On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats

‘America’s New Revolutionaries Show How The Left Can Win.’ ‘Revolutionary’, like many words, has different interpretations. I think that it’s meant, within this context, in terms of challenging and getting rid of “centrist”, Hillary-style, moral bankruptcy; being slightly less awful than the Republicans, but the other connotation is something that can frighten the horses when…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Fifteen

2nd July: On Penalties – Rio Ferdinand started to go down the ‘lottery of the penalties’ route yesterday, saying that training can’t reproduce the pressure situation before Gary Lineker, politely, shut him down quickly. The point being that training and honing technique gives a player something to fall back on when he’s in that pressurised situation….

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Fourteen

29th June: Reaction To England’s Qualifying – Trying to be cute by directing yourself into your preferred half of the draw is unbecoming and is asking for karma to kick you in the balls. Anyone who’s serious about winning the World Cup would take whoever’s coming next at them down the pike. And if the sometimes…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Thirteen

27th June: Mexico 0 Sweden 3 – A terrific game. Mexico might have been my favourite side so far but that was leaden from them, they were a bag of nerves, they were rubbish. Sweden, though, were terrific. They were on Mexico all over the pitch and completely out played them. 3-0 was a fair…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Twelve

26th June: Reply On VAR – You appeal for handballs when ball hits the hand: see South Korea/Mexico; see Denmark/Australia; see Portugal/Iran. – You pretend that an arm touching your face is you, a grown man, being hit in the face: see too many examples to mention. – You dangle your leg, for defenders or goalies…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Eleven

25th June: Uruguay 3 Russia 0 – And that’s why some of us naysayers were folding our arms and weren’t impressed by Russia’s hammering of rubbish like Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It would been a greater prize to play the dull Portugal (or Iran, who I think can pull off a shock victory against Ronaldo and…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Ten

24th June: England 6 Panama 1 – With nothing else to play for, Tunisia/Panama might be a total bloodbath. Honduras were the previous master exponents of thuggery at the last World Cup but they were clinical, dead-eyed and brutal: a squad consisting entirely of hatchet men. Whereas Panama were just inept, childish and insane. At least in…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Nine

23rd June: Belgium 5 Tunisia 2 – Belgium are oh so pleasing on the eye when attacking. Defensively, though, there’s something to bite on for opposing teams. Tunisia aren’t too bad at all: when they go toe-to-toe, there’s lots to work with there for the future, and maybe they should put some serious mind to…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Eight

22nd June: – Have ITV already started phoning it in? I tuned in for their highlights last night and there wasn’t a presenter or panelists, just the action of the day with voiceover from one of their reporters to help sellotape it together. It’s all been one long blur of football but I don’t think that…

Watch ‘Dark Docs’

As I understand it, this has grown out of little videos made by the same people that used to tabulate 1 – 5 of say, for example, Most Haunting Space Missions, but this is a leap forward. They take strange occurrences and either explain it or proffer a number of different possible reasons. The narration doesn’t…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Seven

21th June: Denmark 1 Australia 1 – That was a fine game. Denmark show more quality but Australia’s grit, heart and organisation almost makes up for it. I’m looking for Peru to do their thing now and beat France to really light up this group A knuckle-gnawingly dreadful decision to give that penalty to Australia….

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Six

20th June: Portugal 1 Morocco 0 – Martin Keown tried to say ‘remonstrate’ a couple of times but only arrived at ‘remon-state’ instead but then he redeemed himself by observing that the bang on Amrabat’s dome had evidently made him into a better player. Much love to Vicki Sparks for her seamless commentary. Hopefully Vicki Sparks, Alex Scott,…