Could there possibly be a more depressing combination?
I very much doubt it.
Alas, the media’s obsession with all this old balls made it harder to avoid than Christmas.
Fortunately on this occasion there is cause for genuine interest and, indeed, celebration.
This is because the local foreigner’s loss was Oxfam’s gain.
When a gentleman by the name of Nick Newlife died in 2009 he generously bequeathed his entire estate to the charity. This included a betting slip. Back in 2003, Newlife wagered £1,520 that the Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer would win Wimbledon seven times before the year 2019.
At odds of 66/1, Oxfam will now collect Newlife’s winnings: a cool £101,840.
So, just for once, can we please forget about new balls and old nationalisms?
Let's sing the praises of Newlife instead.