishing off three pork chops.  What an afternoon that was.

We have never thrown questions.

The accusation of throwing questions is utterly bizarre in that the complete opposite is true. Chasers are all narcissistic dullards who want to show off to the world just how much we know. But what about the Celeb Chases? Those shows get us our bigger audience figures, and our need to show off is even greater. But we are human, and we all have our weaknesses. There are hundred and hundreds of very simple questions that I do not know the answer to.

Bradley is remarkable

Before I started the show, I didn’t really know the difference between Shane Ritchie, Brian Conley and Bradley Walsh. That was to my utter shame. Bradley’s natural, effortless bonhomie with every demographic of contestant has seen him rise inexorably up the light entertainment ladder, and deservedly so. In addition, in contrast to the notion that the “mainstream” and “alternative” comedy circuits don’t get on, he has  never been anything less than supportive about my comedy career. I love the man.

I’m a stranger in my own town

Real life is now something of a rollercoaster ride. There are certain towns and cities where I can barely move for selfie requests. But in Crystal Palace where i live, I can wander around for a fortnight without a single human being spotting me. The show is not big in London, as people do not get back home from work in time. Either that or Richard Osman has Crystal Palace trapped in his vice-like grip.

The Lower Offer

The show has changed over the years. The questions are now harder, and fewer teams score 20+. It used to be that good players threw temper tantrums over contestants who take lower offers. Now, they actively encourage it. A good player who takes a higher offer back does not believe that that is the money he/she will be playing for. He/she knows that it is a tactical negotiating starting point. Do you know why the Chasers hate contestants taking the lower offer? Because it maximises the chances of us losing the game. Outside of the hate cauldron of twitter, it is seen as a valid tactic.

I’m a very good quizzer but…….

Kevin and Pat on Eggheads, and a guy called Olav Bjortomt are the three best quizzers in the UK. They have a combination of dedication and memory skills that mere mortals can only dream of. I am one of a number of quizzers who regularly trade blows in a  quest to be amongst the “best of the rest”. I can hold my own in this company, and I was 10th in last years European champs, and 14th in this years world champs. But it pains me to say that sometimes, under pressure, I can be utter dogshit. It doesn’t make me a bad quizzer, and it doesn’t mean it’s a fix. It just means that I am human, have bad days, and should not have challenged The Beast to a pork chop eating contest at lunch.

Fanny Chmelar

The magic of this moment will sadly never be repeated. The reason being that Bradley’s magical corpsing was based on utter shock. Now that the surprise element has been removed, so has the corpsing. Our most joyous moments now come from things contestants say.

“Which Prime Minister had the middle name Hilda?”    “John Prescott”

“What colour was the racehorse Desert Orchid?”              “Green”

And my alltime favourite contestant.

 

Being a Chaser and being a standup comic does have certain similarities. There is a needy desire to be liked. And there is a tendency to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. I hate losing, and it destroys me when I perform badly. I can display a clumsily short fuse with idiots on social media, when i know perfectly well that the mute button can be my friend. And I should never forget that I am privileged to do a job that I love, and that it isn’t  “proper” work.

OLYMPICS

It is the final push now. Yesterday a 58 year old showjumper produced a miracle, our hockey team turned over the world’s best team, Lutalo Muhammad suffered a crushing, heartbreaking one second lapse in concentration and our men’s 4 x 400 team were victims of utter imbeciles. There is no sport that cannot be ruined by the sheer dickheadedness of sports administrators. It was a day when disbelief was the overriding emotion, and I fully expect that to continue as this imperfect but fascinating Games reaches its conclusion. So here goes, this is what we have left.

It is Olympic silver medal hero Liam Heath. He goes at 1300 today in the K1 200M sprint, and has a decent shout of becoming 2016’s Ed McKeever.

Bianca Walkden TKD

Yes it’s Bianca Walkden. She is one of a number of contenders in the women’s 67kg+ taekwondo and hopes to replicate Jade Jones. Her first fight is due at 1630.

Though please don’t rule out Mahama Cho in the men’s 80kg + category. He starts as an outsider which may just mean he is going to win.

Nicola Adams was superb in her semi final. She goes for gold at approximately 1800. Go Nicola !

Tom Daley produced his statistically best performance in the 10m platform diving preliminaries yesterday. I hope he hasn’t peaked too soon, because if he replicates it in today’s semi finals and tonight’s final he has a real shout of challenging the two Chinese divers. Diving, as we have seen, can be unpredictable though.

All logic suggests that tonight’s men’s 5000m final will be a much tougher race than we have come to expect. I am keeping everything crossed. Also in the athletics, our women’s 4 x 400 relay team will no doubt be disqualified, Lynsey Sharp has an outside chance of a medal in the women’s 800m, a race in theory dominated by Caster Semenya. Charlie Grice will surely be making up the numbers in the men’s 1500m, as will Morgan Lake in the high jump. The men’s javelin looks like a thriller, with Trinidad’s Keshorn Walcott now favourite after looking great in qualifying.

We have not one but two candidates in the women’s triathlon. World champion Gwen Jorgensen of US will deservedly start hot favourite, but Helen Jenkins and Non Stanford have both won world championship races this year and as such cannot be ruled out of medal contention.

We also have Charley Hull in the golf, and Joseph Choong and Jamie Cooke in the modern pentathlon. Then tomorrow night, at approximately 1915 we have a guaranteed medal to finish Team GB ‘s games.

Joe Joyce has been superb so far. The judges however have been erratic bordering on corrupt. So I make no predictions with any confidence. He looked better than Voka in the semi finals, and lets hope it stays that way.

But GB have won 24 gold medals. Even for a relentless cheerleader like me it has been beyond my dreams.  I go into this last weekend, relaxed. Whatever happens now, goals have been surpassed. If a curmudgeon were to take away all our golds in cycling, rowing and equestrianism, we’d still be lying fifth ahead of Russia. It has been emotional. I leave you with a photograph of GB’s new Olympic hero, the fearless, unvanquishable hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The photo is of history’s greatest Olympian. Meeting Usain Bolt.

Photo published for Rio 2016, meeting Usain Bolt and what I cannot do without - Maddie Hinch column

 

 

 

Day 14 Friday August 19th.

Well wasn’t yesterday splendid. Kudos obviously to the Brownlees and Jade Jones, but the canoeing and badminton medals were also magnificent. In addition, Nicola Adams destroyed her main rival to reach the final. Finishing above China still remains a long shot, but it is not an impossible dream. On this day in 2012 we did not do very well at all. Today we are at least guaranteed a silver because……….

It’s the ladies hockey final.

  Staying up to watch the 1988 men’s final remains one of my cherished 1980s memories. Can we get a repeat at 2100 tonight? They are going to have to play out of their skin against the mighty Dutch, but whatever happens congratulations to a team who have been comfortably GBs best hockey team since 1988.

Also today………….

Liam Heath

One of yesterday’s medal heroes starts his campaign for glory in the mens K1 200m sprint.

Women’s 4 x 100 relay

It is a race where much can go wrong. As such our talented quartet are in the mix for a medal.

Joe Joyce

Our last male boxer standing goes in his semi final some time after 1900 tonight against a tough Kazakhstani. The controversial judges thus far have been very pro Soviet bloc, and although Joyce starts comfortable favourite, my suspicion is that he will have his work cut out.

Takewondo 80kg men.

Intriguingly, 2012 bronze medal Brit Lutalo Mohammed, and lapsed Brit turned Moldovan Aaron Cook both fight for medals today.

Show Jumping 

A question that I have been hearing since the 1980s. Can Nick Skelton do it?

In addition………..

Will Almaz Ayana break another world record in the women’s 5000m?

It’s the men’s basketball semi finals. Spain are the latest to stand in the way of the US

The women’s modern pentathlon concludes today. 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray already looks out of it.

It is round three of the ladies’ golf. Pleasingly Charley Hull is in the mix. Can she stay there?

Women’s water polo and men’s volleyball semi finals.

Women’s pole vault features Holly Bradshaw, who in theory will struggle to feature.

Tom Daley begins his quest to finish the highest non Chinese diver in the 10m platform.

Then at 0235 is the mens 4 x 100 relay.

Can the great Usain Bolt crown his Olympics career with a ninth gold medal out of nine? Of course he can. But watch out for the Japanese.

 

 

 

Toby Young.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3746243/The-big-Rio-winner-Tory-values-TOBY-YOUNG-says-Team-GB-s-medal-haul-proof-belief-hard-work-dedication-lead-success.html

Ugh. Post Brexit, I have been vocal about trying to appreciate alternative points of view, not least because it is quite clear that the British public seems to be significantly more conservative than myself. But there is a breed of preening, narcissistic rightwing columnist that I loathe with a visceral intensity I find difficult to suppress. No point is too cheap to make, no leap of logic too tenuous. As long as the idiotic clickbait article riles Britain’s army of po-faced, feminazi, culturally Marxist, bien pensant libtards, then who needs facts, insight or emotional intelligence?

If James Delingpole is the king, then Toby Young is the clown prince of uber smug fuckwittery. His father coined the term “meritocracy”, and yet he exemplifies the journalist with no discernible talent at anything, who has maintained a career by always having a friend of a friend of a friend who has done coke with someone in the right place.

Young’s latest excretion, in which he claims that GB’s fine performance in Rio is a triumph for Tory values, should, of course, be ignored. He’s trolling. You can tell him that ignominy of Atlanta 96 came after a decade and a half of Tory underinvestment in sport. You can tell him that the reality is nuanced and complicated – after all, the right to host 2012 came under a Labour government and a socialist London mayor, but was negotiated by a Tory, Lord Coe. You can tell him that the party which introduced a massive increase in university tuition fees, is not exactly synonymous with a commitment to upward mobility. You can tell him that it’s a bit rich to embrace “evacuee” Mo Farah in a newspaper which has done so much to obsessively demonise refugees. He doesn’t care. Why should he? He has a job where quality of output is entirely irrelevant to future employment.

But to actually use named Olympic stars in what amounts to a party political broadcast is a c88t’s trick. He is exploiting people who have shown a level of dedication and success that he can only imagine in his most far fetched dreams. Max Whitlock winning two gymnastics golds does not prove any political ideology. It proves that he is a quite exceptional young man. Back off Young, keep your grubby, opportunistic bandwagon-jumping mitts off what you barely understand.

GB sports fans are currently experiencing a ludicrously rich period of success. The reasons for this are multifactorial. Great decisions have been made by people of every political hue. But more than that we should feel gratitude to the talent of the sports stars themselves, in whose efforts we enjoy vicarious thrills. That is all there is to it. By distorting facts to suit his own agenda, yet again Toby Young has exposed himself as a rancid, little bellend.

 

Day 13 Thursday August 18th

So yesterday, much like the corresponding day in 2012, turned out to be entirely medalless. However we still have that guaranteed gold in the sailing, our athletes performed with great credit, and, best of all, our ladies’ hockey team were magnificent in securing a minimum of silver. Gemili in, Gatlin out. What is not to like?

Today has an intriguing mix of medal hopes.

1347   Men’s Kayak  K2 200m

Spain start favourites, but the British pair are very much in the mix and it could well be an early medal today.

1410 Badminton

We go in the men’s doubles bronze medal play off match. Against the Chinese.

1430 Taekwondo

Jade Jones was one of the great GB gold medals in 2012, emerging from obscurity to claim fondly remembered gold. She is no longer an outsider, she is a seasoned veteran who starts favourite in an event which is notoriously hard to predict. Good luck to her.

1500 Men’s Triathlon

Along with the taekwondo, this race represents Britain;s best chance of gold today. Both Brownlees start along with Spanish rival Mario Mola. Brownlee A starts favourite but this is tough to call.

1520 Women’s 4 x 100 heats

The Jamaicans and US obviously start massive favourites here. But Gb have been very consistent in recent years and will be hoping to get their baton round without alarm.

1730 BMX

Outside bet Liam phillips goes in the quarter finals of the men’s event.

1800 Nicola ADAMS

It’s GB against China again as Adams faces her vanquished 2012 foe Ren Cancan. Adams will have to step up from a slightly rusty quarter final performance.

 

In an intriguing night’s athletics, Ashton Eaton will expect to be crowned, Eilidh Doyle starts tonights 400m hurdles final as a rank outsider, and certainly expect the Canadian De Grasse to be the only 200m runner anywhere near Bolt tonight. Really hope that Gemili can come close to the British record.

 

 

Day 12 Wednesday August 12

As predicted, yesterday was immense. Amidst all the deserved kudos for Jason Kenny and the remarkable Laura Trott, much credit must go to Jack Laugher and Amy Tinkler for overperforming, and to Robbie Grabarz whose fourth place in the high jump represents a splendid return back from terrible injury. In the interest of balance and honesty, he was one of very few British athletes who have brought their A game thus far.

It is going to be a quiet day, but one in which we may still finish ahead of the Chinese. We have a guaranteed gold in the sailing, they have as good as a guaranteed gold in the men’s team table tennis. This games has shown a massive capacity for surprise, but it is almost impossible to envisage another medal today. The biggest events ate……..

2100 Ladies Hockey semi – finals

GB go into their semi-final with a 100% win record thus far. Oddly, this record has rather overestimated their level of dominance, and they go into today’s semi final against New Zealand as very marginal second favourites. They will certainly need to be at their best to make history and reach the final.

1830 Women’s Middleweight boxing

Savannah Marshall attempts to win her first Olympic medal this evening. To do so she will have to outpoint a talented French fighter who starts favourite.

1405 Men’s 5000m heats

Mo Farah should qualify with ease. His biggest fear is Brendon Foster jinxing it.

0115  Women’s long jump

I’m obviously delighted that Lorraine Ugen and Jazmine Sawyers are in the final, but they will have to step up massively from their qualifying performances to figure in a high quality field.

0200  Mens 200m semi finals

This already feels like Bolt vs rest. Adam Gemili has an outside shot of reaching the final.

0230 Womens 200m final

This is the pick of today’s athletics. The Dutch are doing splendidly this year, and will be keeping everything crossed that Dafne Schippers can make up for her disappointing 100m. I think she can. Dina Asher Smith rode her luck to get here, and like a lot of British athletes does not seem to be at 2015 levels. Hoping she can be back to her best.

Also, Ashton Eaton aka the world’s greatest athlete, starts his bid for Olympic glory today. Medal hope Liam Phillips starts his BMX campaign, Rajiv Ouseph is up against it in the men’s badminton quarter finals.

As I said, quiet day. The track cycling is over. Gosh I will miss it.

 

 

 

Day 11 Tuesday 16th August.

Elegant dressage gold, brutal omnium silver, surprise glorious athletics bronze. That’ll do. The scary thing is that after today, which is looking immense, the possibility of beating China may start to be a discussion point. This is my vague timetable.

1350 Men’s Triple Jump

Can Christian Taylor break Jonathan Edwards 21 year old world record?

1400 Mens Diving semi finals

Can Jack Laugher reach the final?

1400 Womens sprint quarter finals.

The remarkable Becky James has put herself in with a favourite’s chance. Katy Marchant has also looked impressive.

1418 Start of men’s keirin

No prizes for guessing that Jason Kenny starts favourite.

1440 Men’s doubles Badminton

Can Ellis and Langridge make history and reach the final. They are up against a Chinese pair.

1457 Women’s Omnium Time Trial

The irrepressible Laura Trott continues on her magical way

1500 NICOLA ADAMS

One of 2012 heroes starts her campaign this afternoon, and victory in her first fight will guarantee a bronze medal. As Katie Taylor found out yesterday  though, nothing can be taken for granted.

A vague break watching athletics and listening out for Giles Scott’s guaranteed gold medal today in the Finn class sailing.

1934        Mens Gymnastics – Horizontal Bar

After Whitlock’s floor heroics, one has to say that we have a shout in this. Hambuchen and Zonderland have the experience and pedigree, but the brilliant Niles Wilson has a shout.

2000-2300      CYCLING

Cmon Laura. Cmon Jason. Cmon Becky Cmon Katy.   Triple gold is not impossble.

2200 Mens 3m diving final – hopefully

 

2230 BUATSI and JOYCE

One of GBs two remaining male boxers, the increasingly impressive Josh Buatsi fights for a place in the final. He is immediately followed by superheavyweight Joseph Joyce battling for a place in the semi. Massive night for GB boxing.

Then take a breather. Until………….

ATHLETICS

A packed programme today, including a very high quality men’s high jump final, Laura Muir going for a medal in the women’s 1500m,  and a very open 110m hurdles.

 

It is gonna be quite a day.