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Day: September 13, 2007

Oh to be in England…

… when the football season’s here! Here’s more Baker and Kelly for you, from the opening day of the 1998 Premiership season. I’m listening to the first one now, and I’m curious to know its whether I’m just so staggeringly out-of-touch or whether nothing ever changes in the sport that makes it still sound so topical? It’s probably a column A/column B situation. Anyway, get your ears on the outside of these: 15th August 1998 – 11.30 a.m.15th August 1998 – 5.30...

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The idiot box

This past week, I’ve watched quite a bit of televised live football by my standards. Both of England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers (Frank who?), plus England Women’s opening game in the World Cup against Japan. In all honesty, the latter proved the more refreshing experience, as the Chinese director chose to focus the majority of their efforts on the on-field activities, rather than anything else. However, he or she was still unable to save us from the tyranny of the BBC half-time pundritry panel, with Gabby Logan teeing them up for Karen Walker and Jo Potter to head in. Also on hand was the excellent Gavin Peacock, whose even-handedness and obvious research into the subject at hand was undermined by a 15-minute long buzzing sound in the studio, which I can only assume being vacuum-cleaned by a wizened, tabard-wearing cleaner with a spitty roll-up dangling from the corner of her mouth. As may be becoming apparent, there is much about televised football that I find irksome to the point where my brain just can’t tolerate any more. Indeed, it somehow managed to send me into a deep sleep for the entire half-time interval of England-Israel. If I could work out a way of replicating this artificially, perhaps by means of a battery powered hat containing a number of electric probes, it would surely make my fortune. However, my hardline aversion...

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