The sports pages lately have been full of stories about football players at risk of getting dementia from heading balls. Almost half of the 1966 World Cup team have suffered from this dreadful disease.
At the same time the rugby community has increasingly been concerned about head injuries. Rugby quite rightly has gone further than football by introducing protocols on assessments and time-outs. Nobody in there right mind would wish to reverse this caution, but in future it maybe going too far.
In cricket batsmen have worn helmets for quite a few years now, but they must have been mad in the first place to stand in front of someone throwing a hard ball at you at 90 miles an hour !
Looking back, I think my forgetfulness first started with my school cap. It was grey with a yellow ring and a peak at the front. Wearing it backwards was never a possibility! I hated wearing that cap and as often as I could get away with it, I accidentally left it at home. That usually ended up with 100 lines ——- “ I must wear my cap every day”. Persistent offences lead to detention and a letter to my parents.
I think that slapping that cap on several times a day, every school day for twelve years could well be the cause of my forgetfulness. I may have a case against Hereford Road School for cruelty to children.