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Feb
21

Oscars and Racism in the U.S.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a winner! In 2015, Selma is the only film that approaches the majesty and gravitas of what an Oscar for Best Picture should be. It is a superb story but, ironically, not a well-produced film. Selma is actually a ten-part HBO television series squashed into a two-hour movie. The writer […]

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Feb
14

Films By and For Actors & The Theory of Everything

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Working hard on the usual match-fixing, corruption and sport stuff. I will be back in a few weeks with a fair amount of work and news. However, in February I am taking a break to post thoughts on the themes of the current Best Picture Oscar-nominated films. I also include below […]

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Feb
6

So If You’re So Good, How Come You Lost?

American Sniper (minus) 2 ** stars  As we get towards Academy Awards night, a series of essays on the themes from the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film.  Today, American Sniper.  The least thing they could do is admit they lost. The problem with the film American Sniper is that claims to be the truth.  It claims to be […]

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Feb
2

On Fixing the Super Bowl and ‘Extreme’ Weather

It is a sign of the times.   Another major sporting event: another slew of e-mails about whether the game was fixed.   For those who have missed it, last night’s Super Bowl, went down to the final minute.  The Seattle Seahawks, down by several points to the New England Patriots, got the ball to the […]

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Jan
30

The Imitation Game and the Big Lie

As we get towards Academy Awards night, every Friday I will be writing an essay on the themes from one of the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film.  Today, the British film ‘The Imitation Game’.   Rating   ** (2 stars out of 5)     The Imitation Game is a film full of historical inaccuracies, class-ridden […]

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Jan
15

Czech Kudos, Turkey’s Embarrassment and Yet More Dodgy Officials

To start January with good news: well done the Czechs! I have just returned from the Czech Republic and the police there have done something almost unparalleled in the match-fixing world.   They have swooped in and arrested 25 people and busted up an alleged match-fixing ring in the lower divisions of their football league. Well, […]

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Dec
12

Canada’s Embarrassment

It was the incompetent meet the tolerant of corruption. If you had the good fortune to miss last weekend’s draw for the Women’s World Cup hosted by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and FIFA, then you missed one of those dreadful ‘Yes sir/no sir’ events beloved by branch managers across Canada when their foreign bosses […]

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Dec
5

It Just Got Worse: More on Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

After thugs beat up the one of the referee coordinators with iron bars you would not think it could get worse. It just did. Yesterday, the Greek press published articles about a letter signed by UEFA and FIFA that warned the Greek authorities about their stance on corruption in their football leagues. You might think, […]

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Dec
4

It is All Happening Again: Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

To start with the obvious: I like Greece, I like Turkey.  I love many of their peoples and I intensely dislike what I now have to write.  However, it is the truth, so here goes: Greek football is deeply corrupt. Actually, that is an understatement.   What I should say, is that Greek football is so […]

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Nov
24

Malta, Migrants and Drowning

VALLETTA, MALTA—It is the memories of the dead children that keep Marco Cauchi up at night. “I have recovered hundreds of corpses from the sea. And when you find decomposed children — it is not nice. Then you go home and you see your own children,” said Cauchi. “How different the world seems when you […]

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