Monday, September 27, 2004

I love my wife's whizzy camera. She has had it 18 months and I'm still finding new things to do with it. Here's some of the wildlife from Southlake:

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

It's stupid-o'clock in the morning at Gatwick Airport and I'm shopping for something vital I forgot to pack - a European 2-pin plug adapter so I can use my laptop in Spain. Who should I bump into in the electronics shop but Paul Norman who is looking for EXACTLY the same item! Amazing coincidence so off to the bar for a chat - pint for him (to kick off his holiday with Audrey) but a coffee for me.

A hectic schedule for me today. A half-day at work before catching a train to Brighton for the match tonight; after that an overnight stay at Gatwick airport before flying out to the Stock Exchange in Valencia.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

My first home match at the Golden Palace went well - I didn't drive. Taking the train to Wolverhampton is just so easy in comparison to driving up. This time the railway station was shut for repairs and I STILL got to the match with ages to spare. I took the tram from Birmingham to Wolves - such novelties really add to the day.

This was my first time in the Stan Cullis stand - not too great with the sun in your eyes so much but now I've managed to watch a match from all 5 stands.

The match itself was a mix of emotions - depression as we conceded, elation as we scored. Missing a penalty really cheered us up no end...

but in the end Cameron came off the bench to rescue a point for us.

Afterwards I stalked players for autographs (unseemly at my age but what the hell..). Got a nice photo of new signing Seol Ki-Hyun

and exchanged a few words with Jason Roberts (Wigan striker who never made the Wolves first team under McGhee). He was amazed to see the fresh-faced photo of himself on the front of the E&S:

Often when waiting outside the ground after the match there will be a small rush of people to get the autograph of somebody and you think "who the hell is that?" but you play along. Afterwards people asked me "who was that?" that they had just obtained the signature of, so I wasn't alone. In this case I did some detective work later and found I'd been talking to Bobby Thompson, a famous player from the 60s. It embarrasses me that I know so little club history...

The day ended with a few pints with my old friend from Paisley, JJ:


Saturday, September 04, 2004


Few things make me as sad as the massacre of children and parents at the school in Beslan. It is one thing to die for your convictions - it is something entirely different to make other people die as well. Go ahead and be a martyr if you want - try the hard route of a hunger strike instead of the easy way out of the suicide bomber if your convictions are that strong. Otherwise you're just a murderer.

In a similar vein, on TV the other night I caught parts of The Hamburg Cell (based on the terrorists who crashed United Airlines flight 93) which at times reminded me of the grooming skills of paedophiles - take some innocent and over time convince them to do things they would never consider thinking about normally.

Sometimes it seems it would be better if we simply took people with strong convictions (about anything) outside and had them quietly killed.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Doesn't time fly :-(

Just found out that Microsoft now has added the ability to let other people see your MCP collection (99% of people go "whoop-di-doo").
If you go to and use the following Transcript ID (673435) and Access Code (Kingfisher), you can decide for yourself whether I am either:
  1. A life-long learner, or
  2. Someone who does not get out enough

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