A word of advice for any would-be MFW writer. In a nutshell: go for it! It’s fun, and in Gary Gowers we have an editor who’s unfailingly sympathetic, flexible and supportive. Well, almost unfailingly. You need to know that every year there’s one day of complete embarrassment and ritual humiliation for the writers on this site. You see, every summer Gary gets us to predict the outcome of the season ahead.
I’ve contributed less than usual to this forum over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I’ve been occupied by the serious illness – in one case terminal – of my mum and brother. I mention that not for sympathy (it’s a rare blip in a happy and fortunate life), but because it gives you some different perspectives. One of those, at least, relates to Norwich City.
My university tutor was a pioneer in the field of semiotics. If I’d spent less of my time on extra-curricular activities, I’d perhaps be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s something to do with the process of signs and meanings. Highly relevant, then, in considering our win over Sheffield Wednesday. Before I do that, a disclaimer. My article last week was meant to be conciliatory; there’s a divide among our fan base, and I’ve no wish to inflame it.
@SJT78508478@Rachael_Swindon I think Attlee supporters would have been pleased with a Labour PM who won 3 elections and doubled NHS spend, among much else. They might be less impressed with a leader who seems content to be in whinging opposition
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