Football round-up: The Fault In Our Stars.

Hi All,
Still feeling cheesey, so shortened fare again.

Sunday 3rd March

Football Round-up

1 Cheltenham ( The Robins )

Still going reasonably well in the league. Beat Wimbledon (2 - 1) yesterday (2 /3)  ending three successive drawn games.

Looking at the stats, Cheltenham have drawn thirteen games this season. No more please!

They lie currently in the play-offs, in sixth place with 58 points; but significantly only one point away from third place and automatic promotion.
So Robins Go For It !

 Newcastle  ( The Toons )

Made several useful French signings during the January transfer window. They are beginning to bed down and play as a team. Importantly their spirit is good.

There is, however no room for complacency as they currently reside in 15th position on 30 points, level with rivals Sunderland and a mere 6 points from the drop-zone.

Expecting better things soon ( Ha'way The Lads )

3  Everton  ( The Toffees )

You may remember awhile ago, I mentioned that Everton, of the Premier League, were drawn against Cheltenham in the F.A. Cup. They brought a strong side to the Robins and won 0 - 2.

I pointed out then, that at 11/1 they were a good bet to go close to winning the cup.
This is proving to be the case and they are now one game away from the semi- finals of the competition.

Next Saturday ( 9/ 3) at 12:45 they are home to Wigan in the cup. They should win with something to spare, especially after Wigan's inept display yesterday ( 2/ 3) against Liverpool, loosing 0- 4.

Meanwhile on the Sunday ( 10 / 3 ) Manchester United play Chelsea ( 16:30 ).
This means one of the top teams will drop out,  easing Everton's passage to the final.
We shall see.


" The Fault In Our Stars. "

Last week I mentioned this book by John Green; my Twitter's book club ( @1book140 ) choice for February.
I also explained that the book's target audience was intended to be Teen/ Young Adult.

It is, quite simply a book for all ages, which runs through the gamut of human emotions. Sad, but oddly life-effacing, considering the two teens, Hazel and Augustus are both suffering from advanced stage cancer.

I was reminded of that phrase spoken by the sword/ dancing teacher Syrio Forel to his pupil Arya Stark, in the wonderful television series ' Game Of Thrones ' " If you see death approaching , you say, not today ! "

The book  shows the building of the relationship between Hazel and ' Gus, with wonderful dialogue throughout. It makes some unexpected turns and twists, which keeps the reader engrossed.

I liked the way Mr. Green, never talked down to the teens, using an authentic voice at all times and also encouraged family values.

In the Twitter Q. and A. session with the author , we learned it has been translated into many languages  and there will be a film in the future. Furthermore it is now being read by adults.

Highly to be recommended.


Well at last we are rid of that dreadful month of February. March promises warmer temperatures, lighter nights and with the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival only 9 days away, things are slowly looking up.
Have a good week.


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