By Steve
Tuesday 02 Aug 2011 06:13:00
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Some might remember that phrase from that County Durham marra of ours', Tony Blair, the fanatical Mag who sat in the Galloway End as a bairn watching Jackie Milburn. He is long since forgotten, apart from his love affair with George Bush, getting stuck into Iraq, solving Afghanistan, and weh, sorting out loads of things, like. What is not forgotten is Education, and it is alive and kicking amongst the bairns. Take my two younger daughters, for example. Their development is astonishing. Their knowledge of all things NUFC is astonishing. When the Sunday Sun arrived with a pull out of United's best ever team the other week, Rebecca, aged 9, glanced and duly commented that Jackie Milburn should not have been just a sub. She was followed up by older sister, Kirsty, aged 11, who added that Keegan was missing. Meanwhile, Joe, son of Marchy up in Rowlands Gill, has now graduated past shouting SMB - Sad Mackem Bastards to the uneducated - and is now far more knowledgable about fixtures, including the August Derby of course. He is aged 5. Education, eh. Alive and kicking.


Today has taught me something too, in an educational sense. If you have to write a couple of articles for PlayersInc, dont leave it until the last minute. The ToonTalk editors are harsh and demanding, and the pressure has been intense. The lesson is obvious - dont leave things until manana, especially if it is a Monday, and even more so, especially if you decide to have a canny weekend as we say in Geordieland. Education for me too, after all these years.


One part of my education was accomplished years ago though, with flying colours. Never, ever, be surprised, shocked, whacked, by what happens at Newcastle United Football Club. After Jose Enrique issued his statement on the tremendous ambition of this current Soviet regime - well done, Jose, i say - Joey Barton lurches into the debate. Result. Hoyed out on a free transfer. Well done, Ashley and Llambias, i say. As if.


Still, there is a wider world. The United States seemed to have decided NOT to default on their debts. Given the old axiom that when Americal sneezes, the UK gets cold, and Northumbria gets pneumonia, this should be good news. I think. Even the educated Mr Blair would know that, although he once stated that without the USA, Uncle Sam, standing with Britain alone in 1940, the Nazis would have smashed us to Hell. Bit of a history lesson gone wrong on that one, as Sam never came into the war until December 1941. I remember my Mam's reaction well - she was not impressed by his history education for all, and nearly put her little telly in, with a boot.


Talking of boots and education, I am looking forward to the big return match against Liverpool organised by PlayersInc - got to stop plugging them - in October. Revenge time for one of the worst nights of my life, when the Red Scousers put that goal into the net in injury time to win 4-3. A big kick at the NUFC cat as it was trying to crawl its way back up the ship to win the Premiership that year. Education should have told me to expect that goal - and I will never forget Stan Collymore's boot when he scored. It hit me in the heart like a very big dagger. Mind you, the October event is for charity, so best not to remember the first exchange in that way, eh.


Signing off, as I have to continue my educational development. Dominoes await. As for any further studies on NUFC, they can wait. I dont want to learn anymore tonight.




ps     August 2nd tomorrow. That date, back in 1937, saw the arrival of 20 Basque kids in Tynemouth, organised by Geordies. They were in flight from Spanish fascism, and they were found a home on the Big River. Now, there is an educational fact........i nicked it , like, from the Wor Diary books which raised money for charities in our region for a canny spell in the last few days. Just like Players Inc are doing for the Entertainers Match at Darlo against Liverpool. Meks ya cheerful.

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