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3,326: Sportslounge Berlin

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Quite near to my apartment, there’s a bar. A sports bar. They have a kinda funny silhouette painting of a football player doing a dramatic aerial kick on the metal window shutters. I walk by this place quite a lot. And it never fails to make me smile a little. So yesterday, I took as straight and flat a photo as I could, then when I got home imported it into the iPad app Procreate, and painted over the silhouette to see what he might look like if it weren’t a silhouette.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Steal My Girl by One Direction

On this day
Consecutive items on my Tumblr dashboard, 16 May 2011

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May 16th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,325: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary games Nos. 10 and 11

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Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang on Friday evening was my fourth TeBe home game, sixth overall. I could get really used to this. I’m totally happy going to football or baseball games alone. I’m absolutely fine doing it. Indeed, in the Berlin Project, I went to all but two games alone. Less than a month ago I went to a Tennis Borussia game for the first time, and on Friday night, I spent a significant part of the game chatting to people I didn’t know back then. It sounds sentimental and mawkish maybe, and it’s spectacularly obvious, but it’s good to be reminded of these things sometimes, that football isn’t actually about watching Live And Exclusive Euro Mega Cup Semi Final On Expensive Cable Channel. That has its place, of course (especially during the World Cup) but going to see a few average games, then seeing a really enjoyable game, chatting to people who were strangers in April: that to me seems to be what this is all about. Tennis won 3-1, I had a couple of beers too many, the PA played True Colors by Cyndi Lauper at the end, and I nearly fell asleep standing up on the S-Bahn on the way home.


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If you’re interested in the lower leagues in Germany, there’s an incredibly useful Web site called FuPa.net. It has detailed sections for every region of the country, and the Berlin section has been one of the most-visited pages in my browser for the past couple of months. It covers everything from the fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost down to the 14th tier Kreisklasse C.

All the levels, should you be interested: 1. Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, 3. Bundesliga (These top three levels are all national and fully professional). Then it gets regional, so the next two tiers – Regionalliga Nordost and Oberliga Nord cover Berlin and chunks of the former East Germany. Below that, everything is within the city of Berlin: the sixth tier Berlin-Liga, then two parallel divisions of the Landesliga, three parallel divisions of the Bezirkliga, four parallel divisions of the Kreisliga A, six parallel divisions of the Kreisliga B, four parallel divisions of the Kreisliga C, then the Kreisklasse A, two divs of the Kreisklasse B, and down at the 14th level, the Kreisklasse C. There are ten teams in that lowest level and with two games of the season remaining, it’s pretty close at the bottom to see who will be the worst team in Berlin. Currently in 9th place are FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf IV, with four points from 16 games. (One win, one draw, 23 goals scored, 86 goals against.) Just one point below them in the last place in the whole of Berlin is 1. FC Marzahn 1994 III. They have one win, fifteen defeats. Their goal difference is -91.

The last two paragraphs were a long intro to saying: I looked at the Web site to see what games are going on at the weekend, and saw that Empor Berlin, the team based just around the corner, had a home game against Tasmania Berlin on Saturday afternoon. It would be churlish not to go, right? And after having lived on the same street as Cruz Azul in Mexico City for three seasons, I liked seeing games that are super close. (That last sentence is ridiculous, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t like only having to walk five minutes to go and see something they were interested in?)

I was also quite interested to see Tasmania. Partly because of the name, partly because they are the successor club of SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin who were once a Bundesliga team. Wikipedia explains it well:

In 1965, Berlin’s only Bundesliga side, Hertha BSC, had its license revoked and was relegated for breaking the league’s player salary rules. The German Football Association wanted to keep a club in the city of Berlin for political reasons and this led to one of the strangest episodes in the Bundesliga’s history.

Both Karlsruher SC and FC Schalke 04 tried to avoid being demoted by laying claim to Hertha’s place. It was decided to suspend relegation for one season and increase the number of teams in the league from 16 to 18 to accommodate the two teams which would normally be promoted from the Regionalligen (the Regional Leagues being the leagues below the Bundesliga at the time). Cold War politics led to a space being held for a team from the former capital city to replace Hertha.

The winner of Regionalliga Berlin, Tennis Borussia Berlin, had failed to advance to the Bundesliga through the regular promotion round that saw Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach move up. After the Regionalliga second-place finisher, Spandauer SV, refused an offer of promotion, the way was clear for third-place club Tasmania 1900 to take up the opportunity to represent Berlin in the Bundesliga — just two weeks before the start of the 1965–66 season.

The successor club were as high as the third tier in the 1980s and first couple of seasons of the Nineties. They dropped as low as the eighth tier in 2009-10. But here we are, in the Gregorian calendar year 2017, and Tasmania Berlin are in the sixth tier, the Berlin-Liga.

Six euros for a ticket, two for a beer. And rather pleasantly, at the beer place, I bumped into a couple of Tennis fans that I’ve gotten to know. I hadn’t know this, but apparently the two teams’s fans have a decent relationship and some of them go and see both teams. It reenforced something that I have beginning to recognise: live football is an incredibly normal and intrinsic part of people’s lives. I’ve made an effort at recent games to, if I remember, ask people the same couple of questions so that I can have a bigger sample size: 1) do you watch the Champions League? and 2) do you follow the German national team? The answer to the former seems to depend on if they have a residual rooting interest in one of the country’s bigger teams, the answer to the latter seems to be a universal “no.”

Just like Friday’s game, for me it was closer to a social event. Bar tables replaced with a small terrace, flat screen TV replaced with 22 people on some grass on the other side of an athletics track. Empor took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Tasmania equalised in the 38th. A local evangelical church was having a street market/fair thingy on the street that ran along the far side of the field. There were samba drums. They were a bit annoying. Tasmania scored a second. Then a third. Then a fourth. A Vahit Engin hattrick. Peep peep. Tasmania won, and high-fived their fans, who seemed to make up quite a decent proportion of the crowd which was, I dunno, 40 or 50-ish.

By the end of the game, I had found out an answer to the question I could’ve found out just by looking at the aforementioned Wikipedia page: the original club owners liked the idea of going to Tasmania, so named their club after that desire. Maybe, by that way of thinking, I should start a football team called Buenos Aires Berlin. Which, come to think of it, is an aesthetically pleasing few words to see next to each other, and it sounds good, as well. I enjoy the way German football club names work. I like the abbreviations SV and SpVgg (Sport-Verein and Spielvereinigung, which mean something like sport association and game association). I also like the foundation years being in the name. So maybe SpVgg Buenos Aires 17 Berlin. That’s a good name. Now I need a crest, though. Team colours, too.

If I were to invent this team, (and let’s not pretend I’m not totally excited about this fake team already, even though I’ve only been thinking about it for three or four minutes, and yes, I am indeed still 12 years old mentally), if I were to invent a team, it should have a combo of the colours of the teams I already like. Liverpool, Lincoln City, Cruz Azul, Tennis Borussia Berlin. That’s red, red and white stripes, light blue, and purple. Hmmm. Now it’s time to have a break in typing and open Photoshop. I’ll be back in a moment. Not that you, dear reader, will know that I’ve been away because the colour combo biznizz will be right below this sentence.

Just looking at those four colours together is a bit weird. It’s gonna be a bit of a mess, right? But let’s give it a go. I’ve always liked the idea of striped jerseys, so that’s what I want. I also like it when socks are a different colour completely to the jersey and shorts. Let’s try some colour combos.

So there you can see the work process. Purple/blue stripes and red-blue stripes are a bit off. The blue-white stripes are bit too obviously Argentinian. Purple and white stripes, though, looks pretty good. Feels like something that might’ve existed in the early days of football. The last one is good, I reckon. Light blue trim on the jersey. A nice detail, I think. I imagine in 120 years, someone seeing Buenos Aires 17 for the first time asking a fan about the colour scheme, and a future drunk person explaining, “aaah, well, the club was started by a fan of blah blah blah…”

Time to do a crest. I quite like a thing that is fairly common in Berlin: a flag with a bit of flag pole and rope twisting around it. Like these:

Let’s keep it simple, eh, cos I’ve just checked the time and I’ve got other things to be doing. So a quick bit of Photoshoppery: circle, text, big German word because big German words are cool, name of team, and a simple-but-colourful flag that would also look pretty good on a massive flag that some fans might make when the mighty SpVgg Buenos Aires 17 Berlin are on the verge of winning the Kreisklasse C…

But of course: do I actually want to run a team? Not really, no. It’s like when I would imagine a perfect little bar in Mexico City. Music that doesn’t dominate the atmosphere, no TVs constantly showing heads talking about things on ESPN, a nice long bar to sit at alone or with friends. A place to have a drink if you’re feeling happy, need to relax, or just feel miserable with a beer or mezcal. Fun in my head, because I wish somewhere like that had existed in my neighbourhood, but not really that much fun to do. I like to fantasize about it, not do it.

So yes, I’m a silly child that still wants to invent his own football team. Which, I suppose is progress towards normality after inventing a whole league of left-handed baseball teams or imagining what baseball would be like if it had five bases instead of four.

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 Three Extra Games Of The Extended-And-Renamed Accessible By S-Bahn Fourteen Team Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Perfect by One Direction

On this day
Some pictures, 15 May 2008

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May 15th, 2017 at 1:47 am

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3,324: Embedding the week

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Complete strangers said things to me on the street yesterday.

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Breakfast of champions

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Here's something I drew last year for @ozomatli. Super fun project, really enjoyed it. They're using elements of it on their merch.

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Schwarz Sauer.

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Tropical Berlin

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Modern life. Escalator don't escalate.

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Dream sequence

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Don't go right. Vote Labour.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
One Thing by One Direction

On this day
Museu Naïf, 14 May 2008

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Natural resource

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May 14th, 2017 at 2:16 am

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3,323: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Every morning when I wake up I take a photo out of the window. Previous morning views:
Weeks Nos. 1/2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles

On this day
Folded rainbow, 13 May 2016

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Overexploitation

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May 13th, 2017 at 3:27 am

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3,322: 18 years old

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Eighteen years ago today, I transferred some HTML documents, GIFs and JPGs to my little bit of space on freespace.virgin.net, and Flip Flop Flyin’ was born.

Eighteen seems like an important age. One of those ages that is important in your own life. In terms of a Web site, though, 18 is actually pretty ancient, innit? Flip Flop Flyin’ is older than MetaFilter, DeviantArt, CollegeHumor, and Wikipedia.

The first version of the site is a bit of a nightmare to move around. It’s archived here. Annoying navigation, and a pointless splash page with a basic animated GIF for every section. There were some digitally fucked-with photos I took in New York the previous year, some scans of Polaroids, digitally coloured scans of sketchbook doodles, something called People (which was just a photograph chopped up and made into a few GIFs that faded in and out lined up next to each other), and a links page.

The links page seemed important on Web sites back then. The Internet was a lot smaller. And once you’d found your little corner, you linked to the things you liked, and hoped some of those people might like and link you back. Pre Web 2.0 is something I look back on fondly. I still have links on my homepage specifically to keep that spirit alive.

In the early versions of the site, I really thought that redesigning the whole site every month was a good idea. Looking back, that was a lot of wasted time that I could’ve been using doing other things, but in a way, it was important. I started a site because I was I wanted to do something online that I was doing already in sketchbooks. Drawings, photocopies, collage, Tippexing and Letrasetting over those things. Designing every page of a sketchbook. I think that only settled down once the Web site became the blank sketchbook itself, and the layout was just there to help people find specific chapters. And just like culturally the Sixties didn’t start or end at the start or end of the actual 1960s, it took a couple of months for Flip Flop Flyin’ to start to become what it should be.

I’ve marked this anniversary on the blog four times before. In 2005 I wrote about wanting to do bigger, longer, more substantial things. In a way, not much has changed since then. I still feel that desire to do that without the concentration levels to actually do it. Very specifically, there’s one picture story/comic strip type thing that I’ve been slowly planning on and off for about a year-and-a-half. I’ve got it pretty much planned as a bunch of notes and a fairly solid story outline. The stumbling block in this plan is drawing the main character. Once I know what that person looks like, I think I’ll be off and running. I do fear, though, sitting down and actually drawing that person is a self-made block that allows me to continually put off starting the project.

On the seventh anniversary in 2006, I looked at a few of the things that I’d done that I liked the most. I still like most of them, actually, which is a good sign. I need to re-do some of them one day, though, cos they are Flash animations and those don’t seem to work too well on mobile devices. (This is a general thing about the site, actually. It’s long overdue a redesign. I last did that in 2009, before mobile devices became such a big thing.)

In 2009, on the tenth anniversary, I made a wee comic strip with 1999 Craig having a chat with 2009 Craig. I think I will revisit this strip and do a sequel in 2019.

On the 15th anniversary in 2014, I wrote something that was a bit more reflective. The kind of post I would do today, frankly. One good thing is that the regret I expressed about letting the blog slide away eventually turned around, and now is running better than ever. Less readers, but that’s life. I am well aware that the Internet has changed, and people are less likely to read blogs nowadays. Not to diminish my role here, because I really did neglect it for quite some time. Here’s to you lovely people that are still reading! [raising imaginary glass of champagne]

I’m happy now, though, that the blog is properly back as a thing. For my own enjoyment, really. 205 posts since I committed to doing it properly again on 5 October last year. 205 posts in 220 days is something I’m pleased about. As for everything else, I’m glad to be doing Minipops again. I have weird feelings about Minipops. Some positive, some negative, but on the whole I’m glad I had the idea. They’ve been good to me, and I’m glad I appreciate that again.

I need to look at what I’m doing, though. The main thing is deciding how I want the site to exist in the future. I put new things on Instagram and Twitter before I put them on the blog, just because it’s easier. And sometimes it’ll take a while for those to appear on the main site. The modern Internet dictates that that is probably an okay way to go about things, but at some point, when a redesign is getting going, that will be addressed.

Anyway, seeing as though the site is ordered chronologically, I figured on this coming of age anniversary, I’d have a look at my current favourite thing from each year. Self indulgent? Yes, of course. Necessary? Not at all. Fun for me? Indeed it is.

1999: Minipops
It would be churlish to choose anything else from 1999 even though the Minipops of that year were quite crude and, in my opinion, only started to get good (as in the actual drawings) around 2002-03. It really was (in my own head and in terms of response) what turned Flip Flop Flyin’ from a little side project on the Internet to the thing I thought about all the time. The first reference to Minipops was on 18 July. On the home page, writing about the new content, I said “First there’s Minipops. Absolutely nothing to do with the slightly dodgy TV programme, it’s just some tiny pop stars.” It is genuinely bonkers to think I’m still drawing tiny pop stars. Here’s a brand new one. And seeing as though we are now 18 years old, let’s get a little bit after dark with Minipop No. 1,311. He’s not a tiny pop star, though. Well, I guess he is in one sense of the word “pop.” It’s pornographic actor Ron Jeremy.

2000: Fun fun fun
Fun fun fun seems like a pretty crucial moment in the development of what I was doing. The Minipops style was making me happy, and Fun fun fun was a nice way to expand on that, bring more my brain into it.

2001: George
And this one is the other side of my brain. The melancholy sentimental side. George was my grandfather’s name. And the woman looks a bit like my grandmother. These weren’t intentional choices, but I guess it must say something, right? (It’s a looping animated GIF, you will notice where the start and end is.)

2002: Pete and Bob
Two dancing owls that I will always love. Possibly the thing that brought me the most joy while actually doing it.

2003: Uibbles
There wasn’t much good stuff this year, but these little animated GIFs are still kinda nice, I think.

2004: What if…
Very self-indulgent, imagining lots of different possible lives up until that point in my life and into the future. None of the future ones are actually close to being accurate. Some closer than others, though. Others still seem like a nice idea. The more realistic ones.

2005: Witham and Woodhall
This is one of those things where I wish I’d put in more effort, cos I really like the idea. It’s simple, silly, and had lots more potential. In my head it’s still an ongoing project, but in reality, I’ve not touched it or the list of unused ideas in a decade.

2006: FFF pictorial atlas of the world
This was the beginnings of what became the Atlas, Schmatlas book. The book has many flaws. But I’m still proud of it. For its relatively tight deadline, the decent amount of writing and drawing that was needed, it turned out okay. I’ve often thought of George Lucas-ing the whole thing, doing a second edition online. One day, maybe.

2007: Die Wunderbäume
Weird looking back to imagine there was a time when I didn’t enjoy living in Berlin. I really didn’t appreciate it back then. I had had enough. I can’t change that. I wish I could, though. But there was always Mauerpark. Mine and Billy’s park.

2008: The real Paraguay
Really solid idea, I think, which is kinda lost in the poor execution. Another thing I’d happily do again if I found a way to stop time for a few months just to focus on those things.

2009: Sleeping laptops
This year was probably the worst year of FFF. It’s probably not a coincidence that it was also the year I started doing Flip Flop Fly Ball, my baseball-themed site, which took up way more of my time and creativity. That last sentence neatly glosses over the personal stuff from that year which also had a fair amount to do with things. This was a nice light moment, though.

2010: Where do I belong?
A year of quite a lot of change. Starting in Berlin, ending up in Mexico City via a few months in Toronto. Main focus of that year was working on the Flip Flop Fly Ball book. I think the best thing on FFF, though, was something from a less-upbeat time in Berlin: a snow globe spray painted entirely black which seemed to perfectly express how I was feeling in the immediate aftermath of 2009.

2011: Hungry man
A drawing done with the Brushes app on iPad, which has been my tool of choice for most of the decade so far. I’ve switched to using Procreate now which is probably better on the whole, but in lots of ways, Brushes is still my favourite iPad app.

2012: Beastie dots
After four or five years doing sporty infographics, I kinda liked the idea of doing something that was closer to data art, and these two graphics and Beastie Boys songs are probably the best non-sports things I did.

2013: Ciudad de México
For a while I’d had this idea. I began it in 2010. I wanted to do a digital drawing like a mural. And when I saw Diego Rivera’s mural Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central, the idea sort of clicked into place. A modern version, just with the impressions of a foreigner who’d been in Mexico City for a couple of years. I also did a London one in 2014, and I’m currently working (slowly) on a Berlin one.

2014: Flower
While I’d never stopped doing pixel drawings, I didn’t enjoy them as much as I had in the past. That all changed with this. A tiny drawing that grew into a massive drawing. (The first version is below. Much more more at the link.) It only grew so big because I’d fallen in love with pixels again.

2015: This season’s flags
I went into the reasoning behind this on the blog at the time. Basically, though: treating flags in the same way sportswear companies treat football kits.

2016: Mein Berliner Würfel
A sentimental drawing of the city that I think of as home more than any other.

2017: Nature thingies
This was something I did over the course of a weekend. A quick idea, quickly executed. I’m not sure it’s the best thing I’ve done so far this year, and I hope it’s not the best thing I will do this year, but it’s the best thing that is on the site as of today.

The best thing from this year is, I think, the painting I’ve been doing, getting to a place where I was happy with what I am doing. I had an idea of where I wanted to be with it, and it took a few months to get there. And now I’m at that point, having done this process on paper, I’m ready to (and working on) producing a series of works that will all be bigger acrylic on canvas pieces. I hope to show you those later this year.

For now though. Thanks for reading. Thanks for visiting Flip Flop Flyin’. I really do appreciate the comments, emails, tweets. If I die tomorrow, Flip Flop Flyin’ is a decent thing to leave behind. In the grand scheme of things, I’m well aware that it’s not really that important, but it has made me quite happy for 38.6% of my life.

Other business
As well as being the day I started this Web site, 12 May 1999 was also the day that Saul Steinberg died. An absolutely incredible artist. It’s still my dream to one day do a drawing for the cover of the New Yorker, and a big part of that is because Steinberg did such great work for them. Here’s lots of his New Yorker work. And here’s a New Yorker article about him from 2014. Here’s another New Yorker article about his love of baseball. And here’s the Saul Steinberg Foundation site.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Live While We’re Young by One Direction

On this day
Foul ball, 12 May 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Tragedy of the commons

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May 12th, 2017 at 2:11 am

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3,321: Pixel food

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As you may have noticed, I’ve drawing a bit of pixel food recently. More than anything it’s a) fun, and b) really good pixel practice. Doing precision is pixels is time consuming, but relatively easy. Buildings, machines, trains, etc. Once the shape is right with those things, the rest falls into place. I find food a bit harder, mostly because food doesn’t have too many straight lines, and drawing things with random shapes (like the edge of a fried egg, for example) takes a bit more work. Getting things to look random usually has way more attempts than a straight thing. Colour is also hard. My natural tendency is not to have too pronounced an amount of chiaroscuro. And that, combined with how I rarely use black outlines on my pixel work (in the way that Eboy do, for example), means getting the slight changes in colour can be a challenge. The white of a fried egg is a good example of that. Don’t want the whole thing to be too grey, but need some highlights.

A decade ago I did a Big Mac. Felt like it turned out okay at the time. Fairly sure I’d do it differently today, mind.

In 2015, while not strictly food, it’s food-related. One of those self-ketchuping hot dog sculptures.

A first attempt at a fried egg.

A better attempt at a fried egg from 2016, mostly because it’s a fried egg sandwich.

Here’s one of my favourite FFF things, Neptune Fish Bar. I liked the idea of a fish and chip shop trying to go a bit upmarket by pretending it was a sushi restaurant. I am planning a new Neptune Fish Bar thing. It’s probably gonna be “taco nite at the chippy.”

Some more stuff from the last couple of years: sushi (these were part of the process for the Neptune Fish Bar thing), a taco al pastor, a pop tart, piece of Battenburg cake, Marmite on a crumpet, a teabag, a cosmic potato, and a hot dog with toothpaste instead of mustard or ketchup.

That all brings us up to date. The recent flurry: a pretzel, the wurst triptych (bratwurst, weißwurst with a slightly different pretzel than the previous one, and currywurst), Weißer Spargel mit Holländische Soße und Kartoffeln (white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce and potatoes), a piece of Stilton, tacos al pastor (I’d totally forgotten I’d done this before), and yesterday’s fish finger sandwich.

And here’s a couple of new ones: baked beans on toast, and the king of all food, Marmite on toast.

Looking at all of those tells me, amongst other things, that I really should start drawing some healthier things.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Solid by Ashford & Simpson

On this day
Madonna, 11 May 2007

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May 11th, 2017 at 1:43 am

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3,320: a self-published ebook synopsis

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A wee bit of artwork
More pixel food: a fish finger sandwich

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Perfect by One Direction

On this day
Romantic, 10 May 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Public transport

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May 10th, 2017 at 3:14 am

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3,319: Blog post

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Here’s a blog post. Not sure what it’s about, really. Just some typing right now. Quite self-conscious about doing the typing at this point. Is self-conscious hyphenated? Probably not, right? Hyphenation is one of those things that I’m a little shaky on. Little Shaky. Was Shaky little? I dunno actually. I always assumed he was. Not a conscious thought, now that I think about it. This is the first time I’ve actually thought is Shaky small? Shaky is a word that feels like it should have an ‘e.’ Shakey seems better than Shaky. His real name is Michael Barratt. Same name as an astronaut. And I wonder: do young people still say astronaut when they’re asked what they want to be when they grow up? Footballer or astronaut are the two I remember saying or thinking when I was little. Do children still think space stuff is fascinating and exciting? I hope so. To me, it always felt wrong seeing the US flag on the moon. Obvs, I understand why, and that the USSR would’ve done the same, but it just feels a bit childish. Plus, it’s kind of an ugly flag, in my opinion. Gaudy. I don’t like the British one either. Just a mess. Looks like a school project not a real flag. France. Now there’s a good flag. Solid, simple. La rue Montorgueil à Paris. Fête du 30 juin 1878. So today is Victory Day. It often amazes me how we do, as the saying goes, learn something new every day. Like, a moment ago, when I went to Wikipedia to get the URL for their Victory Day page, I saw that what we called the Eastern Front, the Soviets called the Great Patriotic War. It’s a little bit interesting how sometimes we retrofit our memories of things to include other things. When I think of watching videos online in the early 2000s, I mentally slide a YouTube design around it. When that clearly wasn’t the case. I wonder how many Web site cookies the average person has on their computer. With all the Shak(e)y talk earlier, I’m now listening to Neil Young. There’s a sparrow perched on the ledge of the balcony making a real racket. Just chirping like crazy. Hopefully, he’s a politically active sparrow, talking to his comrades. Urging them to rise up and kill us all. I hope when the birds take over, they dismantle all the bird control spikes, and start building human control spikes, to stop us from roosting wherever we want. The day we aren’t at the top of the pile will be a good day for the planet. Hey, sparrow-on-the-balcony, you probably won’t see the day. Your children or grandchildren or great great-great-great-grandchildren won’t see the day, either. But one of your descendants will one day see the humans die out. Buildings full of books and plugs and shampoo will all be yours. And when at some point a future creature has the skills that humans currently have, and they do archaeology and everything, they might find some evidence of my existence. But it won’t be me. I’ll just be a human that died. They will not know about Minipops or this blog. No thoughts of legacy. No Craig Robinson Memorial Library. I’m just filling time. Wake up, do stuff, go to bed. Repeat ’til dead.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles

On this day
Rio, 9 May 2008

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Guatemalan genocide

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May 9th, 2017 at 3:59 am

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3,318: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 9

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Something that was enjoyable when I was having a drink with some Tennis Borussia fans after a game a couple of weeks ago, was how, when discussion turned to away games, they talked about it in the same way they discussed home games. Like it was no big deal to travel to go see their team. There is a slight caveat: this fifth tier of German football is regional. There are 12 parallel divisions around the country at this level. The NOFV-Oberliga Nord, Tennis Borussia’s current division, covers the northern part of the former East Germany (inc. the former West Berlin). Of the other 15 teams in the Oberliga Nord, six of them are accessible on the Berlin S-Bahn system. Only three of them are over 200km, and none more than 250km away. It’s still time, money, effort, and dedication, of course.

I’d seen the last one, two, three, four Tennis Borussia games, so when asked if I was gonna go to the away game in Frankfurt an der Oder*, I was like, sure, why not? I was already thinking about it, to be honest.

*Frankfurt an der Oder, by the way, isn’t the Frankfurt. That one’s full name is Frankfurt am Main. The Oder and Main in the names are the local rivers. The river in this case is a natural border between Germany and Poland, just over 100km east of Berlin.

Sunday morning meeting point for the travelling TeBe fans was at Ostkreuz, a biggish station which as the translated name (East Cross) suggests, is a station where one can get trains that go north, south, east, and west. There were about 30-ish people. Lots of purple scarves, shirts, hoodies. And lots of bottles of beer in hands.

We took the S-Bahn to Erkner, the terminus of the S3 line, just outside of the southeast of the city. Some people grabbed some more beers from the shop, and some had a smoke while we waited the few minutes before getting on the Deutsche Bahn Regio service to Frankfurt an der Oder, which was a smidge over half an hour away. The train company does a group ticket thing where five people can travel for what works out at less than six euros, a journey cheaper than a day card for the Berlin subway.

Chatting with someone as we pulled into the station, I was told there had been trouble at this away game in the past. There were, apparently, a bunch of right-wing people in this town that fancied having a pop at the lefties. Oh good. Just outside the station, there were four police cars around the place. A couple of middle-aged coppers came over and said they’d escort us to the stadium. They were incredibly friendly. Very good policing, in fact. Those two walked with us for the kilometre or so from the station to stadium, while a couple of the other cars were there, close enough if needed.

The stadium, like several other stadiums in the former East Germany, is called Stadion der Freundschaft (Stadium of Friendship). It opened in 1953. According to Wikipedia, its opening game had the highest attendance of 25,000. At yesterday’s game, the attendance was 230. Beyond the trees behind the stadium was the river and Poland.

Tickets were five euros. Beer two euros. The cheapest game I’ve been to on both counts. One end of the ground, where the gästeblock for the visiting fans is, has its own beer and food stall thingy. Some TeBe fans kept on walking to the side of the pitch for a better view of the game. The rest of us seemed to make a collective, almost unspoken, decision to just stand there, near where the beer was.

Again, it was a game that had no real meaning for Tennis Borussia. TeBe are in the upper half of the table with no chance of promotion. For 1. FC Frankfurt, though, there’s still a chance they could escape relegation. Before the game they had 8 points from 25 games. They would need to win all their games and hope the team who are also in the relegation zone don’t pick up more than five points in the remaining five games, and the team in 14th place, ie. safe from relegation, don’t pick up any more points in their remaining four games.

The game from our end of the stadium was decent in the first half. Tennis looked the better team until the 43rd minute when Frankfurt scored from a corner. The second half wasn’t so great. Tennis looked shitty. For most of the second half, it was a social event at our end of the ground. People chatting near a football game. It was nice, as it goes. The game ended 1-0, and it’s still mathematically possible for Frankfurt to avoid relegation. Six of Frankfurt’s eleven points have come from games against Tennis Borussia.

It was a slow saunter back to the train station. There was a brief pause at the Soviet Memorial for a group photo, a quick stop to buy some supplies for the journey, and hey ho, let’s go back to Berlin. Back at Ostkreuz, another beer in Annemirl-Bauer-Platz, a wee park near the station, then some goodbyes and see-you-on-Fridays for the next home game. I like these people. They are good.

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 Three Extra Games Of The Extended-And-Renamed Accessible By S-Bahn Fourteen Team Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
A couple of pixelly things done with the Pixaki app on iPad. A man with a fancy hairdo, and space.

Other business
If you also grew up in the UK in the 1980s, you may well have read the best magazine that ever existed: Smash Hits. On a recent Word podcast there was plenty to enjoy about former writers just chatting.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Making the Most of the Night by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!), 8 May 2012

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Maya peoples

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May 8th, 2017 at 6:21 am

3,317: Embedding the week

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On the Platform With Eight Minutes Until the Next U-Bahn Train Blues

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Essential supplies

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Happy Star Trek day or whatevs

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Gesundbrunnen

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Your Type by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
Foam finger tree, 7 May 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire

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3,316: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Good morning, brothers and sisters. Happy International Workers' Day.

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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, 20, 21

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bitch by Allie X

On this day
Long post, 6 May 2008

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New Spain

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May 6th, 2017 at 3:07 am

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3,315: Self portrait as eleven poles

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This drawing began as just a simple play on words that came about after a Brexit conversation. I’d mentioned that I would happily give up my British citizenship to still be an EU citizen. I don’t care about being British. It’s nothing to actually be proud of these days. I would rather be German, Spanish or a Pole. Yep, simple silly word play. Sorry.

The poles, left to right: the ceremonial South Pole, utility pole, lamppost, baseball stadium foul pole, barber’s pole, Bavarian maypole, windsock, Voladores pole, pole-dancing pole, totem pole, flag pole.

A note about the totem pole: it is intentionally not a representation of any particular group’s totem pole. Native American groups and artists take their work seriously and, naturally, own the rights to any representations of their poles, so I didn’t want to copy anyone else’s work *cough* so I drew one that is out of my own head, but inspired by the general vibe of a totem pole.

A wee bit more artwork
Continuing the recent food drawings: here’s some tacos al pastor.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Your Type by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
The joy of Ichiro, 5 May 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of countries where Spanish is an official language

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May 5th, 2017 at 5:15 am

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3,314: A Wurst Triptych

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I’m quite into drawing food. The individual elements are often indistinct (a sausage, for example, is just a tube of brown-ish colour innit?) which makes it a nice challenge. So here are three sausage-based German dishes. A Wurst Triptych: Bratwurst, Weißwurst, Currywurst. You can see it a bit bigger here.

Continuing the Germanic eatin’ theme, here’s this season’s culinary highlight: white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce and a couple of potatoes.

Here’s a bit of Stilton.

And here’s a pixel fried egg. I still think of this as a pixel drawing, even though I’ve messed with it. I re-sized it so each 1×1 pixel was 20×20 pixels, rounded off some of the edges, and then played with some Photoshoppy stuff to do the other stuff.

Some other stuff
Another thing playing with pixels, a remix of Minipop No. 1,209 (Sleaford Mods).

Juxtaposition is the cool new thing, apparently, so here’s a hipster alt country dude next to something that is full of shit.

And heeeeeeere’s some chopping up of photographs to create Roy Division.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Live While We’re Young by One Direction

On this day
Tree, 4 May 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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May 4th, 2017 at 1:08 am

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3,313: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

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Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship was number one in the UK thirty years ago.

This was written by pumper-outer-of-hit-songs Diane Warren and dad-of-him-out-of-the-Strokes Albert Hammond. That’s a little unfair, as Daddy Hammond had his fair share of success. Looking at that Wikipedia page, I noticed that Albert Hammond, Jr. from the Strokes is the son of someone – this song’s Albert Hammond – already with a “Jr.” at the end of his name. Are there not rules about such things? Can a Jr. be the son of a Jr.? Shouldn’t Strokes boy be Albert Hammond III?

Anyway, this Starship song is quite nice, innit? It’s easy to be transported back to that time just watching the video. My feeling is I probably wouldn’t have admitted to liking this song back then. This was a time when my brain was, stupidly, starting to shun pop music a bit. I was into Simple Minds and U2 and Bruce Springsteen, so, y’know. There was a couple of years there when things got fairly boring. All that rocky stuff infecting my brain. Thankfully it wasn’t too long before Kylie came along and reminded me that pop music will always be number one.

The main thing that comes back, though, when I watch this video is how there was quite a few years there where music videos were barely more than adverts for movies.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Jump (For Your Love) by the Pointer Sisters

On this day
Cafetière, 3 May 2009. I can close my eyes and still feel the pain in my feet.

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Coyote

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May 3rd, 2017 at 1:55 am

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3,312: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 8

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Sunday, I had a bit of football fatigue after three games in the previous four days. Throw in a lovely dinner party with friends on Saturday night. Just tired, really. A bit too much alcohol, a bit too much eating badly (skipping breakfast or lunch and relying on pretzels), going to bed too late but not turning off my 7am alarm. Candles. Both ends.

But, while a relaxing afternoon doing nothing would have been thoroughly enjoyable, the whole time I would’ve been thinking, should’ve gone to the Tennis game. So I went. And rightly so. This is a nice enjoyable team with nice enjoyable fans. It would be silly to not see as many of their games before the end of the season as possible.

Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin. A sunny day. The sort of day that would look great over the top of the old Wembley Stadium on FA Cup Final day. And it was a good crowd, too. 400-odd people, most of whom stood on the terrace. Even the 20-odd visiting fans. They had their drums, made some noise, stood off just a bit to the left of the Tennis fans. No problems.

(Something I always enjoyed about going to see Cruz Azul games is that the opposing teams’ fans are often sat amongst the Azul fans. Naturally, travelling away support tends to want to congregate in the end of the ground for visiting supporters, but there are often fans of the other team nearby, and aside from the odd dude who has had a few too many here and there, I’ve never seen any proper trouble. Even with fans of the local rivals.)

Mecklenburg Schwerin were 1-0 up within three minutes. A few minutes later, a good shout for a Tennis penalty was turned down. Continuing to attack, a way more tenuous penalty was given.

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Another beer, some chatting, halftime, another goal for Tennis in the 48th, another for Mecklenburg in the 54th, another beer, some more chitter chatter. Peep peep! Final whistle.

Both teams came over to the terraces at the end. It was nice. Nice nice nice. Everything is nice.

Having a drink after the game, had a brief chat with a Polish guy who is a fan of AKS Zły, a team formed by fans of two Warsaw teams who were a bit sick of the right wing fans. Nice to talk to a couple of local British people, as well. A Brentford fan, an FC United of Manchester fan. Also a German fan of Mexico City team Pumas.

There have been times in my life where I’ve not really took a moment to appreciate the goodness, but I’m trying to do it more these days. And stood there after a fairly meaningless football game in the fifth tier of German football with fans of loads of different teams, all getting along cos we have way more in common than we have differences: it was lovely.

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 Three Extra Games Of The Extended-And-Renamed Accessible By S-Bahn Fourteen Team Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)

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

On this day
The drunkenest blog post in my life, 2 May 2007. This was after Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League semi-final. Watched it in a bar in Berlin with a Swedish friend. I had a little weep when the reality kicked in: a second Champions League final in three seasons.

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Jackal

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May 2nd, 2017 at 12:46 am

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3,311: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 7

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It felt a bit too soon for another game. Saturday’s game started just 14 hours after Friday’s ended. And after that game, it felt like I might be going to see a mate’s band in a pub the afternoon after seeing James Brown at the Apollo.

Nonetheless, I was quite excited. The expanded 14 team project (including the 11 Berlin teams, and the 3 teams in Brandenburg state accessible on the local rapid transit S-Bahn) would be completed with a trip to Schöneiche to see SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf.

Here’s another asterisk in the plan: you can get close but not actually to Schöneiche on the S-Bahn. But even though the local tram doesn’t seem to be a part of the Berlin tram network, it still accepts my ticket as valid. (There’s something enjoyably ridiculous for me about the rules and caveats I apply to this project/my life.)

S-Bahn trains S9 and S3, get off at Friedrichshagen to get that tram. I needed tram 88, which I assume is just a tram number, not a Nazi reference. The entrance area of the S-Bahn had two signs for where a tram would be, but in both directions. I had four minutes. I chose to go right. I saw some tram lines and and stop over the street. Waiting for, like, evah, I nipped as nimbly as I could between other pedestrians. The stop didn’t say 88. I jogged across the street to a different stop. No 88 there either. I asked a couple of people. Neither knew. So I guessed that it must’ve been left out of the station. Should’ve stuck with my leftist principles all along eh? There was tram 88. A wee old thingy. I dashed over, “just in time!” said my brain. After sitting on the tram with no sign of movement, I realised that nope, I’d just missed the previous one, and this was the next one. The tram goes every 30 minutes.

Sensible people knew the tram time and arrived a few minutes before it was ready to leave. For the most of that half-hour wait, it was just me and bunch of older women having a good old natter and a laugh together. The driver got in his little driver area thingy, gave some people change for the ticket machine, and we were off off off on what felt like one of those wee trains you get at zoos and funfairs. Only one track for use in both directions the whole way. A bit of the journey it was actually going through an actual forest.

Here’s a slightly rubbish picture of the tram:

Judging by the frequency of the graffiti nearby, this is FC 1. Union Berlin territory:

Couldn’t see a street sign, but I had drawn a little map on a Post-It note of the route from the tram to the stadium. As I walked along the street a guy in his front garden said hello. Aw, villages.

The guy selling tickets (€6) at the Jahn-Sportplatz was incredibly friendly, reenforcing the village-ness of it all. There are three football fields at the sportplatz: one with a running track, one without, and one with artificial turf. Germania 90 played on the second of those. The sportplatz has a bar. I got a beer and stood outside before the game started. The PA from the field was playing A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay and then Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap!, and then there was the click clack of football boots. Both of the teams stood outside the changing rooms next to the bar. Time, it would seem, to get over to the field to watch the game.

It was pretty basic. A wooden shed where the announcer hung out. A truck that sold bratwurst, soup, and chips. And another wooden hut that sold €1.80 beers.

Along one side of the fence around the pitch were some spectators. 43 of them, including me. Among them, though, were a couple of teenagers with a drum, another woman with another drum, and a further woman with a megaphone who would shout encouragement. She was friendly. One time, I went to get a beer. She was in front of me in the queue having a chat, and when it was her turn, she told me I could go first because I was their “guest.” I spoke to her and the drum woman again later, and she they had assumed I was there as a fan of the visiting team. I told her I was British, apologised for Brexit, and had a chat about their team and the Oberliga in general. Good people.

It was fun being so close to the field. The physicality of the game is a lot more real that close. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard a goalkeeper burp before. The visitors won 2-1. I said goodbye to Ms. Megaphone and Ms. Drum, had another quick beer at the sportplatz’s bar while some players chatted outside the changing room, and that was it. Extended Project complete.

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 Extended Fourteen Team S-Bahn Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Boy Problems by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
The real Paraguay, 1 May 2008

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Honey badger

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May 1st, 2017 at 8:19 am

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