Bloke­ball

The London Magazine - - NEWS - Christopher Reid

The old boys pitch­ing boules on the dusty patch of ground out­side the café – round­shoul­dered, mea­sur­ing, pause­ful –

play a sub­tler game than the lithe lads boot­ing their ball against the petrol-sta­tion wall, but it means much the same:

ter­ri­tory, whether marked out in pon­der­ous lobs, or held like the fire-crossed cor­ner of a bat­tle­field, is what it’s all about.

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