“It was either the North Koreans, or it was the Martians.”


I love the Chinese spokesman’s comment that the sinking of a South Korean Navy frigate with the loss of 46 sailors was merely was unfortunate. Imagine if Taiwan did the same. We’d have a huge issue. 

I’ve been in North Korea and forget the soldiers at the DMZ. Most are kids in one-fits all uniforms, under nourished and unskilled. Time for China to get some credibility and South Korea should blow over North Korea. It will fall surprisingly easily, like a house of cards and it should be done before North Korea goes properly nuclear. 

China’s main worry is the flood of refugees North but in reality the Koreans will mainly flood south and South Korea is going to need a lot of help, financial and logistical to fix this one. Germany took years to fully integrate East Germany after years of neglect. But North Korea is far more desperate, uneducated and impoverished and South Korea doesn’t have the reserves to invest. But its about time this human stain was cleansed. 

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2009/2010

I won’t go into too much detail. Its surprising how apathetic you can become about the Premier League when your team isn’t in it. I maybe saw 40% less games than in previous seasons but while it was an interesting and closer season than usual, the quality was slightly lower even if the competition was equally intense.

The review below is brief and I have worked off realistic pre-season expectations only.

Excellent seasons

Fulham – Solid finish and great cup run. 
Bolton – Terrible team but stayed up fairly easily in the end. 
Stoke – Solid if ugly team and good finish.
Everton – Started badly but 8th place is their usual spot. 
Spurs – Harry will hopefully have bankrupted the club but they played as well as their players could. 
Chelsea – Won the double. With Essien back, they maybe be ageing but will still be there or there abouts. I predicted 1st so wohoo.
Blackburn – Terrible but effective team like their manager. 
Birmingham – Great run and top 10 finish. Never saw that. 

Good seasons

Man United – that United team is middling for United. Did very well with the injuries, average players and lack of goalscorers. 
Man City – Not bad considering their summer expenditure was mixed. 
Villa – What do they want? 6th is about right. Just lacking that glint of quality.  
Arsenal – A lot of injuries and a lack of goalscorer again hinders Wenger. He must take some blame there.  
Wolves – Stayed up. 

Ok seasons

Portsmouth – Played well under Grant 
Burnley – Poor team but enjoyed it. 
Wigan – Poor season but stayed up. 

Poor seasons

West Ham – Unfortunate for Zola but the squad is better than 17th.
Hull – Poor. Everything.
Sunderland – Spent a lot of money on a decent squad and the season wilted badly in the middle.
Liverpool – Need a new boss. Club has stalled but were better than the season showed. With a decent second striker and some better tactical substitutions, they would have just been top 4. 

Classy Family

The father of the Chelsea and former England captain John Terry has pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine.

Edward Terry, 56, from Chafford Hundred, Essex, appeared before Basildon magistrates and admitted a charge of supplying the Class A drug.

The court was told he supplied it to an undercover newspaper reporter in a winebar in Chafford Hundred, in 2009.