Nicholas Walton was the European editor for the BBC World Service and correspondent in Sarajevo and Warsaw. Currently based in Singapore, he consults for various NGOs, hosts the podcast New Books in European Studies, and is looking forward to publication of his first book, a history of Genoa. Nicholas tweets at @npw99.
Posts by Nicholas Walton
Brexit and British Sport
After the UK votes to leave the European Union and England bows out of the European Championships, a former BBC correspondent in Europe looks at how Brexit might affect sport in Britain.
How Newcastle United Lost Sport
The 2015-16 season of the English Premier League has just concluded. The success of Leicester City offers smaller clubs an ideal model to emulate. The relegation of Newcastle shows one to avoid.
Britain, Brexit, and EURO 2016: How the Future of Europe Might Turn on the Bounce of a Ball
Voters in the UK could decide this summer to take their country out of the European Union. When future historians try to understand the results of the Brexit vote, will they look at what happened at the European Football Championships?
Leicester, Liverpool, and Why Money Isn’t Everything
The improbable rise of Leicester City is the story of the current EPL season. Is the club's success a sign that the dominance of big-money clubs is at an end – or at least that smart scouting and coaching can offset the wealth advantage of the usual powers.
Book Excerpt: Golden Years on the Italian Riviera
Sampdoria currently sits in its usual place in the Serie A table – somewhere in the middle. A new history of Genoa shows how the irreverent, upstart club – with its iconic kit – tells the story of Italy's postwar boom.
For over 200 years, Japanese archers competed in a contest called toshiya (clearing arrows). Instead of hitting a target, archers had to shoot as many arrows as possible along a 120-meter veranda without hitting the roof, pillars, or floor. The all-time record was set in 1686 by an archer who cleared 8133 out of 13,053 total arrows over 24 hours: a rate of six arrows per minute.