Sunday, October 06, 2002

I have just finished reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. Another fascinating read from this most English of writers. His work often reminds of a line used by Pink Floyd on Dark Side of the Moon; "Hanging on in quiet desperation, is the English way." He is better than anyone else I have read at capturing the stuttering, ham fisted way in which we stumble around trying not to "do the right thing" without causing offence. Ultimately ending up trapped in a morass of hidden turmoil, all because we did not want to cause a fuss or make a scene. Atonement is a superb read, hopefully about an England that is in the past, but I’m not so sure.

Orynthia has been off on a girls weekend, to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. In her absence, I’ve not really done too much. Saw the reds in splendid form yesterday, as we thrashed Chesterfield 4-0. We were a bit worried before the game, when we found out that Chesterfield had never won a league match in Bristol in over 100 years of the them trooping down here to play City and Rovers. Added to the fact they had not conceded a goal in their last 5 games, it looked like one of those sequences had to end. We all thought that this would be the time for them to break their duck. Pleased to say that they were never really in the match, and not for the first time this season, our boys really did play some great football at times.

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