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Montagues or Capulets

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The week just gone, for me, has been characterised by combat and competition. The common theme is how tribes use colours to create identity and unity against a foe.

Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur city centre, where yellow-shirted pro-democracy and anti-corruption fans congregated for a peaceful rally, received undue attention from baton-wielding police firing tear-gas and water-cannon.

In the brutal fight of Mayoral politics, London’s two heavyweight contenders “Red” Ken Livingston and Boris “BoJo” Johnson have been fighting for years. The red of Red Ken of course symbolises more socialist principles and the blue of BoJo those of  a conservative bent. Voter turn out was low but the result was closer than expected. I stuck to my tribe the Greens and was rewarded with third place. Result for the mungbean eaters! Read the rest of this entry


Are you Tottenham in disguise?

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I’m not aware of an immediate or obvious link between wine and football, unless

a) you happen to be Sir Alex Ferguson who apparently knows his stuff (coming in for some stinging snobbery last year courtesy of the Telegraph)

b) you’re a Russian oligarch in which case you are vying with the Chinese for control of the Bordeaux vineyards

c) you’re a member of the Prawn-Sandwich-Brigade, which would mean you probably don’t know your Riesling from your Riise.

But after my most recent bottle of wine and with the culmination of the English domestic leagues fast approaching – the Manchester derby on Tuesday and Southampton making an emotional return to the top-flight after 7 years – the two subjects seem apposite. Well, I’m giving it a go anyway…

As a newly relegated single man (only by virtue of a trip to the UK by my wife) I was angsty about spending the weekend on my own. I’d trawled the malls, contributed to global capitalism, solo-lunched, and bitched off my local climbing gym. I was very definitely Will Freeman from Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, but without the massive bank balance. Read the rest of this entry

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