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3,306: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 5

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Another Tennis Borussia game last night. The Charlottenburger Derby, in fact, versus Charlottenburger Hertha 06 who play their games about five kilometres northeast-ish of Tennis’s ground.

Before the game, though, I wanted to have a walk around the Internationales Congress Centrum. On my travels around the city recently, I’ve been past it on the (above ground) S-Bahn train and thought, “I should go there one day, take some photos.” Yesterday was that day. It’s a massive spaceship of a thing. Built in 1979, it’s main use over the years has been for conferences and such. (I saw Brian Wilson play there on his first Pet Sounds tour in 2002, which was a lovely lovely night.) Nowadays, it’s closed because they need to remove asbestos. But it’s been in use, housing Syrian refugees. I assume this means that the asbestos isn’t an immediate problem. I have to admit, my knowledge of asbestos doesn’t go much further than its name and that it’s not good for you to sprinkle on your chips.

Anyway, yes, I’ve been wanting to do a drawing of this place. I kinda figure it might look good in pixels. Did a bit of work on that today. Hopefully I can finish that over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s some photographs.

And here’s the nearby Funkturm (radio tower).

Before the game, I met up with a couple of Tennis fans, had a beer, chatted with more people. General friendly human behaviour, and about half an hour before the game sauntered, beers in hand, to the stadium. Good weather this time at the stadium, so some of the fans who were in the main stand the last time I was there returned to their favoured spot on the terrace.

It was a midweek game between two teams with nothing to play for, on the same night that Bayern München were playing Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final, so not really surprising that it was Tennis’s lowest attendance of the season, just 263.

CFC Hertha 06 took the lead in the 81st minute. Tennis tied it with a penalty in the 89th. And I was a bit worse for wear, to be honest. A few too many beers on an empty stomach. Didn’t stop me going for a few more beers and some schnapps, mind. Another fun time at a Tennis game. Hooray.

You can see this panoramaamamaaama bigger here.

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)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 , (26/4/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Chanson d’Amour by Manhattan Transfer

On this day
Baños, 27 April 2008

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Patterns in nature

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April 27th, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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April 24th, 2017 at 11:18 am

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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3,294: 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

3,292: 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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3,286: 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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Aristotle

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April 11th, 2017 at 4:58 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

3,279: Fußball in Berlin, parts 7 and 8

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Over the last two-and-a-half weeks, I’ve been reminded of something: not appreciating a place while you are there. I’m gonna call it I’ll-Get-Round-To-It-One-Day-ism. There’s so many things I didn’t do or see when I’ve been in places, like London, Toronto, Mexico City, and Berlin. Going to these games has taken me to parts of the city I’ve not been to before. Even things as simple as getting out of U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations that I’ve just travelled through before. And it’s made me realise I must go around with eyes closed half the time. Right next to the Olympiastadion S-Bahn station is a Le Corbusier building. One of his Unité d’Habitation jobbies. It’s right there, you can see it from the train platform, yet I never noticed. In my defence, every time I’ve been to that S-Bahn station, it would’ve been going to a football game, with tons of people around, so my focus would’ve been elsewhere, but still.

It’s a beautiful building. Here’s some photos before we get onto footballing matters. The last photo is of a big diagram thingy inside the foyer, showing the names and location within the building of the residents.

I was in that part of town to go and see Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde. A Regionalliga Nordost game at the Amateurstadion, a field that’s a part of the whole Olympiapark sports complex. Hertha BSC II are the U23 team of big Hertha, the one in the Bundesliga. It’s a long old trek from the S-Bahn station, cos the Amateurstadion is close to the Olympiastadion U-Bahn station.

Saturday was a nice sunny 23° day. A bit sweaty by the time I got there, and had gone to the far end of the field to get an €8 ticket. A bunch of younger Hertha fans stood, seemingly by choice, in a tiny bit of terracing in the corner, waving flag, singing songs. Most other 329 people, though sat down, enjoying some football in the sunshine. The referee and his assistants wore salmon-y jerseys and black shorts. A nice colour combo.

I had a nice wee chat with an old fella who sells pins and scarves and old programmes. I’ve seen him at two other games during The Project, I told him about The Project, and he seemed appropriately disinterested. He was a nice fella, mind. It’s just, yes, why would this project be of any interest to anyone other than me, really? (Thanks, if you’re reading this!) He didn’t have any pins of the teams I’m missing in my Project collection. So far I have five pins of the ten I’d like (I don’t need a Hertha BSC II one, cos, well, it’s the same club as big Hertha, obvs).

The game ended 2-3.

After continuing drinking with a pal on Saturday, I had a bit of a hangover, and the idea of going to another afternoon game was a bit daunting. But, while my planned schedule is in no way set in stone, I wanted to stick to it, and knew that if I didn’t get out of the house at that point, I’d not bother all day.

And it was worth it just for the chance to see some of the lovelier U-Bahn stations on the U7 line, though.

Game eight was Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt in the Oberliga Nord at Sportplatz Sömmeringstraße. CFC Hertha 06 are not related to the other three Herthas that I’ve seen so far, and are spending only their second season in this fifth tier of German football. Their stadium is, well, not a stadium really. Eight euros to get in, it’s just a field with four rows of dirt/grass/weed-covered terracing along either side. The refreshments stand was literally just a dude with a foldout table, a crate of beers, some soft drinks and some office-sized pumpy coffee flask thingies.

In my head, I keep thinking about this fifth tier of German football as the equivalent of the fifth tier in English football, but it’s quite clearly not, and I should’ve thought about that before now. The fourth tier in German has five regional divisions of 18 or 19 clubs each. The fourth tier of English football has 24 clubs. So just a simple bit of mathematics tells me that it’s only really the top five clubs in each of the regional Regionalliga divisions that’s the equivalent of the fourth tier. So this CFC Hertha 06 level, the fifth tier of German football, it could be argued, is actually closer to the eighth tier of English football.

Nonetheless, good gosh it’s fun going to these games. I was one of 89 people who went to see a 2-2 draw on a sunny Sunday afternoon. And I can’t think of many places I’d’ve rather been at that time.

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)

Remaining teams to see:
1. FC Union Berlin
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project (supplementary game):
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Crocodile Shoes by Jimmy Nail

On this day
(The) (Rolling) Stones, 3 April 2013

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Europa (moon)

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April 3rd, 2017 at 8:04 am

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3,275: Fußball in Berlin, part 6

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This is the team that I’ve been looking forward to least. It’s kinda hard to approach a Berliner FC Dynamo game without preconceived ideas of what it might be like. Their fans have a, er, reputation. I’ve only ever known one Dynamo fan, he was a decent chap, but the fans in general have a reputation for being right-wing hooligans.

Looking at the team schedules, working out a plan for My Eleven Berlin Team Project, I kept on planning a schedule and leaving Dynamo until the end. At some point though, I realised I didn’t want it to take on significance. To fear the game, to leave til last, gave it more importance than the other ten games. So I went last night. My sixth of eleven. The game that tipped the scales from less than half to more than half done. Berliner FC Dynamo v. Hertha BSC II (the under-23 squad of big Hertha that play in the 1. Bundesliga), in the Regionalliga Nordost, the fourth tier of German football.

Back in the GDR days, BFC Dynamo won ten championships in a row between 1979 and 1988. They were also the preferred team of the head of the Stasi. I wonder if these two facts are related? There was a slight sense of excitement, though. I still get a bit of a thrill from seeing teams whose names remind me of the European Cup ties of the 70s and 80s. Before the Champions League came along. Indeed, I preferred the European Cup to the Champions League. I like purity in sport. I like the idea of the Olympics being scaled back to only include sports where the highest achievement is an Olympic medal (ie. goodbye football, tennis, and fucking golf), I don’t like playoffs of any sort (the best team over the course of a season should not be forced to deal with the fourth or fifth best team for the sake of entertainment and more money for the league), and I liked it when the European Cup was purely the champions of each European country playing a cup competition (even though the greatest sports day of my life was seeing Liverpool win the Champions League in 2005, after finishing fourth in the 2003-04 season, a massive 30 points behind the winners Arsenal).

The game took place at the Großes Stadion, the big stadium at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. Literally a three minute walk from my place. There’s an empty little room near the main stand which I always thought might be the ticket office on matchdays, but it was empty when I arrived. I asked a security guy where to buy a ticket, he replied (in English), over there, near the small stadium, behind the police car. I thanked him, he told me I was welcome and “take care.” After buying a ticket (€12), I went back, he frisked me, asked me to remove my cap to check that, and said something about being safe now. My mind raced a bit. He’d mentioned care and safety twice. Did he see that I was apprehensive or was it just that I was obviously not one of them?

It was cool to be inside the stadium. I’ve been before, to watch a Germany v. Netherlands women’s game, but my memory of that is hazy. After painting Mauerpark a lot in the past months, it was genuinely a bit of a thrill to see those floodlights from the inside of the stadium.

I got a beer (€3), wandered around. It was likely paranoia, but I felt like everyone I walked by looked at me like, “why the fuck are you here?” There were lots of shaved heads. I felt 17 again, walking past the Cheltenham Arms on Guildhall Street in Lincoln, hoping that one of the townies wouldn’t kick my head in. Shaved heads, fake tans, bomber jackets, lots of Dynamo hoodies, some guy had a knitted hat with something like the RUN DMC logo that said HOOL IGAN. Another guy had an ICF hat.

Fans were attaching their flags to the fences. One of them was half Union Jack, half St. George’s flag, with the England national team crest in one corner, and the words God bless Berliner Fussballclub Dynamo. The vapers in the crowd blew massive clouds of vape. I turned the wattage down on my thing so my clouds of vapour were smaller. I just wanna be unnoticed. No alpha male clouding. During the game, a bunch of them chanted stuff about being 10-times German champions. Their Germany, East Germany. But, y’know, I support a team that hasn’t won the league since 1990, so I’m not gonna say anything about celebrating one’s past glories here.

I’d already had three beers by half time. And I needed to wee. I have a shy bladder at the best of times. Indeed, I wrote a story about that for baseball Web site Notgraphs a couple of years back. It’s an awful thing to have. I have to play a specific bit of baseball action in my head to stop thinking about needing to pee. That usually distracts my brain enough to allow urine to flow. There was already a queue, though. Five urinals, three stalls. I prayed that when my turn came, I’d get a stall.

I didn’t get a stall. I stood there, with the pressure of a line of Dynamo fans behind me. I couldn’t go. I stayed there long enough for the people either side of me to have finished and been replaced, so that nobody next to me would noticed I’d phantom pissed, zipped up and left. Bladder still fit to burst. I waited until a couple of minutes into the second half before returning. No queue, four empty urinals. And I was free. I more or less skipped out of the gents, with the joy of a dog that’s just done a poo.

I got another beer and took some photos. I looked up at the second tier of the main stand. Got my phone out to take another photo (below) and while still holding the beer, tilted my hands upwards to take the picture. And what then happened was like those comedy moments where someone is asked the time, and they twist their wrist and pour drink all over themselves. Fairly sure nobody saw me doing it, thankfully, but one of my trainers was now soaked.

It was 0-0 and fairly uneventful until the 78th minute. The visitors scored. The handful of Hertha fans (I’d guess about 60 or 70) celebrated in their section. Six minutes later it was 0-2. And four minutes after that, 0-3. The attendance: 668, next door neighbour of the beast.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/02/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/03/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/03/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/03/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/03/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/03/17)

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project (supplementary game):
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/03/17)

Remaining home games to see:
1. FC Union Berlin
Hertha BSC II
CFC Hertha 06
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

Other business
Well, that’s it then, innit? I still hold out some hope that the UK government will come to its senses and send the EU another letter:

Dear EU,
Soz, we were being dicks.
We would like to stay.
Luv Theresa xoxo

But that’s not very likely is it? While we were giving the EU that letter, I was having lunch with my friends Johnny and Tanja. In 2000, Johnny sent me an email, we chatted, I visited Berlin, and a couple of months later I was working at his Web design company and living here in Berlin. The timing of our lunch was a coincidence, but it was heartbreakingly ironic.

They gave me a chance to get out of the UK, and I’ve been an immigrant ever since. Of course, I’m white and British, so I’m an ex-pat, it’s only brown people or people from countries that we don’t like that are immigrants. My seventeen years of being an immigrant have been wonderful. It would be wrong to say I know how a Polish or Bulgarian immigrant in the UK feels or a Mexican in the US, but the contrast is stark between the way I have been treated as an immigrant and the clear message sent by that fucking vote last June in the UK. It’s a disgrace.

One thing I’ve never forgotten, back in the last decade after Poland had joined the EU, I was back on the island and a British person mentioned that there were too many Polish people around. I said they were here for the same reason I was in Germany, and by the same rules that allowed me to live and work in Germany. And that person said, “well that’s different.” I still find it hard to believe those words came out of someone’s mouth.

17.4 million people voted to leave the EU. Those people are guilty and they should never be allowed to forget what they did and why they did it.

And while we’re on the topic, I saw several images around the Internet of the EU flag with one star missing. That’s inaccurate. We were one of 28 countries. The stars never represent countries anyway, but even if they did, our leaving would represent 48% of a single star falling off the flag. That flag will live on longer than the fucking union jack.

On a much lighter note: here’s Peter pain au chocolat.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Loaded Mouth, the Savage Lovecast theme by the Popovers. Nice wee song, that. Can’t find it online, but you probably know it anyway. One of the people in that band died from ALS and made a series of short videos about what he went through. It’s well worth watching.

On this day
Worst band I’ve ever seen, 30 March 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Hendrick Avercamp

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March 30th, 2017 at 2:06 am

3,272: Fußball in Berlin, part 5

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There’s a cup competition in the city, it’s called the Berliner Landespokal, the Berlin Cup. The only teams in the city that don’t seem to take part are the ones in the first and second Bundesliga divisions. The competition started in August with a qualification round, with 51 games, then there’s the first round with 64 games, etc etc. This weekend were the semi-finals, and a pal and I went down to see VSG Altglienicke v. FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin. Altglienicke are in the fifth tier of German football, Viktoria in the fourth. On the way to the semi-final, Altglienicke beat Hellersdorfer FC Schwarz-Weiß of the Berlin Kreisliga B (10th tier of German football) by a score of 20-0. Eleven different scorers, including the goalie, and an own goal.

I’ve never been to the Altglienicke part of the city before. And once I was there, I can see why. It seems quite nice. Quiet. But if you were dropped there, you’d never really know you were in a capital city. It’s a part of town where you have to use two different types of public transport to get there. The buses here, though, are dreadfully modern, and have a screen displaying the names of the stops and everything.

Inside a clubhouse near the street, we bought a ticket (€8) and a beer (€2.50) and went over to the larger of two artificial turf fields where the game would be played. Plenty of people already there, the four or five rows of concrete bleachers nearly full. Before kick-off, a fella sang a song about VSG Altglienicke. Let’s go, football team! And, oh, they’re one-nil down within four minutes. They were two-nil down after ten minutes. The first half finished 0-3, and the game was essentially over. Final score: 0-4. Attendance: 528.

The second semi-final was on Sunday, where SD Croatia Berlin v Berliner FC Dynamo ended 0-3. The final is on 25 May at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, which is a) really close to where I live, and b) also Dynamo’s home stadium.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project – five down, six to go:
25/02/17: Hertha BSC
18/03/17: FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
19/03/17: FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
22/03/17: Berliner AK 07
25/03/17: VSG Altglienicke
1. FC Union Berlin
Berliner FC Dynamo
Hertha BSC II
CFC Hertha 06
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gloria by Laura Branigan

On this day
Personal pie charts, 27 March 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Queen Victoria

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March 27th, 2017 at 7:10 am

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3,269: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 1

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Last night I went around the corner to the Kleines Stadion at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. Literally a five minute walk. It was a testspiel, a friendly, between two local teams: SV Empor Berlin of the Berlin-Liga (the sixth tier of German football) and 1. FC Union Berlin of the 2. Bundesliga (second tier).

Union are one of the city’s more popular teams and their home games are quite often sold out these days, as they are challenging for promotion to the 1. Bundesliga.

I umm-ed and aah-ed about whether to go, as this game (where the home team is of the sixth tier of German football) is not part of my Eleven Berlin Teams Project. It was Never Say Never Again, or the Factory Benelux release of Murder. Non-canonical, I guess.

SV Empor is a sports club with lots of members, lots of children’s football going on, so a ton of those people were watching the game. The rest of us paid six euros to get in. No seating, just three rows of terracing along one side, a few portable toilets, and some refreshments.

The kids from Empor made lots of noise and in the third minute, their team was 0-1 down. Four minutes later it was 0-2. By the ninth minute of the game it was 0-3. Eleven minutes went by before a fourth goal. By halftime It was 0-8.

As soon as the halftime whistle went, loads of the Empor kids ran onto the field and had their own kickarounds.

The second half was kinder on the home team: the game ended 0-11. The highest score game I’ve ever seen, besting a 5-4 game I saw in 2001.

According to Empor’s Facebook page, attendance was 621 paying attendees and “ca. 500” club members.

(Sorry, the photos were rubbish. Not sure what was wrong with my phone last night.)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Good Morning by Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor

On this day
Hexidecimal words, 24 March 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Presidencies and provinces of British India

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March 24th, 2017 at 2:48 am

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3,268: Fußball in Berlin, part 4

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After three games way out in the west of the city, it was nice to go to one that was closer, just six trams stops away. I went to see Berliner AK 07. The AK stands for Athletik Klub, not Avtomat Kalashnikova. They play in the fourth tier, the Regionalliga Nordost, at Poststadion in the Moabit district, about a 10 minute walk from the city’s main train station. Yesterday’s game was against FC Schönberg 95.

Let’s talk about the stadium. Postastadion was built in 1929, and the main stand is very very nice-looking indeed. It was one of four stadiums in the city used for football at the 1936 Olympics. One of the quarter finals was there. Germany 0 Norway 2. The attendance that day was 55,000. One of those people was Mr Hitler. I wonder which team he was rooting for…

(Old stadium photos from here.)

Nowadays, though, it doesn’t have such a high capacity. It’s 10,000 apparently. There’s the main stand, a few rows of un-covered seating on the other side and some terracing behind one of the goals. Where people would’ve stood higher up back in the old days, it’s just trees now.

The old entrance ticket gates are still there but don’t need to be used. Instead, I bought my ticket (€10) from a woman in a small cabin about the size of a portaloo next to the main stand. Nearby were two fellas each with a small table. One, a younger guy, selling official team stuff (t-shirts, scarfs, hats, badges), the other was an older guy selling pins. Pins seem to be a popular thing for German football fans. I bought an AK 07 pin from him. I’m hoping to get one from every team I see doing this eleven-team project. A nice souvenir set to remind me of the project. (Although, I suspect it’ll end up being ten pins, cos one of the eleven teams is Hertha BSC reserves who play in the same division as AK 07.)

I got a beer, €2.50. The food on sale included döner kebabs. Never seen that at a football game before. It was the smallest crowd I’ve been a part of so far, just 111 people. But, y’know, this is a stadium without floodlights, so kick off for a midweek game in March was understandably early. 4.30pm. The crowd though, seemed nice. A nice mix of young and old. A good feeling in the stadium.

The game ended 2-2. The home team were never in the lead: 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2. They were the better team, though. The lack of floodlights meant it was pretty dusky by the end of the game. Totally reminded me of being a kid, not wanting to stop playing when it started getting dark.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
25/02/17: Hertha BSC
18/03/17: FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
19/03/17: FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
22/03/17: Berliner AK 07
1. FC Union Berlin
Berliner FC Dynamo
Hertha BSC II
CFC Hertha 06
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin
VSG Altglienicke

Other business
This video of correct pronunciations of car manufacturers massively gave me the giggles the other night. Here’s another, of famous actors.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams

On this day
Inauguración temporada, 23 March 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Badminton

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March 23rd, 2017 at 2:09 am

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3,265: Fußball in Berlin, parts 1, 2, and 3

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I had this thought a couple of weeks ago: could I see all of the Berlin football teams before the end of the season? There are eleven teams in the top five tiers of German football. The sixth tier of German football is very regionalised, and the regional league here is simply the Berlin-Liga. That’s got 18 teams. Time and will mean that including the sixth tier isn’t gonna happen before the end of the season. Even eleven teams is quite ambitious really innit? Here’s what we’re looking at:

1. Bundesliga (top tier):
Hertha BSC

2. Bundesliga (second tier):
1. FC Union Berlin

3. Bundesliga (third tier):

Regionalliga Nordost (fourth tier):
Berliner AK 07
Berliner FC Dynamo
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
Hertha BSC II

Oberliga Nord (fifth tier):
Tennis Borussia Berlin
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
CFC Hertha 06
VSG Altglienicke
SV Lichtenberg 47

(You will notice the word “Hertha” crops up four times. Only two of those are related: Hertha BSC and Hertha BSC II, who are big team and reserve team respectively. Hertha 03 and CFC Hertha 06 are not related to big Hertha or, indeed, each other.)

Last month, I went to see Hertha BSC v. Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion.
Final score: 2-0
Attendance: 43,323
Ticket price: €31.00

Obviously, the Olympiastadion is pretty massive. I always liked this building. I went several times before the renovations where the 1936-ness was a bit more obvious. Hertha is my Berlin team by default more than anything. I just went there to watch games in a cool stadium and, y’know, you end up rooting for them. One noteable good thing about having a ticket for a Hertha game: the match ticket included public transport, so no need to spend €5.60 on a ticket there and back.

I started properly thinking about the eleven-team project on Saturday morning. I went through the schedules of the remaining ten teams and made a chronological list of fixtures. And there was a game that afternoon, so I went to see FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v. 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig at the Stadion Lichterfelde.
Final score: 3-3
Attendance: 624
Ticket price: €10.00
Beer price: €2.50

Something I became immediately aware of, that I’d not really thought of, was how I would actually be seeing parts of the city I’ve never been to before, to U- and S-Bahn stations I’ve not used. Viktoria’s stadium is in the southwest, just a couple of stops away from the edge of the city. Just the one small stand here, but the crowd were loud, and it was pretty cool, and it was a good game. They were 2-0 up, but by half time it was 2-2. Viktoria retook the lead, but with 10 men on the field, due to having made all their changes before their keeper got injured, Leipzig equalised in stoppage time.

The Leipzig coach was wearing jeans.

Off topic, I do enjoy embassy buildings. Especially ones that aren’t grand and all look-at-me. This is the Ethiopian one, just a couple of streets away from the stadium, on a normal suburban street. It’s nice, that feeling of, oh look, a little piece of another country is right here next to Uncle Florian’s house.

Sunday afternoon, again trekking out to the West. This time to see a local derby: FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v. SV Lichtenberg 47 at the Ernst-Reuter-Stadion.
Final score: 1-6
Attendance: 147
Ticket price: €8.00
Beer price: €2.50

First noteworthy thing, the local U-Bahn station is call Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

When I left the station, I didn’t see a local map near the entrance, so just outside, I was looking around for a street sign, and an old fella saw me and pointed left. I asked him what is to the left? He said, you’re going to see Hertha Null Drei? Yep. He gave me full directions, seemed mildly surprised that a foreigner was going to see a fifth tier team, and we wished each other a good day. Amidst a few other sports fields was one with a small terrace on one side and a small covered stand on the other. Obviously, 147 is quite a small crowd, and maybe it was the drubbing the locals were given, but the more vocal fans of the visiting team seemed to make up about half of the attendance.

This was the teenage club of former Liverpool (and Bayern München, AC Milan, and Spurs) player Christian Ziege.

It was a grim rainy afternoon. More so for the Hertha 03 players, I suspect. 2-0 down at half time, they came out for the second half pumping themselves up ready to rock. 25 seconds after the kick off, it was 0-3.

Here the highlights on YouTube.

So, three teams down (four, if I view it as a smaller, more manageable plan of simply seeing the teams rather than visiting their stadiums). There are a couple of games this week, gonna make an effort to go to at least one of them.

A wee bit of artwork
This is the entrance to the Olympia-Stadion U-Bahn station. Done with a mix of pencil and watercolour, and some parts done with my stronger left hand, some parts with my weaker right. And yep, three months into the year and I wrote down the wrong year.

Other business
I wonder what it’s like to do a job where you pretty much annoy people all the time. I’ve often felt bad for traffic wardens. It’s not their fault that you parked your car where you weren’t supposed to, or can’t tell the time. Aaah, but they’re vindictive bastards you will say, which a) I doubt, and b) could you blame them, really? They get shouted at by strangers for just doing their job. Anyway, in this building, for the last week and a half, there’ve been some workmen working on the stairs. Taking off battered covering and the metal edges of the steps, generally tidying shit up. It’s quite loud work, especially when they do it on your floor. I’m actively trying to keep myself un-phased by this. And, whaddayaknow? It’s nicer to not get angry about it.

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

On this day
Inselaffen, 20 March 2008

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3,155: Cruz Azul

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I was gonna write about Cruz Azul today. Last night was the beginning of the Liga MX 2016 apertura liguilla, that is to say: the playoffs. (We have a split season here, each half of the season has eight-team playoffs at the end. Clearly this is absurd.) Just before I started typing, I figured I should check the blog, and yes! I have done it before. But that was two years ago. Things have changed a bit since then. Cruz Azul were quite a good team back then. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they played well. Just seemed to be missing a good solid goalscorer. It was quite tight that season, they could’ve made the playoffs but finished 13th. Since then, since I’ve been going, they finished 9th, 14th, 9th, and in the season that finished last Saturday, 14th. The fifth championship of five since I’ve been going that they failed to make the playoffs.

Relegation here is a strange thing. Because of the split season, they do this thing were three full seasons’s points are averaged out, and the lowest one gets relegated. This sucks, though, if you are a newly-promoted team. You only have one season’s worth of numbers. All dreadfully unfair, and in place, one assumes, to kinda make sure none of the big names accidentally gets relegated. The season before I started going, Cruz Azul were top of the relegation table (ie. furthest away from going down), with an average of 1.7059 points per game. Now, they are 13th, with an average of 1.2588. (The team currently heading to the second division are Morelia, with 1.1059 points per game.) In that same time period, Cruz Azul have gone from an average attendance of 18,090 down to 16,928. In the 2016 Apertura, they had the worst average attendance in the league. For Saturday’s game, it was just 10,573, which is pretty crappy, and looks bad in a 34,000 capacity stadium. Look (image is bigger if you right click):

I moved a bit further away from the stadium this season. I was on the same street, just one block away, but now it’s about 30 minutes walking and public transporting. Still really close, but it has meant that I’m less inclined to just think, at the last minute, “fuck it, I’ll go.” That sentiment was easy when I lived on the same street. The street would get busy with fans, the floodlights would go on, and inevitably, I’d be tempted because it was happening right there. (Plus, watching games on TV when you live so close is annoying: there’s about a 10-second delay, so I would know Cruz Azul had scored long before seeing it on the telly. Especially annoying when a penalty kick has been awarded: I’d be stood in front of the telly with my fingers in my ears, singing to myself so I couldn’t hear any cheering, or indeed, a lack of cheering.)

Aside from the lowering footballing standards over the past couple of seasons, the owners seem to be doing everything they can to piss off supporters. Notably, the porra, the hardcore supporters behind the goal. Tickets used to be 65 pesos, and they were raised to 100 pesos. That’s a significant increase. And I read somewhere that the porra used to get group discounts which aren’t as big as they used to be. The upshot of that was, the end of the ground where the noise and flags were is now fairly free of that. I sit there now, because it’s the cheapest part of the ground. But I shouldn’t be sitting there. I’m a middle-aged European chap. I shouldn’t be in the part of the ground where the shirtless kids with drums should be.

And after the 2017-18 season, the landowner has decided to sell the land to build yet another fucking mall. No news yet where Azul will be playing, but the rumours are that until they get a new stadium, they will play in the enormous Estadio Azteca. An 85,000 capacity stadium for a team that draws between 10,000 and 20,000. That’s gonna be rubbish. It will also be the end of centrally-located sports stadiums in this city. The Azteca is a fair old slog in the south. Estadio Olimpico, too. The baseball stadium went from being in the middle of the city (now a mall, obvs) to near the airport. And Cruz Azul’s future stadium… the chances of that being anywhere as central as it currently is are pretty much nil, I’d imagine.

But, I’ll probably still go. Even if they continue to be shit. I enjoy being there. I enjoy watching live football. I enjoy watching Cruz Azul, even if they have only won one of the last ten league games I’ve been to. So yes, I was gonna write about Cruz Azul today, and, er, I did.

A wee bit of artwork
Another one of the cactus drawings, and one of Kraftpunk.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Walk You Home by Super Furry Animals

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Minecraft Project Day 64
Here we go, the obsidian blocks in place. And once I use a flint and steel to spark it up, we will have a portal that takes us to the Nether, an underworld kinda thing with some decent useful stuff to be mined.

The portal is kinda pretty, innit?

I decided that the nice idea of not having a fence along the river edge is silly. Fuck it, I want to feel secure, especially now there’s a portal close to the river.

Yeh man, a Nether portal looks good at night. Tomorrow, let’s get down there.

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November 24th, 2016 at 9:12 am

3,154: Some drawings

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Playing around with some more of the late 80s/early 90s Adidas design work. I did the West Germany away kit from 1990 the other day, so here’s three of the others: East Germany ’86, USSR, ’88, and the most iconic one, the Netherlands ’88

Clearly, one of the best jerseys ever is the 1990 West Germany one. Here’s a version I drew (copied), which, out of context of the jersey, looks fantastic I think

A bit more playing around with that.

And the German 1992 away, again taken out of the context of a piece of clothing. I’m gonna play around some more with this stuff, I think. Maybe just Adidas stuff for the time being

Here’s a drawing of a Berlin U-bahn ticket

And a doodle of a dog that’d been working out

I did some scribbling of lines, then – bored – cut them up and stacked them on top of each other, and they kinda looked skull-shaped, so I cut some eyes out

This next one was another of those mindless doodles, done in front of the telly. Kinda ended up okay

So I did another one, with a more limited palette. I’m working on another, so I’ll show you that tomorrowwwww.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Another LCD Soundsystem one after seeing them at the weekend. this was their second-to-last song of the show, Dance Yrself Clean.

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Hague Congress (1948)

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Minecraft Project Day 63
Down back to the obsidian where I found the diamonds.

Dig dig dig…

And back up, going home, with a load of obsidian, so that I can make a portal to the Nether!

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November 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 pm

3,140: Pixelly things

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I had this lettering knocking around for a month or so. I was playing around the levels of pixelation, making 4×4 blocks as one “pixel” but occasionally subdividing those blocks so that I could cut them in half diagonally. It was an idea to have pixelly lettering that was inspired by being in Mexico, really. Inspired in the way perfumes are described, rather than inspired in the Mark Ronson sense of making something sound like other music from the past.

Once I’d done the lettering, I played with the colours and arranged the name of this city (and country) like this: ME-XI-CO. (Fun fact: the name of the city came before the name of the country, which is why the local baseball team is Diablos Rojos del México. It’s referring to the city, not the country.)

I was playing around with the letters again at the weekend and got to thinking about this thing we have here called bardas de baile. People paint brightly coloured band names on walls, advertising forthcoming concerts. (More info here.)

Here’s some photos that I took near the baseball stadium:

So, I added a wall to my ME-XI-CO lettering, a pavement, some weeds, the edge of the road (still playing around with pixelly abstraction). But it needed something else. I added skeletons wearing the uniforms/kits of the four main sports teams in the city: the aforemented baseball team, and the three football teams, Cruz Azul, Club América, and Pumas.

After doing three Mexican football team kits, I couldn’t really resist completing the set, and doing the home kits of the other teams in the Liga MX. These are laid out (very roughly) geographically.

And at that point, of course, I had to do the Premier League.

We’ve been here before. Here’s a whole load more of these from days gone by. I did MLB uniforms every season from 2010 to 2013. I did NFL uniforms in 2010, Premier League kits of the 2010-11 season, and Liverpool kits from 1965 up until last season (note to self: update this). In a slightly different style, I did the top four divisions in England/Wales, the Scottish Premier League, and Liga MX here.

Right. Time for me to go update that Liverpool kit history, cos it’ll burn a hole in my brain if I don’t get it done now…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
This has been here five times over the past two years. Not as much as I thought, actually, cos it’s one of those songs that I only need a whiff of for it to get stuck in my brain. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor, the modern day Alanis Morissette (in terms of always having to check if I’ve spelled her name right).

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Patagonia

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Minecraft Project Day 11
Today was a supplies day. I dug some sand so I can make glass for the windows, and I decided that the roof of my cabin is gonna be darker spruce wood, so I had to get a load of that, too.

On the way back from the spruce forest, I got a nice look at my cabin from a distance. S’gunna be good, uguyz.

Tonight’s gonna be my last night in my cave shelter, so while I turn sand into glass in the furnace, I’m packing some stuff. It’ll take a couple of trips, but it’s not too far.

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November 7th, 2016 at 9:38 am

3,139: The 96

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I’ve had this saved in my YouTube Watch Later playlist for a while. There’s no real proper way to watch UK documentaries like this all the way over here, so I’m kinda stuck hoping someone puts them up on YouTube. I’ve seen and read more than enough about Hillsborough over the years, and, of course, every single time, it’s emotionally tough. The events are heartbreaking. Truly heartbreaking. And the aftermath makes you angry. But the strength of the survivors and families of the dead is utterly amazing. They got justice. It took way too long, but they got it.

A wee bit of artwork

One more infographic about baseball

The above is a bit bigger here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Getting Away with It by Electronic. It’s hard to really remember the feeling, but back in 1989, the singer from New Order, the singer from the Pet Shop Boys, and the guitarist from the Smiths making a record was incredibly exciting to me. And what a wonderful song. Such a pretty melody.

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Glacier

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Minecraft Project Day 10
I’m gonna have my cabin off the ground, so here’s the outline of what for now will be the whole cabin, but eventually will just be the living room/kitchen area.

As you can see below, it took me all day to just put the floor and walls in.

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November 4th, 2016 at 9:27 am

3,138: Cubs

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Well, that was fun wasn’t it? Here’s some graphics.

A simple one of every game of the Cubs’s season. (Prints)

Another one of the tree ring things. (Prints)

And one for Cleveland. (Prints)

And one for all 30 teams. (Prints)

A wee bit of artwork

Other business
Around the corner, I saw this restored, old taxi. This is how the taxis in Mexico City were in the 1950s and 60s. Taxis here have changed colour three times since my first visit. They were green and white, then dark red and gold, and now they’re pink and white. I once asked a taxi driver why this was, and he just said one word: “money.” Here’s a Mexican newspaper’s slideshow of even more of this city’s taxis over the decades.

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

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Creep (deformation)

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Minecraft Project Day 9
This is where my cabin’s gonna go.

I needed to flatten up the land a bit and clear out some trees first, though, which took the whole day.

By the end of the day, though, I got my first view of the sunset which will soon be my view every evening.

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November 3rd, 2016 at 9:08 am

3,136: Baseball

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Back in January, I made a conscious decision to have a pause in my baseball site, Flip Flop Fly Ball. I really needed to stop feeling the self-applied pressure to keep doing stuff that, at the time, I didn’t really want to be doing. The break was a good thing. I’d got to a point where I wasn’t actually enjoying baseball that much any more because of the site. I was still going to Diablos Rojos games, and it was really nice to only do that. To not think all the time. I still was doing the occasional drawing, but that was because baseball was a part of my life, not because I wanted to do baseball drawings.

A couple of months ago, a print I was selling on my Society6 shop was withdrawn because someone (I suspect it was the MLB Players Association, but I can’t be sure cos society6 didn’t tell me) made a copyright infringement claim. This is the offending image. I can kinda understand their point. They represent baseball players, and I’ve done drawings of them. A bunch of them. But, I would suggest that my drawing (below) is nothing more than a visual history of Major League Baseball. It is not an attempt to make money off of Albert Pujols or anyone else.

This pissed me off. A lot. From sales of that print on Society6, I’d made less money than it costs to subscribe to MLB.tv for a year. A thing I’ve been subscribing to for eleven years. Fuck MLB, fuck MLBPA (or whoever it was), and fuck baseball*. And that, dear readers, was a good place to get to in my head. To step fetishising baseball. It’s just a game. A game I enjoy, but ultimately, just a game.

*There is an entirely separate blog post to be done about my annoyances with the Diablos Rojos, but I’ll save that for another time.

And after slowly calming down (and it took a few weeks), it kinda felt like I’d made a good thing out of a shitty thing in my head. My distain for them still exists, but I’m not gonna let it stop me enjoying baseball. And that freedom from unwavering respect has allowed me to want to do stuff again. So, yes, long story short: Flip Flop Fly Ball is back as a going concern.

I’ve added all the baseball-related drawings and stuff I’ve done over the past nine months, and going forward: I’ll do stuff as and when. Looking back at the stuff I’ve done during the hiatus, I’ve been doing a couple of things every month anyway, and that more (internally) relaxed pace is probably how things will continue.

Anyway, here’s some recent baseball-y, World Series-related stuff. A couple of drawings of pitchers, John Lackey and Andrew Miller:

And one of Jon Lester as a snowman:

And a pixelly papel picado-style thing:

And some data art. First, something about last year’s World Series (bigger here).

Blue represents a Royals lead, orange represents a Mets lead, grey represents a tie. The width of the rings represents a number of plate appearances. This is way more data art than infographic. The kinda vagueness of the graphic representation of information is a deliberate choice.

And here’s a big big project that I’m calling Tree Rings, about every team’s history. There are two teams missing from this project right now, due to the fact that they’re in the World Series. Each ring represents a year since 1903, (the first World Series season, apart from expansion teams which begin at their first seasons), from the centre outwards. The colours are, obviously, of the specific teams. Grey rings represent seasons without any postseason success. The darker the colour represents a level of postseason play. World Series victories are usually represented in a different colour. Here’s three examples. The rest are here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Work from Home by Fifth Harmony. Yay!

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Minecraft Project Day 7
Leaving to get more wood, first thing I see a creeper. I let him explode in this nice flat area so you can see the damage he does. He is, for want of a better phrase, a suicide bomber.

Getting some more birch. If the chopped down tree drops a sapling, I like to replant it in the same place. Good to the environment, me.

If there are big open holes near where I’m living, I like to put a block with a light on top near the entrance so that a) I’m aware it’s there if I’m nearby at night, and b) there might be good mining stuff down there, so it’s essentially a Post-it note.

Wahey! Look at that! A zombie kid riding a sheep!

Some more scouting for a place to build my cabin.

Sun goin’ town, time to head back to my hole.

Oops, there’s a zombie comin’ at me.

Oh bugger, now there’s two of them, the attacks are depleting my health badly (the red hearts).

Shit. Slain by zombies. It should be noted that one of the reasons that happened is because I spent precious seconds making sure I got screen shots of the zombie attack that could’ve been used better, ie. defending myself. Anyway, I respawned back at my hidey hole (you always respawn at the last place you slept) with none of the goodies I had in my inventory, that is to say, all the stuff I was carrying when I died.

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November 1st, 2016 at 10:31 am

3,134: C

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Watching the Cubs-Cleveland game the other night, I was thinking about the Cubs logo on the hats. The cut-out bit of the C: what’s the angle?

I like the logo. It’s simple and would be a perfect circle if not a C:

I was kinda hoping that the angle of the cut-out bit of the C (is there a name for that bit, typography fans?) would be a right angle, thus echoing the first and third base lines of a baseball diamond.

Sadly not. But this is what it would look like if it were:

And here’s a drawing I did of Wednesday’s Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta.

Other business
A local taqueria’s Hallowe’en decoration.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Atom Heart Mother again this morning, so here’s the one that was in my head when I woke up last Saturday: Drag Me Down by One Direction.

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Scotch Tape

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Minecraft Project Day 5
More lighting up of the caves, a skeleton shooting arrows at me is a minor inconvenience.

And back to the suspected dungeon I found yesterday. This is probably a really inefficient way of dealing with dungeons, but I like to dig out all the material around the outside of a dungeon, so that I can move around and dig out one block holes in the dungeon walls (monsters need at least two vertical blocks to get through a hole.)

Yep, it’s a dungeon with a zombie spawner in the middle. First things first, is to kill the nearby zombies with my sword, then drop torches in there. Monsters spawn in the dark, as mentioned before. The more light in there, the less zombies are gonna need dealing with once I cut a hole big enough for me to get through. (The brown chunks in the third picture are rotten flesh which drop when you kill a zombie. Not for eatin’, but if you tame a wolf to be your pet, you can feed the rotten flesh to them. They love it)

Hola, horsey!

Lastly, a bit more biggening of my room before beddy byes.

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October 28th, 2016 at 10:18 am