As is becoming increasingly clear there are sadly many women who have been emotionally or sexually abused in childhood by men that they trusted. (I know that there have been men who have been victims and women who have abused, but they are a minority). Many of these women have never spoken out for fear… Continue reading Trust, abuse, and football
football – reflections on travelling away
Coming down to earth after an exciting Cup win at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last night I find myself reflecting on the enormous paradoxes of English football. 59,600 people turned out on a midweek evening to watch 22 men kicking a ball around a patch of grass. The gulf between the lifestyles of the men on… Continue reading football – reflections on travelling away
history & humiliation
I had an interesting discussion last week about what blogs are about – the context was a challenge about writing about historical issues on my blog (‘losing a baby’). My challenger stated that blogs must be about contemporary matters, not that which is in the past. I think that she is wrong. The first online… Continue reading history & humiliation
Obama to send 300 military advisers into Iraq. Suarez claims winning goals are retribution. Gove’s British values defined. Worldwide numbers of refugees exceeds 50 million. MP tweets desire to punch (female) journalist. Private schools’ head start in sport. Pope says don’t legalise drugs; UK religious leaders unite on FGM Down and almost out – what… Continue reading British values?
suffragettes still needed?
I am still furious, and not getting any less so, about the behaviour of the FA and the Premier League. I think I am just as angry with many of the women who have become involved in the fuss about Richard Scudamore’s private emails. The only woman who has had any publicity and has come… Continue reading suffragettes still needed?
things are not what they seem
A curious collection of events in the past 24h that struck as being linked by one thing only – that what one sees on the surface can often be very different from what is actually going on. I woke to the familiar voices of the radio 4 Today presenters, discussing a forthcoming Panorama programme about… Continue reading things are not what they seem
penultimate home game of the season
A lovely spring day with a constant threat of rain; the pilgrimage of car-train-walk to St Mary’s and back (unless my helpful son is driving home) is all part of stepping out of the world of academia and into the world of football. I love travelling into Southampton from the east by train. The polite… Continue reading penultimate home game of the season