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The Iberian Horseshoe — A Journey

Part II. South West

The New George Best on the Playa Victoria

Steve Porter
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I was evidently not ready to return to teaching and my failure to get the job was a relief. I needed to tread the beaches of Cádiz a little longer and blow the cobwebs of Vigo from my memory. I took up jogging in order to regain my confidence and spirit. Just a short run along to the harbour wall and back. I was in recovery and would soon be able to compete again on the world stage. On one occasion the fog came in off the sea so quickly, that I had to feel my way back home like a blind man.

I’m the new George Best
Coming into form
A playmaker
Patrolling the wing
In the Atlantic fog
Feeling sad for the rest.
My plea for floodlights and an orange ball is ignored
I hear “Come in number 11, your time is up”
A splash of Bovril runs down my neck
“Only dribble I’ve seen all afternoon”
“The new George Best my arse”
“He’s a fucking donkey”
“Donkey Hote, hee haw”
Next week they will chant my name.
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