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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, March 8

Scheduled, expected, and surprising plans.

Tottenham Hotspur Training And Press Conference Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Hey, everyone!

I’m still wondering if that Eurovision movie Will Ferrell’s going to star in, write, and produce is going to be any good.

Ramble of the Day

I’ll be perfectly honest with you: there aren’t a ton of famous people that I’d stop for a picture with. For starters, I probably wouldn’t even notice said famous person considering I basically go outside with a version of tunnel vision and barely look at the faces of anyone around me. Perhaps more importantly, there aren’t a ton of famous people I’d actually stop for, and even if I saw a famous person I liked, I wouldn’t have discussion topics ready.

The feeling that I, a person who couldn’t even actually spot a famous person, have is that I’d rather have a story than a picture, especially if it’s a famous person you don’t absolutely adore. Maybe you spot them walking down the street, and you can say, “Hey! I saw [insert famous person] walking down the street!” Alternatively, you could end up with a real story, like the time my younger sister and I spotted David Villa at the Christmas market in Central Park. (She saw him, not me.)

There is probably one exception to this rule, though, and I think it might be Ben Whishaw. I just can’t help it. He was obviously good in Mary Poppins Returns, but it’s really Paddington 2 that made me feel this way. I’ve watched several television shows and films since seeing Paddington 2 a couple of months ago and been reminded of it, particularly during jail scenes. I think about Paddington’s demeanor and way of living frequently, which probably means I should be a big fan of the screenwriters, Paul King and Simon Farnaby, and I am! Whishaw is Paddington, though. I have a ton of appreciation for him as a result.

I would certainly tell him that I, a person who hasn’t watched a film with other children since I was a child, loved this movie and didn’t need a child to convince me of it. There isn’t much more I would tell him; how much can one plan for a hypothetical conversation that one might never have?

All I do have is maybe a few one-liners of interesting tidbits that I would tell certain famous people, and the only person that I might have one line for is the man that voices Paddington. There might be one or two others, but I really don’t plan on running into or spotting famous people, just like I didn’t really plan on rambling once again about Paddington 2.

tl;dr: A planned, but unexpected, ramble about plans.

Links of the Day

UEFA has opened a formal investigation into Manchester City regarding possible Financial Fair Play violations.

A Manchester United fan was stabbed following the team’s win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri is set to be named the Roma manager after the club fired Eusebio Di Francesco.

David Squires addresses the 2023 Women’s World Cup hosting rights in his latest cartoon.

Today’s longer read: Stuart James interviews former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen on his career, the consequences of mistakes, and battling motor neuron disease for The Guardian