Tom Eggers’ secret subordinate clauses? They are about his love of language


Journalist Tom Eggers is best known as a presenter NOS Studio Sports. In addition to being a sports journalist, he is the creator of three travel shows on the UK: Tom England (2018), Tom Ireland (2019), Scotland Tom (202). As Harry Mulisch said: “Germany is the land of composers, France is the land of political creators, and Holland is the land of Dutch gentlemen.” And England has been a land of storytellers since Shakespeare.”

There are plenty of stories in the UK, dramatic or romantic, and people are very good at telling them. It will be interesting to see what has happened to them since Brexit. In the 1960s, England was a cultural model for many other countries. Pop music, football, Vivienne Westwood, design. Everyone counted on it. What is left of that UK? “

Love of language

The sportscaster has a great love for language, for authors like WF Hermans, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve. Egbers is much praised for the discreet subordinate clauses in a declaration, subtle allusion, or beautiful metaphor in his presentation.

“Sports in general is not a complicated matter,” says Tom. “But it doesn’t hurt if you have a sentence that might not be obvious to everyone, if you don’t bother them. The day Reve died, I tried to weave in broadcast titles and known phrases from Reve into the results of the synopsis I had to announce. I like that. There are always scenes pick it up.”

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