The publishers of La Semaine de Suzette were not above a little product placement, so on page 56 of Bécassine chez les Alliés (1917), when our heroine reports seeing a diminuative version of herself in a dream, she says she was about the size of a Bleuette doll. Bleuette was available to subscribers of Semaine de Suzette from 1905 to 1960, along with a closet full of fashions. See. And.
And in a brilliant turnaround, here's Bleuette imagined as an illustrated character -- with her favourite Bécassine doll. Source.
This version of Monopoly allows you to take control of the traditional Japanese crafts (mingei) market. The player pieces are themselves popular crafts, like the maneki neko on the far side of the board. Zipangu is a fancypants name for Japan. Source.
Morton visit Ibrox. When did Morton last play here? August 19th, 1995, in Round Two of the League Cup. Who won? Rangers won. When did Morton last play here in league action? January 9th, 1988. Who won? Rangers. When did Morton last win at Ibrox? November 29th, 1980, thirty-five years ago.
Though if today's game ends 0 - 0 everyone in Greenock will be pleased.
How often does Morton play to a 0 - 0 draw? They've done it twice so far this season. Looking back over the results at Fitbastats, you find that over the past few decades Morton have tended to play to nil - nil about three times a year. In 2010-11 there were six scoreless draws, a club record. In 2012-13 there were none. But before 1970-71 the average was about once per year. There were only four seasons in which Morton had more than three scoreless draws. From 1970-71 to today there have been sixteen. Since 1970-71 there has been only that one season without any 0 - 0 games. Before 1970-71 there were thirty-one. Something happened about 45 years ago to make scoreless games more common, but what?
Morton's two rivals for the final playoff spot -- Queen of the South and Raith Rovers -- played each other last night, and settled for a 1 - 1 score. This is an ideal result from Morton's point of view because the third point evaporates.
A few years ago I wrote about the First Division's ghost team, Third Lanark, who collect the third points from draw games. Where are they in the standings today? Between sixth-place QoS and seventh-place Dumbarton, with 15 points and, by definition, a 0 gd.
There'll be a new Scottish League Cup format [the year after] next year, with a group stage in July, plus a winter break for the Premiership. First I've heard of it, says Ann Budge.
Thursday the FIFA Club World Cup began in Japan. This is the twelfth year for this tournament. Japan has hosted it seven times. Competing for world supremacy are River Plate, Barcelona, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, TP Mazembe, América, Auckland City, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Thursday Celtic played their last, meaningless, Europa League match of the year at Fenerbahçe, Turkey. 1 - 1.
Also in Turkey, Karşıyaka [0 - 1] Yeni Malatyaspor.
Larges Thistle vs Winton Rovers, if Winton have nothing else going on. [Winton do, so no game.]
[Rangers come back to tie it 2 - 2. Morton goal by McCluskey, plus an own goal. Scenes.]
Japanese soccer began during the reign of the Taisho Emperor in the 1920s. In its first phase it was dominated by amateur clubs, usually based in universities such as Kwansei Gakuin. After the war, with Japan's rapid industrialisation, company teams prevailed. The players were still amateur but had steady day jobs with the sponsoring corporations. Some of the top clubs today started out that way, the best example being Urawa Red Diamonds, the former Mitsubishi team (Mitsubishi's logo being three red diamonds).
In 1993 the J League was created as a fully professional circuit of financially self-sufficient clubs stocked with Japanese players capable of cleaning up in the World Cup. Along with the new league came The 100 Year Plan: 100 clubs by 2093. The first season there were ten clubs in one division. This year there are 53 in three divisions, plus a waiting list of seven clubs.
An unspoken part of the 100 Year Plan is to make the sport more popular than baseball. So, which is more popular, Sanfrecce Hiroshima or the Hiroshima Carp? In a way it's oranges and apples because baseball plays so many more games than soccer. But if you take average attendance it looks like baseball still has the lead. Average attendance at Carp home games in 2013 was 21,447 (based on), whereas average attendance at Sanfrecce home games in 2011 was 13,203.
Women's World Cup, June 15: Netherlands 1 - 1 Canada. June 16: Ecuador 0 - 1 Japan. Canada and Japan both qualify for the Round of 16. Tomorrow: Canada vs Switzerland. If Canada get past the Swiss there is the possibility of a Canada - Japan semifinal in Edmonton on Canada Day. [Canada 1 - 0 Switzerland.]
Where do Japan's female footballers play when they're not at the Women's World Cup? They play in the L League. The L League has been around since 1989, has three divisions encompassing 32 clubs, and is still mainly non-professional. The most successful club over time has been NTV Beleza, 12-time league champions, 5-time league cup winners, and 11-time Empress's Cup winners.