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29 April, 2pm UK time: Teenage tennis player Laura Robson gives her views on ‘bigot-gate’: “What a rookie error from Gordon Brown. HaHaa ;) .”

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25 March, 5.15am UK time (evening US time, 24 March): Super star tennis player Andy Roddick’s wife – top model Brooklyn Decker – gives insight into just how glam life at the top can be: “My dog pooped, then ate her poo… then threw it up in the back seat of my car… can you imagine what that must smell like? Gross.”

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27 February, 9.45pm UK time: British tennis player Anne Keothavong is also absorbed by the Arsenal incident, rather more judgementally: “Just seen the shocking tackle on Ramsey. Can’t believe Shawcross only gets banned for 3 games. Disgusting.”

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27 February, 7.45pm UK time: Danish world No3 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, and dedicated ‘Gooner’, reflects in successive tweets on today’s boxercise, and on the terrible injury suffered by Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey: “I had another good and hard practice today! The boxing is going really well too.. My right hand can hit really hard.. lol… THEN … Now I just watched Stoke – Arsenal. 3-1 to Arsenal. Bendtner (Danish guy) scored.. But Ramsey was soo unlucky! He got tackled and his leg was in 2 pieces.. It didn’t look good! Hopefully he will get better soon! But a lot of rehab I am sure.”

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17 February, 9.30pm UK time (1.30pm Vancouver time): US skier Julia Mancuso gives no sign whatsoever that it’s anything less than brilliant to finish as runner-up behind the pre-event favourite, her compatriot Lindsey Vonn. Tweets Julia: “SILVER!!!!! feels like gold:) well, actually dont get to feel it till tonight!!!! so stoked!”.


16 February,  6.16pm UK time (10.16am LA time): American swimmers Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Lochte are at a speedo shoot in LA, with Coughlin in awe: “Check out the suit I need to fit in!” and she provides a photo for illustration, while Lochte claims to be “Chillin’ waiting for my turn to shoot!!!” while in fact merely finding an excuse to get his clothes off, lie on a couch and wait for the compliments to come in.

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16 February, 5pm UK time: Former England rugby captain Will Carling makes a refreshingly honest appraisal of a journalistic assignment: “Trying to write a piece for the FT on the business of rugby. This is way too taxing for me! anyone want to help !!!!”

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7 February, 8pm UK time (3pm Miami time): Reggie Bush goes to extremes in seeking motivation for tonight’s Super Bowl. First there’s “Song of the day: Phil Collins-I can feel it….” and then “Everyone dies. Few lead a life worth dying for. Movie: Bravehart.” Mmmm.

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3 February, Super Bowl build-up: The excitement builds in Miami ahead of Sunday’s game. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is astonished at the level of media interest. “They say we have 500 media outlets here in Miami from around the world.” His team-mate, running back Reggie Bush – famously paired with David Beckham in his first US TV ad campaign in 2007, for Adidas – is tweeting pics from the plane, from the tarmac in Florida after landing, and is amazed by the levels of security: “We literally have like 20 cops escorting the buses! Lol!”.

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31 January 2010, 4.30am UK time (10.30pm Texas): Mrs Andy Roddick, aka Brooklyn Decker, gives us an insight into the life of a superstar tennis player’s wife: “Bingo night in Austin… Surrounded by great people and the game was Surprisingly fun.. Either that or I’m 60yrs old…”

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31 January 2010, 2.26am UK time: Laura Robson, reigning Wimbledon girls singles champion, updates us on her trip back to the UK from the Australian Open: “Oh my lord, I just love 12 hours of continues baby screams on planes”. Back in London 14 and a half hours later, she adds: “Back in London. Haven’t got a jacket. Error.”

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26 January 2010, 5pm UK time: Juliano Belletti of Chelsea and Brazil makes public his clear dissatisfaction with his employers, who won’t allow him, at 33, to take up an offer to go home and play for Flamengo, even though he’s not being used much at Stamford Bridge. He tweets:  ”O Chelsea FC disse que nao vai me liberar antes do fim do meu contrato, que termina em junho de 2010.” This translates as: “Chelsea FC said that not going to release before the end of my contract, whichends in June 2010.” Boo. Hiss. (And no doubt the social networking ban is imminent).

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25 January 2010, 11pm UK time (afternoon US time): Natalie Coughlin is paying the price for staying up watching the football and eating: “So out of it this afternoon. Went to Whole Foods & couldn’t concentrate on my grocery list. Geez, it’s only Monday and I need a nap.”

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24 January 2010: 10pm UK time: Record-breaking US Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin is having a ball watching the NFL play-offs come to a conclusion: “Making lamb koftes and watching the playoffs. Winning all my bets. Perfect Sunday. :)

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18 January 2010, 3.30am UK time (2.30pm Melbourne time): Andy Murray makes a wry observation about why the collective attention of the male locker roomed is currently aimed in the direction of a pair of blondes: “Locker room packed watching sharapova kirilenko can’t imagine why….”

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16 January 2010, 3pm UK time: Will Carling: “Trying to watch Bath V Stade Francais, but keep nodding off!I need a blanket over my knees and a glass for my teeth to complete the picture!”

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16 January 2010, 2pm UK time: Bradley Wiggins‘ choice of music hardly yells ‘happy’: “Listening to Joy Division and getting emotional!”

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16 January 2010, midday UK time: USA football wonder-kid Freddy Adu, on loan in Greece from Benfica, appears to endorse pirated web streams of matches: “Game tomorrow. Make sure to check it out. If anyone knows any streams please let me know so i can post it up. thanks.”

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16 January 2010, 11am UK time (10pm Melbourne time): Serena Williams at dinner in Melbourne with Venus, but where? “At dinner with @Venuseswilliams. We love French Food!!! :)

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14 January 2010, 7.30pm UK time: Phil Tufnell, former England cricket turned reality TV star turned entertaining pundit: “2nd day of effort to give up smoking. Patches, gum, inhalators (kindly supplied by Boots the Chemist) so far so good! I think I can do this!”

Watch this space . . .

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14 January 2010, 9.45am UK time: Tom Daley gets some of his exam results. The world champion is 15(!), and this is a reminder: “Just finished my biology exam…I also got my GCSE maths and English results that I took in November :) maths = A* English = A* :D

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13 January 2010, 4am UK time: Twitter follower to Ian Poulter: “Sorry but your spelling and grammar are appalling.”

Ian Poulter reply: “That’s why I am a golfer and not a professor, if you find my spelling and grammar appalling. Follow a nerd rather than me.”

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12 January 2010, 9pm UK time: Tom Daley gets all cerebral . . . or maybe not.

“CBB on at 9 tonight :) so much better at 9 rather than 10…study leave tomorrow :)

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12 January 2010, 8am UK time: Andy Roddick hits the nail on the head.

“Didn’t realize country music was so polarizing… either huge props or people with sanity questions.”

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