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TYPEWRITER is the longest English word that can be made using only the letters on one row of the keyboard.
I don't know why I bother with the cultural/historical ones, really.
on this day in 1999, Ernie Wise died. I could never make breakfast in a comical fashion again.
that was both comical and poignant. Though I'm not sure quite how that'd work.
Another fact: Ernie Wise made the first mobile phone call in the UK, on January 1st 1985.
all good facts
but do you know the first thing to have a barcode? A fact i found out yesterday...
I don't know why that popped into my head.
Wrigleys Spearmint Chewing gum
I never win!
What do I win?
typewriter <------ it's true!
Is longer. It's a little used word to describe Jada Pinkett's slutty little sister.
Also, LOL at the memory of seeing Jada Pinkett Smith's "band" on the TV coverage of Download. Think they'll be back this year?
yes they probably will be. It doesn't wash off, you know.
On 20th March 2000 Hendon played host to Hampton and Richmond Borough. As the game approached half time, Hendon forward Paul Scott was brought down in the penalty area and Hendon were awarded a penalty. Dominic Gentle stepped up and his weak spot kick was parried by Hampton's keeper Rob Frankland. In the scramble to reach the rebound, Gentle was brought down by a stray Hampton leg and the referee again pointed to the spot - for the second time in 20 seconds or so. Again, Gentle stepped up and this time beat the keeper. Unfortunately he also beat the crossbar, and the perimeter fence of the ground. So, an unusual occurance, the same team missing 2 penalties within a minute of eachother.
Fast forward then to 22nd August 2006, Hendon were away at Hampton & Richmond Borough when a Hendon handball persuaded referee Matthew Down(syndrome)ey to point to the spot. Up stepped Ian Hodges who struck the ball well to Hendon keeper Richard Wilmot's left. Wilmot managed to get a strong block on the ball. A Hampton and Hendon player raced to pounce on the rebound, the Hampton player won by a fraction of a second before tumbling. Downey pointed to the spot again. Hodges stepped up again, placed the ball to Wilmot's left again and Wilmot again managed to Alan Parry the ball away. This time, the rebound was put wide for a goal kick.
If it was unusual happening once, what were the chances of it happening again within 6 and a half years with the same outcome, both penalties missed involving the same two teams?
Interestingly, Hendon were also awarded 2 penalties within a minute in a friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion in the mid 1970's. The result? Both missed.
that and work.
I've never missed a penalty in my life.
in a competitive game. It was in a penalty shoot out and I was shitting myself. I took the old Julian Dicks route and stuck my head down and drilled it. Luckily it went in.
but the Julian Dicks technique is the one I'd favour.
There was a Czech player that did that in the 60s, but even slower - apparently it just gently plopped over the line, and the keeper was already down. Andrew Anthony's book "On Penalties" talks about it as a political protest against the situation in Czechoslovakia, which is perhaps a bit laboured.
It's a short book - it was written in advance of the 2004 World Cup, I think, or maybe a Euro competition, asking why England are usually so shit at penalties and whether they can get past it this time. There's some good stuff on the history and psychology of them, too. I'll lend it to you.
I'll find an engaging football book to lend to you in return.
If not I won't bother.
On this day in 1413, Henry V became King of England.
Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake in Oxford on March 21st 1556. I think there's a memorial to him on Broad Street, which is where he was roasted.
On March 21st 1800, with the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mache. Classy.
Work was completed on Dachau, the first Nazi Germany concentration camp, on this day in 1933. Which is a lot earlier than I would have guessed - although it was originally intended for political prisoners.
The Moondog Coronation Ball, widely accepted as the first rock 'n' roll concert, was held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21st 1952. The poster looked like this:
69 people were killed and 180 wounded on March 21st 1960 when police in South Africa opened fire on a group of unarmed black demonstrators - the Sharpeville massacre.
Alcatraz closed on this day in 1963.
And on March 21st 1980, the season finale of Dallas was broadcast, with J.R. Ewing shot by an unseen assailant.
Hendon beat Yeading 5-0 thanks to goals from Freddie Hyatt, Tony Lynch, Paul Kelly and a Paul Whitmarsh brace.
I like "a Paul Whitmarsh brace". It's these slightly old-fashioned expressions that give football roundups so much linguistic flavour.
is between Hayes and Southall. Their ground is hidden away in the middle of an industrial estate with the smell of stale coffee lingering in the air. It's also where I made my first (and only) start for Hendon reserves.
when he was younger and I went to watch him play in a place called Royston. Now thats in the middle of nowhere.
I bet they field a formidable side.
with Dachau, being finished less than 2 months after Hitler came to power.
I had to check the dates because it didn't seem likely at first. It was located on the site of an abandoned munitions factory, though, so I imagine a lot of existing buildings were converted.
Maxim from the Prodigy
Also, Lothar Matthaus = one of my footballing heroes.
won't be celebrating today. An absolute genius when F1 was good.
is the best James Bond ever to have played Lord Asriel in Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials.
He was pretty good in the stage adaptation, aye. Apparently he had a tendency for semi-improvising scenes, which not all of the cast were completely comfortable with.
and was very good in the role.
but with ice cream: Wall's being the punchline, a couple of days after. My dad gave him the bollocking of his life.
dad doesn't give me a bollocking.
Does anyone actually remember 'Wall Bangers'? I know I do
although I have heard of the Harvey Wallbanger, which is a cocktail made with vodka, Galliano and orange juice.