Novak Djokovic and the power of sport

by Sonja Nikcevic 

Novak Djokovic has always been more than just a Serbian tennis player. In his ascent towards immortality in the sport, Djokovic’s image and open, friendly manner became a symbol for a new kind of Serbia. It was the symbol of a country that had shed its image of conflict and poverty and replaced it with one of a prosperous future of talented, intelligent youth. Along with his compatriots in the sport, ‘Nole’ became the goodwill ambassador the country was in dire need of.

Now, years after the Serb had established himself as both a tennis great and national symbol, his country found itself in dire need yet again. And Djokovic stepped up. Yet again.

 

Serbian tennis players Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic

Serbian tennis players Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic

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#OnlyInRussia

By Sonja Nikcevic

Ten days into the 2014 Winter Olympics, and all eyes are still firmly set on Sochi. The longest, largest and most highly covered Winter Games to date has had its fair share of drama from ground zero. With over 7000 competing athletes and almost double that amount of journalists reporting live, the sporting world and beyond has not been wanting of Sochi correspondents, for the good, bad and the hilarious. However, life and perceptions of it seem to take on a slightly altered form from within the eye of the Olympic storm, and visions inside and outside the Olympic rings might not always be exactly the same. This is what the 2014 Winter Olympics look like to those of us outside Sochi 2014’s direct glare.

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Date a girl who – insert stereotype

By Sonja Nikcevic

Some time ago, a certain, mysterious Rosemarie Urquico posted an inspiring, literary insight into why you, and everyone else in the world should date a girl who reads. And suddenly, without warning, the Internet exploded. The post went viral in the astounding Internet-hype way that seems to have become commonplace in recent society. Girls and women all over the world paused their lonely, or not so lonely, exciting or everyday, book-loving lives and recognized themselves in Urquico’s words. I’m not ashamed to admit I was one of them. Below is an extract, so you can keep up:

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Apping your personality

By Sonja Nikcevic

(See what I did there? Hilarious. I know.)

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the contents of your purse, or pocket, could tell you a lot about your personality, and life situation. Sadly small coins, pieces of lint, and library card usually meant student, while a mix of pop-up books, diapers, lipstick and day planners meant Supermom. Now zip back into the technologically-charged present and you’ll see that not much has changed. The content of your pocket and bag can still tell the world who you are, but now, all that content has been neatly wrapped up into a smartphone shaped super-gadget/mirror into your soul.

Credit: nightdeposits.blogspot.com

Credit: nightdeposits.blogspot.com

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FC St. Pauli – Hamburg’s modern-day pirates

By Sonja Nikcevic

There was something in the air last night in Hamburg. And it wasn’t just the endless, pouring rain, the beginning of a long awaited weekend, or the Christmas market magic. It was time for football, and St. Pauli were playing.

Just like with so many others, Hamburg’s city lines are divided by football. And while around the world  these lines can run as deep as religion, class and politics – have you ever heard of a dynamic where one club is mainstream & (arguably) successful and the other just plain übercool?

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