Gareth Purnell takes a look at the outright prices in the World Cup betting market with a touch of value in mind
It is Autumn-time south of the equator, and whilst the majority of Argentinians are readying themselves for another Boreal winter, the small town of Las Lajitas is ramping up for its busiest time of year.
Buzzing in your ear, crawling over your skin, coiled in your boot or lying drunken in a woozy cloud of rotten apples. It takes a particular personality to appreciate the virtues of our six and eight-legged neighbours.
They may have gone through financial ruin, a period of 14 years without a home ground and a move to one of Buenos Aires’ roughest neighbourhoods, not to mention relegation, but San Lorenzo look set to be finally going home.
For many in Argentina, Messi was not one of them; he was a child of Barcelona, raised abroad and lacking in sufficient nationalistic zeal.
During the past 700 miles of our 5000mileproject odyssey, we’ve steadily been running north from the southerly most tip of continental South America, a wild and remote region of the planet. A place one would consider relatively protected from this ‘humanoid’ onslaught?
In the play “Malvinas, islas de la memoria” about the Malvinas / Falklands war, currently running at the Cervantes National theatre in Buenos Aires, writer / director Julio Cardoso and his team make it clear that parody is the only possible way to look back and laugh.
An Argentine government video that shows an Argentine athlete training on the Falklands Islands / Malvinas and claims them for that country has created furore. But Mariana Marcaletti says that this isn’t the usual sabre rattling: it’s the start of a different kind of politics for the Argentinian government.
During a recent Foreign Office ceremony our ever inclusive Foreign Secretary invited questions from the floor. Without hesitation a distinguished, redheaded woman offered enquiry. No academic or think tank boffin alas, this piper-upper was none other than the (relatively) new Argentinian ambassador to London, HE Alicia Castro.
Reality isn’t black and white, let alone arguable situations like battles, human greediness or evilness.
Director Alejandro Tantanián’s version of writer Carlos Gamerro’s Las islas – which premiered last year in state-run San Martín theatre in Buenos Aires – sheds some light on the “grey” zones of war, on why winners and defeated parties have more than a thing in common and why we should still be debating the current consequences of our recent past.
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