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Scarves on Statues – William Gilbert Rees

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] William Gilbert Rees is known as the founding father of Queenstown, the most beautiful town in New Zealand hands down. Sitting on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, it’s surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountain ranges and boasts practically every kind of adventure […]

Who are we?

“WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” Such is the chorus of the Wellington Phoenix ultras group ‘Yellow Fever’ when anyone takes a corner kick from their wedge of Westpac Stadium. Before Alessandro Del Piero’s A-League debut, I advised them via Twitter that repeating this tradition to him […]

Keeping it real

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] [WARNING: This post may contain traces of reasoned argument free from idealism or dogma. If you believe Zdeněk Zeman to be a horseman of […]

Oval ball nonsense

Legend has it that at an English school named Rugby in 1823, William Webb Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. From that day forth, the game of rugby was inflicted on an unsuspecting world. A myriad of endless rules, a thuggish culture of “smash him bro” […]

Forza Latina

The city of Latina in Southern Lazio is a ‘new town’, created by Mussolini’s government for the glory of fascism and ‘Il Duce’ is still a hero to many there. The municipal building is revered for its balcony from which he gave a famous speech and local architecture is typified […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Take 2

This time last year I posted about what I wanted to achieve with this blog in 2012. It served as a useful tool to refer back to as I worked my way through the year. Some things were achieved, some were partially achieved and some were overachieved on. I’m calling […]

Old dogs, old tricks

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] Some of the great football managers who shaped AS Roma, like the great sculptors who shaped Rome, have created great players as works of […]

Gap filler

The dreaded “BEST OF [insert year here]” post. Horrible things, they are. Just awful. The stuff of bloggers who have run out of things to write about around Christmas time, so they go off on some self-indulgent wank-fest of “yay look at how wonderful I am, I wrote all these […]

La Grande Finale

Northern Football Federation 2, Auckland Football Federation 0 Fred Taylor Park, Waitakere, December 16 2012 Auckland versus Northern, Auckland versus Waitakere, Auckland versus North Harbour. The Super City Derby or the Battle of the Bridge. Call it whatever you want – how often does it all come down to this? […]