Campbell receives work permit but further loan spell still a possibility

16 07 2013

I’m actually quite excited about this.
Since we first signed Campbell I have been hopeful that he actually might make the grade in the red and white.

I really wouldn’t mind it if we kept him around the club until January and gave him playing time in the cup competitions.

Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth

Almost two years since he officially became an Arsenal player, Joel Campbell finally received the news that he had long been waiting for when it was confirmed last night that he has been granted a work permit enabling him to play in England.

The Costa Rican winger, who has scored seven goals in 25 senior outings for his country, has spent the ensuing period out on loan, first with Lorient in France and then with Real Betis last season. Despite being a regular on the right flank for both of his temporary sides, the athletic and powerful youngster failed to find the scoresheet with regularity, scoring a combined total of just five league goals in two years.

However, many other aspects of his game have improved considerably since he departed on temporary transfer. The 21-year-old’s close control has improved markedly, whilst his decision making is also far more accurate than…

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2 months on

9 05 2013

2 months on


8 04 2013


7 weeks old

Quick and easy Saag Aloo

5 04 2013

Finally decided what I am going to make for dinner tonight… Saag Aloo.

I am not completely convinced that anyone in India has ever had Saag Aloo / would recognise what we server here in the UK but for some reason the combination of spinach, potatoes and spices gets me everytime!

Feeds 4 – sort of:

  • 4 medium potatoes 
  • 400g spinach puree
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green finger chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Half tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Finely chop the garlic and the green chillies. Stir the green chillies into the spinach puree along with the lemon juice, and leave to sit in a bowl. 

Next, dice the potatoes into small pieces no larger than one square inch each. Do not pre boil tha potatoes as otherwise they will end up as mush. Chop the onion and finely mince the garlic.

Now bring the oil to heat on high in a medium-sized pan. When it’s hot, add the chopped onion and garlic and saute for five minutes until golden. Then add the potato pieces, cumin and coriander powders and stir on the high heat for five minutes or until the potato edges start going translucent. If the spices start getting stuck to the bottom of the bottom add a tablespoon of hot water and scrape it off.

Next add hot water to the pan until it comes half way up to the potatoes. Lower the heat to a medium and cook the potatoes until they are done. This will take between 5 and 10 minutes depending upon how fresh your potatoes are, and you have to stir regularly.

When you can easily insert a fork through the potatoes without breaking them, mix in the spinach. Add salt to taste, you will need a fair bit to lift the spinach, and simmer for 5 minutes.

4 weeks old

4 04 2013

4 weeks old

An ode to Banelings

3 04 2013




Biding time the burrowed baneling waits,

Footsteps patter overhead,

Boom, boom.

Bye,bye bio-ball.

Hello chums!

3 04 2013

So yeah you might have noticed I haven’t been around here much….1 post in 6 months, hardly going to set the World alight with that pace!

Guess it is cliche in the extreme but life kind of got in the way visitors from the UK and Germany have all demanded time as has a more permanent visitor. If you have still been bothering to come around here you might have seen my most recent post.

Yeah, she is kinda the “BIG” reason that I haven’t bothered myself with too much blogging. 

That will change though I promise….sort of.


17 07 2012

This little chap was hiding in the bushes at Future Forest in Keakil, County Cork

The curious case of Alberto Méndez: An ‘Arsenal transfer’s story’

11 07 2012

I had forgotten all about Mendez until the other day when I found a match worn shirt of his for sale…Sadly I didn’t feel like spending 200 quid on it.
Must say it is nice to remember one of the nearly men of yesteryear


The name of Alberto Méndez is one familiar to aficionados of Premier League stars who never were, that of a Wenger signing who never quite made the grade at Arsenal. In 1997 he was ‘the craziest football story of the summer’, but joined the small list of players including the likes of Stefan Malz and Tomas Danilevicus who came from nowhere but never fulfilled the potential Wenger saw in them. For every Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry there are hundreds of these, young men plucked from obscurity, very much a hallmark of Wenger’s successful transfer policies.

However, Alberto has a story of his own to tell. Andrey Arshavin may not know it, but this previous incumbent of the number 23 shirt also went on to become a skillful midfielder. Like Arshavin, this season has been a tumultuous one for the German of Spanish descent.

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Peep Show series 7 is on it’s way WOOOOO!

5 11 2010

Well the wait is nearly over; on November 26th Channel 4 will be showing the first episode of the new series of Peep Show, it’s 7th season thus far.

As you might have guessed I am rather excited about this, I love Peep Show, I have been hooked ever since I first saw it.

I could go on and on with a long list of things that I enjoy about it but a far more qualified man than I sums it up perfectly –

Ricky Gervais, the main man himself, has been quoted as saying that “the last thing I got genuinely excited about on British TV was Peep Show, which I      thought was the best sitcom since Father Ted” and that it is”the best show on television today”

I can’t wait to see how things work out with Mark being a “dad” now especially as he is now relegated to the depths of waiting tables…



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