Well having looked everywhere to find the interview I gave up and published this original post without it. recently while working my way through my archive I found the interview with Richie Benaud. I hope you enjoy it.

For as long as I have been presenting Sunday Breakfast on BBC Radio Manchester, we have had a Thought for the Week, and for as long as I can remember I have been contemplating adding some of these to mikeshaft.com. Well on Sunday the 7th of August the Thought was presented by Methodist Minister & TV Producer David Waters. This seems as good a place as any to begin.

Just lately the news from America has been dominated by bad news on almost every front. This two people have done more than most to echo what Martin Luther King said all those years ago. Keep Hope alive! When you have the time or when you feel there is no hope, please watch these two speeches. I hope they inspire you as much as they did me.

On behalf of Mrs. Robert Kennedy, her children and the parents and sisters of Robert Kennedy, I want to express what we feel to those who mourn with us today in this Cathedral and around the world.


The British Basketball fraternity was rocked last week with the sudden death of BBL Chairman Ed Percival.

Writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE has been elected as the next Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Obviously, living in and around Manchester every one knew Tony WILSON. He was a television star on Regional station Granada and he was legendary in the Manchester area for discovering punk, introducing it to Manchester and launching the Madchester music scene.

Some of the many tributes I have received over the years.

This is one of my favourite features on mikeshaft.com. At the start of each year we high-light a number of people to pay tribute to. These are usually individuals or teams from back in the day and others who are active in the sport today. This is the Master list of people who make Basketball ‘The Joy That It Is’.