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by Teddy Jamieson

eBook Whose Side Are You On?: Sport, the Troubles and Me download ISBN: 0224082973
Author: Teddy Jamieson
Publisher: Random House UK (December 1, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 326
ePub: 1404 kb
Fb2: 1533 kb
Rating: 4.4
Other formats: rtf lit lrf doc
Category: Biography
Subcategory: Historical

Teddy Jamieson was six years old when the Troubles started.

Teddy Jamieson was six years old when the Troubles started. A Protestant, he grew up in Coleraine where Catholics and Protestants lived, pretty contentedly, side by side. As a boy, his two closest friends were Roman Catholics. But as the Troubles deepened, so they began to touch on his life. But for all that the book lacks spark.

This extraordinary journey through sport and the Troubles has it all: from Olympic gold-medals to Gaelic football .

This extraordinary journey through sport and the Troubles has it all: from Olympic gold-medals to Gaelic football; from death threats to reconciliations. Then there is Teddy;s own story, as we learn how the age-old playground question "Whose side are you on?" doesn’t always have an easy answer.

For other kids, like the young Teddy Jamieson, for whom sport meant knockabout in the back-lanes, these . At times it was redemptive, at others divisive.

For other kids, like the young Teddy Jamieson, for whom sport meant knockabout in the back-lanes, these guys were heroes. They were a source of national pride. But, like so many things in Northern Ireland, sport holds an ambiguous position. Teddy Jamieson's extraordinary journey through the history of Northern Irish sport covers everything from a 1970s Olympic gold-medallist Mary peters to modern Gaelic football, and ranges from the lows of anonymous death threats to the highs of bridging divided communities. The compelling thread that holds it together is Teddy's own story.

Teddy Jamieson grew up in Coleraine, a small city in County Londonderry. He was a boy when the Troubles began, but as he explains in the interview, his hometown was mostly quiet in the years of bombings and shootings. Nevertheless, he was eager to leave to go to university, and he has lived in Scotland ever since. But his book is also the memoir of fan who comes to understand how deeply his sports allegiances and memories shape him. In that respect, Teddy’s book–and hopefully our interview–offers insight into the experiences of any fan, whether from divided Northern Ireland or placid Nebraska.

A personal journey through sport in Northern Ireland.

From the late 1960s, Northern Ireland was mired in violence for the best part of 40 years. And yet, in that time, world-class sporting figures emerged from there - from boxer Barry McGuigan, through snooker champion Alex Higgins, to footballer George Best. Flip to back Flip to front. A personal journey through sport in Northern Ireland. Then there is Teddy's own story, as we learn how the age-old playground question 'Whose side are you on?' doesn't always have an easy answer.

War lines have been drawn Whose side are you on? . There’s a war in my head and I don’t understand How we ended up here There’s a tear in my heart where your lies left a mark And now nothing is clear.

War lines have been drawn Whose side are you on? Light and dark are intertwining Standing here face to face Betrayal burns and there’s no hiding It cuts deeper than a razor blade. Whose side are you on? Whose side are you on? War lines have been drawn Whose side are you on? Whose side are you on? More on Genius

A personal journey through sport in Northern Ireland, asking how stars like George Best emerged from the rubble of sectarian violence From the late 1960s, Northern Ireland has been mired in violence. Yet it has had seen more than its fair share of sporting heroes, from footballer George Best through snooker champion Alex Higgins, to boxer Barry McGuigan. Life was tough for these working-class lads, but they could shine on the football field or find refuge at the town boxing club. For other kids, like the young Teddy Jamieson, a knockabout in the back-lanes was as good as it got, but at least they had their heroes. Watching McGuigan on television, Teddy could feel proud to be Northern Irish. But sports—like everything else in Northern Ireland—could quickly turn nasty when politics were involved. This extraordinary journey through sport and the Troubles has it all: from Olympic gold-medals to Gaelic football; from death threats to reconciliations. Then there is Teddy;s own story, as we learn how the age-old playground question "Whose side are you on?" doesn’t always have an easy answer.