June 17th, 2018


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World Cup, Day Five

Poll #2082390 World Cup, Day Five

Who will win the first match on Monday?

Sweden will beat South Korea
South Korea will beat Sweden
It will be a draw

Who will win the second match on Monday?

Belgium will beat Panama
Panama will beat Belgium
It will be a draw

Who will win the third match on Monday?

Tunisia will beat England
England will beat Tunisia
It will be a draw

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren't on Livejournal.

Well done to vilakins and johnny9fingers on getting three correct out of four yesterday, successfully predicting that Denmark would beat Peru as well as Croatia beating Nigeria (which I also got) and France beating Australia (which mount_oregano and I also got). Nobody expected Iceland to hold Argentina to a draw.
train, tintin, leuven

P.I.G.S., by Cecilia Valagussa

Third page:
Over to
foreign news. A
heated debate broke out
today between the Financial
Times newspaper and the
Portuguese minister
Manuel Pinho...

The reason for this?
The Financial Times'
use of the acronym...


Good morning,

Good morning,

I picked this up from the author herself at FACTS last October. It's a nicely done short graphic novel about the experience of being a young Italian immigrant in Ghent, just at the time that the financial crisis was hitting the southern European economies and Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain were dubbed PIGS by the Financial Times. Cecilia has a pig's head but does not realise it, as she tries to pass for human in Belgium; and she learns that you really discover how much you belong to your home country by leaving it. The story is therefore a bit cliched, but the art is really good. In particular, she makes great use of the space on the page - no boxes, a lot of two-page spreads, giving a broad canvas, and placing her characters several times over in a frame as they move around, giving a sense of movement and space that we don't often get with comics. It hasn't been translated into English, of course. You can see the first half of it for free here, and buy it here.