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That Christmastime again!
at 15:22 20 Dec 2015

See what I did there with the username Wessex!!?

Firstly, the compliments of the season to the fine folk on this illustrious and honest messageboard. May your stockings be full and the beer never empty. Three occasional points would be nice too. And in 2016 here's to a calmer more unselfish world.

Well after twelve weeks away sans telephone or computer connection what has happened? It's like last season, the season before it, oh and the season before that all over again. When I put the cat and the lady in the Kangoo we'd won 4 running, now we are bottom and I see we appear to have erm......defensive frailties and no manager. What's gone on?
No...........don't bother, you are all at the games and so I will as ever await your wisdom rather than peddle anything from here.

So..without a manager one of the best defenders I've seen in a U's shirt in 50 years didn't want the job. There's summat not right. I support Mr Cowling and appreciate all his love for our club. I felt last year - and posted the same - that he may have got it wrong with Mr. Humes. His previous job and that of manager were never conspecific and did not transpose - ask Portsmouth, they did the same and had the same result with Afford. However, I'm a rarity in feeling that TH did well Durham, saved us with the Preston result and what I watched was prettier football. I wish him well, maybe in his old role. He did not deserve the abuse he copped either - shame on us. I will support the new man and remain grateful to RC.

I'm not someone who wants to say that a dip into Div 4 will be good for us - it won't.....look at Yeovil. I'm with you again here Durham, we need a manager now to get us out of the mess and once more to keep us in this precious place, so hard earned in the 90s.

And what about over here?
Well, thank you all for your good wishes earlier - this move was a scary thing for me to do. OK I've no mortgage any more and a house with an acre but it's not Essex or even a bit of blighty.

It's 20 degrees today, although there was a day's snow in October when we got here. I'm fed up with the power cuts [most weeks] and have been told by the Wolves fan who's building me my 6th studio that where electricity is concerned France is a 3rd world country. I can believe it. But....now we are connected to a phone line I am beginning to see the potential of somewhere where a beer is around £1.25 and a [good] coffee can be served to you for 85p. Diesel has just gone down to 66p a litre. The Beaujolais Nouveau you were drinking last month is excellent this year and costs me £1.53 a bottle. The people are gentle and kindly so long as you have a go at their lingo and are infinitely preferable to some of the expats I've bumped into. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you don't expect anything from anyone between 12 and 2.30! I'm miles from anywhere mind, the nearest bar [which serves 4 courses with wine at lunchtimes for €13 or about £9] and shops are 5 miles away on twisty roads where the occasional Renault 4 lurches at you in an attempt to get you into a ditch. As a birdwatcher who writes for Birdwatching magazine I don't like the hunt much at weekends but am getting used to it. The Limousin is very beautiful and the autumn colours breathtaking - we have them in Essex of course, but it was the enormity of this big big land which made them memorable. No Essex coast scenery which I miss, indeed, no sea for 150 miles!

And the football locally Pete - you asked a while ago?
Well, EF Aubusson FC look decent, are step 4 standard [AFC Sudbury] with excellent facilities and floodlights but for heaven's sake all home games ko at 8pm on a Sunday! No way. So I like the look of a little side at step 6 [West Bergholt level, Div 1 Ridgeons say] called US Felletin FC, nice stand, good welcome, they ko at 3pm and.............play in blue and white stripes. I'll give them a go first.

Anyway..............enough!
I'm hoping that now I am back to absorb the wisdom of this esteemed board once again - I cannot comment on performance as I cannot see it - that we'll now go on another 4 game winning run. That might give us a fighting chance eh Durham?

I wish the new chap every success and hope to God he knows about defence and motivation so that the confidence rises.

I repeat my very best to you all................

the artist formerly known as:- Somersetbarside, Alderney CUFC & IsleofWightexile......

Up the U's and those who who are in this with em.

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