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Thursday, November 17, 2005

“There could be fatalities – or, even worse, injuries.”

Apologies for the late post today!

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TDH has labored for a lifetime under the impression that Switzerland was a neutral country. Fighting? A crass matter, best left to the English, especially in Turkey (and occasionally in, ahem, the rest of Europe). Yet TDH was mistaken. The Swiss mixed it with the Turks in fine fashion, showing that they can be as uncivilized as the next guys. (But who is that guy on the left, anyway? TDH shudders to think.)

And then the real fun began. Sepp seems to think that he can recuse himself from being Swiss and act in the interests of FIFA. How about this, Sepp: you recuse yourself from dealing with this case. Let somebody else figure out whether Switzerland's spot in the big show should go to Uruguay or some other near-misser. And then figure out some other way to punish the Turks, too. Maybe Lennart could help with that one - he comes from a real neutral country, after all.

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As those who clicked on the "reader" link a couple of days ago will have found, at least one Premiership footballer is quite the avid bookworm. Actually, there's more than one. TDH has been checking over their selections. Here's a brief rundown:

Ryan Giggs (MUN): The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
"Reading about Mandela is an inspiration to everyone, what he went through was horrendous, yet he is still a man of compassion and his love for his people is heart-warming." Yes indeedy, Ryan, and the personal resonance must hit you every day. What you've gone through with Wales would be enough to turn anyone into, well, Roy Keane.

Mark Delaney (AST): The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
That's heavy going for a footballer, isn't it? TDH thought so, but then read this: "I chose the 'The Iron Man' because it encourages you to use your imagination, to paint pictures in your mind, and above all to remind you that anything is possible." Yes, Mark, the Villa might just stay up this year. Might. Just.

Freddie Ljungberg (ARS): Cars, Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
The Swede with the big engine writes: "I was fascinated with the pictures of the animals and other books in the series about truck drivers. Looking back now they are also very educational." TDH can't make this stuff up, folks.

4 Comments:

Blogger The American Geordie said...

By the way, welcome, Disciple of Eric. Does that make you Cantonese? You'd fit in well over in Hong Kong.

Maradona, if you want to appear on the top right, you should have an invite email. Let me know if you need a new one. Others can apply by posting a comment here.

6:13 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

On the subject of footballers reading I think special mention has to go to Facundo Sava (ex-Fulham. remember his Zorro mask?). Dr. Sava allegedly rather befuddled his less literate colleagues in the Fulham dressing room by leaving his copy of Don Quixote on his seat when coming on as a sub one week. One wonders what Louis Saha made of it when he took his place on the bench.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my idol freddie reading richard scarry?? you're joking, right? right?

-- a distressed reader in the hindu kush

4:19 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

I'm sorry, friend in the Hindu Kush, but it's true. Here's the evidence. At least it wasn't Scimeca's pick: Keane: The Autobiography. Thank goodness for small mercies.

3:19 PM  

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