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Simon The Sponge



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Dostoevsky's story of the Dutch legends Rene and Willy

The Borthers van de kerkof


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TheRejectAmidHair



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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Pitches by Roald Dahl


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MikeAlx



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Location: Seaford, East Sussex

PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If only we could've had a Saturday fixture - then it would probably be 'Saturday Night and Sunday Mourning'.  Wink



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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Len Deighton’s novel about the 2006 World Cup final – Fun for All in Berlin


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Mikeharvey



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I offer these books for footballers...

Zola's 'Germany-Nil'

And these plays....

Congreve's 'The Wayne of the World Cup'
Jerome K. Jerome's 'The Passing of the Third Floor Fullback'
Goldsmith's 'He Shoots To Conquer' or 'The Mistakes of a Night'
Dryden's 'All For Love' or 'The World Cup Well Lost'
Ibsen's 'Header Gabler'
Tennessee Williams' 'A Striker Named Desire'

And Theatre Workshop's  'Oh What A Lousy Score!


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Chibiabos83
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Joined: 19 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think "Header Gabler" is probably my favourite so far, Mike. I'm still thinking about this periodically but coming up with very little. Slow brain at the moment.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am pleased that one of Witi Itimaera’s thoughtful novels is to be adapted for a TV showing here later this year; by changing the first word in the title it could celebrate the World Cup winner….

Delights in the Gardens of Spain.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have really enjoyed any Witi Ihimaera that I have read, though perhaps need to re-read The Matriarch to understand it more.  I read Nights in the Garden of Spain and it was very good, though perhaps a couple of its pages would not work all that well on television (or only too well perhaps!).  It is one of the books we could choose for our Book Club, but I avoid choosing it as I think we might find it slightly embarrassing to discuss.  

But I shall very much look forward to seeing this on television.  Please mention it again when the date is set, in case I miss it.  This is not the sort of thing my husband would be rushing to tell me about.  

(For the benefit of non-NZer, it is seen from the point of view (I think first-person narrative, though I can't really remember) of a married man coming to the realisation that his attraction to men is not to be denied.  There is a page where he is at a sauna or similar and there is a list/description of various penises.  That is the page I feel might stump our reading group.)

Cheers, Caro.



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