With the bank holidays, and a few days leave plus a couple of days sick, it seems like an absolute age since I last worked a full week - it is probably four weeks at least. A chap could get used to that.
We are having a Cub Scout meeting tomorrow on the Bank Holiday - a bit of fire making.
Been a little 'busy' this week on the music front. I have received a couple of CDs through the post and "collected" a couple of others.
- Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus - new album from the Jethro Tull main man
- Sound City - Real to Reel - soundtrack to Dave Grohl's documentary about the studio
- 10cc - Ten Out of 10 - which I have been after on CD forever
- Cinematic Orchestra - a selection I have made up, very interesting
On Friday, tickets for the Seasick Steve gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 May dropped on the doormat. Unusual one this, as it is for a Dog Charity and I will be going with James and his girlfriend,Tara. I am looking forward to that one.
Just hope that they don't gag when it comes to the FA Cup Final against Hull City in two weeks time.
I have been a bit annoyed by criticisms of the Arsenal set up this season. I agree that after being on top for so much of the season, maybe - just maybe - they should have finished stronger. I think however that people's expectations needed to be brought back a bit.
At the start of the season, pundits expected nothing from the Gunners - in fact, even as they topped the table at Christmas, nobody tipped them as Champions.
As has been proved right, they could simply not cope with games at the "top" clubs.
I resent the "I told you" from the smug pundits - there are lot of Arsenal-haters out there. They expected nothing of the Gunners. The bubble has burst.
If that is actually the case, tell me why they are fourth in the table ? The beauty of a league is that the team who finishes top deserves to be top - no more, no less.
In their defence, it was a close-thing. I wonder how close they could have come if Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Podolski and Jack Wilshere had not suffered long-term injuries when their form was excellent.
I do enjoy a fan's "what-if" and "if-only".
I think in honesty that Arsenal's squad needs increasing to improve it's strength in depth. The nucleus of the team is great, but lacks injury and rotation cover. A couple of players out and there is just no players to come in and do a job.
From a personal point of view, Nikolas Bendtner needs to be replaced and Yaya Sanogo needs experience at another club. In particular, I cannot see what Arsene Wenger sees in Sanogo - he does not seem to have a clue.
Relegation is now certain for Cardiff City and Fulham, if results go as expected Norwich City will join them in the drop.
To this armchair pundit, I think that Manchester City will get the results they need to win the title.
Until the next one...