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Yoof Cup to Yoofer Cup

Chris Dickson is one hundred and eleven, again; if you're counting, this is the third time since January. This particular bout of 111ness was due to a stomachache which turned into running a temperature and exhaustion, same as the last one just before Meg came to visit. In addition, beforehand, I had a couple of days where I could feel my heart beat really strongly, seemingly with the whole of my body, which led to terrible trouble relaxing. That has gone, but I can hear a sort of geiger-counter-like clicking at the very bottom of my register, like there's a car running its engine very slowly a quarter of a mile away and I can just hear it. As this has cropped up both when I was trying to get to sleep and when I've been at my computer in the chair, I'm going to refuse the initial hypothesis of music elsewhere in the building (too irregular and far from musical) or heating system pipes and suspect it's just some weird sort of tinnitus. Fingers crossed that it'll go away by itself.

There are lots of things I want to blog about, but they would require time, effort and a bit of proper composition, which I don't have at the moment. Accordingly, I'm going to post something very simple and just ponder upon that as an insight as to why people post so many meme questionnaire results.

I went grocery shopping in town today and observed that between about a quarter and a third of the shops (excluding the ones that were obviously shut down) had some sort of decoration pertaining to the local (association) football club's appearance in the UEFA Cup final. This is a very big deal; participation in the competition through to appearance in the final has probably already been worth millions to the club - Bloomberg reckon that reaching the final guarantees at least £1½ million in prize money alone - and a final victory would be worth millions more over the years. (Square Football claim Liverpool's UEFA Cup win was worth about £10 million all told, but also point out the cost, through decreased prize money, of finishing lower in the Premiership.)

My journey took me through Middlesbrough's biggest open-air shopping square, where a large crowd were assembled around a white football-shaped object, probably approaching twice human height, designed in the traditional buckyball-style hexagons-and-12-pentagons fashion, but with red pentagons. As people were struggling to hold it down, it was clear that it was full of helium balloons. All around, boom boxes were blaring Middlesbrough's theme song, a heavily remixed version of Pigbag. One extended wait later, we counted down from ten and the football skin was opened to reveal many hundreds, possibly a thousand or two, of white and red helium-filled balloons, each apparently bearing a card with a message wishing the 'Boro well in the final.

Unfortunately the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, so instead of the balloons heading off south-east across the North Sea in the general direction of Eindhoven, they were headed approximately WSW. Now last August I was rather thrilled when a deflated helium balloon landed in our garden, having travelled about 14 miles, as a demonstration of the law of conservation of Helium Balloons. Accordingly, one might expect that the modus operandi of the helium balloons is that they are heading for Teesside Durham Tees Valley Airport, where they can (a) doubtless interfere with air traffic and (b) hop aboard any charter flights that happen to be headed in the general vicinity of the Netherlands. Still, at least that's better than two or three of the balloons that got stuck in the nearest tree, having flown, ooh, possibly as far as three or four yards. Come on, 'Boro!

(Referencing the subject line of this post, a standard trivia question that may well be about to be written is "Name a player who played in the final of the FA Youth Cup, before playing in the final of the UEFA Cup three years later." Unless there is already an answer to this, there is someone who could do it; he was in the starting line-up for Middlesbrough's home win in the semi-final, so he might get a run-out in the final as well. Despite this, I can't recall having heard of him before.)

Things to promote:
1) Through ringbark, there exists a permmembers community for people with LiveJournal Permanent Accounts. I do hope this doesn't turn into "We have Permanent Accounts therefore we are excellent and important in a way that other people are not", but I've joined the community anyway.
2) Compulsory voting in the UK would be tremendous, particularly if None Of The Above were to outpoll the existing parties.
3) Many phrases in the English language have unusual spellings which we have to remember or look foolish, o joy.
4) Environmentalists point out another way to look at carbon trading which would be correct only on the assumption that all the power stations in many nations were suddenly to shut down altogether. A grain of truth on an interesting subject approached from a bizarre angle.

Simply because I'm in the mood for attention without wanting to have to think too hard: How many times has someone on your friends list posted about something and you were really confused, but you didn't want to ask because you knew you SHOULD know? How many times have you felt guilty asking a close LJ friend a question that should be obvious?

Well, here's your chance.

If you've missed a few things, missed an entry and are confused, ask me anything. Even something EXTREMELY basic, like where I live! I'm not allowed to get even slightly irritated at any of the questions - we've all missed things before.

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