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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, May 10

Free write!

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Hello, everyone!

I’m just going to properly ramble today.

Ramble of the Day

It’s 9:52p, and I spent too much time reading random articles and looking at other things on the internet, and have yet to start a ramble. Actually, it’s 10:01p now after I was interrupted by several conversations with the same people. I’ve had part of a raspberry macaron at this point, and I have now decided what to ramble about.

I was about to explain my decision to just do a free write, but I felt it would be dishonest to not tell you all that I read the opening paragraphs of the Wikipedia page for macaron. I was curious about the difference between macaron and macaroon, which Wikipedia very quickly told me about.

It’s 10:24p, and I’m finally going to tell you why I’ve decided to ramble like this today. I figured we’d all be stuck in between thinking of Wednesday and thinking ahead to Sunday, so I have no idea how to gauge what would be appropriate to ramble about. I’m not fully committed to introducing a new topic, especially one that I couldn’t just quickly move through. Plus, it’s a Friday Hoddle; I have an informal rule that I only occasionally abide by to make Fridays easy. (This is a decision partly based in the fact that you all tend to be focused on the upcoming game on Fridays, and how could I blame you?)

Anyway, that didn’t really take a long time to explain, did it? I guess that’s good; it’s 10:39p, I’m approaching 300 words, and I’m watching Jane the Virgin while I ramble. I’m now about to eat part of another macaron, and I’m not quite sure what the flavor of this second one is. It’s a little sweeter than I’d like, but I’ll cap it off with a glass of milk. So far, I’m two for two when combining free write rambles with (a version of) cookies and milk.

It’s 10:49p, and I’ve finished that episode of Jane the Virgin. I probably shouldn’t watch television while I ramble, but I frequently do. I have an article open about the ending of that episode, but my older sister has put on this video:

It’s been almost an hour, and I suppose the lesson, unexpectedly, is this: all conversations will lead back to Tottenham for the time being, and perhaps it should — even if it means watching a video with the very interesting choice of not adding any music to the backdrop. My sister doesn’t like it, but I think I do.

tl;dr: What happens when I don’t have a ramble topic.

Links of the Day

Schalke has hired David Wagner on a three-year deal.

Agent Mino Raiola has been suspended for three months by the Italian FA, though the reason for the ban is unclear.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace after 15 years at the club.

Former England midfielder David Beckham has been served a six month driving ban after getting caught looking at his phone.

Today’s first longer read: David Bolchover on the Jewish footballers killed during the Holocaust for The Guardian

Today’s second longer read: Jonny Weeks’s photo essay on last weekend’s women’s FA Cup final, won by Manchester City over West Ham, for The Guardian