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Trip-planning: The World’s Largest Soccer Stadiums

Trip-planning: The World’s Largest Soccer Stadiums

Soccer (known globally as football) is one of the most-played games in the world, and with a staggered roster of international, regional and national tournaments, it would be possible to plan your round-the-world travels by taking it all in stadium by stadium. [Read More]

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Summer round-up: sports stories, data woes, and a brand spanking new web site

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to contact me to ask for the next instalment. It’s nice to know that my silence has not gone unnoticed (although the comment that I’ve been “letting you down” may have been  [Read More]

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Canadian-ness: A response to the question, “Does living, working or studying abroad make you less Canadian?”

Country is another way of saying community, and when we question someone’s Canadian-ness we’re not only asking “Are you one of us?,” we’re also asking, “Are you with us?” [Read More]

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4 classic travel books about outer space

4 classic travel books about outer space

Only 42 years after Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, Richard Branson is looking to tear a new hole in the “final frontier” with space travel. [Read More]

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Bus virgens and Jesi

Photographically speaking, nothing in Puerto Vallarta has captured my attention like the religious iconography on the city buses. [Read More]

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Día del Juego (Game Day)

Día del Juego (Game Day)

The chief advantage of living alone is that there are no witnesses. Nobody’s privy to my kitchen dance parties, or my wobbly push ups, or my naked breakfasts. I’m enjoying the latter at my laptop, when a dull throbbing pulls  [Read More]

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‘Amen’ provokes ‘hallelujah’

I write about football a lot, and that means I read about football a lot. The game’s universality is one of the things that makes it beautiful, and it’s resulted in a vast and varied library of football stories. People  [Read More]

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Los brazos del hombres

The revelation, once dawned, seemed to have always been there. When the man reached over and hoisted the girl onto the seat beside him, nobody called the police. The bus ride from Vallarta to Mismaloya takes 20 minutes and costs  [Read More]

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Dirty Shoes

Dirty Shoes

He pinches the end of his cigarette and puts the butt in his pocket. He’d sooner drop garbage on his living room floor than leave it here. The carbide canister slapping against my thigh is an insistent reminder of his respect for the mountain. Calcium carbide produces acetylene gas when mixed with water; the flame “burns clean”. [Read More]

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Aaaaaand scene…

…sort of. Part of the challenge of this project was that I tried to write it in real time. While I was away, this meant that I took every second or third day to report on recent events, to catch  [Read More]

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