Pavan Mano

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



writing home — in three breaths — twice over


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...


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.
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...
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
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...
Fragments of a little love story; ou, des morceaux d'une petite histoire d'amour


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...


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...

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