By Brian Hall
Wednesday 10 Aug 2011 08:44:00
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Well, the hard rains are gonna fall,  as the old Washington Lad, Bryan Ferry, used to sing in that song. That hard rain has definitely been coming down recently. Close to home, it came over the weekend at SJP, causing an abandonment of the Massive Friendly arranged against Florence. Our North East economic clouds are full of the wet stuff too, with the race for a decent job fast taking on a scene from the Great North Run. 


Further South, it is lashing it down in London, Birmingham, and elsewhere, as shops get looted and buildings burn. Across the Channel, half of Europe is desperate for a lend of a few bob but neebody is coughing up, apart from the Germans. Across the Pond, the Yanks have lost their big credit status for the first time  in their history. I dont know any answers, apart from maybe stop hoying people on the scrapheap. Maybe if it all gets worse, we might need a Noah's Ark, but I would not bank on David Cameron or Mike Ashley to invest in building it.


Enough of doom and gloom. One piece of good news amidst the financial markets' rain was the fact that Wor Mike lost 200 million last week, and not in a casino either. Given that he will not be investing in our football club, that cheered me up anyway. Not that I am bitter, like, towards our beloved Master of NUFC.


There were other positive developments in recent days. Young Joe, son of Marchy, enjoyed his Baptism on Saturday, and got water on his head. His Dad was proud as punch carrying him into the ceremony. The bairn was wrapped up and looked the part. Black and white strip on, as he undertook his Rite of Passage....at St James Park. Aye, the 5 year old took in his first match, and the family tradition was duly embraced. His Grandad used to go along, and he wanted Westwood Out. His Dad grew up in the era of McKeag Out. And now Joe is starting his new NUFC life wanting Ashley Out. I should add that the Hard Rain - and the fact that his Black and White Baptism was abandoned after 60 minutes or so - did not bother  the soaked Young Joe. He is now an official member of our Church.


 Joe's little ritual took me back to happy memories of first visits to Church. Our Claire was 6 when the baptismal water landed on her head, and we beat Aston Villa 4-3 - the group in the East Stand that night told her they wanted to come to every match if such perfomances were going to happen when she sat in that seat. Our Kirsty and Becky were younger still, when they made it to a friendly against Valencia in 2008, and they were both overwhelmed at entering into the Cathedral. Any Mag reading this will no doubt look fondly back on the first time they got the Black and White water sprayed over their head. 


Aye, nostalgia can cheer you up when it is pissing down, whether from the skies above or from an economic system in meltdown.

And I feel canny chirpy myself having looked out the window. No rain means no soaking for me as I have to dash up to the shop. And no, I am not going looting - I pay for my tabs and paper, even if, on occasions, my bill is paid a couple of days later. My credit status has not been downgraded by Omer up at the newsagent's, despite my shaky economy.


Belting off. Tarah.                     Keep ahaad.                        Bry


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY                     If I get lifted and put in Market Street Police Station, it will not be looting. It will be because I have reacted to some irritating bloke who has said to me that aal this rain is good for the garden. Just hope he is not out there somewhere. 

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