The killing of Marie Colvin in Syria has left her confrère Monsieur Salut in reflective mood for much of the day.
I meant to post something about the 2-0 win for the Reserves over Birmingham City – well done, Lads – but didn’t. I wondered about posting photographs showing off the respective charms of Sunderland and Saint-Etienne – you won’t thank me for another reminder but click here if you need one – but couldn’t be bothered.
So service today has been sluggish.
But in case all of us, and not just me, need cheering up, here is a spot of fun dreamed up by a friend of John Penman’s. John is a Sunderland-supporting weatherman and can often be encountered in the East Stand concourse on matchday, after a long trip from Scotland.
I love this map. Newcastle United and Stoke City fans, along with a few others, may not though Mags returning next week will find plenty to interest them ahead of the derby … see whether you reach Sunderland as quickly as did my informant and frequent stand-in editor, Joan Dawson (“took me straight there …”) …