Weblog: The football punter
Ibra Stockholm strike will light up my evening
You could have said it was Mrs B trying to put the spark back in our marriage but I write this piece having endured a difficult day.
Is there anything more disconcerting than your electricity supply going off when every other house in the street still has their radios and TVs blaring?
The immediate concern was that it was my fault.
Was there a one-way conversation a couple of months ago when Mrs B said 'and whatever you do, don't forget to pay the electric bill' while I was engrossed in the latest both-teams-to-score stats from Serie A?
How was she going to react when she found out that the freezer was about to defrost while I lit the gas to boil a saucepan just so I could have a cup of tea?
Thankfully, the key was the problem in the meter and that exonerated me because I didn't even know there was a key to the meter.
I bet Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn't have these problems.
I bet when the Swedish striker finds his electric cut off, he just rings his agent and he gets it sorted. His loyal assistant would pay the bill and even tip the bloke who came round to switch it on again.
While I've hardly been relaxed over this episode, Ibra's been taking things easy after being suspended for PSG this weekend.
He's chilled out and ready for action and I think England are the ones who are going to pay.
He'll score first against the Three Lions in Stockholm and that would be a result that would equal another power cut in the middle of Adrian Chiles introducing the half-time chit-chat.