Lucky Latham of Leeds

Over the last few football seasons I’ve aimed for a five-games-minimum to watch Leeds United. This season’s minimum is over by Christmas (and mid-winter) and it has been a pleasure, with a four wins, one draw and no defeats record.

Football Political Clarity

I’ve been limiting my football blogging as I don’t want to be stereotyped as a football blogger. There are enough out there anyway, and a lot more devoted and knowledgeable on Leeds United than me.

My political-social satirical blogging, as seen in my books, are in line with the freedom of speech style of Charlie Hebdo and the European secular socialist tradition, but I know the middle-class multicultural metrosexuals try to lump any working-class critics of Islam and immigration in together as ‘far-right’.

I have travelled further right across the political spectrum, after the liberal elite ignored the grooming and rape epidemic for twenty years, but still consider myself a greenYgrey moderate in the middle.

I used to be on the far-left, and have seen that Jeremy Corbyn still goes to watch his favourite team, and that’s how I consider myself now – a normal middle-aged traditional working-class fan.

Jinxmongers Ignore Facts

The same as some on the left consider anything ‘working-class’ and football right-wing, some Leeds people who mostly seem on the right-wing, have called me a jinx, after Leeds have struggled over the last fifteen years. Some of them aren’t even Leeds fans, or they claim to be Leeds fans but never go to the games.

Like most witch-hunting, by the left or right, it ignores the facts, and blurs the real human responsibility of those at the top – in charge and making the decisions. The same people who ignore environmentalism now will probably be the same ones blaming the illnesses and diseases that pollution cause on human scapegoats like me!

I arrived in Leeds in 1995, and there were a few great seasons after that, including reaching the Champions League semi-final. The chairman at the time, Peter Ridsdale, gambled on reaching the Champions League regularly, spent heavily, and bankrupted the club. All the problems in the club have developed from that.

Hopefully, Leeds United now have a manager in Garry Monk, some quality spirited players, and the backing of support staff and supporters to claw their way back up to the upper end of the Championship and into the Premier League.

New Season Enthusiasm

Although I thought Steve Evans did a great job last year, and I was sorry to see him leave, I was enthused by the appointment of Garry Monk, who seemed a good young manager with Premier League experience.

My first game of the season was a pre-season friendly against Atalanta. A cheap game against Serie A opposition was the next big attraction to seeing how the new Leeds United team was developing. I didn’t really expect a win, and was delighted when Leeds won 2-1.

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Jinxbusters Make Own Luck

For my second game, and first competitive one I had a choice between Huddersfield on the Saturday or Blackburn in midweek. Huddersfield were at the top then, and Blackburn at the bottom, plus it was cheaper for the midweek game, so I chose the latter.

My logic proved right, as Leeds lost 0-1 to Huddersfield, and on a stormy thunder and lightning night beat Blackburn 2-1 with a late winner. It was Leeds’s first home win since the Atalanta game, after losing to Birmingham and drawing with Fulham before the Huddersfield defeat, making me feel extra lucky!

I could have sown up a winning season the next game v Wigan, who were also down by the bottom, and Leeds had won their three home games since the Blackburn win. However, a late equaliser by Wigan robbed me of a hat-trick, and meant I could still have a losing season on goals difference. Still 2-0 to me with 2 to go!

Leeds beat Norwich on penalties in a thrilling League Cup tie the next home game, and I wondered if I’d missed my chance. My nerves increased in the first half of the next game I went to, with Burton putting the pressure on Leeds. However, a couple of second-half goals gave Leeds victory, and clinched a winning season for me.

Season of Change

With a winning season under my belt I went to last night’s game v Reading relaxed. However, now Leeds United were unexpectedly in the promotion play-offs positions, along with Reading, so the game really seemed to have some value for the team.

The first game v Blackburn had some value at the other end, with Leeds just above the relegation zone, but they had risen to mid-table by my next two games, where they have languished the last few seasons.

For myself, I now aimed for an unbeaten season, with my record at 3-1-0. It was another game like Blackburn and Burton really, with nothing much in it, but Leeds just having the advantage with enough extra quality on the field and a loud home support to get over the line, with a late goal clinching a 2-0 win.

So, my five game season has ended 4-1-0, and I now only rue the late Wigan equaliser for spoiling a totally winning season. However, the team is more important than me, and I just hope they can go on and clinch promotion.

I may even go to some more games, with at least three to spare before my winning season is threatened!

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2016’s Biggest Election Win?: Zabivaka Wolf Outruns Cat and Tiger to World Cup 2018 Victory and Parody Comedy

While the human world focuses on the anarchic American election and bewildering Brexit bandwagon, I’m happy to report in a parody comedy kind of way that the Russia World Cup 2018 mascot election was a fair, quick and friendly contest. Moreover, Zabivaka the wolf won a clear victory over cat and tiger, winning 53% of the vote.

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Wolf Celebrates with Human

Zabivaka was humble after winning more votes than the fantastic felines.
It said its first concern was for the welfare of the feline duo,
and that it was happy to report that they were feeling fine.

Here’s Zabivaka celebrating afterwards by popping into the POP (PinkyOrangePurple) world:

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Paralympics Rio 2016 Olympics Memory

I’d like to claim all the credit for Team GB’s performance in Rio 2016, but that wouldn’t be greenYgrey of me (a little self-parody humour there). While I wrote the Olympics was humanity at its best at the time, it is only humanity at its physical best of course. It is at its moral best when doing good, such as charity work.

Paralympians and other handicapped athletes are overall more impressive mentally than fully physically fit athletes, as they have overcome adversity to achieve their sporting goals. I write overall, because it’s not necessarily always the case.

My Olympics Legacy

The best Olympics of my childhood and youth; the one I remember with particular nostalgia; is the Montreal Olympics of 1976. I don’t think it is remembered as a special Olympics in history, it was just when I was old enough to really understand it, and create memories that stuck in the mind.

In fact, it wasn’t particularly the Olympics events themselves, more that it inspired copying, in what just happened to be the best summer in Blighty of my childhood, and one of the best ever.

While Jane Tomlinson and Paula Radcliffe were my running inspirations to return to endurance running, I also had an Olympics inspiration that helped me create my five marathons; one every three years until I’m 50; ambition.

That was Steve Redgrave, who won five rowing golds over five Olympics between 1984 to 2000. Redgrave was an expert at Rio 2016, after a cameo appearance in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

I started running long distances again in 2003, and achieved my marathons ambition from 2004 to 2016. I know my ambition doesn’t compare to Redgrave’s achievements, but I completed it, and that’s all I could do.

Team GB has gone from strength to strength during my ambition, after Redgrave was almost single-handedly winning golds during his rowing career. I doubt if I played much part in it, but would like to think I played a little, as all the sportspeople over the last twenty years have done.

Rio 2016 Great for Team GB

Team GB won more medals for the fifth Olympics running, and were the first to win more medals in the Olympics after they hosted it. I didn’t expect it to be so good, and neither did most of the experts, as they admitted.

I don’t want to pick out anybody in particular, and think they have all been great. Commiserations to those who just missed out on gold or a medal too.

Instead, with a little parody humour, I’d like to pick out the running shoes worn by Mo Farah in his double-double winning 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres, as they seemed to encapture exquisitively the gYg POP colours. Here’s a photo of similar shoes:

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Post National Lottery Advert Addition

I’d written the above before seeing the National Lottery Rio 2016 advert with what looks like a south-coast mosque dominating the skyline. Are the people welcoming Team GB back, or is it a prophecy of Britain in 20 or 50 years, with everybody trying to escape, as they are from the Middle-East and North Africa now?

I’ve supported all of Team GB, whatever their colour or faith. Mo Farah’s only mistake for me was naming one of his daughters after Mohammed’s child bride; a tradition now being copied by the likes of I.S. and Boko Harum.

If he meant it as a tribute to a girl’s strength and resilience to survive such an ordeal then I support it, but as he’s still a practising Muslim I doubt if it is critical of Mohammed, and supportive of a child victim. I’m sure it is an innocent ‘mistake’ anyway, chosen as it is still culturally acceptable.

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Accepting Mourinho’s Submission

This blog is to show how Double Negativity works, as used by less accomplished media people against me; as I am somewhere between them and Mourinho. I have nothing against Mourinho as a person, have liked some parts of his personality, and respect his achievements.

This blog post, like the previous ones, uses a mixture of fact and speculation to create a parody blog post. I wish Mourinho success and happiness in his life, but not footballing success as manager of the Red Devils (little friendly poke at the ‘nice club’ at the end there – if there is a god, heaven and hell, then they seem to be receiving help from the root of all evil side).

A Mata of Thanks: Double Negativity

After I first wrote about Mourinho, and mentioned his embarrassment of Mata during the Community Shield match at Wembley, Mourinho played Mata against Bournemouth in the first game of the season.

I then wrote that I didn’t think he’d play him in the next match, but Mourinho did play Mata against Southampton too. They won both matches.

Mourinho seems to be bouncing back well, and proving me wrong, not that I know he knows about me; or think that he does much, although there is that possibility.

However, by the laws of Double Negativity, I can still claim victory, by arguing that Mourinho is still following my lead, from the first blog before the start of the season.

I could also make Mata out to be in the wrong, for not thanking me for my help.

This is an Example of My Experiences

Despite thinking up lots of great new concepts over the last fifteen years, writing seven books and thousands of blogs, I still find myself fighting off those who claim credit for my mind.

Some people have influenced me, but nobody has to a great deal. Even my mentorship in my PhD was standoffish at best, and non-existent at worst. I’m glad in a way, because it inspired me to be more independent, which is what it is supposed to do after the first year.

In university I had friends who thought they influenced me when I’d been living that life since around 1980, and on all the populated continents by the time I met them: fifteen years of life experience and knowledge, living as independently as possible in the ‘counter-culture’.

This was followed by people in work, who followed them like sheep, believing those from higher classes or positions in society; not even believing someone like me could be a doctor of philosophy.

That’s Britain in the 21st century, and that’s why it seems to be heading in the direction it is.

What’s that got to do with Mourinho you might be asking, if you remember the start of the blog. Well, if I really considered myself having control of Mourinho’s mind, strategy and tactics I think I’d be as bad as those with much less life experience, knowledge and qualifications claiming credit for my writing!

They can try and claim credit just by spending time with you, even if you try not to have any conversation. That’s why I try and avoid contact with them at all. I can do it with ‘friends’, but not in work when I’m put in to work with them, although I’ve made it clear I don’t want to work with them.

Those are the lengths I’ve gone to for MY writing, and secondly for anybody who identifies with it, hopefully helping those who might share some of my demographic, interests and objectives.

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Rio 2016 greenYgrey Legacy Games, Part 1: Brazil

While the London Olympics 2012 has already been named the greenYgrey games, and Rio 2014 the greenYgrey world cup, Brazil winning the Olympics men’s football in such dramatic style, and Team GB winning a record-breaking amount of medals, has forced me to put in some overtime, to declare the Rio 2016 Olympics the greenYgrey legacy games.

That’s mostly because of Team GB, but Brazil has always been a bit special, due to their footballing passion and then providing three amazing sights on my journey through the country, only from Paraguay to Rio: the Pantanal, Iguazu Falls and Rio itself. So this first part of my greenYgrey legacy games focuses on Brazil.

Brazil Win Record Medals

The Brazil men’s football team won Olympic gold in dramatic fashion, with star player Neymar scoring the winning penalty in a 5-4 win; exactly the same as Leeds beat Fleetwood a couple of weeks ago, and mentioned on this blog, although the order was different, with Leeds taking their penalties first, and Brazil taking theirs second.

I think this was coincidence rather than the Leeds win influencing the Brazil one.

As that blog post combined green pools with Green the goalie, there was another classic combining of green during the Olympics football final. Brazil wore their classic yellow and green shirts, while Germany had a subtle dark green and grey shirt, with a yellowish badge.

So with more than a hint of parody, it wasn’t surprising that the two teams were locked at 1-1 when extra-time ended. However, then the goalies took centre-stage, and while Brazil’s wore all green, the German goalie wore red. So it was no surprise to me that the Brazilian goalie saved the fifth German penalty, and Neymar won the game with Brazil’s fifth successful penalty out of five.

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Individual Golds for Silvas

Germany’s Rohler won the men’s javelin the same night, which was worth the same as the Brazil football win on the medals table, and probably meant as much to most of the German public… to everybody not involved somehow with the football team anyway.

It seems unbalanced that an individual winning with nine throws over three days can count as much as a team playing six games over two weeks, but there is much in the Olympics that doesn’t balance: such as both boxing semi-finalists getting bronze, while losing taekwondo semi-finalists have to fight again for a bronze.

Anyway, I have digressed. Getting back to Brazil, there was a magical individual gold before the men’s football team won theirs, as Thiago Braz da Silva beat his personal best by over 10cm to win gold. If he’d allowed wordplay to get in his way, he would surely have accepted silver.

Moreover, Rafaela Silva made it a double Silva gold for Brazil in the women’s judo 57kg. In fact, Rafaela won her gold a week before Thiago, but I only saw it afterwards.

Of course, the Silvas did not face the same wordplay difficulty as an English language born Silva for at least two reasons. The English language Silva would probably be called Silver, the exact same as the colour Silver; while silver in Portuguese, the language of Brazil, is prata.

So the Silvas in fact probably felt no silver destiny at all, unless they were reminded of it a lot by English language speaking people.

In contrast, the greenYgrey started off with silver, before achieving gold…

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Melissa Bishop – Gold Medallist

Team GB has just landed from their record-breaking medal haul in the Rio Olympics 2016, so I thought I’d ignore them today, and use this blog to award Canadian middle-distance runner Melissa Bishop the AAW-WOW gold medal.

Don’t Bash the Bishop

I don’t know anything about Melissa Bishop apart from that she is a runner, and was beaten to bronze on the home straight in the Rio Olympics 800 metres. The race was won by controversial runner Caster Semenya, whose levels of testosterone are unusual for a woman.

I don’t want to be involved in that controversy, and don’t think it’s Semenya’s fault at all; and that Semenya must be applauded too for her athleticism and mental strength to put up with all the debate.

However, Bishop does look like a poster-girl for AAW-WOW, and took being 4th angelically as far as I know.

No Sex or Race

Awarding the AAW-WOW gold to Bishop does provide space too; to make it seem less likely that I’m doing this for personal reasons, such as the hope that Bishop will reward me. I haven’t looked up anything about Bishop, such as her sexuality or marital status.

There were many beautiful women from all over the world in the Olympics, in line with the original premise of the Adult Angelic Waifs – Women of World. Bishop’s beauty was increased by her tragedy, also bringing a paradigm shift in interpretations of AAW-WOW… which is also in line with greenYgrey thinking.

AAW-WOW was originally meant to describe a high-pitched excited exclamation, but Bishop has shown that it can also be used as a low-pitched feeling sorry for women abbreviation too. So Bishop is not only a gold medallist, but also a paradigm shifter.

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Rio 2016 Analysis: Daphne Schippers Sheepers

When I saw Daphne Schippers dive over the line in the Rio 2016 women’s 200 metres I thought she had been inspired by Shaunae Miller (below). The second runner I’ve seen diving over the line since the 400 metres final. The photo below is of Miller winning the 400 metres, so is a positive one.

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I thought that because unlike Miller, who won the 400 metres with her dive, there was nobody really close to Schippers in the 200 metres (below), won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who also won the 100 metres.

The only other reason I can think of for Schippers’s dive, other than emulating Miller, was that she thought somebody might be catching her from behind, and out of view.

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Schippers White and the Seven Doubts
(wordplay with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves; later thinking I should make clear that it was wordplay created before realising there were seven other runners in the final. I’m not being derogatory to dwarves, or runners, just trying to show how sensitive writing has to be to be politically correct, as Ricky Gervais has done before, with this passage complementing the points below, which were written before this!).

Secondly, I thought I’d be okay blogging this, because of Schippers’s ethnicity.

Thirdly, I thought she’s a woman, so it might not be okay with women who don’t accept my feminism with a small f.

Fourthly, I thought she’s Dutch, so I might anger Dutch people, most of whom are probably already pretty upset today, after their heroine lost the race.

Fifthly, I thought people who only filter everything through sex and race, would think that if I’m not doing it for white over black race, with Schippers having lost the race making it unlikely, I must be doing it for something to do with sexuality.

Sixthly, I thought those obsessed with sexual interpretations for everything could either think I’m writing it because I’m attracted to her; or because she hasn’t asked me out.

Seventhly, I thought I might upset other white people, who might think I’ve succumbed to Multicultural Fascism in the U.K., and only feel comfortable criticising white British/European origins people: becoming sheepish myself.

Saved by Wordplay

The fact that I picked out Schippers’s dive and not the previous one would seem to support the last point, but I would argue that Schippers’s dive was a more obvious example of copying, as there was nobody close to her at the finishing line.

Moreover, Schippers’s name sounds like sheep(ers), which fits into what I am writing about.

I don’t think Schippers is any more sheepish than normal, and I have often copied other sports people when taking part in sports. I think it is normal for humans and other animals to copy each other – and is one of the signs of intelligence for animals – teaching is basically getting others to copy the teacher.

Sport not Sexuality

I don’t find Schippers that attractive at the moment either, as she’s too muscular. Some toning is quite nice, but I don’t like big muscles on women – just my tastes and choice, not telling anybody how to look. Schippers looks like she could be very attractive without the muscles, which she obviously needs for her running.

For some women, such as vegan Serena Williams, muscles are important to their performance, and they put their sport before their looks; although they might prefer their looks the way they are?

I don’t find sporting looks attractive overall, as those who are obsessed by sexual explanations for everything (Freudians?) might guess. I think Paula Radcliffe looks much nicer now in the studio, wearing casual evening clothes, than she did when running.

Paula Radcliffe and Jane Tomlinson being my biggest inspirations for my endurance running was all down to them being the most inspirational long distance runners at the time, and had nothing to do with their looks or sexuality.

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