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The Lever of La Paz – 6 – Fútbol Boliviano

This is episode six of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. I don’t have a crystal ball. I am not in the witches market of La Paz with my tarot cards. HM: Welcome back to another episode of Fútbol Boliviano, everyone’s favourite English language podcast about Bolivian football. I’m Hugo […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 5 – Artist in the ambulance

This is episode five of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. Sorry, Melgar. We love you, but not right now. The streets of La Paz are a vibrant explosion of colour. The locals move at a frenetic pace, their urgent energy charging around the textile and food markets that line […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 4 – I’m just a happy camper!

This is episode four of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. Take that Carl Hagedorn! “Señor Teixidó, it’s your father! He’s at the hospital!” Gabriela, the loyal administrator from the small office at Estadio Hernando Siles belonging to Club The Strongest, had burst in the doorway, out of breath and […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 3 – Do you know what nemesis means?

This is episode three of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. He’s like if Piers Morgan had a dangerously high BMI and could tell you everything about the Venezuelan third division. The conference room at Estadio Hernando Siles is as stifling as ever. A small flock of dedicated reporters have […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 2 – The Italian Job

This is episode two of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. The old CRT TV in the bar happened to be showing grainy Serie A highlights. They each sipped a Cusqueña, putting the world to rights, as only a father and son can do. Starting with football, of course. “The […]

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The Lever of La Paz -1 – Fernando Teixidó

This is episode one of a wider series. Sometimes the magnitude of the iconic black and yellow Tigre shirt weighs too heavy on a player. Sometimes the fans’ expectations weigh too heavily on the coach. The press officer of Bolivia’s Club The Strongest takes a deep breath, nervously looking down at his notepad covered in […]

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CM0304 Stories The Invisibles

The Invisibles – 8 – My Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard

This is the eighth and final episode of a wider series. To start at episode one, click here. “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. And they’re like, it’s better than yours. Damn right, it’s better than yours. I can teach you, but I have to charge” “Let days like this define you.” Bond […]

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The Invisibles – 7 – Bring Me To Life

This is episode seven of a wider series. To start at episode one, click here. “Wake me up inside. Save me. Call my name and save me from the dark.” Welcome to 2004. Shrek 2 is the movie of the year, and you can’t get turning for news about Paris bloody Hilton. The new year has […]

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The Invisibles – 6 – In Da Club

This is episode six of a wider series. To start at episode one, click here. “Go, go, go, go go, go, go, shawty, it’s your birthday. We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday. We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s your birthday.” “Aaaaaarrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” George Bond awakens, his pounding head in his hands, his leopard-print dressing gown half […]

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The Invisibles – 5 – Where is the Love?

This is episode five of a wider series. To start at episode one, click here. “Yo, what’s going on with the world, momma? Yo, people living like they ain’t got no mommas.” Old Trafford is absolutely rocking. Red streamers dance in the air and kids in the stands hug their Dads as the final whistle blows. […]