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Zen and the art of supporting Newcastle United.

Posted on June 23rd, 2009 | 107 Comments |

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I was quite upset a few weeks ago when David Carradine died. I was an avid fan of the ‘Kung Fu’ TV series in the 70’s, so it was a shock to read that Kwai Chang Caine is no more. I particularly liked the way he used to preach pacifism, tranquility and peace but always ended up kicking ten bells out of someone before the end of the programme.

Kwai Chang Caine was a Shaolin Monk of the Zen Buddhist persuasion and such people believe that all suffering in life is caused by craving and expectations. If you don’t crave anything you won’t suffer when you don’t get it, if you see what I mean.

Bear with me, I’m getting on-topic now.

It is fair to say that Newcastle United supporters could teach Zen Monks a thing or two about suffering. Since the era of Sir Bobby Robson – and possibly even before that – things have been steadily getting worse for our club, mainly, I’d venture to suggest, because it has been run by clowns. First it was Freddie Shepherd rigging up the bucket of water to fall on our heads and then it was Mike Ashley ensuring we were never short of a custard pie in the face. Oh how we laughed, and so on and so forth.

But you know all that. What I’m wondering is what constitutes a realistic set of expectations from here on?

We presume that potential buyers have accessed the legendary ‘data room’ and are at least considering making an offer, but how long will it take before a firm offer is made, due diligence is performed, the offer is accepted by our current head clown and the club is formally transferred to someone else?

And after that, what can we then expect for the coming season on the pitch?

To continue with my Zen Buddhist analogy, we need to set our expectations in such a way as to avoid undue suffering. I think this is important because I reckon we fans have been guilty of having slightly too lofty expectations in the past, often in terms of wanting too much success too soon. Of course, fans are individuals and I don’t want to sound like the press by casting us all in the same light but, at the risk of being shouted at, I would say that patience isn’t the typical Newcastle Fan’s best quality.

My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that something positive will happen on the new owner front in the next two weeks. I think a prospective owner will declare enough of an interest to move things forward at least a bit. Said owner will be as aware as we are that the new season is approaching rapidly and it is in the best interests of everyone if we’re as prepared as possible. Contracts may not be formally exchanged in that time and the final deal may be subject to further investigations or specific clauses, but I think something will happen to move us forward.

Once that happens, I think Shearer will be appointed as manager. It’s still possible that the new owner may not want Shearer as manager but my gut instinct tells me that he’ll get the job.

Once this happens we really do have to start looking at what can be realistically achieved in the next few years. The only advantage we have over other Championship clubs at the moment is a bigger ground. Most other clubs are ahead of us in the pre-season planning and – with the exception of ‘Boro and WBA – tuned into Championship football (and WBA have only been away from it for a season). They will know how to handle the pace, aggression and fixture schedule of the Championship; many of them will have settled teams and long-term managers.

We have precious few weeks to sort out a new owner, new manager and new squad. We simply cannot expect too much. I believe a mid-table finish will be a good result for next season. I reserve the right to change my mind though because if tomorrow brings an announcement that we’ve been taken over by Mr Arab Moneybags who’ll give us £100m for players and appoint Fabio Capello, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancetti as the management team, then I think we might do somewhat better. Pigs are however not know for their aerodynamics, so I’m just basing my opinions on things as they stand and how I think they might realistically go from here.

As to Shearer, we have to bear in mind that he’s more a ‘Grasshopper’ than a Master Po in terms of football management. He may not yet be able to snatch the pebble from the master’s hand. Many managers have made a success of things at their first attempt but I can’t deny that, all other things being equal, experience gives a manager an advantage and Shearer doesn’t have that. I am however happier with the idea of Shearer taking over given our lower division situation than I would be if we’d avoided relegation. I certainly think we need to give Shearer – or whoever is appointed manager – sufficient time to do the job. Most managers need a full season just to settle in and I don’t believe we can even start to judge them until the end of their second full season in charge.

So I’m setting my expectations thus: next season we aim to simply survive in the Championship; the season after that we push for promotion; the season after that we get promoted if we haven’t already done so. I’m talking 2-3 seasons in the Championship.

I expect many fans will find that hard to stomach and have ideas about us going straight back up. I hope they’re right but I’m staying in Zen mode from now on, setting my hopes appropriately and hopefully cutting down on the suffering I continually experience on behalf of our club. I’m just going to enjoy things on a match-by-match basis.

There is no reason why we shouldn’t one day be a successful Premiership team again but I think we need to keep our expectations in check for a while and let the club’s rebuilding process take its course.

Now, what is the sound of one hand clapping?

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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107 Responses

  1. I’m going to put my feet up and get some appropriate snacks/drinks and read this properly when I get home because it looks like a cracking read. Welcome to the team good sir.

  2. Feel like I need to say that I think worky should get most of the credit as he’s doing all the hard work. Site design and implementation, hand-holding for WordPress novices(mainly me and Deb), article writing, admin and editing and well everything really. Haven’t gone out of my way to say officially that it’s all fairly impressive in my opinion.

    No disrespect to Stardust but I think other than suggestions on the ethos of the site, some ideas and some stellar writing, worky has pretty much done it all himself?

    I’m sure Stardust agrees worky deserves the plaudits, unless I’ve misunderstood the effort that has gone in?

  3. Hugh

    Great article. Now you’ve broken your duck, we look forward to many more! No pressure there then

  4. BBM

    Agree. Worky’s done a fab job. I’m sure we will see more people visit from next week when Ed goes on his 5 week vacation to Europe.

  5. Great article. I see a lot of familiar people here commenting and writing intelligent articles. Eds blog is driving me crazy with ad ware and redirecting me to BS. So the theory is dont expect to much and you wont be dissapointed. Sounds impossible for me :)

  6. Thanks for the feedback people. I’m not used to writing this sort of article, being more used to writing technical articles and documentation, which is a different kettle of fish.

    I’m my own worst critic and I think my article is too long and rambles too much but I’ll look to improve next time and hopefully get into the swing of these sorts of articles.

    Incidentally, I see that Hull are now said to be ‘serious’ about their interest in Owen. According to press they’ll offer a ridiculously low wage with income made up with match and goal bonuses.

    I can’t see him going to Hull though.

  7. Norn Iron Mag

    ‘How do I get a picture beside my name?’

    If you click on ‘site admin’ at the top or bottom of the page and then click on profile, about two thirds down the page it gives you the option to upload a photo and hey presto!

  8. Norn Iron Mag says:
    June 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm (Edit)

    Great article. I see a lot of familiar people here commenting and writing intelligent articles. Eds blog is driving me crazy with ad ware and redirecting me to BS.

    ====

    Yeah, I think Ed made a big mistake there. I do a fair bit of internet marketing and one of the key principles is to understand who the visitor is and pitch what they’re likely to buy. And do it unobtrusively – nothing bugs a visitor more than a full page advert interrupting their reading.

  9. I was wondering, Shearer is a very clever guy. If he thought he had no chance of getting the managers job or te club being sold, would he have already taken the MOTD job?

    I mean what is he gaining from by being left hanging by the club? I think he has more pride than that and if he thought he would be told to bugger off he would just do one.

    This would fit into the rumours that Shearer is well aware of what is happening and knows everything is going to plan.

    Just a positive thought…. (Well more positive than recent thoughts)

  10. workyticket says:
    June 23, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    Any good ideas for a poll?

    Any as long as it’s not Graham!

  11. worky – How about Eddie Niedzwiecki? None of us could pronounce his name.
    I know he’s Welsh not Polish before anyone mentions it.

    How about we stay with the theme of Hugh’s article and ask everyone what their reasonable expectations are for next season?

    – Win the league
    – Promotion
    – Consolidation
    – Relegation

    Of course it’s difficult to decide when everything is up in the air but that’s par for the course. Anything and everything could happen between now and the start of the season.

    Or maybe we just ask everyone what they’d be happy with seeing as there are probably too many variables.

  12. skysports reported today shane ferguson signed a new 3 year deal today. like friendlies being organised this makes me wonder who is making these desicions.

  13. Workyticket

    Any good ideas for a poll?

    What the boring sounding East stand should be renamed?

  14. I want us to be bought by a billionaire who is going to bankroll us up to the PL and then CL!

    Dream……

    If we get bought by a billionaire it would probably be David Koch!

    I mean that would sum us up. Bought by a Koch!

  15. geordie deb says:
    June 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Workyticket

    Any good ideas for a poll?

    What the boring sounding East stand should be renamed?

    FFS Stand!

    I would call it Sir Bobby Robson stand

  16. BBM

    Good idea for the poll with those categories. What about adding in playoffs as another category

  17. Good idea for a poll

    Who Is Your Favourite Muppet Character?

    Miss Piggy(Sorry debs)
    Kermit
    Gonzo
    Animal
    Or the legend that is Mike Ashley

    My favourite is gonzo by the way ;)

  18. bowburnmag says:
    June 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm
    Stu – weren’t we bought by a Koch two years ago?

    A BIG ONE!

  19. Sorry, reflex action there. And dragging the comments back out of the gutter…..

    The Sir Bobby stand would be canny.

    On a lighter note, we could call it the Kenny Everett stand. After the bloke who sat on The Corner end of it. He was an absolute legend. Who incidentally inspired my photo. “We’ve got Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, Kenny Everett on the wing…..”

  20. I noticed Ashleys final parting shot (hopefully) is arranging a friendly game on the very day Sir Bobby Robson is having his game against Germany.

    Yet another complete and utter PR balls up!

    How did he make so much bloody money?

  21. Stuart

    ‘I can’t find the site admin, otherwise I would.’

    It’s at the very top and bottom of the page on the right hand side

  22. Stu – I just became of that aware of that as well from Ed’s blog.

    They’re not for real like.

  23. Stuart 79
    ‘I noticed Ashleys final parting shot (hopefully) is arranging a friendly game on the very day Sir Bobby Robson is having his game against Germany.

    Yet another complete and utter PR balls up!

    How did he make so much bloody money?’

    Unbelievable. If someone had made all this stuff up you would say it was too far fetched! Must be the tealady or the office junior arranging all this stuff – no wait they would probably do it properly.

  24. worky – some more great additions that I’ve just noticed. The fixtures links.
    Coming along really nicely pal.

  25. It won’t be the office junior or tea lady as they’ve all been made redundant!

    I mean can you believe it?

    This confirms it for me – He’s a Mackem!

  26. Reet I’m gan to watch The Wire and try not think too much about the town’s plight…..

  27. Crikey Worky another new addition. It’s looking good. I also sent a couple of suggestions through today

  28. Toon_Factor, I am on Ed’s blog also sometimes but I definitely don’t put stupid links at the end of anything. There must be another Hugh (not that I’ve noticed though).

  29. Aye it’s Hugh Jorgan (it’s a play on words like Warwick Hunt or the traditional I.P.Freely).

    de Payen offers infinitely more to .org than a link to a daft game.

  30. Good spot Hugh.

    I think Shearer was always likely to fast become the most viable option, owing to the complexities of getting someone else in who is up to the job.

    There’s an obvious lack of experience there but I think everything else about him screams potential.
    The tactical nous and the ability to make the right decisions in a timely fashion at critical points comes with time. And he’ll have more time than most rookies.

    It would be nigh on impossible for a new boss to come in and get used to the club, the players, without us being in all probability left behind this season.

    Shearer also represents the most concrete security that our big players will stay. If they don’t, then we could be right up the creek.

  31. Yeah BBM, I agree.

    I think Shearer is the right man for the job at the moment, even for reasons beyond his management potential. I think he can give the club a boost that will go some way towards compensating for being in the fizzy pop and I think he’ll help keep the crowds up.

    If we had remained in the Premiership I would have been less sure about appointing Shearer.

  32. Have you guys seen the play advertised that is about to start a run at the Live Theatre down on the Quayside from this week all about the trials and tribulations of following Newcastle. Written by Michael and Tom Chaplin w well known writer for television and radio it sounds like an interesting evening.

    You Really Couldn’t Make It Up runs at the Live Theatre on Newcastle’s quayside from Thursday June 25 to Friday July 10. For more information and bookings click here: http://www.live.org.uk/index.php

  33. From Mr Benitez regarding Glen Johnson

    “We were looking for a player of quality and also somebody who is British because of the new Champions League rules”

    What is the new rules?

  34. Hugh

    ‘Just spotted this in The Times about Shearer’s prospects of managing the club under new owners:’

    Well if what they are reporting is correct it’s good news and the sooner it’s official the better.

  35. Early morning news:

    The Guardian is running an article similar to the one in The Times about Shearer being the favoured manager by at least two of the groups trying to buy the club. It goes further and says Shearer has been in contact with Steven Taylor and Habib Beye to tell them to hang on for a while.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jun/23/alan-shearer-newcastle-due-diligence

    Sky Sports reports that Shane Ferguson has signed a 3 year deal to stay at Newcastle.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_5397526,00.html

    The Independent reports that Owen may be flying to Germany for a double hernia operation (which presumably Newcastle will pick up the bill for).

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/owen-faces-flying-visit-to-germany-for-surgery-403438.html

  36. Morning Hugh

    Thanks for the updates. Positive news regarding Alan Shearer, so hopefully the sale will be concluded by next Tuesday, fingers crossed!
    The last article regarding Owen is dated 2007 thankfully.
    Great to hear the early morning news though

  37. Morning Deb.

    Sorry about that 2007 article. It came up on today’s news list. My fault for not looking more closely.

  38. On the east stand. Personally I wouldn’t call it the Sir Bob Robson stand. I don’t think he’s done enough for us as a club to warrant a stand being named after him. He didn’t play for us and his management stint was largely uneventful. Robson is more associated with Ipswitch Town and England as a manager, rather than NUFC. I do have a lot of time for the man and he is a great ambassador for football, however there are probably more deserving names that can be put to a stand.
    How about the Mike Ashley stand with the Dennis Wise memorial toilet and the Derek Llambiarse burger bar?
    Seriously someone like Bobby Moncur would be more deserving seeing as he was the last NUFC captain to actually win a major trophy.

  39. Micky,

    That’s a fair enough comment about Bobby Moncur.

    I just think we should do something for SBR befoe he dies.

    Everyone knows he hasn’t got too much time left and normally all the dedications come after someone’s life.

    Wouldn’t it be nice for the club to do it before, so he knows what he means to not only NUFC but football in general.

    Anyway link for Shearer interview. Seems very relaxed.

    http://filesocial.com/pfcfb

  40. Stuart 79

    It would be good for something to be announced while Sir Bob is still around to hear it. Maybe the new owners will add it to their action list

  41. BBM- “No disrespect to Stardust but I think other than suggestions on the ethos of the site, some ideas and some stellar writing, worky has pretty much done it all himself?

    I’m sure Stardust agrees worky deserves the plaudits, unless I’ve misunderstood the effort that has gone in?”

    100% correct! All Worky’s Work – I take 0% credit other than maybe a tiny bit of inspiration to start it.

    I am not a web designer in any way – I am very commercial and will help when the time is right in producing the revenue to fully support the model.

  42. Am I the only one that the new yellow strip is growing on? I think with black shorts it would have been a great strip?

    Should I go to the docs quick sharp?

  43. Stardust

    Am I the only one that the new yellow strip is growing on? I think with black shorts it would have been a great strip?

    Should I go to the docs quick sharp?

    Yes and yes!! Have you stopped taking your medication?
    Each time I look at it I just see further humiliation..

  44. Stardust says:
    June 24, 2009 at 10:47 am (Edit)

    Am I the only one that the new yellow strip is growing on?
    =======

    Are you colour blind perchance? Either that or insanity would explain your new liking for the strip.

    I agree that black shorts would have looked better. Or yellow with some other colour rather than white. Or a less custardy shade of yellow.

    Or perhaps just set fire to it all.

  45. So, is this strip the away strip? I thought the purple one only came out last year? Some people are saying it’s our 3rd strip, replacing the light blue and white one.

  46. worky would it not be a good idea to sell items that supporters could use in stadiums such as air horns scarfs whistles flags

  47. BTG – there are much simpler ways of making the Blog cover its costs. Tie ups with Travel Companies, Hotels for away trips, special offers for weekends etc etc.

  48. I personally would like a link to Greggs so that exiled geordies every where could receive freshly made stotties with same day delivery …. I can but dream

  49. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “I personally would like a link to Greggs so that exiled geordies every where could receive freshly made stotties with same day delivery …. I can but dream”

    There’s a Greggs doon here where I am in London, Deb. But they divven’t have stotties! Just baguettes and that kind of thing.

  50. workyticket says:
    June 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “I personally would like a link to Greggs so that exiled geordies every where could receive freshly made stotties with same day delivery …. I can but dream”

    There’s a Greggs doon here where I am in London, Deb. But they divven’t have stotties! Just baguettes and that kind of thing.<<<<< try asda m8

  51. Micky Toon says:
    June 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

    “On the east stand. Personally I wouldn’t call it the Sir Bob Robson stand. I don’t think he’s done enough for us as a club to warrant a stand being named after him. He didn’t play for us and his management stint was largely uneventful. Robson is more associated with Ipswitch Town and England as a manager, rather than NUFC. I do have a lot of time for the man and he is a great ambassador for football, however there are probably more deserving names that can be put to a stand.
    How about the Mike Ashley stand with the Dennis Wise memorial toilet and the Derek Llambiarse burger bar?
    Seriously someone like Bobby Moncur would be more deserving seeing as he was the last NUFC captain to actually win a major trophy.”

    Joe Harvey for me Micky, definitely, and let one of the two Bobbies have his “hospitality suite”. Over twenty years of service to the club off and on, including two FA cup wins as captain, and a Fairs cup as manager. In our recent years of meagre success, that takes alot of beating.

  52. workyticket says:
    June 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    Hi batty,

    I can get stotties down here, but not from Greggs of all places. As a Gosforth lad, I’m disgusted!
    <<<< well get your bed sheets oot and do a protest lol

  53. omg they dont do stotties in london ???????????

    what a weird place

    but my choice for the east stand would be either hughie gallagher (though wasnt hughie accused of beating his wife or something)or harvey wouldnt be a bad coice perhaps even shearer

  54. beyethegreat says:
    June 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “omg they dont do stotties in london ???????????

    what a weird place

    but my choice for the east stand would be either hughie gallagher (though wasnt hughie accused of beating his wife or something)or harvey wouldnt be a bad coice perhaps even shearer”

    I CAN get stotties in London, Beye, but they don’t have them in my local Greggs.

    Hughie Gallacher was reported to the authorities for child abuse, but it was a misunderstanding which was blown out of all proportion by the cheap newspapers of the time. He commited suicide over it in Gateshead just before it came to court. His bairns all loved him.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/a-hero-who-died-of-shame-1124187.html

  55. fair enough worky

    perhaps hughie should have a stand

    i have always thought we should have a toonfalger square for all our legends

  56. beyethegreat says:
    June 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “i have always thought we should have a toonfalger square for all our legends”

    I want to have a history / legends thing on here, Beye, if I ever get the time that is! The “legends” section on the official NUFC site is awful and woefully incomplete.

  57. beyethegreat says:
    June 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “i have always thought we should have a toonfalger square for all our legends”

    I want to have a history / legends thing on here, Beye, if I ever get the time that is! The “legends” section on the official NUFC site is awful and woefully incomplete

    i agree though have you seen toonarama they have have pictures of every single first team player in our history

  58. beyethegreat says:
    June 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm (Edit)

    “i agree though have you seen toonarama they have have pictures of every single first team player in our history”

    Aye Beye, I’ve seen it hundreds of times, and I’ve linked to it here. It’s an excellent site that I’m hooked on, but I had something slightly different in mind.

  59. Hughie Gallagher, sold to Chelsea against his will, poor bugger. Can you imagine this happening now? A part of me wished it was still like that and we could off load some of the crap to Sunderland and such like. :-)

  60. I think we should start a SOS (sendus our stotties)campaign to make Gregs stotties available nationwide. I can’t believe they haven’t exploited this market opportunity. There are thousands of geordies or their descendents across the UK as well as all the students who studied up there who survived on stotties as their staple diet are now hooked on them and would buy armfuls of the stuff. How did I get on to this topic?

  61. It would be great to have a legends section with an extra slant – a where are they now? eg wonder what John Tudor is doing now

  62. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “It would be great to have a legends section with an extra slant – a where are they now? eg wonder what John Tudor is doing now”

    Deb, according to the Wikipedia, after playing for Gent in Belgium “…He became a publican in Derbyshire, before moving to the US, where he coached at Tonka United in Minnesota. He is assistant coach of the Minnesota Thunder.”

    They all show up in MLS (US / Canadian Major League Soccer) eventually. It’s the elephant’s graveyard of football. I even saw Laurent Robert (or “Lauren Bacall” as wor Bobby used to call him) playing in a few games over there. I think he plays for Larissa now though.

  63. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “Beyethegreat

    OMG – what a laugh”

    If you’re referring to that pink strip, I suspect some Mackem involvement there!

  64. Yes, Laurent Robert moved to Toronto FC but he left them. He also played for Derby when they were in the Premier League.

  65. Workyticket

    ‘If you’re referring to that pink strip, I suspect some Mackem involvement there!’

    The great unwashed have been having a field day at our expense recently haven’t they?

  66. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “The great unwashed have been having a field day at our expense recently haven’t they?”

    The whingy lot are lousy at jokes though, apart from that Parker fellow lol. That club run by the fans with Shearer as manager and huge transfer kitty thing WAS good I have to admit. If it had been the other way ’round, we’d have assaulted them with a veritable tidal wave of witty Schadenfreude 24/7 though, and done a much better job!

  67. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “The great unwashed have been having a field day at our expense recently haven’t they?”

    The whingy lot are lousy at jokes though, apart from that Parker fellow lol. That club run by the fans with Shearer as manager and huge transfer kitty thing WAS good I have to admit. If it had been the other way ’round, we’d have assaulted them with a veritable tidal wave of witty Schadenfreude 24/7 though, and done a much better job!

    OF COURSE WE WOULD WORKY THOUGH WE HAVE AN ADVANTAGE THAT WE ARE ALL SANE AND NOT MENTALLY F—– UP BY INBREADING

  68. Toon Factor

    LOL – the custard and cream outfit looks positively decent by comparison. Could be the club using reverse psychology….

  69. One thing I haven’t figured out for sure yet is why you get so many bin bags, carrier bags, crisp packets etc blowing across the pitch during games at the Stadium of Blight and the Riverside. Is it because of the slovenly local neanderthals? Or is it because they are both situated in the midst of a barren wilderness? Or both?

  70. Worky

    ‘One thing I haven’t figured out for sure yet is why you get so many bin bags, carrier bags, crisp packets etc blowing across the pitch during games at the Stadium of Blight and the Riverside. Is it because of the slovenly local neanderthals? Or is it because they are both situated in the midst of a barren wilderness? Or both?’

    It has to be both

  71. geordie deb says:
    June 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    “It has to be both”

    One day, Rooney, Torres, or someone like that is going to break their leg tripping over a bin bag at one of their games, and sue the club for millions. It would be awful if something like that happened though, wouldn’t it?

    Do you like the new Championship table, Deb? (right side with all the links)

  72. worky – the table is great but I’m not happy about our current position!

    Not had chance to post anything at all today so decided my efforts should go towards an article. I only pray that there is truth in the rumours.

    Gonna have to hit that hay though because it’s another early start.

    Hopefully, catch you guys tomorrow.

  73. BBM

    ‘worky – the table is great but I’m not happy about our current position!’

    You took the words right out of my mouth – seriously I was just typing that when it appeared!

  74. worky – by the way, also like the list boxes for archives and categories. Nice and simple and in keeping with the overall ‘smart and tidy’ look.

  75. Yes Workey, just to back up what everyone else is saying, the site’s looking really nice with all the additional bits and pieces.

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