A few days ago someone asked for ideas for football related quiz questions and I suggested questions in the form of cryptic crossword clues. So I thought I'd give it a go. Here are ten which I think are not too taxing (but I know the answers!)
Please don't post the answers on this thread but if you pm me with all or most of the answers I'll give you a name check when posting the solutions tomorrow some time.
They are not all Ipswich specific.
1) Flower of Scotland top 70s striker. (5, 4) 2) Encourage South London team. (5) 3) Curly headed striker is under landlady, partly. (10) 4) Cop takes on manager. (5, 6) 5) PL's worst team can raise havoc. (8) 6) Scottish club confuses narraters. (9) 7) Paddy sounds enthusiastic. (5) 8) Blue clergyman is after ladies' underwear. (5, 6) 9) Butcher grocer and also Town's baker (10) 10) Greensboro or perhaps Wembley hero. (5, 7)
I am in the Port of Felixstowe in their holding area, waiting to go forward and lift on my container for Monday.
About 20 metres away is a glass sided phone booth. The phone within is a direct line to 'Customer Support' and is there to resolve drivers' queries.
I have just watched as one driver was using the phone and two others queueing at a safe distance from each other. Then as each driver finished his call the next one stepped forward and, without hesitation, raised the phone to his mouth.
If the first were carrying the virus then, in all likelihood, the others will soon be showing symptoms.
This morning my dad, aged 95, was taken ill. He has had a heart attack, he has pneumonia and is delirious with a UTI. The delirium has him thinking that we, the hospital staff and I, are all against him because we can't help him to his feet. He thinks that if only we would do that, he could walk out of here (Ipswich Hospital) and go home. He keeps trying to remove the various tubes; the oxygen mask, the catheter, the intravenous drip thing. At one point I took my eye off him and when I looked again he had the drip between his teeth trying to rip it from his wrist. The consultant thinks it unlikely that he will recover.
I have been sat beside him for most of the last 15 hours. At one point I popped home (I live a few minutes walk from the hospital) to find that the freezer has packed up and the food within is now soggy rather than frozen solid. It will just have to stay like that for now.