“This is bloody stupid.” The John Fairfax Appreciation Society

When he was 9 years old he was kicked out of the Italian Boy Scouts after settling a bout of fisticuffs by grabbing a gun and shooting up the campground. At 13 he left home in Buenos Aires for the Amazon jungle where he survived by trading jaguar and ocelot pelts. At 20 he decided […]

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The Villain

In football bad boys are common, but the true pariah is rare. Perhaps for that reason, poured over ice with a sweet twist of schadenfreude, I’ve always rooted for The Villain, whenever destiny wills him to appear. Enter Carlos Tevez. Known as “El Apache,” the diminutive facially-scarred juggernaut first made headlines within the villainy context […]

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Richard Swarbrick: Making the Beautiful Game Even More Beautiful

When does sport become art? When do athletic prowess and years of training transcend a battle of skill and become Shakespearean poetry personified? When Richard Swarbrick animates it, that’s when. Last year, for a lark in his free time, the London-based elementary school teaching assistant animated Gareth Bale’s single-handed demolition of Inter Milan in last year’s Champion’s […]

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Haoles on the Pequod

In recent days, my mind has been awash in a cascade of Hawaiian saudades, a phenomenon that has occasionally accompanied me since the 80’s, when American television networks forced their viewers, even here in Europe, to choose between tropical miniseries. The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Magnum P.I. battled weekly for supremacy in the working […]

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The Table Flip!

Nothing says “This conversation is OVER!” quite like flipping the table at which one is seated with company. Indeed, the Table Flip looms large in the arsenal of “big moves” one has at one’s disposal when cornered or enraged in a public setting, and everyone should make the effort to flip a table at least one […]

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I Lost My Tooth Playing SEPAK TAKRAW

Well not really, but I would be proud to if I were cool enough to play this off-the-charts sport that combines the best elements of soccer, Brazilian footvolley and Kung-Fu wrapped up into an incredible spectacle of gravity-defying athleticism and badassery, that, outrageously, I had remained ignorant of until a missive arrived last night from […]

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Something to Tide You Over

Waist deep into the summer season, i.e. the European football vacuum, with not a single Galician team qualified for Primera División action next season (click here to read all the gruesome and horrific details of la pesadilla futbolística gallega) things are starting to feel a little bleak. Here are a few videos to get you through the […]

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“When tyranny is law revolution is order.” Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, 1932 Father of Puerto Rican Nationalism, Don Pedro Albizu Campos stands out today as one of the United States and Latin America’s most prominent and outspoken advocates for social justice. While serving in the US military in WWI and receiving his law degree from Harvard, Albizu […]