A busy week-end

After qualifying for the Shanghai Masters on Friday, Ronnie obviously decided that he deserved to relax a bit ahead of the English Open starting tomorrow.

On Saturday he was marshalling at a cross-country event near Chigwell and supporting his daughter Lily who was competing in the under-13 race. Recently Ronnie has started running again, but with caution, because the injuries he has suffered aren’t completely healed yet.

Today he was on “Sunday Brunch”, on Channel 4, all smiles, eating cake, cooking fish and discussing snooker and his new book “Double-kiss”.

The episode is available here however you need to login to watch it, and provide an address in the UK or Ireland to be able to register.

This is Ronnie’s bit

The Ronnie Shows …

Ronnie was on “Victoria Derbyshire” show, and on “The One Show” yesterday and gave two very nice interviews. This, of course, is part of the promotional campaign for his book “Framed” but there was more to those interviews than just the book.

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Enjoy!

Some press made a big fuss about Ronnie’s admission that he had been in hospital with a breakdown after his first-round match in the World Championship 2016, yet it was nothing new. Indeed he had already mentioned this before the last World Championship as you can read here.

Ronnie on televison today … twice!

Ronnie will be on television today, talking about his book “Framed”

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Himself tweeted

I’m on this morning BBC1 talking about my book.

Only “Victoria Derbyshire” show is  on BBC2, not BBC1, at 9 am UK time (10 am CET)

He will be on BBC1 for “the One Show”, early evening, at 7pm UK time (8 pm CET)

This was Jason Francis tweeting yesterday evening:

Early start for me as ronnie is on and tomorrow talking framed! Looking forward to it

Ronnie’s American Hustle – Episode 4

This is the last episode of the series … alas. I hope there will a sequel of sorts because I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the four episodes.

In this one Ronnie and Matt are in San Francisco, riding Steve McQueen Ford Mustang.

They try themselves at American Football, visit Alcatraz, get involved in virtual pool and the hustler is hustled. Ronnie gets knocked down, jailed, tricked by the virtual reality and finally “frozen” … but he loves the lot!

You can watch it here

Enjoy!

Ronnie’s American Hustle – Episode 3

This time Ronnie and Matt are in Memphis and it’s another fantastic episode.

From Elvis Presley to Martin Luther King Jr, from building cues to playing the Scorpion, from cooking barbecues to a slow boat trip on the Mississippi, reading Mark Twain … it has something for everyone.

You can watch it here

The part that touched me most was the visit to the Human Rights Museum. Ronnie’s and Matt’s emotions were very strong and clearly totally genuine. I was 13 when Martin Luther King was assassinated, I can still remember the shock and the sadness I, like so many, felt. I cried … and I don’t cry easily.

Ronnie’s Sunday

Ronnie was in on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch yesterday speaking snooker, American Hustle and … cooking.

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Here is what they cooked:

Sea Bream With Tomatoes, Basil and Mint

29 Jan 2017

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Serves 2 – 4

Ingredients

4 sea bream fillets

oil to fry

salt & pepper

100g butter

about 6-8 plum tomatoes cut into 5mm rounds

100ml olive oil

1 green chilli, sliced into rounds

3 cloves sliced garlic

250ml white wine

juice and zest of 2 limes

20g mint

20g basil

serve with crusty buttered bread

Method

1. To prepare the fish, oil the fish and season. Cook for 2 minutes each side, then baste with butter and drain.

2. For the tomatoes, heat half the olive oil until warm. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and chilli and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add the wine and cook approximately for 10 minutes until the tomatoes begin to break down.

5. Take off the heat, add lime and herbs.

6. Serve the fish on top of the tomatoes and serve with crusty buttered bread

He also talked a bit of his career, insisting that it’s hard work that earned him professional success and promoting his  American Hustle show. Going by reactions on twitter it was very funny. Not sure though that his comparison between snooker and pool using a golf analogy will go down well with Earl Strickland. Apparently, snooker is like playing in the Open in Augusta, whist pool is like playing crazy golf… mmm …

Sunday Brunch on Channel4 (29.01.2017.) with Ronnie O’Sullivan

American Hustle … frustration, China Open qualifiers and desecration of an icon

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Today, the first (of four) episode of Ronnie’s American Hustle will be out on HistoryUK channel at 10pm (UK time).  Most of us will not be able to watch it unfortunately, which is a shame because, going by the trailers, it’s very funny and very interesting. If you are looking for a streaming … you will find out that you can indeed register to watch it online … but only if you are a UK resident. The rationale behind such restrictive policies in today’s global world are beyond my understanding. Why?

Anyway, yesterday they published this very interesting podcast featuring John Virgo, David Hendon and Ronnie himself.

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Tonight Ronnie will play James Cahill in the China Open qualifying round. Earlier this week, Ali Carter’s manager was reflecting that, for top players who had just been competing in the Masters, in Ally Pally, going to battle it out in qualifiers in front a scarce audience, is coming down with a hard bump and that it was very hard to be up for it. In the end, Ali was lucky: his opponent withdrew, so he didn’t need to make the trip to Preston.

Ronnie doesn’t like the 128 tour, he doesn’t like to play in those qualifiers – none of the top guys do – and he’s obviously busy with the promotion of his American Hustle series, so,  I’m not expecting a great performance, although he should go through.

The venue is the Preston Guildhall, the former house of the UK Championship and the place where it all started for Ronnie, still only 17, when he won his first ranking title. It’s an iconic place. Shaun Murphy claimed he was “excited” to return there. Really Shaun? I find it awkward and unsettling more than anything else. This iconic venue, poorly lit, with partitions, almost empty, without any atmosphere … it’s a kind of desecration. Would you be excited to see “qualifying partitions” in a dark/empty Crucible? I don’t for sure. It won’t happen of course, the Crucible is far too small for that. But, well, you get the feeling …