Thursday, 24 January 2013

Two wrongs don't make a right.

 The Moment Eden Hazard 'kicked' the ball boy.

The incident in the photograph occurred last night during the match between Swansea and Chelsea. Chelsea needed to win and didn't so you can imagine the players were becoming more and more emotionally wired as time passed. Then the ball was picked up by the ball boy and he wouldn't release it to young Hazard. Everyone has apologised and shaken hands but it raises the issue of our humanness.

Looking at the incident it has been described as 'brattish' mostly in the direction of the footballer but the ball boy's actions were not without question. He was employed by Swansea and so would have been emotionally driven by the imminence of his team's success but his behaviours were questionable. Firstly, he is employed to return the ball to the men on the pitch as quickly as he can; secondly, he is not allowed to interfere with play. He failed on both counts which obviously annoyed Eden Hazard of Chelsea who then did the wrong thing.

So there was no 'right' in this situation but there were behavioural drivers in play that both involved should have overridden. It makes for an interesting study and people who consider themselves football pundits have expressed views for both parties but they were both wrong!

I suppose we all find ourselves in situations from time to time where, if we allowed ourselves, we could abandon consideration for others and react totally emotionally but what kind of world would we end up living in. An idea for a book!

The behaviour of the ball boy was rather like that of a professional footballer feigning injury - makes you wonder where he learned that type of reaction!


I read Stephen Woodfin's blog about authors, books and dreaming, this morning which I thought was excellent. Quite often when I'm under the full thrall of the creative dream and writing furiously I am in the mind of my characters. The observation of human behaviours as above feeds the knowledge of how my created personalities can interact. If you aspire to write free your mind to wander where it will and draw on your experiences and feelings to enrich your work. Please don't worry about getting too deep into the imaginings that you will not escape!
There are a couple of interesting quotes from the film 'The Magic of Belle Isle' starring Morgan Freeman as Monty a writer who has stopped writing.

1. Finn, a nine year old who is curious about imagination asks him to teach her and he replies with something like 'Are you sure you want to enter a place from which you may not be able to escape?'

2. When describing the origins of his created hero Jubal McLaws he gives a graphic description of finding his parents murdered by American Indians when he comes home from the Civil War. The mother of the 3 girls in the film interrupts saying of course these things didn't happen for real and Monty comes back with 'they happened to Jubal'

Do you get so involved with your characters? You should or else how do they become 'real' to the readers of your work?

God Bless