Fantastic Reading v Man U game!

What a brilliant game this evening! Full marks to Reading for scrabbling back to 2-3.

But what a mad first six minutes!

Unfortunately, extra time was never to be, after John Motson said, in the 86th minute: “Reading could do this, you know”.

Just for good measure, he administered the last rites in the 92nd with “Still time for Reading”.

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Reading concede three goals in first six minutes!

It was fascinating to hear Reading FC chairman, John Madejski, speculating a few days ago, on BBC Radio Berkshire, as to whether he fancied taking on Middlesborough or West Brom in the FA Cup Quarter Final.

Tempting providence, or what?

My ten year old daughter was asked, with her after-school classmates today, to guess the result tonight. “2-3 to Man U” she said..”Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings”?

At half-time, with the score at 1-3, it will be interesting to see if she is right.

I had to laugh at Mr Laid Back – Steve Coppell. For once, he was forced to communicate from his stand seat when Reading conceded three goals in the first six minutes. Action was needed. So, he picked up his mobile and told his coach down at the touchline to change the system.

…It’s good to talk!

Good page for Ming in the Times

The Times carry a very positive page about Ming today, entitled “Man in the middle who may yet dictate the way forward“.

The main story is accompanied by a positivish piece by Peter Riddell referring to “Dependable Ming” and his “shrewdness and experience”:

He closely observed the troubles of his past leaders. He is not going to do anything daft. These could be reassuring qualities in face of the untested Mr Cameron and the dour Mr Brown.

At last it happens: Irish presenter in two places at once!

There used to be a joke that Terry Wogan managed to broadcast in two places at once. Now his Irish colleague Eamonn Holmes has actually done it! He was live on a cookery programme, with quiz phone-in, on BBC2 at the same time as doing a live phone-in radio show on Radio Five Live! Remarkable!

Cue another “Quiz show fiddle furore” story….except that for the “live” cookery programme, which was recorded, dear old Auntie had filmed three possible outcomes and switched in the one which most people phoned in to vote for. Clever stuff.

Here’s the laugh! In order to prepare the two possible outcomes, Eamon Holmes had to eat two substantial desserts! No wonder he says that he is “developing a very good…physique for radio”.

Shock! Horror! Torygraph describes rumblings about the Mingership by Rockall Focus deliverer

I suppose we should be grateful for any media coverage. And at least in the Torygraph, the readership is likely to have sympathy with someone complaining about being written off by some as “too old”.

Oh look, that well known alleged senior front-bencher U.P.Source has been muttering. U.P.Source should “put up or shut up”!

….that’s Unnamed Party Source, in case I am being too obscure. Even the Torygraph had the good grace to describe the source as “allegedly a senior front-bencher”. That’s a laugh. He or she could be a Focus deliverer on Rockall then.

It is good that the Torygraph described Menzies as “not angry” at having his health and appearance being called into question by the Rockall Focus deliverer. He is quite right not to be angry.

Quite frankly, the more that young twit Cameron demonstrates the shallowness of Eton-educated middle-age, the more a trustworthy old Liberal Edinburgh Barrister is what we need at our helm.

Hat-tippery: Liberal England and Quaequam Blog.

Car mobile phones – the police don't need to stop offenders to penalise them

It is very welcome news that penalties for using a mobile phone while driving are being toughened up from today.

For the last year I have switched off my “hands-free” mobile in its cradle while driving. I changed my practice after being called by a prize wassock who asked me if he could swop a non-existent room booking with me. He’d got the month wrong. Doh. This happened when I was going onto the M4 and I nearly had an accident due to losing concentration at a crucial point.

One could say: are people going to take notice of the anti-mobile law even now? Well, I was fascinated this morning to learn from BBC Breakfast that one million people have nine points on their licence and therefore they are one mobile phone offence away from a ban.

About eight years ago, I was on nine points after two stupid speeding offences in built-up areas. Since then I have been a meticulous observer of the law on speed limits. When you know you could get a ban with a further three point offence, it is remarkable how much it focusses the mind.

So, I suspect that this toughening-up of the penalties for mobile use will have an impact. Thank goodness for that, from a road safety point of view.

And, if anyone thinks that if they haven’t been stopped by the police they won’t get a penalty, they are in for a big shock. Edmund King of the RAC Foundation says:

They do not need to stop your car to issue you with a penalty. Three points in the post might follow an opportunistic call. That should be a warning to motorists that this is a law that will be enforced and they will not get away with it.

Car mobile phones – the police don’t need to stop offenders to penalise them

It is very welcome news that penalties for using a mobile phone while driving are being toughened up from today.

For the last year I have switched off my “hands-free” mobile in its cradle while driving. I changed my practice after being called by a prize wassock who asked me if he could swop a non-existent room booking with me. He’d got the month wrong. Doh. This happened when I was going onto the M4 and I nearly had an accident due to losing concentration at a crucial point.

One could say: are people going to take notice of the anti-mobile law even now? Well, I was fascinated this morning to learn from BBC Breakfast that one million people have nine points on their licence and therefore they are one mobile phone offence away from a ban.

About eight years ago, I was on nine points after two stupid speeding offences in built-up areas. Since then I have been a meticulous observer of the law on speed limits. When you know you could get a ban with a further three point offence, it is remarkable how much it focusses the mind.

So, I suspect that this toughening-up of the penalties for mobile use will have an impact. Thank goodness for that, from a road safety point of view.

And, if anyone thinks that if they haven’t been stopped by the police they won’t get a penalty, they are in for a big shock. Edmund King of the RAC Foundation says:

They do not need to stop your car to issue you with a penalty. Three points in the post might follow an opportunistic call. That should be a warning to motorists that this is a law that will be enforced and they will not get away with it.