Pavan Mano

“of course i'm sane, when trees start talking to me, i don't talk back.” -- terry pratchett, the light fantastic





Atticus Review

Dreaming in Leicester; or marching to the corporate beat

Fourth in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal FC are not in a bad position. That-at the risk of reprising a certain Rafael Benitez-is a fact. Granted, they aren't winning the...


Atticus Review

Defying Persephone's Call

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

Institut Français

LabCitoyen 2015 - ou, vers un monde meilleur...

Pavan Mano, étudiant au National University of Singapore, avait été sélectionné pour participer au programme LabCitoyen, qui propose aux jeunes engagés dans les questions de...

Back Page Football

Saint Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter’s first press conference since announcing his resignation was dramatically interrupted – and that wasn’t even the most interesting part, writes Pavan Mano

Queen Mob's Tea House

Julian Gough in Singapore

(Article scooped by the Irish Literary Times) Julian Gough in Singapore by Pavan Mano Eve of All Hallows' Eve. Blixa Bargeld's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow intones...



Julian Gough in Singapore

Eve of All Hallows' Eve. Blixa Bargeld's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow intones over the speakers, masquerading as chamber music. Nearly ninety wait in eager...


...only possibly, never knowing...

The tagline reads Home of Possibilities – a bold declaration: inviting, attractive, even seductive in many ways, most of which have already been quite beautifully laid out by...

One Imperative



Back Page Football

Strangers on the field

Pavan Mano on what it is like to be a goalkeeper, and why it is possibly the most important role in the game.


The Frenchman of Dar as-sina'ah

The wizened Frenchman stared blankly into the distance as he contemplated the situation he was faced with. The company was doing badly - rivals were outperforming them, profits...


Build 'em up, then tear 'em down: the allure of the flawed genius

Every generation of footballers sees those one or two special ones who tower above the rest. Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo represent the brightest of their generation; Gareth...


Manchester United, Sir Alex, and me

The Theatre of Dreams was a cauldron of noise Sunday night as Manchester United bid farewell to their chief of 26 years. A guard of honour welcomed the Scot who looked slightly...