The Family From Foreign Parts – 2

Santa Claus has come and gone. So have the Kings, and so has the family from foreign parts in Grado del Pico. Like Santa and the Kings, the family from foreign parts dropped in for a short while and then departed. One frosty morning in late December, the inhabitants of the village discovered that there…

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What is Life Without Passion and Faith – and Football?

Asturian born Santiago Cazorla González, or simply Santi Cazorla is back.  He celebrated Christmas in a big way this year, on the pitch, bringing  joy to his fans. The reason for this joy is not only in the way the central midfielder plays with such freedom.  He possesses a natural ability to kick the ball…

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Footballers Have it Hard At Christmas

Footballers seem to lead fine lives.  They earn a lot of money, have big fancy houses and go to big fancy parties. But it is not like that all the time.  When their fans and families are enjoying Christmas, they are outside on freezing cold pitches working for their hard earned money! Footballers are not…

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Happy Christmas 2018!

At Christmas, most people spend a lot of money, and time buying presents for those they love.  Perhaps they even over spend, but this is, as a rule, in the name of love. Football clubs do exactly the same thing in the winter transfer window.  Why do they not mind overspending?  Do they do it…

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A Good Taste in the Mouth (Con Buen Sabor de Boca)

In Argentina there are two very notorious teams.  One is called Club Athlético Plate.  Many fans also call the team River Plate or simply River.  This club was founded a century ago, on 25th May 1901, in Boca, a poor area in Buenos Aires. Today, it is based in a more prosperous area called Nuñez. The other notorious team is called Boca (Mouth…

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I Was Not Wrong When I Said……

Four years ago, when I was writing The Verb To Be of Football, I included an article in unit 6 related to women in football.  In it, making use of the future tense, I mentioned that the world would be hearing more of women’s football.  Unfortunately, some of my male students laughed and scorned the article for its…

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The Very Basic Facts of Irish History

In this article we shall look at the basic facts of Irish history. The first farmers arrived in Ireland around 4000BC.  Now, how more basic can one get!  But don’t worry, even sticking to the basics, Irish history is a complicated story to retell. The Celts arrived 300BC.  They had a huge influence on Ireland….

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The Story of the Family From Foreign Parts

Although there are only a handful of people living in Grado del Pico today, stories, tales, yarns and of course tittle-tattle can be heard, discussed and debated in whispered tones in the narrow, shadowy streets of the village. The latest chattter concerns a family from foreign parts. It all started one summer, when the family…

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Basketball Before Football; Santa Before the Kings!

There is a football pitch of some description in Grado del Pico. There is even a paddel court. Yet, neither of these sports was played in the village well over sixty years ago. To the surprise of many, basketball was what the few youngsters in the village played then. How did that sport, incidentally invented…

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The Story of Two Tales in One

Grado del Pico is a peaceful village tucked away in the Sierra de Ayllón. To the visitor, life seems to have stood still there. A place where nothing could ever have happened or ever would. In 2018, there is still no public telephone box, no mobile telephone range, no Internet, and no public transport to Madrid,…

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