When Alex Bellos kicked off his critically acclaimed history of Brazilian football “Futebol: The Brazilian Way Of Life” with a chapter on Faroese football, there were no doubt eyebrows raised at the bold choice of starting from one of football’s most remote outposts.
Yet if Bellos introduced a host of readers to a league brimming with club-names seemingly borrowed from the dregs of an alphabet soup, “Ronaldson’s Directory of Faroese Football” goes one step further.
Sub-titled “The Comprehensive guide to football in the Faroe Islands,” – with no hint of irony given that it’s almost certainly the only English-language Data Hk guide to Faroese football – Ronaldson’s guide is nevertheless a fantastic addition to the canon of football literature.
Beginning with the contact details of those in charge of administering Faroese football and indexing the island’s two national stadia at Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð, the guide then meanders through the various clubs that make up the Faroe Islands Premier League and First Division.
The layout is pleasing to the eye, with a clear fact box sitting atop a black-and-white photo of each club’s ground, while notes on each team provide brief details of club history and team colours.
Concise directions ensure you’ll never get lost on the way to the big Tórshavn derby – and all the clubs are here – from HB and B36 to KÍ Klaksvík and the league’s most recent champions EB/Streymur, as well as the many minor clubs that also compete in this rugged North Atlantic island nation.
“The Rough Guide To European Football,” it is not, but editor and publisher John Ronaldson deserves praise for his concise, yet unquestionably effective guide to Faroese football.
Whether a fan of Faroese football or a conneissuer looking to add another niche title to the collection, “Ronaldson’s Directory of Faroese Football” is a worthy addition to any book shelf.
Heading down the pub to watch the footie or even following the races at the local bookie is just not the same since those puratanical anti-smokers decided to force their holier-than-thou ways on us with their smoking bans.
Flights have already been a pain for years, and necessitate the slapping on of numerous nicotine patches.
On my last trip though one smart guy had found a way through the bullshit.
Relaxing in the plane on the trip over to Thailand he was happily puffing away on a little white stick. When asked by the hostess to stub out he pointed out that it was not a cigarette at all – a fact he was happy to prove by grinding the end out on his skin. The girl was most impressed!
The guy was in fact smoking an e cigarette – a crazy invention where you suck on a metal tube (which looks so close to a real cigarette you couldn’t tell the difference). When you suck on it the intake of air activates a sensor which vaporizes a nicotine solution. It doesn’t smell, apparently it is far healthier (no carcinogens or tar) and best of all no combustion takes place – meaning it is legal to smoke in bars, on the plane – and at the bookie.
What’s more, you can now even buy anelectronic cigar to impress the lads at a poker party, or, if you fancy yourself as a bit of an English gentleman, you can get an e-pipe to go along with your tweed jacket.
The device actually originated in China, and have been making their way round the globe since then. They are currently available in both China and the UK, and can still be obtained in America. Supplies may be short lived in America, as the government are planning to give official FDA approval to home manufactured cigarettes that are forecast to kill 1 in 3 smokers while banning the alternatives that remove 90 – 99% of the risk of smoking.
No prizes for guessing the company sponsoring that legislation, then – you’ve got it, Philip Morris, the largest cigarette company in America…