Monthly Archives: April 2009

Cutting our cloth

Demonstrating a much observed facet of Englishness, Stoke City are suddenly every pundit’s favourite: the underdog. Wherever you look you can’t turn for the Potters ‘doing brilliantly within their resources,’ or ‘making the most of what they’ve got.’ Or, most … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye

The current work-in-progress is And She Laughed No More, Stoke City’s Premiership Adventure. In trying to establish the obvious links between Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe and the football broadcaster Jeff Stelling, I came upon this trailer for a cult movie made … Continue reading

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Tender is the Night

I was looking for something about this great American novel, which I’m currently re-reading (partially because it’s easier to re-read when you’re working on one of your own: it doesn’t take much out of you) and by a process of … Continue reading

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By request

another from the old Ollies. It’s on my old camera too, which would have put him at about three-and-a-half.

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A tipster is born

I discover from a reply to the thread below that my new niece, Charlotte Rose, born 23rd March 2009, had a quid on Mon Mome and placed it on the Tote too where the return was 157/1. At least we’ll … Continue reading

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Pottermouth has a new Battlecry (nap)

Here. Ergo Battlecry is the tip for the national. This is a foolproof system.

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Excuse me again

but I’m off…

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Friday Popaganda

Fragment, Bridget Riley (screenprint) 2006

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Exotic Dancer

A fabulous chaser, Exotic (he was always known in the diminuitive on the track) died after a race at Aintree this afternoon; he came second – half an hour after the finish he had a heart attack. Trained by Jonjo … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Drones # 2475

I had a caretaker* refuse to empty the bin in my UEA office today as it was ‘contaminated.’ It’s only supposed to have paper in it; it had a banana skin too – this was the contamination. I offered to … Continue reading

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