After volleyball, one Sunday, Ali and myself were on the bench putting the world to rights. Ali was trying to explain to me the Persian festival of watching the Goldfish Well, at least that’s what it seemed to boil down to. I wasn’t really bothered about the Goldfish. I was try to find out why Pyam hadn’t been for a while, and this was the explanation: he was watching the Goldfish. Where the Goldfish eventually points is important. Why, I don’t know, but it is. I like this.
The conversation drifted around and eventually lead to the many different nationalities that make Sheffield Volleyball Club so good. And how respectful, tolerant and nice everyone is. Ali said, “It’s a shame more people in the world don’t play volleyball.”
It’s also a shame Ukip’s Mark Reckless doesn’t play volleyball and spend some time with us on the bench. If he did, I am sure he wouldn’t have suggested that, some long-term European immigrants to Britain could be told to leave the country if Ukip wins the next general election and the UK exited the EU.
Who knows, after a longtime favourite of mine, Dennis Skinner, got finished with him, Mr Reckless may yet turn up at the Recreational. And you know what? We would make him welcome.
In case you are wondering, here is a rough round up of the countries which make up Sheffield Volleyball Club.
Austria, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland (times many!), Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and, in a category of his own, Belgian Gaz – don’t ask him! Better to ask Ali about the Goldfish.
Happy New Year to you all.