Author Archives: LochNessTony

About LochNessTony

See http://www.Loch-Ness.com/author.html

Can Manchester City Be Beaten?

Yes, of course. In fact, they’ve been knocked out of the League Cup, FA Cup and European Champions League. It infuriates them because they thought they had bought the Quadruple!

On Saturday, 14th April, they were visiting my team, Tottenham Hotspur, at Wembley for what was a very important match for both teams.

If we won, we’d be keeping open a route to becoming second in the league. Currently Liverpool and Manchester United are above us.

I have watched this incredible Spurs team develop over the last five or six years and I can honestly say that they are better than the Super Spurs who won the double back in 1961 and who many think were the greatest team of the last century.

I certainly had high hopes on Saturday that we could scrape a win or draw. It wasn’t to be. Manchester City cut through us in the first half like a knife through butter. We recovered to go in 1-2 at half time, but in pushing for the equaliser we slipped up and lost 1-3.

I was bitterly disappointed.

I can’t actually see any weaknesses in our team. Trippier struggles a little, so does Davies and Lloris makes some very bad decisions too often, but apart from that, the team is magnificent and contains many low-cost players who have been brought on by the club from youth football. Yes we have bought a few players, but our total net spending on players over the last ten years is only £170 million. Manchester City have spent a billion pounds in the same period. Not gross – that is almost two billion. One billion is their net spend!

Is that the difference? Does it all now come down to who is prepared to buy the Premiership? A billion pounds. It is also a well-known joke that Manchester City has spent more on defence than some nations!

What is the point of the game if it is only how much you spend which matters. These are meant to be clubs, not financial institutions, but Chelsea and Manchester City have declared openly that they want to buy their way to the top. Between 1950 and 1980, sixteen teams won the top division. Since 2000 it has only been five. If you don’t have a billionaire owner you are doomed to failure. How sad is that? Club football is dying.

Of course each of the current top six are capable of beating the others on their day, but when you can buy the best players in the world for your team, it reduces the ability of others to compete.

Intolerance of the way of club football is also growing. I follow several Spurs websites and the Spurs Show podcast too and it disappoints me to see people who are supposed to be supporters of our team, calling for the directors to go, criticising the manager and making nasty comments about our players. That is not what supporting a club is all about. We are fourth in the league, have a chance of the FA Cup, took Real Madrid, supposedly the best club in the world, to pieces at Wembley and are about to have our third consecutive participation in the Champions’ League. That is incredible success. If you don’t think so, why not compare it with Newcastle, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

I would not want the success Manchester City have achieved if it meant having their overpaid collection of players. They won’t be remembered in a decade’s time whereas we have incredible memories of the Hoddle years and other golden Tottenham periods and are entering a new one right now.

We currently sit fourth in the world’s most difficult league. This year we beat Real Madrid and Dortmund in huge matches. Only a moment’s loss of concentration stopped us from getting through to the semis of the Champions’ League.

We are in good company. Manchester United and Liverpool might spend more than us, but not excessively so. Even arch-rivals Arsenal are team-builders like us. But Manchester City – I would rather be an also-ran than support a club which sees money as more important than fans or players. Their dominance sickens me. I’d rather see Wenger’s Arsenal win than City or their huge spending buddies, Chelsea.

Well, that’s my view. Better out than in. I’ve just got my season ticket for the new stadium for 2018/9 and can dream of beating the very best teams. We’ll lose to some and beat others. If we’re beaten by better football, sobeit. If we’re beaten by deeper pockets, well, shame on them for spoiling the beautiful game.

#COYS

Grace

I was watching a film the other day and the family sat around the dinner table. One of them said grace – “For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful”. This set me thinking about what these people were actually telling us about themselves or, at least, the one making the statement.

So many people say these things because they were raised to say them. Adults, people in positions of power, taught their subservient children by rote to say and do these things and, probably without really thinking it through, they automatically repeat them for the rest of their lives.  “Thank God” ~ “God bless you” ~ crossing themselves before a football match ~ “God help me” ~ “God be with you” ~ “Bless me” etc. Do they really think the creator of the universe is actually hearing these half-meant pathetic pronouncements?

Continue reading

Complaint to LG, Currys, SkyQ and Panasonic

Open Letter To LG, Currys & SkyQ

The interrelationship and interactions of modern technology impacts the ordinary consumer and industries don’t care who suffers as long as it isn’t their bottom line. Particularly LG, Currys, Sky & Panasonic.

Letter to           Customer Relations Director LG

Customer Relations Director DGS Retail

Customer Relations Director SkyQ TV

Customer Relations Director Panasonic

This is a complex article and is based around our own personal experience. Please bear with me as I construct it in the most understandable way. If you don’t have time to read it now, don’t start. You’ll get lost in the complexity.

Timelime:        27th June 2017 new LG 55” OLED UHD 3D TV – LG55C6V

7th September – fault developed in LG TV.

4th October – set returned with new screen.

Between 31st July & 10th October new Sky Q software downloaded.

11th October – discovered 3D was not working.

25th October – LG engineer changed panel but 3D still not working.

3rd November – LG issued BER number POU1710187777/RNU171017029918

8th November – New Panasonic Vierra television ordered.

16th November – LG set returned.

19th November – Couldn’t get glasses to work.

22nd November – Couldn’t get Panasonic’s own glasses to work.

22nd November – discovered reason for the problem.

23rd November – screamed loudly, sat in despair, then started this.

When you are retired and having to live on a budget, it is important to think carefully before making a large purchase. Entertainment in our home is a great pleasure, particularly dramas, football (soccer) and films. We therefore decided we should invest in the best possible set for our needs.

Continue reading

Good Grief! I’m Being Forced To Support The Tories!

You all know my views on people who voted for Brexit. Think what you did when you buy your fuel this week.

However, now the vote has been made a government I dislike is having to negotiate the terms. Whether I dislike the government is immaterial. Even I can see that they cannot discuss negotiation techniques and parameters publicly. It would be insane to give away your negotiation tactics.

So what does Corbyn do – wants public debates in parliament on how our government is going to negotiate? Words fail me as to what sort of blithering idiot this man is. Sorry, but whatever we think of them, we have to trust the government to negotiate in private. Anything else would be as stupid as voting to leave the EU!

Remain or Leave? Things To Consider …

Euro MapI’ve kept out of this argument until now, but I thought I’d better speak out as it looks as if it is possible the Leave supporters might actually win. If you are a Leave supporter, please don’t allow that to stop you reading. Don’t you want an opinion from an pensioner who has worked in various industries, run businesses both successfully and with failures, and now relies on a pension? I hope I’m going to give you a different perspective, why not, at least, give me a hearing.

Firstly I think we all ought to consider what we are about to throw away. The European Union, or whatever you want to call it, is an experiment to try to ensure a good trading environment and the ability for people to move freely through a large area of the world.

Continue reading

The All-Forgiving Afterlife! The Cause Of So Many Ills.

Whenever I bring up religious belief as a cause of trouble in the world I find believers slap me down with statements that religious communities and congregations do wonderful things. What they say is correct, but atheists also do wonderful things so the point is irrelevant.

I have to ask this question – where was God on the 22nd March? God is supposed to hear everyone’s prayers and take a personal interest in all of us, yet, for some inexplicable reason, he ignored all of the prayers to stop this bloodshed and did not step in with a miracle to prevent the explosions. Let’s face it – stopping a bomb exploding is a pretty simple matter for an all-powerful, all-seeing being capable of creating galaxies and, indeed, the universe. The Islamic terrorists worship the same God, of course. They would say it is a more pure worship. There is no complication of Christ or the Holy Spirit. They believe in the one all-seeing, oft-merciful Allah who is indistinguishable from the God of the Bible. How much does God love his peoplesWas God not looking when they were making the bombs, discussing their strategies and planning their mayhem? How could that be? God sees all. In that case his decision to do nothing must be by choice. What a hateful creature this God must be to cause so much pain, suffering and distress to people he is supposed to love?

Evidence tells anyone with the ability to think logically, that any God which might have created the universe, could not possibly care about us as individuals. The irrational belief that he can be interested in us is born out of our own insecurity and fear of mortality.

Continue reading

The Archers – Enough Is Enough

ArchersI have followed the Archers on Radio 4 since the mid 1980s, the last twenty years or so through the weekly podcast. It is the only ‘soap’ I have followed since I gave up on Coronation Street when it started increasing the number of episodes each week many, many years ago.

Soaps are supposed to be enjoyable entertainment, combining drama with a fun insight into the lives of people you don’t really know. In a sense, watching a soap makes you a voyeur. When the soap starts to take over your leisure time by increasing the number and lengths of episodes it encroaches so much on your real life that it becomes a constrictor on your home and social activities.

Okay, that has been mitigated a little by Sky+ which allows you to record episodes to watch at your leisure, but it is still eating deeper and deeper into your family life. That is why I gave up on TV soaps. They took too much of my spare time.

I continued to enjoy the Archers because it has never varied its six, fifteen minute episodes and they are accumulated to produce a ninety minute weekly omnibus. I tended to listen when I was cooking or in the gym.

Continue reading