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3,304: List of flags by colour combination

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Don’t recall why I was looking at this List of flags by colour combination page on Wikipedia, but when I did, oh man! How I enjoyed the contents section. I took screenshots of it, just in case it changes or disappears:

After that, it kinda felt necessary to visualise that contents section in some way, so I did this quickly:

A wee bit of artwork
I do enjoy a pretzel. So here’s a pixel pretzel. I drew this with the Pixaki iPad app. It’s a good app. And really nice if I wanna keep drawing but can’t be arsed to be sat at my desk. Which I’ve just realised should be the slogan for the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Issues by Julia Michaels

On this day
Bs As, 25 April 2008. I still think about Buenos Aires a lot. I really enjoyed my visit there. Could really do with another visit someday.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Area

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April 25th, 2017 at 1:09 am

3,303: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 4

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After tweeting some photos from the Tennis Borussia game last weekend, a fan mentioned that there was an away game that was relatively easily-accessible. They were playing FC Strausberg. Strausberg is a small town in the state of Brandenberg about 30km east of Berlin, but still on the S-Bahn line. Considering I’d already expanded the Eleven Teams project to include a supplementary visit to another Brandenberg team on the S-Bahn (SV Babelsberg 03), it seemed entirely apt that I should go. (This extension to include S-Bahn-accessible teams* means that I will probably have to go and see SV Germania 90 Schöneiche at some point, too. They are in Schöneiche, also in Brandenberg, which I guess I should point out is a state that entirely surrounds the city-state of Berlin. Seeing them would properly seal the project and the supplementary project as done, without leaving any threads hanging.)

*Looking at how I’ve got to the fifteen games I’ve been to, two were in walking distance, one was via tram, one on the U-Bahn, ten via S-Bahn, and another via S-Bahn and bus.

The journey out to Strausberg was a bit longer than it should’ve been due to the line being closed at its eastern end for some reason: repairs, I assume. The last few stations on the line were via a replacement bus. All in all, it took about an hour and three-quarters door-to-door. As with all of these stadiums that I’ve never been to before, I took a screen shot of the location on Google Maps so I could see where I was heading. Needn’t really have bothered as there was a football fans’ trail of stickers on lampposts and such things from the S-Bahn station all the way to the ground.

The FC Strausberg stadium is called Energie Arena. Eight euros to get in. It’s a perfectly simple affair. A running track with worn-out markings and only one side of the ground has bleachers and areas to stand. But they do have a rather attractive little cabin for the stadium announcer. The team has a cool badge, though, with an ostrich kicking a ball. After getting a beer (€2.50), for the first time on this Berlin fußball journey, I went and stood in the part of the ground with the away supporters.

After last weekend’s Tennis game I had seen all the Berlin teams in the top five tiers. I mentioned that there were two teams which I kinda dug: Tennis Borussia Berlin and SV Babelsberg 03. Midweek, I went to another Babelsberg game, and stood there, while I enjoyed it and big respect to their fans and all that, I kinda knew that Tennis would be “my” Berlin team. Can’t say how or why that feeling came about. It just did.

It was sunny for a bit, then it hailed, then rained. Then got sunny again. And then rained again. The home team took the lead after about half an hour, and Tennis equalised just before half time. It was an average game. The home team didn’t have ballboys or girls, so the goalie had to go and retrieve wayward shots himself.

Just after half time I got chatting to the guy who contacted me on Twitter. I’d noticed two or three people that could’ve been the person I half-remembered from a thumbnail Twitter avatar, but was a bit too shy to ask any of them if they were the person. Thankfully, he was more outgoing than me, and we had a nice wee chat. Thoroughly pleasant fellow.

In the 76th minute, Tennis scored again. 1-2. And that’s how it ended. Attendance 169. My guess would be half of those were away fans. After the Tennis team had had a wee post-win huddle, they came over to the Tennis fans, applauded them, then walked along the front row and high-fived fans, which I’m fairly sure I’ve never seen before at a football game.

I chatted with a couple of other Tennis fans on the way back to the bus to get the S-Bahn back to Berlin. A very friendly bunch. I’ll be seeing those fans, that team again on Wednesday back at their home stadium.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)

A wee bit of artwork
After the Bundesliga football diamonds last week, I decided to do football diamonds for the Eleven Berlin Teams Project:

And here’s some football-related Minipops. First, Brazilian legend Sócrates. Second, the Lincoln City manager and assistant manager, the Cowley brothers. Third, the starting XI from Lincoln City’s National League title-winning game vs. Macclesfield Town on Saturday. Fourth, Lionel Messi.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde

On this day
Flamingos through a hole in the window frame, 24 April 2012

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Square number

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April 24th, 2017 at 11:18 am

3,302: Embedding the week

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Sometimes it snows in April

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Man-sized asparagus

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And this next thing goes to show there’s still a long way to go with women in sport. One moment ESPN Deportes is talking about a women’s team in Mexico, next minute they’re on about who is the hottest Real or Barça girlfriend:

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☁️🇩🇪☁️🌞☁️🇪🇺☁️

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde

On this day
Gatito, 23 April 2015

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Square root

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3,301: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen aus die Hauptstadt

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Guten Morgen

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Dearly beloved…

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Guten morgen

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Previous morning views: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Home by Joe Goddard

On this day
Really!?, 22 April 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Imaginary unit

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April 22nd, 2017 at 3:40 am

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3,300: German Minipops Week

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Here’s the last bunch of German Minipops. I enjoyed doing this. Was nice to look at some old ones and do some new ones. It’s not gonna be something I do every week, but feels like something I could do every couple of months. So I’m pencilling in another week of specific nationality Minipops for mid-June.

🇩🇪🎾 Steffi Graf 🎾🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🎾 Boris Becker 🎾🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Helmut Kohl 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 DJ Hell 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪⚽️ Gerd Müller ⚽️🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Rosa Luxemburg 🇩🇪

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German Minipops Week
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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April 21st, 2017 at 5:10 pm

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3,299: German Minipops Week

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Day four of German Minipops Week.

🇩🇪🎤 Mia. 🎤🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🎤🕶 Heino 🕶🎤🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Karl Lagerfeld 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪⚽️ Christoph Daum ⚽️🇩🇪

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Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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April 21st, 2017 at 4:52 am

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3,298: Prince

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A Minipop of Prince for every year of his career, 1978 to 2016.

You can see it a bit bigger here.

For those of you keeping track, these are Minipops Nos. 1,264 to 1,302.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Big Brother UK TV Theme by Elementfour

On this day
Sine

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
21.04.16, 21 April 2016

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April 21st, 2017 at 2:23 am

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3,297: German Minipops Week

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Iiiiiiit’s Kraftwerk day!

🇩🇪🚊🎹 1977 🎹🚊🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🎹 1978 🎹🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🎹 1991 🎹🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🎹 2016 🎹🇩🇪

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And here’s something every German will recognise:

🇩🇪💩 Toi Toi 💩🇩🇪

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German Minipops Week
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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April 20th, 2017 at 3:30 am

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3,296: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 3

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It was a weird weather day, we had a few snow flurries in the morning, but I didn’t really take full notice of what the temperature was like. I had nothing doing last night, so went down to Potsdam to see SV Babelsberg 03 v. Hertha BSC II. It was nippy. My hands were cold. No gloves, innit. I arrived a bit too early, a few minutes before the gates opened at 6pm. I did a wee sketch of the entrance while I waited.

While I was doing that, a dude came over to me, asked if I was going to the game (yes), do I have a ticket? (no) and that I could have his spare ticket for ten euros (they are eleven at the turnstiles). I bought his ticket. Pleasant chap. I finished up my little picture and went inside.

Some good songs over the PA last night: Atomic, Rehab, Sexuality by Billy Bragg. One of the lowest crowd of the season for Babelsberg, 1,482 (their average this season is about 1,900). In Germany, when there is also a midweek game between two weekend games, they call it an “Englische Woche,” english week.

The home team started out promisingly. Here’s an early free kick.

A bit of action from the game.

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But they conceded a goal when Fabian Eisele scored for the visitors in the 11th minute. I nipped to the toilet and then to get a beer just before half time. During that time, Fabian Eisele completed a hattrick with goals in the 41st and 45th minute. That’ll teach me.

Babelsberg got a goal back just before the end of the game, but the crowd at my end of the stadium was already thinning out. I think that’s the first time I’ve noticed anyone leaving early at these Berlin games. I mean, I’m sure it happens, I’ve just not noticed it before.

Back at the train station ready to come back to Berlin, there were a surprising amount of police there. About 20 coppers on the platform. It wasn’t as if Hertha BSC II brought a huge amount of fans. There must’ve been about 50 or 60 in their end of the ground. But the police were in full smile-free mode. Filming everyone who looked like a football fan, and making sure everyone got on the S-Bahn train, even pressing the button to close the doors once a group of seemingly totally calm lads had got on.

I did a drawing of my reflection in the window of the train door on the way back. Look!

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Scared of the Dark by Steps

On this day
True anomaly

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
The boy who lost his milkshake (again), 20 April 2007

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April 20th, 2017 at 3:24 am

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3,295: German Minipops Week

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Guten Morgen, lieblings. Day two of German Minipops Week.

🇩🇪 Albert Einstein 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Carsten Jancker 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Thomas Gottschalk 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Otto Rehhagel, manager of the breathtakingly exciting 👀 Greece team that won Euro 2004 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Die Ärzte. My memory is that they wore school uniforms for their MTV Unplugged thing 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🏀 Dirk Nowitzki 🏀🇩🇪

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German Minipops Week
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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April 19th, 2017 at 3:26 am

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3,294: La Isla Bonita

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La Isla Bonita by Madonna was number one in the UK thirty years ago.

I assume that when Madonna was talking about a beautiful island, she wasn’t talking about the UK. Probably somewhere a bit warmer. According to Wikipedia, the instrumental of this song was offered to Michael Jackson first. Madonna ended up with it, and give it some lyrics and a melody. It also says that the San Pedro mentioned in the song is the San Pedro in Belize. Cool. I like Belize. Never been to San Pedro, though.

Not anywhere close to my top ten of favourite Madonna songs, but good enough, and way better than the awful version of Let It Be that it replaced at the top of the charts.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/01/2017: Jack Your Body
01/02/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/02/2017: Stand By Me
08/03/2017: Everything I Own
22/03/2017: Respectable
29/03/2017: Let It Be

A wee bit of artwork
Back in 2013, I did some drawings of little pixelly diamond-y fellas, all the home kits in English football, the Scottish Premier League, and Liga MX in Mexico. Finally got around to doing another one, this season’s 1. Bundesliga teams.

Other business
For obvious reasons, and just out of interest, I filled in this thingy, to see how in line with Labour I am.

The answer was, unsurprisingly: very.

A little bit annoyed that I’m 40% Conservative, though. That’s kinda gross.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Wow and Flutter by Stereolab.

On this day
Eyes, 19 April 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Semi-major and semi-minor axes

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April 19th, 2017 at 3:22 am

3,293: German Minipops Week

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Guten Morgen, lieblings.

All this week on Instagram and Twitter, I’m celebrating my creation (Minipops) and the country from where I am typing these word (Germany). Some old ones from the archive, and some new ones. I’ll add them on the blog too. Starting right about now:

🇩🇪 This week I'll be presenting Minipops of German people. Some from the Minipops archives, some brand new ones. Here's kuddly Karl Marx. 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 This week I'll be presenting Minipops of German people. Some from the Minipops archives, some brand new ones. Here's fashion designer Rudolph Mosshamer. 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 This week I'll be presenting Minipops of German people. Some from the Minipops archives, some brand new ones. Here's footballer Rudi Völler. 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Angela Merkel (I didn't realise until just now that I'd done her twice, as it were. Once in 2007, again in 2016.) 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Trio. My second favourite German band. 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Pope Benedict XVI 🇩🇪

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🇩🇪🏀 Detlef Schrempf 🏀🇩🇪

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🇩🇪 Gerhard Richter 🇩🇪

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German Minipops Week
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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April 18th, 2017 at 4:20 am

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3,292: Fußball in Berlin, parts 10 and 11

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So, the project is complete now. I went to two games over the weekend, both of them in the fifth tier of German football, the Oberliga Nord.

On Friday afternoon, it was an easy one to get to. Just a few stops on the S-Bahn and a ten minute stroll to see SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow at Hans-Zoschke-Stadion. It’s got another name right now, the name of a sponsor, but let’s just use its former name, for it was named after a resistance fighter killed by the Nazis in 1944.

It was eight euros to get in. Most of the stadium is grass-covered terrace, with a small section of seating in the middle of one side. At one end, there was a little bar. Outside the bar, a couple of stalls selling more beer (€2.50), sausages, and merchandise. I bought a pin for my collection to commemorate my Eleven Berlin Teams Project. The pin was €3.47. I liked the use of “47” there. (Photo of all of the pins from The Project teams at the bottom of this post.)

Beyond the trees at the other end of the stadium is where the Stasi headquarters used to be. This city, man, it’s got some history, and it’s kinda cool to have lived here for the best part of a decade and still see things I didn’t know about.

I saw a few people with clothing that referenced the two biggest teams in the city, Hertha BSC and Union Berlin. Lots of people in crowd (attendance: 349) seemed to know each other. I guess with these teams with smaller attendances (it was 349 that game) must foster that. It’d probably be quite lonely going to games alone like I’ve been doing, if you were going to the same stadium every time. People seemed happy there, which was nice to see. It was a decent enough game. The home side won 1-0. When they scored, they played Zombie Nation over the speakers.

After the game, walking back to the S-Bahn station, I had a nice feeling. A bit smiley. Just one game left.

And that one game was the next day. Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II. When I was planning the project, with possible dates for every team, there were only really three fixtures that stood out. For negative reasons, the Dynamo game, and for positive reasons, the 1. FC Union Berlin game and this Tennis Borussia Berlin game. I’d often thought, back in the day, that I should go and see Tennis Borussia play. Their fans are known for being lefty, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia. And they play in purple. Always a winner, a purple kit. Not sure why I never did that. Laziness, I guess. Not appreciating the city I lived it. And, probably more pertinently, not appreciating the joys of going to lower league football. If I wanted to see a game back then, it just felt natural to go to the Olympiastadion. More for the building that Hertha BSC, really.

“TeBe” play at Mommsenstadion, in the former West of the city. Quite close to the main bus station if you’ve ever arrived in Berlin that way. There’s a nice wee walk from the local S-Bahn station through a bit of a park. It’s another one of those stadiums with one grandstand, lots of terracing, and a running track. Six of the eleven teams in the project play at stadiums with running tracks. And over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a bit used to their presence. Still not as good as a football-specific stadium, but, y’know.

It was a shitty day. Quite a lot of rain. Plus, Easter Saturday seemed to have affected the attendance. It was the lowest home attendance of the season for TeBe, just 285. They have averaged 439 this season, which is the highest average attendance in the league. The stadium was bullt in 1930 and renovated in the Fifties. And the entrance (€8 to get in) and main stand are very attractive.

The vibe in there was good from the off. You could see it people’s face, their manner. Nice people. The speakers played Method Man, Susanne Vega, and the Pixies. The place where one could buy sausages had a vegetarian option. There were sparrows flying around, perching on the fence between the grandstand and the field. Like they knew it was a nice place to hang out.

The atmosphere of a small crowd on a rainy day was very much aided by TeBe getting off to a cracking start. It was 1-0 after four minutes, 2-0 after six. I drank a few beers (€3), had a walk around, and yeh, this place is nice, I like it here. I was glad that the schedule of The Project had this game as the last one. As I walked away from the stadium, I could hear the PA playing “Caravan of Love” by the Housemartins.

So there we are. The Project is done. It’s been an absolute joy. Going to places I’ve never been before, train stations I’ve never used, seeing fans of lower league teams. Doing this was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had, I think.

I’m quite sure I’ll go to some more games before the season is over. I’ve got used to having football in my life regularly. Indeed, including the two non-canonical games, and not including the Hertha BSC game (part of The Project, but I’d not thought of doing the Project until three weeks after going to that game), I’ve seen a game every 2.4 days on average. Excluding non-canonical games, I saw three wins, three draws, and five defeats for the home teams. 3.6 goals per game.

Every team has more games going on between now and the end of the season, but there are some that are more attractive than others. I’d happily go to another Union game, but probably won’t. They’re pushing for promotion (third place, two points off automatic promotion with five games left in the season), so tickets are hard to get, and me buying a ticket is taking a ticket away from a real fan for whom those games mean a whole lot more than they would mean to me. I want to see two other teams again, though.

In the modern world of sports, I find it increasingly difficult to separate my politics from sport. It’s wrong that citizens pay for new stadiums when teams and their owners make huge profits. I don’t wanna support teams that have shitty owners. That thing of sport being something to get away from your normal life, I think I can only really do that in my brain if there’s not a kernel of annoyance there. There were times in the last couple of seasons going to see my local football team (Cruz Azul) and my local baseball team (Diablos Rojos) in Mexico City when the owners have done shitty things, and it’s like a splash of piss in the beer of enjoyment.

So I’ll spend my money at Tennis Borussia Berlin or SV Babelsberg 03 games in the next few weeks. The teams with the cool lefty fans. One of those two teams will undoubtedly become “my” team at some point. Right now, though, I’m happy to dig both of them and make the most of the remaining weeks of the football season.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)

Other business
Another good Word podcast recently with Tessa Niles and Gina Foster about backing vocalists. Worth a listen if that’s your sort of thing.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Only You by Yazoo

On this day
The Supergrass biopic was on telly last night, 18 April 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Earth radius

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April 18th, 2017 at 3:56 am

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3,291: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Nobody’s Diary by Yazoo

On this day
Biscuits, 15 April 2008

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Unit of length

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April 15th, 2017 at 3:24 am

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15 April 1989. Never forgotten.

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April 14th, 2017 at 6:10 pm

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3,289: Minipops Nos. 1,244-1,249

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There’s a reason for this new spurt of Minipops. I’ll get around to writing about that at some point in the next week or so, I imagine.

But for now: it’s actually a lot of fun doing them again. So here’s six new ones: Bernie Ecclestone, Klaus Nomi, Gareth Bale, David Lynch, Conan O’Brien, and Jim Jarmusch.

Minipops archvie here

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Nobody’s Diary by Yazoo

On this day
Dorothy’s backing band, 14 April 2015

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Stadion

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April 14th, 2017 at 1:59 am

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3,288: Minipops Nos. 1,238-1,243

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Some more of the wee fellas. Three bad humans, a musician, a footballer, and a football manager: Bashar al-Assad, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Skrillex, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Arsène Wenger.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins

On this day
Just something I saw, 13 April 2008

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Skepsis

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April 13th, 2017 at 4:05 am

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3,287: Minipops Nos. 1,235-1,237

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I’ve been thinking about doing some more Minipops for a few days. So, yeh, here’s some new ones: the wonderful Yazoo, the awful prime minster of the United Kingdom, and lovely Jürgen Klopp.

More soon.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Only You by Yazoo.

On this day
Glaciar Martial, 12 April 2008

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Lyceum (Classical)

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April 12th, 2017 at 3:03 am

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3,286: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 2

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On Friday, I went to see another game. A fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost game just a little bit outside of Berlin. One of those weird things you have in big cities where a place is on the local rapid transit line, but it’s actually outside of the city boundary. I went to see SV Babelsberg 03 in the Babelsberg area of Potsdam in the state of Brandenberg.

As you may have been able to tell from these posts, I’m quite happy with myself having this little Berlin teams project. It’s a nice little idea, I think, and one I’d wish I’d done years ago. But last week, I noticed there are two teams that are really close to the border of the city, one on the eastern edge, one on the western edge. If I’d’ve noticed this before, maybe this project would’ve been the Thirteen Teams Project.

But anyway. Babelsberg is relatively simple to get to from Prenzlauer Berg in the north, but it’s a long old trek. Two overground S-Bahn trains. A bit more than an hour. I forgot my iPod.

I’d read a little bit about SV Babelsberg 03 before going. Their hardcore fans are vocally lefty, which I liked obvs. Looking at their Twitter account, I noticed that the image promoting the game said that all refugees get in for free. Excellent stuff.

It was a nice vibe there right from the start. For one thing, the street and stadium are both named after Karl Liebknecht, the security dudes were friendly, the woman selling tickets (€11 on the terrace behind the goal) was friendly, the people in the little team store were friendly, and the people selling bretzels and bier (€3) were friendly too. Friendly. Let’s type the word “friendly” again. Friendly.

There were people playing chess near the bar before the game. The PA played Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop, People are People by Depeche Mode, Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap!, and Happy Hour by the Housemartins. Someone somewhere might have been smoking weed. When wind blew plastic cups or other rubbish around the terrace, fans picked it up and put it in the bins.

The ultras of the Nordkurve stood, unsurprisingly on the northern side of the ground, not on either end. They were singing and jumping constantly. Of several flags, the biggest had blue and white stripes (Babelsberg’s colours) and brown and red stripes, the colours of St. Pauli, with whom the fans have a friendship.

I’d seen the visitors Berliner AK 07 at home earlier in The Project, the attendance was pretty low at that game for this fourth tier of football, only 111 people there. Tonight, the away section at the other end of the pitch had maybe 20 people. Out of a total attendance of 1,778.

Babelsberg won 1-0. And this was the song played over the PA when they scored. Brilliant.

Everyone was happy. As I left the stadium, the stewards and security people stood at the gate and said tschüß to everyone. A weird thing there was that as I walked by, one of the said adios to me. Was I in Mexico long enough to start giving off Mexican vibes!?

When I went to Chicago in 2008, I was so excited about going to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs, that going to see the White Sox the next night was almost out of a sense of duty, like “well, I should go while I’m here.” But I ended up having a better time at the White Sox game. And in a way, that’s how I felt after the SV Babelsberg 03 game. It’s not part of my self-defined project, but in a way, it was the most fun. Obviously, Hertha BSC is always gonna be the most impressive because of the stadium and top tier football quality, Union Berlin is gonna be an absolute joy because of the full stadium and fans, but all things equal, this was the one I’ve enjoyed the most so far.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)

Remaining teams to see:
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I’d Rather Jack by the Reynolds Girls

On this day
Local stuff, 11 April 2011

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Aristotle

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April 11th, 2017 at 4:58 am

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3,285: Embedding the week

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Excellent life advice in the toilets at SV Babelsberg 03's stadium.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

On this day
Torre Mexicana, 9 April 2015

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Book of Optics

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April 9th, 2017 at 3:46 am

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