I used to see this man quite a lot when innocent was based in W10, many years ago. He walks up and down Ladbroke Grove most days carrying a very large wooden cross.
Anyway, I saw him on Saturday morning for the first time in a couple of years, when I went to do the weekly shop. My first thought was that I was glad he was still around. The cross has lost one of its arms, but everything else, including the man himself, seemed to be in good nick.
My next thought was that I'd ask him what it was all about, finally. Why do you carry the cross?
But I bottled it. To be honest, I felt cheap just taking his photo, let alone invading his privacy.
There are definitely some things that you're destined to never know, and this feels like one of those.
Football is truly great when it is populated by people who are slightly insane. Give me Clough over Wenger any day of the week, or Cantona over Beckham.
My brother just sent me over this Ian Holloway quote, uttered after his team (Plymouth Argyle) reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
"I'm like a badger at the start of the pairing-up season."
Holloway is undoubtedly the king of the football quote since Big Ron went into retirement. So I dug around and found a few more old favourites. I sincerely hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
"I am a football manager. I can't see into the future. Last year I thought I was going to Cornwall on my holidays but I ended up going to Lyme Regis." (after being asked whether QPR would be able to beat Manchester City)
"You can say that strikers are very much like postmen: they have
to get in and out as quick as they can before the dog starts to have a
"If I was in there I wouldn't try to be everybody's friend. I'd have to say 'Excuse me, hang on a minute, I think you're wrong there. Don't raise your voice at her like that, don't get like that. It's just an Oxo cube, we got it wrong and we're all in this together'. It's like the Witches of Eastwick. They need Jack Nicholson to come in and sort them right out." (on the bullying of Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother 2007)
The tankard is broken. It got busted in transit from Bilbao to London. While this is something of a setback, we should not be despondent. Paul will fix it and it will reach Nigeria. I have no doubt about that.
Call me a latecomer, but I bought this at the Design Museum the other day. Originally published in 2002 and updated last year, it's "a complete guide to beautifully conceived, ecologically sensitive and consumer-friendly furniture and objects for everyday use". In other words, it should help us kit out the office without screwing the planet.