Sunday, October 26, 2008


Reading Town Is Burning Down, Burning Down...

When you want something so badly, you see it everywhere, even film listings at the local cinema :-)

Monday, October 13, 2008


It's me, honest


What a cool dude, eh? Maybe the hair doesn't go back THAT far just yet. The lines under the eyes are accurate though...


Tuesday, October 07, 2008


RIP Pajoba

Sad to hear that Pajoba (or PAul JOhn BArzda) died from a heart attack in his sleep on Sunday morning. Since I joined the Wolves mailing list 10 years ago, he's been there with football insight and "I'll get my coat" quality humour. He'll be missed.


Saturday, October 04, 2008


Quotation of the Day

Thanks to The Quotation Of The Day Mailing List:

"Religion, uncontaminated by power, can be the source of a great deal of private solace, artistic inspiration, and moral wisdom. But when it gets its hands on the levers of political or social authority, it goes rotten very quickly indeed. The rank stench of oppression wafts from every authoritarian church, chapel, temple, mosque, or synagogue -- from every place of worship where the priests have the power to meddle in the social and intellectual lives of their flocks, from every presidential palace or prime ministerial office where civil leaders have to pander to religious ones.

"My basic objection to religion is not that it isn't true; I like plenty of things that aren't true. It's that religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good."

- Philip Pullman, "The censor's dark materials", The Guardian, Sept. 29, 2008.


Swansea... not today

I'd been looking forward to the Swansea-Wolves match since May when Swansea were promoted to the second tier and Wolves ... stayed where they were.

Back in 1986 I'd seen one such match when I still lived in Swansea (can't recall if it was the January win or October defeat). And in 2002 I drove down the M4 for a late-summer League Cup match where Cardiff-born Blake helped defeat the Swans (much to their fans' annoyance).

Now Swansea were again in a position to take on the 'mighty' Wolves - on a Saturday so no mid-week travel problems. But come the day and I'm not really up for it. Looking back I hadn't been to a Wolves match since March 2006 and that was just down the road at the Madjeski Stadium; before that April 2005 ... against Reading again. No doubt my next match will be in January 2009 when Wolves come down here next.

To explain my lack of interest I was giving myself excuses:

"It will be cold, wet and windy"
Almost right; in fact Swansea has better weather than Reading.

"It will be expensive for the train, ticket, food and drink"
I would have probably spent £80 all told; instead I spent £50 on Guitar Hero III (to get an extra guitar) and £30 on an Indian meal delivery...

"Your time could be spent more profitably on better things"
I fell for this one. Except on Friday night I stayed up until 4am the following morning playing on the Xbox so didn't get up until nearly 1pm. Today's main achievement has been doing the washing up. If I'd gone to the match, I would have had 5 hours on trains which could have been used to prepare for my D&D game on Wednesday.

"What if you go all that way and Wolves lose"
It's a 300 mile round trip so not exactly close; Wolves lost 3-1.



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