We've scraped our way through this tournament by good luck and have yet to play a game worth watching. Now we're to face a criminally depleted Portugal next Saturday, the prospect of reaching the semi-finals without having played one decent game is a real possibility. It'll be a very hollow victory if we win this tournament (not that I think we will). Just compare the way we're playing now to the way we were playing in 2002 and 2004.
My two pennorth on tactics - dump Lampard, bring on Lennon.
Drank too much. All day barbie on Saturday then the whole day in the pub on Sunday. I'm packing in drinking for a bit after the World Cup, it's wearing me out. I'm only used to drinking one night a week.
There were loads of Germans at the barbecue so a good atmosphere whilst they thrashed Sweden. Also, fantastic sausages.
Not had much luck lately. Got part way through St Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World, apparently an anthropological classic, but the subject matter is very narrow and I found it a bit boring. I usually like stuff like this as well.
St Kilda is one of the remotest Scottish islands, and for hundreds of years its small population lived well harvesting seabirds and developing their own culture and traditions. Then ties with the mainland got stronger, and after a long decline the last of the islanders left in the 1920s. It's about how contact fucks up small, enclosed societies - which, on St Kilda, happened in almost laboratory conditions.
Basically the book takes three hundred odd pages to tell you that. It gets boring.
Saxondale is a just what I've been waiting for, a great Steve Coogan character, done affectionately rather than spitefully like Partridge. Although much has been made of Saxondale being an ex-roadie, he's someone we've all met - one of those working-class hippies who are actually a bit violent. Coogan plays him as intelligent and functional with a great relationship with his girlfriend, which is nice - I'm fed up with dark comedy.
The first episode lacked real hilarity but I still chuckled all the way through - looking forward to tonight's.
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