Category Archives: Life in general

Post-truth bubbles

Social media has made it possible for events to be reported almost instantly but the news and views that you read depend on what your smart phones/computers show you. There’s too much information for someone to view it all so the computer programs running social media such as Facebook filter some of it out and just give you the kind of information that you prefer. Continue reading

Losing is not a tragedy

My football disaster vocabulary has been recalibrated this week.  Losing 0-8 at home is horrible but not a tragedy; losing most of your team in a plane crash is. I read that some Birmingham City fans are planning a tribute to Chapecoense at St Andrew’s on Saturday, which seems fitting because our fandom helps us to empathise with the fans whose team has been destroyed. Continue reading

Black and white

Last night I watched Whites vs Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation on BBC 2. It was a reminder of the racial abuse directed at the first black football players in England. I’m glad that such overt abuse is no longer allowed at football grounds but that doesn’t mean those attitudes have been eliminated in our society. Continue reading

A bad start

This season has started badly for me. I have watched Birmingham City play for 300 minutes and haven’t seen them score a goal. Goalless draws in the pre-season against Roda JC and the first League game against Cardiff were followed by a loss to Oxford in the League Cup. And that wasn’t the worst that happened Continue reading

Demolition and rebuilding

Demolition of libraryEverywhere I look, there’s someone doing a demolition job. Iceland demolished England last week; this week members of the Conservative and Labour parties seem to be trying to demolish their own parties.  And Birmingham is demolishing chunks of its city centre once again.  Continue reading

More important things

There are more important things in life than football and it’s good for managers and players to remember this. Gary Rowett and Chris Hughton opposed each other on Saturday but have some things in common. Both seem to be grounded in the world outside football, with family ties and values that help them to avoid extremes of elation or despair dictated by performances on the pitch. I may be naïve but I think Rowett is grounded enough to stick with a job half done and not snatch at a job in the Premier League. So I am inclined to believe Panos’ statement about his commitment to Birmingham City. Continue reading

Notes on the news

Football doesn’t cause the problems in our society but it does reflect them. The obscene amounts of money paid for players in the days before transfer deadline day reflects the greed on display in our society in general.  A Doncaster fan’s description of transfer deadline day on Sky reminded me of why I just have Freeview. Continue reading

Going round in circles

Life is like the outer circle bus route; you wait ages for a number 11 to come and then three come along in convoy.  With buses you can just get on one of them but you can’t do that in life when several different things are demanding your attention. You just have to hop from one activity to another and can end up going in circles. Continue reading

Blogging etc

I didn’t risk much when I started a blog. The worst that could have happened was that I’d waste some money and time and make a fool of myself. In other contexts, saying what you think can be dangerous. The sentence imposed on one Saudi blogger for criticising clerics was 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes to be carried out over 20 weeks. His first flogging occurred last week. And in France, cartoonists who used satire as their weapon were killed by men who used guns. Continue reading

Happy New Year?

If you want to get some idea of what to expect in 2015, my blog is the wrong place to look. I don’t understand a lot of what happened last year or know what this one will bring.  I’m not even going to speculate about Blyth Spartans’ chances of causing an upset when they play Birmingham City tomorrow. There should be plenty of others commenting on that game; I noticed an announcement on the Blyth Spartans site saying that the extended press area was full. Continue reading

Happy Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, writing blog posts is some way down my list of priorities but I have updated my Cheat Sheet. It was shamefully out of date and I felt that I had to make the effort to mark Zigic’s return and also to include Morrison and Moussi. Continue reading