I AM Norwegian, however, I have been a supporter of Blackpool FC since 1953.
I was 10 years old at that time, and I went to the cinema where on Saturdays and Sundays they showed the latest news from Norway and short reports from England, France and Germany.
This was before we had any TV system in Norway. Under the English news they showed the scores from the cup final, Blackpool against Bolton, 4-3, and from that time I was caught up with the heroes like Stanley Mattews and Stan Mortensen.
Since then I have followed the club – all the way down and fortunately the way up in the recent years.
Especially last year was exciting when Ian Holloway, with more or less with the same crew, changed the team to a winning team and joined the Premier League.
This month I saw Blackpool live for the first time.
It was fantastic to join the supporters at Bloomfield Road. The weather and atmosphere were splendid and the enthusiasm enormous.
OK – they lost against Arsenal, but I was impressed with both of the team and the public involvment.
Thank you all for a fantastic experience.
This is a good thing if the shops and cafes around St Johns Square have got together and paid for it.
But if, as I suspect, this is another cunning way to spend my tax money, then it’s in the same league as the comedy carpet and wedding chapel as stunningly inappropriate.
This is when thousands are losing their jobs.
I was driving down Church Street last night, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Wheel, it has appeared from nowhere.
It certainly is of impressive proportions.
Are we trying to lever a bit back from Manchester with pedestrianised squares, big wheels and wooing the political parties for their conference trade?
The Wheel is ok, we are supposed to be a holiday resort, what do you expect? I will be going on it.
On the other hand, is it too late to turn that stupid wedding chapel into something useful?