Comment Never Sent: When False Equivalence Perhaps Isn’t Quite So False

Hadley Freeman is a talented writer and author, although I don’t agree with her on most things. I do, though, share her disgust at the Trump’ administration’s racist, fascist acts on the Mexican border, pulling children away from their parents. It’s so scandalous. Trump would never, ever be passed as a fictional character by any…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Five

19th June: Colombia 1 Japan 2 – Good game and a good result. I’ve not forgiven Colombia for their twee organised goal celebrations of last time. Either do a variant on the Tardelli Scream or Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s quiet handshake: everything is narcissistic and unacceptable. Silly Carlos Sanchez getting sent off. The ball might have even gone…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Four

18th June: Sweden 1 South Korea 0 – Leaden stuff from Sweden while South Korea are just rubbish. It seemed more difficult for Hwang Hee-chan to not hit the target with that late header but he managed it. South Korea almost looked adroit, though mere huff and puff at the end, but they’re no good at…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Three

17th June: Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 – I get irritated when pseuds try to affect chess grandmaster-style depth and apply words like ‘compelling’ to dull games….but I did really enjoy that. It bubbled along nicely despite two teams having some limitations. Eniola Aluko is a joy. She obviously does her homework but she doesn’t regurgitate…

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: Two

16th June: France 2 Australia 1 – I couldn’t see Didier Drogba’s feet on the BBC but in my mind he was wearing his white flip-flops. A compelling game in that Australia worked so diligently and intelligently to bridge the teams’ gap in quality. France were poor, trying to crowbar-in their front three all at once….

Russia 2018: World Cup Thoughts: One

13th June: Spain Sack Their Manager With Two Days To Go – Congratulations to the UK and US governments for no longer being the world’s biggest laughing stocks….at least until this afternoon… – No expectations can lead to playing freely and that can lead to success. Denmark were on the beach in 1992 when Yugoslavia got kicked…

On The Goalkeeping Turmoil of Poor Loris Karius

(Belfast Telegraph) In life, things tend to never be as bad as you think. It happens, whatever it is, and much of your relief is tinged with regret at having worried yourself to a standstill over what wrath you thought was heading your way but, thankfully, never materialised. That’s often the way, and it’s a…

2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 2 Sheffield United 3

Joe Bryan, in his post-match interview, called City’s first half performance “rubbish” and I can’t disagree. Previously I’ve been shocked by the quality of many of the teams I’ve seen this season with QPR – so slack and lazy that the side had a crisis meeting the following Monday – probably being the worse side…

2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 5 (Five) Hull City 5 (Five)

One goal scored every 540 seconds at Ashton Gate this afternoon. Lord have mercy. At first, it looked like it might have been an otiose end-of-season kick about: Hull aren’t going down and Bristol City, while only a few points off of the play-offs, have a bus queue between us and sixth place. Hull City…

Just One View: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Guy Ritchie films. Oh, my. I saw his ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998) and thought that it was irritating and unfunny. Gah. I hate geezerism. I hate his phoney-baloney affected working-classisms. His films make me tired all over. Hang on: I quite liked ‘Snatch’ (2000), relatively speaking: Jason Statham can make any rubbish…

2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 3 Birmingham City 1

The last time that Bristol City got relegated from the Championship, it was Birmingham City who stomped on our white-knuckled fingertips. I’ll remember it most for when, resigned to our fate, the home crowd started to sing: “Que sera sera. Whatever will be, will be…….”. …Eh? But we’re going down to League One….? Why are…