Alistair Cooke R.I.P.
He broadcast a Letter From America for the BBC from the days of steam radio until just a month ago and died yesterday aged 94.
He was the forerunner of today's bloggers.
Supporting your local football club is part of growing up, the joining of a local community. As a teenager, I lived within walking distance of the Valley, Charlton's
ground. One can never forget those rites of passage, so I hope my readers don't get bored with my occasional (regular?) mentions.
So, if you come from Darlington, support your local club by signing their petition
Charlton are making headlines in the racing pages of the New York Post for running in the fifth race at Aqueduct (New York) recently was a horse named 'Addicks', Charlton's nickname. As Desmond Jones, a fellow Addick from South Pasadena, relates, 'It's encouraging that such a noble beast has been named after the club's South-East London heroes, and that such a cultural name should now form part of the New York racing fraternity's track parlance!'
On the other hand, Addicks is also apparently the name of a lake in Texas and, you may have guessed already, but the horse came last...
Also on the Charlton front, two new England squad members for tonight's friendly away to Sweden, JLloyd Samuel and Jermain Defoe were both teammates in the Charlton academy before being illegally poached by Aston Villa and West Ham United respectively.
As a personal touch, I'd like to say thanks to those of you who have already dropped me a line. Glad you like Jakartass so far.
Unfortunately it looks as if I've got to reformat my Drive C 'cos I've tried lots of other quick fixes. So, if I'm off line for a couple of days, I'll be back soon.