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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, August 27

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I’m back, and with some stories from Spain.

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Hello, everybody!

I am officially back from a wonderful vacation in Madrid, but worry not, I will not document it like it’s my personal blog or anything — that’s what my social media accounts are for. I do come back with some stories you might find interesting, though, and so I will begin to share them. (I’ll probably be done before the end of the week.)

Ramble of the Day

My first story from Madrid comes just a half hour before leaving the city. I was getting settled into my uncomfortable airplane seat, with headphones in my ear and my eyes locked into the view from the window. I had no recognition of what was going on around me, but eventually stumbled upon some topic in my head that I thought was worth sharing with my sisters. My younger sister, though, did not care for my useless comments.

She was saying something, but all I heard was “in-flight entertainment” and went back to my thing before she started telling me a story. I eventually took notes on an air sickness bag because I did not have paper after she demanded that I make it today’s ramble.

It all started when around five passengers boarded the plane after everyone else was settled in. They had apparently misunderstood the business class gate for the regular people gate and noticed a bit too late and dashed across the airport to make their flight.

Then, there was a bit of a commotion where at least one woman started yelling at the flight attendant for the seating arrangements. She was furious that she and her mother were not seated together, shouting, “You work with Iberia [Why don’t you know?” (The answer, of course, is that it is not the flight attendant’s job to deal with seating arrangements, and the early check-in option is the customer’s way of dealing with that.) The daughter threatened to leave the plane if she was not seated with her mother, though they both ended up taking their assigned seats, but not before the mother gave an exasperated look. (That is a bold threat with almost no benefit, but hey, do what you want.)

Meanwhile, another one of the late passengers went to her seat, but noticed that there was no space in the overhead compartments for her luggage. A flight attendant then told her to stick it in a different compartment where there was more space, but the passenger was worried. “What if my bag gets stolen?,” she asked before the flight attendant ushered her back to her seat. This particular exchange happened right next to my row of seats, so I heard it and laughed with my sisters. Why would anyone on this plane want to steal your bag after we’re all groggy from waking up before the sun came up to catch the flight?, I thought.

Once she was settled in, our attention was back on the aforementioned daughter, who was doing less yelling and more chatting with her new neighbors. She was loudly telling the story of her last flight, as this was a connecting flight to her final destination of London. She told them about how she got arrested on her last flight, possibly for yelling at another set of flight attendants, and hoped not to get arrested again, though one could describe her telling of the story as bragging. For my part, I hoped she would not get arrested again and that I would make my connection in London so I could get home.

Luckily for me, she did not hold up the flight and we made it to London safely and timely, and she, her mother, and the lady that was afraid her bag would get stolen all seemed to quietly enjoy the ride.

tl;dr: Unexpected in-flight entertainment out of Madrid, courtesy of late passengers.

Links of the Day

Genoa fans stayed silent for 43 minutes this weekend to honor the victims of the recent bridge collapse.

Everton’s Michael Keane will miss a month after picking up a hairline skull fracture during the team’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Japan have won the U-20 Women’s World Cup on Friday, and is the first nation to win the U-17, U-20, and senior Women’s World Cups.

La Liga side Real Valladolid may face disciplinary action for the quality of their pitch in their weekend defeat to FC Barcelona.

Today’s longer read: Katie Falkingham reports on the On the Ball campaign led by three Celtic fans to get free sanitary products at stadiums for the BBC