Photographer's Note

In Burma where access to outside news is restricted, where (news)papers are virtually non-existent, where the media, too, is heavily censored. "You only see two colours on TV - orange (for the Buddhist religion) and green (for the military). Two of the most widely read Burmese language magazines are Eleven and Four, Four. Two. Both young and old, study these magazines, making their knowledge of football and footballers rival encyclopedia.

While traveling in the north, we were stopped at check-points and asked our nationality; English we replied, ohhh, Rooney, Beckham was the answer, to which we all began rolling off the names of the rest of the squad, and were waved through with a smile, passports still in our pockets.

I met a young boy in Monywa, again, where are you from? on hearing London, Mmm, Chelsea, Stamford bridge, Arsenal, Highbury, no, West Ham, ., Upton Park, he yelled and continued to tell me about all the current players, old players, and their transfers.
Despite living under one of the most draconian regimes in the world, some Burmese people still manage to find time for life's pleasures, and The Beautiful Game is one.
One young man told me, that over the last few months, he had been using the rare moments of electricity to charge batteries so he can watch the World Cup.
There are two similar shots in the WS.

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In discussions with Francis before I left for my trip, I said that I would try to bring back images of Burma and Burmese life, not only the beautiful shots of Bagan and the clear reflections of Inle and monks. Francis is not here at the moment.. while the cats away:)

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