Balls …

The Soccer World Cup has been enlivened by a little more cannibalism.

After the incident the Uruguayan press rushed Suarez with one question on their lips …

“Like chicken”, he replied.

Meanwhile, if you’re wondering what to buy him for his next birthday, may I recommend …

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 7.05.35 pmTo attain the heights of international performance on the soccer world stage is no easy feat. Parents of aspiring players, or even aspiring parents of reluctant players, be warned … the acting classes alone will cost you a fortune.

Honour killings are morally justified …

The Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas was looking forward to this …

Uthman Badar, a Sydney-based Muslim speaker, writer and activist, will deliver a presentation titled ”Honour killings are morally justified” and argue that such acts are seized on by Westerners as a symbol of everything they dislike about another culture…

Joint founder and co-curator of the festival Simon Longstaff said the idea is one he had consistently nominated for six years, because the point of the event is to push boundaries “to the point where you become extremely uncomfortable”

Mr Badar is an Australian spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group described by the festival as “global advocacy group working for positive change in the Muslim world via the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate” – a state under sharia, or Islamic law.

… but it’s been cancelled.

Must have been a push back by all those moderate muslims.

Egyptian justice …

Peter Greste given a 7 years sentence for doing his job.

Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdict “defies logic, sense, and any semblance of justice”.

“Peter, Mohamed, and Baher and six of our other colleagues were sentenced despite the fact that not a shred of evidence was found to support the extraordinary and false charges against them,” he said in a statement.

Although one of the first places on earth to develop a civilisation, it’s pretty hard to see any semblance of one there now.

All strength to Peter and his family.

Parkour …

Ah, the French, they’ve given us so many things, Saxophone reeds, Benedictine … and now parkour. A picture is worth a thousand words, you will quickly get the idea from this classic of the genre (no need to watch it all, it gets a bit tedious) …

David Belle, and Sébastien Foucan are in the video and along with Raymond Belle are credited with its invention in the 1980’s. The name is derived from “parcours du combattant“, the classic obstacle-course method of military training. With skills like these it is impossible to imagine any obstacle that could hinder a French army retreat.

It’s come a ways since then …

If only I had discovered this in my youth … I’d have become a trauma specialist.