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Remember that time when I got called a "genius" by Finnish footballer Mikael Forssell?

No?

It was just about five minutes ago.

*basks*
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Watched some old Jonathan Creek on telly last night. Really enjoyed it, was surprised by how much. I think the way to see it is as like a cartoon, like a comic book.

In the confused.com TV ad, the screenshot of their website has a typo. "If you know your car's regsitration ...". Well done everyone.

Very pleased for Sebastian Vettel. Stunning driver, seems like a top lad - has the ability to be professional in the interviews while at the same time coming across as relaxed and genuine. He really is the next big, big thing, and Red Bull are going to have a job on their hands to keep hold of him.

It was good to see Heikki finishing a race - a good steady 5th place there, helped by the fact he's not as tough on the tyres as his team mate.

Leicester got promotion sorted yesterday, at last. I think we should be up in the top ten and hopefully in the playoffs next year, but if we try to go up to the Premier League too soon, we will just be buggered to bits.

I have an annoying chesty cough, but I only feel slightly run down. I'll be off for a gentle walk in the sunshine soon. Weather's beautiful up here.
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A lot of sloppy play, and some trouble holding on to the ball in the second half, but a win. From an offside goal, but a win.

Good to see Beckham and Shevchenko both proving that they still have it. And lovely to see Shevchenko giving the hugs to the Milan and Chelsea players. I do look at him and think "what a nice man".

Talking of still having it, I didn't mention Wales/Finland on Sunday. Jari Litmanen still has it, and how. The man's a legend.
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Can anyone explain why the delightful and piquant Cesc Fàbregas should not wear a casual jacket, hooded top, jeans and sneakers when he is watching his chums play against Hull?
It's just that the complaints made against Fàbregas by Hull manager Phil Brown were as follows.
“One: Being on the pitch after the game — he had no right to be there. Two: Being dressed in the manner in which he was dressed. Three: The pictures verify the aggression he was showing towards our players and staff after the game." The Hull management team claim that Fàbregas spat at/near/by the Hull assistant manager.
(incidentally, in commenting on the complaint, some twunt in the Telegraph thinks that we should go back to the days when footballers were only ever seen in kit or club blazer. It's all the fault of Lineker the large-eared lady-botherer, apparently)
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Blimey, David Beckham's going on loan to Milan. A Good Thing, I think.

Didn't India give Australia one hell of a beating at the weekend? I watched the highlights of the fourth day's play, and man, there was some bowling.
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Heh, got me email about Anderson being afraid of his own hair read out.
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Some things are going right in the world.

Danny Baker is back on 606, on Tuesdays.
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aha ha ha ha ha ha.
Oh my.
That photo of Gordon Brown and David Miliband. (see small version here)

Echoing beautifully that moment in the Stadio dell'Alpi in 1990.

aha ha ha ha ha ha, oh dear.
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When life imitates Croatia national team player/manager slash. Slaven Bilic in bed with Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric. Well, probably "on bed", but it would seem he did actually say "in bed".

Only with Slaven Bilic. This further cements my opinion that the man is a LEGEND.
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Hey there everyone. This is kind of a ragbag, because I don't have anything of any great import or interest to say, but at the same time I feel the compulsion to tell my bugger-all to THE INTERNET!

1) Made aubergine and courgette (zucchini) beer-batter fritters for dinner on Saturday, with tzatziki. Very very good, as ever, didn't make as much mess with the batter as I usually do.

2) What do herbs and delay pedal have in common? You can have too much of either; too much herb in a dish or too much delay pedal in a track. And yet, add more and more and more; use the herb like it was a vegetable or a salad leaf, go hogwild with layers and layers of delay pedal; and you can end up with something very pleasant. For example, one of my favourite starters is panir-o-sabzi, Iranian cheese with herbs. You get a little slab of Iranian cheese, and gurt big bunches of mint, tarragon, spring onions and radishes. You wouldn't use that much tarragon in a dish for eight people. But for one, as a salad leaf, it's just right. Same thing with bunches of methi and dhania in a stew. Use loads!

3) I feel really guilty for being slightly mean about Jari-Matti Latvala prior to Rallye Deutschland (that "sweepstake" comment I made last week). He had a complete nightmare, and he was just in tiny little bits on the Saturday and Sunday, and the poor boy does not need people sitting at home and making snide comments. He still needs to change a few things about his preparation, but I think at this point one should be encouraging rather than mean about it.

4) I feel really stupid about 3) above, but I felt I ought to say it anyway. I feel one should be in for a penny in for a pound with this "being a fan" thing. Or maybe not?

5) If y'all ever want me to post about Serious Shit Happening In The World, I, like, will, but I don't know how much good it'll do you to read it. There are better and more informed minds than mine out there. I have an always-simmering rant about the fetishisation of the countryside, but a) you can probably guess what it would be and b) it would probably enmire us all in a long and ill-tempered discussion of where privilege lies in the debate. So, best not to bother, I think.

6) Bit of a mare for Kimi Räikkönen, wasn't it?

7) Leicester have won two, drawn one so far. I guess we've found our level.
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The first game of the football season today. Leicester beat MK Dons 2-0. I'm very cheered by this. I thought that I had gotten more jaded than I really had. Last season I had started to feel boredom and vague distaste towards Premiership football, and resentful disappointment towards my own side, but this season we're off to a good start. Oh ho ho, isn't this how it always is? How many fucking thousands of football fans have had exactly the same bloody thoughts; last season I got sick of the lot of youse, but now this season has started, and youve signed a couple of good players, and you've won the first game of the season and suddenly oh you darlings, my own dear most beloved of teams once more, calloo and indeed callay! Sing a happy little song and clutch thoughts of kinship to our hearts again. Over and over and over again, every season as if we'd forgotten that this is what happens. But really, we aren't this stupid, we just don't particularly care to be reminded. Why be reminded, when Pauly Dickov has come back to us, and we have won the first game of the season 2-0?

Besides that, the man of the house and his bandmates had a gig in a pub in town tonight. I went along. It was pretty darn good, actually, especially considering that he couldn't hear himself play properly, and he's barely been to a bloody rehearsal.

Why has it taken me and him til our mid thirties to get into Os Mutantes? What's been wrong with us?

Yes!

Aug. 8th, 2008 10:23 am
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Paul Dickov has come back to Leicester!
He's been around for a while*, but he is the business.

Ah, that has put such a smile on my face this morning.

First league game tomorrow. Seems ridiculously early.


*not as old as he looks though, only 35.
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OK, I swear I didn't make Spanish magdalenas because Spain were playing in the final - it just so happened that we wanted some little cakes, and magdalenas are the variety of little cake that we like.

But anyhow, they were probably the nicest magdalenas I've made. The fat was mostly butter, with a little bit of olive oil, and there was just a little splash of milk - the cakes were moist and soft and lovely. For flavouring I use a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, a quarter teaspoon of lemon oil and a quarter teaspoon of orange oil (for two eggsworth of cake, this is). The olive oil also adds flavour. There are pine nuts and sugar on top of the cakes, as there should be.

I enjoyed the final very much. See how determined is Torres when a chance opens up! See also how the Spanish wingers and fullbacks tend to keep the ball too long, so that one shouts oneself hoarse "GIVE IT! GIVE IT NOW!" "No! Not NOW. THE MAN WAS THERE! You should have GIVE IT HIM!" See how annoyed is Michael Ballack! See how much better it all is when you turn off the inane TV commentary! There were a few things that Spain could have done better, especially in the first quarter of an hour. Germany though, they were not put together well and it really wasn't going to happen.
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For the attention of Wesley Sneijder:
Are you Lampard, are you Lampard, are you Lampard in disguise?

Playing like England the bloody lot of you, in fact.
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BLOODY HELL FIRE!

What a last half hour. I fear Petr Cech may never be the same again.

Started to fall asleep watching the US Open, saw Lee Westwood returning to his usual putting form (i.e. hopeless) to let Tiger back in it after Tiger's shocking first two holes. On waking I see there is a playoff.

There was some cricket in the middle of all that as well. I kind of feel sorry for the New Zealanders. Is it just me, or is KP acting as a kind of de facto captain?

euro 2008

Jun. 14th, 2008 11:00 am
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Cracking, cracking game last night. The Netherlands are so bloody good to watch at the minute.

With the group as it is, they can decide who they want to face again if they have to. (I'll edit this in a minute once I've had the spreadsheet out again - essentially, iirc, if the Orange let Romania beat them, it's not good for Italy, and I think that if they draw, Italy have to beat France by two clear goals to go through). Because of how the fixtures pan out, it's likely that the winners and runners-up of this group may have to face each other again.
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Rally Turkey all very exciting.
Two punctures for the boy Latvala, but well recovered, including an amazing performance on the second stage of the day, 15 seconds faster than anyone else. Amazing.
Odd incidents for for both Suzukis - Per-Gunnar Andersson's in-car fire sprinkler system went off for no reason during a stage, drenching him and his co-driver; and Toni Gardemeister dislocated a shoulder during a stage. Ouchy.
The final stage saw the entire Ford setup using tactics to put Seb out first on the road tomorrow. All went according to plan.


Meanwhile...

COME ON, ITALY!
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Is this game now wetter than that game at Sunderland from a few years ago?
It's under nearly an inch of water, this pitch.

Euro 2008

Jun. 11th, 2008 10:31 am
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A colleague has David Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fantasy team DAMN HIM. He is not in today, which is good because I could not handle the gloating. I have Cesc Fàbregas in my team, so at least he scored, unlike Henrik Larsson DAMMIT AND BLAST.

I have just done my transfers for the next batch of group games. This time I have been more sensible about the fixtures instead of just picking players I generally rate. Thus, Jankulovski out, Carvalho in, Krancjar out, Łobodziński in, Govou out, Kuyt in (yes yes yes I would have got Sneijder but not enough money). Kept Puyol, Metzelder and Zambrotta in defence. Couldn't bring myself to drop Zambrotta anyway. I mean how could you. Look at his little face.

I still think I'm right about the first Netherlands goal and the silly referees guidebook is wrong wrong wrong.
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What a top evening.

Missed first half of France - Romania, which didn't matter too much as it was dreadful. Watched poor second half and summarising while making moves towards dinner.

Put dinner in oven (we had one of our classic favourite dinners - pork chops baked with feta, with chips and steamed broccoli, always a bonus on any day)

Drank some wine.

Watched weekly world rally programme on Dave. Along with a preview of next weeks event (Turkey) this featured the following diversions.
1) a drag race in Abu Dhabi, between: Jari-Matti Latvala in his WRC Ford Focus; a Red Bull test driver in a Red Bull F1 car; and Péter Besenyei in his Red Bull Air Race acrobatic plane. Péter Besenyei is, how you say, fucking CLASS.
One did think "you chaps have been watching too much Top Gear" though. Jari-Matti appeared to have fun with it. Bless him.
2) the first round of the official unofficial WRC Scalextric tournament, pitting driver against driver, co-driver against co-driver. Lots of fun, lots of cheating.

Switched over to ITV just in time for kickoff of Netherlands-Italy. What a fantastic game. The Italians will rue those missed chances in the first half. And Van Nistelrooij had an open goal in front of him, but hey, that won't matter now. He was well offside for the opener (or am I wrong about this - the defender who was taken out was off the field of play, so cannot possibly count for calculation of offside), and I am sort of quite cross about that, because it did change the game. Great passing play from both sides, and, and this is an "un-English" thing to say, excellent fouling as well. A little of the ball, and a whole lot of the man. This is how it is done.

I once again find myself sort of supporting Italy (perhaps it is because they play like cats, beautiful but vicious) so the result was painful, all the more so because I picked Buffon and Zambrotta in my fantasy football team. DAMMIT.

Anyway, after the game a quick walk around the fields, then tea and bed.

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