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28 August 2015 ~
Another exciting draw in the Champions League. The group containing clubs owned by corporations, hedge funds and oligarchs looks particularly intriguing.
Badge of the week ~ UE Santa Coloma, Andorra
Santa Coloma’s badge draws on the Andorran fable of the squirrel and the church. The fable tells of a priest who lived by himself in an isolated village, where he ministered to his flock of approximately 15 people. The story uses the word “approximately” here because one of the villagers was a recruitment consultant and no one was quite sure if this constituted a full person.
One day the priest heard a scratching noise from the vestry and put down his foreign book of drawings to investigate. He looked all over the church (he could have looked in the vestry straight away but Andorran fables have to be a minimum of four pages long) but could not find the source of the noise. Finally he looked in the vestry cupboard wherein hung his vestments and there at the bottom was a squirrel, trying to get out.
Typically of Andorran fables the story ends here with the moral and meaning opaque. However, squirrels symbolise secrecy in Andorra and it may be that the fable warns priests to be more transparent in their dealings generally. Or it may mean that one should regularly check one’s cupboards for squirrels. Either way, Santa Coloma use the image to remind us that there is a fable on the subject and it almost certainly indicates that we should become better at doing something or other. Cameron Carter
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from Stuart Findlay
"Cheese takes priority in the West Country.”
He must have taken his eye off the ball at the final moment.
from Mark Campbell
“This is so inept you almost have to admire it. There’s a nice new station close to Coventry City’s stadium. The only problem is, it’s closed after matches.”
The man asked to reform FIFA says football in the US is “an ethnic sport for girls in school”. He may need to “clarify” that.