Category Archives: Life in general

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

Thoughts on the weekend

It was bound to happen sooner or later and it happened at Blackpool; Birmingham City lost. It wasn’t good to lose to a team adrift at the foot of the table but I wasn’t particularly worried that we lost to a team managed by Lee Clark. I don’t feel any animosity towards him. If we have to lose, I’d prefer to lose away. Given our abysmal home record last season, the team needs to play well at St Andrew’s in order to keep the home crowd’s support. The away supporters are more forgiving. Continue reading

Bad Friday, good Saturday

I mainly want to write about Saturday and what made it a good day. But I’m going to start with a few comments on Friday.  Black Friday was conceived in the USA as a way to extend the Christmas shopping season by encouraging people to start buying on the day after Thanksgiving.  Retailers in this country adopted the money making idea and British people responded by fighting over cheap TVs.  The reports were depressing but also thought provoking; I found myself wondering how such disorder would have been reported if it had occurred at a football match.  I read criticism of some shops’ security arrangements but no condemnation of shopping and discount sales.  But football often gets the blame when football fans fight. Continue reading

The world can change

One win and two no-score draws is a great improvement but not the end of Birmingham City’s problems. Those problems came from our ownership situation and that hasn’t changed.  Blues fans know that but most seem to think there is nothing they can do about it. I can understand that and would agree that there is no quick fix. Continue reading