Ronaldinho was following a venerable tradition when he broke a window in Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral while attempting a fancy kick for a TV spot. Bryan Griffiths tells us that back in 1330 the priest of Winkfield, William Pagula, wrote a Latin poem proposing an end to churchyard games:
Bat & bares and suche play
Out of chyrche-yarde put away.
No one took much notice, because it seems that a window at Boxgrove deanery was broken in 1622 during evensong. However, I don’t know of any instances of cricket or football matches having been played inside churches, choirlofts aside.
- Afghan national anthem
Abdul Bari Jahani told IWPR, “This is in fact not a poem, but a list of tribes.” The old Yugoslav
- The bells
- Origins of cock and bull
I’m going to try and pin it on John of Bridlington’s rapidly disproven prophecy of a cock and bull and Anglo-French
- Heidegger and Beckenbauer
I’ll be visiting Jan van Bakel’s site again shortly to quote from his extraordinary collection of letters written by Flemish soldiers
- Some advice for mayor Clos
For reasons that are unclear to me, the burlesque leader who ruled Dublin during carnival used to be known as Mayor