Quickly pop out

Just briefly on that Guardian piece I mentioned in my last post: I don’t think, to quote from it, that those “watching a middle-aged man stand very still while another middle-aged man watched television in a bunker” is just the preserve of those at the ground, but is experienced by those, who the journalist refers dismissively as, watching “a series of coloured blobs moving on a screen.”

Watching football not at the ground for whatever reasons (financial or geographical) may not have the same excitement, or be the same experience, as watching at the ground, but its excitement and experience is just of a different kind. I remember jumping up on my feet and pacing the living room floor when I heard Louis Van Gaal was to bring on Tim Krul for quarter-final penalties against Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup (it worked – Krul saved two), and I was on my own!

So people not at the ground will be affected by the VAR delay, just they have the option of doing something else while it occurs.

Anyone fancy a trip to the corner shop?

Going For A Song: ‘Magpie’

The Unthanks – Magpie

I first heard ‘Magpie’ when it was featured in the first episode of the third series of Detectorists. One of the many things that I loved about the Detectorists was just how well they incorporated music throughout the three series. You can still watch the whole of series 3 on the BBC iPlayer.

Going For A Song: Dectectorists TVST

Johnny Flynn – Detectorists TVST

I’ve written about my admiration of the tv show the Detectorists (and good news – third series is on its way). This is the song that plays over the opening sequence. I don’t know if Johnny Flynn had this song written already or if it was written specially for the tv show. Either way it captures the mood and feel of the show perfectly.

Quietly Quietly

I missed Detectorists (written and directed by Mackenzie Crook) when it was first shown in 2014. The BBC are currently showing the first series again and I’m glad I’ve caught it this time around. It’s a show that doesn’t try for massive laughs; it just goes about its comedy in an understated way. It shares a similar tone and pace with The Trip and, for those who remember it, Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High. I’m hoping it’ll be like the former rather than the latter when the question of a third series comes up.