Helen Harris

‘Ed Weston lived life a little differently from most of us, on a separate key and with the volume up’

* By Helen Harris 28 March 2012   Ed Weston was an ‘endurance athlete’ and a ‘sporting superstar’ many decades before either of those phrases was coined. If he’d been alive today, his athletic achievements would be covered in the sports pages of the broadsheets and his private life would be on the front pages of the tabloids. Some of his many female admirers would, no doubt, have kissed and told. Possibly he wouldn’t have minded, although his wife might. He wouldn’t have been too enamoured at being at the heart of a ‘coke scandal’. Actually he wasn’t thrilled when he was. The British Medical Journal broke that...


HELEN HARRIS: ‘Wimbledon’s over . . . now we need more nice events where people are nice in a nice setting’

By Helen Harris 5 July 2010 Can you believe Wimbledon is over? Me neither. The next you thing you know, July and August will have passed in a glorious blaze of bickering, travel sickness and heat rash (or midge bites and mild hypothermia depending on circumstances). Then we’ll be saying to almost everyone we meet: “Good heavens, can you believe the summer is over?” But even if the holidays have been damp-to-sodden and family relationships have been properly tested, we will all have Wimbledon to look back on. We couldn’t be there, we only got to watch approximately three quarters of a match...


‘No brouhaha over Federer playing as a dad, why the fuss over an athletic mum?’

By Helen Harris 5 February 2010 Kim Clijsters has this week had the peculiar honour of becoming the first athlete in the world to be immortalised in shapely plastic as a ‘one-off Barbie’.  The Belgian tennis star and her daughter, Jada, who turns two this month, each received Barbie versions of themselves, which have been unveiled to the public alongside dolls of JK Rowling and Princess Victoria of Sweden. Rosa Zeegers, senior vice-president of Barbie International, said;  “Kim Clijsters is a reflection of modern women across the world as she is successfully combining a successful career while enjoying life with her family.” Even...