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The Unbearable Sh**eness of Being … A Newcastle Fan

TO CONTEMPLATE  the unbearable sh**eness of being a Newcastle fan.

I have ripped this title from the stunning 1984 novel by the intimidatingly talented Milan Kundera.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being begins with an abstract philosophical thought, essentially, ‘what do we put on the scales?’ (Mike Ashley is not the answer).

For some ‘being’ is light.  Life is easy, happy-go-lucky: free. For others, it is a weighty affair, full of meaning.  The novel challenges us to ask, ‘which type are we?’, and ‘is it worth it?’  To my continual pain, one I’m sure is shared, so does the beautiful game.

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Bohemians Rhapsody – a celebration of Czech football.

Fresh off the tram and the boulevard of Vršovická intersects a flat and unpromising quarter, on the boundary of middle-class comfort and working-class expediency, between elegant apartments and the ubiquitous panelák (the kind of tower block seen in the background of any respectable Cold War thriller).  It is winter in Prague.   Orders coming from Moscow are a thing of the past, but my blueing lips tell me the November wind still makes the trip, and I’m growing self-conscious about the din of my dental castanets.  My guide is late.

Prudence trumps fashion here, and padded coat after weathered fleece after dubious fur cap pass by.   Young, old, male, female, sober, stumbling and everything in between are making their way excitably toward an antique loudspeaker’s call.  Continue reading “Bohemians Rhapsody – a celebration of Czech football.”

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