Gosh! It’s been a good while. The usual excuse of being busy, busy, busy, I’m afraid. So I’ve popped back in to weigh in to a theological debate. Apparently, the Church of England has ruled that the Magi cannot be assumed to be Three Wise Men. Apparently, the possibility that one or more of the Magi were female cannot be discounted.
I’m with Stuart Weir who wrote to the Guardian, pointing out, “There is no doubt that the Magi were men. Had they been women they would have asked directions and arrived in time, chosen more sensible presents for the baby and brought a casserole for Mary and Joseph.” Conclusive proof in my view. Read more ›››
Phew! A world cup triumph, but didn’t they put us through the wringer. It made me think about the only other one I’ve experienced, 1966 and all that.
So, let’s compare and contrast. In 1966 I had been lately started at Hyde Grammar School and the summer of ’66 was to be my first absence from home. But first I had the chance to watch a WC match at Old Trafford, Hungary versus Bulgaria, I think, the former winning 3-1 on 20 July. Read more ›››
Well Oz, what happened to the expansive running game? Not much sign of it this morning/evening as you were crushed by the might of the English pack, the running of Jason Robinson and, of course, the boot of Jonny Wilkinson to take the Rugby World Cup.
But just to prove that us Poms can still whinge in victory, I thought the ref (Andre Watson) gave some awful decisions. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear he had a bet on the Aussies. Read more ›››
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 ›››
The row about Rio Ferdinand’s ‘forgotten’ random drugs test is getting out of hand. I think his excuse is pretty lame, and you do have to wonder at why Man United didn’t make sure he took the test, but the FA have been totally incompetent. Read more ›››
How moods can change. As I wrote my last post, the sun sneaked away to be replaced by threatening clouds. Not downhearted, I looked forward to watching footie on TV, only to see my beloved Man U fall to a late goal at Southampton. Then Man City managed to throw away a 1-0 advantage to lose 2-1 to bloody, bloody Arsenal. Am I depressed? Just a smidgin.
But if I’m unhappy, imagine poor Ma Lihau of Beijing who attempted to break the domino toppling record, only for a cockroach to bring her first day’s work crashing down. But she was ultimately successful. Perhaps I should take that as a parable for the football season. Read more ›››