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fitba' (fit-baw) Dialect, chiefly Scot. -n. (m) the beautiful game. 2. (f) stupid game involving twenty-two grown men (and three officials of dubious parentage and eyesight) kicking a lump of leather around a field, often sparking irrational behaviour, bad language, and blind devotion to a team or player, to the detriment of normal marital relations. (see fitba' widow).


I first visited Wikipedia in January 2006. Shortly thereafter, the first article I created got deleted. Excellent start, I thought. Thenceforth, my first edit was to the article (started on 4 November 2005, by an anonymous editor) about Billy Ayre, the former Blackpool Football Club manager who sadly left this earth in 2002 before he could even clock up a half-century. I have nothing but fond memories of the Geordie, not least because he came to my high school's summer fair in 1993 to partake in a teachers v. pupils football game. Oh, and he guided the Seasiders to Wembley for the first time in thirty-eight years... and then did the same thing twelve months later.

Speaking of football, the first game I attended was an English Second Division battle-of-the-seasides encounter between Blackpool and Brighton on 19 September 1992. The match finished 2-2, with Ian Stringfellow and Trevor Sinclair scoring the Tangerines' goals.

On 16 April 1994, I attended a Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Raith Rovers at Ibrox with Derek Spence, a former Northern Ireland teammate of Raith's then-manager Jimmy Nicholl. The game, which Rangers won 4-0, gained infamy due to Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson's headbutt on the visitors' John McStay, for which the former later served jail time.[1] As my luck would have it, I saw nothing.

My favourite band is R.E.M., and it was during their show at a frigid Jones Beach, Long Island, on October 3, 2003 (specifically, during "Nightswimming") that I proposed to my then-girlfriend. We were married 364 days later. That was my second live experience of R.E.M. The dates and venues of the other three: 13 July 2003 (Old Trafford); 5 October 2003 (Tweeter Center); and 29 October 2004 (FleetCenter).

At present, I write from Yarmouth, Maine. I moved here in June 2008 from nearby Portland, where I'd lived since September 2006. Prior to that, I lived in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, for four years. My family home is in Thornton, England. I'm English-born, with an American wife, Scottish parents, a Welsh sister-in-law, and an Australian-born niece and nephew.

Continuing the world tour theme...

Countries visited (9)

United states visited (12)

Canadian provinces visited

Cities visited

England

Scotland

France

Germany

Republic of Ireland

USA

Massachusetts
Maine
New Hampshire
Connecticut
Rhode Island
California
New York
Georgia
Illinois
Florida
Tennessee

Canada

Australia

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Sporting stadia visited

Wikipedia subjects I have had contact with

† denotes those are now deceased

Hills and mountains climbed