He made the people happy


'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.'  

Bill Shankly



 Today, we remember Bill Shankly, who died exactly 25 years ago. He managed the great club called Liverpool from 1959-1974, taking them from the bottom of the second division to becoming the best team in the country. After he left, the foundations he laid down led to an unprecedented six league titles and three European Cups in nine seasons for his successor, Bob Paisley.

Shanks is the reason why I'm a Liverpool fan. His anecdotes and quotes are stuff of legend. And I personally think the best way to remember him is to remember the things he said:

'If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.' 

Radio Merseyside reporter to Shankly: 'Mr Shankly, why is it that your teams' unbeaten run has suddenly ended?' Shanks replied: 'Why don't you go and jump in the lake?'   
'Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.' 

To a translator, when being surrounded by gesticulating Italian journalists - 'Just tell them I completely disagree with everything they say!' 
'The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don't know the game.' 
'Son, you'll do well here as long as you remember two things. Don't over-eat and don't lose your accent.' - to Ian St John when he signed for Liverpool. 
To a journalist who suggested Liverpool were struggling – 'Ay, here we are with problems at the top of the league.' 

Talking to a reporter about Roger Hunt – 'Yes Roger Hunt misses a few, but he gets in the right place to miss them.' 

Explaining to Kevin Keegan what's expected of him at Anfield - 'Just go out and drop a few hand grenades all over the place son!' 

'I know this is a sad occasion, but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd to Goodison than Everton on a Saturday afternoon' – speaking at the funeral of Everton legend Dixie Dean 
'If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains.' 
'Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I'd been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands, and cut a hole in the lid.' - after beating Everton in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final 

Addressing the Liverpool fans who turned up in their thousands to welcome the team home despite losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final - 'Chairman Mao has never seen a greater show of red strength.' 
After signing Ron Yeats - 'With him in defence, we could play Arthur Askey in goal.' 

To Alan Ball after he'd signed for Everton - 'Never mind Alan, at least you'll be able to play next to a great team' 

To Tommy Smith after he'd turned up for training with a bandaged knee - 'Take that poof bandage off, and what do you mean YOUR knee, it's LIVERPOOL'S knee !' 
To the players after failing to sign Lou Macari - 'I only wanted him for the reserves anyway.'

To Ian St John - 'If you're not sure what to do with the ball, just pop it in the net and we'll discuss your options afterwards.' 
'In my time at Anfield we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside - Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.' 

About the This-is-Anfield plaque - 'This is to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against.' 
'Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday amd would I have got married during the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.' 
Shankly to the Brussels hotel clerk who queried his signing 'Anfield' as his address on the hotel register: 'But that's where I live.' 
Shankly explaining rotation to a reporter - 'Laddie, I never drop players, I only make changes.' 
Comparing the Anfield pitch to other grounds - 'It's great grass at Anfield, professional grass!' 
'The difference between Everton and the Queen Mary is that Everton carry more passengers!' 
To a local barber, who in 1968 had asked 'Anything off the top? Shanks retorted: 'Aye, Everton!' 
On awaiting Everton's arrival for a derby game at Anfield, Shankly gave a box of toilet rolls to the doorman and said: 'Give them these when they arrive – they'll need them!' 
'I always look in the Sunday paper to see where Everton are in the league – starting, of course, from the bottom up.' 
To Chris Lawler during a training session at Melwood – 'Was it a goal? Was I off-side?' Lawler replied: 'You were boss.' Shanks then quipped: 'Christ, son, you've been here four years, hardly said a word and, when you do, it's a bloody lie!' 
To Tommy Smith during training – 'You son, could start a riot in a graveyard.' 

'There's Man. Utd and Man. City at the bottom of Division 1, and by God they'll take some shifting.' 
'It's a 90 minute game for sure. In fact I used to train for a 190 minute game so that when the whistle blew at the end of the match I could have played another 90 minutes.' 

On a wartime Scotland v England match – 'We absolutely annihilated England. It was a massacre. We beat them 5-4.' 
After losing to Ajax in the 1967 European Cup - 'We cannae play these defensive continental sides!'
Shanks and Tommy Docherty were at a game. There was a player every other club coveted on view. Docherty said to Shanks: '100,000 wouldn't buy him.' Shanks retorted: 'Yeah, and I'm one of the 100,000!' 
What Shanks disliked about football: 'The end of the season.' 

On hearing a rival manager was unwell: 'I know what's wrong - he's got a bad side!' 

To reporters after a 3-0 defeat – 'They're nothing but rubbish. Three breakaways, that's all they got.' 

Talking about Tommy Smith – 'If he isn't named Footballer of the Year, football should be stopped and the men who picked any other player should be sent to the Kremlin.' 

After winning the FA Cup in 1974 Shankly goes into a fish and chip shop and orders a fish supper. The woman at the counter asks: 'Mr Shankly, shouldn't they be having steak suppers?' Shanks replied: 'No lass, they'll get steak suppers when they win the double!' 
To the Anfield PA during a match – 'Jesus Christ, son, can ye no' talk into that microphone when the players are in the penalty box. You're putting them off, you're doing more damage than the opposition.' 
Shankly on boardroom meetings - 'At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques.' 
Talking about the Liverpool fans – 'I'm just one of the people who stands on the kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It's a kind of marriage of people who like each other.' 
Explaining on what the off-side rule should be - 'If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be.' 
'I was only in the game for the love of football - and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.' 
'"If you can't make decisions in life, you're a bloody menace. You'd be better becoming an MP!' 
When told he had never experienced playing in a derby - 'Nonsense! I've kicked every ball, headed out every cross. I once scored a hat-trick; One was lucky, but the others were great goals.' 

After a 0-0 draw at Anfield – 'What can you do playing against 11 goalposts!'
Waxing lyrical about Ian Callaghan - 'He typifies everything that is good in football, and he has never changed. You could stake your life on Ian.' 
'Fire in your belly comes from pride and passion in wearing the red shirt. We don't need to motivate players because each of them is responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. The status of Liverpool's players keeps them motivated.' 
'Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.'

On the leaving of Liverpool – 'It was the most difficult thing in the world, when I went to tell the chairman. It was like walking to the electric chair. That's the way it felt.'

Rest in peace old man. Rest in peace.


By this time next week…

I'll be a father. It's beginning to dawn on me. It's closer than ever, and somehow, I'm only beginning to realise it.

No, she hasn't arrived yet. We're dangerously close to the induction date, and it's beginning to look like this one is going all the way. My wife has been remarkably brave and dignified about the whole thing, personally, I'd have fallen to pieces. My respect for her has tripled. I had a discussion about childbirth with a colleague at work yesterday, and we both agreed, men can NEVER, EVER handle the childbirth process. We're too rational, too 'get-up-and-go', we would have figured out a way to get the foetus out as soon as it was conceived, and put it in a test tube in some lab, and come back and fetch our kids after 9 months.

Anyway, I will do my best to post on my blog when the event finally happens, but in the meantime, please keep us in your prayers, and you can all PLEASE leave words of encouragement for my wife, she reads the blog and I'm sure she'll be glad to see that there are other people thinking of her.


Taking bets

Staff in my office have started placing bets on whether our baby will be a boy or a girl. Now, I know, I know the answer and to be fair, I've only told one of them. ;) But hey, it's all a bit of fun.

I think it will be more interesting to guess when she'll finally arrive. I've got a hunch that she'll show up on the 28th, as it's her aunt's (my wife's sister's) birthday then. That will make it a lot easier to remember birthdays for me, huh? lol. If the induction goes ahead on the 30th, then she could be coming on October 1st, Nigeria's Independence day. Again, a special day !! Also, that means we'll both have birthdays in October, mine being October 30th. Or, maybe even September 30th, my manager's sister's birthday, and exactly one month before mine? September 29th, exactly one month before our wedding anniversary?

It's driving me mad I tell you !!!


It’s now or never…..

Before you ask, no, no baby yet !!

My wife's friend got pregnant around the same time as her, and her due date was on Tuesday. Well, she went into labour on Saturday, and is now the proud mother of a little baby girl !! So while she gave birth 3 days ahead of schedule, my wife is currently one week overdue, so as you can imagine, she is insanely jealous at the moment !!

Anyway, we're still on standby, nothing to report yet !!


Are you having a laugh?

He earns 3 times my yearly salary in one week. But apparently, Michael Ballack says that property in London is too expensive, and "it's better to rent". He's rented a home in Wimbledon, where he lives with his partner and 3 sons.

I have all the sympathy in the world for him, and would happily agree to swap salaries, if his salary is becoming a problem. What do these footballers spend their money on? Then again, I'm guessing the kind of house he was looking to buy might cost a million or two, but I'm sure he can find a bank in England (and even Germany) that will happily give him a mortgage !!

 The bottom line is, footballers should shut up about how they are struggling to survive with their salaries, and let the little people like us feel happy with our miniscule wages. Ashley Cole was talking about how he almost crashed his car when he heard that Arsenal were offering him £50,000 a week instead of £55,000.

Boo Hoo.



Induction booked…..

We went into the hospital today to see the doctor, and book the induction of labour just in case. My poor wife is 3 days overdue now, no contractions, no twinges, nothing. So, we've booked the induction for the 30th of September at 7.30pm. Hopefully, the baby will come naturally before then.

If we have to do the induction, then I'll take my wife to the hospital, and once she's settled in, and the induction has begun, I have to go home, and there's no space for me in the hospital overnight. If labour starts, then they'll call me, and I can come back. Obviously, if this happens, I'll go home, and sit down, I can imagine myself already, I won't be able to do anything, watch TV, nothing, I'll be a nervous wreck !! Hopefully though, it won't come to that.


Joystiq’s most impressive gamer rig

Wow. Talk about impressive. Joystiq reader Kevout wow the above competition with his "32-system gamer rig (21-connected), Photoshop labeling skills, nice organization, and TV pity case." According to him, he did pick the TV out of a dumpster, as he prefers to spend his money on games, not a 'proper TV'. And for winning what does he get? A free copy of Dead Rising for the Xbox 360. Just great. Another game to add to the 568 he already owns. This guy needs to see a shrink, and fast. I'm guessing:

  • No girlfriend

  • Lives with his mum

Probably no job either, I can't see how he can have time for a 'real life' with all of this.

Then again, if you think that is sad, have a look at this. Nuff said.

September 18th…

I can't get over how quickly today has arrived. Yup, today is the baby's due date. Month's of preparation has come to this. Today, we begin to wait for her to make an appearance. She's really comfortable where she is though, and is showing no signs of wanting to come out soon.

Baby O, we're eagerly awaiting your arrival. You're going to be the most loved child on this island, that's for sure. Just do me a favour, go easy on your mum, ok ?



Imagine looking out of your window on a Sunday morning, and seeing a large cloud of thick, black SMOKE. A constant stream of explosions, and sirens. Well, that was what we went through this morning.

Apparently, the fire was from a nearby plastics factory. It's all calmed down now, but I'll be taking a stroll later today, to get as close to the site as possible.

I love you, tomorrow….

Tomorrow is the due date....how time has flown !! Can't believe how 9 months has flown by !!

Will the baby be coming tomorrow? Only God knows. I just hope she allows me to finish the Liverpool Chelsea match this afternoon !!


Hospital Information

A friend of mine was in the hospital awaiting the arrival of her first child. When I telephoned the hospital to see if the baby had arrived, Dr. Wilson said it had. I asked if it was a boy or girl and was told that it was against hospital policy to give this information over the phone."Fine," I said. "I can understand that. But can you tell me what she didn't have?"

"It wasn't a boy," replied Dr. Wilson.


Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group Meeting

Tonight was the inagural meeting of the above named group, and I was fortunate enough to attend. It was held at Microsoft Campus in Reading's Thames Valley Park.

It was a very productive meeting, and there was about 10 people there (I think), and we had 3 sessions, the first was about the new features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 by Eileen Brown, the second was about mobility with Exchange Server 2003 by Nathan Winters, the founder of the group. Then Eileen took us through some of Exchange's unified messaging features, which were really cool, like checking your email by phone, making and canceling appointments in your calendar, and checking voicemail.

All in all, it was a great meeting, and I'm already looking forward to the next one !! There's another meeting in London tomorrow, if you're so inclined. I highly recommend it !

So who do we believe ???

Chelsea have gone on and on and on about how William Gallas threatened to score an own goal if they played him. After releasing a press statement, it was in their mach program this weekend. Like Gallas says, "Even if Chelsea has much money, its new leaders lack class" and I agree 110%.

But who do we believe? BMW (Big Mouth William) Gallas, Peter Kenyon or Jose Mourinho?

Peter Kenyon - who inisted that he had never met Sven Goran Ericsson, when in fact he had met him twice.


Jose Mourinho - who insisted that he saw Frank Rijkaard go into the referee's room at half-time, when he hadn't.



Email subscription…

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We remember


It's been 5 years since the unthinkable happened. September 11th 2001 changed all our lives forever.

Where were you when it happened? How did you find out?

I had just arrived in the UK from Nigeria on September 7th, getting ready to start my masters course. As usual, the sudden change in the weather had made me ill, so I was home with flu symtptoms. Watching TV, I was going through the channels on Sky, and when I got to the block of news channels, I was suprised to see that every single one of them was showing 'Breaking News' of some sort !! So I flicked over to CNN to see what was going on, saw the tower on fire, and listened as they described that a plane had 'hit' the tower. Less than a minute later, we all watched as the second tower was hit by another plane, and suddenly realised that this was no accident.

I sat in front of the TV all day, as news came in about an attack on the Pentagon, there were rumours and counter rumours all day. I was in shock, how could something this horrible have happened? How can you hate someone so much, someone you have never met, someone you have never interacted with, how can you justify the killing of innocents? I almost began to cry when I saw people jumping out of the buildings, to escape the heat, they preferred to die that way.

The next day, I went out to buy newspapers to read on the incident, and I think that was the day I 'discovered' that tabloids are not exactly the best source for news, I can still remember one headline that read "60,000 dead" with a picture of the burning towers as a backdrop.

So much has been said about Sept. 11, so many articles written, so many interviews, wars, etc. As far as I'm concerned, the cycle of violence has just gone round and round again. We need to sort out this hatred of the Western world, and find out what it is about the West that makes a man think that killing himself, and thousands of others in the process, will make the world a better place, because it obviously doesn't.

Don’t you dare…..

Mention anything about football to me. Not after Liverpool's result on Saturday.

In case you don't know the score, here's someone who does.

Very clever Mr. Johnson, I'm impressed, you can actually count to 3 !!

In protest, I didn't watch any football matches or highlights all weekend. Liverpool FC, you broke my heart !!


New Blog….

I've started a new blog over here, which I intend to use for all technology based posts. It will be mainly for news and views about technology, but I'll also post a few reviews from time to time. Also, some time in the near future, I hope to write up some technical articles about my field of expertise, Information management, email archival and administration.

My plan is to use the blog to practice my technical writing, but if anyone reads it, that will be a major plus !!

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone.


You must be having a laugh…

If you were like me, then yesterday, after switching between the boring England match, and the more exciting France v. Italy match, you would have gone to the web to see the results for all the evening's matches. One match looked like it was a typo:

San Marino 0 Germany 13

Germany broke the European scoring record as they walloped the hapless team from San Marino. After England's 5-0 win over Andorra, and Scotland's 6-0 thrashing of the Faroe Islands, a lively debate has begun in Europe on whether these minnows should be allowed to play in a mini qualification tournament first with each other, before meeting the big guns, to reduce these kinds of scorelines.

San Marino has a population of 27,000.
Andorra has a population of about 70,000.
The Faroe Islands has a population of about 47,000.

I don't agree with this thinking, as in the end at least one of them will get out of this 'qualification' and we will still see these scorelines. The argument is that this will allow them to win some matches, but I reckon they prefer that they all have an opportunity to play with the 'superstars' of football !!


First Babies….

OK, I've been hearing two different arguments about this. Are first babies usually born early, or late?

I've heard convincing arguments for both, but at the moment, I think I'm more persuaded to 'late'.

Also, our nursery thermometer shows that the room is too hot for a baby. The temperature is somewhere between 24-27 degrees (Celsius). Anyone out there with suggestions on how to cool the room down? I was telling my wife yesterday, that back in Nigeria, we all had to live with much high temperatures, and babies coped. Or am I being plain silly?


Honesty is not always the best policy….

Last week.

Job interview.

Interview has gone well until:

Interviewer: So how would your friends describe you?

Boso: Honest, hardworking and friendly.

Interviewer: Honest? Do you realize that honesty can sometimes get you into trouble? Can you give an example when this has happened to you?

Boso gives a few examples. Intense questions about honesty.

Interviewer: So what would you have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight?

Boso: Well, maybe I could have been a bit economical with the truth, but I'm a terrible liar, so I don't bother with lying.

Next day.

Agency: "I'm sorry, but you didn't get the job. They said that your honesty was a big problem. As a customer support engineer, they need you to keep their customer's sweet, they feel you will tell them things as they are, and they don't want that."

So I've learnt a valuable lesson. Honesty is not always a good thing.