Valentine's Day may be a marketing scam invented by card manufacturers, but never ignore it. It tells your loved one what they mean to you - and wins you bundles of brownie points. This is especially the case if your partner forgets/can't be arsed.
In this instance, lay it on thick with a trowel. #winner
Me, I bought my wife (a Blondie obsessive) a book of Chris Stein photographs signed by the great man himself. She got me nothing.
That will keep me topped up with brownie points for a few months...
If anyone hasn't seen Saturday Night Sunday Morning, give yourself a treat this weekend and check it out. An absolutely superb film, too rarely mentioned as one of the all time great films - with one of the great performances from Albert Finney.
Genuinely came away feeling we're in good hands. Great to hear so much positivity from the floor too.
Chatham House rules, so it was agreed not to share the details, but they clearly are very committed to club for the long-term, genuinely appreciate the fans (I think Lambert is genuinely a bit taken aback - he said he was concerned about the reception he might get from fans given his NCFC history. No problems there.
Of course, I'm sure there will be people saying, "why the positivity, we're bottom of the table". But we are where we are, for me it's all about doing what we can this season, but if it goes wrong it's about building back for next season. And we have the right people in charge, imho.
There's been a bit of coverage about this today, criticism from Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy asking why he hasn't started yet. Personally, I don't care if he's had a holiday before starting in the job - and wouldn't if he was joining us, given what he has gone through.
If anything, right now, I'd particularly like him to join very late this week so he can have only minimal impact on Sheff Wed. Would be annoying for their new manager bounce to happen against us...
So, before today's game we were 7 points clear at the top of this league. Which league is this? Do we win promotion to the division above? if not, how do we put our reserves up against better teams, to give our second string players more competition and enhance/accelerate their development?
It seems a little pointless to be playing inferior teams and winning 4-0 every week, to be honest...
For the first time, he seemed more exasperated than upbeat.
Pretty damning comments: We need half a dozen in, including probably two strikers. Jonas’s contract should never have been allowed to run down, should have been sorted out last summer. Should never be in a situation of signing 8/9 players every year. It’s madness. It’s not normal.
It all seemed like the comments and body language of a man who is becoming impatient and fairly exasperated about where we are. That didn’t fill me with confidence about this coming month’s transfer dealings, I have to say...
Despite everything apparently going against us, he really is continuing to try keeping the spirits up. I felt really down after the result was confirmed today and I saw the league table. But he’s continuing to fight the corner, and after reading his post match comments, he makes me feel there might still be a chance.
8 points is a big gap to bridge, but if we can kick things off with a win vs Wigan next weekend and maybe a draw or win vs Sheff Utd, maybe it is still possible.