The News -
as recorded by someone who has little or no interest in what is going on in the outside world....
Friday, 1 August 2008
There seem to me to be two types of figure that news media never agree upon - the number of people killed in a disaster and the amount paid for transferring football players. This week saw figures raning from £18 mi;llion to £20.3 million as the price of Robbie Keane's transfer to Liverpool. But what's a couple of million here or there?
However much he cost, Robbie Keane has completed his move to Anfield earlier this week, simultaneously calling curtains on his impressive six-year spell at Tottenham Hotspur. The Irish striker scored 107 goals in 257 games for Spurs and effectively established himself as the club's de facto skipper given Ledley King's consistent absence through injury. Now the 28-year-old has embarked upon a new journey with the Reds, and Torres believes a player with such a track record in the Premier League can only be a hugely positive addition to the squad. Keane will wear the number 7 shirt made famous by such stars as Keegan, Dalgleish and Fowler.
He has already made his debut in a friendly against Villarreal. The team from the land of Yellow Submarines played in grey against the Yellow Submarimes (Villarreal's nickname) so-called for their habit of bobbing up and down the Spanish league. Liverpool’s Spanish contingent were kept on the bench for the start of this pre-season friendly with former Villarreal keeper Pepe Reina returning to his ex-club just days after the birth of his second child. The match was part of the deal which took the Spanish keeper to Anfield. Prior to kick off Liverpool’s Spanish quartet of Reina, Alonso, Arbeloa and Torres showed off the Euro 2008 trophy and received a heroes welcome, along with Villarreal’s three Spanish internationals. Rafa Benitez handed Liverpool debuts to forwards Robbie Keane and David Ngog.
This is a cheat's blog; a coward's blog. I have taken the conscious decision that it will not be about a world in chaos. The real news which has an impact on the lives of millions is that in which the Four Horsemen appear - war, famine, conquest and death - or in which the Gods have taken it upon themselves to punish folk through natural disasters and disease.... I shall leave such headlines to the BBC and Sky News. Not all my posts will be positive by any means but I readily acknowledge that I have made no attempt to give a balanced view of the news that is genuinely important in this world.
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