Sunday, March 15, 2009

Victor's day out.

Did you read about what happened to our Victor in Cranford (aka Knutsford)?

Everton striker
Victor and his mate were looking in a jeweller's window.

The local plods took exception to this and rushed to the scene where Victor's mate was handcuffed. In common with most premier league footballers Victor is injured at the moment - so the police tried to take his crutches away to prevent him running off.

Although Victor was born in Nigeria, he was raised and educated in Liverpool just like Wayne Rooney. They both attended Everton's Youth Academy and went on to success and salaries beyond the dreams of most ordinary scousers .

But I suppose if Wayne had been looking in the window he would have been invited to come in and choose a glittering gift for Colleen.

The police have apologised and the matter is now closed but I still feel angry about this. If Victor hadn't been able to prove he was a star sportsperson he could have been in big trouble. This was racist behaviour on the part of the police and should be punished accordingly.

Manchester may be a wonderful melting pot of races and cultures but in suburban towns such as Knutsford (MP George Osborne), Wilslow and even Sale and Altrincham the old prejudices remain.

The election of a black president has not changed things much round there.

From what I read about Mrs Gaskell I think she would have been outraged as well.




Blogger Dave said...

You ahve a black president in Manchester? I learn so much from you, Kaz.

8:06 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I bet Dame Judi Dench would have been appalled too. This would never have happened in Candleford.

9:21 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Old Liz was indeed a champion of equality and took a keen interest in the minority racial groups of the time, as witnessed by her novel "Nizzle and Sizzle".

9:59 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Perhaps I was thinking of the president of Knutsford golf club.
What else do you want to know?

Cranford, Candleford.
Where does the BBC find all the bonnets? I hope it recycles them all.

Yes - but unfortunately, I haven't read 'Nizzle and Sizzle'.
But I saw 'Wizzle and Dizzle' on the telly. That Bill Patterson was very good.

10:18 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

it is appalling

so much still it, despite the fact we're in the C21st

10:18 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

blast "is" not "it" (the second "it")

10:20 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

We synchronised - SNAP!
And thanks for the support for our Victor.

10:21 am  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

It all sounds knutty. Can I give Dave a friendly slap before he vanishes for a week. Thank you.

10:40 am  
Blogger tony said...

Well Its CHAZ he usually, only answers to Felix i guess its a minor point.?.........As for Knutsford....Well! I used to live nearby (Northwich).They are not used to non-Cheshireites! For example The recent influx of Poles has blow their minds!Economic-Migrants (unless they are Stockbrokers) are a novel concept to them........So a Black Bloke would stand no chance especially if the coppers were also Liverpool supporters???

11:08 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I think we're back to having the most players on the treatment table again.

Looks like the CCTV operators started it and the police were responding to them reporting suspicious behaviour. If you get vision with no sound you are going by body language and you need to be a bit of an expert to read that. Maybe these CCTV people aren't up to the job. And maybe they see all young black men as potential criminals as they have been brought up to think that way.

11:13 am  
Blogger Rog said...

If it were me, I'd have arrested the spud-faced nipper for being in possession of a toxic wife.

11:27 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I think Julia Sawalha must come with her own bonnet as she was in both Cranford and is indeed still in Candleford. As period dramas go she's the queen - not literally, but wouldn't she have made a spiffing young Queen Victoria?

12:18 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

*looks about for Helena Bonham Carter*

12:34 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

As soon as I saw the news headline which said 'A Premiership footballer has been arrested while looking in a jewellers shop in Knutsford' I thought 'got to be black'.

Obviously, the story doesn't give the precise reason why the friend was handcuffed, but it sounds dreadful to me.

What is suspicious behaviour? I am assuming they weren't standing there with half-bricks or sawn off shotguns,dressed in balaclavas. Lingering? Looking? Pointing?

Mind you, I feel like an outsider in Knutsford, and I'm from Sale, with ancestral links to Tatton Park*

* farm labourers

1:00 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

That Dave needs a long, lingering, wet, french smackeroo!

Ah yes Chaz - as you and me are both called Kaz I should have remembered that.
Northwich seems more like a foreign country that Nigeria to me.
Or more likely - Victor probably has a scouse accent and the coppers were United supporters.

I think every supporter is thinking that at the moment - poor Arteta.
That's it isn't it - Victor's only 20. Young black men = trouble - as their mothers probably taught them.
But what about Stephen Lawrence and the lesson they were supposed to have learned?

Spud Face deserted Everton for United - so I wouldn't bother to arrest him - just shoot on sight.
Oh dear - is that Rooneyism?

I'm a big fan of Julia Sawalha.
She was a beautiful kid - but seems to have got fatter and plainer with every bonnet role.
She's mixed race isn't she?

Ah the true star of the bodice and bonnet brigade.
But she was also in 'Fight Club' and 'Planet of the Apes'.
Methinks she should stick to the bonnet.

Perhaps the friend said something like 'So sorry to be taking space on your footpathe sir'. in a very quiet voice
I was in Knutsford recently to go birding in Tatton park.
Everyone seemed to be in their Sunday best - just for shopping.

3:31 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Bizarre, isn't it. You would think that due to the almost complete lack of black people in this area one would automatically think footballer rather than knife-wielding yardie villain as soon as you saw one. This wouldn't happen in Crewe. You've got to go in Argos first before you get to the jewellery counter

4:31 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

I actually felt nauseae.. nausa.. nausch.. sick the stomach when I read this story in the paper. It's disgusting, bloody racist cops. Horrible stuff.

5:06 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Julia is part arabic - her father is the "famous" arab actor Nadeem Sawalha. I beleive he appeared in a Bond film once.

5:55 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Or even "believe".

5:57 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Very Bizarre indeed. You would also think that a cop looking in to " a series of violent robberies targeting jewellers in Knutsford" would not suspect a lad on crutches looking at leisure into the jeweller's window.
Like most people, I've passed through Crewe loads of times. Perhaps I'll stop next time.

Absolutely shocking - and I bet your old English teacher feels the same about your spelling.
Thanks for your support for our Victor.

Let's hope she's keeping him in his old age. Her sister is an actress as well who won Masterchef (I think). That probably explains the weight gain.

Or do I mean wieght?

7:12 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Roony looks like a monster.

By the way Sandra Bullock is perfect!

9:10 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rooney's nickname is Shrek!
I love Sandra.

7:25 am  
Blogger BEAST said...

Can we have a vote to arrest a celebrity of our choice .
I vote for Kerry Kantona becuase she is an idiot and to prove Beast is an equal oppertunities accuser , Lenny Henry , becuase he just isn't funny

10:14 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Lenny and I go back a long way - 'New Faces' was miles better than 'X Factor'.
Can I choose Chris Evans to be arrested? He's not black - but he is ginger and they don't even have the protection of equal ops legislation.

5:44 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Still dark days indeed....I could hardly believe this one when I read it in t'paper on Saturday.

10:09 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Can I arrest her off the 'One Show'? Oh, I wouldn't mind having that Julia Bradbury in custody.

Arf, arf.

He was arrested because he is Scouse, and thus a thieving scally. The feigned injury is an old trick, and wouldn't have fooled my Uncle Dixon of Dock Green for a moment.

10:14 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

There's a long way to go.

Stick with Christine - you would never catch up with that Ms.Bradbury.

Like the old joke:
'What do you call a Scouser in a suit?'
Ans 'The Accused'
But Evertonians are nice honest Scousers - everyone knows that!

8:54 am  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

Those coppers prolly wouldn't have recognised Obama either.

If this had happened in America he could sue the coppers for $99Trillion!

Actually this sort of thing does go on in the States that condone snake handling in church, teach Intellimigent Dezine in their edumacation system, and encourage siblings to git hitched an hav a whole mess 'o youngins so that the Republicans don't run out of eligimable voters.

5:01 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Hah! I can totally see that.


7:20 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent posting Kaz.. I hope this matter is not closed yet and the police involved are dragged over hot coals...

9:43 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

There must be a middle way between suing for $99Trillion and maximising inbred voters.
Or perhaps it's this diversity that keeps us going.

We can't all be beautiful - but we can stay at home.

I think an apology is all that's going to happen - and they probably had their fingers crossed.

8:42 am  

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