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Sport and Politics – an Italian art

This is a little bit naughty but, having thoroughly enjoyed John’s wonderfully evocative post on Tuesday looking at the overlaps between sport and politics, I couldn’t resist coming in over the top with a contribution of my own adding something of an historical perspective… I’ve actually been meaning to write […]

The world’s cuddliest fascist?

After years of searching it looks like I’ve finally found an English Premier League team to support – whoever is playing Sunderland. The appointment of Paolo Di Canio as their new manager is not as surprising as it is sad. It was inexorable that one, desperate for attention, top flight […]

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 […]

War Stories

[It’s ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia – the anniversary of the day that our troops landed at Gallipoli, in 1915. Today we commemorate all New Zealanders and Australians who have lost their lives in wars throughout our history. This post was originally written for the political blog Just Left and published there on ANZAC Day 2009. I […]

Mr DiBenedetto, CLEAN UP THIS CURVA!

Lazio have completed their first double against Roma since 1997/98 but their victory has been somewhat marred by an unfortunate incident to say the least. Juan, Roma’s gladiatorial Brazilian central defender, a man of African descent, was subjected to racist monkey noises by Lazio’s notoriously right wing ultras. This has […]