CONGRATULATIONS to Wolves on their qualification for Europe.
I do hope, though, that Wolves fans will be on their best behaviour when they take their first overseas excursions. Remember, they are not just representing their club, but also their city.
The last thing any of us needs is the trouble there was on the ferry last time Wolves were in Europe. When their hooligans threw the cannons overboard and set fire to the sails.European adventure – Nuno
*A TK Maxx worker from Walsall has been spared jail after stealing £17,000 worth of clothes and accessories from his employer. His bosses monitored him for six days, during which time he half-inched £9,679 worth of stock.
That’s some going in TK Maxx. And probably just as well he didn’t work in Poundland.
IT WAS billed as the Amsterdam Nightclub Express, and it was certainly a weekend to remember. Some 22 years ago, a gang of us from this newspaper travelled to the Dutch capital to celebrate a colleague’s stag party, all for the princely sum of £20.
There was, of course, a catch. The reason it was called the Nightclub Express wasn’t because it was a particularly rapid travel experience – the journey was actually 17 hours by coach – but because the twenty-quid did not actually extend to overnight accommodation. We were expected to spend the entire night in a nightclub, and had essentially paid £20 to live as vagrants.
To be honest, we were too old for it then, and wild horses wouldn’t make me do it now. But we had a good laugh, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the city of windmills and canals. It was where I went on my first ‘grown-up’ holiday with friends back in the late 1980s, where if I remember rightly we actually spent most of the Saturday night in our hotel watching Jasper Carrott and drinking cheap champagne. It is the reason Van Der Valk is one of my favourite television dramas. It is city I have visited five times in the past 31 years, and is pretty dear to my heart.