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Welcome to The Memory Store

We hope you enjoy our sporting and cultural interviews and the great memories they evoke.

In the age of celebrity culture, we are in danger of forgetting that the stars of today started out as fans with big dreams but no guarantees.

Footballers, cricketers, authors and more have told us about their sources of inspiration, struggles for success and emotions on achieving their ambitions. 

Sport and culture each play a profound role in the lives of millions and can help us bond with others with similar interests and passions. We tend to keep the two separate but in The Memory Store they can happily co-exist.

I hope this website will get you reminiscing with friends, family and fellow fans of your favourite football team, writer or band.

The last word here goes to the filmmaker Luis Buñuel, who so perfectly captured the importance of memory: ‘You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realise that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.’


'Memory … is the diary that we all carry about with us' – Oscar Wilde

'In memory everything seems to happen to music' – Tennessee Williams

'Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory' - Franklin Pierce Adams

'No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar' - Abraham Lincoln

'Every man’s memory is his private literature' – Aldous Huxley

‘God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December’ - J.M. Barrie 

'Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart' - Haruki Murakami

'Old folks live on memory, young folk live on hope' - Gayla Reid

'So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good' - Helen Keller

'There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief' - Aeschylus

'I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is' - Vladimir Nabokov

'How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, When memory plays an old tune on the heart' - Eliza Cook 

'Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire' - John Dewey

'The two offices of memory are collection and distribution' - Samuel Johnson

'Memory is man’s greatest friend and worst enemy' - Gilbert Parker

'You never realise what a good memory you have until you try to forget something' - Franklin P. Jones

'Memory is a way of telling you what’s important to you' - Salman Rushdie

'Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape' - Janet Fitch

'Tell the truth because then you don’t have to have a good memory' - Jesse Ventura

'Memory is the mother of all wisdom' - Aeschylus

'We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory' - Georges Duhamel



  • Robin Yapp, editor of The Memory Store

    Robin Yapp

    I'm the editor of The Memory Store, a project that combines many of my passions: sport (especially football and cricket); culture (especially books and music); in-depth interviews; and good writing. I'm a freelance journalist and former assistant news editor and Brazil correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. I hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to email me via the contact form with any comments.