Tuesday, 5 October 2010


I have been on holiday to Istambul with my family. My brother Monty speaks Turkish and is a fantastic tour guide. He suggested that the way to see how the locals behave is to go to a football match.
My mother Diana, doesn't really like football and wasn't sure if she wanted to go. I asked her why and she said,
"It becomes a bit nurdish, who's been transfered to who and for how much money. There's better ways to spend money quite frankly, like having nice gardens or not eating junk food".

Diana agreed watching football wouldn't be a waste of time if she did her sewing and I did my knitting. Diana was stitching acorns from Phillipa Turnbull's 'Tree of Life' in crewel work.
We loved the men's singing, and the man pictured here with the designer stubble told his friends not to block our vision of the game, because we wanted to sit down and all the men were standing in front of us. Monty and Dad David found the 3-0 win very exciting.
The next day we were in the Turkish barbers, watching Monty have a shave with a cut throat razor, when David found our picture in the newspaper 'Banko'. Monty translated the captions which read,
"The fans of Fenerbahce didn't let their team alone despite of the rain at the stadium." and
"Supporters who came as family to support yellow-navy blue set out different sight at Saracoglu" (the name of the place)
We were very excited and the barber took pictures of us with the newspaper and our stitches.
Later I asked David why he liked football so much and he said,
"It never goes quite the way you expect."


Anonymous said...

i thought the fenerbahce left back had a particularly good game. Niang up front was obviously the star man with his two goals, but he could have run the channels a bit better to give more passing options, and to create space for runners from midfield.

bad goo

Prick Your Finger said...

Bad goo my brother

Felix said...

This post made my day!

I miss you very much and it was lovely to see you and your family together at the game in the Turkish Newspaper, all posted here.

When I read your Mum's opinions on football, I could hear her saying it in her voice and your Dad looks as happy as larry to be at the game...

Stupendous stuff. x

Gracie said...

I'm sure they made your hair more yellow in photshop. Quite like it

colleen said...

I love this post! I passed a Turkish barber's in Chingford the other day and it looked very serious stuff indeed.

alex said...

well that is one way to keep the women busy when they go to the football. How amazing that they ended up in the local paper!!

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