Saturday, 4 April 2020

Week 35/36 - Grambling Bad


Welcome to The Grambler, the most ill-informed blog you are ever likely to see.

Stewart was an amazing person - A wonderful husband, a fantastic brother, a loving son and an adored uncle. He was also a brilliant friend and colleague and is missed by so many people. His family are determined that his death will never be in vain and are doing their part to beat bowel cancer for good. We are fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund which is part of Cancer Research UK and specialises in research into bowel cancer. If you wish to donate to the fund, you can via https://www.justgiving.com/Geraldine-Smith3 .

If you haven’t already done so, please read the article which appeared in the Daily Record and learn from Stewart’s story that you must never be complacent. It makes grim reading for us, his family, even though we were beside him throughout his ordeal, or battle; call it what you will. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/heartbroken-widow-geraldine-smith-raises-3452997

Similarly, if you haven’t heard it, please listen to Geraldine’s moving radio interview which was on Radio Scotland recently.


Stewart began writing The Grambler when he was between procedures and hoping for some form of recovery. He loved all aspects of football and was a lifelong Motherwell supporter. His wish was that The Grambler should continue after his death and I have been happy to oblige. Read on and enjoy

 

 

How are you all dealing with the lockdown? Here in the Yuk, we have all been told to self-isolate (They can’t touch you for it.) and that, basically, means don’t leave the house. Most people have been told to stay indoors for two weeks, but I and one and a half million others who have ‘health issues’ have to remain in this isolated state for twelve weeks. Three months stuck indoors!

Another group who have been told to stay indoors for three months is the over-seventies. Apparently, when you reach that three score years and ten landmark, you are also considered ‘at risk’.

We are also advised that we should not travel unless absolutely necessary. That boils down to going for a weekly shop and that’s it.

A news item that has bothered me this week has been the story of a pensioner (aged 71) from London who was showing signs of having the coronavirus and, when tested for Covid-19, it was found that indeed he had contracted it. Now, following government guidelines, he should have locked himself in his house for the next twelve weeks. Right? Not this old codger. What does he do? He travels 530 miles north to self-isolate. Sorry pardon excuse me? He lives in London so why did he travel all the way up to the north of Scotland? How many people did he infect along the way, eh? It’s a blibbing long way; he must have stopped at a few services on his journey for a slash and a Ginsters. He’s bound to have come into contact with a few folk and coughed in their general direction. Bound to. And do you know what? Instead of staying put in self-isolation for twelve weeks, he decides, after seven days, that he has had enough of this self-isolation malarkey. Eh? Twelve weeks we are told and yet this old so and so decides seven days is enough! And apparently, there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. His behaviour is not just misguided, it’s blibbing dangerous. Who the hell does he think he is? The bloody king? [Not quite. - Ed.]

How are the rest of us who are banged up for three months going to pass the time? Well, I have decided that I could spend a chunk of my time catching up on some reading. I’m not one for reading novels, but a newish one caught my eye. It is called Breaking Dad (That is not a spelling error). Oh, I thought, a pun on Breaking Bad. What is it about? A father, who after 18 years leading a decent, honest, family life turns to crime and becomes the country’s most sought after meth dealer. Hmm... I haven’t read it; nor do I intend to. However, I hope it is a piss-take of Breaking Bad, otherwise, the flood gates will open...

What about the book telling us of a heart-throb actor who, having married and divorced twice, realises that he is getting too old to play the leading man and turns to a life of crime making and/or selling drugs? Breaking Brad. [Oh, I see what you’re up to. - Ed.]

Then there is the story of a real rotter, a bit of a rogue, in fact, an absolute bounder who turns to making and/or selling drugs. Breaking Cad. [You’ve done this before. - Ed.]

Don’t forget the one about everyone following a new fashion for making and/or selling drugs. Breaking Fad. [Oh dear. - Ed.]

An interesting take on the theme is the nudists who decide to make and/or sell drugs while totally naked. Breaking Unclad [Getting silly now. - Ed.]

How about the inmates of an asylum who start up a business making and/or selling drugs? Breaking Mad. [It wasn’t funny the first time you subjected us to this... - Ed.]

Or the tale of a land-locked, African country, where all the inhabitants turn to the shady business of making and/or selling drugs. Breaking Chad. [...and it’s not funny now. - Ed.]

A historical one now - about a cruel 15th century Romanian leader who gives up the brutality of impaling people for the gentler regime of making and/or selling drugs. That’s Breaking Vlad. [They’re not getting any better. - Ed.]

Coming bang up to date is the one about the prog rock singer who gives up his musical career of working with Steve Hackett to pursue a dodgier path making and/or selling drugs. Breaking Nad*. [A bit too niche, I reckon. You’re running out of ideas. Good. - Ed.]

Of course there is the book concerning an Israeli intelligence agency that infiltrates covert operations by making and/or selling drugs. Yes, it’s Breaking Mossad. [I spoke too soon. - Ed.]

Not forgetting the heartwarming tale of a London entrepreneur famous for starting his own electronics company, owning a football club and bullying people on television who gives it all up to make and/or sell drugs. Breaking Amstrad. [Oh, for goodness sake. - Ed.]

Another historical tale... this time about a French nobleman who was famous for his unusual sexual peccadilloes [Ooer. - Ed.] and also began making and/or selling drugs. [Yep, I’ve worked it out. - Ed.] Breaking Sade. [Please stop this. - Ed.]

Or the sad tale of the man who had his testicles crushed [Uh oh, I know what’s coming. - Ed.] and to relieve the pain has to take large quantities of drugs and eventually begins making and/or selling his own. That’s [Don’t do it. - Ed.] Breaking [I’m warning you... - Ed.] Gonad. [Right... You asked for it. - Ed.]

What? What are you doing? Don’t swing that priceless violin around as if you are about to hit me on the... OWWW!... head.

[There you have it... Breaking Strad. - Ed.] 
 
 Oops!

Incidentally, the book I am reading at present is Mr Nice, the autobiography of Howard Marks, the well-known Welsh drug-dealer.

*Nad Sylvan. Would you like a clip? Here is Nad singing One for the Vine. Yay! Go Nad! [Why am I reminded of Young Frankenstein. - Ed.]

 

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Let’s move on to the birthday honours, shall we?

Were any famous or notorious individuals born on the 28th of March? Of course there were and here are some I have actually heard of. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino known as Raphael 1483 (The teenage mutant ninja turtle with the red mask... Okay, he was a painter.), Joseph Bazalgette 1819 (Civil engineer... really polite, he was.), Maxim Gorky 1868 (Orfer.), Paul Whiteman 1890 (Bandleader. Here is his orchestra with George Gershwin at the joanna playing his own Rhapsody in Blue... presumbly as he intended it to be played. It is a lot faster than it became in later versions.), Flora Robson 1902 (Ectress.), Jay Livingston 1915 (Composer. He wrote this. Yee hah!), Dirk Bogarde 1921 (Ectaw, luvvie.), Freddie Bartholomew 1924 (Actor.), Robert James 1924 (Actor.), Morris Perry 1925 (Actor.), Michael Parkinson 1935 (A reet good presenter ont telly.), Christopher Morris 1938 (News presenter.), Neil Kinnock 1942 (Politician.), Mike Newell 1942 (Director. Harry Potter and the Giblets of Fire, that was one of his.), Richard Eyre 1943 (Theatrical director, luvvie.), Richard Stilgoe 1943 (Musician.), Tom Percival 1943 (Powerboat racey bloke.), Sally Carr 1945 (Singer with Middle of the Road. Here’s their biggest hit all about abandoning a child. All together now... Where's your mama gone?), Sheila Ruskin 1946 (Ectress, luvvie.), Tony St. Clair 1947 (Wrestler. Oh. Aye. Sure.), John Evan 1948 (Musician. Pianist for Jethro Tull. Have a clip.  Here's Locomotive Breath.), Diane Weist 1948 (Actress.), Matthew Corbett 1948 (Man who used to put his hand up Sooty’s a***... until the authorities heard about it.), Kevin Lloyd 1948 (Actor. Tosh Lines in The Bill.), Reba McEntire 1955 (Sayanger. Have a clip. Here’s Last Night, Every Night. [Well? Which is it? Last night or every night? Make your mind up. - Ed.]), Beverley Callard 1957 (Actress in Corrie.), Chris Barrie 1960 (Actor/comedian.), Simon Bazalgette 1962 (No idea if he is famous, but he was born exactly 143 years after his great great great grandfather.), Andy Cousin 1963 (Bassist. Here he is with All About Eve. Here they are in the clouds.), Steve Bull 1965 (Footy bloke.), Tim Lovejoy 1968 (TV footy presenter.), Jon Lee 1968 (Feeder’s original drummer. A clip? Here’s Buck Rogers. [I thought it was Feeder. - Ed.]), Nasser Hussain 1968 (Crickety bloke), Nick Frost 1972 (Actor/writer.), Paul Daly 1972 (Booler.), Scott Mills 1974 (DJ/actor.), Mark King 1974 (Snookery bloke.), Ant Anstead 1979 (TV presenter.), Thom Tuck 1982 (Comedian.), Lady Gaga 1986 (Singer. Have a bit of bad romance. ), David Goodwillie 1989 (Fitba guy.), Lucas Jutkiewicz 1989 (Footy bloke.) and Nicolas Hamilton 1992 (Racey car bloke.)

And now, the 4th of April. Grinling Gibbons 1648 (Wood cutter.), Mary Ward 1884 (Nurse to the canal folk.), Brian White 1902 (Cartoonist.), George Stevenson 1905 (Footy bloke. Played for, and managed, Motherwell.), McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters 1913 (Musician. Apparently, he was the Hoochie Coochie Man.), Frances Langford 1913 (Singer. She appeared in Yankee Doodle Dandy, you know.), David White 1916 (Actor. Larry Tate. Bewitched. Him.), Elmer Bernstein 1922 (Composer. Here’s one you might recognise. [What’s with that guy in the dress? - Ed.]), Peter Vaughan 1923 (Actor. Grouty... Porridge.), Jimmy Logan 1928 (Comedian, it says here.), Monty Norman 1928 (Songwriter. Most famous for this.... Okay you know it better as this.), Anthony Perkins 1932 (Actor who kept his mother in the cellar.), Kenneth Mars 1935 (Actor. Factoid: Voiced King Triton in The Little Mermaid.), Hugh Masekela 1939 (Musician. Here he wants a Change.), Mary Kenny 1944 (Orfer.), Dave Hill 1946 (A bit of Slade. Here’s an early one, Look Wot You Dun [Dredfull grammer and speling. - Ed.].), James Hazeldine 1947 (Actor. Bayleaf in London’s Burning.), Ray Russell 1947 (Musician. Writes music for TV. Here’s one of his. ), Berry Oakley 1948 (An original Allman brother. Here’s One Way Out.), Derek Thompson 1948 (Actor. Charlie Fairhead... Casualty... Him.), David ‘Pick’ Withers 1948 (An original Dire Strait. Here’s an oldie, Sultans of Swing.), Steve Bingham 1949 (Jobbing bassist. He was in the Foundations and has worked with Colin Blunstone and Ronnie Lane. Here he is with Colin on I Don't Believe in Miracles. [Smokey Robinson does. - Ed.]), Cherie Lunghi 1952 (Actress.), Gary Moore 1952 (Geetarist. Here he is with Parisienne Walkways.), Paul Downton 1957 (Keeper of the wicket.), Hugo Weaving 1960 (Actor.), Jonathan ‘Aggers’ Agnew 1960 (Crickety broadcaster.), Craig Adams 1962 (Jobbing bassist. He has played bass for several acts, including the Mission. Here’s Butterfly on a Wheel.), Jane McDonald 1963 (Singer. Her from off of The Cruise. Do you want a clip? No? Didn’t think you would.), Nigel Preston 1963 (Unreliable drummer with The Cult. He turned up for this one, though.), Graham Norton 1963 (Comedian.), Robert Downey Jr. 1965 (Actor.), Sean Wilson 1965 (Actor. Martin Platt in Corrie. Married to Gail. Him.), Karren Brady 1969 (Footy bloke... sort of. She is vice-chairman of West Ham.), Anthony Green 1970 (Actor. He was in London’s Burning too.), Magnus Sveningson 1972 (A Cardigan. Here is their biggest UK hit, Lovefool.), David Blaine 1973 (Illusionist.), Loris Capirossi 1973 (Motorbike racey bloke.), Peter Hoekstra 1973 (Voetballer.), Nicola Wheeler 1974 (Actress. Nicola King. Emmerdale. Her.), Stephen Mulhern 1977 (TV presenter.), Lemar Obika known as Lemar 1978 (Singer who wants to dance with you... sorry... u.), Heath Ledger 1979 (Actor.), Johnny Borrell 1980 (Razorlight frontman. Here’s their number one, America.), Stewart Smith 1985 (Founder of the world’s greatest ill-informed blog.), Aiden McGeady 1986 (Footy bloke.).

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

 

Dear Mr Dingler,

I really love Lady Gaga and have all her hits in my collection. I haven’t bought any this year yet. Could you tell me any songs which have been hits in 2020 which I may have missed?

Yours,


 

 

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Let’s move on to grambling matters. How did our little bet go last time? Do you remember we had a gramble on the horses? How did it fare? Not well. I think we got 50 pees back. Something like that.

Until there is something to have a bet on, we have to suspend our gambling activities. There is little point in betting on some computer generated gee gees. That’s my thinking anyway. So let’s expand the teasers a wee bit instead...

 

Teaser time. Yay! Last time I asked you which Premier League team was originally called St. Marks. It was Manchester City. Did you get it?

So here are your five, yes five, teasers for this week.

1. Who am I? [You’re the writer of this drivel. - Ed.] Ahem... I’ll give you some clues and you name the footballer in question.

My first name is Andrew and I was born on the 10th of June 1964 in Leeds. I began my senior career at Bradford City and later played for Everton, Rangers and Sheffield United. Because my father was Scottish I was selected to play for Scotland.

2. Which club’s stadium is currently called the Tony Macaroni Arena?

3. Who is currently the Premier League’s longest-serving manager?

4. By what name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento known?

5. Who is the shortest player in the Premier League?

There you are, try that lot without having a google.

 

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As usual (at the risk of repeating myself), I remind you of the main reason for continuing to publish this blog – to raise awareness about bowel cancer. If you have any bowel problems, don’t be fobbed off with the line that you are too young for bowel cancer to be a consideration. Just point your doctor in the direction of http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/campaigns-policy/latest-campaigns/never-too-young-campaign

 

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Please, also take the time to click on this link, an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

 

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And finally, I think I’ll finish by remembering the founder of this, the world’s greatest ill-informed blog, Stewart, whose 35th birthday would have been today (see birthday honours). As you know, this blog has been written in the years since he died to continue his vision of promoting awareness about bowel cancer while having a bit of fun with random gambling. It also entertains (I hope) in the way Stewart intended.

The readership levels have varied over the years... from highs of several hundreds some weeks, to lows where only 50 or so regulars log in. Thank you all for your loyalty (Or should that be patience?). Over the eight years that the blog has been in existence it has had approaching a quarter of a million ‘hits’; that’s an average of over 600 per week. How does that calculation make sense, I hear you ask. Well, many people will read, say, the latest edition and then go on to read older blogs; catching up on ones they had missed.

Another point should be made that, occasionally, readers will donate something to the charity that Stewart, himself chose: the Bobby Moore Fund. Thank you anyone out there who has given to The Grambler’s Kick Cancer’s Backside Fund. You have helped to raise over £54,000 for the charity which works so hard to find better ways to treat bowel cancer and one day, hopefully, find a cure. The money we have raised in Stewart’s memory may only be a fraction of what is required to run the research labs but, as the advert for a major supermarket used to tell us, every little helps.

Sadly, our fundraising has been brought to an abrupt halt by the coronavirus and its lockdowns. Last week should have seen the seventh Kick Cancer’s Backside Quiz of the Year take place. That would have ensured at least £2,000 for the fund. It also looks as though Mrs G’s Tea for Stewart will need to be put on hold this year. That would also have raised at least £2,000. Then there are all the presentations that are given over the year. Cancelled. Another chunk of money that won’t be going to the fund.

Of course, when (if) the virus is beaten, all our fundraising events will be up and running again and we will do our best to make up for the lost time.

So, to everyone who is reading this, please follow the government guidelines about washing hands, not touching your face, social distancing and self-isolating/quarantining and we will all be able to get back to normality sooner rather than later.

I’ll bet you thought I was going to ask you to donate to the fund. Perish the thought. As if I would do such a thing... Although, if you do feel like adding to the fund, I wouldn’t dream of stopping you. Just click on this link to donate.
 

 

That’s all for this week folks, but remember you can read the musings of The Grambler every week (well, most weeks) by going to the blog at www.thegrambler.com where you can also catch up on any previous editions you may missed.

 

Happy grambling.

 

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Week 33/34 - The Grambler goes boing


Welcome to The Grambler, the most ill-informed blog you are ever likely to see.

Stewart was an amazing person - A wonderful husband, a fantastic brother, a loving son and an adored uncle. He was also a brilliant friend and colleague and is missed by so many people. His family are determined that his death will never be in vain and are doing their part to beat bowel cancer for good. We are fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund which is part of Cancer Research UK and specialises in research into bowel cancer. If you wish to donate to the fund, you can via https://www.justgiving.com/Geraldine-Smith3 .

If you haven’t already done so, please read the article which appeared in the Daily Record and learn from Stewart’s story that you must never be complacent. It makes grim reading for us, his family, even though we were beside him throughout his ordeal, or battle; call it what you will. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/heartbroken-widow-geraldine-smith-raises-3452997

Similarly, if you haven’t heard it, please listen to Geraldine’s moving radio interview which was on Radio Scotland recently.


Stewart began writing The Grambler when he was between procedures and hoping for some form of recovery. He loved all aspects of football and was a lifelong Motherwell supporter. His wish was that The Grambler should continue after his death and I have been happy to oblige. Read on and enjoy

 

As every letter to Points of View [Blimey! That's going back a bit. - Ed.] began... Why oh why oh why [Spells yoyoy. - Ed.] Ahem... are things made in such a way that repairing them is an absolute nightmare.  However do you mean, I hear you ask. Let me explain.

Many years ago, Mrs G and I had the kitchen replaced... All the units, I mean, not the actual kitchen. That would be silly.  It looked lovely when it was finished. All the units were integrated... but wouldn't answer any questions. Boom and as twere tish. Anyway, everything was hidden behind cupboard doors.  Fine and dandy... until there is a problem with any of the electrical white goods or, indeed, the water supply.

Our first realisation that something wasn't quite as sensibly put together as we would have appreciated was when we had occasion to shut off that very water supply. The stop cock was no longer easily accessible, as it had previously been.  Instead, it was hidden by a cupboard which had to be completely emptied so that a shelf could be removed; this then made it possible to reach in to shut off the water... if you were a contortionist.  Whoever put the units in had made no allowance for the fact that the stop cock occasionally had to have its cock stopped... if you get my drift.

That wasn't the only annoying installation problem. Oh no...

Mrs G uses the washing machine.  A lot.  Two or three washes a day are the norm; sometimes more... No, I don't know where it all comes from.  That is by the by. It all means that the washer is worked hard and, not surprisingly, it eventually cries ‘enough’ and refuses to function.

A quick phone call later, Mr washing machine repair man is at our door.
‘Thank goodness you've come,’ cries Mrs G, ‘it just packed in and I'd only completed the fourth wash of the day.’

The repair man, having calmed this hysterical lady down, set to work.  First task, obviously, after isolating the machine electrically, is to pull the integrated machine out of its hole.  It turned out that this action was impossible. Why? The kitchen fitter who had put the washing machine into position had cut the electric cable so short that it reached the electrical socket but there was none spare for, say, manoeuvring the machine out of its wee hidey hole because the cable was stuck behind all the other inte-f******-grated units.

Mr washing machine repair man remained remarkably calm in the circumstances. Mind you, asking to borrow my garden shears to chop the plug off might have been a bit of an overreaction.

Luckily, he managed to fix the machine and he also put a longer cable onto it to make his job a bit easier next time he was called out.

We had another occasion where we had to turn the water off at the main stop cock.  We noticed that above the kitchen sink, the ceiling was no longer flat. Indeed, there was water dripping from the ceiling where it was no longer flat. Uh oh, a leak. The source of the leak was the toilet cistern which was directly above the part of the ceiling that was no longer flat.  Having secured the services of a contortionist to shut off the water supply, we decided to check the cistern.

Did I tell you we had a bathroom which had the same sleek design as the kitchen? You know, everything hidden in cupboards or behind panels. No? Well we have. Now then, how do I get into the cistern?  Hmm, let’s see now... Wait a minute.  I don't believe it! (in my Victor Meldrew voice)

Who in their right mind fits a bathroom where there’s no f****** access to the f****** cistern!!!

Forget closed in and integrated, give me open and accessible any day of the week.

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Let’s move on to the birthday honours, shall we?

Actually, I have hit a bit of a snag; I snag I didn’t spot until this week (although, I should have noticed it in the last edition of this esteemed blog. [Esteemed? Who would esteem this load of twaddle? - Ed.]) Because 2016 and 2020 are both leap years, I am now repeating the birthday people from 2015. Oh dear. However, I didn’t give you all the links that I do now. I have found a site which lists a few more famous British folk; my previous source information was a bit Murcan-heavy. So without any further ado, [I quite like a ‘do’. - Ed.] here is a somewhat extended birthday honours list.

Were any famous or notorious individuals born on the 14th of March? Of course there were and here are some I have actually heard of. Georg Philipp Telemann 1681 ([TV repair man? - Ed.] No. Composer. Have a clip.  Here's Fantasie No 2 in A Minor. [I remember them. Morris Minor. Great little car. - Ed.] Jeezo!), Johann Strauss 1804 (Composer. The Waltz king’s dad. Here’s a piece you may not know. He only ever wrote two marches; one was the Radetzky March, this was the other... Jelačić Marsch.), Isabella Beeton 1836 (Author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management which is recognised to be the first cook-book. Had it not been for this book we might never have had all the celebrity chefs that have graced our TV screens over the years... Hmm... Damn you, Mrs Beeton!), Casey Jones 1863 (Yes, him. The one that was always steaming and rolling. Hic!), Anton Philips 1874 (Founder of the electronics company of the same name. [Anton Electronics? Never heard of them. - Ed.]), Albert Einstein 1879 (One of the greatest minds of the last century and he’s famous for sticking his tongue out.), Lee Hays 1914 (A Weaver. Have a clip. Here’s Tzena, Tzena, Tzena. Lee’s the fellow who claps.), Bill Owen 1914 (Actor famous for playing the role of Compo.), Diane Arbus 1923 (Snapper.), Bonar Colleano 1924 (Actor.), Frank Borman 1928 (Spaceman.), Michael Caine 1933 (Ectah from saaahfeast Laaahndon. Not a lot of people know that.), Quincy Jones 1933 (Musician and producer. Here’s his big band with Killer Joe. Now that’s jehhhhz.), Eugene Cernan 1934 (Another spaceman.), Bob Charles 1936 (Sarth Ifrican golfy blike.), Eleanor Bron 1938 (Actress and writer.), Rita Tushingham 1942 (Actress. Starred in the 1961 film A Taste of Honey.), Robert Davis 1945 (Who? Oh, Jasper Carrott.), Pam Ayres 1947 (Poet.), Peter Skellern 1947 (Musician. Here is his hit, Hold On To Love.), Roy Budd 1947 (Pianist and composer. He wrote the theme for Get Carter. Not a lot of people know that.), Jona Lewie 1947 (Musician. Here’s his first solo hit. Isn’t that Kirstie MacColl? [Yes. They tell you it is. - Ed.]), Billy Crystal 1948 (Actor.), John ‘Ollie’ Halsall 1949 (Musician. Have a clip. Here he is stepping out. ), Rick Dees 1950 (Comedian. Had a hit with this. Ye gods!), Nick Webb 1954 (Musician. Here’s a jolly toon called Mr Chow. Trivia: Nick acted alongside Tony Hancock in the 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man.), David Taylor 1954 (Footy administrator.), Helen Atkinson-Wood 1955 (Actress. Mrs Miggins in Blackadder III, that was her.), Tessa Sanderson 1956 (Stick thrower.), Albert II of Monaco 1958 (The well-known prince.), Francine Stock 1958 (TV and radio presenter.), John Philliben 1964 (Fitba guy. Ex-Motherwell player.), Sheila Chandra 1965 (Singer and writer. Here’s a toon you might know. She's ever so lonely.), James Grady 1971 (Fitba guy.), Ben Trott 1975 (Crickety bloke.), Phil Vickery 1976 (Rugby unionist.), Faye Barker 1977 (Newsreader.), Nicolas Anelka 1979 (Homme de Football.), Anas Sarwar 1983 (Politician.), Johnny Flynn 1983 (Musician and actor.), Ian Black 1985 (Fitba guy.), Jamie Bell 1986 (Actor.) and Ellie Bamber 1997 (Actress. Played Mandy Rice-Davies in The Trial of Christine Keeler.).

And now... the 21st of March. Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 (Composer. Have a clip. Here’s Air on the G-String.  [Ooer, missus. - Ed.]), Modest Mussorgsky 1839 (Composer. Here he takes us to some pictures at an exhibition.), Florenz Zeigfeld 1839 (Theatre director and producer. Famous for his theatrical revues the Zeigfeld Follies which ran from 1907 to 1931.), Herbert Ponting 1870 (Photographer on Scott’s Antarctic expeditions.), John D. Rockefeller III 1906 (Rich bloke.), Peter Bull 1912 (Ectaw, dear leddie.), Paul Tortellier 1914 (Cellist. Here is another bit of Bach.), Peter Brook 1925 (Theatre and film director.), James Coco 1929 (Actor.), Michael Heseltine 1933 (Politician. Don’t mention a certain helicopter company.), Christopher Trace 1933 (The first disgraced Blue Peter presenter, but not the last.), Brian Clough 1935 (Mouthy footy bloke.), Michael Foreman 1938 (Author and illustrator.), Solomon Burke 1940 (Singer. Here’s his hit.), Vivian Stanshall 1943 (Eccentric singer with the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Here they are on Jollity Farm.), Ray Dorset 1946 (Mungo Jerry’s frontman. Here’s the band’s biggest hit. All together now... ch ch ch oh. They have got to be the best ever sideburns.), Timothy Dalton 1946 (Actor. The Welsh James Bond.), Roger Hodgson 1950 (A bit of Supertramp. Have a clip.  Sweet dreams.), Andy Parker 1952 (UFO [I beg your pardon? - Ed.] drummer. [Oh, I see. - Ed.] Here’s a clip from 41 years ago... Doctor Doctor.), Nigel Dick 1953 (Musician turned video director. Here’s one he made. All together now... Shout. Shout. Let it all out. ), Steve Halliwell 1954 (Actor. Zak Dingle, that’s him.), Richard H. Kirk 1956 (Musician. Another clip? Here is Freezone.), Guy Chadwick 1956 (Musician. Here’s another clip... Shine on.), Gary Oldman 1958 (Actor.), Sarah Jane Morris 1959 (Singer. Here she is with the Communards... Don't Leave Me This Way.), Lothar Matthaus 1961 (Fußballmann.), Matthew Broderick 1962 (Actor.), Ronald Koeman 1963 (Voetbal man.), Richard Cadette 1965 (Footy bloke.), Adrian Chiles 1967 (Presenter. Still looks like a talking toby jug.), Greg Ellis 1968 (Actor. Lieutenant Theodore Groves, that’s him.), Derek Townsley 1973 (Footy bloke. Ex-Motherwell.), Mark Williams 1975 (Snookery bloke), Thomas Gandey 1976 (Musician. Here he is... Hello there.), Sam Troughton 1977 (Actor. Much, the Miller’s son.), Jamie Delgado 1977 (Tennisy bloke.), Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines 1978 (A Kaiser Chief. A clip? Why, soitenly. This only reached number 179 in the UK charts which was a bit of a shock to them, which is apt given the title.), Ronaldhino Gaucho 1980 (Jogador de futebol sorridente.), Bruno Langley 1983 (Not the first disgraced Coronation Street actor and, probably, not the last.), Lee Cattermole 1988 (Another footy bloke), Mark Garside 1989 (Ice hockey bloke from Polomint City.) and Matty Longstaff 2000 (Footy bloke.).

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

 

Dear Mr Humbler,

Thanks for giving a link to that fantastic band, Supertramp. Dreamer was their first hit, but it wasn’t their biggest. Neither of us can remember what that tune was. Can you help?

Yours with knobs on,


 

 

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Let’s move on to grambling matters. How did our little bet go last time? Don’t ask. What happened? Read on.

 

Sheffield Utd. vs Norwich - Prediction Home win

Result - Sheffield United 1 Norwich City 0

Yay!

The hosts looked in control when Billy Sharp headed in.

But with 13 minutes left United’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to dive bravely at the feet of Mario Vrancic to keep out a Ben Godfrey header and then blocked the rebound.

 

Accrington vs Tranmere - Prediction Home win

Result - Accrington Stanley 1 Tranmere Rovers 2

Boo!

Goals from James Vaughan and Mark Ellis gave Tranmere a win over Accrington, who finished with 10 men.

Stanley forced all the early pressure, with Dion Charles firing wide and Scott Davies denying Callum Johnson, but it was Tranmere who opened the scoring with their first attack on eight minutes.

A Kieron Morris free-kick found the head of Vaughan eight yards out who guided the ball past Joe Bursik.

Stanley continued to create chances, with Joe Pritchard's effort not far off the top corner, but did not really test the Tranmere keeper Scott Davies and the visitors struck again on 77 minutes.

Peter Clarke fed the ball across the face of goal after Stanley failed to clear a corner and Ellis had the easy task of tapping into an empty net at the far post.

Stanley set up a grandstand finish when Alex Woodyard headed Bobby Grant's free-kick into his own net on 82 minutes but, in added time, Stanley defender Harvey Rodgers saw red for a second bookable offence.

 

Sunderland vs Gillingham - Prediction Home win

Result - Sunderland 2 Gillingham 2

Ooh! ’It the bar!

Mikael Mandron grabbed both goals to level things up and earn Gillingham a draw against the Black Cats.

Kyle Lafferty had twice put Sunderland ahead in the 64th and 83rd minutes. His first was a header from Denver Hume's left-wing cross, and his second a low finish after being put through by midfielder George Dobson.

But Gillingham, who were out to frustrate the hosts all afternoon, got their reward by fighting back twice to claim that point courtesy of Mandron's double.

His first was in the 74th minute when he poked a finish inside the far corner after Jordan Willis had struggled to deal with a corner properly.

And when Olly Lee laid the ball off for Mandron deep into six minutes of stoppage-time the striker did the rest with a brilliant low finish inside goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin's bottom right corner.

 

Cheltenham vs Port Vale - Prediction Home win

Result - Cheltenham Town 0 Port Vale 0

Again I say Boo! ’It the bar again!

Vale were closest to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute when Mark Cullen's header from David Worrall's cross rebounded off the bar with goalkeeper Owen Evans beaten.

Referee Scott Duncan pointed to the penalty spot in the 42nd minute after a challenge from defender Charlie Raglan on Mitch Clark.

But after consulting with his assistant, he overturned the decision and the away side had to settle for a corner.

Cheltenham had threatened in the 11th minute when Alfie May lifted the ball over Scott Brown, but Leon Legge cleared off the line with Reuben Reid waiting to pounce.

Vale looked the more likely winners in the second half with Evans saving low to his left from Cullen after David Amoo's centre and Amoo went close himself in the 64th minute, firing just wide after Tom Conlon's pass.

Vale had another penalty appeal turned down after an hour when Conlon was challenged in the box.

 

Northampton vs Mansfield - Prediction Home win

Result - Northampton Town 1 Mansfield Town 2

BOOOO!

Forward Sam Hoskins was sent off for the Cobblers after just 11 minutes [Perhaps the Cobbler kicked someone in the cobblers. - Ed.] and ‘Broadway’ Danny Rose scored the subsequent penalty kick before Willem Tomlinson's second-half strike sealed the win for Mansfield.

Northampton made the better start and Nicky Adams went close with a well-struck free-kick, acrobatically tipped over by Stags goalkeeper Aidan Stone.

But it all unravelled for the home side after 11 minutes when Hoskins saw red for pushing Harry Charsley as the last defender and Rose made no mistake from the spot.

Tempers flared on several occasions in a heated first half but Northampton coped well with their numerical disadvantage and Vadaine Oliver came close to levelling with a spectacular overhead-kick.

Steve Arnold produced a fine double save from Rose and Charsley before Tomlinson clipped the crossbar early in the second half.

Northampton were still in the game and Stone pulled off two excellent stops to deny Lloyd Jones and Scott Wharton, but it was game over with 16 minutes to go when Mansfield broke clear and Nicky Maynard slipped in Tomlinson, who calmly beat Arnold.

Northampton did manage a late consolation when Harry Smith headed in Adams' cross in stoppage time.

 

Unless you have been living in a cave over the past few weeks, you must have heard that a certain virus has caused practically all sporting events to be cancelled. Football throughout Europe has been put on hold until further notice. Not good. Not good at all. It means we have to put our little gramble type bet on the donkeys. Even European donkey racing has been cancelled so we have to bet on races taking place in Africa. So, deep breath, here we go. What has The Grambler predicted for us?

Meeting - Time - Horse - Odds

Turffontein - 1.15 - Karino - 11/8
Turffontein - 1.50 - Al Mutawakel - 8/15
Turffontein - 2.25 - Celtic Sea - 1/2
Turffontein - 3.00 - Al Jahbath - 11/8
Durbanville - 1.35 - Heaven's Embrace - 2/1
 

The bets have been placed (10 x 20 pee doubles plus 1 x 20 pee accumulator... not forgetting another 20 pees to make that an each way bet) and if they all go according to The Grambler’s Predictions, the Bobby Moore Fund stands to receive a whopping...

 

£17.56
 

Now you're having a laugh.  That is just too whopping.  Will it happen?  Will it fu... No, it won't.

 

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Teaser time. Yay! Last time I asked you which club (managed by Glenn Hoddle) was promoted to the Premier League and spent just one season there before dropping down the leagues. The answer was of course Swindon Town. They won the Division One playoff against Leicester City in 1993 to gain a place in the Premier League (No Championship division back then.). They won only five games while in the top flight and shipped over 100 goals in the process.

One for this week? It’s a naming one this week. Which Premier League team was originally called St. Marks? Try that one down the... Oh, you can’t go to the pub now. They’re all shut.  Well, at least try it without resorting to Googly.

 

 

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As usual (at the risk of repeating myself), I remind you of the main reason for continuing to publish this blog – to raise awareness about bowel cancer. If you have any bowel problems, don’t be fobbed off with the line that you are too young for bowel cancer to be a consideration. Just point your doctor in the direction of http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/campaigns-policy/latest-campaigns/never-too-young-campaign

 

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Please, also take the time to click on this link, an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

 

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And finally Cyril? And finally, Esther, it was Jasper Carrott’s birthday last week. Would you like to hear his hit record? Probably not. Funky Moped was not a particularly good song... In fact, it was dreadful. Jasper Carrott, himself, never rated it. So why did it ever make the charts? People bought it because of the B-side, this rather rude story called Magic Roundabout. That was considered to be a bit risque back in the seventies. Times have changed.

 

 
Boinnnng!!!


 

That’s all for this week folks, but remember you can read the musings of The Grambler every week (well, most weeks) by going to the blog at www.thegrambler.com where you can also catch up on any previous editions you may missed.
 
Happy grambling.
 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Week 31/32 - Fifty shades of Grambler


Welcome to The Grambler, the most ill-informed blog you are ever likely to see.

Stewart was an amazing person - A wonderful husband, a fantastic brother, a loving son and an adored uncle. He was also a brilliant friend and colleague and is missed by so many people. His family are determined that his death will never be in vain and are doing their part to beat bowel cancer for good. We are fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund which is part of Cancer Research UK and specialises in research into bowel cancer. If you wish to donate to the fund, you can via https://www.justgiving.com/Geraldine-Smith3 .

If you haven’t already done so, please read the article which appeared in the Daily Record and learn from Stewart’s story that you must never be complacent. It makes grim reading for us, his family, even though we were beside him throughout his ordeal, or battle; call it what you will. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/heartbroken-widow-geraldine-smith-raises-3452997

Similarly, if you haven’t heard it, please listen to Geraldine’s moving radio interview which was on Radio Scotland recently.


Stewart began writing The Grambler when he was between procedures and hoping for some form of recovery. He loved all aspects of football and was a lifelong Motherwell supporter. His wish was that The Grambler should continue after his death and I have been happy to oblige. Read on and enjoy

 

Those of you who are of a certain age will probably remember the days when, if you bought a second hand car, you were just asking for trouble. How so, I hear you ask. Quality of cars back in the seventies (yes I am that old) was iffy to say the least. Cars such as Skoda and Lada were constantly the butt of jokes... What do you call a Skoda without a roof? A skip... That sort of thing.

My first car was seven years old when I bought it and, though I liked it (it was my first car, after all) I had to concede that it was a heap of junk. Luckily, my dad was a keen mechanic who, though he was never a driver, loved working on cars. So that car had its engine stripped down and rebuilt, had the brake system and suspension virtually renewed and was completely repainted so that it looked like new. When the time came to sell it, I got a much higher price than I had paid for it and the buyer got a much better car than I had bought.

That first car was a Ford Corsair; it was replaced by a Morris 1100 which I kept for only two weeks because, during that fortnight, it let me down every day... at least once. Luckily I got my money back from the dodgy dealer I had bought it from... He had come to my house ready for a fight, but when said immobile vehicle refused to start, he didn't have any other option than to return my dosh... all 220 quids of it.

The Vauxhall Viva that became my next car was similarly useless, though dad worked his magic and the repainted version looked a lot better than the original rust bucket. Sadly dad's skills couldn't do anything about its fuel consumption. Twelve miles per gallon isn't very much is it?

The Mini Countryman which followed it was a brilliant car to drive... when it went that is. It too went through the same transformation process as the others and though it leaked everywhere, including oil from the engine and petrol from the fuel tank, it was a car that I was sorry to get rid of. It got replaced by a Ford Cortina (the one likened to a coke bottle). I say replaced; for a while I ran both cars and, after the sure footedness of the Mini, the Ford was a bit of a letdown. In the end, it was the Cortina which got the heave ho and I ran the Mini a bit longer.

The car that replaced it was... Can you guess? Yep. Another Mini. It was a smashing wee thing and I would have kept it but, when family came along, a bigger car was needed. A usable but tatty Renault 12 was purchased and once again dad got the paint tin out and, as it had been a silver car, I chose the nearest equivalent solid paint colour... battleship grey.

Why am I telling you all this? [Yes. Why? Yawn. - Ed.] Well, over the years there always seems to have been favourite colours for cars. When I first started driving, a popular car colour was mustard or orange [Bleuchh! - Ed.]. Then all sorts of brown shades took over as the most popular. Later on, there weren't many manufacturers not offering a lilac/purple option which seemed to get the nod from a lot of owners. Since then, we have gone through various 'favourite' colours. Red, black, silver, British racing green and white have all been the most common hue at some time or another. [And? - Ed.] And... The current favourite seems to be grey. Dull, boring, battleship grey.

Who would have thunk it... I started a fashion with my old grey Renault... Just a pity I was 30-odd years too early.
 
The one third from the right


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Let’s move on to the birthday honours, shall we? Were any famous or notorious individuals born on the 29th of February? Of course there were; here are some I’ve actually heard of. Gioachino Rossini 1792 (Composer. Here’s a famous piece. You will no doubt recognise it at about the eight minute mark.  Hi ho Silver!), Jimmy Dorsey 1904 (Musician. Here’s his signature toon, Contrasts.), Dinah Shore 1916 (Singer. Here’s a toon you might know, Buttons and Bows. Early use of a cordless microphone, there. [You are being sarcastic, of course. - Ed.] Of course.), Joss Ackland 1928 (Actor. Still with us.), Jean Adamson 1928 (Writer and illustrator. Famous for her Topsy and Tim stories. Also still with us.), Polly Elwes (Ectress. Sedly, no longer with us.), Peter Wheeler 1944 (One time owner of car company TVR.), Clive Ricks 1956 (Crickety bloke.), Wendi Peters 1968 (Actress. Cilla in Corrie.) and Steven Cree 1980 (Actor.).

Now, onto the 7th of March. Rob Roy McGregor 1671 (Outlaw.), Nicéphore Niépce 1765 (Inventor. Photography pioneer.), Piet Mondrian 1872 (Penter.), Maurice Ravel 1875 (Composer who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a ball of wool. Famous for his  Bolero First time I’ve seen a conductor using a matchstick as a baton.), Edgar Evans 1876 (Explorer. Reached South Pole with Scott’s ill-fated expedition.), Reginald Maudling 1917 (Politician.), Eleanor Summerfield 1921 (Ectress. Merried to Leonard Sechs, him from orf of The Good Old Days.), Willie Waddell 1921 (Fitballer and source of a popular schoolboy joke.), George A. Cooper 1925 (Actor.), Richard Vernon 1925 (Ectaw. Slartibartfast, that was him.), Antony Armstrong-Jones aka Lord Snowdrop (Blibbing spellchecker!) 1930 (Married a princess; took pictures... erm... That’s it.), Zena Walker 1934 (Ectress.), Michael Eisner 1942 (Businessman. Used to be in charge of The House of Mouse.), Chris White 1943 (One time Zombie. He provides lead vocals on this, Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914).), Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet 1944 (Explorer, it says here.), Arthur Lee 1945 (A bit of Love. Here is song from 1966, 7 and 7 is, ten years before punk.), John Heard 1946 (Actor. Macaulay Culkin’s dad. [Really? - Ed.] No.), Walter Röhrl 1947 (Rallyefahrer. Sein name klingt sogar wie ein auto.), Ernie Isley 1952 (A brother. Have a clip. Who's she?), Viv Richards 1952 (Crickety bloke.), Bryan Cranston 1956 (Actor. Walter White, that’s him.), Robert Harris 1957 (Journo cum orfer.), Rick Mayall 1958 (Comedian.), Tom Lehman 1959 (Golfy bloke.), Ivan Lendl 1960 (Tenista.), Jim Spivey 1960 (Runny bloke.), Taylor Dayne 1962 (Singer cum actress. A song? Here’s Tell It To My Heart.  Odd place to have ears.), Erika Leonard aka E.L. James 1963 (Orfer. I say author; she wrote Fifty Shades of Grey.  Sounds like the Dulux colour chart. No doubt, battleship grey was in there.), Tommy Sheridan 1964 (Firebrand politician.), Jesper Parnevik 1965 (Golfspelare.), Rachel Weisz 1970 (Actress.), Ray Parlour 1973 (Footy bloke.), Paul Cattermole 1977 (A bit of S Club 7. This will bring it all back... up.), Colin Nish 1981 (Fitballer.), Mathieu Flamini 1984 (Footballeur et entrepreneur.), Murray Davidson 1988 (Fitballer.), Bel Powley 1992 (Actress. Little My, that’s her.), Jordan Pickford 1994 (Footy bloke.) and Liam Donnelly 1996 (Footy bloke. Plays for Motherwell. Yay!).

 

 

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

 

Dear Mr Crumble,

Thank you for giving a link to a song by the wonderful Taylor Dayne. The one you played was her first, and biggest, hit. I think the only other song of hers which made the British top ten was the immediate follow up to that one, but I can’t for the life of me remember the title of it. Can you help?

Yours with felicitations,


 

 

 

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Let’s move on to grambling matters. How did our little bet go last time? We got some money back. Yay! Indeed yay. We got £4.52 back from our £2.20 outlay. An actual profit. What happened? Read on.

 

 

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle - Prediction Home win

Result - Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 0

Yay!

The Magpies' regular saviour Martin Dubravka had made two superb stops from Gary Cahill and Scott Dann before Patrick Van Aanholt found a way past him just before half-time with a glorious 20-yard strike.

Jordan Ayew went close on a couple of occasions, one of which came off the foot of the post, while Belgian Christian Benteke really should have done better with a header from six yards out.

Newcastle managed only two shots on target. Vicente Guaita was at full stretch to keep out a long-range effort from Joelinton and tipped over a fierce effort from Fabian Schar.

And to round off a thoroughly disappointing day for the visitors, Valentino Lazaro was shown a straight red in stoppage time for hauling down Wilfried Zaha, who was through on goal.

 

Sheffield Utd. vs Brighton - Prediction Home win

Result - Sheffield Utd. 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Ooh! ’It the bar!

Enda [Edna? What kind of name is that for a footballer? - Ed.] Stevens' rasping finish put the Blades in control against Brighton but the lead was short-lived as Neal Maupay marked his return to the starting line-up with a headed equaliser.

Lewis Dunk missed a glorious chance to put the visitors ahead after the Blades lost Stevens to injury.

John Fleck went close from distance but Brighton worked hard to secure the draw.

 

Bristol C vs West Brom - Prediction Away win

Result - Bristol City 0 West Bromwich Albion 3

Yay!

Callum Robinson gave the Baggies the lead in fortunate circumstances, the ball rebounding in off his head after Robins’ keeper Dan Bentley had saved the forward's initial shot.

Bentley was then at fault for Albion's second before the break when he failed to hold Jake Livermore's shot, presenting Hal Robson-Kanu with a simple tap-in.

Albion had to play the final 13 minutes with 10 men after Romaine Sawyers was shown a straight red card after grabbing Jamie Paterson by the throat, pushing a steward as he made his way off.

But Robson-Kanu sealed the win, intercepting Ashley Williams' back header and beating Bentley with a left-foot volley.

 

Stoke vs Cardiff - Prediction Home win

Result - Stoke City 2 Cardiff City 0

Yay!

The Bluebirds gifted Stoke the lead when Callum Paterson headed into his own net from a corner.

Joe Allen scrambled the ball home from close range (after Tyrese Campbell's effort was blocked) to secure victory.

 

Swansea vs Huddersfield - Prediction Home win

Result - Swansea City 3 Huddersfield Town 1

Yay!

Andre Ayew, Jay Fulton and Jordon Garrick were on target as Swansea won for the first time in six league games.

The Swans led after top scorer Ayew pounced on a rebound to claim his 13th goal of the season.

Steve Mounie's close-range strike 12 minutes from time levelled, but Fulton quickly restored Swansea's lead before Garrick sealed victory late on.

 

So, a good week for The Grambler. Can he/she/it keep it up this week? [In a word... no. - Ed.] Here are this week’s predictions.

Game - Result - Odds

Sheffield Utd. vs Norwich - Prediction Home win - 4/6

Accrington vs Tranmere - Prediction Home win - 4/5

Sunderland vs Gillingham - Prediction Home win - 5/6

Cheltenham vs Port Vale - Prediction Home win - 10/11

Northampton vs Mansfield - Prediction Home win - 19/20

The bets have been placed (10 x 20 pee doubles plus 1 x 20 pee accumulator) and if they all go according to The Grambler’s Predictions, the Bobby Moore Fund stands to receive a whopping...

 

£10.78

Not particularly whopping, it has to be said. [Why? - Ed.]  Why what? [Why does it have to said? - Ed.] Groan.

 

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Teaser time. Yay! Last time I asked you what the original name of Burnley F.C. was.  A fairly easy one: they were known as Burnley Rovers and, if you want to be really pedantic, you could add the words Rugby Club, as the members of that club decided (in 1882) to switch from playing rugby union to association football.

One for this week? Which club (managed by Glenn Hoddle) was promoted to the Premier League and spent just one season there before dropping down the leagues? One to ask down the pub, I think.

 

 

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As usual (at the risk of repeating myself), I remind you of the main reason for continuing to publish this blog – to raise awareness about bowel cancer. If you have any bowel problems, don’t be fobbed off with the line that you are too young for bowel cancer to be a consideration. Just point your doctor in the direction of http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/campaigns-policy/latest-campaigns/never-too-young-campaign

 

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Please, also take the time to click on this link, an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

 

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And finally Cyril? And finally, Esther, we have a little treat [Uh oh. - Ed.] for the readers of this august blog. Rick Mayall, had he lived, would have been 62 this week. Anyone who read Week 41 - Grambling in a caramel shop  knows that I was a huge fan of Rick Mayall and his work. So this week, I thought you might like to see Rick from his early days on TV when he assumed the character of Kevin Turvey.  Here are his ‘Kevin Turvey Investigates’ features from the Beeb Beeb Ceeb Scotland show A Kick Up The Eighties. I do hope you enjoy them as much as I still do.

 

 

 

That’s all for this week folks, but remember you can read the musings of The Grambler every week (well, most weeks) by going to the blog at www.thegrambler.com

 

Happy grambling.