Bit busy today, so just a quickie to keep you all going.
Jarv Is is Jarvis Cocker’s new musical vehicle, and the Sheffield superstar is the first mainstream artist to release a “proper” lockdown song.
It’s called House Music All Night Long.
Of course, it wasn’t a lockdown song when he released it at the end of February, but wow – did he see it coming or what?
And much as I told you that Baxter Dury’s I’m Not Your Dog was the best song of the year (so far). This one has the best lyric of the year (so far). Only Jarvis could come up with a rhyming couplet like this:
Goddamn this claustrophobia
‘Cause I should be disrobing you
It was another one I couldn’t believe I’d heard right. But I had, and actually, the whole song is packed with clever plays on words.
Soon: more music from middle-aged white men. But right now, I’m off to roast a lamb (not a euphemism).
Something here while I look through a disappointing lot of photos from yesterday and clean sand out of everything and everywhere – everywhere – after sundowners on Llandudno beach yesterday evening.
We appear to have brought back quite a lot of the beach with us. It’s amazing to consider that there is any beach left given the number of people down there yesterday that must have brought an equal amount of beach back with them.
We’re struggling a little today. Mrs 6000 slipped on the dodgy stairs down to the beach yesterday and twisted her knee, so she’s sore and limping around this morning.
The beagle is suffering slightly after it decided to steal and wolf down 2 slices of pizza, each generously topped with piquante peppers. This was yesterday evening, it was thoroughly scolded and it still hasn’t been able to look me in the eye since.
And 6000 Jr is unwell. If he’d been to Italy or China, I’d be very concerned, but he hasn’t, and so I’m just quite concerned. Fresh air, drugs, rest and relaxation is the best we can do for him. And possibly a brandy later (for me).
So let’s have some good news: Sheffield United… I mean… What. A. Season.
Another hard-fought win yesterday, another 3 points and the dream continues.
Bullet header. Great saves. Fantastic effort. Amazing team spirit. Unbelievable belief. You make your own luck*.
And yes, I know that some of my readers are left cold by football. That’s fine. I’m not, and I’m having a great time at the moment.
I’ll get back to my photos now. Might share some a bit later. Maybe tomorrow.
Watch this space.
Tonight’s experiment: doing a pub quiz on 4½ hours sleep.
Last month’s control experiment (normal amount of sleep) went really well, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any change this time around.
But last night was Round 5 of the FA Cup and we needed extra time to overcome a plucky Reading side. That extra half hour (plus a bit for changeovers and post-match comments etc) plus the 2 hour time difference are what’s done the damage. I’m struggling to stay awake now and it’s only lunchtime.
I always watch these videos. I never share them. But this one I am sharing, because it’s one that I will go back to from time to time.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder speaks about our 0-1 defeat to Manchester City last night:
Quotes of note:
You’ve got two clubs there tonight that are a million miles apart. One’s spent about a billion pounds and the other one is on its own journey, which I’m not embarrassed about… and we’ve gone toe to toe with them and left everything out there.
I thought they were excellent, outstanding. I thought every part of the football club was outstanding tonight.
And he’s right. It’s not often I feel this proud after the Blades lose. We went down fighting. We tried our best, but sometimes, your best simply isn’t enough and this was one of those times. Manchester City are undoubtedly the best team we’ve played or will play this season. The fact that the scorer of their only goal is probably worth more than our entire squad put together gives me some solace, even if it gives us no points.
A draw would have been wonderful, a win amazing. But we’ve clearly raised ourselves for this run of Big 6 games over the past month. We now need to keep it going as we head into a run of matches against the rest of the Premiership.