Category Archives: Man Utd

Latin has no word for grey

Have you ever played look-a-likey? If you have a life, then probably not.

We don’t have a life so look-a-likey is always on our agenda. It’s the sort of game you play in a restaurant when you’ve run out of interesting things to say. So once we’ve chewed over the weather, the price of Cloudy Bay, and the waiter’s BO we play look-a-likey.

Find a fellow diner or train passenger or supermarket shopper and match them to their celebrity doppelganger.

Weirdly, the last two occasions we have played this game the look-a-likes turned out to be the actual celebrity.

At Haydock Park a few weeks ago the diminutive little chap in the parade ring wasn’t one of the jockeys, but Michael Owen. I had no idea that he was even interested in horses. But then, as I said, I don’t get out a lot. Her indoors new all about his equine pursuits of course, but then, she doesn’t miss much.

She didn’t miss much in Tolo’s either, a beach restaurant in Puerto Pollenca. I thought she was paying rather too much attention to the four cyclists parking their machines on the pavement, maybe it was all that lycra? Actually it was look-a-likey Sir Chris Hoy, only it was actually Sir Chris Hoy. Lunch with a Lord of the Realm, and winner of 3 Olympic Golds. He didn’t pick up the tab though.

Achilles’ Hell

I spent the weekend in Weston Super Mare. I was on tour with my son and his rugby team. We had a great time,  I’m still getting over it, and I know that what goes on tour – stays on tour, except I’m allowing myself some familial pride. My son was awarded Man of the Match, by the opposition team, and I am really chuffed about that.

And then today, I heard that he had won Player of the Season at his school. So I can be even more proud of him if that is possible!

Pride – my Achilles’ Heel. (Incidentally if anyone knows why the apostrophe comes after the ‘s’ in Achilles’ please let the Dutch man know!)

Beckhams’ (?) Heel is on the front pages. Or should that be Hell? My lovely wife is devastated. The World Cup just won’t be the same without him there, according to her. She needs to get over it. What’s wrong with Rooney?


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Winging their way…


Hello, frustrated of Manchester here again.

Our latest  tranch of samples have just hit the high road.

Despite one or two teeny weeny flies in the ointment.

For example, I couldn’t believe my ears on hearing that the clerk in the DHL Office in the UK had never heard of Johannesburg, and was intent on sticking zip codes on all parcels, when zip codes don’t exist east of Algiers. The poor girls in the office here get my sympathy. How do the wheels of industry keep on turning when there are so many hurdles… However, all is well now and under control.

OK. Most things are under control, it was my son’s first Parents’ Evening last night, and I learnt that he has a tendency to be easily distracted  – with a bit too much to say. Don’t know where he gets that from!

But,the evening only got better as Manchester United equalled Ajax’s record of 14 successive unbeaten away matches in the Champions League after beating CSKA Moscow 1-0 to move within touching distance of the knockout stages. Ding Dong!