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Two world wars and one world cup

This was always going to be a looooong week. Ever since it was known that Italy would face England in the quarter finals of Euro 2012, Azzurri supporters have known exactly what to expect. An alien from the planet Tharg could be forgiven for thinking that 46 years since their […]

Scarves on Statues – Zealandia

Zealandia, daughter of Britannia, is an old symbol of colonial New Zealand. A representation of Pakeha/European settlers, she appears on our national coat of arms, standing to the left of the shield, staring lovingly across at a Maori warrior on the right who returns her gaze with equal affection. In […]

Gina’s

People get a bit confused when I say I’m watching football at Gina’s. My partner’s name is Gina and I think they tend to either assume she’s moved out, or it’s my rather odd way of saying I’m watching the game at home. I’m not, and thankfully she hasn’t. Gina’s […]

Euro 2012

I was going to write a preview of Euro 2012 this past week, but it very quickly began to feel like a pointless exercise. Every other blogger and his dog has done one and I consequently have very little to add. Most of them are yawningly similar to each other. […]

How the other half lives

An overseas viewer of this blog could be forgiven for thinking, looking at the posts on local football, that New Zealand consists of, well, not very much really. A couple of shacks for football clubrooms. A few paddocks. A couple of hundred people at a stretch. But of course Association […]