October 2006

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The Consumer Society

Loathe as I am to wish to be seen to flogging the proverbial dead horse, events at Hillsborough on Saturday, where a crowd of 300 people demonstrated against the sacking of manager Paul Sturrock, felt almost like a nostalgia trip. You don’t see this sort of thing any more. Particularly when you take into account…

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October 23, 2006
Ian

Split Ends

Quite asides the myriad of other objections that I hold towards it, one of the more dispiriting things about midweek European football is the way that it buggers up the weekends after it. In the Premiership, there were no matches of any major significance. Chelsea, thanks to a judicious amount of profligacy in front of…

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October 22, 2006
Ian

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

This is a clearing up exercise, really – all the things that I have been pondering over the last few days. I haven’t spent this week only thinking about old football computer games, I promise. Firstly, I have noted with interest a couple of mentions elsewhere to Reading and Wigan Athletic not being “proper football…

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October 19, 2006
Ian

Stadium Arcadium

I kind of lost contact with computers between about 1988 and 1994. At university, I lost hours (and, indeed, many pounds in cold, hard cash) to Tecmo World Cup 90 in the Students Union, but a home computer was beyond my dismal financial circumstances. So, I missed out on Kick-Off and Kick-Off 2, which apparently…

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October 18, 2006
Ian

Video Killed The Radio Star

Once upon a time, as I alluded to on here before, it was all about the board games. “Subbuteo” was the undefeated champion, with “Striker” a poor second place, but ever had it been thus. My sister’s generation, a decade older than me, knew no better. She was a “Subbuteo” fanatic, and I got her…

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October 17, 2006
Ian

Cup Fever

It was, relatively speaking, an interesting weekend. Things at the top and bottom of all of the divisions are starting to settle now, and this pleases me. What is there to read about and pore over when anybody in any position in the league can jump seven or eight places with a single win? We’re…

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October 16, 2006
Ian

The Sound Of Music

It’s been a filthy week, hasn’t it? Well, I mean for most of us. It hasn’t if you’re Croatian, Northern Irish, or some other nationalities, but if you’re English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Spanish or French, it has (there are probably others too on either side, but I can’t really be bothered to look that closely…

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October 13, 2006
Ian
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