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Why is There No Juventus Gun Picture from Heysel?

Heysel and Beyond

Being justifiably upset by the events at the Heysel Stadium many years ago, the recent comments on a video I made about it … https://youtu.be/vxqjTZYV5do

… on the 25th anniversary of the awful event made me recall some TV reporting of what was reputedly  to be a Juventus “fan” brandishing a gun on the pitch.

This was well reported and many people remember this (see later link rferences).

However, I’ve trawled the internet looking for pictures of this person and after an hour’s work, have found absolutely nothing, which, given the nature of the event, the host of personal recollections and the ease with which information can be posted and retrieved from the web, is very strange indeed.

So why can’t I find a single picture of this?  Why?

If I recall correctly, the gunman was one of the Juventus owner’s family, or party.  Everyone seems to remember that after the event, the gun was found to be a starting pistol and that he was chastised by the family and grounded for a bit.  However, for anyone who has ever been threatened by a gunman, post event information is small cheer indeed!

Meanwhile:

  • Liverpool “fans” were convicted and later the town and club had a double hit of karmic retribution.
  • Football in the UK, after being banned from Europe, has cleaned up it’s act, (generally, with the odd notable exception), moved on and is moneyed up to the eyeballs.
  • Football in Italy is as partisan and violent as ever with corruption at every level of the sport that sees clubs dropped a league or two and opposing teams’ support afraid to visit the country.

So where is the Heysel gun (and man)?  Where are the pictures?  I’d like to know, if only to clarify my mind.  All I see are the fans on the pitch with iron bars and dead and dying fans under a wall.

Joe Fagan, the Liverpool manager, left the pitch, from what was planned to be his last match in charge, in tears.  I’m sure it was because he saw what had happened to his beautiful game.

Now, the xenophobes and unforgivers need to move on.  Justice was doubly served on Liverpool and a picture of the Juve “fan” with a gun would balance some memories of the time.  Juve people need to accept this or else the hate and violence that we see on the Italian terraces will never go, until they too, have their own karmic retribution.

There’s a lot that still needs to be done.

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Orion Nebula on a Handheld Pocket Camera

Many moons ago, before Crawling Chaos, I had an interest in astronomy.  In those days, only professionals took photos of stars and it was hard, as you needed plates and plate holders stuck on the back of your telescope, and a dark room to develop pictures.  Telescope needed to be motor driven to track the Earth’s rotation etc etc.  Oh!   And you needed a telescope! :-?

Anyway.  These pictures I’ve just taken (about midnight) starting down on the canal and finishing back home as I realised I might get a good shot with the tripod.

Fuji FinePixThe camera is my trusty (repaired) Fuji F30, mostly set at 3 secs exposure on a mix of high ISO settings.  All the EXIF data is in the pictures which are resized to 800×600 here.

I particularly like the weird grass, half-iced-up so that it’s white from the frost and glistening from the still-liquid water droplets.  And yet black, unfrozen and hardly reflective close to the ground.

The long exposure combined with flash makes the surroundings un-earthly, which I like.

I also like the fact that I shot Orion on a 3 second hand-held point-and-shoot camera.  :-)   This was unheard of in my time at Ashington Grammar School

In the final tripod shots, the nebulosity around the sword handle in Orion’s Belt is clearly visible.  Absolutely amazing.

George is in shot, helping out.

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Fuji F30, First Snaps on Repaired Camera

Strangely post on October 6th, 2008
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Toddling off tonight with the dog, I had a little play with the thing.  Previously, here and here, I’ve talked about my knackered F30 camera.  I feel that its night vision isn’t the same as the previous one, but there is more lee-way with the settings.  What I mean is I think the ISO3200 is a bit fuzzier than previous but I can clean it up with a stand and judicious use of exposure and shutter settings.  I’ll have to take my mini-tripod out more often!  This is a gallery of snaps below.  They are all here. I played a bit with the extra chrome setting.  It seemed to make everything nice and yellow.  The docks were done with the camera on a ledge and a shutter of about a second. George the dog was his usual imperious and yet contrary self…

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