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Homeless World Cup

It was a short story by Ian Rankin that mentioned there was a world cup for the homeless and at first I thought he was joking. Now the eighth tournament is held this month in Rio de Janeiro with NZ sending a team, the Street Blacks to compete. Only formed in 2007 the coach is pleased if players miss training as it could mean they have found a job or somewhere to live.

Other countries take it seriously. England has been training at Man Uís facilities while the Scottish team trained at an academy for six months. There has been only the one mention on the national news of the Cup which I believe consists of five-a-side games played indoors.

I heard a bit about it on National Radio one morning - they said one of the rules is that people only get to go on it once.  One of the men they interviewed sounded very excited that he was getting this chance to turn his life around - he sounded quite articulate and intelligent and I wondered what had gone wrong with it up till now.

In Britain the homeless have a magazine/newspaper they put out regularly (once a week on Fridays? or once a month?) and stand on street corners selling it.  Did it cost a pound?  50p, maybe.  It was always full of interesting things, more so probably if you were interested in modern music.  

Cheers, Caro.

It's called "The Big Issue" and it costs £1.70 these days. According to wikipedia, The Big Issue project also runs in Ireland, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Namibia, Malawi, Kenya and Taiwan.

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