There's another chessboxing event in London this Saturday. You can look up the details yourselves - you won't miss much if you don't. Basically it's the same clowns in the same ring as it usually is.
Well, not quite the same. The same except one. One in particular.
They've been keeping quiet about it at the Swindle but they wouldn't be the first novelty act for whom the wheels came off when they went on tour. It all went wrong last August in Exeter when the freak show turned out to be more than normally freaky.
As we've commented here before, a proper sport doesn't usually feature the promoter fighting his fortysomething mate, as has been the case on any number of occasions at the chessboxing circus, like the one on display below.
Nor, for that matter, do the competitors normally serve as timekeepers. But those are relatively small details set next to the rather bigger matter than timekeepers do not normally clobber the referees and break their jaws.
So Tim and Andy aren't really mates any more. Andy and Rajko, even less.
As it happens Andy Costello has managed to avoid prison for this particular assault. I confess I was under the impression he'd actually been sent down* but apparently not. I guess I'm surprised given that it's not the first time. Still, Andy will have been relieved and who can blame him.
I imagine he'll now become a non-person as far as the chessboxing circus is concerned, but those of us disinclined to convenient amnesia are well aware that he was no marginal figure but a central player in the show - as witness the clip above. And if the part he played was a disreputable part, then that's because it's a disreputable show.
I mean who's surprised? Nobody is surprised. That's the kind of show it is. And that's why the ludicrous events in Exeter, with a timekeeper breaking the referee's jaw, should have marked the end not just of Andy Costello's time in chessboxing, but of the whole pitiful farce.
[*Thanks to the news desk at the Exeter Express and Echo for helping me out on this]
[Thanks also to Angus French and Gerard Killoran]