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Edgar Davids makes a substitution

Saturday 7th September 2013, 4.15pm (day 744)

Barnet substitution, 7/9/13

With no top- or second-level football matches on in England today because of the international games, fans were encouraged to go and support their local lower-division teams through an initiative known as ‘Non-League Day’ — whether this added much to the crowd at my local non-league team, Halifax Town, I cannot tell but it did get Joe & I down there. They enjoyed a 2-1 win over Barnet FC.

Interest was added for the neutrals by the appearance on the touchline of Barnet’s manager, Edgar Davids, who played 74 times for the Netherlands, mostly in his trademark glasses; having graced World Cup Finals he now plies his trade in the fifth tier of English football, which I find amazing really, as if Wayne Rooney were to end his career coaching in the Dutch third division. But here he is, giving advice with his assistant; Barnet were 2-0 down at this point and on their way to a first defeat of the season.

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Before the ‘Race for Life’, Halifax

Sunday 21st July 2013, 9.25am (day 696)

Race for Life, 21/7/13

Clare was one of approximately 1,600 women running this race today, the majority in the regulation pink, raising money to fight all kinds of cancer. I don’t normally do advertising on the blog but this time I feel obliged to mention that you can sponsor her (and by implication, the 1,599 other women running today, including the ones I have pictured) at http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/the-railway. Every little helps…

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Beach volleyball

Monday 20th May 2013, 1.55pm (day 634)

Beach volleyball, 20/5/13

Is there any point trying to convince any of you that I have actually been working while here on the Yasawas? Going through academic papers and taking notes for my book? No? Didn’t think so.

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Wheelchair rugby

Tuesday 14th May 2013, 7.45pm (day 628)

Wheelchair rugby, 14/5/13

A few months ago, if you’d have asked me how I was going to spend my last evening in Brisbane, ‘watching wheelchair rugby’ would probably not have come towards the top of the list – but here we are, courtesy of my friend Manuela (playing, but not in shot). Some of these guys, like the one on the right with his back to us, were actually gold-medal winning Paralympians last year in London.

Anyway, I might now be off-grid for a while so if no more photos appear here, don’t panic – it’s just that I’m heading to a tropical island for a few days. Oh, the hardship. I’ll update you all towards the end of May. But then again, if wi-fi has made it to the remoter parts of Fiji, I will be here again before then.

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After the goal

Sunday 28th April 2013, 4.15pm (day 612)

Brisbane v Melbourne, 28/4/13

My second trip to the Gabba to see the Brisbane Lions, who today won their second game of the season by about 35 points over the Melbourne Demons, who are even less good it seems. Nice day though, nice afternoon. The Demons had just scored here, hence their noticeably perkier shoulders compared to the maroon, blue and yellow-clad Lions, but there was plenty of time left in the game to secure the win.

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