I’ve never been much of a hero worshipper. In my youth, the closest I came to heroes were of the sporting variety.
Ian Botham. 1981 vs Australia at Headingley.
500-1 in a cricket match usually means ‘Game Over’
Not for Beefy though.
Against the odds, Ian Botham backed up by an inspirational effort from Bob Willis brought joy to a nation and inspired many a young boy. ‘Beefy’ was a true sporting hero.
Ian Botham with England Captain
Mike Brierley – 1981
Then there was this boy from Barnsley. A fresh face, a winner. Very close to what I would regard as a Hero.
DARREN GOUGH. HAT TRICK vs AUSTRALIA, 1999
That’s right – the pride of Yorkshire, Darren Gough.
Today I would like to praise the man who I regard as a hero – no ifs or buts or maybes – a true hero of mine.
Sir, I salute you. For your loyalty, your indefatigability, your stoicism, your honesty, your perception, your understanding and your steadfastness. Nigel Farage is not a perfect man. Which of us is? But he is the most important person in the recent history of our nation, without a shadow of a doubt. Today, many see Nigel Farage as a pariah. To me, he is a hero.
A MAN OF THE PEOPLE – NIGEL FARAGE, UKIP LEADER
Those who read the comments (I know, no-one reads them) may have spotted my penchant for haikus, a particular poetic form of Japanese origin containing three lines each having a distinct meaning, the first and third lines having five syllables, the second line containing seven syllables. The japanese haiku writers’ subject was nature. This one is about a force of nature – my hero, our hero, Nigel Farage.