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  1. Part of a photography project I'm involved with in Birmingham (link) which is mapping the city in 2020. This was on a street I'd been allocated, they are looking for square crops but I like it a bit wider. I think the fact that the double yellow lines which only got repainted this week end by the door is aesthetically displeasing and I hate the stupid font they chose for their sign but there's something about the scene I really enjoy.
  2. I'd imagine the Merseyside derby would have to be played on a neutral ground if that were the case. Ideally somewhere like St Georges Park or some other venue which is genuinely behind closed doors as Liverpool have hordes of fans in every town or city with a decent stadium.
  3. It probably is. They touched on it on Football Weekly (or some other pod I listen to) when discussing the lack of home wins in the Bundesliga. Apparently you had to go back to January to find a week where home wins were the dominant result, but even then the sample size is still really small.
  4. It's just reminding people what Rwanda would have been like during the genocide.
  5. Been inactive in the thread because I've still been on a huge non fiction kick of late, mostly reading 20th century military history. I did just finish The Fight by Norman Mailer which is his story of being embedded in Kinshasa to cover The Rumble in the Jungle. My main interest in the book was just getting a contemporary take on what Muhammad Ali and George Foreman were like in their prime as so much revisionist stuff has been written and spoken about the men since. It feels like Mailer struggles to get to know the young George Foreman as he was a standoffish guy with a fearsome reputation, Ali on the other hand is pretty much the dictionary definition of charisma. There are other 'famous' people you get to spend time with too, Bundini Brown, Don King & Hunter S Thompson to name a few. I'm still not sure how I feel about Mailer's prose, he's seen as one of the great late 20th century writers in America, his description of the actual fight is as good as anything I've ever seen and some of his observations, metaphors and turns of phrase are genuinely beautiful but I struggle to keep up with the ideas he's constantly throwing out at times, he appears to struggle with race too. I get that the times then were more racially charged and he would have definitely felt it even more when being a white men not only surrounded by black men in what was seen at the time as Africa's coming out party, but successful black men with confidence and big personalities. I had thought we'd moved on from a lot of that stuff, but I guess it's always been bubbling under. Really interesting time capsule of 1974 though and you can probably get through it in a single sitting if you wanted to.
  6. Speaking of Leonard vs Hearns, has anybody been listening to the "Greatest Fights" Podcast that BBC Radio 5 have been putting out? The first one covered Leonard vs Hearns 1 and it's spellbinding stuff, they've got Ray Leonard in to watch the fight with them and there's something about having him rewatching the fight with them which makes it essential stuff. Highly recommended. There are three so far, Leonard - Hearns 1 with Leonard, Tyson - Spinks with David Haye (and this fight is 90 seconds long so it covers a lot of the fight weekend too) and Hatton - Tzsyu with Ricky Hatton. There's and new one tomorrow which I believe is Holyfield - Tyson 1 with Evander Holyfield. They say there are going to be ten in all and I recommend getting in on them. I've also just read The Fight by Norman Mailer. Mailer is one of those late 20th century celebrity American writers like Hunter S Thompson and Lester Bangs and it follows his journey in Zaire when he was embedded with Ali and Foreman ahead of the Rumble in the Jungle. It's fascinating to read a contemporary account of the fighters and the fight, so much has been written and spoken retrospectively about both men in the 45 years since this bout but just getting a sense of how they were seen at their peak is almost a new angle (for me at least) in how fearsome and domineering and witty Ali was outside the ring and how scary a prospect Foreman was and accounts of a young and relatively unknown Don King There's a ton of stuff in there which covers how racially charged the times were too, Mailer is a white man in a black world, surrounded by a lot of people whose lives have been defined to a certain extent by the civil rights movement. Part of me wants to feel thankful at how far we've come in terms of race but the way the last few years have been I'm starting to wonder.
  7. Season over now. I can’t see anything other than an 8th consecutive title for Bayern following this result.
  8. They have to if they want the Premier League to relegate three clubs.
  9. There's a name I've not heard in years, always thought he was worth an England call up in the 90s. Hope he's ok.
  10. Birmingham skyline by Nayson, on Flickr Brum today. Dunno whether the skies are clearer than they would be or I'm just imagining it. Presumably there not being any pollution in a couple of months hasn't done it any harm though. Piccadilly Circus by Nayson, on Flickr Lockdown easing in London. More people about but still deserted by "normal" standards. Not many paid adverts on the billboards at Piccadilly Circus either.
  11. Yeah, there's a huge overlap time wise with NBA Jam. I'm another one who seems to have soaked up more than I realised just through playing that game all the time back in the day. As for Jordan not being a nice guy? Why does he have to be? It seems to me he wouldn't have been anywhere near as successful if he weren't as driven as he was and he'd probably be remembered as just another decent basketball player from the 90s if he didn't drag the Bulls to six championships. We certainly wouldn't be watching a documentary about him twenty years after he retired.
  12. It's probably a little bit of both, but then I think you see the pressures on anybody who is even a little bit famous to be "nice" all the time and imagine how much that increases when you reach Michael Jordan levels of fame. I've found myself really enjoying the series so far. I don't know much about basketball at all, I played the fuck out of NBA Jam back in the day, I've heard of the superstar players and I could tell you which teams have won in certain years simply through osmosis but I've found myself being really drawn into the sport by the documentary. I've been surprised to see just how many of the players smoke cigars though, I get that there is a ton of footage from 25-30 years ago and maybe sports science wasn't as big a deal then as it is now but I'd always thought that the level of athleticism required to make it into the NBA was off the charts. Now I'm starting to wonder where they compare to elite level footballers.
  13. You can't start the show with the showstopper.
  14. But then at the equivalent point last season Leeds were in an automatic spot and were 19 points ahead of my lot (Villa) before they had an epic collapse and we went on a club record winning streak and got promoted at their expense. It aint over until the fat lady sings and whoever loses out in whatever solution is proposed is going to have serious issues which will probably end up in court.
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