Eddie Howe has made his first mark on the Newcastle squad by bringing in Kieran Trippier. It’s a real statement signing, and it’s exciting to think who may follow him through the door.
After nearly two years of feeling unimportant, the World Championships have reminded me why darts is the greatest sport in the world. Also, some updates on my writing plans and my degree progress.
Having completed a long-term project that has consumed my thinking for years, I expected to feel elated. Instead, I am filled with melancholy, and a sense of having no direction. It's a strange development, which I really should have predicted.
On Sunday, England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final, an event which promises to be the defining sporting occasion of our generation. I'll be watching it on the television with my parents, but I have been lucky enough to witness some moments of sporting greatness in person throughout my life. Here are six of the best.
Chapter 24: Worst Meal Out Ever Follow-Up; England’s Euro 2020 Negativity; Second Book Finished; Arguer’s Debut E.P.
This latest update covers the fall-out from the review of my abysmal meal the other night and my irritation at the twining about England’s football team. I’ve also completed my second book, whilst my friend’s new band have some music out soon.
Criticism of Gareth Southgate intensified after he named four right-backs in his squad. This negativity is misplaced. Southgate’s England squad are primed for glory.
An epic clash at Anfield ends with Newcastle striking a blow for all of football, while Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool end the week embarrassed and exposed, both off and on the pitch.
While the world was focused on WrestleMania, a far more prestigious event was taking place: Krazy Krusher versus Captain Chaos for the Circle Pit Championship. Here, we have a rundown of the contestants, as well as exclusive video footage of their titanic battle.
Sven put us through the ringer on Sunday, going missing for hours without having touched his breakfast, and leaving no clue of his whereabouts. While the special boy stressed us all out, the Newcastle players did their best to ease the tension with a simply wonderful performance.
Chapter Fourteen: The Twins Drop Mentos In Diet Coke (With Video), How The Internet Sucks, The Outstanding Efforts Of Darren Todd and Jamie Carragher’s Strange Critique Of Alan Shearer
In this entry, I share a video we made with the kids where they dropped Mentos in Diet Coke. I then talk about the frustration of the modern internet, before highlighting a friend who has gone above and beyond this last year, then finishing by dismantling Carragher's argument that Aguero is better than Shearer.
Chapter Ten: Glenn Roeder Tribute, Darts Tips for 2021, Newcastle's Injury Crisis and Something Nice That Happened Today
This latest journal entry pays tribute to Glenn Roeder, the former Newcastle player and manager. I also name five darts players I think will shine this year, comment on how Newcastle's injury crisis should be seen as an opportunity, and finish with a nice story that made me smile.
Chapter Nine: Recent Writing Reflections, Mortgage Rejection Part Two, No Rammstein This Summer and AEW Thoughts From A Seven-Year-Old
This entry reflects on two recent entries in the LAWES Report, how my efforts to secure a mortgage have to be put on hold, how grateful I am to secure a refund for Rammstein, even though it means not seeing one of my favourite bands, and the continued joys of watching wrestling with my partner's son, who has some great insights into the action.
Chapter Eight: Should Newcastle be panicking? Jurgen Klopp’s struggles, Manchester City being better without de Bruyne, and the return of Happy Gilmore and Shooter McGavin
Newcastle's defeat to Chelsea set off a tidal wave of panic among the supporters. I examine whether this is necessary, while also talking about Jurgen Klopp's recent difficulties and questioning whether Manchester City are better in de Bruyne's absence. Finally, two sports legends returned to the public eye last night, something that made me very happy indeed.
Chapter Five: the Defeat of Conor McGregor, Football Manager, the Joy of Skipping and OJ Simpson as the Terminator
My thoughts on Conor McGregor and where he goes after defeat to Dustin Poirier, how Football Manager should add a Director of Football Manager mode, how being silly made me smile and a random film fact that makes me laugh.
Steve Bruce's Newcastle are epitomised by his handling of Joelinton, with defeat at Sheffield United the final straw. The frustration that club makes me feel led to me updating this website, while Call the Midwife also lifted my mood with their wonderful portrayal of someone with Down's syndrome.
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