Is there anything to say where the monkey was hung Barty??
The monkey story might not be - how can I put it? - entirely true. But, as the story dates from the Napoleonic Wars, I'd suggest it would have happened on the Hartlepool headland rather than near the current football ground in West Hartlepool (an area which only developed after the 1840s).
However we did see the Andy Capp statue and the plaque which marks the German shelling of December 1914 and the first WW1 casualties on the British mainland.
Hopefully Barton's reluctance to add comments concerning the match isn't due to a sulk caused by insufficient players coming over to clap him at full time.
I can't say I noticed that too much. But I'll confess to the wretched quality of my post-match applause. I wouldn't be surprised if the players haven't heavily criticised me via various social media channels.
I was also distracted by the process of saying my farewells to travellers from London as well as engaging in philosophical dialogue regarding the curious range of behavioural traits demonstrated by football supporters. Furthermore, if truth be told, I also had half-a-mind on the evening's Scrabble contest at the Brandling Villa in South Gosforth. That, I'm afraid to say, also resulted in defeat. We had our fair share of possession but didn't push home our advantage in key areas of the board. We then made a series of sloppy mistakes and our opponents drew ahead in the latter stages of the contest.
For those wondering why Barton has provided us with a picture of the unoccupied blue plastic seats (8th picture down), (while personally I'd commend the way the photographer has artistically captured the sun glinting off them), I'm certain the plan is to draw our attention to the message : 'POOLIES ARE BORN NOT MADE'
This sentiment would doubtless also be recognised in Sheffield where Blades and Owls have their footballing identity established for life before they've left the maternity ward. Amongst our many other problems is the sad fact that far too few Gulls are born, and we've had a devil of a job trying to make any new ones.
How true Alpine Joe and, yes, I'm glad your attention was drawn to the "Poolies are born not made" banner.
And, here in Sheffield, the production line continues if the births announcements in "The Star" are to be believed. But there's also a small trade in recent arrivals to the city suddenly declaring loyalty to one of the local clubs.
Closer to home I guess that, in these trying and testing times, it's probably inevitable that a few of our followers will fall by the wayside. I'm sure Alpine Joe will join me in asking all to show their resolve. In the words of a song which AJ is sure to have sung at political rallies in his youth: "Let cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we'll keep the yellow flag flying here!"
The fact that Torbay attracts so many from other parts of the country coming to settle down here, does, as we well know, mean that there's no loyalty or tradition compelling them to attend Plainmoor, and it would have been nice if Nigel Farage could have highlighted this disturbing trend during UKIP's Spring Conference.
I thought it a great shame that Torquay United were playing away when UKIP came to town. I'm sure AJ would have loved to see Nige make the 50/50 draw at Plainmoor or, with him being such a spirited individual, take his chances with the crossbar challenge. Personally I would have relished seeing the UKIP supremo take part in one of those "run round-and-round the pole" contests where the participants usually end up on their arses. But I fear that may be construed as too much of a political statement and I wouldn't want Aussie calling me a "pinko" or worse.
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2014 17:50:52 GMT by lummatoncross1