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A Slow Start — Fantasy Football

Like the sales of my book, Stones of Judgment (see below for more details), Belle’s Babes got off to a slow start. I did manage more points that I have sales for the novel — but that is not hard! I picked Lukaku as captain and though he put in a spirited 35 minutes or so over two games, he didn’t deliver the goods — just four measly points.

I have some catching up to do and some team changes to make. I will think about this tonight ahead of Week 2, which starts at 12.35pm tomorrow. 

I did spend more time watching football than actually thinking about picking my players. First at Loftus Road, where it was brought home how long the season is going to be for Ipswich. They have a super skill deficit to overcome and I am not sure how that will happen. Gabriel, who Ms. Moneypenny of the FT would refer to as CC#2, and I sat among the QPR faithful who, to be fair, didn’t rate their team either until the 90th minute when they scored and sent three quarters of the crowd home happy. 

On Wednesday night we headed to Stamford Bridge for our first glimpse of Chelsea live. It was a balmy evening. An early goal (OG following loads of pressure) looked to set Chelsea on the way for a easy win but somehow all the midfield possession didn’t quite end up as a threat when it reached the 18 yard box, not for want of trying. Aston Villa took the initiative five seconds (I kid you not because I counted) before half time as Benteke slotted in what looked like an impossible shot. We were sitting way down the other end, which put us at a disadvantage in the second half as Chelsea was attacking away from us.

Ivanovic is a stalwart of both Belles Babes and Chelsea: he got me 15 points in Week One and secured three for Chelsea on Wednesday night. A thundering header from the middle of the six yard box off a great delivery from a free kick by Lampard. Lukaku had won the foul. No points for that for Fantasy Football.

So onwards and I hope upwards as far as the Pigeon Wing league table is concerned. I am languishing in 13th place but I have £2m in the bank and a few ideas. I will write more on why this is a good use of my time after Week 2. 



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Keeping to a routine: dogs, football, pelicans and other friendly subjects

I have blogged now for a month. Three things are obvious: dogs get the greatest response, friends do not have staying power, and time is the hardest constraint. I have thus resolved to do the following:

1. Write about my dog at least once a week  — and other animals too if possible

2. Tie everything I write about my dog (and other animals — see pelican below) to promoting my book in some way. This has proved hard with the pelican.


3. Abandon trying to get my friends to start the word of mouth necessary to get people I don’t know to read my book. They mean well but it’s just not happening folks

4. Start writing about football — it’s a love I share with billions of people, and some of them even read books. There are not many games during the summer so I have to keep my interest alive — and who knows, my next book might be set inside the world of football – I’ve been inside that fortress in Switzerland known as the home of FIFA and have even met Mr. Blatter — I have credentials.

Let’s see what the next month brings.

ps. This is the link to the book if anyone wants to download it. There are no pelicans in this one but it’s a great summer read — I will have to say that myself as others haven’t quite picked up on it yet! 

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