I couldn’t make this up

paul

Hola, I hope you are all well.

Congratulations if you are Spanish and commiserations if you are Dutch. I’m not sure if  this blog has Dutch or Spanish readers. I don’t think my celebrity has reached mainline Europe. If you are Spanish or Dutch feel free to let me know (you can contact me via the comments button). It would be good if I had readers from exotic places, as one of my aims is to replicate my success in this country, Internationally. 

If you have no idea why I’m congratulating the Spanish, then shame on you, where have you been for the last month. In fact how come you have found your way onto this obscure blog and yet you don’t know the winners of the World Cup.

I must also congratulate Paul. You may ask yourself who is Paul? Paul has been one of the most talked about things at this World Cup. He’s not a player and neither is he an official. He is the octopus that correctly predicted the winner in all the Germany games as well as the winner of the final. If you’ve missed the story, you are probably reading this questioning my sanity, but it is true, see here. Paul the Octopus has such fame these days that he has a spokesperson and a Facebook page, which let’s face it, is more than I have. You know you’re struggling career wise, when not only do you see younger people progressing quicker than you but also a bloody sea creature.

Talking of football and Pauls, I’d like to talk about Paul Gascoigne, as I’m a little concerned about him. Last week he claimed he was a friend of Raoul Moat (the gunman in Rothbury). I also read that he used to take phone calls from the Pope, not the current Pope (the former Hitler Youth) the previous one, John Paul II and that Cheryl Cole/Tweedy used to fancy him, see here. Out of the 3 things mentioned I’m struggling to workout which is the most believable (maybe you can put them in an order of believability).

The story did make me think, if you had to choose to be one of the Geordie Icons, Gazza or Cheryl, which one would you choose. On the one hand Gazza had a remarkable career and is seen as one of the most naturally gifted footballers England has ever produced, but he’s also a little bit bonkers to put it politely. Whereas Cheryl despite not being the best singer or dancer has managed to become a massive star, loved by large numbers. But if you do choose Cheryl it would mean that you’d have had to have slept with Ashley Cole. So who would you choose to be???

And Finally …. My favourite showbiz story of the week, is the fact that the rapper Snoop Dogg has said he would like to be in Coronation Street (see here) Now that is something I would love to see. Can you imagine Snoop in the Rovers, maybe supping a pint of Mild and asking Betty if he could sample her delicious hot-pot? If the producers of Corrie are reading this, sign him up!

                                                   Til next week, Stay Safe!

(original post 12/7/10)

One thought on “I couldn’t make this up

  1. Simon
    Tue, 13 Jul 2010 01:36:04
    Hey Julian,

    Just thought I’d pop by the comments page.

    Paul (the octopus, not the Geordie) is one of those brilliant statistical phenomenons that amazes people…and yet did nothing more than get 7 ‘pick one from two’ questions right! Of course, this was not done under controlled conditions and (farbeit for me to question the integrity of a cephalopod) there could be major controversy over the issue of whether or not the mussels offered were in fact of the same quality or size. In ‘true Brit’ style, many of the newspapers carrying the story were quick to point out that Paul is in fact from Dorset (still talking about the octopus…) and let’s face it, that’s about the only good thing we can lay claim to out of the last month’s sporting achievements!

    Take care.

    julian
    Wed, 14 Jul 2010 03:08:10
    Hi Simon. Cheers for your response, it sounds like you know what you are talking about. It does seem the media has gone big on the octopus. But I feel the tide is turning (no pun intended). Some people have said he just picks the box on the right and now his handler is saying he’s not even from England. Surely they can’t take that from us, he was our one saving grace from the World Cup.

    All the Best Julian

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