Day: October 11, 2012

Cafe Calcio On 200%: The Street Pharmacists Guide To Football And Crystal Meth

The excellent weekly radio football show Cafe Calcio returns to the air this evening (a little later than scheduled) on Londons Resonance FM, and for this series one of its regular features is the Street Pharmacists Guide To Football. Here’s co-host Chris Roberts on the ruinous – or are they? – effects of one of the street pharmacists most successful recent creations – crystal meth. Crystal meth is to regular amphetamines what Sunderland are to Berwick Rangers – literally a different league but essentially doing the same job. Like many of today’s clubs the drug has moved across class barriers giving it a confusing identity spanning a broad spectrum of society, from poor white hillbillies to cosmopolitan professionals. The term crystal covers a range of differently mixed chemicals which together give a lengthy, intense and euphoric high after snorting, sniffing or smoking. This can lead either to a very tidy flat or days of bonkers polyamorous sex naturally exposing regular users to the threat of sexually transmitted diseases or the smell of Mr Muscle or, quite possibly, both. The drug increases heart rates and may lead to aggressive and psychotic behaviour, and it can also have a devastating effect on appearances from skin to the so-called ‘meth mouth.’ The other major effect of prolonged use is to leave the addict exhausted, bankrupt, shunned by friends and derided by enemies,...

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100 Owners: Number 81 – Irving Scholar (Tottenham Hotspur & Nottingham Forest)

In June 1984, shortly after bringing Tottenham Hotspur its first European trophy in twelve years, Keith Burkinshaw left White Hart Lane for the last time. Greeted by the press outside the ground, he gesticulated over his shoulder towards the rear of the shiny new stand behind him. ‘There used to be a football club over there’, he is said to have spat with contempt. These words may even have been apocryphal, but they turned out to be more prescient than anybody at that time than anybody could have imagined at the time. Whilst many might contend that football in Englands revolution began with the beginning of the Premier League in 1992, the truth of the matter is that the formation of this league was in many respects the end of a story rather than the beginning of one, and if that story has a birthplace then we could contend that this was at White Hart Lane. The application of Thatcherism to our national pastime began in a working class corner of North London, and its champion was a Monaco-based property developer in his late thirties: Irving Scholar. Footballs decline as a spectator sport from the late 1950s on has been well documented, and Tottenham Hotspur itself declined throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Spurs had become the first club to win the league and cup double in 1961, but these...

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