Monthly Archives: February 2013

THE POPE: A Surreal Resignation

Today’s Times offers a bit of an ‘open door’, for a deal of timely Papal comic relief. The article gets off to a cracking start when it informs us that: The Pope will fly off into history when he leaves Read more...

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MATTHIAS SINDELAR: The Striker Who Snubbed Hitler

In my recent posting on Johnny Haynes, referring to my father and uncle’s love of football, I mentioned the Austrian ‘Wunderteam’ of the 1930s.  They very often spoke of it and in particular of Sindelar, the team’s undoubted star player. Read more...

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The Maestro and Me.

This is not a piece extolling the footballing qualities of The Maestro. (That story of JohnnyHaynes Haynes – the first £100-a-week footballer, England captain and career-long Fulham player – is well publicised. The oldest stand in professional football is named … Read more...

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Praying For Peace

A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to
the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. To check it out, she went to … Read more...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 25 DAYS. Traveller’s Tales: Part 4 – China, is there a different thought-process at work there?

On our 2nd evening in Hong Kong we found ourselves in protracted financial negotiations over a ‘must-have’ consumer item. The politesse of the moment involved intermittent departures from the matter in hand for exchanges of personal information. The young … Read more...

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