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Through Rain Or Shine

This blogpost is unashamedly inspired by this Last Week Tonight segment on the weather. And, of course, the fact that I’m living in the Netherlands; because while the weather’s a staple topic for small talk all over the world, the experience that’s the unpredictability of Dutch weather makes for something else entirely. I’ll admit, I’m one of the people who checks their phone…

To Break Two.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but something extraordinary happened this weekend. On Saturday, the 12th of October, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in history to run the marathon distance (42.2KM) in under two hours; clocking a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 42 seconds in Vienna and beating the targeted time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds.…

Lads, It’s…

Disclaimer: This post was written before the Brighton-Tottenham game, and therefore doesn’t cover that result or Lloris’ injury; the latter of which is, in my opinion, an interesting look into how player injury impacts fans’ banter culture. Nevertheless – sorry (not sorry), Spurs fans.  “Lad’s, it’s Tottenham.”  Losing at home’s always going to sting. Losing seven goals to two, in your new…

The Tries That Bind

‘Tis the season to be jolly get into heated debates over questionable refereeing decisions and scrutinise every playmaking move – butI’m not talking about your typical Super Sunday Premier League football match. Welcome to the Rugby World Cup, which is currently being held in Japan for its ninth iteration. Rugby (union) and football couldn’t be more different, but when it comes to fan…

EU’re a Bit of a Mess.

Cross my heart and hope to die, I was going to write something meaningful and thought-provoking for this blogpost. The surge in racist attacks on footballers’ social media is a worrying trend, and the professional footballing community’s calls for action from the platforms themselves is a topic worthy of its own essay. Alas, this week I’ve been gripped by the selfish urge…

Good Morning & Good Night: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Little Pep Talks” for the Twittersphere

The endless noise of the Twitter timeline can be a bit much, to say the least. From the latest inane statement of a world leader (these days, they’re a dime a dozen) to friends’ horrified reactions to a live-action adaptation’s movie trailer (and in 2019, you have your pick of those too), a mere scroll through one’s timeline can elicit an entire…