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Fahrenheit 451

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The author’s death prompted me to read this modern classic. Of a similar “dystopian future” era/genre to I am Legend, 1984 and The Man in the High Castle, it’s clearly the fruit of post-war, atomic age fear – a place where the threat of totalitarianism was real and the paranoid witch hunts of McCarthy were in full anger. What a damaging and damaged time that was.

One thought – it could almost be the prequel to one of my favourite books, Ridley Walker by Russell Hoban. But I won’t spoil either by making the connection.

But this is not a misery fest. Nor does it feel like science fiction – it’s just a great novel. File under “why hadn’t I read this before?” I shall read more Ray Bradbury.

And finally – Euroguff finale

Congratulations Spain – winners of Euro 2012

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Arthur Andersen??have completed their audit of the results and these are??the final standings.??

Note there are no more places to hide??like??"21st equal" anymore,??as the standings have been sorted firstly on points and then on nearness to minute of first goal (everybody raise your hands for the??ABS??function in Excel).??Mildly interesting fact:??Letina lotagoals (@BerryRyan) was closest to guessing the correct time. She guessed 12' vs. actual 14'

Real Name Manager Name
1 Paulo Di Harringtonio Paul Harrington 80
2 Vuvuzela???? Sandra Benfer 68
3 Tim Henman david hickson 66
4 roy the hodgson harvey 66
5 Christophe Woodini Chris Wood 64
6 Ronaldo McDonald?? Cephas Howard?? 64
7 Stevie's Wunders Steve Andrews 64
8 Fabio Crapello Martin B 64
9 Arsenedof Nowhere Darren Hanson 62
10 Swiss T Thomas Angst 62
11 Brown Fox Jim Chambers 62
12 Simoneo Huesserelli Simon Huesser 62
13 Yankee's Spankers Dave Robertshaw 60
14 The Special [Measures] One Tim Donnelly Smith 60
15 Anjusha Klins-Morinho Anna Wilson 60
16 B B Foot Rory 60
17 Gazza Gary Taylor 58
18 Hansi Mueller Bernd Friedle 58
19 Sepp Bladder Carl Mesner Lyons 58
20 Harry Redface Dan McGrath 58
21 Simon Grayson Paul Revy 58
22 Letina lotagoals?? Berry 56
23 Wheat Dodger Leanne McGirr 56
24 Hatch's Heros Chris Matthews 56
25 Canary Simon Barnes 56
26 Mrs Euroguff Mrs Carlosfandango_ 56
27 Kicker Conspiracy Tim Fiddies 54
28 Trap A Tony Tony Power 54
29 Naven Johnson Eddie Vassallo 54
30 Ivor Greatidea Steve Edney 54
31 Is Pele Playing? John Orta 54
32 Toy Dodgson Kelsey O 54
33 Jigsaw (goes to pieces in the box) Matt Brooke-Smith 54
34 DK Willy DK 54
35 Earsane Wanger Paul Shaw 54
36 Toy Bodgson Tom Barton 52
37 Dirk Diggler Nik Goodman 52
38 Mozzer Paul Conroy 52
39 Andy Grey Darren Holdaway 52
40 Del Garnett Darren Gavigan 52
41 Big Ron Colonel Saunders Andrew Hartland 52
42 Scotty McNasty Andrew Robb 52
43 Tom Laidlaw Tom Laidlaw 50
44 Wicked Woy Wodgson David Patterson 50
45 Roy Hodgson John Catterfeld 50
46 Don revie Simon Andrews 50
47 Bring Back Bobby Robson Dan Jamieson 50
48 Benny The Ball Nick Townend 50
49 Steve Mclaren JT 48
50 Claudio Inglesias Failte Claude Tonna-Barthet 48
51 2012sheds Pete smith 48
52 Mr. Awesome Geroge Pokorny 48
53 Dario Made-the-Gradi David of Crook 48
54 Bill Shankly Bob Steadman 46
55 Lorem Ipsum Jon D 46
56 Normski Gunner Norman House 44
57 El Pringle Keith Pringle 44
58 Strev87 dave strevett 44
59 George Osborne is a twat Andy Young 42
60 Bayer Neverlusen Rob Broome 42
61 Mike Bassett Eamonn Newell 42
62 Messi Gardener Johnny T?? 42
63 McFuddle 'O Toole Gordon?? 42
64 Soccer Sage Mike Xenakis 40
65 Septic Tank Charlton Jeremy Crisp 40

Congratulations to clear winner??Paulo Di Harringtono??- Euroguff Supreme Champion 2012!

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And nose-holding commiserations to Jeremy Crisp, winner of our pungent??Brown Jersey, who tied on points, but guessed nine minutes worse on goal time.

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??- Jeremy, planning his revenge, yesterday

Thanks for playing.??See you in Brasil.

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