Monday, 22nd January.
The last days of chez Ian
Plans for the new site are coming along nicely, so let's take
this opportunity to look back at the highlights of planetian.com.
I'm struggling here people, help me out...
Well while we're trying to think of something, let me mention
that on Sunday I'm heading back to Australia for a few weeks.
I'll be able to see My Beloved in action against the Team Formerly
Known As Footscray. They're playing at "Colonial Stadium"...harumph!
Selling naming rights for a footy ground, how crass. It will be my first
chance to see the deteriorating turf down docklands way. Am I
allowed to take my own lunch? It broke my heart to hear that the
AFL was in financial trouble because of hordes of thermos-toting
grannies depriving the caterers and the league of precious
revenue. Heaven help us if the game becomes about the clubs and
about the supporters, heaven help us if the corporate fans in their
airconditioned boxes have to munch on meat pies instead of quiche,
heaven help us if the regular week-in week-out fan is able to see
his or her team compete in a Grand Final, heaven help us if an
entire family can afford to go to the football together...sorry,
sorry, got carried away. Maybe things have changed while I've
(Magic moment from the other day... playing soccer in Regent's Park with
the lads, wore my long-sleeved Carlton jumper - long sleeves for
skinny lads! - and a pair of Australians stopping and pointing:
"Surely that isn't a Carlton jumper?" "Looks like it is - bloody
Carlton supporters are everywhere!")