“We have fans who have been on a lifetime journey with the Socceroos,” says Michael Edgley, a director of the Green and Gold Army. His love of away matches began when he watched Australia beat England 3-1 in a 2000 friendly at Upton Park, West Ham United’s old stadium in London. “We have all generations of fans. They’ve gone to Scotland in 1985, they’ve flown to Argentina in 1993.” … [Read more...] about What drives a Socceroos fan to travel 14,000km to watch their team play?
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"On the field he had presence, a regal touch; one's eyes would be drawn to him, as eyes have been drawn to Imran Khan, Viv Richards, Ian Botham" Mike Brearley on "Tiger" Pataudi Unlike the eighth Nawab, however, his national loyalties were never divided. At 21 Pataudi became India's youngest captain in only his fourth match when he led the team at Bridgetown in 1962 after Nari Contractor had fractured his skull when ducking into a Charlie Griffiths bouncer. He would lead the side for much of the next decade and when critics pointed to only two series wins, both against New Zealand, Pataudi's supporters, many of them modern writers, would argue that he revolutionised the approach of India's players, inculcating fresh pride and suggesting his colleagues might at least attempt to emulate his own graceful and athletic fielding. "Pataudi remains, perhaps, India's most iconic captain ever, credited with giving Indian cricket the steel to take on the best in the world without backing down," … [Read more...] about The Bodyline dissenter and India’s Tiger prince
That one is out now: Minecraft Dungeons, the spin-off of the persistently popular building game from Mojang Studios. The game takes the familiar trappings of Minecraft like Creepers, Illagers, and pickaxes and fits them into an isometric dungeon-crawling adventure for up to four players. You can also claim Alan Wake, the classic game from Control developer Remedy, and the city-planning sim Cities: Skylines. Each of those will be available across the Xbox One and PC versions of the service, while PC users will also get Plebby Quest: The Crusades. You can check the dates below, with the first ones right now. We've also since learned of a high-profile game coming to Xbox Game Pass in June: No Man's Sky. … [Read more...] about New Xbox Game Pass Games For Xbox One And PC Announced
This is a good year to throw precedent out the window, so I don’t imagine that Three Billboards’ lack of a Best Director nomination hurts it any more than the relatively low number of nominations for Get Out or Lady Bird hurt them, or Dunkirk’s lack of acting or writing nominations hurts it. (For that matter, it’s interesting that at the box office, the nominee that has made the most money by far since the nominations were announced is The Post, which might have had a higher nomination total had voting gone on a week longer, although perhaps it’s a year for Davids rather than Goliaths.) In any case, whatever wins is likely to break at least one decades-old tradition. So I’ll ascribe my skepticism about Three Billboards not to mood but to math: I don’t see it getting a ton of runner-up votes, so it’s going to need a huge number of first-place votes to take the prize. And in a voting week where the cost of violence feels even more … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Predict Best Picture in Our Politically Charged Moment?
Sky: Children of the Light From the developers of Journey and Flower, Sky: Children of the Light is one of the more beautiful and awe-inspiring free iPhone games out there. You play as a Child of the Light, tasked with traveling through the Kingdom of Sky to return fallen stars to their constellations. Compared to the similarly styled (yet single-player) Journey, Sky is an online multiplayer game, allowing you to team up with other players. Together, you solve puzzles, surmount obstacles, and retrieve lost stars, and while this may not sound that mesmerizing, the whole game is designed in such a way that it really does feel like a unique experience. It’s free to play, and while you can pay for new outfits and wing upgrades, you can still finish the game without spending anything. … [Read more...] about The best free iPhone games to play right now