#WorldCup and the positive power of the children of immigrants..

I sat up to watch the English match on Saturday, and it struck me (again) just how the EPL has probably terminally gutted any home nations (plus the Republic) team from developing enough home grown talent to compete for a place in the World Cup finals. Even amongst English people there’s recognition that their own team is just one of many others in the competent but not great category: a function of the greater competition for first team places in their domestic …

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Come off it England!

Yet again the messenger is blamed for the message. Fuelled by that strange English sense of entitlement, the English bidding team have descended to blaming Panorama and the Sunday Times for what their media supporters oddly call their “humiliation”. If FIFA are corrupt and it was the Beeb wot lost it, where’s the humiliation? If humiliation there was, Jim White is right. It lay in the fact that the English spinners swallowed their own propaganda. Another version is at least …

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World Cups and Solar Eclipses

As the crowds gather in Johannesburg for the FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands an estimated 4000 umbraphiles are hoping for clear skies over Easter Island – and no vuvuzelas. They’ve travelled there to be able to observe 4 min 41 secs of the total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, which is due to occur at the same time that 22 men are chasing after a very round ball on a large patch of grass…  9.11pm BST start for the Easter Island hopefuls. In the New …

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