By David Winner, Rio Ferdinand
Candid, outspoken and supremely sincere, and together with interviews with these just about him, #2Sides is Rio's targeted tale: from his early days in Peckham, via to selecting up the Champions League trophy on a wet summer's evening in Moscow, #2Sides is the tell-all account of a rare and debatable existence within the video game. On successful and wasting; on protecting and attacking; on Moyes, administration and fellow gamers; on John Terry, misplaced friendships and ongoing rivalries; at the love and hate of the attractive video game; and on enjoying for membership, kingdom and for your self - this can be a complete spectrum of lifestyles on the very most sensible of the footballing tree, and an excellent retrospective of a really attention-grabbing profession.
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I felt growing within me, perhaps for the first time, a nauseating sensation of emptiness: so this is what it meant to be different, this was the price for being the salt of the earth. To carry on your crossbar a girl you desire and be so far from her as not to be able even to fall in love with her: to carry her on the crossbar along Viale Gorizia to help her belong to someone else, and vanish from my life. (Table 124-5) The idea of assimilation — at the cost of discarding age-old cultural tradi tions and particularisms — as universal panacea against all the evils suffered down the centuries, even after the emancipation of the Jews, proved illusory.
Like other friends of the Levis, the Marconis were Christians, and in 1935, only three years before the promulgation of the racial laws by Mussolini, there were no tensions between Christians and Jews. In 1932, as Levi recalls in an essay called "A Long Duel," published in Other People's Trades, Beccali had won the 1,500 metres in Los Angeles, and the club members dreamed of similar triumphs. They organized their own competitions in a stadium that no longer exists, opened in 1915 and already gone to seed by the mid-1930s, its giant scale a prototype of Mussolinian architecture.
As the family was vast, on Seder night no fewer than forty young children would throng around their families while consuming the Passover matzah and meal. Giulia sat next to Primo, because they were the eldest. Primo would recite a few pages of the Haggadah, the story of the Exodus, together with his father, and Giulia's father and grandfather. She says today: "Primo did not really know what he was reading, but he read. It was not exactly a proper Seder. Our fathers came in from the office feeling tired, and they read at high speed.