A regular spot to share some ideas about what’s good and what’s not on the interwebthingy. But, you know, it’s your life, so feel free to agree, disagree or ignore what follows.
What caught my attention last week
The Promise and Pain of Germany
Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German artist. Her youngest son, Peter, was killed in action on the Western Front in October 1914. Her statues of two parents, separated by grief, now stand watch at the Belgian cemetery where Peter is buried.
The Germany: memories of a nation exhibition will run at the British Museum from 16 October 2014 to 25 January 2015. Neil MacGregor, director of the Museum, has a 30-part series on German history on the BBC starting on 29 September.
The Economist had a lovely little report on an upcoming cricket match:
The growing warmth between the Church of England and the Catholic church has found expression in a tour by St Peter’s Cricket Club. The team is made up of seminarians—mostly South Asians—studying in Rome. They lost to a Royal Household XI ahead of the big match in Canterbury on September 19th against the Church of England. Eamonn O’Higgins, the team’s “spiritual director”, insists there will be no sledging in Latin, nor seeking revenge for the Reformation. But, he says, “Of course, we’re playing to win.”
A report on the match can be found here.
Game of Loads
Wired magazine has a gallery of images of the kit that English soldiers have carried into battle since 1066.
Big Sport, Big Data
And finally, from the Economist’s Game Theory blog, an article about a statistical analysis of football presented at the (I kid you not) KDD Workshop on Large-Scale Sports Analytics.
Few individual teams can boast a style of play so distinct that a term must be coined to describe it and it only. The Tottenham Hotspur side which won the English league in 1950-51 is alone in being described as the team of “push and run”. Talk about “total football” and everyone will know you are referring to the Ajax side that dominated Europe in the early 1970s (or, perhaps, the Dutch national side of that era which included many players brought through the Ajax team). And, in the modern game, there is Barcelona and “tiki taka”.
What I’m Trying To Ignore Next Week
- Home renovation shows on television – they’re simply trying to make me feel guilty.