Saturday, 29 January 2022

Post 436 - The Grambler remembers Barry Cryer

 

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

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

 

Story time...

I'm angry. I am and all. What has caught my ire this week? The woke brigade. Them. Again. What have they done now, I hear you ask. They are complaining about the name given to a sweet.

When I were a lad [Uh oh, Hovis time. - Ed.] sweets had names like gobstoppers, sweetie cigarettes, or blackjacks. Blackjacks even featured a cartoon picture of a black person on the wrapper. I don't know what they are called now but, I'm guessing, Blackjack is now considered racist and the woke brigade will have come up with a name that is less contentious. (That's a good word. Wonder what it means. Con... against. Tent... camping? Yus... affirmative? Yes, I'm against camping? Something not right there.)

Anyway, back to the plot. Sweetie cigarettes are now called candy sticks and no longer have one end that is red to signify a lit fag. They still taste just as horrible as I remember them.

Gobstoppers? They are called jaw breakers; jaw being considered preferable to the slang word gob to mean mouth.

Where is all this leading? Well, the sweet that is now being targeted as being in need of a politically correct re-branding is called a midget gem. It is a small jelly sweet, not unlike a wine gum... hang on... Wine? Alcohol? Surely the woke lot will latch onto that one before long.

Any road up, the word midget is considered to be derogatory (There's another good word. I’m full of them today) to small people.

Bollocks to that says I. I do not call small individuals midgets and, I suspect, nor do most people. It is a derogatory term when it is used to describe a small adults. But, naming a small sweet 'midget' is certainly not derogatory. Not to the sweet, anyway. The word midget simply means tiny. It always has done. It always will. A one-man submarine is called a midget sub because it is tiny, not because the person inside it is small. The MG Midget car was so-called because it too was tiny; it was never confused as being the size of a person driving it. Should we now reappraise those and call them something different? One-man submarine sounds okay, but MG Tiny? MG Small? Don't think so.

One plus that might come of all this wokieness is that a certain song by Ray Stevens called Bridget the M***** might never be played on the radio again. Huzzah for wokedom! Mind you, that might be entirely down to the fact that it is such a dreadful song.

Back to the topic of car names, is it time to rename old cars because the woke brigade don't like those that they were given?

Before WWII there was a British maker of luxury cars called Invicta. Its most famous model? The Black Prince. Not acceptable to the wokies I suspect.

What about all the cars produced by the Rootes Group? Ask your dad. Hillman? [Hill person, surely. - Ed.] Imp? That suggests misbehaving; can't have that. The same with Minx.

What about the Sunbeam car names concerning weaponry? You what? Stiletto? A small dagger. Rapier? A big sword.

The same could be said of Reliant and its use of the name Scimitar. Definitely, not on.

As for the Ford Probe, I think Mary Whitehouse would have had something to say about that.

Gilbern Invader? Yes. Why? It suggests terrorist activity. Agree?

Speaking of which, the car with the most unsettling name must be one that was produced almost 70 years ago. It was claimed that it was simply named after a river. A likely story. Ladeez and genullum, I give you the Morris Isis.



Morris Isis. The car for midg... small people.


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Birthday honours...

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

Were any famous or not so well-known individuals born on the 29th of January? Of course there were. Here are some that even I know.

Kenneth Allsop 1920 - TV presenter.

Brian Trubshaw 1924 - Test pilot.

Peter Byrne 1928 - Actor. Andy Crawford in Dixon of Dock Green.

John Junkin 1930 - Actor and scriptwriter.

Leslie Bricusse 1931 - Composer, lyricist and playwright. He won a Noscar for this song, Talk to the Animals (as murdered by Rex Harrison).

Noel Harrison 1934 - Actor and singer, it says here. He’s a better singer than dad, Rex. I’ll give him that. Here’s his ’it, Windmills of Your Mind.

Mark Wynter 1943 - Singer. Here is a hit he had in the early 1960s, Go Away Little Girl. [Those lyrics are a bit suspect. - Ed.]

Tony Blackburn 1943 - DJ. That gives me an excuse to give you a link to this, Toe Knee Black Burn.

Andrew Loog Oldham 1944 - Composer, entrepreneur, record producer, songwriter, talent manager and talent agent, it says here.

David Hay 1948 - Fitba guy.

Tim Healy, like 1952 - Actor. Dennis Pa’erson in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, like.

Ronnie Moore 1953 - Footy bloke.

Linda Smith 1958 - Comedienne.

Phil Nice 1959 - Actor and one-time comedy partner of Arthur Smith. See http://www.thegrambler.com/2021/11/post-430-grambler-on-roof.html for an episode of Arthur and Phil Go Off.

Sandra Whittaker 1963 - Runny bloke. She’s from Polomint City, as is...

Roddy Frame 1964 - Musician. Let’s have a clip; the one that gets played at every Scottish wedding/family gathering, Somewhere In My Heart.

Anna Ryder Richardson 1964 - TV presenter.

Mark Wright 1970 - Footy bloke.

Clare Balding 1971 - TV presenter.

Miranda Krestovnikoff 1973 - TV presenter.

Rory Graham aka Rag’n’Bone Man 1985 - Singer/songwriter. Have a clip. Here’s his biggest hit, Human.

Laura Coombs 1991 - Footy bloke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

Dear Gramblie Brickarse,

It was so nice to hear one of your songs, which was performed so well by Rex Harrison. Didn’t you write many songs with professional Cockney, Anthony Newley? It would be lovely to hear one of those. Can you recommend one?

Yours expectantly,

Fee Lingudd.

 

 

 

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Gramble time...

How did The Grambler’s predictions fare last time? Well, we won. Sort of. £2.04 back from our £2.20 stake. 16 pees down [You can count. well done. - Ed.] What happened? Read on.

 

Birmingham vs Barnsley - Home win

Result - Birmingham 2 Barnsley 1

Yay!

After an even opening half hour, Lukas Jutkiewicz won the ball in the air, kept possession, then turned to measure a left-foot pass through to Onel ‘Nellie’ Hernandez, who ran on to slot a low right-foot shot past keeper Brad Collins.

Blues doubled their lead after the break when Ryan Woods' left-wing corner eluded Collins, came back off the chest of Carlton Morris and Scott Hogan reacted first, taking a touch before poking in the loose ball from close range.

The visitors went close when Michael Helik hit the post.

They finally pulled one back through Victor Adeboyejo.

 

Stoke vs Fulham - Away win

Result - Stoke 2 Fulham 3

Yay!

After strikers D'Margio Wright-Phillips and Rodrigo Muniz traded goals inside the first 90 seconds, Fulham led at the break when they got a second, possibly from Fabio Carvalho, although Muniz appeared to get the final touch.

Stoke’s Lewis Baker blasted the hosts level again from 30 yards. But, although Muniz might have missed out on a hat-trick when his header bounced off the bar, it fell to Bobby Decordova-Reid who connected superbly on the half-volley from 18 yards.

 

Morecambe vs Wycombe - Away win

Result - Morecambe 3 Wycombe 2

Boo!

The Chairboys enjoyed the best possible start when they took the lead after just 90 seconds as Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home Jordan Obita's left-wing cross.

Morecambe hit back after 39 minutes. Aaron Wildig swung in a left-wing corner and skipper Anthony O'Connor beat his marker to head past Stockdale from close range.

The visitors regained the lead in the 54th minute when Jack Grimmer volleyed superbly past goalkeeper Trevor Carson from the right-hand side of the area after Akinfenwa had flicked on.

The Shrimps came back again and levelled through Jonah Ayunga on the hour after Stockdale had parried out Cole Stockton's low shot from the edge of the area.

And it was the prolific Stockton who sealed the points six minutes later when he was picked out by Ayunga in the box and volleyed past the stranded Stockdale from six yards.

 

Salford vs Colchester - Home win

Result - Salford 0 Colchester 3

Wow! But still boo.

Captain Luke Chambers and Myles Kenlock scored before half-time and substitute Corie Andrews wrapped it up late on.

The visitors dominated the first half with Cole Skuse hitting the post within two minutes before being forced off through injury.

Salford’s Ryan Watson volleyed over before Alan Judge wasted a glorious chance for the U's, heading over unmarked.

Freddie Sears was then denied by Tom King but the Ammies keeper was soon beaten as Chambers headed in Judge's cross on the half hour.

The lead was doubled on the next attack as Chambers' goalbound header was stopped on the line allowing Kenlock to tap in.

Salford made a double change at half-time but never looked like getting back in the game, and Colchester clinched the win on the break when Andrews scampered clear to score.

 

Scunthorpe vs Newport - Away win

Result - Scunthorpe 0 Newport 1

Yay!

Mickey Demetriou hit the post from 12 yards after Oliver Cooper was fouled in the area.

Courtney Baker-Richardson headed home Cooper's free-kick early in the second half.

After Luke Matheson was fouled in the Newport box, Nick Townsend denied Myles Hippolyte's penalty to earn the visitors all three points.

 

Okay, three wins out of five for The Grambler. Can he/she/it improve on that, this week? [In a word... no. - Ed.]

Game - Result - Odds

Barnsley vs Bournemouth - Away win - 11/20

QPR vs Reading - Home win - 4/6

Cheltenham vs Wigan - Away win - 10/11

Doncaster vs Plymouth - Away win - 19/20

Gillingham vs Oxford - Away win - 5/6

The bets have been placed - Ten 20 pee doubles plus a single 20 pee accumulator. If the results go as predicted by The Grambler, the Bobby Moore Fund will be richer to the tune of a whopping

£10.18

I say whopping, I actually mean not at all whopping.

 

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Teaser time...

Yay! How did you get on with the five teasers set in the last edition? Here are the answers.

1. Who am I?

I was born in Stepney in 1980. A left-back, I began my senior career at Arsenal making 156 appearances before being transferred to Chelsea where I played in 229 matches. I was capped 107 times for England, making me the most capped full-back.

Answer - Ashley Cole

2. How long did Brian Clough spend as manager of Leeds United?

Answer - 44 days

3. Who has scored the most Premier League goals for Liverpool?

Answer - Robbie Fowler with 128

4. What record is held by Fred Everiss?

Answer - He was secretary/manager of West Bromwich Albion from 1902 to 1948 making him (technically) the longest serving manager in the English football league.

5. Which English club’s crest features a lion, a goose and two bees?

Answer - Burnley

Shall we have another five for this week? Of course we shall.

1. Who am I?

I was born in Gateshead in 1967. I began my senior career at Newcastle United, before several moves to, among others, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton. I was capped 57 times for England. Wikipedia says that I was ‘widely recognised as the most naturally talented English footballer of his generation’.

2. Who has made the most Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace?

3. Who was the last English manager of Arsenal?

4. How many Scots have managed F.A. Cup winning teams?

5. Which African national teams have the nicknames Super Eagles (for the men’s team) and Super Falcons (for the women’s team)?

There you have it; five teasers to test you. As always, try and answer them before shouting out Hey Googly, Syria or Alexis. Please feel free to pass on the link to your pals so that they can enjoy The Grambler’s footy teasers too.

 

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Remember the serious message...

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, take a few minutes to watch an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HWQXMalX4. The amount raised is a little out of date, though. Check the Justgiving page link given at the beginning of this blog to see the current figure.

 

 

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And Finally...

And finally, Cyril? And finally, Esther, we end on a sad note. This week, one of the blog’s favourite entertainers died. Barry Cryer has died at the age of 86. His early career was as a writer for comedy shows such as The Frost Report and Doctor in the House (with Graham Chapman). The first time I heard of him was when he compered Jokers Wild in the early 1970s. He seemed to be more comfortable as a radio performer and starred in shows such as Hello, Cheeky!, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and You’ll Have Had Your Tea. Regular readers of this blog may recall my ‘borrowing’ of the characters Dougal and Hamish from that show. You may also remember a link to Barry’s number one hit record, The Purple People Eater. Number one? Yes, in Finland. I think it is only right that we finish with my favourite Bary Cryer joke...

Ringo Starr, eh? He wasn’t the best drummer in the world... He wasn’t the best drummer in The Beatles.

Well, it made me laugh.

Wait, there’s more. It is indeed ironic that he died on the date of Robert Burns’ birthday. Why? Because I am going to end this week’s blog with an edition of You’ll Have Had Your Tea. Which One? The Burns Night Special.

Farewell, Barry.

 

 

 

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 have missed.

 

Happy grambling.

 

Monday, 24 January 2022

Post 435 - Litterally grambling

 

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

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

 

Story time...

Before I start this week, I believe an apology is in order.  Two days late.  Sorry about that.  Mrs G and I went away for a few days and I took Trusty the laptop with me, planning to post this week's edition.  Unfortunately, the place we stayed was so out of the way that the was not only no WiFi coverage, there wasn't even a phone signal.  Peace, perfect peace... but no Grambler for you.  We're back now so on with the blog...

I despair, I really do. [Explain. - Ed.] I was driving the other day when I was stopped at traffic lights. I couldn’t help but notice the driver of the car in the inside lane. He was smartly dressed and wearing a tie. A businessman, no doubt. The car he was driving was also a bit of a giveaway; a brand spanking new BMW. A successful businessman, then. However, it wasn’t his attire or his choice of car which drew my attention; it was the fact that, while stationary at the lights he was swigging from a can of ‘energy drink’. When he finished it, he opened the window and dropped the empty can out of it. Unfortunately, though the drink may give you wings, the can is not so equipped and it fell straight onto the road.

We live in a throwaway society; sadly, some people take that just too literally.

The other day, I was reading an article which bemoaned the amount of rubbish that gets dumped willy nilly, or nilly willy if you prefer. The writer came up with a solution that he perceived as a joke, nothing more. [A throwaway line! Ha! - Ed.] Ahem, he suggested that whenever anyone bought anything at a drive-through restaurant... All right, the one with the big yellow M... the car’s registration should be noted on the packaging so that any buyer who dumped the empties could be traced. It was, as I said, meant as a joke, but it is actually a sensible solution. It goes a little way towards reducing people’s littering. And it set me thinking. [Uh oh, dangerous. - Ed.]

It struck me that it is possible to go much, much further. Sadly, we in Britain currently have a terrible attitude about dropping litter. I’m sorry, I’m generalising a little there. Most of us are happy to take our litter home to put into our bins. However, there is a minority that does not think that way. Unfortunately, while they may be the minority of the population as a whole, they constitute (That’s a good word, I wonder what it means... Cons? frauds? Tit? little bird? Ute? Work vehicle? No. Something not right there.) the majority of people who buy takeaway food.

They also tend to pay by card, or mobile phone, or smarty boots watch. [And your point is? - Ed.] Those cards can be traced. [And your point is? - Ed.] So, it is possible to trace them. [And your point is? - Ed.] I’ll explain. [Please do. - Ed.] You’ve heard of track and trace, where, if you have the correct app on your phone, you can be traced if you have been in the vicinity of anyone who has tested positive for covid? [Yes. - Ed.] Well, this is the same. [No it isn’t. - Ed.] Okay, it isn’t, but it could be. Pull up a chair and I’ll tell ee how...

We have some clever technology these days and it could, I am sure, be used to trace dropped rubbish from takeaway restaurants. How so, I hear you ask. Well, you have to present your card to a ‘reader’ to make a payment, don’t you? This same reader could also be designed to allow it to be used to somehow link your payment card to the containers you are purchasing. I know it sounds like technology which is just too clever in a big brother is watching you sort of way, but I reckon it could be done. I envisage a card reader which can then be connected to a qr code printed on each container of your purchase, like a shop checkout reader, thus registering your card to that piece of packaging. Clever, huh?

Then, if ever you drop litter, it can be traced back to you. It wouldn’t take very long for our motorway slip roads to be free of litter; once a driver has been stung with a hefty fine or two, he (and it invariably is a he) will soon stop dropping litter out of his car.

I think that is an absolutely brilliant way to stop litter louts.

 

Dear Mr or Mrs Dragon’s Den...

Coming to a grass verge near you


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Birthday honours...

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

Were any famous or not so well-known individuals born on the 15 of January? Of course there were. Here are some that even I know.

Ivor Novello 1893 - Composer and actor. Wrote a few famous, if somewhat sentimental, toons. Here is one from the early days of the Great War; The D-Day Darlings (seriously) sing Keep the Home Fires Burning.

Uffa Fox 1898 - Yachty bloke. He used to suffer terribly from a pain which was never fully diagnosed; it became known simply as the Uffa Fox ache.

Hugh Fraser 1903 - Shopkeeper.

Charles Hill 1904 - Politician and Radio doctor.

Torin Thatcher 1905 - Actor. Tended to play baddies. 153 credits on IMDb so his villainy seemed to be much in demand. Boo!

Pamela Cundell 1920 - Actress. Mrs Fox in Dad’s Army. She married Jonesy.

Frank Thornton 1921 - Actor. Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served.

Ivor Cutler 1923 - Poet? Musician? Actor? Hard to pin him down. Eccentric? Judge for yourself; here’s Shoplifters.

Frank Bough 1933 - Television presenter.

Margaret Beckett 1943 - Politician.

Princess Michael of Kent 1945 - A princess. [Is she transgender? - Ed.]

David Pleat 1945 - Footy bloke.

Pete Waterman 1947 - Record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter and Thomas the Tank Engine fan.

Ian Stewart 1949 - Runny bloke.

Peter ‘Biff’ Byford 1951 - Musician and kitchen furniture salesman. He was the front man with Saxon. Let’s have a bit of Metal with And The Bands Played On.

Gareth Hale 1953 - Comedian and actor. Famous as half of comedy duo Hale & Pace. [Which was he? - Ed.]

Pete Trewavas 1959 - Bassist with Marillion and part of prog ‘supergroup’ Transatlantic. Here’s a couple of tracks from their 2021 album The Absolute Universe - Overture/Reaching For The Sky.

Katy Murphy 1963 - Actress. Miss Toner in Tutti Frutti.

Jackie Baillie 1964 - Politician.

James Nesbitt 1965 - Octor from Norn Ehrnd.

Ged Brannan 1972 - Footy bloke. Ex-Motherwell, you know.

Edith Bowman 1975 - DJ and TV presenter.

Kevin Harper 1976 - Fitba guy.

Ryan Sidebottom 1978 - Crickety bloke.

Jermaine Pennant 1983 - Footy bloke.

Eric Dier 1994 - Footy bloke.

Now then, what about 22nd of January? There must be a few names I might recognise.

Francis Bacon 1561 - Philosopher and statesman.

Leslie Sarony 1897 - Entertainer. Have a clip. This is a song which was covered many years later by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Jollity Farm.

Horace Batchelor 1898 - Pools predictor. Sorry pardon excuse me? Yes, he used to advertise on Radio Luxembourg a sure-fire system of winning the football pools. Ask your dad. The ads became famous because of the way he spelled out the name of the town he lived in, Keynsham. In fact, talking of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, they named one of their albums Keynsham. They often made reference to old Horace and if you listen carefully to this clip you may spot his name. Ladeez and genullum, please enjoy The Intro And The Outro.

Joe Gladwin 1906 - Actor. He were a greaaaat baker were our dad.

Dixie Dean 1907 - Footy bloke.

Mary Hayley Bell 1911 - Orfer. Wrote Whistle Down the Wind which was later made into a film starring her daughter Hayley Mills.

Alf Ramsay 1920 - Footy bloke.

Betty Alberge 1922 - Actress. Florrie Lindley in Coronation Street. She was in the very first scene in the first episode shown.

Claire Rayner 1931 - Writer and TV agony aunt.

John Hurt 1940 - Ectaw, luvvie. His first screen appearance was in Z Cars in 1962; his last was in Damascus Cover in 2017. In total 211 credits in IMDb. You could say he was always in demand.

Malcolm McLaren 1946 - The man who gave us The Sex Pistols.

Nigel Pegrum 1949 - Musician. One-time drummer with Steeleye Span. Let’s have a clip. Here he features on Thomas the Rhymer.

Francis Wheen 1957 - Journo, writer and broadcaster.

Nigel Benn 1964 - Boxy bloke. Tony’s lad. [That can’t be right. - Ed.]

Andrew Roachford 1965 - Singer/songwriter. What’s this? It’s a cuddly toy.

Nick Gillingham 1967 - Swimmy bloke.

Raquel Cassidy 1968 - Actress. Phyllis Baxter in Downton Abbey. By the way, did you know that there another Phyllis Baxter who just happens to be a porn star. Don’t ask how I know such a fact. Put it this way, my Google images setting is now on safesearch. [What was her name again? I’ll just make a note of that. - Ed.]

Stan Collymore 1971 - Footy bloke.

Paul Gerrard 1973 - Footy bloke.

Jonathan Woodgate 1980 - Footy bloke.

Nicholas Pert 1981 - Chessy bloke.

Stephen Vaughn Jr. 1985 - Footy bloke. I reckon the guy who writes my source material isn’t keen on Mr. Vaughn; the description describes him as ‘English footballer and full time w***er’.

Phil Wang 1990 - Comedian.

Tommy Knight 1993 - Actor. Brodie in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

Dear(ly departed) Ivor Grambler,

We always loved your quirky poems and songs, but here is something that has puzzled us both. Many years ago, ooh it must have been some time in the nineteen sixties, were you in a rather strange film made by a popular beat combo of the time? We think your character name was Mr Bloodvessel. And weren’t The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band also in it? We can’t remember its title, though. Can you help?

Spiritually yours,

Madge Ickel, Miss Terri Tour.

 

 

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Gramble time...

How did The Grambler’s predictions fare last time? Well, would you Adam and Eve it, we actually won. Yay? Yes, indeed, yay. £10.64. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, I can’t give you match reports for some of the games because they were from the lower Scottish divisions which, of course, don’t seem to matter to the English-based writers!

Gillingham vs Ipswich - Away win

Result - Gillingham 0 Ipswich 4

You want me to say yay, don’t you? Oh, all right, then.

Yay!

James Norwood opened the scoring in the ninth minute, finishing off an impressive Town move involving Janoi Donacien, Macauley Bonne and captain Sam Morsy.

Wes Burns then fired past Gillingham goalkeeper Jamie Cumming from an acute angle after 13 minutes to double the visitors' lead following Bonne's driving run and pass.

Bonne deservedly got in on the act to all-but seal Ipswich's victory when he slotted home unmarked from Matt Penney's low cross after just 23 minutes.

George Edmundson had a header deflected wide and Penney blazed over at the end of a Town counter-attack as Ipswich continued to dominate after the break.

The hosts' torrid afternoon continued when midfielder Daniel Phillips was dismissed for collecting two yellow cards in the space of four minutes.

Substitute Conor Chaplin capped Ipswich's dominant display in the 85th minute when he scored their fourth from the penalty spot after Max Ehmer bundled over Joe Pigott.

 

Queen of the South vs Kilmarnock - Away win

Result - Queen of the South 0 Kilmarnock 2

Yay!!

Visiting captain Chris Stokes bundled in from a corner as half-time approached.

Earlier, Chris Burke and Rory McKenzie had been denied by a double goal-line clearance as Killie dominated.

Oli Shaw won and converted a penalty in the second half to wrap up the win.

Clyde vs Cove Rangers - Away win

Result - Clyde 0 Cove Rangers 1

Yay!!!

No match report, but I can tell you that Ex-Motherwell player, Ian Vigurs, scored the goal.

Stirling vs Kelty Hearts - Away win

Result - Stirling 0 Kelty Hearts 3

Yayayay!!!

No match report.

Cowdenbeath vs Annan - Away win

Result - Cowdenbeath 1 Annan Athletic 3

Yippee-i-yippee-i-ay!!!!

[It’s obvious you don’t win very often. - Ed.]

You’re telling me! No match report.

A great start to 2022 from The Grambler. Can he/she/it replicate (I’m full of good words this week.) it this week? [Don’t talk so daft. - Ed.] Let’s see what he/she/it has come up with...

Game - Result - Odds

Birmingham vs Barnsley - Home win - 3/4

Stoke vs Fulham - Away win - 10/11

Morecambe vs Wycombe - Away win - 17/20

Salford vs Colchester - Home win - 8/11

Scunthorpe vs Newport - Away win - 10/11

The bets have been placed - Ten 20 pee doubles plus a single 20 pee accumulator. If the results go as predicted by The Grambler, the Bobby Moore Fund will be richer to the tune of a whopping

£11.14

Whoppingish.

 

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Teaser time...

Yay! How did you get on with the five teasers set in the last edition? Here are the answers.

1. Who am I?

I was born in 1924. I played as a centre half for Wolverhampton Wanderers for my entire playing career making 490 appearances in all. I was capped 105 times for England, the first English player to reach the magic ton. I was captain of the national side for 11 years.

Answer - Billy Wright [Wasn’t he married to The Beverley Sisters? - Ed.]

2.What was unusual about the England side that beat Wales on the 21st of November 1962?

Answer - It was the last time England fielded a team with players from eleven different clubs.

3. Which famous singer had a trial for Brentford FC in 1960?

Answer - Rod Stewart

4. At which club did David Moyes begin his career as a football manager?

Answer - Preston North End

5. Which club has the Latin motto ‘Nil satis nisi optimum’ - which translates as Nothing but the best is good enough.

Answer - Everton [What happened against Norwich on Saturday? - Ed.]

 

Five for this week? Why not.

1. Who am I?

I was born in Stepney in 1980. A left-back, I began my senior career at Arsenal making 156 appearances before being transferred to Chelsea where I played in 229 matches. I was capped 107 times for England, making me the most capped full-back.

2. How long did Brian Clough spend as manager of Leeds United?

3. Who has scored the most Premier League goals for Liverpool?

4. What record is held by Fred Everiss?

5. Which English club’s crest features a lion, a goose and two bees?

There you have it; five teasers to test you. As always, try and answer them before shouting out Hey Googly, Syria or Alexis. Please feel free to pass on the link to your pals so that they can enjoy The Grambler’s footy teasers too.

 

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Remember the serious message...

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, take a few minutes to watch an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HWQXMalX4. The amount raised is a little out of date, though. Check the Justgiving page link given at the beginning of this blog to see the current figure.

 

 

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And Finally...

And finally, Cyril? And finally, Esther, I would like to draw your attention to a recurring theme in this week’s edition of the world’s greatest ill-informed blog and that is the repeated mention of a certain motley group of musicians who achieved a modicum of fame in the late 1960s. Yes, I’m talking about the Bongo Dog Diddley Doo Band... the Bingo Dig Dog Dug Band? Something like that, anyway. Indeed they even had a number one hit and here it isn’t. Ladeez and genullum please put your hands and knees together for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (I was close) with Death Cab for Cutie.

Incidentally, they performed that song on the Beatles film, Magical Mystery Tour.

 

 

 

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 have missed.

 

Happy grambling.

 

Friday, 7 January 2022

Post 434 - Grambling into 2022

 

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

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

 

Story time...

Did you have a good random date on a calendar? Yes? That’s nice? So did I. Guess what I did over New Year... my biannual bowel cancer screening test. Not at the bells, you understand. That would be a very unusual thing to do as the clock strikes midnight on hogmanay. Kiss, hug, have a drink, sure. Go to the bog to do a cancer screening test? Don't think it'd catch on.

Any road up, where is this talk of bowel cancer screening taking us? Well, such a test is carried out by 50 to 74 year old folk. Got that? 50 to 74 years old. Grown up, you would think. Not according to the people that want a sample of your stool (as they used to call it). No, nowadays, they prefer to treat us as four year olds. They now ask us to send a sample of our poo. Come off it. Poo? I stopped calling it that before I even started school. Mind you, what I called it after that would not be acceptable on a medical leaflet.

This dumbing down of our language ought to stop. Where will it all end?...

Now, this little test is for your own good. Do you understand? Good. Now, go and get your potty. That's a good little girl/boy. Mummy/daddy/wife/husband/daughter/son will be pleased. Now, pull your trousers down. And your pants. Now, sit on the potty and do a nice big poo. Well done! Before doing anything else, wipe your little botty so that it is nice and clean, and then take the little stick thingy and poke it into the poo.

Just a little bit. Try not to get it on your fingers. Or your clothes. And definitely not in your mouth. That would be very silly, wouldn't it?

Now, take your little stick and put it into its special little holder... yes, it's little house thingy, that's right. Now, get mummy/daddy/wife/husband/daughter/son to write the date on the little house and then you can put it in an envelope and post it. Perhaps mummy/daddy/wife/husband/daughter/son will let you put it into the box yourself. What a clever girl/boy! Perhaps you’ll get a lollipop/coffee/beer/whisky as a special treat on the way home.

Why am I thinking of Joyce Grenfell, at this moment?

Perhaps I am not taking this seriously enough. What you are being asked to do is send a sample of fecal matter to be tested for early signs of bowel cancer, which is certainly not a laughing matter. I urge every one of you who is eligible for the test to actually take the time to send a sample back to the scientists tasked with carrying out this very important work... so that they can play with your poo.

What other picture would you suggest?


 

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Birthday honours...

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

Were any famous or not so well-known individuals born on the 25th of December? Of course there were. Here are some that even I know.

Jesus 0001 - The main man. Here’s a thing; if AD means after the birth of Jesus, why is New Year a week after his birthday? Did the first year only last seven days? Was it an administrative error? I think we should be told.

Orlando Gibbons 1583 - Artist.

Claude Hulbert 1900 - Ector.

Lew Grade 1906 - TV company exec.

Andrew Cruickshank 1907 - Ecter. Played Dr. Cameron in Doctor Finlay’s Casebook.

Quentin Crisp 1908 - One of the stately homos of England.

Bertie Mee 1918 - Footy bloke.

Noele Gordon 1919 - Starred in Crossroads, which shouldn’t be confused with any song by Robert Johnson.

Norman Collier 1925 - f...ous ...edian.

St**rt H*ll 1929 - Disgraced presenter.

Princess Alexandra 1936 - A princess.

Alex Smith 1939 - Fitba guy.

Nigel Starmer-Smith 1944 - Rugby bloke.

Kenny Everett 1944 - DJ and comedian.

Noel Redding 1945 - Musician. Bass player with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Have a clip. Here’s Purple Haze.

Eve Pollard 1945 - Journalist.

Christopher Frayling 1946 - Writer.

Stuart Wilson 1946 - Actor. Johan Strauss II in The Strauss Family.

Kieran Prendiville 1947 - TV writer, producer and presenter. He was the creator of Ballykissangel.

Annie Lennox 1954 - Singer and songwriter. A clip? Why not. Here’s So Good To Be Back Home Again.

Simon Calder 1955 - Travel journalist.

Chris Kamara 1957 - Footy bloke. Unbelievable Jeff!

Shane MacGowan 1957 - A Pogue. I suppose you’ll be wanting a clip, so you will. Here’s A Rainy Night in Soho.

Gh*sl**n* M*xw*ll 1961 - Disgraced ‘socialite’ (whatever that means).

Ian Bostridge 1964 - Singer. Have a bit of cult’yer. Here he sings Stirb, Lieb und Freud.  [Weren’t they The Three Stooges? - Ed.]

Gary McAllister 1964 - Fitba guy.

Ed Davey 1965 - Politician.

Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong 1971 - Who? Oh, the singer, Dido. No wonder she changed that name. Here’s her first big hit, Thank You.  [You’re welcome. - Ed.]

Patrick Baladi 1971 - Actor. Darren in Breeders.

Ewen MacIntosh 1973 - Actor. Keith Bishop in The Office.

Robbie Elliott 1973 - Footy bloke.

Marcus Trescothick 1975 - Crickety bloke.

Simon Jones 1978 - Crickety bloke.

Rob Edwards 1982 - PĂȘl-droediwr.

Georgia Tennant 1984 - Actress. Played alongside husband David in Staged.

Nadiya Hussain 1984 - TV baker.

Alistair Cook 1984 - Crickety bloke.

Perdita Weeks 1985 - Actress. Juliet Higgins in the reboot of Magnum P.I. [I like the dark chocolate one. Or the one with nuts in. - Ed.]

 

What about anyone born on the 1st of January? There must be a few I’ll recognise.

Edward Morgan ‘E. M.’ Forster 1879 - Orfer.

Basil Dearden 1911 - Film writer, director and producer.

Kim Philby 1912 - Spy.

Sheila Mercier 1919 - Actress. Annie Sugden in Emmerdale.

Stella Tanner 1925 - Actress. Mrs Fletcher in Budgie. Ask your dad.

Joe Orton 1933 - Playwright. Factoid: He and his partner were jailed for the heinous crime of defacing library books.

Suzy Kendall 1937 (or 1944 according to some sources) - Actress. Most famously Mrs Dudley Moore number one.

Robert Jankel 1938 - Car maker. His company built Panther cars, which were based on Jaguar mechanical bits. Jaguar... panther. Geddit? Any road up, they produced some truly horrible cars.

Neil Connery 1938 - Actor. Sean’s not-so-famous wee bro.

Phil Read 1939 - Motorbikey bloke.

Tony Waddington 1943 - Singer-songwriter, record producer, film producer, screenplay writer and creative media executive. In fact, a right old smarty boots. He and songwriting partner, Wayne Bickerton, wrote a few hits from the 1970s including this from The Rubettes, Sugar Baby Love.  Factoid: That song was turned down by Showaddywaddy before being given to the session musicians who became The Rubettes.

Andy Provan 1944 - Fitba guy.

Anne Aston 1948 - Actress. Most famous as the hostess who tried (and failed) to add up the scores on The Golden Shot.

Penny Spencer 1948 - Actress. Sharon Eversleigh in Please Sir!

Tony Currie 1950 - Footy bloke. Famous for snogging Alan Birchinall at Bramall Lane.

Peter Frampton 1950 - Musician. How about a clip. Here’s his first stab at fame with The Herd. Here the man who the following year would be dubbed ‘The Face of ’68’ sings From the Underworld.

Chris Black 1950 - Hammer chucker bloke.

Morgan Fisher 1950 - Musician and artist. Keyboard player with Mott The Hoople. Time for another clip. Which one? No, not All The Young Dudes; Fisher wasn’t in the band then. Here’s the later, Roll Away The Stone.

Ally McLeod 1951 - Fitba guy.

Richard Gibson 1954 - Actor. Herr Flick in Allo Allo.

Ian Bartholemew 1954 - Actor. Geoff Metcalfe in Coronation Street.

Simon Schaffer 1955 - Acedemic and sometime television presenter.

Mary Beard 1955 - Classicist and sometime television presenter.

Adrian Hall 1959 - Actor. Jeremy Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ask your mum.

Michael Bates 1960 - Prince of Sealand.

Fiona Phillips 1961 - TV presenter.

Mark Wingett 1961 - Actor. Dave in Quadrophenia.

Frank Harper 1962 - Actor. Dog in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Phil Hammond 1962 - Doctor, writer and comedian. I once went to his Edinburgh Fringe show; he was trying to flog some of his books at the end. I don’t think he was too pleased with me when I told him I could get them in The Works remainder bin for two quid each.

Michelle Holmes 1967 - Actress. Tina Fowler in Coronation Street.

Sharon Small 1967 - Actress. Rose Marshbrook in The Bay.

Paul Lawrie 1969 - Golfy bloke.

Nicholas Gleaves 1969 - Jobbing actor. Headmaster in The Demon Headmaster.

Andre Marriner 1971 - Footy ref.

Steven Robertson 1977 (or 1980 according to some sources) - Actor. DC Sandy Wilson in Shetland.

Sam Spruell 1977 - Actor. Last seen as Swarm in Doctor Who.

Colin Morgan 1986 - Actor. Merlin in... would you Adam and Eve it... Merlin.

Zoe Boyle 1989 - Actress. Lavinia Swire in Downton Abbey.

Jack Wishere 1992 - Footy bloke.

Glenn Middleton 2000 - Fitba guy.

 

And now, what about the 8th of January?

Dennis Wheatley 1897 - Orfer.

Barry McKay 1906 - Actor. Fred in A Christmas Carol.

William Hartnell 1908 - Actor. The original Doctor in Doctor Who.

Douglas Wilmer 1920 - Actor. Sherlock Holmes in the 1964 TV series Sherlock Holmes.

Ron Moody 1924 - Actor. Fagin in Oliver!

Daniel Farson 1927 - Writer and broadcaster.

Saeed Jaffrey 1929 - Actor. Aslam Rafic in Gangsters. 210 credits on IMDb. That’s the most I’ve seen. Popular guy.

Roy Kinnear 1934 - Actor. Starred in There Was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman. He was the Scotsman. Only 170 credits on IMDb, but he was only 54 when he died.

Shirley Bassey 1937 - Singer. A clip? Why not. Here she is at Glastonbury when she was aged 70 and still belting out Big Spender.

Michael Graham Cox 1938 - Actor. Syd Rowse in Poldark. (the 1977 series)

Bobby Ferguson 1938 - Footy bloke.

Graham Chapman 1941 - He’s not the Messiah; he’s a very naughty boy.

Stephen Hawking 1942 - Genius.

Robin Ellis 1942 - Actor. Ross Poldark in the original 1970s Poldark and Reverand Halse in the newer version.

Lee Jackson 1943 - Bassist with The Nice, Jackson Heights and Refugee. How about a bit of prog? Here is a track by Refugee which takes its title from Belgian keyboardist Patrick Moraz’s pronunciation of the word rhythmically, Ritt Mickley.

Terry Sylvester 1947 - Musician. Famously, replaced Graham Nash when he left The Hollies on the Marrakesh express. Have another clip. Here, they can't tell the bottom from the top. You might recognise the piano playing of a certain Mr. Reg Dwight.

David Bowie 1947 - Musician, songwriter and actor. Another clip is required, but which of his various persona do we plump for? Let’s have a bit of glamrock with Ziggy who is only dancing, John.

Steve Garvey 1958 - A bass-playing Buzzcock. Have a clip. Here they are asking What Do I Get.

Bill Buckley 1959 - Radio presenter and one-time co-host of That’s Life.

Robbie Savage 1960 - Footy bloke.

Adam Henson 1966 - TV presenter and farmer.

Tom Watson 1967 - Politician. I’ve no idea if he can play golf.

Nick Miller 1970 - Weatherman.

Paul Clement 1972 - Footy bloke.

Charlie Condou 1973 - Actor. Marcus Dent in Coronation Street.

Steven ‘Stove’ King 1974 - Mansun bassist. Have another clip. Is that your leg I see?

Chris Simmons 1975 - Actor. Mickey Webb in The Bill.

Tomasz Shafernaker 1979 - Another weatherman.

Sam Riley 1980 - Actor. Played Joy Division singer, Ian Curtis in Control.

Shane Zaza 1984 - Actor. Shafiq Shah in Happy Valley.

Freddie Stroma 1987 - Actor. Prince Friedrich in Bridgerton.

Kenny McLean 1992 - Fitba guy.

Kyle Edmund 1995 - Tennisy bloke.

Stephen Hendrie 1995 - Fitba guy. Ex-Motherwell player, you know.

 

When I was checking the birthday honours for January the 1st, I thought there was a lot more than the usual quota of famous people born on that date. Then I realised that, in days gone by, if a person didn’t know what date his, or her, birthday was, it was just fixed as the 1st of January. Apparently, it still happens when refugees come to the Yuk. [That’s very interesting. Yawn. - Ed.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve received a letter...

Dear Miss Grambley Bassey,

We have been avid followers of your career for many many many many years. Here is a question we have been pondering... What was your first top ten hit record?

Eternally yours,

Dee Bann, Anna Bote-Song.

 

 

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Gramble time...

How did The Grambler’s predictions fare last time? Well, sadly, only some of the games took place. Thanks to a new strain of Covid raising its ugly head, a lot of games had to be cancelled. However, the games that were played went as predicted by The Grambler. Okay, we didn’t win the fantastic sum of £10.16, but we were in profit for a nice change. How much did we win? £5.68. Woo hoo! The children shall eat tonight!

This all happened so long ago that there is no point in giving you any match reviews. [Does anyone actually read them? - Ed.] We’ll just move on to this week’s selections

Game - Result - Odds

Gillingham vs Ipswich - Away win - 10/11

Queen of the South vs Kilmarnock - Away win - 5/6

Clyde vs Cove Rangers - Away win - 8/11

Stirling vs Kelty Hearts - Away win - 8/11

Cowdenbeath vs Annan - Away win - 10/11

Uh oh, The Grambler has gone for away wins again. Never a sensible thing to do. Anyway, the bets have been placed - Ten 20 pee doubles plus a single 20 pee accumulator. If the results go as predicted by The Grambler, the Bobby Moore Fund will be richer to the tune of a whopping

£10.48

Hmm... A bit more whopping than last time.

 

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Teaser time...

Yay! How did you get on with our Christmas quiz questions? Here are the answers.

1. Actor. From a women’s prison to My Fair Lady? (EFL 1)

Answer - Stanley Holloway (Accrington Stanley)

2. West Indies cricketer; averaged 92 runs in test matches. (Premier League)

Answer - Everton Weekes

3. Actor/singer. Had a UK number one with Johnny, Remember Me. (EFL 2)

Answer - John Leyton (Leyton Orient)

3. Criminal. 1967 film told the story of his (and his partner’s) life. (EFL 2)

Answer - Clyde Barrow (Barrow) [Bonus for Clyde? - Ed.]

4. Half of Britain’s most popular comedy act. (EFL 1)

Answer - Eric Morecambe

5. Daughter of ex-US president. (Premier League)

Answer - Chelsea Clinton

6. The first DJ to broadcast on Radio One. (EFL Championship)

Answer - Tony Blackburn (Blackburn Rovers)

7. Walker Brothers drummer and vocalist. (Premier League)

Answer - Gary Leeds (Leeds United)

8. Actor who starred in The Music Man. (EFL Championship)

Answer - Robert Preston (Preston North End)

9. Entertainer who worked with an aggressive bird. (EFL Championship)

Answer - Rod Hull (Hull City)

10. The greatest driver never to win the F1 World Championship. (SPFL 2)

Answer - Stirling Moss (Stirling Albion)

11. Jimi’s bass player. (EFL Championship)

Answer - Noel Redding (Reading) [Obviously. - Ed.]

12. Musical founding father. (SPFL Championship)

Answer - Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton Academical)

13. Actor reputed to have bought his film star wife a $1.5 million diamond ring in 1968. (EFL 1)

Answer - Richard Burton (Burton Albion)

14. This actor was Moses before becoming an ape. (EFL 1)

Answer - Charlton Heston (Charlton Athletic)

15. Pop rock balladeer famous for his mullet hairstyle. (EFL 1)

Answer - Michael Bolton (Bolton Wanderers)

16. This chat show host is the last resort. (SPFL Premiership)

Answer - Jonathan Ross (Ross County)

17. The greatest US president? (EFL 1)

Answer - Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln City)

18. Drummer in a band formed in 1967 and still going. (EFL 1)

Answer - Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Town)

19. US film director and writer known for his gothic style. (EFL 1)

Answer - Tim Burton (Burton Albion - again. Was that a bit sneaky of me?) [You rotten swine. - Ed.]

20. Actor famous for playing a detective, an alcoholic psychopath and a stripper. (EFL 2)

Answer - Robert Carlyle (Carlisle United)

I hope you enjoyed that little diversion from the normal teasers (including my little bit of trickery). This week, it’s back to our usual five teasers to test you...

1. Who am I?

I was born in 1924. I played as a centre half for Wolverhampton Wanderers for my entire playing career making 490 appearances in all. I was capped 105 times for England, the first English player to reach the magic ton. I was captain of the national side for 11 years.

2.What was unusual about the England side that beat Wales on the 21st of November 1962?

3. Which famous singer had a trial for Brentford FC in 1960?

4. At which club did David Moyes begin his career as a football manager?

5. Which club has the Latin motto ‘Nil satis nisi optimum’ - which translates as Nothing but the best is good enough.

 

There you have it; five teasers to test you or, if you prefer, five tests to tease you. As always, try and answer them before shouting out Hey Googly, Syria or Alexis. Please feel free to pass on the link to your pals so that they can enjoy The Grambler’s footy teasers too.

 

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Remember the serious message...

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, take a few minutes to watch an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).

Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HWQXMalX4. The amount raised is a little out of date, though. Check the Justgiving page link given at the beginning of this blog to see the current figure.

 

 

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And Finally...

And finally, Cyril? And finally, Esther, I am indebted to a Mr. E. Idle who provides this week’s final clip. Why Eric Idle, I hear you ask. Because he provides the unusual ending for Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which starred Graham Chapman, who would have been 81 today, as the eponymous (That’s a good word... wonder what it means.) hero. So, let’s start this new year (which will probably be every bit as bad as the previous two) by all singing along to Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

 

Always makes me smile.

 

 

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 have missed.

 

Happy grambling.