Cook, Thief, Wife, Lover, Internet and Arsenal.

The title? Nothing whatsoever, just happen to like a film, and the words.

So, what’s on the chit chat menu for today? How about Blogging itself, and more broadly, the Internet and how it has altered football.


Back in the good old days, turn up Saturday at midday in chosen boozer. Meet mates you haven’t seen or spoken to since the last match. Drink four or five pints. Get to the North Bank three minutes before Kick Off. Final whistle, maybe another swift one and away into the night.

Therefore, my brief conversation starter for this bright sunny morning asks these questions:

–        Is blogging good for your Arsenal experience?

–        Is the increased transparency the internet provides good for football?

–        Throw Twitter, Facebook and Players into the mix, and what do you get?

–        How much would you like to read Stan and Arsene’s Text accounts?

written by MickyDidIt89


160 Responses to Cook, Thief, Wife, Lover, Internet and Arsenal.

  1. RC78 says:

    Well the internet has really changed the game for the football world from the fans to the scouts…For us fans, it is a wealth of information/rumours and also the possibility to exchange views with fellow football fans and with football experts…While football was always the global sports, it has now really widened its reach, which is great if you are a fan and not so great, if you do not like football 🙂

  2. RC78 says:

    BTW, excellent always

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Good subject

    First and foremost, Arsenal blogging has brought me new friends and re-united me with old friends. How much enjoyment this has brought me cannot be over-emphasised.

    I communicate daily with people I have never met and am unlikely to meet; we share laughter, angst, despair, hope and triumph.

    Th rest of it pales into insignificance.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    As usual I haven’t answered the question!

    Has the internet brought me closer to the club? Yes. I know far more than I did pre-internet.

    Has it made me a more passionate Gooner? No. Not at all.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Transparency? There isn’t any. We know nothing about the inner workings of the club.

    Social media? Just shows how banal most footballers are.

    SS/AW Text’s? Now that would be fun

  6. RA says:

    Interesting subject, Micky.

    There are two aspects to the question and therefore there are two answers required.

    One is the impact on an individuals personal experience and enjoyment as a result of blogging and then there is the question of the impact of the internet in its multifaceted aspects on football generally.

    My own experience of blogging has caused me some surprise at how enjoyable it has been, laced with some rather less appealing episodes.

    Candidly, if I was still working flat out I would have neither the time nor the inclination to blog, and I do admire those who manage to combine both, like many of you guys do.

    The fact is I am not in that position and have not been for some considerable time. As a result I can indulge myself and I do benefit from chatting to so many different people.

    Perhaps that explains why I occasionally over-comment and mention the lack of response, because you lot are busy working, or out walking and talking to the turkeys, or stuffing lotions down (or up) camels with worms, or beating up gardeners for not shifting tons of soil quickly enough, or confusing innocent tourists with tales of Jack the Ripper ( In Denmark??) .

    My reasons for mentioning the matter are very selfish. I like blogging and chatting to you, and I particularly like this site, and want to stay gassing with you. But given my ‘need’ to talk with someone other than myself, I find I am beginning to spend more time elsewhere.

    It is not a case of blabbing (thanx Micky) or wanting to find ‘love’ (arnie) it’s just trying to decide if I have overstayed my time on the blog and become another of the disparu.

    Yes blogging about Arsenal and everything else does have its benefits.

    I am not so sure about the internet in general, so I will marshall my thoughts and get back to you. 🙂

  7. arnie says:

    Brilliant, Micky. 🙂 🙂 Always knew we share some views. Roadkill included. It turns out now, Greenaway as well! 😛

    Now, I second Raddy. I do not do blogging in general, neither do I do Facebook, Twatter and the like. But I go into AA every day, and when I have the time, peep into NorthBank’s SoreArse pub as well. This has enhanced the value of my life immensely.

    Most importantly, exiled as it were in Sconny Botland, how else would I connect to other Gooners. I would say it is even a necessity in my case.

    COYG. 🙂

  8. arnie says:

    Nice motning banter by the way. Even if the roadkill topic was a bit depressing. Or depressingly refreshing? 😛

    Redders. I have noticed that there are subtantially more roadkills during the spawning season. More pheasants during their spawning season, more rabbits during their, and more deer likewise. I think.

    And Micky. Yes, large amounts of woodland have been wiped out. Perhaps the reason why there is more fauna around the roads?

  9. arnie says:

    And Micky and Redders. How about me at 1AM in the morning? How lonely is that? 🙂

    Redders. You are good fun. Stay, I say, we all say. STAY. 🙂

  10. RA says:


    We can combine all the last three parts of the question into one and examine them within the context of the ‘net’.

    There are some very obvious benefits of the internet, including reading about our club thru’ articles written by fans with a great deal of experience, as well as the comments of others.

    We can now look up almost anything we want relating to players’ contracts, transfer rumours, published accounts of the club, its history or who owns it and runs it, or how the junior teams are doing or ‘streaming’ games not available on regular TV channels and on and on.

    A definite benefit and simply knocks the pre-internet era into a cocked hat.

    With that has come the phenomenon of the know-it-all, and demand-it-all fans who clearly feel they can run the club, select the right players to buy, and train, and win trophies etc, and through the media of blogging want to let everyone else know if their genius, especially those who do not believe them, and could care less what they think.

    However, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantage of allowing the malcontent, the maladroit and the down right barmy a platform to bug the hell out of us.

    The sad loss of people like DanDan (and other bloggers I have known elsewhere) brings home to me how much I have grown to care about others and genuinely come to like them as people, and this has come about courtesy of the internet.

    Transparency is ephemeral, and means different things to different people, but however cloudy the internet waters can be, it is a damn sight better than the murky ignorance we had previously endured only enlightened by the dubious media of newspapers.

    No turning back, and the bad guys are easier to spot.

  11. RA says:


    You are a gentleman. 🙂

    Something I should have said in the body of my earlier comment is that hearing the views or comments of yourself in far away Scotland, and others in the US or Canada, Europe, India, Asia, Africa and so on, adds hugely to the enjoyment of the whole blogging deal, because on the net we are all so close to each other, and we all share the same compulsion to support the club, and each other. 🙂

    I’m off again before I wreck the site! 🙂

  12. Michael says:

    Is “the increased transparency the internet provides good for football”
    My view would be that it shows that it has very little to do with football and more about money, football is merely the vehicle.
    Whatever blogs you read, seldom is there a week passes by without some mention either directly or indirectly.
    If this gets posted you can tear me to shreds as I’m off out 🙂

  13. RA says:


    You did not need to go out on our account.

    We do not censor comments provided they do not include socially inappropriate comments or language.

    Anyway, your comment was perfectly sensible – who can deny that money makes the world go round – and especially sports like football. 🙂

  14. RA says:

    OOps ‘Michael’

  15. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Don’t you dare leave AA. There have been times over the years, yes, it is years (!!) when you have absented yourself (illness/travel/ennui) and you have been sorely missed.

  16. GunnerN5 says:


    The internet is quite wonderful as it opens up a wealth of knowledge that is truly mind boggling. I left school at the tender age of 13 years and 9 months old, so the internet, O.J.T. and life experience’s have been my main means of education.

    Blogging about football is really a double edged sword. On one hand it enhances ones overall knowledge of our sport but on the other hand it creates instant experts and pundits.

    Back in the day we had to be content with a weekly radio broadcast giving us the results and then waited in anticipation for the reports and pictures in the Sunday papers. You had to cut out the league tables in order to keep track of the standings. I still have newspapers from the 70’s detailing our double win.

    Blogging is one of the least personal ways of communicating and causes as many feuds as it does friendships.

    I have to go now – I have surgery this morning……………….

  17. arnie says:

    Good luck, GN5. All our prayers and good wishes are with you. 🙂 Be back stronger and with, dare I say, some more historical gems! 🙂

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Good luck Gn5. Best wishes for a speedy recovery

  19. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I ditto Raddy in wishing you a speedy recovery from the surgery.

    It’s Friday, and as always, have to put in an extra shift, due to time spent blogging 🙂

  20. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all
    Did it, done it, and Blogged it. Nice one.
    Old Bob Dylan, the times they are a changing. Arnt they just.

    Internet, Mobile phones just computers, who in hell ever thought this all up.

    I blame Roswell, but then again i blame Roswell for most things.
    I know there are geniuses out there but don’t believe this is all down to humans.

    Do i believe in UFO’s well of course i do, I have seen things that cannot be explained, but of course i can hear you say, everything can be explained. Governments could explain anything from Weather balloons to why we have to poke our noses where its none of our business.

    Communications is one of the most important things that government’s have CIA FBI Mosad KGB MI5 to name just a few who use communications all the time, and it often makes me wonder how we ever got on before it. All i do know is people seemed happier then, no camera’s on every road no having your private calls listened to. hardly ever getting fined and parking where you like even if it was a horse. Times have certainly changed and i am not sure its for the better.

    One thing that has changed which supporters from all over the world like is being able to see how Arsenal are doing instantainiously. But do they care why another man has not stepped on the moon since the moonlanding. no couldn’t give a shit, but surely some of you must wonder why humans spend so much time and so much money on landing a man on the moon and as soon as they supposedly do it they forget about it.

    Armstrong Sheppard Aldring and i forget the other guy, all told us that they saw UFO’s on their journey, and no one ever says anything why not, history Makers that will stand the test of time but no one listens about UFO’s and Aliens.

    Computers phones and every thing else electronic cannot be repaired by your ordinary repair man, it needs a special chip that comes from a highly secure factory yeh i know No bugger can repair a radio television mobile phone computer without that chip. cant get one throw it away, and buy a new one. and now cars are getting the same.

    Blogging is there for all to see and for those to monitor we are not alone, and we certainly don’t rule ourselves, blog as much as you like but dont say certain words Explosion Bomb Terrorist or we will have another war to save the planet from weapons of mass destruction , spend millions of tax payers money only to find not one weapon of mass destruction.

    But now we can all call our mates or stream a game or get the results in seconds and people think change is good.

  21. MickyDidIt89 says:


    “I have seen things that cannot be explained”

    You’ve met Raddy as well?


    GN5, good luck my friend. Lets face it, your a tough old sod, so everything will be fine.

    Remember to look the surgeon in the eye, point toward your groin and utter sternly “These are my testicles and are to remain untouched”

    Cheers Micky

    Its a bit of an overkill aint it? I dont want to read silly Chesney twitter comments or see a Wilshere selfie. What can I learn from that? That Wilshere looks the same in every picture and Chesneys a bit of a thicko? So what

    That Arsenal news feed is also very irritating. Couple of days ago i saw a headline “Arsenal superstar wants out”. I thought, No, surely Sanchez isnt missing his mums cooking already?

    It turned out to be bloody Poldoski.

    I really like blogging but not when people take themselves to seriously. I get enough of that on the hair loss forums. You cant tell a joke or take the piss on there. You would get a gang of bald men parked outside your house armed with rope and untested hair lotion.

    The one good thing about the internet is how you can communicate with people from all over the world. You could never have done that in the old days.

    When i was a kid I was penpal to this French girl and was really excited when she told me she was coming to London so I could finaly meet her

    A few days later the Old Bill came round my house and told my dad that Bridgette was actully a 43 year old man named Reg who lived in Croydon.

    You dont get such problems with the internet.

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hahaha Transplant.
    You’re comments are proof absolute of the value of the internet.
    Bloody marvellous 🙂
    Shitballs, work to finish and children to find in one hour. Panic.

  24. chas says:

    Nice one, Micky.

    I love blogging. Never a day goes by without it giving me a good laugh. As far as it being good for my Arsenal experience, I’d say it is a double-edged sword: better informed but a huge number of pillocks to avoid.

    Not really sure about the increased transparency. Sometimes all you read about is money, money, money and it does get incredibly tedious.
    I think I’d probably prefer to keep my head in the sand. 🙂

    Footballers and social media – who gives a damn. Someone who has spent their whole lives practising football and is now a multi-millionaire is rarely going to say anything of any interest anyway. Besides I’m old enough to be some of them’s dad or even grandad, so It’s not surprising I can’t relate to stupid haircuts, beards and Fifa 15 or whatever the feck it is.

    I doubt Stan and Arsene do much communication by text just in case Piers Morgan hacks into it. If they did it would make interesting reading.

  25. chas says:

    Good luck, GN5.

    Terry 🙂
    I’m not sure about the internet not allowing people to be something they’re not, though.

  26. RA says:

    All the best, with the op, GN5, and see you back on AA soon..

    Something to cheer you up, and all courtesy of the internet – -probably from Chas. 🙂

    — A young blonde woman is distraught because she fears her husband is having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun.
    The next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful redhead.
    She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head. The husband jumps out of the bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself.
    Hysterically the blonde responds to her husband, “Shut up…you’re next!” ‘.

    — A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: “Pint please, and one for the road.

    — A dyslexic man walks into a bra…

    — I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it, it was a shitzu.’

  27. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Love the blonde joke

  28. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Look, let’s face it, we’ve all found some kind of a “home” here, so light the fire, get the vids and a takeaway in, and open the bar 🙂

    Now off to get one son, one daughter and three of her mates!!! (guess my son won’t be moaning about these kind of sleepovers in a couple of years)

  29. RA says:

    Steve is right. I have seen things that cannot be explained too.

    Why did Dung Beetles choose to roll around in… dung?
    Please don’t say it was because they wanted to grow their hair – Terry will take them seriously.

    Why did survivors of a boat crash, coming to the end of their endurance after several days drifting on an iceberg, cheer and yell ‘We’re saved’ when they saw a ship coming towards them.
    The leader of the group said ‘It’s a huge ship coming straight towards us, and Its name is ….. the Titanic’.

    Things that cannot be explained!

  30. RA says:

    Randy, I quite liked the ‘shit zoo’ one, too. 🙂

  31. RA says:

    Micky may have a point, but a swift glance at the authors honour list on the right makes it clear many of our friends have upped sticks and buggered off.

    I wonder if they are home sick? 🙂

  32. arnie says:

    I guess he will pretend to moan, Micky, but you would know better of course! 😛

  33. chas says:

    Moronic chat and being ignored isn’t for everyone.

  34. arnie says:

    yes, only for the hapless handful.

  35. chas says:

    Who is this?

  36. chas says:

    And this?

  37. Eddie says:

    pssshhhh – not even a mention of Uncle and Auntie DidIt.

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Willie Young?

  39. Rasp says:

    Sorry, I’ve only just read through the comments.

    Fine conversation starter Micky. You can turn back time or turn the tide on technology – its the way its used that matters. All in all I think the technology has helped us to be more involved with other supporters if not the club.

    GN5 – all the very best for your op today …. I agree with TMHT’s assessment 🙂

  40. Eddie says:

    OMG – 18 wild boars broke entry into a vodka brewery, got pissed and started swimming in the reservoir. Fire fighters had to get the drunkards out 🙂

  41. stevepalmer1 says:

    Steve Bruce

  42. Eddie says:

    yes, Steve Bruce, I knew I know that face, didn’t realise he was ginger

  43. stevepalmer1 says:

    Sorry to hear your under the weather N5, get well soon mate, bloody internet gives bad news as well.

  44. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Blogging has one definite advantage. You can say what you like about anything without fear of getting a facefull of fist.

    I was out early this morning, quiet country lane, hit a rabbit a glancing blow, stopped, rabbit still alive but seriously injured, about to open boot and get wheel spanner out to finsh off rabbit, car pulled up behind me, bloke got out asked what the problem was, pointed to rabbit, he took aerosol can from car, sprayed rabbit, rabbit got up and hopped away, that’s amazing I said, what is it, hair restorer, he said, works on rabbits too. Bloke in car was bald, had rabbits tatooed on head, asked why, he said from a distance rabbits look like hairs.

  45. RA says:

    Norfolk, 🙂

  46. Michael says:

    You didn’t scare me off big as you are…Im hiding behind my keyboard.

    Stevepalmer 1 @2.47
    It’s ironic sending spacecraft into, well space to look for other life forms is serious stuff, yet UFO’s are for nutters.

  47. arnie says:

    Norfolk. 🙂

  48. chas says:

    Steve Bruce is correct.

    Second one is, apparently, Brendan Rodgers.

  49. chas says:

    Absolutely loving the rat-arsed wild boar(s).

  50. Eddie says:

    chas – I thought you might 🙂 I know you didn’t understand the firemen but did you hear them laughing their heads off? Apparently, some drunkards kept falling of the board, could not keep stedy on their trotters 🙂

  51. chas says:

    It was the laughter which cracked me up. 😆

  52. My boyfriend left me since 4weeks ago after, i tried ALMOST EVERY spell caster to restore my relationship and i was disappointed by ALL OF THEM. None of them worked, A week later i got this email address robinsonbuckler @ yahoo. com from a website and after his spell was done on my boyfriend, it worked very FAST and the result was effective. Mr Robinson is the ONLY spell caster who i had success with, my boyfriend called me and said he wanted me back in his life. he came back to me begging me to accept him back and this happened Due to the love spell from robinson he told me that my boyfriend would come back and Just the way he said it, that was the way things went. Am so happy that i have found my love back.
    Danica Kellar

  53. stevepalmer1 says:

    Hiya Danica, do you think he knows a spell for our injured players, i would be happy if they only come back for a few games, seeing how we have quite a big squad now is it cheaper for only half a spell.

  54. stevepalmer1 says:

    By the way Danica, is Mr Robinson an Arsenal supporter. and all the best.

  55. Gööner In Exile says:

    Wild Boar marinated in vodka…..the Polish have all the best ideas.

  56. arnie says:

    No matter what the downsides, thank Dennis for blogosphere. Where else would one have such brilliant entertainment value! 🙂

  57. arnie says:

    There was a red tinge to England’s success on Thursday night, and it suggested an optimistic future. While nothing too much can be read into the 5-0 defeat of opposition as poor as San Marino, there were still positive signs for Roy Hodgson’s side.

    For the first 20 minutes of the second half at Wembley, when the team played its best football, there were five Arsenal players on the pitch: Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck. The last time there were so many Arsenal players in one England team was 1936.

    The biggest challenge in international football is to teach a group of players how to combine and move like a good club team, but with far less coaching time to do it. This is why the last two great international sides – Germany’s current world champions and the all-conquering Spain side before them – were built on foundations from one club team.

  58. arnie says:

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    This goes on for an hour, so you can play it for as long as it takes to be not alone 🙂

    No blubbing required RA 🙂

  61. Shard says:

    Busy busy days, so less time for blogging. Good morning everyone.

    Has the internet made the world a better place? Probably. Definitely if the technological growth elsewhere had been the same. However, we’re new to the internet as an everyday resource and so I don’t think we have quite figured out how best to use it.

    When it comes to experiencing and discovering our interests, such as Arsenal, I think it is great that we can connect with people all around the world and basically have a real time conversation. But in terms of experiencing the joys of discovery, I think we’ve lost something.

    Nothing has that mystery any more. You want to know about Arsenal’s history, you don’t have to watch out for a snippet of information in the commentary or a newspaper article. You can just go online and read all about it in one go. You want to know more about a player, you just go to his twitter feed and see what he has to say (to almost inevitably be disappointed at a chosen hero)

    I think that takes away from the joy of it all. In that sense I am glad I started to discover Arsenal before the internet. (I feel the same sense of loss over music. Where you heard of a new band/album through someone, and then had to piece together information about it, and the lyrics or meaning of the song, learn how to play it (I still try to do this without the internet’s help) )

    On the whole, it’s a positive to be able to get more information, and then talk about it with like minded people(not to say that they always agree). As long as access to constant information doesn’t take away from the time for analysis, and more importantly, enjoyment, the internet is great. In fact blogs can be more reliable than the current mainstream media since it is not just the internet which is the cause of information overload. I trust people on this site to tell me what’s happening in the club more than the click baiting headlines and mindless articles in the media. I trust some bloggers’ analysis of a game more than the ‘experts’ paid to do it. I just need a larger filter these days, but that would be true even without the internet.

  62. chas says:

    Iceland looks cool.

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  66. arnie says:

    motning all.

    So, 1936 was the previous time when 5 Gooners played together for England. 1936 may have also been the last time the Arsenal made such a positive headline in the national press.

    The tide is turning, methinks. 🙂

  67. RA says:


    Do I take it that you suffer from insomnia?

    Have you thought of recording a story and then playing it back to yourself?

    Sure fire cure – Terry tells me he is zzzzzzz within seconds. 🙂

  68. Eddie says:

    match day, very nervous. thank G Ozil is out

  69. RA says:

    Not sure if Terry meant it was a recording of you he listened to, in which case the rumour that Raddy slept throughout your German trip is true, or if it was a recording of Terry talking to a brush. 🙂

  70. RA says:

    Morning, Eddie, Chas, arnie et al. 🙂

  71. RA says:


    Is it possible for you to amend your gravatar name to ‘Arnie’ with a capital ‘A’ as I always feel I am making a typing error with the lower case? 🙂

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha
    RA, I go to sleep early, and therefore… 🙂

    1936, and Transplant’s Ghosts were alive and kicking

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Relax. Another week before Match Day.

  74. Eddie says:

    micky – I didn’t answer your question re internet yet. Gosh, where do I start? I can no longer imagine life without internet. Of course I made difference to everything I do, including Arsenal. From streaming, to being able to talk Arsenal (and shit) 24×7 to knowing, the transparency you mentioned. I love internet! A little story follows:

    When I studied computing, many years ago I had a very strange lecturer, the old English eccentric. Nobody really liked him and didn’t pay much attention to his rants. His favourite topic was computers changing every aspect of our lives. He talked about buying, selling on internet, watching movies and sports, sending whole books over the wire, etc etc. Complete and utter bollox. That is what we thought of him. I cannot even remember his name, the only remarkable thing about the man was his gold Rolex watch and vision.

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    What is Raddy packing in his rucksack today along with the essential oils ad King Size?

  76. Eddie says:

    micky – no dearest, it is today. Poland v Germany!.

    Did you see the drunk boars? I thought you (and Chas) would have loved them

  77. arnie says:

    Redders. Arnie sounds a bit too bombastic. arnie is sufficiently anonymous. 🙂

    Micky. Terry’s ghosts from the 30’s indeed. 🙂

    Evonne. Matchday, what matchday? Its the interdull! Oh I see, Poland playing Germany! That is war, not football. 😛

  78. RA says:

    And he was right and you and your friends wrong, Eddie. 🙂

  79. arnie says:

    GiE put it nicely, I think. Wild boars marinated in vodka. 😛

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I didn’t answer or respond to my own post 🙂
    Although I agree, the internet is wonderful.

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, ok, Poland Germany. Fantastic. Can we expect any violence on the terraces?

  82. Eddie says:

    arnie 🙂 indeedy 🙂 we failed to win in 18 meetings, dismal. And we will lose tonight again

    RA – tell me about it. He knew and we deliberately avoided him fed up with his rubbish talk

  83. Eddie says:

    micky – no, I didn’t get a ticket. The Germans are very civilised these days, all smiles, handshakes, wurst and beer

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    The Gunnersaurus pic is funny.

    I was wrong about my departure to Iceland – it is tomorrow.

    Shard. What instrument?

  85. RA says:

    Not at all, Arnie –

    A name cannot be bombastic, unless you call yourself;
    ‘His Highness and Ruler of All Economic Jurisprudence for the Whole of The Fauna In His Own Home, His Majesty, Arnie of AA and Compiler of Exquisite Posts For the Delectation of its Patrons.

    Now the above could be construed as bombastic —
    the correct way of writing a proper noun (a name) — like ‘arnie’ is ….Arnie.

    Or not – in your case. 😀

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hopefully Shard will respond “piano” that he’s spent the 10,000 hours mastering. If not, we could have another Chary on our hands 😦

  87. RA says:


    I think it is the one string Ukele. 🙂

  88. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You what ra? 🙂

  89. Big Raddy says:

    As long as it isn’t the trouser trumpet or the pink piccolo 🙂

  90. RA says:

    Don’t call me a ‘what’, Micky – I will only bulb! 😦

  91. RA says:

    You know I meant ‘Blub’ not ‘bulb’, but it does have a certain cachet. 😉

  92. Arnie says:

    Redders. all right then, you have your wish! 😛

    Evonne. 18 games? Where have we heard that before? Nevertheless, there is always a first time. And that first time is the sweetest! 😛 Later in the season? At the Ems! 😛

    ha ha ha. Raddy is so excited about the holiday, he brought his holiday forward by a day! 😛 Or as we would say in “Indian” English – preponed by a day. 😛

  93. Arnie says:

    Shard. “in terms of experiencing the joys of discovery, I think we’ve lost something”. I have been thinking about it since the past one hour. deep! 🙂

  94. Shard says:


    Just to show you that there is worse out there, I want to say ‘Kazoo’ to Raddy’s question 😀

    You are correct though, It is the guitar and I very much share Chary’s taste in music.

  95. Shard says:


    You’re confusing me with the ‘King of One String’

  96. Arnie says:

    When I first went to university, I found myself in the exclusive company of 9 other students. It was an elite institution. Everyone was struggling to find a distinct niche to show off.

    I chose to specialise in writing computer programs for chess. Hunting up obscure and largely Soviet literature, spending hours in libraries, ordering journals and stuff from far away, getting translations done, etc., all in pre-internet days was such fun!

    Hmm. Nostalgia! 🙂

  97. Arnie says:

    Shard is right. There was a true sense of discovery in doing things, even if it was only reinventing the wheel! 🙂

  98. RA says:

    Arnie, darling, you are not going to believe this but there was an imposter posing as you, but don’t worry, we knew form the first that he only had a little one, whereas everyone knows that you have a big one. 🙂

  99. RA says:


    I was wondering if anyone else had heard of him.

    Great isn’t he? 🙂

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “I chose to specialise in writing computer programs for chess”

  101. Shard says:

    Haha.. Chicken in the corn is such an inspirational song isn’t it RA?

    Ok ok. It is catchy though 🙂

  102. RA says:

    By the way, arnie, I was only wearing my Saturday ‘humour’ head, so please revert to your preferred choice of name spelling – it’s the way we all know and love you! 🙂

  103. Shard says:


    You are now officially a pretentious show off. First the big A, then talk of elite universities and programming Deep Thought for fun. I feel like I barely know you anymore 😛

    I suppose there’s still the joy of discovery when it comes to people.

  104. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh my god. I’m shortly about to drive my daughter and three of her mates to a hockey match. They’re playing the best team in Devon, and knowing they’re going to get thrashed, they’ve opted not to do warming up bollocks, but an extra hour upstairs making damn sure they are going to “out fabulous” the opposition. Bless them 🙂

  105. RA says:

    The beat, Shard, the beat, that instrument when you apply the correct angle of the dangle with the throb of the knob just cannot be bettered. 🙂

  106. Shard says:


    You are approaching the woodpecker song’s territory again 🙂

  107. RA says:


    Shard is sort of right.

    I am afraid our friendship is teetering on the edge. I love chess and without wishing to be bombastic, I am reasonably good at it.

    However, I have for a umber of years, had an old computer / chess board with various levels of difficulty, and try as I might I have never beaten it at the very highest level.

    Obviously it is not state of the art, and a new machine would beat me hollow, and to think that you are the cause of my humiliation……..well can you hear the coin spinning on its edge?
    I am waiting for it to come down – heads we stay friends – tails that’s it!

    Phew — it’s heads! 😉

    But never mention my humiliation again!!

  108. arnie says:

    OK, enough of show-off and gravitas, revert to type then! 😛

  109. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Arnie and Shard
    Please don’t go down that “road to self discovery” route, as “you know who” will pipe up with his rather abstract take on the matter 🙂

    Morning again, Raddy 🙂

  110. RA says:


    Even for you I will not insert my finger in the woodpecker’s hole – no way – he can spin on yours instead!! 😀

  111. RA says:

    Laterz, Guys. 🙂

  112. Shard says:


    I ask you to RETRACT it.. 🙂

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Soren Kirkegård correctly (in my opinion) went against Descartes philosophy of “I think therefore I am” and concentrated upon “I experience therefore I am” which is a fine tenet to live by. Too much thinking does no-one any good 😀

    Shard wrote earlier about the excitement of discovery which I agree entirely with.

    Oh and by the way …..” an unexamined life is not worth living” which Socrates said back in 400BC. If it is works for Old Socky, it is good enough for me!

  114. arnie says:

    Raddy. 🙂

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I can see why you’re on the 5th level 🙂

    Two of the most enlightened people I’ve met spent a long time in solitary confinement.

  116. RA says:

    Shard — Never! 😉

    arnie, I think, therefore I am — I do not think, therefore……..? 🙂

    Popping in and out of existence can be sooooo exhausting!!

  117. RA says:

    Darn it. I meant my 10:19 for that show off hippy Sir Raddish. 🙂

  118. arnie says:

    Redders. therefore I certainly am? 🙂

    Micky. solitary confinement. Eh?

  119. arnie says:

    Redders. that was clear from the context!

  120. RA says:

    Has anyone read the second part of Descartes’ meditations.

    He looked a t a ball of wax fresh from the beehive, and said he perceived it as wax because it smelt like wax, it was sweet like wax and if he tapped it with his finger it made a noise and so on.

    If he moved it near heat, it changed from solid to liquid, lost its smell, it did not make a noise (or the same noise) if he hit it with his finger.

    Everything that made him see it as wax disappeared.

    Therefore in both states it existed in his mind. Which caused him to ponder what that meant.

    The same applies to the question, ‘do bears fart when alone in the woods’ Who can tell in the absence of being there listening, and the question then becomes ‘are there any bears in the woods’ in the absence of someone to witness them — who knows. 😉

    arnie, I owned up to incorrectly addressing my earlier comment, to show you, if you really existed, that I had recognised my mistake as the recipient should have been Randy, if he existed – whereas Descartes makes me wonder if even I exist in this whole scenario but my questing for accuracy shows that something that purports to be me is actually trying to think it through.

    And those bears do fart in the woods, they certainly honk when you get near them, even if you don’t see them. 🙂

  121. arnie says:

    Redders. Obviously, to me, none of us here on AA exist! This is a space for alter egos! But even if we did exist, no one would know for sure.

    But someone wandering into AA by mistake on a lazy Saturday morning would be sure of one thing. Some people have nothing better to do in life. Or nothing better to do on a non-matchday Saturday morning. Whether they exist or not is only of tertiary importance! 🙂

  122. arnie says:

    Chas. ha ha ha. 🙂

    OK, all you old farts, laters. 🙂

  123. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Where, pre-internet, could a conversation like today’s have taken place?

    I think therefore I am! If I stop thinking do I cease to exist? Can I start to exist again, by starting to think again? If I don’t exist because I stopped thinking, how can I start thinking again?

    Oooh! my brain ‘urts. 😀

  124. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all….:D

    What do you mean it’s Saturday afternoon andive missed two days blogging.

    I think I’m answer to your post as an Arsenal supporter in the sticks surrounded by generally unintelligent supporters of other clubs I think the Internet gives me the chance to discuss Arsenal with my own. Otherwise I’d be stuck with the opinions of fans of other clubs who have their opinion ever so slightly led by the media. For example on Tuesday I was told by a client that there had been a great debate on TShite and that Collymore was spot on, saying Arsenal fans pay top prices and get nowt, no spending etc.

    Because of the Internet and easy access to information like club accounts I could explain that what Collymore was spouting was utter horse doodoo and that last season we had spent more than came in and in all likelihood the same will be true this season.

    Unfortunately the anonymity of the Internet allows some people to talk to each other in a different way than they would if they were speaking face to face. Look at some of the tweets that get sent to footballers (I have no idea why they bother to be on Twitter).

    I suppose it’s because we can have some contact again, many moons ago we would have seen our heroes in the local M&S, Pat Jennings and Bob Wilson were two I met, or Sol Campbell in a pub in Hertford, Teddy Sheringham (ok not a hero) in the bar of one of the teams I played against smoking and having a beer before a Sunday game). To happen upon our players these days as they done in the finest restaurants and drink in the elite clubs of London is more unlikely, even in the days of the Invincibles you were likely to bump into Bobby and Thierry having a coffee in a cafe in Hampstead. So perhaps it gives us a chance to connect something that was definitely missing from the game.

  125. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I met the Invincibles many times in Hampstead. Wiltord, Paddy, Thierry and Bobby all lived in the area but then so did hundreds of other famous people.

    Do they still go out and about? Judging by the pics of JW and Pants Bendtner, I guess they do 😀

  126. Gööner In Exile says:

    Doubtless they still go out although the smart ones have probably got a good sound system and bar at home and ferry the fun in by minibus, and have a bouncer at the door removing all cameras and phones. I know in their position if do that rather than chance my arm with the tabloid press.

    But due to their wealth now they are not down the Dog n Duck and then the local First Leisure nightclub (as many did in my single days) they go to elite establishments where unless you have a grand to spend that night you stay well clear of.

  127. Eddie says:

    only one Arsenal player on the pitch, ie Wojciech, so you guys might as well support Poland

  128. Eddie says:

    as usual – the boys in red and white are the better team, but cannot score to save their lives

  129. Gööner In Exile says:

    Looks a tad one sided Evonne?

    Maybe you can write a Szczesny report for tomorrow 😀

  130. Gööner In Exile says:

    3 shots by Poland
    15 shots by Germany

    And you’re the better team?

  131. Eddie says:

    Gie – of course!! Since when do you believe the poisoned media? Just trust me lad 🙂

  132. Eddie says:

    Fooking told you!!!!! 1:0 to the boys in red and white 🙂 🙂

  133. Eddie says:

    2:0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! arnie, we did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. Big Raddy says:

    Is arnie Polish?

  135. arnie says:

    Well done, Evonne. 🙂

    perhaps in my previous life, Raddy. 😛

    hopefully, Arsenal will follow Poland and overturn history against the Chavs later this season. 😛

  136. Gööner In Exile says:

    Haha see how much of a jinx I am.

    Last season I predicted a weekend of ROLF from the other big teams and they all won and we lost, tonight just looking at half time stats I predicted a Germany rout to come but no Poland and Wojiech hold firm.

  137. chas says:

  138. chas says:

    I have heard the Murtasucker phone case has been bought in its thousands, though.

  139. chas says:

  140. Eddie says:

    jinx? JINX? what do you mean GiE? did you Germans to win??!!

    Raddy – I was hoping that all of you were Polish last night, supporting your goalie, red and white shirts, moi…. well clearly I was completely wrong 😦 But see if I care! We beat Germany 2 nil, England couldn’t do it

  141. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. Two World Wars and One World Cup …… 🙂

  142. Eddie says:

    now Raddy, now! BTW, how is Denmark doing 🙂

  143. Big Raddy says:

    Top of our group. We drew away in Albania last night.

    Off to Iceland today. We are booked to go to the Blue Lagoon this afternoon. Should be there at dusk for nightfall. V. excited

    Some-one will have to write the pre-match next saturday unless I can get access to the internet.

  144. RA says:

    Many of the Invincibles told me over a coffee and roll in Hampstead, ‘Hey, I saw that wandering troubadour, Randy, this morning picking up some cornflakes’, and they were mighty chuffed. 🙂

  145. Eddie says:

    Albania 🙂 congratulations!

  146. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I met PV4 a few times in the local dry cleaners. The man is so polite.

    Your story is clearly untrue as I don’t eat cornflakes

  147. Big Raddy says:

    so ….. Fare Thee Well and I will see you in the ether



  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bugger, missed him. Have a great time Raddy.

    Loved the optimism you showed at 0-0. Happy for you

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