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Galaxy Adds a Bad Attitude Named Ashley Cole

February 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, Galaxy, Rome, soccer

For 2.5 years I sat across from an Englishman who detested Ashley Cole, who at the time was a left back with Chelsea. My coworker inevitably would get around to paraphrasing the quotes from Cole’s biography, My Defence, in which the player said he was “trembling with anger” in the summer of 2006 when his […]

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Michael Bradley: A Deserving Winner of U.S. Soccer Award

December 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Football, Italy, Landon Donovan, Rome, soccer, World Cup

I have voted for the Futbol de Primera award — formerly the Honda Award — for most of two decades. The award, voted on by journalists, goes to the U.S. national team player judged to have been the best performer in a calendar year. Michael Bradley is the winner, for the first time, over Clint […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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An Oral History, a Visual Memory, of the U.S. and Italia 1990

June 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, France, Journalism, Rome, soccer, Travel, World Cup

A colleague let me know about this piece in The Guardian, the English newspaper: An oral history of USA at Italia ’90: the World Cup that changed US soccer. This felt very personal, from the first few paragraphs. I know/knew those guys. I was at Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the Shot Heard Round the […]

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‘Flyover States’ Do Not Include Israel, Syria or the Caliphate

September 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Paris, Rome, Travel

Flying to and from Europe, with Abu Dhabi at the start and finish, makes for some interesting evasive actions. On the way over last month, to Rome, we went mostly due east from the AUH, skirted Israel, then made a sudden move to the northwest, straight for Rome. Airlines that are flag carriers for the […]

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Our Home in San Gimignano

August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Italy, Rome, tourism, Travel

We were going to Italy, from Abu Dhabi, to celebrate a significant birthday, and it seemed a perfect occasion to invite some of those near and dear to us to a sort of moveable feast. In Italy. It began in Florence, moved to Siena for Il Palio and since Saturday night has continued at Villa […]

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Abu Dhabi: World’s No. 4 City?

September 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, UAE

It’s one of those stories that prompts an immediate reaction. “Are you sure you heard that right?” Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is the No. 4 city in the world, behind only New York, London and Paris, according to a survey of more than 18,000 people from 24 countries around the world, including the […]

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No News as Good News

August 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Journalism, Rome, The National, UAE

It was on Tuesday that several people in the newsroom of The National chuckled over one of the two cover stories on the front page, that morning, of an English-language newspaper rival, here in the UAE. UAE unaffected by Indian onion price hike Early this week, in the wake of Ramadan and Eid, things had […]

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Cinema at 35,000 Feet

July 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Books, Dubai, France, Italy, Lists, Paris, Rome, Travel

A significant percentage of the movies I have watched in the past two months has been while flying. In part, it’s because so few films I am interested in seeing have come out during that time. But a big part of it is the array of movies-on-demand available for viewing on the big and modern […]

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The Bums of Long Beach

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Long Beach, Paris, Rome, Travel, UAE

A few years in Abu Dhabi might lead a person to believe homelessness is not a significant problem around the world. In the UAE, everyone has a job … or they are headed for the airport. It’s the law. Which can lead to some jarring sensations, when you leave the UAE and touch down almost […]

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