Taksim Square, Istanbul,
Sunday June 9th
By Simon McKeagney
In one of the largest and most populated cities on Earth, it’s understandable that a revolution could go unnoticed, just around the corner. And although three nights in this extraordinarily beautiful city gave me only snapshots (literally) of continued anti-government protests, it’s worth bearing that in mind; it’s business as usual in most areas of the city beyond Taksim Square.
The reason I make this point is because I’ve been generally uncomfortable about the rush to ‘revolutionise’ an aspect of a democracy that has, more or less, performed as it should; the right to assembly and protest. I believe democracy is not an entitlement, but a responsibility, and Turkish citizens seem to have performed their duty outstandingly. But given I am no expert on Turkey and had nothing but a brief hour soaking up the atmosphere on Taksim Square yesterday, I’m limiting my below comments to the very general impressions and feelings I experienced in Istanbul over the last few days, specifically, some that surprised me.
Laura Rolo Reviewing the EU Traineeship Football Championship
Players for “Your Mother’s Lover” met at the Alterio Spinelli’s entrance on a bright Brussels day to travel to the first match of the big, fabulous and world famous EU Traineeship Football Championship Spring 2013!
No wassaa, no feishbuk, no office issues in mind, nor any other distraction on our way to Woluwe Sport Centre (our official bus was being used by FC Barça to celebrate the Spanish League Cup xD). There is a voice which asks… "What’s the name of our adversary?" - "The losers", someone replies. That is the attitude!
We arrive to Woluwe. The smell of Pizza Hut welcomes us but we have a hunger for victory! It is a really sunny warm day, but our place this afternoon is indoors… we hope nonetheless that there will be more sunny afternoons!
The atmosphere in the field is great and motivating. Centurions IV and RUA are playing and the standard of fotball is very high! (Frankly, I get a little bit scared!!)
Brussels time: 19:00 27th May. Place: Woluwe Sport Centre
The match between Your Mother's Lover and Tiemen's Deamons is going to start. But...Houston, there is a problem! Tiemen’s Deamons has suffered a last minute loss and they are just 4 players. So, in a gesture of friendship and good vibes, they ask us for one of our players and I go with them (fact that they will regret!! hehe)
The match goes quickly and is full of emotion! We are running a lot but we are not so tired because we are enjoying it even more! There are goals, faults and corners aplenty, as with a normal football match but with the big difference that the atmosphere in the field was much better than in a Real Madrid match. Finally, Your Mother’s Lover won the game but, actually, all of us won new friends and a great experience.
Looking forward to the next match!
A Mother’s lover,