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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

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Square number

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April 24th, 2017 at 11:18 am

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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3,289: 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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Lyceum (Classical)

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April 12th, 2017 at 3:03 am

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3,283: Self portrait

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Always in My Head by Coldplay

On this day
Busy day, 7 April 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Spectrum

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April 7th, 2017 at 2:03 am

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3,282: Fußball in Berlin, part 9

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I’d been looking forward to this one. Partly because it’s the first time since the first game of The Project that I’ve had a ticket in advance. And even then, The Eleven Berlin Teams Project didn’t exist in my head when I went to that Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt game. I looked for tickets on the day of the last 1. FC Union Berlin home game, and it was sold out. So I went down to the team store the next day to get a ticket for the next game. When I got there at around lunchtime, there were just 13 standing tickets left. Twelve left after I’d bought mine (€13).

1. FC Union Berlin are in the 2. Bundesliga. (Quick note about German: “1.” means first, “2.” means second, etc., and while I’m quick noting: “Union” is pronounced “un-yon”) Before the game, Union were fourth, two points behind the leaders, with the top two teams being promoted to the 1. Bundesliga. Union have never been in the top division of reunified German football. People are excited. I was excited. For more than one reason. I have no allegiance or fandom of Union, but it was the first time I would be visiting the renovated stadium. And it’s the first time since going to Lincoln City back in the late 80s that I’ve been in an actual proper standing section. I’ve stood up at several of The Project games, but this is different: to be in a standing section at a busy game in a proper stadium.

About the stadium. The last time I went to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei was maybe 2003 or 2004. Back then, it looked like this:


(Photo by Seppalot13 via Wikipedia)

The club had to renovate it, didn’t have the money to do it, so fans literally bled for their team. You get money for donating blood in Germany, so fans did that to raise money. And when it came to rebuilding the station, they did that too. They gave their time and skills to totally renovate the stadium. More about that here on this Copa90 video.

I like it when you go to a game, and your public transport route from home sees more and more people also going to the game. On my local S-Bahn platform, I saw two people which Union scarves and shirts. A few more joined the train before we got to Ostkreuz station, and changed to a different line. The platform there had regular people going home, but mostly Union fans, and when we all got out at Köpenick, the platform was packed, a solid block of people leaving the station. There were a handful of people stood around at the station entrance holding up print outs with the words SUCHE KARTE. I felt a moment of guilt that a real fan was searching for a ticket, yet I was going to the game just cos of some dumb little personal project.

The first real joy you get when you go to see Union is the walk there. After about ten minutes, you’re near the ground, and suddenly you’re walking through a forest towards a stadium that you see glimpses of through the trees.

Inside the stadium grounds, it still feels like a lower league team. There are no big plazas. It kinda feels like a temporary football-themed market has been set up. The toilets are like those building site cabins. There’s an old van, and a monument to the people who helped build the stadium with a hard hat on top and the names of those who helped around the sides.

I got a beer. €5 for half a litre, but that included a one euro deposit for the cup which had a photo design thingy on it, so, y’know: a cheap souvenir if you want to take it home. Inside the stadium, things get really interesting. On the face of it, there’s nothing particularly impressive about the stadium. It’s not La Bombonera, Olympiastadion, or Estadio Azteca, but three sides of the ground are terraces. You can stand up and watch a game of football. And you look around at the other people knowing that a decent amount of those people actually build the bloody thing.

This was like travelling back in time. The last time I stood on the terraces was nearly thirty years ago. It was genuinely a little overwhelming. I stood there, looking around, up and down, muttering to myself. Mostly “wow!” Then a good song would come on over the PA, and I’d be nodded out of my own little world and singing Gravel Pit by Wu-Tang Clan to myself.

The stadium filled up around me (attendance: 20,877). The fans held up their scarves, sang songs. The away fans, too, in the other half of the end where I was stood made a ton of noise. When the home team was announced, every player’s name was greeted with the home fans shouting “Fußball Gott!” (football god).

The game felt a bit nervy. The visitors, Erzgebirge Aue, are close to the relegation zone, so they needed a win just as much as Union. And indeed, the visitors scored a cracker in the 79th minute. And that’s how it ended. The top team in the division had already played the day before, and the teams in second and third place both drew. Union missed a chance to go top. But, y’know, they’re still only two points off the top and one point off second place with seven games to play. Here’s some video highlights.

My ninth game, and the fifth home defeat (W1 D3 L5). If my Project were a team, I’d be getting the sack soon.

Only two more teams to see in The Project. I’ve gotta wait over a week for the next one and I’ve not gone more than three days without a game in the last three weeks. I might have to see if I can nip to a game by someone else this weekend, a non-canonical, supplementary reading kinda thing.

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 game):
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Here’s a cat, y’all.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Valerie by the Zutons

On this day
Me on ESPN.com, 6 April 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Variable star

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April 6th, 2017 at 2:59 am

3,281: Pink skies

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Got nothing else in my head to blog about today, so I’ll show you these.

Top to bottom they are Rettungswagen (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm; Feliz Viaje (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm; River (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm.

These were done about a month ago. I’ve not done much painting since then. I kinda feel like this is where I was heading with all of the paintings of Mauerpark.

The Mauerpark work was just a process of getting to the point where I was happy with what I was doing and wanted to do, and when I got there and did the three above paintings, I felt the need for a break. A break so I could think some more. I have about 20 ideas for other paintings that would be a part of a series that these are studies for. And the best work on that at the moment is away from the paintbrushes. But I’m pretty excited about what’s happening. Mostly because the unifying idea seems quite strong in my head, and that after all that Mauerpark stuff, I finally feel like it’s me who is painting the ideas, and that I am more in control of things. But, it’s early days. More at some point in the future.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
True Love by Coldplay

On this day
America speaks out on gulls, 5 April 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Tau Boötis

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April 5th, 2017 at 2:20 am

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3,276: Some photos of Billy

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A little corner of calmness in my head is looking at old photos of Billy. I need that this week.

A wee bit of artwork
Some people, some ghosts, and the Vaped Crusader.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Amazing Day by Coldplay

On this day
Falling, 31 March 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Little Ice Age

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March 31st, 2017 at 12:26 am

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3,273: Not much doing

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Just a couple of drawings today.

Other business

Check this out. Awful, right?

And while I am talking about that human being, right now, more specifically, I’m talking about that lettering. That bloody space around the I.

WASH I NGTON

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gimme Gimme Gimme by Narada Michael Walden. Love this song.

On this day
Wu-Tang Clan vs. E Street Band, 28 March 2009

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Regency

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March 28th, 2017 at 12:14 am

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3,266: Tower city

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Another drawing done with both hands. The main bulbs of each tower were drawn right (wrong) handed, the rest with my dominant hand.

In Brexit news…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

On this day
More finger painting, 21 March 2009

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Marquetry

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March 21st, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,262: n i n e d i g i t a l t h i n g z

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One of the things I love about drawing digitally is how quick I can bash ideas out. On paper, I can bash the idea out with a pencil or a pen, but it’ll just be a sketch. Digitally, I go through a similar process but also define colours, change things, and still feel something of the spontaneity. So here’s a bunch of stuff drawn in Photoshop and on the Paper app for iPad. I really like the Paper app. I just wish it could export the drawings at larger than screen size. I would use it so much more if that were possible.

This was an early morning warm-up sketch:

For this, I had this thought of doing the US states as squircles sized according to total area of each state. I figured that doing something like Canada first would be a better idea. Less provinces and territories to deal with:

I like the idea of doing a whole family of records. Like, the 7″ single is a kid who just wants to have some quick fun; the 12″ single is a bit older, going to clubs; a 10″ single is the kid who wears mis-matched socks whilst reading French novels; and the album is the sensible one who is thinking about his pension:

Start of a quick dirty project that may or may not be finished:

I look back with much fondness at the time when I was a kid, drawing rockets with three numbered parts:

Still really fucking angry about brexit:

Every now and then, I try drawing with my wrong hand (the right hand). It’s a useful exercise. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years, and it still feels weird, but less weird with every passing drawing. And I really like how my right hand drew clouds here, something my left hand would never have done:

Not really sure what I was doing here. It was quite late last night, just drawing with my brain turned off:

But the stickman vibe felt like it could be worked on, so I did a Kraftwerk concert. Might work on this style some more.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love by Lana del Rey

On this day
Santo Daime, 17 March 2008

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Gender equality

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March 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am

3,261: Oooh I like that 2

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Last March, I made a Spotify playlist of things I liked at the time. In my head, I’d do it once a month or every couple of months. Those of you who appreciate the unforgiving nature of the human calendar will notice that last March is pretty much a year ago. But, that was pre my new blogging vibez. Let’s see, huh? A monthly mix would be good for me, too. Anyway, yep, like last year’s playlist, it’s mostly what would be called pop music. Barely a guitar in sight. Most of it is new-ish stuff, and it wasn’t a concious choice, but nearly every song has a female singer. That’s been something I’ve noticed in my listening habits over the past couple of years: more and more female voices. Less men whining about girls not liking them and stuff blah de blah guitar solo. Anyway, here you go. There’s some really good stuff here, I think.

A wee bit of artwork
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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Upper East Siders by Actrese. It’s on the Spotters playlist linked above.

On this day
A zoo for you but no kangaroo, 16 March 2006

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United Nations

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March 16th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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