Pomes.

Unlike Tom, I've never really been a poetry person. I do, however, have a friend (Rachel) who has made it her mission over the last few years to get me into poetry, periodically sending me stuff—often Mary Oliver—which I will read, admit is Actually Good, then say "maybe you're right, maybe poetry is ok", then not really follow up on and go back to where I was before. Occasionally I'd be fired with enthusiasm and try a book of poetry, but I bounced off them pretty quickly. I still felt like I was picking up pebbles at the foot of an mountain, unable to find a handhold to start climbing.

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Riptide.

Quite a long time ago Kat and I talked about starting a wrestling promotion, since Brighton didn't have one. It was going to be heavily intergender, have an emphasis on storylines and have the ring announcer come out to Too Many Man by Skepta. Inevitably, we didn't get around to doing it ourselves, but thankfully most of our ideas have ended up being fulfilled in Riptide, the promotion that started up here last summer (except the bit about the ring announcer coming out to Too Many Man—he comes out to Call Me Al, which is good too).

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Triweekly.

After a conversation on Wednesday with Rachel which made me realise I probably don't really need to force myself to do quite as much as I'm now doing daily, I'm changing my blogging schedule to three times a week. This may change as inspiration strikes, but that's where…

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This Is The Ex Eff Elllaarrghhh.

Following on from this: the XFL. Why does that seem like a prima facie ridiculous thing (other than the fact that Vince tried it before and it was a catastophe)? The NFL seems like the definitive and timeless arbiter of What American Football Is (at least to…

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Links (II)

A day of work, followed by trying to catch up on all the stuff I was meant to do over the past 5 days but was prevented from so doing by business, exhaustion, work etc. So, links:

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Help me, Ronda.

So, the Rumble was last night—pretty great, imo, the most I've enjoyed a WWE show in absolutely ages. All the matches were some kind of great fun, and the surprise appearance of Ronda Rousey at the end was really exciting. But why? What is it exactly about the appearance of a former MMA champion that makes us believe there's something good on the way? It seems exciting and a big deal, sure, but why is that? 

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Ten Blogs.

I did podcasts yesterday and it's blogs today, though I realise that although they're bundled in my head, I have a much lower turnover with blogs than with podcasts. Going through my reader's subscription list to see if anything jumped out, and what surprised me the most was that some of these blogs haven't updated since I was in sixth form. It's a graveyard filled with the abandoned blogs of friends and former online heroes who turned out to have feet of clay.

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