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Ti Amo Italia de mi corazon…
Today marks 10 years to the day since we first met.
I was a reluctant and grumpy teenager then, and although I had heard a lot about you and was curious to meet you, you didn’t make a very good first impression.
I was already unhappy due to having been taken away from my friends for a good portion of the summer, but the burnt and lifeless scene you presented me with on the tarmac of Fiumicino Airport in 2003 didn’t win you any favour in my eyes. Neither did the subsequent hours-long quarantine in a back room in the airport terminal because our plane had come from SARS-infected Toronto, or the heat sickness I suffered on my first trip to Pompei.
Slowly but surely though, Italy, you revealed some of your charms to me. First, through a young, sweet waiter who paid me some attention…
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[words and photographs © Mark Eveleigh]
“Pamplona is changed, of course, but not as much as we are older. I found that if you took a drink that it got very much the same as it always was.” – Ernest Hemingway.
At noon on the sixth of July the chupinazo (rocket) explodes above Pamplona’s baroque town hall, heralding the start of the Fiestas de San Fermin. Every year a million revelers storm this normally sleepy Northern Spanish city for nine days and nine nights of non-stop mayhem, converting it into what has been called ‘the hell-raising capital of the world.’
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June 21, 2013 Leave a comment
I woke up this morning and was instantly showered with puppy kisses, kitties meows for affection and the sweet expected “I love you” from Sean. Oh how joyful are these precious little moments…I’m so grateful. I can hear bird melodies outside, a woodpecker tapping loudly on a near tree and tiny little crickets. Suddenly, I feel peaceful and content just thinking how lucky I am to presence this beautiful morning…..moments I often miss when I get caught up in the mundanities of everyday life.
Have a blessed day!
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.”
― Robert Brault
Erik Spoelstra is an awesome leader.
MIAMI — Game 7 of The Finals is not just any other game, but the Miami Heat are trying to treat it that way. They want to “stay in the moment” but not get caught up in it, if that makes any sense.
So Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did nothing special at Thursday morning’s shootaround. There was no talk about the consequences of winning or losing Game 7 (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
“You can’t focus on the victory,” Spoelstra said. “You can’t focus on the reward. The only thing you can focus on is the task. So this morning, all it was was the shootaround, prep. It wasn’t anything more. There was no special words or speeches I gave them. The most important thing they can do now for the next eight or 10 hours is get off their feet.”
Spoelstra believes his team is prepared…
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MIAMI — Game 7 of The Finals is the ultimate basketball experience for both players and fans. One game for everything. And it often lives up to the moment.
The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will play the 18th Game 7 in Finals history on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ABC), the last since the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Boston Celtics in 2010. That one went down to the final minute, as have many others. In fact, 12 of the 17 previous Finals Game 7s, including each of the last four, have been decided by seven points or less. They have featured some wild comebacks and several scary moments for the eventual champions.
The home team has won 14 of the 17, but we can’t forget that the Celtics had a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter of that Game 7 three years ago. In 2005, the…
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