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Video nasty

Karl Robinson’s impassioned post transfer video appearance was odd. He should have probably counted to 100 before he started but evidently our Karl can’t resist a camera and a microphone.

So which player was he on about and what club was getting the full force of his anger?
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Well, who is surprised that Roly just pocketed around £12m, around £8m of it up front and allowed Karl Robinson to bring in three loan players and Jake Forster-Caskey and Lewis Page on nominal fees during the January transfer window?

The club also moved off it’s wage bill Nicky Ajose, although not in it’s entirety and those of Kevin Foley. Ajose is another classic example of how many players the club has churned since the arrival of Roland Duchatelet. El-Hadji Ba and Oliver Muldoon were also released, Ba having is contract paid up until the summer of 2018.

Ba signed by Meire during the summer of 2015 with great fanfare. Four managers and a caretaker later, he refused to play and we had to pay him off. It is a wonder how Duchatelet has ever made any money in business, it really is.
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Transfer deadline

Just two days to go before the bloke from Sky Sports wets himself on national telly.

January is notoriously a tricky month to improve squads for the long term. Robinson has consistently talked a long term strategy flying in the face of anything we have witnessed under this regime. “In an ideal world I want to buy a player that’s ours, is under 24 years of age and can drive us forward. Not an older player, we’ve got enough older players with quality. I want to add someone who can give us some longevity.” (more)

Yep, in a ideal world Uncle Roly will allow you that marquee signing that you enthused about last week Karl, but it’s unlikely isn’t it. Just like installing the underground heating with no heating, Duchatelet will do the bare minimum to take the club forward, all the while selling young prospects of any value, loading the club with debt, and making empty promises, some of which are downright lies.

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My 2016 Top Five Favourite Bermuda Things

My final Top Five selection from last year are things closer to home. Bermuda has much natural beauty, and outdoors is an alfresco activity heaven but beyond that it lacks some modern day indulgences. So I’ve avoided all the natural beauty, which I should remind myself I must never take for granted, and chosen some oddments that make life in Bermuda a little more sweeter.

So, here are my Top Five Favourite Bermuda Things from last year:

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Bolton Wanderers 1 Charlton Athletic 2

Well, well. The best result so far under Karl Robinson’s leadership, in fact probably the best of the season, but one that after 12 minutes looked highly unlikely. Lewis Page has had a bit of an inglorious start to his Addick’s career and after he was giving his marching orders and Bolton scored from the resulting free kick, I guess most of us not there switched off.

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Fresh powder

I have been in Colorado since Sunday night at the spotless and snowy Beaver Creek, which is about 13 miles from Vail. 50cm of snow has fallen since we arrived and the four mountains (Beaver Creek, Grouse Peak, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead) which make up the resort are awash with fresh powder.

I went on a snowmobile tour yesterday which was exhilarating. Two and a half hours flying along snowy trails hugging mountain ridges and forests with panoramic views of Vail’s back bowls and surrounding ranges. Our guide Perry was straight out of a marijuana dispensary, and was no slouch when it came to leading us through the 20-mile trail.

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RIP Dave Shipperley

Former Addick Dave Shipperley passed away on Saturday aged just 64.

One of my early heroes when my Dad first took me to The Valley. Ship, Ship, Shipperley was in his second spell at Charlton then after spending three successful seasons with Gillingham in between his time at Charlton where he came through the youth set up.

He was a no-nonsense big centre half who raised Valley pulses when he used to lumber forward for set plays. He was a giant of a man and I remember him fondly when he would bring the ball out of defence with his feet.

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