Sunday, November 7, 2010


I just finished watching an English video called 'The Riddle'.  As the title might suggest, it was a mystery.  Entertaining enough.  A bit over the top.  Something like its star, Vinnie Jones.  (That's Vinnie on the left, applying the squeeze to The Great Gazza in bygone days.)  These days, if all you had to go on was this old photograph, you'd still be able to pick Vinnie out of a crowd.  Not so much Paul Gascoigne... the squeezzee.  The lad has encountered some turbulence of late.  Well, for the past twenty years or so.  Probably longer.  You'd be hard pressed to pick him out of a police lineup.

To say that Paul Gascoigne remains one of the best footballers of his generation isn't really a stretch.  But that's the trouble.  The remains began appearing long before they should have done.

As I scan the landscape from the seniors' lounge of our unstoppable meat-rendering train, I guess I'm saying that we could all have done more with our gifts.

In my case, it went down hill when I lost the ability to fly... or to make much sense on Sunday nights.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Vinnie Jones is interesting because he became a movie actor after retiring as a footballer. Maybe it's better for your mental health to succeed in several different things rather trying to excel in just one.

Doctorboogaloo said...

Good advice, GB. (And it's never too late.)

Llewellen, grab your hat. We're going to learn how to kick box.

BrightenedBoy said...

My unceasing fear is failing to make full use of my gifts.

Well, that and soul-crippling loneliness.

I'm trying my best.

Doctorboogaloo said...

BB: You're going to live a long and happy life... or I swear, I'm gonna come down there and inflict some severe noogies.