The blog of a travelling psychiatrist and football lover. Who happens to be a halfway decent photographer. Takes a cynical view of the world

Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Carshalton 2 Hastings 0

sometimes one goes to a football game and it sort of restores ones faith in real football. A chiily day with rain being threatened. A Ryman League premier game that was kind of lower mid-table. Carshalton being one place above Hastings and both potentially in danger of filling the last relegation place unless form improved. Crowd of 203 folks were there. judging by the numbers on the terraces at 2.59 around 202 were in the clubhouse bar. The game was an interesting one. Carshalton throughout were the better side and were well organised. I was particularly interested to see how they played as their owner manager Paul dipre has come under serious critscism in the media. Essentially folks saying that he should walk away from managing and keep to owning the club. The problem is that this is thrid time I have seen Carshalton this season and this is the third win I have witnessed. they looked good and well organised and worked hard. In their main striker Paul Vines they have a good finisher at this level and their keeper nick Hamaan was playing his 100th game for them today, and he is good.

The firt half saw no goals however two goals in the second half both poachers chances from vines won the game. Hastings may feel that they were unlucky as Hamaan made 2 good saves and they saw a goal disallowed for offside. But this was a fair result. The photos below tell only some of the story.

  1. The Hastings keeper was yellow carded for a foul on vines outside the box, and should have been sent off. The photo clearly showed that he did not get the ball and did get the man
  2. Why is a Hastings forward on his face in the penalty area as they take a free kick?
  3. Enough shirt and shorts pulling miseed by the referee that would have warranted a number of cards
  4. Was the referee Paul Scholes in disguise?

Anyway enjoy. For me Paul Dipre seems a decent manager based on what I have seen but I suspect that others disagree.



Heathrow to Slovenia

For some unfathomable reason I have done little travelling this year such that this mornings early morning visitation to Heathrow reminded me what a shocking place it is. Crowded, with people pushing aimlessly, expensive and generally not a good place. However thanks to Lufthansa and Adria Airways I reached Slovenia mid-afternoon and on time.

I was taken to Lake Bled for lunch which is potentially a tourist spot about 45 km from Ljubjana  and had a nice large schnitzel by the lake. The thing that strikes one immediately about Slovenia is that it is calm and the people seem happy. They also seem remarkably young compared with New Malden.

This evening however is work as I set about distilling 110 slides into a sensible 45 minute talk on Adult ADHD for tomorrow.

The river that runs through Ljubjana

Borat and Kazakhstan National Anthem. Cue hysterical laughter all weekend

Once in a while a story emerges that has one looking at the date to see if it is April 1st. I read this story in the Sunday Times yesterday and the full story is on the link below. But the gist is that a Kazakstahn athlete had won a shooting tournament gold medal in Kuwait and instead of the real national anthemn they played the Borat version. Easy to get this wrong? I don’t think so. The first notes were followed by the stirring words ” Kazakstahns prostitutes the cleanest in the region”, followed by the boast of its swimming pool with ” a filtration system to marvel at. It removes 80% of solid human waste”

BBC News – Borat anthem stuns Kazakh gold medallist in Kuwait

3 days ago – A Kazakh shooting gold medallist is stunned as the comedy national anthem from the film Borat is played for her victory in Kuwait instead of the real one. anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan

Brentford 2 Rochdale 0

The best that can be truthfully said for this game was that at least Brentford got 3 points. The game was played on a warm sunny afternoon and other than a superb headed goal 5 minutes from time from Clayton Donaldson, there was little or nothing to admire.

I don’t like criticising other football teams but Rochdale were poor. They were poor in the effort they applied, poor in their technical skills and in fact were the worst footballing side I have seen this season. I lost count of the misplaced passes and shots that went over the stadium roof or straight out of play. The only player who could defend Marcus Holness, went off injured in the second half and had a most peculiar hairstyle , like a sort of gothic cockerel. Nil Points for style. In fact I would be amazed if they escape relegation.

Neither midfield did much all game. In fact there was more movement in the respective technical areas from Uwe Rosler and John Coleman than from their respective teams. This was really a dreadful game of football and one hopes that few neutrals were in attendance. To make matters worse Adam Forshaw went off injured with what he reported on Twitter was a fractured jaw. End of the season for him. Jake Bidwell had another excellent game and one hopes we can sign him.

Uwe Rosler did not announce today that he had a master plan, recent ones include giving 2 goals away to Sheff United and Orient respectively, and blaming Crawley Town for a Brentford loss…..I guess the team was our best team out there. No-one played badly. Richard Lee did not have a save to make all game. The only on target effort from Rochdale was in fact the probable elbow that broke Adam Forshaw’s jaw.

So three points were nice, the cheeseburger at Macdonalds was nice, there was somewhere to park and it was warm. So why grumble. The season for Brentford is clearly over. Surely we cannot get relegated from this position of 50 points, no chance of promotion. Some nondescript games coming along.

Clinton Morrison made his debut for the last 10 minutes and for me contributed to the goal with his movement off the ball. So we honour him with an I phone photo.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Icelandic Crime

Two of my recent visitors have been from Iceland and there is a phenomenon that is growing fast, that of the UK selling large quantities of Scandinavian and Icelandic crime fiction. The great Stieg Larsson started things off with maybe the best trilogy that will ever be written about the Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. Jo Nesbo continued things along with a series of superb novels and now an Icelandic authoress, Yrsa Siguradottir continues on. 

Currently I am reading the second novel from her, and having read her most recent novel first, am working backwards. Her writing cannot be praised too highly. Not only does she convey an extraordinary complexity of plot but she captures the characters so well. Surprisingly the books are also humourous, with some descriptions of her secretary/assistant Bella, being described as a Gothic tugboat, opening the mind to what exactly she looks like. The other people who deserve praise are the translators of all these novels as they read in English as fluently as one imagines they would having been written by a native english speaker. The current book is called (English translation by Philip Roughton, Ashes to Dust, UK:July 2010). 


Her facebook linkðardóttir/17790914348


Uwe Rosler Must Go

The purpose of my blog is to rant and put across views, that may be right or may be wrong. For many weeks I have wondered if Rosler is the man to lead Brentford forward. And the last two games have convinced me that he should be given no more time. Why? Folks might look at the league table and see we are in the top half, just and wonder why a mnager should be given less than one season. Agreed the cost of changing managers is high in financial terms, but there again the cost of not changing is also high. Brentford have consistently underperformed this season with a poor home record. The football in the main has been boring and combined with poor home results has led to lower crowds than might be expected. From all the new players who have come in none are any better than those who have left, with the exception of the strikers who are considerably worse than those who left. Rosler has lost our two goalscoring forwards both of whom incidently have started scoring with their new clubs at a decent rate. The replacements have been dire and suggest that the Brentford scouting network is dodgy. The absence of passion, effort in the last few games has been worrying. Tweets last night after another loss to bournemouth suggest that a number of fans are actually worried about relegation. This is an unlikely scenario as Bees have 47 points but not impossible.

We need a new manager now who can guide the club through the rest of the season and more importantly prepare for next season. Rosler’s judgement cannot be trusted on incoming transfers. Some of this season’s arrivial have been devastatingly poor at League 1 level ( Grella and Clarkson to start with). Some are no better than what we had (Douglas and Logan ). Also the use of a stupidly high number of loanees does mean that Brentford players do not get games. Bean and Weston have hardly featured this season but if fit, they are better than most in the current tteam. I hope that I am proved wrong, I really do, but I do not feel that we can trust Rosler with any more money to spend. The squad should be a small one with every player of team potential. Let us hope Brentford  move on


Potentially empty terraces await Brentford if they do not inject some passion into the remaining games

Fabrice Muamba – News Update

During the day there have been a few short updates that only state that he remains critically ill in ITU. Nothing more tangible than that however an important aspect is that is it being reported that it took two hours to get his heart going again. Cardiologists on TV are reporting what we suspected last night that they are thinking along the lines of HOCM as a potential cause ( hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy). This is a disorder in which part of the heart, the main pumping chamber the left ventricle, has a thickened wall. This causes many things but maybe the most common is that the heart becomes liable to serious totally unpredictable arrhytmias and cardiac arrest. The other aspect to hope is that no part of the body was deprived of oxygen for too long ( brain, kidneys etc). Anyway lets be positive and hope that things turn out better than we might have hoped 24 hours ago. 

On a more positive footballing note anyone watching Real Madrid v Malaga would have seen an equalising goal from a free kick in the 92nd minute that was superb. Well worth watching on any catch TV. One of the best goals I have seen this season. Jose Mourinho was not amused

Orient 2 Brentford 0

On arriving home from this game I was about to enter into a full-scale rant but the events around Muamba are so much more important. Nevertheless this was an abysmal performance by Brentford. There was little effort, leadership or anything positive. A huge number of fans braved the Central line to Brisbane Road and were frankly let down. £25 to get in was the first unpleasant surprise. The quality of Brentford’s football was the second. The ground itself is a curious affair. Anyone who cares can look on my football grounds website and see what it used to be like. Now it has housing developments on each corner and the main stand is a mixture of football stand, medical polyclinic and offices. People sit on their balconies and watch the football for free from the corner of the ground.

What can I say about the game? Orient worked harder, were an average side and deserves their win. Harlee Dean the central defender for Brentford was dreadful, but none were much better. Simon Moore the keeper seemed allergic to catching the ball. Before the game Uwe Rosler told us he had a master plan to beat Orient. I can only imagine that the first part of this plan resembled a cunning plan from Baldrick, to gift the opposition two goals. The second part of this masterpiece- not, was to then take off the only two players who looked like making anything happen. I am not a fan of Niall McGinn, but today he seemed to resemble being in the right place a few times, and maybe our best player Saido Berahino, were taken off. Their replacements did zero all second half.

The main stand where Bees fans were also resembled a derelict ground. Many seats had been pulled out or off long ago, replacements were randomised to colour and type ( wood or plastic) or simply not replaced. Appalling for a club that charges £25 a seat.

Anyway confirmation that Brentford have gone backwards this season under Rosler. Not all or maybe many, agree with me, but thats my opinion, right or wrong. Two of our best players left the club, effectively our only strikers, the replacements none of them have gone down a storm. Some of our best players have hardly figured this season,Bean and Weston. We have not developed a team partially because we are full of loan players. end of rant. Also end of me going to away games this season.

The idyllic seating for 25£ for away fans

Curious stand come polyclinic

Fabrice Muamba Bolton Footballer

Very worrying news. He collapsed on the pitch seemingly face down. Had over 6 minutes CPR on the pitch. Taken to hospital  we are told still having CPR. There are many threads on twitter but essentially they all say the same. Pray for /Fabrice Muamba. It is wrong to speculate but as the TV commentators said a cardiac condition seems likely. Something like HOCM which fellow medics will understand. Lets all hope and pray that this ends better than it looks. The commentators and players all looked distraught as well.

A later update tells us that he is critically ill in hospital but the key thing is that he is alive. Once you reach hospital after a cardiac arrest of any kind the chances of survival are very much greater, depending obviously on what the cause might have been. But the questions that remain include if the cardiac muscle is functioning well and if any damage occurred to any other organs. Twitter has been full of footballers, and ordinary fans praying for Fabrice. Let us all hope that he survives this awful event.

As someone who used work as a medic in ITU, I have immense regard and respect for all those who saved his life on the pitch. The club medic and all the staff are truly heroes and makes one realise where maybe the important aspects of life lie.

Help For Heroes

Every so often one of your children does something so surprising that it was beyond the probablity of prediction. In this case 21 yr old son who during his 3 years at Exeter University has become head of their charity operations was successful in obtaining a place in the Bike ride London to Istanbul in aid of Help for Heroes. My small job is to try and get as much sponsorship for him as possible. Hence this post.

In short why not click here and donate something. Does not matter how small.

This is his description of what he is doing.


My name is Charles and i am a student at the University of Exeter. I am part of a team of 14 cyclists who are going to cycle over 4,400 km, through the heat of the summer, across Europe from London to Istanbul.  Although some people may suggest we are mad to attempt it, we are doing it for a very worthwhile cause.

We are raising money for ‘Help for Heroes’ charity and aim to raise at least £20,000. I stress that this is our minimum aim, as we hope to raise as much as possible and hopefully much more than this. We will be raising approximately 34p per cyclist, per km.
We will be cycling around 120km every day, and going through 8 different countries before eventually reaching our desination in Turkey.
We are in the process of raising money by doing a multitude of events; for example in the next few weeks alone we have a 100 hour cycle, many evening events, and even a team leg wax! However the money we hope to raise is a large sum and as such we would much appreciate any money that people are willing to donate.
Any sponsorship that you could donate would be much appreciated not only by myself, but by the entire team and the charity itself! The link below is to my ‘justgiving’ page and as such goes straight to the charity.

If you would like to find out more about our trip then visit our website at:
Thank you,
Charles Bushe
University of Exeter RAG International Event Team Member 2011-2012
University of Exeter RAG Hitch-Hike Coordinator 2011-2012

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