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Book Review; Footrot Flats Sports Collection


Very popular in Australasia and in the UK, Footrot Flats was a comic strip devised by Kiwi Murray Ball which was printed in newspapers for close to 30 years. I remember reading it every day in the Christchurch Press and also owned a few of the 20-odd volumes that came out, almost yearly. It was turned into a movie (with a hit title song, personally Dave Dobbyn does my head in, but this a classic tune) in the 80s but it all came to an end when the muse for the main character, The Dog, died.

This volume is a collection of sports anecdotes which are so funny as they are so easily related to, especially by those of us who were week-day farmers and weekend warriors on local sports fields.

If those of you around the world can get your hands on any Footrot Flats, I recommend you do so although some of it will be lost on you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – Asterix in Britain


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Printed (in English) in 1970, four years after the original French publication, In Britain is the eight volume of the series, and as the name suggests has Asterix and Obelix travelling the English Channel to assist Asterix’s first cousin (once removed) in their battle against the Roman invasion occurring at the time.

This episode is one of the funnier books and is easily related to as the French obviously held the British in the same regard as the rest of the world and most of the mannerisms, colloquialisms and such are commonly perceived (either rightly or wrongly) the world over. Read more…

Who’d be an All Black??


It is every young boy’s dream to be an All Black in this country, and the team over 100 years has become Go-like in stature not just here but in other countries around the world…but is the gloss coming off the national team? Probably not, although the rest of the world are now very aware that they don’t have anything to fear with the black jersey…if the ABs win this weekend they will be lauded as heroes for about 5mins…then the knives will be out once again dissecting every piss poor effort from the team, management, and individuals…and then the assumption will be they will choke in the final as well…

And if they lose to my team, hell will break loose with fire and brimstone, and it won’t be a happy sight. Well, for me it will as again the public turn on the very people they worship. I hope they do beat us, sort of, just so they will shut the fuck up (at least until the next game)…

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RWC Rules as sanctioned by men the world over…


Now with the first game playing tonight I just had to pass this little gem on from my mate in Auckland (and Blues supporter, go figure) – Mike, I didn’t ask but I hope it’s all OK to re-post this on your behalf for others in the same predicament? Anyways, too late, the paper has gone to press as they say…Tonga by 14…


Extremely  important advice and recommendations to be passed on to wives, girlfriends,  fiancées, mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. (to all women in General)  

These  rules are to be communicated prior to the World Cup in September/October this  year…

DEAR  WOMEN

List of Rules (Read and print them) Read more…

In the Black…but seeing Red…


 

Brand Power

What the f–k is everyone’s problem?

Sorry, sorry, sorry, let me rephrase that. What the f–k is every Kiwi’s problem?

There are riots in London (spreading quicker than a dose on a ship), unemployment on the rise (I’m just a statistic now), and the world anxiously awaits the latest credit crisis with the same anticipation as a prostate check.

And yet all they are worried about over here in the unspoiled, clean green nation of small birds and big chips is the price of a jersey. Read more…

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