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April 12, 2007

Brighton FC tempt manager with "three–course–meal" gum

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oompah loompahGreat picture on the beeb today.

Looks like Dean Wilkins, manager of Brighton, has been stealing three-course-meal gum from Mr Willy Wonka.

Now we all know what happens to people who steal from Mr Wonka – that’s right, relegation and humiliation.

Maybe this explains why the Brighton players are all rather short – Oompa-Loompas!


Cheerio Billy

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Billy and SheilaI’m off tomorrow to go to my Uncle Billy’s funeral. He died on April fools day and is being buried on Friday 13th – I think he’d have liked that.

The picture is of Billy at his wedding to Sheila just last September.

Billy was a rather remarkable chap for any number of reasons. He was funny and caring to the nth degree and never could sustain a grudge. He will be missed a great deal by all who knew him.

Billy had a condition called Muscular Dystrophy – a degenerative condition that meant his muscles wasted away. A nasty thing which meant it became increasingly difficult to do the simple things, like walk or lift things. The thing about MD is that it can seriously impact on life expectancy. That he died aged 64 is a thing to be both grateful for and amazed by.

He once asked a doctor whether there was a support group for people like him and he was told – well, no – there aren’t any people like you. They got that right on so many levels!

My Dad is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats this year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He wanted to do this while Billy was still around so he could get involved and take part, but sadly that isn’t going to happen. I will hopefully be joining him for one part of this – Bristol to Ludlow.

If anyone wants to throw a fiver my Dad’s way to support this charity in memory of remarkable guy then you can do so at

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