Sunday, 12 February 2012

They come in threes!

Turned on the TV this morning to watch a re-run of the premiership games from yesterday. I was not impressed by the Man U and Liverpool game. Sportsmanship is a keystone of sport. The match was already the centre of attention as it was the first time that Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra met on the field since Luis Suarez was banned by the FA for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra during the same fixture in October. The match was on a bad start before the ball was kicked when Luis Suarez refused to shake Patrice Evra's hand during the usual pre-match handshake.

Football matches are very partisan the crowd shout and sing their never ending support for their team of choice. In a crowd of thousands you are bound to get the odd racist passing a disparaging comment. However on a football field there are a limited number of players who's every move and nuance is monitored and replayed again and again ad infinitum. Football players are wealthy prima-donna paid for from our pockets. I expect them to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner as role models for the youth of today. Its time for the FA-FIFA to ban footballers found guilty of racist abuse for a year and without pay. I promise the problem will stop overnight.

More bad news when I learnt of the death of Whitney Houston. A stunning looker with one of the most powerful and beautiful of voices. Whitney was blessed with a wonderful talent, however for much of the last ten to fifteen years Whitney has been battling with a drugs and drink problem. Famous for saying "'I don't like to think of myself addicted. I had a bad habit which can be broken. I'm not gonna tell you I'm somebody's junkie. My business is sex, drugs, rock and roll. Trust me. I partied my tail off." She went on to turn her life around. My condolences go to her family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten.

British Waterways has been savaged again. Energy and Environment Management Magazine have stuck the boot into the dead in the water government quango. You get a flavour of the publication article from the headline "Why is Defra giving £1bn of public money to this irresponsible organisation?"

With comments from David Thorpe News Editor at EAEM including "The idea of bunging £1bn of public money at such an incompetent and secretive body is astonishing." And "Does it really need all that money? And will the spending of it be effectively scrutinised?" This is a pretty damning stance for Energy and Environment Management Magazine to take. However the evidence seems to support the allegations.

You can read the full article here.


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