Friday, December 28, 2007

You are the ref

Question submitted by Anna aged 5:

It is the start of the game. The ball is on the ground in the middle of the pitch. A player kicks it but the ball doesn't move. All the players try to kick it and it still doesn't move. What would you do if you were the referee?

You might ask a ball boy to throw another ball on. But what if that ball didn't move when the players tried to kick it? How many new footballs would you try before you abandoned the game?

What if this form of paralysis became widespread? Striking league fixtures at random. One premier league fixture per week, no telling which. An expectant crowd of 36,000 people, waiting for kick off, all eyes on the centre circle and the ball just freezes, can't move. The replacement balls are similarly stricken, the game gets called off. How long would fans, sponsors, health and safety inspectors and TV companies stay patient with football?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Dreams can come true (especially in dreams)

I dreamt that Fulham won 5-1 away at West Ham. I woke up, it was saturday. We went to the cinema in the afternoon. They read out the football results over the tannoy. West Ham Utd 1 Fulham 5. I told Andrew that it proved that dreams did occasionally come true. I felt the elation of a supporter of a team on a winning streak.

Then I woke up and finished off this picture of our kitchen.

Monday, December 17, 2007

what do you sink?

Room 508, Hotel Villa Royale, Brussels (nearest metro: Botannique/Kruidtuin)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fleet street

Drawn from the gap between a couple of pedestrian barriers on Ludgate Hill