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the loss of my religion- the end of this blog
The loss  of faith, the withering away of religion is a fascinating experience when it occurs not as  a crisis or existential event but rather, as I  percieve it, more normally, as a slowly increasing withering away due to a mutitude of factors.  This has o...

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Why Todd Blackadder must go - performance, identity and other observations from super rugby
I ‘m currently reading
the 2013 Wisden, which is the 150 th volume of this most
quintessential collection of cricket writing, scores, analysis and commentary.   I was introduced to the glories of the
yellow-jacket compendium by my father when I was a teenag...

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Recovering my religion? why sports provides meaning
Readers may remember I ended the last season on a somewhat despondent note.  I had started this  blog as a way to chart my fandom of rugby over the 2013 season. What would it mean, I wondered, to think seriously about rugby and how it operates for fans over...

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Where to now for rugby in a world of the sporadic, virtual spectator.
Last week saw what has been universally described and rightly so as one of the greatest  rugby tests of all time. This was however a game that emphasized the singular problem facing  New Zealand rugby. In short  there are two forms of the game that really m...

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