- The Daily Telegraph today reports that BetFair have given the FA a list of names of people involved with the huge amount of money bet on Harry Redknapp to become Pompey manager, causing him to become the bookies' favourite even while the media was still touting Neil Warnock as a shoo-in for the job. Apparently some names are quite high profile: "if you saw the list you would instantly recognise some of the names. They are fairly well-known figures in the football industry," say the Telegraph.
- "You raise me up", the gentle Norwegian-Irish ballad covered by Selah, Josh Groban, Daniel O'Donnell and most recently Westlife (who managed to win the ITV 'record of the year' award with it, despite singing flat), is the subject of a lawsuit from Finnish writers Tommi and Karri Rinne, according to today's Independent. The Rinnes say they wrote the tune as a Eurovision candidate some ten years ago (surely it's better than Eurovision?) and so now they want liner note accreditation and a big lump of money please. Better not tell them the tune under discussion is itself a mild rip-off of the classic Danny Boy, I suppose.
- Reuters report the words of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said yesterday that there was no Jewish holocaust in World War II, it's just a myth perpetuated in order to promote sympathy for the Israeli state. Meantime the Toronto Star report that Rumsfeld, Cheney and the PNAC folks are trying to perpetuate the threat of a caliphate, an Islamic global government, which is what's going to happen unless the US stops it. (Do the words 'domino effect', 'Communism' and 'Vietnam' have any resonance?). So there are conspiracies on both sides.
- And of course, let's not forget that Rory Delap is paid to play professional football.
Put all this together and what do you have? I'm not sure, but it seems something is clearly going on. My guess would be the Pope and the late Queen Mother are in on it too, along with Elvis in some capacity, and no doubt one of the Kennedy clan (Charles, perhaps? Maybe that's why he's in trouble with his party?).
Have you ever seen them all together? Exactly. I think we should be told what's going on. These are all issues covered in this blog over recent weeks, all coming to a head as we approach the end of the year. Perhaps this blog is the locus of the universe, the singularity by which reality can be defined. Anything written here will come true, and come together will all other things, quickly leading to Armageddon.
Or maybe I shouldn't have had those mushrooms for breakfast.
Postscript: Have you seen the most recent Bush quote? Interesting on many levels: reported by Capitol Hill Blue and relayed via numerous news services including the "Rock River Times" newspaper from Illinois, Bush was challenged recently on the legality of renewing the Patriot Act. He responded by saying "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a god-damned piece of paper!" Just as well they have a written constitutionon instead of a living monarch. Tony Blair must get sick of having the Queen thrown in his face.