There's currently a fine selection of works for sale in the Broomhill branch of Oxfam in Sheffield.
"Terrace Legends", "Casuals", "Soul Crew", "Rolling with the 6.57 Crew" - there's quite a choice. And, before you ask, they weren't mine.
Three things come to mind.
First, the sweet thought that the person who possessed these books was thoughtful enough to give them to Oxfam. They have a heart of gold, you know, these old hoolies. That's a real blow in favour of the developing world rather than some charity for Aged Football Hooligans on the Old Kent Road.
Second, were they donated over the counter? Maybe in a Co-op carrier bag as is my wont (not that I've got anything dodgy to hide). Or quietly slipped into the Oxfam skip behind Morrison's at Hillsborough Barracks?
Third, I'm taken that Oxfam have decided upon a display of these works in leafy S10. I guess they must be trying to appeal to sociology students. Which reminds me of New Statesman articles from the 1970s that I read for "academic purposes".
First, the sweet thought that the person who possessed these books was thoughtful enough to give them to Oxfam.
The previous owner of the books should give further thought to how much he has to compulsorily donate to Oxfam via his taxes, and then ask himself if that's really the place he wants to drop off his old books.
While discussing 'Climategate' on another thread I remarked on Government funded Universities some how coming up with the convenient research conclusions that pleased their paymasters.
The 2010 figures showed Oxfam getting just over a quarter of their cash from Governments. Consequently it's little surprise to find them acquiescing in this con.
'A clear indicator that there are corrupt political elements within the walls of this once untainted and noble charity was Oxfam’s ‘Climate change’ campaign. I confess to not having any reliable figures to hand but suspect that many millions were squandered in what was an obvious and shameless attempt to garner extra support for the most insidious, corrupt / fraudulent, cross party agenda…engineered entirely to extort and exert control over the general populace that has ever seeped out the rectum of Westminster.'
Or for something more up to date we only have to remember what was being reported yesterday:
'the LibDems In Need have resorted to taking donations from Oxfam. Martin Horwood has this month disclosed a £1,015 donation from the children’s charity for foreign travel.
And which poverty-stricken third-world country did he visit to help needy young people? Horwood used the charity cash to fly to New York, stay in a hotel and pay for his meals as part of a delegation to lobby the UN on the arms trade. Just what the generous kind-hearted souls who donate to Oxfam want their money going towards…'
'Three points of information for readers:
a) The car park at Oxfam is big, spacious and every day rammed bumper to bumper with BMWs and 4x4s. Nothing’s too good for the eco-warriors. b) Which well meaning super charity spent your hard earned donations supplying last year’s student protestors with green hard hats? Hard hats? At a protest? What were they thinking? Incitement? Surely not… c) The food in the Oxfam canteen is heavily subsidised*. Work THAT one out you friends of the poor…
So if anyone is in two minds as to whether to give their cash to Oxfam or spend it on Terry Curran’s new book 'Regrets of a Football Maverick' (Vertical Editions, £16.99) I'd think carefully before denying yourself the pleasure of reminiscing along with 'the poor man's George Best'.
Fine stadium as Hillsborough still is, I can't get used to having a roof on the Kop. A bit of wind and rain never hurt anyone, and luxuries such as that have helped turn British youth soft.
Of interest to a minority of course, but for a feel of Wednesday, and to a lesser extent the city of Sheffield a quarter of a century ago 'Steel City Blues' is an interesting half hour. I'm sure you'd be able to find parts 2 & 3 easily.
Thanks to Alpine Joe for the links to Guido and Fake Charities. I'll add them to my favourites once I've found a suitable name for the sub-folder.
The picture of the Hillsborough Kop is wonderful: the sheer bloody size of it; the way it reaches an apex; the Mark 1 electronic score board. And, what's more, those old-style Wednesday shirts in the foreground. Never mind the chap on the ball.
Afternoon kick-off; energy restrictions; "Grocer" Heath in a spin.
I agree with a lot of what Alpine Joe says abour charities like Oxfam, and the very wealthy men who run them. Even if he mistakenly views it as some sort of leftist conspiracy (when in fact the opposite is true).
There are people with good intentions who work for these charities, but it doesn't take long for anyone who does to work out that all is not as it seems. Their track record of opposing and restricting their own workforces from organising, for example, says everything about the paternalistic liberals who run them - and their approach to "charity" in general.
James may have a point about Wednesday. I'm not sure how much I "fear" for them this season - sorry Alpine Joe - but I do fear that, somehow, three teams will be relegated from the Championship.
Wednesday seem to be putting in a decent case to be one of those three. The punters were certainly getting restless last night in one of those not-long-after-promotion-but-this-isn't-looking-too-brilliant dripping tap sort of ways.
But Blackpool were mightily impressive. It was conclusive.
First season after promotion, just consolidating and staying up will do me.
There was no particular quality about Wednesday last season and Megson produced a scrappy team that wasn't too pleasant to watch and eventually weren't picking up the points either. Milan Mandaric threw everything at getting them promoted last season, including throwing out Megson. MM took a great deal of stick but did in the end achieve his aim. Therefore I'm convinced that there's no way he'll allow the club to drift straight back down again so soon. There will be some serious money spent in January if that's what has to be done to ensure Championship survival.
Dave Jones could do no wrong last year, achieved great results and as it wasn't broke didn't do a lot to fix it. A lot of the players who earned the promotion are being given their chance at the higher level. Jones understands the Championship and has a decent record with the clubs he's managed there in the past. I do however think there is quite a quality gap between Lge 1 and The Championship. As an armchair TV expert I've watched Wolves v Leicester & Charlton v Crystal Palace and was very impressed with the standard of football.
Fresh legs needed in Sheffield ?
Wednesday are short on quality, and by all accounts that was illustrated in abundance against Blackpool. I do foresee some fresh legs being brought into Hillsborough in January.
Mind you, we shouldn't forget the vast parachute payments (haven't they been increased again?) which Blackpool will have been enjoying. It certainly helps in financing a squad of high quality players, and Wednesday's motley collection were apparently shown up by them.
I'm certain Mandaric is taking Wednesday in the right direction. If there is a need to change course in January I'm confidant he'll do that and get the Owls on the route to Championship safety.
Bloody hell Joe, where did you get that picture of the girl sat on the wall? That's taken from Woodfield Road just five minutes walk from where I live.
Looking towards Wednesday territory of course: S6 from Stannington down the hill to Malin Bridge and Hillsborough off to the right.
As for the second picture, that's where I cross the tram tracks when I walk into town. Reach the other side of the road and you're face-to-face with the sign for Henderson's Relish (which you can purchase in a variety of bottles: ordinary, Wednesday blue, United red or Jessica gold).
Sprinkle that on your pies, Chelston! You'll not ask for Lea and Perrins again.
That's interesting, Barton. Is there any particular reason? Does Tony Currie have anything to do with your preference for United, or is it just sympathy for one of football's most consistently under-achieving clubs?
I hesitate to say it but might a lifetime of following Torquay United FC have caused an instinctive sympathy for the less glamorous neighbour?
Maybe it was Tony Currie and Alan Woodward, Wildebeeste. Even Lennie Badger who I'm surprised isn't our mate Clive's favourite player (just think if he'd played for the Toon).
Possibly because the Lane was within walking distance of our student gaff in S11.
Simple glory-seeking because United were the stronger in the mid 1970s?
Or maybe it's the "United" bit.*
And perhaps I liked Wednesday less after a Friday night trip to see them at York. A vandalised (lovely old term) train that didn't get back to Sheffield until 2am. What an odd memory to have; I was glad I was in a sensible compartment on that ancient corridor train.
* a digression but I rarely think of Torquay United as the "Gulls" or "Yellows". Torquay; Torquay United; United; TUFC are my preferences. I wonder about other people? Funny how most people in Torquay aren't great fans of seagulls (and I don't mean Brighton and Hove Albion. Now there's a football club name to savour, come to think of it. Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic of course too. Imagine Torquay and Paignton United?). Another thread maybe.