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…
I mean, just what is the world coming to? You can't even slaughter a few dozen innocent creatures without some do gooder telling you it's not legal. Actually, they aren't complaining about the killing so much as the method of killing.
Let me explain. [I think you should before the RSPCC see this. - Ed.] I'm a gardener. There, I've admitted it. I like gardening. I've even been known to watch Gardeners World on telly. Anyway, gardeners up and down the land have for years used slug pellets as a means of getting rid of the little bas... blighters. But now, because of those animal welfare nutters, you're not allowed to use them any more. Apparently, they contain metaldehyde which is toxic to other animals such as hedgehogs, cats and dogs. Aww, shame. It might give them an upset tummy... Okay, it might actually kill them, but that's neither here nor there. How am I supposed to get rid of those slugs which seem to think the only reason I plant French marigolds is to give them a square meal?
I've always used slug pellets and, usually, they do the trick. Although quite often some poor creature meets its end by being the first to try and cross the blockade of pellets. Does this deter his mates from doing the same thing? Of course not, they use him as a bridge to get to those lovely green leaves.
Maybe he's a kamikaze slug, taking one for the team so that all the other gastropods can eat...
'Don't wait for me sarge. Just get the others through. Urgh!' (That's him snuffing it.)
So what is the recommended solution from the animal rights loonies? Beer. That's right. And the lighter the better apparently. Yep, slugs and snails prefer lager to Guinness.
I don't know details, but you are meant to put a dish of beer into your garden beds and tubs and gastropods are attracted to it. Indeed, they seem to be quite the bevvy merchants, these slugs; can't get enough of it. Put a dish in with your plants at night and the next day it will be full of dead slugs.
How does it work, I hear you ask. No idea, I say, but here's a thought.
I reckon that the slugs and snails come out for their midnight feast and when they smell the beer, think, 'Wahey! Booze. Shall we have a drink before we start the meal?' So they all start to sup this Tennent's lager or Holsten pis... I'm sorry I'll type that again... I meant pils. No, maybe I didn't. Any road up, before long, the little slimy chums are all merrily sloshed and telling each other, 'You're my best mate, do you know that?' when on of them pipes up, 'Hey, let's go for a midnight swim. Last one in's a nematode!'
And they all dive in before realising that slugs aren't equipped for swimming and commit mass gastropod suicide.
Well, can you come up with a better theory?
How do I end this? With a joke, of course. It's the best slug joke I know. Come to think of it, it's the only slug joke I know. Here goes...
What did the slug say to the snail? [Nothing. They don't talk. - Ed.] Aww, don't spoil it. Come on, what did the slug say to the snail? [Sigh... I don't know. What did the slug say to the snail? - Ed.] Big Issue! Do you get it? Big issue. [Sadly, I do get it. Can I go now? - Ed.]
Let’s move on to the birthday honours, shall we?
Were any famous or not so well-known individuals born on the 30th of April? Of course there were. Here are some that even I know... not many, though.
Mary II 1662 - The well-known queen.
Dickie Davies 1933 - TV sports presenter. He usually managed to keep cool on his World of Sport, but live TV being what it is, can lead to a few clangers being dropped.
I meant to say cup soccer, honest
Shirley Cain 1935 - Actress. Catherine Coleman in Diamonds. No, I don’t remember that one either.
Bernie Clifton 1936 - Comedian famous for pretending to ride an ostrich. Seriously. It’s funny once, but he’s doing it for 50 years.
Tony Harrison 1937 - Poet. His most famous work was called, simply, V. Here, do you think it was about...
Bobby Vee 1943 - Singer. Had a hit or two. Here is his Number 3 hit from 1961, Take Good Care of My Baby. Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby (1961) - YouTube
David Barry 1943 - Actor and writer. Frankie Abbott (F.A.) in Please Sir! and The Fenn Street Gang.
Leslie Grantham 1947 - Actor. Dirty Den in Eastenders.
Merrill Osmond 1953 - Singer. A member of the famous singing troupe. Let’s have a clip. Here are the brothers Osmond, before Donny had managed to take over cuteness/precocious little tw*t duties, on one of their regular appearances on The Andy Williams Show singing Hello Dolly. Great... didn't they?
Kit Hesketh-Harvey 1957 - Musical performer, translator, composer and screenwriter. In fact, a right old smarty boots.
James Hewitt 1958 - ‘Friend’ of Princess Diana.
Norman Smith 1959 - Political journalist... not the Norman Smith who called himself Hurricane Smith.
Glyn Hodges 1963 - Pêl-droediw.
Jim Tavare 1963 - Comedian.
Tim Hawes 1965 - Musician and songwriter. He is responsible for writing this toon for Hear’say (Remember them?) which entered the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest selling debut single of all time. I think that may have been down to the fact that the group won TV talent show Popstars rather than the quality of the material. Anyway, here is Pure and Simple. Apologies to anyone expecting the Lightning Seeds.
Pooky Quesnel 1966 - Actress. Louise Wilson in The A Word.
Steven Mackintosh 1967 - Actor. Chief Superintendent Winter in Lucky Man. 126 credits on IMDb and counting. First appeared on our screens in 1983 in an episode of Nanny.
Leigh Francis 1973 - Comedian (it says here) better known as Keith Lemon.
Tom Meeten 1974 - Actor, comedian and writer. Sam Hickey in Intruder.
Sam Heughan 1980 - Actor. Jamie Fraser in Outlander.
I’ve received a letter...
Dear (the late) Grambly Vee,
It was wonderful to hear you singing that wonderful song Take Good Care of My Baby. So sad that you had to put your child up for adoption, but you could only have been about 18 at the time. You were perhaps too young to deal with all the responsibilities of parenthood. Perhaps you should have thought of contraception and you wouldn’t have found yourself in such a predicament. Did you ever meet up with your child? Anyway, what I would like to ask you is, what was your first UK top ten hit?
Yours in anticipitypation,
As there was no gramble last week, there is nothing to report so let’s move straight on to The Grambler’s predictions.
Game - Result - Odds
Rochdale vs Bristol Rovers - Away win - 21/20
Scunthorpe vs Hartlepool - Away win - 19/20
Sutton Utd vs Bradford - Home win - 13/20
Swindon vs Barrow - Home win - 11/20
Tranmere vs Oldham - Home win - 4/6
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
Well that isn’t very whopping, is it?
Yay! How did you get on with the five teasers set last time? Here are the answers.
1. Who am I?
I was born in Llandudno in 1958. A goalkeeper, I began my senior career at Llandudno Town, but the bulk of my playing career was at Everton; I was there from 1981 to 1998 and hold the record of having the most first-team appearances for the club. I was capped for Wales 92 times.
Answer - Neville Southall
2. Harry Rednapp is the uncle of which football manager?
Answer - Frank Lampard
3. Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe, Dimitar Berbatov and Sergio Aguero share what Premier League record?
Answer - They have all scored five goals in a match
4. Which player has made the most Champions League appearances?
Answer - Cristiano Ronald (Obvious really)
5. Which club has the motto Arte et labore (which means by art and by labour) on its crest?
Answer - Blackburn Rovers
Five for this week? But of course.
1. Who am I?
I was born in Chuncheon, South Korea in 1992. A forward, I began my senior career with Hamburger SV before moving to Bayer Leverkusen. Two years later I became the most expensive Asian player in history when I signed with Tottenham Hotspur for £22 million. I have now played over two hundred games for the club, scoring 87 times so far. I have been capped 98 times for my national team.
2. Which Premier League club has had the longest uninterrupted run in the top flight?
3. Which goalkeeper holds the record for scoring goals with 131?
4. Talking of goalkeepers, who is the most expensive goalkeeper in history?
5. A daft one to finish. Name the teams in the current senior leagues in England and Scotland that have the word ‘ton’ in their name. Clue to help: there are n...n...n...n... nineteen.
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.
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
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.
And finally, Cyril? And finally, Esther, I am indebted to a Mr. C. Hesketh-Harvey. Christopher ‘Kit’ Hesketh-Harvey first found a modicum of fame performing musical pieces with pianist and composer Richard Sisson as Kit and the Widow. Their style was likened to Flanders and Swann or Tom Lehrer. They stopped working together in 2011 and Hesketh-Harvey now performs with James McConnel as Kit and McConnel. It is they who provide this week’s closing piece. The item I have chosen is apt... sort of, given that the French presidential election took place this week and was won by Monsieur Macron.
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.