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June 2021

Coffee, Arsenal and a cup. It’s all about enjoyment.

By Walter Broeckx

Business as usual I was hoping in my last post but that was not possible as my internet was down this morning and I had to wait and wait and wait before I could come online. But now the problems have been solved I hope for a fast internet and with lots of good news.

I noticed my last moaning article about moaning attracted some moaning. I see that after  taking 4th place out of the hands of the spuds they had gone silent for a while but now they have recovered and are out there in full force to tell us how bad things are at Arsenal.

A thing I don’t get is that Arsenal seems to make them unhappy. Ok, if you only judge life on what we win, fine. Be unhappy. I don’t want to feel unhappy if you don’t mind. I think there are other things that people can experience in their existence that are far worse than the team I love and like not winning a trophy even if it is for X years. (I got a feeling someone will tell me exactly how many years).

Things that involves sickness of people you love is something far worse than my team not winning anything. So forgive me that I only want to take joy from Arsenal. I keep the moaning for what really is important in life.

And I think it is fair to say that I spend many hours a day on Arsenal each day of the year so no need to suggest that I’m not a real supporter or do not care. Writing this blog and contributing to other projects around Arsenal every day is more than most do who come on here and post a one liner saying I’m a fool or other insinuations of my mental well being not what it should be.

Yesterday I got sent a lovely presentation. Sent to me by one of our regular readers. Thanks Brickfield Gunner, you are an inspiration for me and my wife. He send me something about coffee. And while I enjoyed it and then read the comments on the site by some I realised that I could use it for an article. So here it goes:

Life is like Cofee. by an Unknown Author.

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers  got together to visit their old college professor. Conversation soon turned to complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guest coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal. Some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.

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He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee. After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:  If you noticed all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves that is the source of your problem and stress.

Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it’s just more expensive, and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cups and then you began eyeing each other’s cup.

Now consider this… Life is the coffee, the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain LIFE.  And the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.

Savor the coffee, not the cup.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply, speak kindly, care deeply and love generously.

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.


Did you just noticed that Untold Arsenal and Unknown Author have the same begin letters?

I hope you all were smart enough to understand where one could change the word coffee with Arsenal. Well I did and that is what Arsenal is about for me: Enjoyment.

And if you can no longer enjoy it, fine. But don’t let it make you unhappy. It really is not worth it. If you feel your blood pressure rising all the time Arsenal is mentioned be wise and stop making yourself sick. If you only feel anger and frustration, stop doing it. It will cause cardiac problems, you will get stomach problems, you might get seriously sick. It is not worth it.

Just try to enjoy life as the coffee. Or the tea of course. As I am a tea drinker myself, but I still enjoy the liquid more than the cup.

Mind you I don’t mind drinking it out of a nice cup every now and then. But when I order tea I will not be blinded by the cup.

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58 comments to Coffee, Arsenal and a cup. It’s all about enjoyment.

  • Adam

    This article actually reinforces some decisions I’ve made in my personal life.

    Nice read, thankyou.

    Heads up for those interested, has opened up its media for free, anyone can view it.

  • ClockEndRider

    Thanks for sharing this. Perspective is all important. Like retaining the ability to enjoy the Arsenal while not winning and bearing in mind that there’s always someone worse off than yourself…..after all, you could have been born into a Sp*rs supporting family.
    Like I say, perspective is all important.

  • hkm

    Great post. Thank you for your concern 🙂

  • Here here! Cracking post, Walter.

  • Bootoomee


    Because of its relevance to this article, kindly indulge the repost of my comment to your last piece. It contains some alternatives to your suggestions here. It goes thus:


    These moaners are people with empty and pathetic lives. You are a happily married man with a job. You are a referee on the side. You have friends and family who love you. You have us fellow Untolders who appreciate you. Same can be said for Sir Tony Attwood. I have my family, job and friends and so do many other Untolders and gooners everywhere. Now, if you have something good going on in your life, you can only be mad at anyone or any entity for so long. I have been mad at Arsenal players (from Henry to Chamackh) as well as Arsene Wenger and the board at one time or the other, but perhaps, because I love the club so much, I have a good sense of perspective and most importantly, I have loads of other positive things in my life, I continue to support the club and everyone involved with it.

    I think we should all sympathise with the AAAs because life must be very bleak for them. I have advised a few that I came by physically or on the Internet to take one of the following options if the team’s lack of trophy is causing so much sorrow in their lives:

    – Lay low and forget about the team till we start winning trophies again. Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you.

    – Support a trophy winning team with a trophy winning manager. There are many around to pick from. Also, Mourinho’s BACK!!!

    – Take your whinging/moaning/lamentations to a sympathetic site. Again there are loads of Anti-Wenger sites. Go there and leave us ‘deluded’ Untolders alone in peace. I never visit anti-Wenger site and if I get there by mistake, I don’t make a nuisance of myself by pouring sugar into their sea of bile.

    Overall, moaners, you all need to find something else in your life that will give you the joy which Arsenal, led by Wenger, has failed to fill with trophies.

  • Mick

    Good stuff Walter, well written.

  • Very relevant also – appeared on my Newsnow feed when I was drinking a marvelous Cup of Coffee in a Rugby-themed cup.

    Says it all really…

  • Rupert Cook

    Speak kindly, some of us could do well to consider that.

    Care deeply, yes, that’s why I’d love to see our players and Wenger celebrating some real success. But we all want that.

    I hate tea and coffee. Insert hot chocolate into this parable and it’s more potent for me.

  • Pat

    I like it Walter.

    Mind you, I try to speak kindly, but sometimes it’s just not possible!

  • Motunrayo

    This is d reason why arsenalfc is distinct frm every other club,@ afc d way d fans handle issues is far and worth much more than winning trophies,even life issues are tackled in relation to what is happening @ afc,am glad to support arsenal,infact with dis write up,i give kudos to u guyz. Remain bless.

  • bjtgooner

    A very well balanced article Walter which puts life and sport into perspective for all of us. Unfortunately I suspect the moaners and those with a vested interest in knifing the club will take little notice.

    I also agree that we should also try to speak kindly to everyone, well almost everyone – those who unfairly misrepresent the club need correction – in the nicest possible way of course – that reminds me – rupert you prat, it does not matter what the liquid is – I know you were being facetious, but you were devaluing the story.

  • Terence McGovern

    Ok I sat down to read the above article with my coffee in my religiously used Arsenal mug and now I feel that I’m living in a metaphor.

  • LRV

    Bless you Walter! This is really inspiring.

    I challenge all the bile commenters to comment on this one.

  • Arsenal1Again

    Seeing the the trees for the forest, that’s how the saying goes in English, Walter. A variation with one Chinese chap went, “Admire the moon and miss all the celestial wonders around it.” It’s funny you say about loved ones with ill health, I have been on deaths doorstep a long time and the only thing keeping me around is my refusal to pop off until I see the Arsenal win the league again. My wife always said for years I loved Arsenal more than her and I’m now convinced. One of the biggest things you do Walter is compare your support of Arsenal with others and end up being critical, like any kind of support deviating from your ideals is wrong. You cannot compare your passion and support with people who live in Finsbury Park or originally come from the area, people with both parents being Arsenal supporters and so basically being born with Arsenal DNA. No amount of moaning from us will make us a lesser Arsenal Supporter than you and besides your obsession with ref conspiracies, I actually like reading your insight into many aspects of the game – but you come close to the bone when you throw in your comparisons with other fans. I only ever want to hear criticism about Arsenal from Arsenal fans, who else has more right or knows more than what we talk about – certainly not somebody who cares less about Arsenal than the moaning fans. You correctly pointed out on another site how Dein introduced Kroenke to the board. I was about to point out the same before I noticed you had already done it, but I left there smiling with the reminder us fans are everywhere, correcting everybody, even other Arsenal fans … and like I said, who is more qualified? I dislike elitism, it’s antisocial; and the frequency you write about you and ‘them’ is borderline obsessional and an elitest mindset. You write well, you’re very informative, you research well, but why make a Beef Wellington with rancid paté?

  • Bootoomee


    You must be a better Arsenal fan than me because I clearly do not love Arsenal than my wife. Actually, Arsenal is like number 4 or 5 on the list of the things that are most important to me in life: My health, my family, my friends, my profession and then Arsenal. Strictly in that order!

    Now, I have got to call bullshit on your having Arsenal DNA. What nonsense! I don’t care if you were conceived and born in Highbury with an Arsenal branded pair of scissors used to cut your umbillical cord. You have no obligation to support the team but if you think you do, maybe that is the cause of your problem. You are grudgingly supporting the team out of obligation, so the need to moan at every opportunity! That is how people react whenever they are doing something out of compulsion.

    I chose to support Arsenal. It is not in my DNA. I love the club for its philosophy and its brand of football. I am sad when we lose, I am happy when we win. I curse at missed opportunities and moan at Wenger when I expect him to make changes that he wouldn’t or unhappy with some that he would (believe me, I do!).

    Those of us who are not setting our heads on fire for lack of trophies are not oblivious of our lapses. We are just looking at the whole picture and seeing things in perspective.

    The last half of your 1.09pm comment made no sense to me. Sorry.

  • Adam

    Bootoomee, whilst I agree somewhat with your statement, I do disagree to some extent (not enough to get into an argument though).

    In my family you don’t get a choice. We actually pre-date Arsenal in Islington although most of us have moved away (or escaped whatever your preference). The point is that being an Arsenal fan in our family is passed on from generation to generation and is not about personal preference, and none of us would have it any other way, we also convert partners of ours to the Arsenal.

    My missus was a Chelsea fan (she had a thing for Zola) poor gal. But for a quiet life she now acknowledges Arsenal. In fact we have a history of converting Chelsea fans to Arsenal.

  • bjtgooner


    All the best with your health, I hope you enjoy many many years watching Arsenal and can especially enjoy Arsenal winning the league not just once more, but often.

  • Bootoomee


    I totally understand your point about inheriting team allegiance. I know loads of Southend United fans (I live around the area). I understand that it is a family tradition. But so is religion, actually religion is more so. I was born into one but I opted out as soon as I realised that it is bullshit (no offence intended to our religious readers). What I did not do is stay in the religion and moan to adherents about the corruption and hypocrisy of the religious leaders or my lack of belief in a supreme being or a hereafter.

    I am not against criticism of the team or its management as I stated in my earlier post. I do it too. But when it becomes an obsession and the club can do no right because (and it always because) of lack of trophies, then maybe it is time to lay low (become non-practising religionist), support another team (swap religion) or go to blogs that support or share your outrage (change congregation).

  • Laos gooner

    Hey you just keep the moaning going. To me it can, at times, not be avoided. Sometimes we must express our displeasure and our tone may be thought of as moaning. I was seven in 71 when I started my life long service as a Gooner and I know those lean years. Yeah we had a whinge after some games but by Monday lunchtime, having taken all the banter resulting from a poor weekend game, we were eternal optimists about the next match. This is one of the few Arsenal sites that I give credence to. I for one enjoy the posts and wish you continued success.
    I like the comments about the negative nobodies and their need to dislike anything the club does. Do I detect a certain Luddite quality to these people? Maybe they would like us to play in hobnail boots?

  • LRV

    Arsenal DNA @Arsenal1Again? That’s what Barcelona said about Cesc; isn’t it? So what are they saying now?

    The whole of my family love Arsenal. Even when my daughter tried to love Chelsea because of her boyfriend (before she got married) she couldn’t do it successfully. She changed her husband to Arsenal, bless her. Does that equate to Arsenal DNA? I don’t think so. We just love the Arsenal. Even my little Granddaughters shout “Come on Arsenal!” whenever Arsenal is playing. Does that equate to Arsenal DNA? I doubt it. It is love for everything Arsenal. We feel happy and sad according to events but we love every moment of it.

    It doesn’t matter whether you live at Highbury or Emirate Stadium itself; or whether you live in South Africa or Australia; once the Arsenal love-bug bites you, you stay smitten. Pure and simple.

  • Bootoomee

    Laos gooner posted:

    “I was seven in 71 when I started my life long service as a Gooner and I know those lean years. Yeah we had a whinge after some games but by Monday lunchtime, having taken all the banter resulting from a poor weekend game, we were eternal optimists about the next match. ”

    That is the point that I have been trying to make. We all moan about bad results and bad decisions from time to time but we shouldn’t become obsessed with them to the point of failing to see any other goodness in the team we love.

    Thanks for the perspective.

  • Adam

    Bootoomee, yep can understand that, I opted out of Catholicism, only used to like lighting the candles, go figure? Went over to Ireland not long ago for a funeral and couldn’t believe how ingrained it all still is. Even in Slovakia when my boy was christened the Priest was aghast that we were not married and took some convincing to carry out the service, he even questioned why my son didn’t have a Slovakian passport, I said I didn’t know religion recognised nationality, after that I kept quiet, it was for the best.

  • @Bootoomee. Belief in God is a matter of trust. To have faith in someone or God, you must have the ability to distrust that entity –otherwise your faith is fraud. If you really love someone, you must fight the lust in you to treat him or her as a mere piece of shit. Match fixing, which is fraud, operates on this same principle. If a team can’t lose a game, its win is empty. Therefore, you cannot be born in a religion. The fact that you hate religion proves that God is real. Truth is determined in the taking of sides. You may be indoctrinated into a worldview or an attitude but you cannot inherit philosophies through genes. And maybe many moaning fans have been deceived to demand for trophies at all costs because they don’t appreciate the binary nature of reality. To be a true Arsenal fan, you must be willing to support it even when it is relegated. If you have such a mentality, finishing fourth wouldn’t be so bad — especially when it is clear that Man City and Chelsea are truly fixing the league. Man Utd and Spurs are the only top teams to be taken seriously by Arsenal fans as they operate on a business model.Before Chelsea arrived, Arsenal were on a wining streak that was based on real sporting innovation. Many clubs would have replicated the Arsenal Model if not for Abramovich and his like. Newcastle United almost broke into the top four because of enlisting relatively cheap but underrated players. All Billionaire clubs are perpetuating the biggest lie of all time: winning mere shiny things and bragging rights at a great financial loss.

  • Dec

    Lovely piece Walter.

  • Rupert Cook

    @myand, nothing can prove God is real. Otherwise I quite enjoyed your post.

    @Arsenal1Again, hope you live long enough to see Arsenal win a trophy.

    Hot chocolate would improve the parable. Can’t see any issue with that unless you’re a total moron.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Tea is better for my weight Rupert 😉 I always overdo it with the sugar when making hot chocolate

  • Wally Forbes

    The reason there are so many Arsenal Fans not enjoying themselves,is because they are having their minds/thoughts made up for them by the worthless media.Try thinking for yourselves for a change,you will find it enlightening.

  • Dec

    I beg to differ Rupert.
    God most certainly does exist and many if have had the privilege of watching him every other week at Highbury. He wore number 10, had blonde hair and a Dutch accent. Some say he’ll return one day! For now he’s busy rescuing Ajax, but maybe some day down the line………

  • Bootoomee

    Dec (@4.52pm),

    Now, that is a God that even I believe in:)

    I am eagerly praying for and awaiting his return!

  • nicky

    Older Gooners (or rather VERY old Gooners) will recall the cups of “char” served throughout the UK in the many canteens available for the troops during WW2.
    Only they weren’t in cups but in beer bottles which had had the bottom 6″ sawn off with the tops nicely filed down in order to protect delicate lips.
    The type of container never affected the nectar-like contents.

  • @Bootoomee. Because he is invisible, ‘God’ cannot be seen by our naked eyes or touched with our hands. However, this doesn’t mean that he+she is non existent. Contrary to popular opinion, ancient people were very lucid thinkers. Worshiping a deity was not just a mere emotional trip but the basis for making logic. If you can produce sense, innate wisdom is imbued into your cells and DNA from head to foot. This is why linguists affirm that language acquisition is a mutually exclusive innate human ability. And something moulded by nonsense (accident) cannot express sense. To communicate, ancient people had to affirm that a being who is intelligence itself constructed sublime and mystical codes into them. Language is arbitrary. Different alphabets affirm this. Also, a distinct sound might mean ‘You look good’ in one language whilst in another tongue it means ‘your mama’s cunt’. Communication is merely interpretation — which is a mystical process which can never be touched or seen. Ancient people thus attributed the source of meaning and life to the beginner and end of interpretations — and in speaking to this being(s) they entered into deep psychic states that even visibly manifested supernatural entities. God is like an intoxication which structures lives to be coherent beginnings and ends. Your deity is your greatest addiction and everybody has one. The only question is who is the greatest God And football, a realm of passionate adoration for imaginary communities(giants) called clubs, is like a fighting ground for gods which are bought, sold, disposed and reformed.

  • Bootoomee


    I have no idea of what you are talking about. You need to use more paragraphs and discuss/explain your ideas one by one. That way, I’ll at least understand the point that you are trying to make.

    Anyway, thanks for your attempt at theology, but no thanks. I am fine the way I am.

  • Adam

    Bootoomee, I think he is saying we have reverted back to a form of paganism by worshiping what we see instead of monotheism and the unseen.

  • colario

    @Walter I have been brought up to believe the container for coffee is not immportant. For the best brands of tea then fine china should be used. Fine china also immproves the taste blended teas. So I have been told.

  • Arun

    @ nyand
    The fact that you hate religion proves that God is real
    A crap argument with a crap conclusion.
    I didn’t get a single argument from your second post.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    I like others was drinking coffee whilst reading this, this morning/afternoon. IMO, there is always an element of free will in my choice of whether to support a team or worship a God. Every day is a good day to be a Gooner…yeah I’m also an optimist.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    But, while we’re at it…let’s leave religion on the sidelines…we’ve enough to argue about in football without bringing in that. 🙂

  • Pat

    Loved the christening story Adam.

  • Domhuail

    Living over the pond and relying on 2nd rate cable TV for the occasional Arsenal or other Football match allows me to remind some of you how fortunate you are:

    1)Even if ticket prices are high, you still have the possibility of attending a live match.
    2)Watching AFC play on a bad internet feed or with 2000 ads between every free kick is a nightmare and to finish the job, we get some idiot North American commentator or worse still, a displaced Brit whose idea of intelligent analysis is to diss the referee or both teams because they aren’t up to his elevated standards.
    3)While we weren’t born in the shadow of Highbury, we overseas gooners are as passionate as anyone….don’t make the mistake of discounting us…we love the Club as much as anyone and know Football as well as any European on this site.
    4)The last time I checked the results of my DNA, there were NO genetic markers for the Arsenal. How would we identify them…red and white chromosomes leading to a cannon instead of a nose, gonads the size of cannonballs,a birthmark in the form of the AFC crest,albinism and red hair?
    5)All those who feel it is in their aegis to excrete over everything Arsenal because they pay for a ticket, and to demean players,management and directors of the Club they purportedly ¨love¨,all the while bemoaning the terrible state of affairs at the Emirates, seem to have misunderstood the meaning of the word aficionado.
    6)Once again, imho I and most gooners agree with any supporters right and obligation to question what happens at their club but there is a fine line between fair, enlightened and rational concern supported by generally acknowledged facts and the outright irrational and prejudiced vitriol that some people prefer.

    I watch AFC for the pleasure and enjoyment of the beautiful game played by a top-class Club, and regardless of the occasional disappointment, the absolute dementia it brings week in and week out. AFC has taken years off my life but even my wife agrees(a rarity in our marriage) that they are worth every minute of this self-inflicted torture.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks Walter , it was an old e-mail and I was clearing some oldies and decided to resend it to my regulars and thought that you may like it .
    Glad to see it has started a * ‘tempest in a coffee cup’ !What, with God ,atheism ,of Paganism ,of conversions (both of clubs and religions !),of optimism ,of DNA and everything else in between !
    God ! I love this website !

    * The correct quote is of course ,
    A storm in a teacup –
    a situation where people get very angry or worried about something that is not important (not used with the ) I think it’s all a storm in a teacup – there’s probably no danger to public health at all.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    A priest was playing golf with new acquaintance ,and after a few holes ,the man misses an easy putt .Cursing ,he says ,”Missed the bloody bastard !”.The priest is shocked at this outburst but says nothing .
    The man is having a very poor game and everytime he misses , he says ,”Missed the bloody bastard !” The priest finally tells the man not to swear ,or God will send down a bolt of lightening and srtike him dead .
    The man apologises ,and they continue playing .At the last hole he misses the easiest of putts which makes him lose his cool and he says ,”Missed the bloody bastard !”
    Suddenly there is a loud clap of thunder and a bolt of lightening comes from the sky and strikes the preist dead !
    An eerie silence ensures ,before a loud voice bellows from the heavens , ” MISSED THE BLOODY BASTARD !!!”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    In the same vein in my e-mail today –

    Two little boys stole a bag of mangoes from their neighbor and decided to go to a calm place to share the loot.

    One of them suggested the nearby cemetery. As they were jumping the big gate to enter the cemetery, 2 mangoes fell out of the bag behind the gate but they didn’t bother to pick them since they had enough in the bag.

    Few minutes latter a drunkard on his way from a local bar passes near the cemetery gate and heard a voice: “One for me, one for you.”One for me, one for you.”

    He immediately sobers up and runs as fast as he can to the local priest.

    “Father father please come with me, come and witness God & Satan sharing corpse at the cemetery.”

    They both ran back to the cemetery gate and the voice continued: “One for me, one for you, one for me, one for you, one for me, one for you…

    Suddenly the voice stop counting and says: “Hey, What about the two at the gate?”

    The priest and the drunkard took to their heels shouting, “We are not dead yet… we are not dead yet… we are not dead yet…”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Whats that ? An encore ? Ok you asked for it !

    Money for the Dead!

    An old miser, due to his terrible cheapness, had no friends nor family. Just before he died he called his doctor, his lawyer and a minister to come see him. They complied, and gathered together around his bed.

    “I always heard you can’t take it with you, but I am going to prove you can,” he said. “I have $90,000 cash hidden underneath my mattress. It’s in 3 envelopes of $30,000 each. I want each one of you to grab one envelope now and just before they throw the dirt on my grave, you throw the envelopes in.”
    Weeks later, the three attended the funeral, and true to their word, each threw in their envelope into the grave. On the way back from the cemetery, the minister said, “I don’t feel so good about this, I am going to confess, I desperately needed $10,000 for a new church we are building, so I took out $10,000 and threw only $20,000 in the grave.”

    The doctor said, “I, too, must confess. I am building a clinic and took $20,000 and threw in only $10,000.” He looked ashamed.

    The lawyer said, “Gentlemen, I’m surprised, shocked and ashamed of both of you. I don’t see how you could in good conscience hold on to that money. I threw in a personal check for the entire amount.”

  • WalterBroeckx

    LOL Brickfields. That made me laugh… but that still is no excuse for X years without…. 😉

  • Rupert Cook

    @Dec, oh yes I concede, that man was a god. Could hardly believe it when he came to Arsenal. I know the Invincibles was a great team but I still think that 1998 squad was the best we ever had.

  • Rupert Cook

    @Brickfields, are you Alan Davies?

    @Walter, you Belgians make delicious chocolates and your chips come with that delicious chip mayonnaise, I just couldn’t live there, I’d be the size of the Emirates after a few months.

    But the wife says she’d like to live in Bruges when she retires. I’m trying to convince her that a nursing home in Eastbourne is a superior option.

  • Stuart

    @ nyand
    If I hate Father Christmas, does that mean he is real?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Rupert – Just had to google to find out who Alan Davies was !Will check him out later ( maybeeven send him some of my own material!).
    I grew up with the old British and American comedies and would watch any zany ,crazy comedy movies and books .And still enjoy those on cable .
    Would it suprise you if I tell you that I am a regular Mad magazine subscriber ( since 1986 )? And Alfred E.Neuman’s catchphrase ,”What me worry ?”, does apply for me in my outlook in general .
    For those who would like more of his famous quotes ,here you go –

  • WalterBroeckx

    I admit I have to be careful with what I eat (always had that bit of Rooney thing 😉 ) to not get in to overweight. It’s the food I tell you.

    I admit our Belgian kitchen is not that good to keep weight under control. But it sure is tasty and enjoyable. Having been run over by all and everyone on the continent in our history we just kept the good things from all their kitchen habits and made our own delicious melting pot.

    If you ever come to Bruges with your wife (you can come over for a few days without staying for ever) and want to eat something typical from Belgium try “witloof in de oven”. (chicory au gratin) One of my favourite things.

    It looks like this…0.0…1ac.1.17.img.Q4H3QgN_iT4

    After including the pictures I feel hungry and I want it now! 🙂

  • reallycrossross

    @nyand (6:05)

    I suggest you read Fauerbach ( ). God is only an externalisation of man’s imagination. Whilst I appreciate your philosophical approach to supporting a football club. I prefer Bill Shankly’s take on it … “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

  • Mandy Dodd

    Off topic, but some very sad news coming out of the blue half of Manchester

    Word is that EUFA are granting them a special £70m FFP exemption to buy a top striker to fill this massive void

  • Adam


    I’m told they are getting the aptly named “Maurice Trapp” in as cover for the deceased feline.

  • Rupert Cook

    @Walter, thanks for the food tip. I dare not let my wife see that, she’ll be demanding we go to Belgium at the weekend.

    @Brickfields, keep the comedy coming. Alan Davies is a regular on a British show called QI as well as being an Arsenal fan. He does an Arsenal podcast which can be amusing sometimes.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Well as long as citeh don’t get Marouane Felini that’s ok by me

  • bjtgooner

    Mandy – very witty! I like it!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Keeping with the theme above and in a lighter vein ,as a young medical student (circa 19810) ,I had an * “eureka ” moment and suddenly exclaimed to none ,” In this dog eat dog
    world ,better we eat pussy !”
    I’m not too sure if Micheal Douglas would quite agree !

    * eu·re·ka

    1. I have found (it): the reputed exclamation of Archimedes when, after long study, he discovered a method of detecting the amount of alloy mixed with the gold in the crown of the king of Syracuse.
    2. Used as an exclamation of triumph at a discovery.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Medical humour – A hospital visit

    A recent article in the Essex ‘Express & Star’ reported that a woman has sued her local hospital, saying that after her husband was treated there recently, he had lost all interest in sex.

    A hospital spokesman replied, “The man was actually admitted in Ophthalmology – all we did was correct his eyesight…”

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    In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

    The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”

    The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,
    “Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
    The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays…”
    The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant.”
    The lawyer said,” Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
    The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore,
    April 1st is his day.

    Court is adjourned…”

    You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!