On Numbers (10)

Pull on the Number 10

Who do you pretend to be

Hurst, Pele, Maradona?

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n.b. I still pretend to be Geoff Hurst as I was six when he scored his World Cup Final hat-trick. Seeing that on telly left quite an impression, but wow! to even think that one might dare to dream to pretend to imagine to be Pele, or Diego Maradona takes a certain precocious level of self-belief.

I saw Maradona once play in an exhibition match at Wembley in 1987. The crowd chanted insults at him following his “A little bit with his head and a little with the hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England. It showed something of his character just to turn up. I don’t remember much about seeing him play that day though.

His importance to his home country cannot be over-stated. Sadly, he and the success of the Argentine team was the military junta’s bread and circuses of those days. That nation’s recent history is still being unpicked. The death of this little guy from Buenos Aires will lead to more unpicking. This article from The Guardian outlines some views about Maradona from Argentine people. 

There are probably few athletes who have ever been so important to a nation, or to people worldwide. In his second home, Napoli and in Argentina he is a god.

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n.n.b. See Charlie Monaghan’s tribute on instagram @charliemon10 Diego Maradona meant a lot to the Scots too.

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CLP 26/11/2020

On Numbers (pp269)

Enough to take me

back to childhood news stories

of divided Ireland.

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n.b. Iain Cobain’s book, Anatomy of a Killing (Life and Death on a Divided Island) is an important book that helps explain why the Good Friday Agreement is important. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter explained to a large extent, but also a balanced attempt to outline the complexity of that place. An important book of history, that is sadly relevant to the C21st too.

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CLP 18/11/2020

On Numbers 28

This time popular

vote is mirrored in colleges.

Countdown has started.

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n.b. First, first time loser for 28 years. That’s the first time in 7 USA elections when a President has been binned after 4 years in the job. Some football managers last longer in their posts than that.

Let’s be frank about this, he’s had a go, grew his vote, but grew the opposition vote by more. He’s been fired.

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CLP 10/11/2020

Hands Free

We hold hands with Venus de Milo

Slip gold rings from her fingers

While Alexander takes to his bed

He lies there, a new Nelson of Trafalgar travelling pickled in rum

An obese Lazarus praying he’ll yet be spared walking

“tolle lectum tuum”

We empty-handed jugglers of nonsense

Smell encroachment of rats

Who scratch our bound feet, nibble our ears

Stones, happy at the prospect of action, line our pockets

We’ll return hopeful of new life in the glass house

As spirited goldfinches spread distrust in their songs

A bumble-bee heavy with pollen passes

Bundles home against the warm easterly wind

Keep yew a troshin’, mush

Light pours both ways through a closed window

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n.b. GloPoWriMo / NaPoWriMo day 5 challenge, (with too complicated instructions to recount here).

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Alexander: First name of the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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“tolle lectum tuum”: Latin for “Take up your bed”

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Keep yew a troshin’: Broad Norfolk for “Keep going with the threshing” but used as a way to bid farewell, “Go safely”.

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CLP 05/04/2020