Steven Gerrard

After twelve months of rumours and speculation he’s finally handed in a transfer request.

Like most fans I’d rather he wanted to stay, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he was a disruptive influence on the team last year.

I can’t help feeling the club are much better off cashing in and allowing Rafa to rebuild a team capable of challenging for the Premiership.

Time will tell, but rather suspect that it will be Liverpool that are seen to have benefitted from this move rather than Gerrard himself…

The Best Laid Plans

Well I nearly made it on Saturday, got as far as Gretna before turning round as Megan was missing her dad!

She’s suffering really badly, with spots everywhere – but she was very brave on Sunday and with an early start I manged to get the new car down to my dad, and then back in his old one before bedtime.

I need to get the old car MOTed before I can sell it, so its booked in at the local garage on Wednesday morning – let’s hope it passes.

Chickenpox

Megan’s broken out in spots this morning, and as all her little pals have been going down with Chickenpox over the last few weeks, it looks like she’s finally succumbed.

It means a quick change of plans for this weekend – I’ll be taking the new car down myself and will drive back in my dad’s old one. We can then try to sell the old one up here, saving my dad the bother.

Sounds like a good plan just now anyway…

Motorpoint

My dad’s bought a new car from Motorpoint – a brand new Rover 75 with all trimmings for very little money (since Rover are no more).

For complicated reasons the car was delivered to Glasgow for collection, so we picked it up this afternoon and will drive it down this weekend for him.

Looks like he’s got a good deal, and Motorpoint have been fairly efficient throughout so no complaints so far – we’ll see how it copes with the M74/M6 thing tomorrow…

The LFC Fancard

Liverpool FC have decided that in order to buy tickets for matches this season you must apply for a Fancard.

It’s a one off cost of just £2.50 but will allow them to track attendance and prevent fraud (so they say) – in the future the Fancard will also be required for stadium access and will eventually replace tickets

I think I’m going to have to buy a bigger wallet for all these identity cards…

WordPress 1.5.1.3

I’ve upgraded the WordPress software to version 1.5.1.3 to patch an important security issue – doesn’t seem to have broken anything yet.

I’ve also tinkered with the theme a little – the look should be more consistent when viewed with Internet Explorer now, but it’s still better to use Firefox as the CSS handling in IE is badly flawed.

iWeb

Just sold some shares I received through the Share Option scheme at work, using the iWeb on-line share dealing service from the Halifax (HBOS).

Whilst not the prettiest website you’ve ever seen, it does everything you could ask for and the flat fee of £10 per trade is good value.

Transferring the shares was as simple as they could make it – you can create a pre-filled CREST form through the website, print it out and then post it along with your certificate. The whole process took under a week, and went through without a hitch.

They’re definitely recommended if you’re looking to dabble in the stock market on-line…