Salop hold Stoke and safe standing

FA Cup 3rd Round and third tier Salop did OK against second tier Stoke City in the first half having most of the pressure, and playing the ball around their penalty area; but Stoke had the best chances and Salop needed a penalty to take the lead.
Second half was the reverse – Stoke with the pressure and Salop with the best efforts. Too much in the end and Stoke got a deserved equalise.
Problem was for my first trip to the safe standing barriers that the play was at the other end for most of the game.
It’s a shame that safe standing isn’t yet allowed to release the seats.

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Torvill & Dean & Bolero celebrated

Kinda knew the ITV drama on Torvill & Dean would not be great.
Some moments in their developing lives that were not worked into a strong story for the programme. The story is no “I, Tonya”. If Jayne would have stopped but for the step change that the Bolero act was to represent, and if Bolero was as Chris is shown to have claimed – their story of a love that couldn’t be – it needed to come through, and perhaps be explained in contrast to the staid styles of others that they were breaking away from. Instead, Chris cold be a bit dictatorial, slightly remarks against work colleagues who probably did have to carry them (and hey, no mention of the City Council’s support for them).
But, I knew the programme was not great, and realised, and still watched.
Yes, it’s a Nottingham story. But I’d grown attached to Bolero (the original 15 minute version) in 1977. But I watched cos following them then was an emotional experience.

The BBC tried to help with a 2014 (check) documentary (“The Perfect Day”) re-shown on Boxing Day, but its credibility was damaged by including an interview with Jeffrey Archer telling ‘a man of the people’ story.

Scoreless at Walsall

… but a good game to watch.

Salop coulda won.  Ditto Walsall.
But it’s usually a tricky adventure for us, so pleased with the draw and the entertainment.  Pleased to have gone at all, cos the last 2 years, the fixture clashed with the community events at Notts County F.C.
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A couple of points on the kits.
Why couldn’t we wear our blue & amber colours?  Instead, ours was dark grey with a primrose high diagonal.  Which despite my photo, made it difficult to pick out the Salop players against the background of the crowd at a range of 130 yards.  No history, no relevance and poor practicability.
Meanwhile, Walsall are sponsored by HomeServe, who I’ve just remembered have a call centre in Nottingham, which I opened.  No, no-one else remembered that either.

Jawbone

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A small-scale film from which an actor from the “This is England” series who draws on his life experiences as an amateur boxer to write and convey a story of dealing with problems like alcohol addiction.
Though said not to be typical of a boxer movie – an almost life or death movie against a champion – it does have the somewhat predictable fight sequence of almost looking defeated before making a come back.
Despite some of the formulaic stuff, the film is distinctive, if a tad slow.
(r:6.6; e:3, s:3, t:3.)

England’s 1,000th test

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For the second time ever, I’ve gone to an England – India test match for a fifth day for free, cos the outcome was obvious and likely not to last very long.
but this time, I was able to watch from the new Bridgford Road end and, and it was a pleasure.
I’ll not complain about the cost of watching test cricket, cos it’s clear people are willing to pay.  Nor, of the intent to charge £10 for the fifth day, retracted in the morning after they’d reflected on their original decision.
I bought  programme as a gesture to the free entrance, and here’s a fature shoing a grpahic portrayin the previous 99 tests in 2 pages, with the 2 previous wins on the bottom right hand corner – against Pakistan!  I want my money back.