>Off to Casablanca

>I am in the desert at the mo, in the town they filmed Gladiator. Not much left of that but the beggars. Heading to Casabalnca this weekend. The unbeaten leaders are arriving to play the champions who have been out of form all season. Bound to be a decent game or a riot. Either way, I am taking my camera.

All cool here though the hassle is intense at times.

I will post more from Casablanca when hopefully I can repeat Bogey’s line….

>Tattoo gone wrong

>A football fan is suing a tattooist who drew a penis on his back instead of his favourite team’s badge.

The teenager asked to have the Boca Juniors logo etched on his back.
But the tattoo artist was a supporter of rival team River Plate and decided to have some fun at his young customer’s expense.

The victim, who cannot be named, said: ‘I could not see what he was tattooing because he didn’t have a mirror. I only saw it when I got home and showed it to my parents.’

>Lovely day today.
Cant say much as the internet is slow and the keyboard is in Arabic. But in Morocco and cool so far. Plenty has happened and I will get it down asap

>Big Bother

>Well we all know how fond of nostalgia C4 is so I guess they are merely just taking us back to the era of Alf Garnett. I have never watched the program before but I’m interested now, not to see the British trash show themselves up for what they are but to see the British reaction to it all.

Like all nations, we have our racism and while it tends to be covert, it runs through all levels of society. There will undoubtedly be an overreaction by the media and politicians, keen to sell themselves. But for me what is more fundamental here has been the post-90s celebration of untalented people who simply use the motto “it’s a free world” to abuse everyone in sight while kids would rather be good at a PlayStation than read a book (or even have the ability to read a book). Danielle Lloyd was previously famous for being Teddy Sheringham’s girlfriend and the girl who thought Winston Churchill was black because the bust near her house in London was black.

But at least the nation is recognising the bullying and condemning it. The racist issues is more difficult to define but there are strident elements. Every overreaction eventually corrects itself to a degree but hopefully the kids watching will understand the moral issues here and move the country on somewhat. Whether we can find an answer to the chavs is difficult without drastic human liberties curbs. There is something in that too.

I heard the interview this morning with the Channel 4 chairman and was surprised the interviewer continued to give him the oxygen of publicity as the chairman repeated the same answer “we have released a statement already” maybe 6 times, making no attempt to apologise. Truly pathetic stuff. For such a savvy company to be caught out and then have no answer is surprising. They are obviously worried about their classy cash cow here. I guess TV does make you look bigger than you really are.

>Owen Hargreaves column

>Hargreaves has his own column on the BBC now. The first week was pure Canadian i.e. unspectacular but pleasant. But he ups his game here, talking about Becks and comes across as well above the average footballer. Though when he the explains his haircut, I’m sure a few United fans won’t be so taken.

I’ve been a fan of Owen since 2002, never fully believing the stick he got having seen him play a crucial role. His energy, positional play and reading of the tackle is exceptional. But as you find out after a short time, a lot of football fans simply are poor judges of players and the game or blinded to it.

Column here