Today's soundtrack: Bruce Springsteen - The River
Back on the interview trail last night, up in Preston (again) - when did Preston become the epicentre of the internal audit universe? Too early for proper feedback, but I managed to stretch my 30-45 minute interview into an hour and a quarter, which may or may not be a good sign. If nothing else, the poor bloke following me was restricted to half an hour as the building had to close at seven!
All of which meant I had to sacrifice the Everton-Sporting game, which kicked off at the ludicrous time of 5:45. Had to listen on Radio Merseyside on the way home. And but for ten seconds of madness with four minutes to go, it was all looking pretty good. A 2-0 lead, with no away goals, taken to the second leg would have been fine. As it was, 2-1, late penalty, sending off and things don't look so clear cut - making a victory feel a bit like a defeat. Still, we do take a lead into the second leg and so (just) have the upper hand. Just. Coupled with the news that Fellaini is out for the rest of the season following the horror tackle in the Derby and the Everton glass is looking more half empty than full at the moment.
Still, ManYoo at the weekend to look forward to. No pressure there then.
Speaking of ManYoo, they managed to pull off a slightly fortuitous away win at Milan last night - after being battered for the bulk of the first half, they went in at the interval level thanks to a goal that bounced of Paul Scholes' standing leg. Second half they did come out fighting, and thanks to the brilliance of The Boy, took a 3-1 lead before Milan clawed a late goal back.
Advantage United for the second leg then. Or rather advantage Rooney. Interesting to see that Siralex is claiming The Boy as one of United's 'homegrown' stars now, in the week before the game against the club that nurtured him and brought him on from the age of 9, and turned him into an England international before selling him for the best part of £25 million quid.
Think again, Alex.
Bit of Springsteen on the soundtrack today, actually the second disc of The River, Bruce's 1980 double album. I find The River to be a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the slower songs and ballads are amongst Bruce's best and most moving. Unfortunately they are accompanied by some of the most lumpen rockers he (or anyone) ever committed to vinyl. Cadillac Ranch, I'm a Rocker and Ramrod - I'm looking at you.
But when the album is good, it is very, very good indeed.
Here's one of the best - Stolen Car, filmed live in 1985.