Penalty for publishing economics

Link: Thought Experiments : The Blog: Footballer Talks Sense Shock.

Thank you, Bryan Appleyard, for finding something interesting to say about football, which I thought an impossible feat. I followed his link to the Guardian and bring you this lovely juxtaposition of football speak and modern publishing economics:

"Steven Gerrard’s first role as England captain was to act as peacemaker last night to prevent Joey Barton’s introduction creating any divisions in a squad that prides itself on its sense of togetherness. Barton’s inflammatory remarks about the post-World Cup autobiographies have gone down badly among certain players, particularly Frank Lampard, and Gerrard tried to nip it in the bud ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.

Although Barton was typically unapologetic when he joined the squad for the first time, there were handshakes and conciliatory gestures when Gerrard introduced him to a group of players whom he had previously attacked in interviews. None the less, there is still a sense of resentment lingering beneath the surface about the way Barton criticised the likes of Gerrard, Lampard and Ashley Cole, saying: "England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? ‘We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like shit. Here’s my book’."  "

History of the month

There are some lovely choices this month at the History Bookshop. They are offering 30 per cent off  Nick Foulkes’  Dancing into Battle, which "focuses on the mad social whirl that was the British aristocracy in Brussels in the months before Waterloo, and whether you have an interest in military history, the social history of the time, or just want a very enjoyable historical read it’s highly recommended." Lots of books, articles, themes on the site, as well as a pretty decent offer on BBC History Magazine (recently subscribed to and recommended by the inhabitants of Petrona Towers) and the "pick a year" feature, where you enter the year of your choice (AD or the thankfully politically incorrect BC) to see what went on in the world — this was quite popular with some Petrona visitors when I posted about it last month.