I set off this morning to fly overseas from the Midlands. The flight was delayed an hour by high winds at Schiphol. That made me miss the connecting flight to the Philippines. I’m now delayed again as the next flight has technical problems, but I should arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow evening if it flies as it is now scheduled. I will finally arrive at my destination, where Shane awaits me, tomorrow night, about twelve hours late. A twenty hour journey has expanded to thirty two or so, assuming the connection works. I don’t want to imagine how long it will take if the next connection is missed as well. Blogging in these circumstances will inevitably be ‘light’.
Gary Speed traffic is still coming in at five thousand a day, after sending Tap Blog to new records this last two weeks. About 20% of the traffic is clicking onto other stories which isn’t bad. Maybe the Blog’s visitor numbers will get a longer term lift from having 250,000 new visitors in ten days.
The Gary Speed thread itself has gone quiet now the information coming in seems to suggest earlier paedophile abuse as a likely component of Gary’s tragic death. The question is, was Gary going to write about this in his autobiography, which he claims in his website was imminent? His co-writer seems to be backing off in the light of events. Most people can’t quite believe such a successful person with everything to live for, would commit suicide. I think they’re right. But most people don’t want to think about how young footballers are frequently exploited by perverts who get into positions of trust inside football clubs. Parents should be on the lookout.
UPDATE – Flight connection missed in Hong Kong! Arrived at 2 am after leaving UK house at 6 AM two days earlier. I make that 36 hours travelling time. It’s wet season here. Cool enough but rain fairly sloshing down. Baby due within a month or so. Lots of things needed. Household well staffed, so not needing me to do the night shift! That’s one reason we’re here, I guess.