March 15th, 2007

Metahlulhu

Japanorama

I'm reading Night Voices, Night Journeys, the first in a Japanese mythos collection called Lairs of the Hidden Gods. It's a strange beast. I'm not sure whether it's that the translation was rather literal or that Japanese idiom is so different but the first story in particular definitely read as if it were translated by google. Well, it was slighly better than that but given that it was Pulp Cthulhu set in Chicago with a young Elliot Ness, I expected something more American in feel.

That story, The Plague of St James Infirmary, was actually rather dull, going for the duelling magician style Mythos story that is only really borrowing the names rather than the tropes. But it's getting better. The one I've just finished, the titular story, has a very original take on a central Mythos theme.

There's a review on Amazon which gives slightly too much away

And the next story is called Necrophallus.
Tea-drinker par excellence

Fancy!

One of my old English teachers, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, is now President of the French Football Association. Even though I played loads of football in and around Ribérac, I never knew he had anything to do with it.

I knew his son better, he was in the sport-études, the special football stream at school, one of only two local lads to get in. I didn't even apply although I'm pretty sure I would have made the grade.

I met his son Eric later whilst studying in Bordeaux. We turned up on opposing sides in a 5 a side tournament. Knowing that he was pretty good, I detailed one of our guys to follow him around, getting physical whenever he got the ball. This worked pretty well as he got pretty pissed off, the ref had words with him and we won 1-0. Eric is now director of a glass factory in Milan.

Another sport-études alumni was Christophe Robert who was one of the key players in the Valenciennes - Olympique Marseille scandale. In the run up to the European Cup, Marseille were still in the hunt for the French league. He took a bribe from OM to throw the game which Marseille won 1-0. He got £25k for doing this which seems rather cheap, especially as this pretty much put paid to his career.