After all these sacrifices (see note here), it transpires that what the plucky Brits really care about is not so much creating a fairer society, but playing golf and visiting garden centres. FFS. I give up. As Ian Rush is said to have commented about, um, living in Italy, it’s “like living in a foreign country”.
Anyway, following the recent moratorium (welcome to many, no doubt), as sport furtively reappears like a cockroach from behind the fridge, here’s a little roundup of some highlights from the sport tag—not least, connections with ritual, and with feminism.
Snooker—starting with 5’20” of inspired fluency from the great Ronnie:
Football: among many posts,
- Daoist ritual and football (including ancient Chinese women’s football, and men moving the goalposts—”Typical!“)
- more women in sport: Belated recognition, Letters from budding feminists, and Lionesses, YAY and hmm
- Roy Keane and a fine headline
- Jesus jokes
- Jesus of Benfica: a cautionary tale
- Brazil: the national anthem spurs the team to artistry
- as does the Italian anthem
- An improvisation for the qin zither inspired by a brilliant goal by Michael Owen
- Zidane: Script to an iconic head-butt, and Real and Zidane
- Spot the Ball competition.
- Ritual and sport: the haka (also featuring Morecambe and Wise, Morris dancing, and The Rite of Spring)
- A guide for bemused rugby fans
- Naomi Osaka: Enough already
- A playlist for Emma and Leylah
- A tribute to Roger Federer’s divine backhand
- Ogonek and Til—inspired by grappling with the pronunciation of Iga Świątek
- Wimbledon, a sequel, and Beethoven’s Wimbledon adventure
- Line judges.