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20 November 2015 ~ 

The Premier League has topped a poll of British icons that best represent the country in the eyes of the world. Controlled by oligarchs, hedge funds and ruling dynasties in Gulf states – sounds about right.

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SouthAfrica150Badge of the week ~ South African FA
Only a week after the founder members of the South African Football Association had sat for their inaugural meeting, discussing the finer points of the rules (should running be legalised, for example, or was it preferable for the pitch to be criss-crossed with a tram network), one of the committee was standing at his kitchen sink on a wild and stormy evening, with his hands in the washing-up water. 

An action point arising from the meeting had been the creation of a logo for the fledgling association. Several ideas had been floated: the mayor of Johannesburg had posited “an eagle and a star”, the district Aatorney thought “a bear with a definite problem”, while the FA’s new treasurer suggested “a child with a bag with a hole in it”. These had all been rejected and, pondering the issue at home, our man gazed out through the window blinds just in time to see a crazed individual fly past in a bath on wheels, holding a vast golf umbrella out to the wind.

The individual in the bath was well-known in the area for trying new things (he had previously attempted to explain how electricity works to a social worker) and the sight of his headlong progress inspired the committee to choose this image, as originally witnessed through kitchen blinds, as demonstrative of the resourcefulness and spirit of the South African people. Cameron Carter

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The wind should claim an assist for this goal during Thurrock v Romford.

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Freddy Adu, Hoover salesman.

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Terrify a child this Christmas with a Patrick Thistle mascot toy.

Partick290

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"There's not a lot out there that hasn't been done,” says footballer turned artist Jody Craddock, “so to think of something original and different was hard." They’re certainly different.

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Meanwhile, the sporting statues project at Sheffield University, as featured in past issues of WSC, has been updated. It now includes this bizarre tribute to Eden Hazard.

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Player stops for a toilet break at the side of the pitch, while his team score.

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Also in the news this week
Zlatan mobbed by team-mates
Kieron Dyer: £10 million for 30 games
Lidl to become football’s official supermarket

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