Opinion / Chess, Football, Cricket, Sport

Football Fascism (Again)

I have opined here on various occasions on the subject of Football Fascism, the strange way that collectivist politicians lose their minds and start meddling in private activity and private property just because it involves kicking a ball. Now we see something new: a football manager who has claimed to […]

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Remembering Zoran Djindjic: 10 Years Later

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Here is the piece I wrote on the 8th anniversary. It mentions the proliferation of insane Serbian conspiracy theories somehow hinting that I was linked to the assassination and/or lobbied for the then Deputy Prime […]

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Callooh! Callay!

Sorry not to have been here much. Sitting at home mesmerised by this. It doesn’t matter how many times you watch. It just gets better each time.

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Hullo. It’s Me Again

I have been away from here for a while, mustering my thoughts and surviving Christmas. Basically, I now have to work for my living. Various happy schemes and arrangments that I enjoyed when first I left Poland at the end of 2007 have fizzled out, so I find myself in […]

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What Footballers Deserve

Now and again I have talked here about the curious idea that people ‘deserve’ agreeable (to them) outcomes. Here is a classic: Redknapp’s first meeting with Tony Fernandes, the owner, after the match, a positive one. “It keeps us in there,” Redknapp said. “If we hadn’t won today it would […]

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London Chess Classic 2012

Now and again this site alludes to my brief glory days as a chess player, or at least an avid chess follower. So yesterday I was pleased to be invited by Grandmaster Nigel Short to the 2012 London Chess Classic at Olympia. This huge event features all sorts of different […]

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CC v BB: Are Embassies ever Violable?

My various postings and pronouncements on the rights and wrongs of the UK government’s ‘threat’ to remove the diplomatic immunity of the Ecuador Embassy in London to enable J Assange to be nabbed have prompted Brian Barder to weigh in. And when Brian weighs in, he does so thoroughly. His […]

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The Dark Knight Risezzzzzzzz

Call me a killjoy, but I found the latest Batman film pretty hopeless. It was far too noisy, as if to cover up the clunky plot and vacuous philosophising. Is Bruce Wayne the secret identity of Batman? Is Batman the secret identity of Bruce Wayne? Do you need fear to […]

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What’s Work?

Part of the general problem we face these days is knowing what anything is. As we get better at looking at things on quite different scales, down to sub-atomic tininess, different patterns emerge. What looks like a solid, recognisable, definable thing turns out to be system of systems of systems. A lot […]

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Jerry Sandusky and Wider Responsibility

Over in the USA an extraordinary and horrible trial has ended with a cascade of Guilty verdicts for Penn State University’s former football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 separate accounts of abusing young boys.  As Sandusky trudges off to what may not be a happy rest of his life in […]

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