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Decade

Avid followers of ITBOTN will know that my annual New Year’s Day tradition is to change all eighteen of the randomised header images on the blog to some of the best photos I have snapped over the previous twelve months. But we’re taking a slightly different tack on this occasion! […]

New year, new décor

I apologise if you’ve heard most of this before. I’ll make it mercifully brief this year. It has become an annual, (some might say anal) tradition of mine to change up the décor of this blog on New Year’s Day every year and today is no exception. This used to […]

1,000

This is the 1,000th post published on In the back of the net.* When I realised that this milestone was coming up, I thought long and hard about how we should mark it. Should we make up a greatest hits post, highlighting the five or ten best or most read […]

Evolution

It’s 2017! Just on the off chance you hadn’t already managed to deduce that fact… It’s somewhat traditional for me to welcome in any new year with a rather dry and boring outline of my blogging plans for the year ahead, as well as ushering in a new look for […]

Things change

Wellington Girls College 1, Heretaunga College 1 Wakefield Park, Wellington, June 15 2016 So I’m in Wellington for two days at a national staff meeting for work. No plans exist for football to play any part in my life while I’m here, apart from a bite to eat for dinner […]

Night shooting

New Zealand 5, New Zealand Invitational XI 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, January 26 2016 I had permission to photograph the second leg of the Football Ferns’ Olympic qualification tie vs Papua New Guinea on Tuesday night. If you keep up with the news you’ll be aware that New Zealand’s […]

I ain’t bitter

[The below is my 500 word supporting statement to the Canon Media Awards judges that accompanied my entry in the category of ‘Best Blog Site’, submitted today. My chances of winning are zero anyway so I don’t see the harm in sharing it here!] Unfortunately, based on the criteria, categories, […]

The history of headers

Buon anno and welcome to 2016! And with that, it’s time to continue my annual tradition of ushering in the New Year by changing up the design of this website. This used to mean that I changed the whole layout to a completely different WordPress theme, but for the past couple […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Take 4

Buon anno and welcome to 2015. As we enter the New Year, it’s time for my annual performance review. If you’ve never read one of these before, a word of warning: The purpose of the exercise here is not to produce a gripping yarn. Instead, it’s for me to publically […]