It’s a wonderful day, and not only because the tennis is over for today and there’s free beer in the media centre with only one more match tomorrow – on the home straight! – but because today Germany was presented with a humble debut of staggering prospect.
Today I was published in German for the first time!
taz, short for die tageszeitung (they don’t believe in capital letters, and why should they? overrated, especially here in germany) asked me for a piece on Ireland at Euro2012. (Alright, Ireland has to be capitalized.)
If this doesn’t win that surprisingly elusive Pulitzer...
I wrote it last week, before the adventure came to its sorry end, but publication was pushed back for one reason or another (probably on account of its sheer brilliance) until I more or less had to rewrite it so it could make sense in this current climate of pride despite defeat.
I’ve since found out The Fields of Athenry is not as old as I thought it was, but hey, it’s become traditional now.
As traditional as I hope my writings in German will become. Jesus, if I can write in this language there really is no limit to what I can achieve. Wrestling bears, walking through walls, farting gold...
They wanted a photo but it’s an old one. I’ve deteriorated at an alarming level since I moved here and didn’t want to put people off reading the thing even before it’d had a chance of being read.
You can read the original in English here, revealing a more optimistic state of mind before delusion was dashed.