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Saturday, 19 May 2018

48 Thrills?


Today is my 48th birthday. I suppose I have to face facts that I am now late 40s rather than mid-40s and that 50 is bearing down on me. Age may well be nothing but a number but also you have to come to realise that you are not a young person anymore, you are in fact middle aged and increasingly so as each year passes by. There aren't many songs with 48 in the title- but there is this one which promises me 48 thrills this weekend. Maybe.

48 Hours

Due to a pile up of other events and commitments this weekend my initial plans have not come to fruition. Andrew Weatherall and A Certain Ratio shared a gig at the Hebden Bridge Trade's Club last night (which I wanted to go to but couldn't). Steve Cobby and Darren Emerson were DJing at Band On The Wall last night too (which I wanted to attend as a back up to the ACR/Weatherall gig but couldn't) and tonight Weatherall is doing a Wrong Meeting event at the Golden Lion in Todmorden but I can't attend that either. So without any of those plans coming off I shall have to take it a bit easier and be a bit more local, a bit more sedate and a bit more middle aged about my birthday.

Kiyadub 45

I don't remember being consulted about the aristocracy holding their wedding on my birthday either. A member of the British royal family is marrying an American. I will not be watching it. I believe the royal family should be abolished and that having a monarchy is not just undemocratic but anti-democratic, that we can never really even pretend to have a goal of a fair and just society while we have a monarchy. I am quite cheered by opinion polls that suggest a majority of people are at best 'politely disinterested' but also, y'know, stuff your street parties and the idiots with union flags camping out on the streets of Windsor, cheering on an institution that does not care about them a single jot. Rant over, as Drew says.

Elizabeth My Dear

Actually, rant not over. The FA Cup Final is on today as well, kicking off at 5.30 between my club, Manchester United, and Chelsea. My opinion, seeing as I'm giving them out today, is that Jose Mourinho is a bad thing, an outdated, negative, narcissist who wants the praise for himself when they win and blames the players when they lose, a man who thinks spending massive sums of  money is a substitute for coaching. I didn't want him to get the job 2 years ago but we're stuck with him for the moment and obviously I'll still be wanting United to win.

18 comments:

Gram Lynch said...

A Happy 48th Birthday to you - and a plague on the head of Mourinho!

Martin said...

Many happy returns!

Walter said...

Happy birthday Adam. Enjoy your day and may your team win.

Anonymous said...

Long Live the Republic!
Lem (SRC)

Jake Sniper said...

Do these people not know it's your birthday. 48 I'll be joining you at that number later this year. Happy Birthday.

drew said...

Good rants

Happy birthday and I hope your team wins but do you really want him to, if he looses will his jackit not be on a shoogly nail as they say up here?

Been a wee bit pissed off with our NATIONAL broadcaster over the past week, on tv, radio and online, they would have you believe that there is only one cup final occuring in these islands this Saturday. There is the small and apparently insignificant matter of the Scottish Cup final this afternoon. Whatever you may think of football north of the border and I know it is held in very low regard down south, Celtic could complete an historic double treble which has never been done before. But of course that doesn't matter as our football is so inferior to that of the EPL. Points difference 1 -4 EPL 25 pts, SPL 15.

Rant over

Karen Clarke said...

100% spot on x

charity chic said...

Happy birthday Adam 48 Crash May be a better choice!
Celtic v Motherwell up here.
I’ve put a fiver on Well at 12 to 1. Ever the optimist

C said...

Have a great birthday, SA.

Anonymous said...

Happy Weather Swiss

Gram Lynch said...

As a Celtic fan, I'd like to say I'm very happy. And look out for Callum McGregor's stunner of an opening goal. Worthy of winning any final anywhere!

The Swede said...

Happy birthday SA!

Dirk said...

Very happy birthday, mate - sorry your team didn't make it! The rant was brilliant, I enjoyed it very much. Something I didn't enjoy today: Mrs Loser watched all of the bloody marriage on the telly, and whenever I needed a pause from shoveling in the garden at 45 degrees in the sun, I had to endure it as well. Christ, what a boring thing it was, to be sure. If memory serves correctly, my own marriage was much shorter, thank God! Also the cheering crowd was a little bit smaller ...

Swiss Adam said...

You just made me laugh Dirk so thank you for that.

Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone. And a standard setting rant from Drew.

Echorich said...

Happy Birthday SA!
Here's my suggestion for 48 -- 48% by The Orielles - a great track from one of my favorite albums of 2018!

Luca said...

A late buon compleanno from me too.

londonlee said...

Belated happy birthday mate!

Agree about Jose but at least he won things with my lot ��

Brian said...

Welcome to 48. Happy to have you.