Journalists

Friday 19 January 2018

Eamon Sweeney

O’Sullivan will be seeking a sixth title this year, which would put him one shy of Steven Hendry’s record. Photo:PA

A player who is bigger than his game 

Ronnie O'Sullivan grows more rather than less fascinating with the years. Watching him demolish Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the Masters final it was easy to conclude yet again that he is the best snooker player there's ever been. It was the biggest margin of victory in a Masters final since Steve Davis beat Mike Hallett 9-0 in 1988, and Hawkins, who's made the last four at the last three World Championships, is no daw. At times it was hard to imagine anyone out there even giving O'Sullivan a game.

The Prodigy

Review: Firestarters get back to the Point 

The Prodigy are the indestructible cockroaches of the early 90s rock and rave crossover scene. Since 1990, Liam Howlett and his colourful merry men have lit up the clubs, charts, festivals and arenas. It is only a Monday night, but when the Prodigy burst on-stage all guns blazing to the furious beats of Breathe, they appear to be on an evangelical mission to assault any school night lethargy and demand and command the audience to dance like it's Saturday and New Year's Eve rolled into one.

Oxford's finest: Ride

Music: Time to renew a ticket to 'Ride' 

In 2011, English music journalist Simon Reynolds published Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past. It is proving to be the most prophetic music book of the decade so far, as Reynolds perceptively writes about a selfie generation hooked on Spotify: "Not only has there never before been a society so obsessed with the cultural artefacts of its immediate past, but there has never before been a society that is able to access the immediate past so easily and so copiously."