>What a difference…

>Two weeks ago seems a long time doesnt it. 3 wins, 9 goals, one conceded, Owen, Martins and Viduka scoring freely, one touch football carving apart well organised teams, Beye rampaging down the right, the midfield controlling the game. Where do we go from here? I still want a few wins for the rest of the season and we have a few teams coming up (Everton, Portsmouth, West Ham) who are good measures of what we can achieve next season with this squad. We should be looking at competing with these boys, beating them to the ball and being more creative. I am optimistic. With only Chelsea and Sunderland as the wild card games, I’d like to get close to 50 pts (38 right now) for the season.


Of course it can’t hide the fact that we were atrocious for a few months and the squad is still weak in some areas, most notably at left back, centre back and in the middle we need reinforcements, but with N’Zogbia, Milner and Emre looking to come in there, we have a decent squad. Some guys should leave if we can get a price for them. mostly important is not lose any of our present stars (Owen, Martins, Viduka, Beye, Faye, Barton and Butt).

We have only beaten Spurs, Reading and Fulham but the aim should be for a top 6 position next season. That will take reinforcement from the chairman and verve from the manager. 20m should be enough for the guys we want. We offer a lot now to prospective players; money, support, an attacking manager, a winning team and some well-known players. It’s early days. I’m not jumping the gun but we have an opportunity now. Let’s hope we make the most of this window, Mr Chairman.

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>RIP

>Charlton Heston died yesterday. Admittedly he wasn’t exactly of my era and didnt star in many of my favourite films but still and I didnt like his gun stance but he was a big civil rights campaigners in the 1960s. Its another chapter of the old school dying away and leaving us with the likes of Britney Spears and Tom ‘psycho’ Cruise.

I see it as part of the death of an era of Hollywood. When I saw an old film when I was young, it could have Charlton Heston as a Roman, Burt Lancaster as a pirate, Kurt Douglas as a slave, Paul Newman playing pool, Steve McQueen being cool, Tony Curtis as a woman, Yul Brynner as a cossack, Clint and Mitchum as cowboys, Cary Grant on the run, Brando as a gangster or Greg Peck as a great teacher. Only four of those guy are alive now. that a little makes me sad.

The day Harrison Ford kicks the bucket, part of my childhood will have died.

>What are you bloody waiting for? What? Oh just for it to stop fucking raining, that’s all. Blustery, stormy day yesterday. I got caught in it with a mere, thin shirt and battled the wind and rain home. then hit the beers and went to see Modest Mouse with the house mates. great gig and great to see Johnny Marr playing. Apart from, been working (ok) been to see an Aussie Rules game (ok), Ross Noble (barely ok) and Daniel Kitson (excellent). apart from that just looking for the exit door. May 24th me thinks.

The Act of Laughter and Remembering

There are some moments or people that stick in your mind for a long time. They inspire, repel, console or pain you. Like thinking elephants, fathers and sons, we are destined to live with these thoughts long into our dwindling days. They maybe albatrosses or crosses to bear or joyful times that reminds us of our perceived found raison d’etre but they remain with us, holding up our hopes and follies.

Milan Kundera, the great Czech French emigre, the writer of The Joke, the Book of Laughter and Forgiveness and The Unbearable Lightness of Being offers immense insight into human relationship and psyches. As a writer and dissident in his homeland of Czechoslovakia, under the Cold War communist government, Kundera was forced to leave the country for his inability to conform to the wishes of the state. in short; he would not say what he saw.

 

So he left, emigrated to France and continued to write. As he aged, he wrote less satire and became more melancholic, and wrote more about memory and the influence our memories have on our lives. For as we age, we do look back, we do see the timeline, the produce of our days. We speculate, regret, laugh, forgive and forget.

 

Daniel Kitson is a English comic of a newer school. He isn’t political; political is old school yet he isn’t light. He is intensely passionate over his subject matter. He pains for the human race, simply wanting to make society a better place and believes with a few simple unselfish acts in our everyday lives we can do that. The story he tells is a fable, ending the show with the conclusion of the story he starts the show with. This is no act; he’s serious. He has clearly thought about life and our roles in it deeply.

And it is intensely funny. The part covering how we think and otters is genius. His stories make you laugh and you are applauding before you know it. His theories charm and impress the audience into admired listening. He wishes and calls for a better world; a more considerate world. The story thread is impressive, the tone and emphasis is warming. It’s always funny; he is too intelligent for it not to be and to aware of his duty to let it run long without a joke at the end.

 

When finishes he walks off directly. Everyone leaves quickly. You don’t have calls for an encore for you know none will be given. He is finished. He has said what he wanted to say, what he considered important. It took 2 hours but you never noticed. You leaves through the talking crowd, proud of the perfomance and proud to have been there. A philosopher, humanist, slight nerd and funny man rolled into one. Most comedians have jokes to tell; Daniel Kitson has a whole philosophy. The man is a genius. I don’t say that easily. It’s been 5 days since the performance. It remains my thinking still.


>China and the Olympics

>I got asked my opinion about this early and thought I’d write it down. I have been thinking about this and think it’s too late to boycott the Olympics. after all if we were so concerned about Tibet we should have raised this issue years ago along with the repression in NE China, the threats over Taiwan, the support for North Korea, the endless espionage convictions, the prison factories, the pollution etc etc..

But we didn’t we all bowed down and said yes, sure a country like China which is doing all the above right now (lets not even delve into the history in just this century). what we should have done is never given the Olympics in the first place to China. These events are grand national spectacles where a nation can promote itself and celebrate its success. Sure China is succeeding right now and is no longer communist, just authoritarian. But show pieces on such a global scale should be reserved for democratic countries. after all athletic sport in itself should be entered into freely. People may criticise the US (well with that President!) but I’d rather have a world where the US is the major power rather than the Chinese. (that though doesn’t mean the States should have got the Atlanta or Salt Lake City Olympics after all the dodgy dealing there.

so in short, its too late and as usual we will do little for Tibet cos a) its tricky b) we want cheap goods which keeps our inflation down, keeping interest rates down, promoting house buying and general spending but without inflation. isn’t globalisation a wonderful thing! as long you aren’t Tibetan! for world leaders to bother to boycott would be hypocritical on as grand scale as us lay people asking for the same.