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Scarves on Statues – Farming Family

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

The controversial plaque on this Hamilton statue proclaims that it “commemorates the ordinary farming family as the unsung heroes of our first 150 years.”

There are a number of obvious problems with this. Who’s first 150 years, would be the first question that springs to mind. There is no acknowledgement that there was life on these isles before the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

It’s often said that history is written by the victors, and just as the history of New Zealand has been largely written by and about Europoean settlers, the history of the 2013 Coppa Italia semi-finals will similarly record a crushing 5-3 aggregate victory by Roma over dirty old Inter without any need to dwell on what occurred in the first half of this morning’s second leg…

We play Lazio in the final on May 26. I would like it noted that this was the perfect opportunity to joke about burini, farmers, tractors and pitchforks but I restrained myself. Just.

Farming

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

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