World Cup: USA beats Algeria in injury time

I’ve been busy — and won’t be blogging much in the days to come — but given my previous posts, I felt compelled to comment on yesterday’s breathtaking U.S. win over Algeria in injury time. A few thoughts. I watched the game with some friends at an English pub here in Bangkok. The England-Slovenia game […]

Six links

Six links that have caught my eye of late: You Are Not So Smart — “A celebration of self-delusion.” Bangkok parties on surface, but unease hides below — AP Too Many Lenses, Too Few Eyes — the NYT‘s Lens blog David Foster Wallace — commencement speech at Kenyon University, 2005 — web.archive.org Biography of Usain […]

Following the World Cup on Twitter

I have a created a Twitter list of some 43 (and growing) World Cup related feeds. This includes news outlets, players, pundits, journalists, bloggers, and other commentators. A few of my favorite feeds are @henrywinter, @runofplay, @FourFourTwo, and @Zonal_Marking of the exceptional Zonal Marking site. ((@Zonal_Marking also has a Twitter list of 105 football journalists.))

World Cup: USA’s comeback against Slovenia

A quick note to share a few World Cup related links. ((By the way, a programming note: Things will return to normal here at Newley.com, with regular posts about Thailand, soon. I promise.)) I can’t stop thinking about yesterday’s remarkable USA-Slovenia match, in which the US went down 2-0 in the first half and then […]

“Crisp your hype” with “African Style” potato chips and sausages

My previous two posts clearly illustrate my unhealthy obsession fascination with the World Cup. But I am also, as many readers know, always on the lookout for quirky snackfoods. So this advertisement in today’s Bangkok Post — in which these two interests of mine converged in a mishmash of globalization, odd English phrasing, and apparent […]

The World Cup so far: goalkeepers in the spotlight

We’re less than a week into the month-long World Cup, and there’s already plenty to discuss — much of it involving goalkeepers’ poor performances. Specifically, much scorn has been heaped upon the usually top-notch Robert Green, whose mistake in the U.S.-England game on June 12 allowed the underdog American side to earn an unlikely point […]

World Cup predictions and links

The 2010 World Cup begins in just under two hours, when the hosts, South Africa, take on Mexico. This will be first World Cup ever held in Africa. ((My earlier post about South Africa, Mexico, and a World Cup for prisoners here in Thailand is here.)) Given my love for the beautiful game, I am […]

Thailand’s World Cup Behind Bars

I spent several hours at Bangkok’s Klong Prem Central Prison yesterday, where the “World Cup 2010 Behind Bars” kicked off. It was a truly uplifting event. The tournament is modeled on the actual World Cup, with foreign and Thai inmates competing for a gold colored replica of the World Cup trophy. In yesterday’s opening match, […]

Thailand: some news stories since May 19

Here are a few news stories that have caught my eye since the events of May 19 here in Bangkok. ((As a reminder, here are my images of the Rajaprasong intersection aftermath.)) As ever, a link is not an endorsement, but these should provide some interesting reading. And as I recently asked on Twitter, if […]