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Legs, home

October 7, 2013

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So, the last two weekends with the Scotland Writers team were pretty amazing.  Gothenburg and Vienna, two lovely but contrasting cities – tidy, calm, designed vs sprawling and historically stratified. Our hosts for both trips were hugely friendly, the hospitality excellent – whether it be the astonishing seafood platter in the Dubliner pub in Gothenburg […]

Away games

September 26, 2013

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Nearly a year ago, I had a conversation in a hotel bar in Toronto with Graham Joyce about his experiences playing in goal for the England Writers international football team, a collection of novelists, poets, playwrights and publishing types who play matches against teams from other countries. Brilliant fun, he said. On the back his mention […]

It was a hundred and forty years ago today

November 30, 2012

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On St Andrews Day, 1872, the first ever official international football match was held at West Of Scotland Cricket Ground in Glasgow. The game, of between Scotland and England, was watched by 4000 people, and ended goalless. I’m very much hoping (and would be HUGELY surprised if it does) that the score won’t be the […]

Euro 2012 Final

July 2, 2012

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Proof, if it were needed, that the TTA Press sweepstake finalists, Jim Steel and Chris Murdoch, congregated in a West End pub to duke it out  during the final of Euro 2012. The occasion was a rematch of the World Cup Final of two years ago and, sadly for Jim (whose team were Holland on […]

That time again

June 5, 2012

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This week sees the start of the Euro 2012 football tournament and yet again I’ve been put in charge of the TTA Press sweepstake. Loyal readers of this blog will remember that last time round (for the World Cup) we invited a local cabaret celebrity to make the draw. Well, this time we went one […]

TTA Press World Cup Sweepstake – The Final

July 12, 2010

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So we were set for the final. The venue was buzzing. The contenders were nervous. The officials as glad-handing and self-aggrandizing as ever. Yes, we were in the Captain’s Rest pub in Glasgow’s West End to watch the World Cup Final. The last two contenders in the TTA Sweep – Chris Murdoch and Jim Steel […]

TTA Press World Cup 2010 Sweepstake

June 10, 2010

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Just returned from fulfilling my duties as draw administrator for the now traditional TTA Press World Cup sweepstake ( I can’t believe either of those links is necessary, but apparently there some people who don’t know about either TTA or the World Cup. Nothing short of bizarre, but there it is). It was a lavish […]

Cheat!

November 19, 2009

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Before I get into this a caveat: I’m genuinely gutted for Ireland at missing out on a place at the World Cup. Genuinely. And I’ve only seen the pivotal incident once and very quickly at that. But. And so. The question I have is this: When did we all of a sudden turn into a […]

Not seasonal

December 12, 2008

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If you’re into your Germanic retro electro, you might enjoy these (courtesy of Random Jane). This one should get you in the seasonal mood. And this one is getting me in the mood for tonight’s fives night out. The bit where the band take on the shop dummies in Sweden strips. That’s pretty much us.

Drawing The Sweep

June 4, 2008

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Last night, in the legendary football city of Glasgow, the draw was made for the official TTA Euro2008 Sweepstake. In a lavish ceremony, Presiding Officer Ian Hunter and Secretary Craig Marnoch of the officiating body, GSFWC, drew the competing countries and the numbers of the contestants. The Draw in full: 1  Andy Cox  France 2  […]

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