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Video: Scare of the day

Christian filming in silhouette

The consummate professionals at work. Again.

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A quick behind-the-scenes look at how we get this site together while we’re on the road. Believe me, it’s not easy.

The outside of cafe where we work
Our office

The trouble with this blogging thing is that doing and publishing both require time, and we just don’t have enough to give to both. So we muddle our way through, aware that one of them will suffer.

Christian working in his sleep
I usually work in my sleep

So we grab what time we can to edit and write — in this case after dinner in a cafe, as you can see. Ah, this gonzo journalism lark… how much easier it would be if we’d decided to simply write about what we’re doing — video seems to take so much more effort to produce that text.

Right, I’ll stop complaining now.

Video: A cracking good game

The sponsors of KVK Ieper
The Crack

An impromptu kickabout with some kids we ran into in Ypres.

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Well, we did eventually manage to have a bit of a knock-about in Ieper, but not the full-scale game that we had hoped for. Instead, we found Glyn, Peter and Matthieu playing keepie-uppie in the field next to our campsite. As so often happens when it’s underway, The Ball quickly became a source of fascination and a little puzzlement. Once we’d explained what it was all about, Phil and I donned our KVK Ieper shirts and joined in the kickabout.

The teamshot
The Team

Audio: We detour for radio, darling

Excess emotional baggage
Excess emotional baggage

Check out the BBC’s Excess Baggage site for more details about the programme.

There’s also a great write-up of our project on The Guardian’s website and an article in German on the Focus online website if you’re into reading the coverage we get.

Video: Back to forwards, on we go

KVK Ieper Stadium
KVK Ieper Stadium

An interview with KVK chairman Rik Verstraete.

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We look for the legacy of the Christmas Truce game with a visit to KVK Ieper and have a chat and a kickabout with the club chairman, Rik Verstraete.

Rik Verstraete, Chairman of KVK Ieper
Rik Verstraete, Chairman of KVK Ieper

How many of the fallen were footballers?

A Colonel of the Grenadier Guards signs The Ball
A Colonel of the Grenadier Guards signs The Ball

Would these people have become great footballers if they hadn’t sadly died in the first world war?










Video: We make it to Ypres and reach back in time

Honouring the dead
Honouring the fallen of the first world war

The Ball takes a trip back in time to tell the story of the Christmas Truce game in 1914.

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This video follows on from this one if you’re wondering about the abrupt start…

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.