Monday, October 26, 2009


Victoria Concordia Crescit

To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had bomb building. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after blowing up. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Arsenal is the only
Team to wholeheartedly support.
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the bomb belt. And this is the dynamite, which use
As you will find later, will bring you 42 virgins. And this
Is the TNT, which use you will see,
Will bring you just as many virgins
As the dynamite. And this is the abort button,
Which in your case you have not got. The glorious history of
The club binds the supporters throughout the world
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the contact-button, which is always released
With an easy push of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone do it away from innocents. You quite easily
Find innocents around markets. The philosophy
Is to find young talent and transform
Them into professionals.

And this you can see is the uniform. The purpose of this
Is to confuse the infidels. We can put it on and come close
to their soldiers, if not then innocents: We call this
Fooling the enemy. And as quickly as an attack is launched,
A counter-attack can cause even more immense damage
They call it fooling the enemy.

They call it Fooling the enemy: it is perfectly easy
If you have any idea of tactics: You walk in your uniform
With the bomb-belt strapped to your waist,
detonating it to get to the virgins in solidarity,
Which in our case we have not got; and the tactics
is in our advantage and the players will run around in dismay
For to-day we have naming of parts.


  1. Mmm, Latin epigraph - nice!

    I like this very much. The contrast between the fanatic and the fan is well done, and mirrors Reed's origial perfectly, while also being fresh. Of course, the choice of The Gunners is the perfect football club!!

    This is pastiche at its finest...

  2. I found this to be the hardest writing game so far, as it was very limited in structure and speaker, but I personally think it worked out quite well. And the latin epigraph was perfect as its translation works well with both the fanatic and fan level.