Advent song for December 1: Kindle A Flame In Her Heart

Hello and welcome to advent 2018! We start with a band with an exclamation mark in the name! No, not Wham! or the Go! Team or Panic! At The Disco but Cardiff’s own Los Campesinos! who have names like Neil and Gareth, had their tenth anniversary this year JUST LIKE US, and in 2014 released the EP A Los Campesinos! Christmas, featuring among others this song, which is properly good and makes me think of the guitar bands of my distant youth.

Today is also a good day to listen to a band from Cardiff, because I should be in Cardiff but I’m not, so <waves> to everyone in Cardiff,  and I’ll see you next year FOR SURE.

Stoke, and the FU Cup semi-finals (but not at the same time)

We’re at home to Stoke tonight. Stoke are the kind of team we should definitely beat, only unaccountably they’re in second place and look as likely as anyone to win automatic promotion. I don’t understand football. Anyway, a win tonight would see us in sixth (from tenth), so fingers crossed for that.

I’m feeling generally cheery about football today, after seeing Portsmouth and Cardiff win their respective semi-finals this weekend. Radio 5 had a caller on who had been at Wembley the last time Cardiff won the cup, in 1927. He was ninety and blind, and said that the R5 commentary was so good he felt as though he’d been there. The boorish phone-in host – who I’m told is called “Spoony”, which probably tells me as much as I need to know about him – was charmlessly dismissive, but it was a good story all the same. I was also cheered and heartened by the Southampton fan who called in to wish Portsmouth luck in the final (really!) and the Man U supporter who said that Middlesbrough had played “as though it was the Champions’ League final” in their 2-2 draw. He went on to be churlish about Chelsea, just to maintain the reputation, rather than smear it by being accidentally nice for a whole minute.