To be Frank

This is the third in my occasional Great Mancunians following the death of Frank “Foo Foo” Lamarr from cancer last Friday. Now Frank would not exactly be called great in the obvious sense, but he was a great institution in the city. Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just

Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just round the corner from where I work and his Rolls Royce with the number plate Foo 1 was regularly seen in the area. Read more ›››

I Be Back!

Well, it’s been some time, but I’m back. I had a couple of weeks holiday followed by a busy week back at work, a weak excuse, but the best I can come up with at short notice. We managed a couple of days away in York in that time, but more of that later.

Guy Fawkes Night happened this week. It’s a time of the year I’ve always enjoyed. I suppose boys never grow out of playing with fireworks. We had out bonfire party last night and what a great time that was. Lots of alcohol, friends, neighbours, tatter ‘ash and plenty fireworks. Read more ›››

Tunnel of Shove

It seems that FIFA can’t leave well enough alone. Despite Pierluigi Collina having dealt sensibly and effectively with the trouble at half-time in the England v. Turkey game, they still want to study the film of the incident. Read more ›››

Time Commanders

Best news of the week (and it’s only Monday) is that after six episodes, Time Commanders continues this Thursday, Essential viewing for me and son Max. In a nutshell, ancient battles re-fought, but with the contestants in a modern, battle command centre.

The teams have mostly made a pig’s ear of things because they have not played to their strengths which was absolutely key to ancient warfare. That and use of ground. Read more ›››

In the aftermath of England’s match against Turkey yesterday, it has to be said that Pierluigi Collina is undoubtedly THE best referee in the world of football. How many other refs would get a standing ovation from the crowd before the game? Okay, so maybe the Turkish supporters were trying to influence him, but I doubt it. He doesn’t strike me or anyone as the sort of character who can be swayed by mere flattery. Read more ›››

Phew!

England did it, but only just against Turkey.

Scotland the Brave

Well done Scotland. A 1-0 against Lithuania may not sound much, but it gets them into the play-offs for the European Championships next year. And won by Man U’s Darren Fletcher.

I’m not one of those Englishmen who takes pleasure in Scots losing (unless it’s against England.) Must be my Scots roots, my mum’s Binnie family having moved south about 1890. The difference between this and my Yorkshire ancestors (of which there are many) is that I always knew the former and the latter only of late. Read more ›››

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