Geeks and Greeks – Japan 0 Greece 0

Japan v Greece, Natal
The last thing you expect in Brazil is to pick up a spare ticket from a bloke from Merthyr.

Just bumped into the in the street and never met them before. Paul, mid-40s, Yan, from Swansea now living Joao Pessoa and Rangers fan Gary had a spare.

And with chances diminishing by the second I was lucky to get in.

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Yuzovka – the ‘Welsh’ city in Ukraine

Sculptureof miners in the Regional Museum in Donetsk
Sculptureof miners in the Regional Museum in Donetsk
Slagheap City, it has to be said, hides its charms well.

Nearly a million people now live in Donetsk, which was set up by Welshman John Hughes after he came out here in 1869. In effect he sparked an industrial revolution in this part of eastern Ukraine.

The legacy of his efforts is staggering to behold when you travel out to the huge metallurgical plant in the south of the city.

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