By Tony Attwood
A couple of years back I took up an opportunity to add a bit of variety to my working life by joining with a friend in setting up a small house restoration business. Since my previous employment has involved the theatre, lecturing, and running an advertising agency, a training organisation, a publishing house and a record company, this was a bit of a step in the dark. For a start it involved stuff like bricks and cement, wiring, paint and gardens full of weeds which the other ventures had not prepared me for.
A bit of a learning curve, but nothing so much as when I started to deal with estate agents. Of course I’d dealt with agents before, and had recognised that whenever I wanted to move to a new village it was always the “most sought after village” in the county, but when a few years later I came to sell the house the village suffered from the fact there was “not much call for houses in that area”.
But doing my little bit to run the building firm, I found that in reality all estate agents want are new instructions so they can keep their shop window busy. Once they have your house in their window that’s it, they are just chasing new property. Selling hardly comes into it – houses sell themselves – or at least in the area where we work.
I divert into the above because I increasingly get the impression that many newspapers are in the same business. All they want is a headline. It doesn’t matter what follows, or whether it has any relevance to the headline, or even if it is several days out of date, it goes up on the web site and maybe in the paper, and that’s that.
So on the Guardian’s web site at around 7.30 this tuesday morning (in what is laughingly called British Summer Time – there being an almighty gale blowing outside as I write this) we have Match previews .
Now of course you get this on a blog where (as with this blog) we keep on view all the past stories, so we can all be reminded how silly we’ve been in the past. A newspaper’s web site though ought to be a little bit more avant garde. A little bit “new”. The clue is in the word “newspaper” I feel.
And yet such old time stories are everywhere. Here’s one from the Standard picked up at the same time
One from the Independent on a much more serious note says
Bradford chairman never questioned over spate of fires at his businesses Untold covered that on April 15. Still I suppose the internet runs a bit more slowly in Derry Street.
Anyway, a few of the papers have awoken and realised that we are actually playing the Tiny Totts in the League Cup for the fourth time in the past ten years.
- 2007: We beat them in the semi-final
- 2008: They beat us in the semi-final
- 2010: We beat them in the third round.
So the speculation is what sort of team we put out. Tottenham will presumably put out their first team, given that this trophy is a major item on their agenda, but I suspect we’ll give games to the squad players who are not getting much exposure at the moment. That will test their mettle.
There was however a rather amusing piece in one paper about the draw where the writer said, “League Two Carlisle’s reward for upsetting QPR 2-1 was a glamour trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.”
A glamour trip to Liverpool? Now there’s a thought. I hope someone was in Carlisle telling the fans to Kalm Down Kalm Down Kalm Down.
As for Liverpool themselves there is a view expressed that, “They remain a team in transition but this draw [against Arsenal] was arguably more promising than their victories against Stoke and Bournemouth.”
And really we should consider that. Liverpool won against Bournemouth with an offside goal so offside even PGMO had to abandon its North Korean approach to conversation and say something. They beat Stoke and drew with Arsenal with a legitimate Arsenal goal disallowed by a very strange linesman. And this combination of events is “more promising”? More promising than what, one might ask. More promising than not getting an offside goal given, and not drawing a match in which a legit goal is wrongly disallowed, I suppose.
Elsewhere in the papers there is the “familiar calls for the addition of one more sturdy defender during the window” in the Guardian or rather the Guardian is reporting that others are making the familiar calls. So if they are elsewhere and familiar, I guess that isn’t really news.
But once the boot is on the journalist’s foot so it goes in, and in, and in. According to Arsenal no bid has ever been made for Benzema, and he has never been offered. To which reality the Independent replies