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Scarves on Statues – Rewi Alley

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Rewi Alley was a somewhat controversial figure, thought of by some as a New Zealand hero who dedicated his life to the causes of peace and education in China, and by others as a sympathiser and supporter of an oppressive Chinese […]

Stadio della Roma

Decades of anticipation were brought to an end in the early hours of this morning New Zealand time when Associazione Sportiva Roma unveiled plans for a new stadium. Think I’m exaggerating? I am but not in the way you might think. The new ownership of Roma may have only started […]

Barcodes and acid trips

Anyone who knows me, or has caught sight of me out in public, knows that I’m the last person who should be held up as any sort of authority on the subject of fashion. As the saying goes however, I may not know much about art, but I know what […]

No problemo!

“When the media tell you it’s an easy group, that’s when you have to worry.”  – Cesare Prandelli Dear Cesare, It’s an easy group. Kind regards, Enzo. Uruguay, Costa Rica and some two-bit little island off the coast of France. No, not Ireland, the other one. Whatchamacallit with the turnips. What’s […]

Guest Post – Dove sei adesso il capitano?

By Stephen Coutts You could see it coming. Despite skippering Lazio since 2008 following Luciano Zauri’s loan move to Fiorentina, Tommaso Rocchi was reduced to a bit-part player last season under then new boss Vladimir Petković. Injury didn’t help either, and neither did fighting for a place with prolific German striker […]

An antipodean’s guide to Serie A

Italian football’s Serie A starts in less than a fortnight and I, for one, am even more excruciatingly excited than usual. Why? Because my beloved Roma have a great new coach famed for his all-out attacking style and, what’s more, he has some exciting new young and ultra-talented signings at his disposal. This might […]

Perspective

It has now been three days since my beloved Italy’s 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 final and while it still hurts like hell, I’m ready to put it into a little bit of perspective. This team achieved remarkable things. They were written off by absolutely everyone, not rated a high […]

Scarves on Statues – Barry

This is Barry, “a Kiwi bloke” from Katikati on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Barry has just read the news that the Euro 2012 final has been won by Spain 4-0. He’s a bit upset about that. Me too.[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be […]

Super Mario

“When I score a goal, I don’t celebrate, because I do my work. When the Postman delivers your letter, does he celebrate?” “Best moment of the night was when I saw my mother after the game. I told her those goals were for her”