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The City Talking
The new issue of The City Talking, entitled Sport, is out now.
When we began planning The City Talking: Sport, we thought of as many sports as we could; all the ones we’d read about, or watched, or heard about from family and friends. We made a list of sports we knew or played before or wanted to know more about. We tried to set limits; and then we set them again, and again. The lines kept changing, and we’re glad they did. In the end, this issue is really about people, and those are the stories we like to tell.
Gracing our cover is Lutalo Muhammad, Great Britain’s silver medallist in taekwondo. We called him one Saturday to find out more about being an Olympian. We found out a bit about that; also about Socrates, not getting what you want and the expansive second that exists between winning and losing.
“The journey is far from over,” he says to us. “But it makes you feel really blessed.”
“A few years back it felt like a rare thing to see girls skateboarding,” she says. “You’d go to the park and people would stare at you, because you were a novelty.”
Danni tells us about travelling the world on a skateboard, achieving parity for girl skaters and the story of Girl Skate UK.
We went to London and took a tube to Camden Town station to meet Jimmy Havoc, one of Britain’s best professional wrestlers. Sitting on the second floor of the World’s End, we drank lager and spoke about the unreal world of pro wrestling.
“It’s art,” says Jimmy. “You’re not actually trying to hurt each other. It’s pantomime, it’s theatre.
On another afternoon in London, we went to Cafe Kick to meet the editor of SEASON zine, Felicia Pennant. “Fans take things very seriously,” she says, laughing. Felicia, a Chelsea fan, takes football seriously. She tells us about starting the zine, going to Paris and the diverse, creative potential of fandom.
“From the very beginning it was all about this feeling,” says Muireann Carey Campbell, also known as Bangs. Bangs is the founder of the blog Bangs and a Bun, a Head Instructor at BOOM Cycle and an Elle magazine Fitness Editor. She was born in Canada, and lives in London; on the day we speak to her, she is in Leeds. Everything about her is fabulous.
We’ve also been working on a feature-length documentary and book called Do You Want To Win? about how Leeds United won the Football League First Division championship in 1991/92. Both the film and book tell stories from a sport’s history, with some of the people that lived it. We hope that the telling will captivate both those that remember it, and others, who might be hearing it for the first time.
These are just some of the stories in our new issue of The City Talking. This issue might be about sport, but it’s really about people. And people’s stories are what The City Talking is here to tell. You can pick up a copy of our new magazine in some of the places you’re already a fan of.