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PostPosted: 08-05-2014 21:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fulham's relegation and the curse of Michael Jackson's statue
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London's oldest club, Fulham FC, has been relegated from the Premier League for the first time in 13 years. Could the absence of a "lucky" Michael Jackson statue have been part of the problem, asks Patrick Heery.

Pundits have pointed to an ageing squad and the perils of having three managers in one season and a hopeless defence as the key reasons for Fulham's woes. Wink But former chairman Mohamed al-Fayed has pointed to a different culprit - Michael Jackson. Or rather, the garish statue of the king of pop, which the Egyptian tycoon commissioned for Craven Cottage, the club's ground.

Jackson's connection to the club was tenuous at best. A friend of al-Fayed's, he once visited the ground and walked around the pitch before a Wigan game in 1999. Some fans criticised the statue as not being in keeping with the club. But when he sold Fulham in 2013, Al-Fayed warned new chairman Shahid Khan he would regret taking the "lucky" statue away.

But how lucky was Jacko's statue? It was unveiled in April 2011, just before a home game against Blackpool which Fulham won 3-0. The Cottagers went on to finish eighth that season, ninth the following season and 12th the season after. All very respectable finishes for the SW6 side.

A new chairman with new views meant that on 25 September 2013, having just beaten Everton in the Capital One Cup in Fulham's best performance of the season to date, the statue came down. The first Jackson-less game was at home to newly-promoted Cardiff City - a game Fulham fans expected to win. But with the musical talisman gone, they went down to a home defeat. The season never really recovered. Back-to-back wins gave some hope that any hoodoo had been defeated but then thumpings came on a regular basis.

The win ratio with the statue was 33.7% (played 89 - won 30, drew 23, lost 36) and the ratio without was a mere 25% (P32 W8 D3 L21). As any stat-lover knows, correlation is not causation, but as Jackson himself would have said of the numbers, they're bad, they're bad - really, really bad.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27310805
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PostPosted: 09-05-2014 01:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile, at West Ham, they sing 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'.
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PostPosted: 09-05-2014 20:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 09-05-2014 22:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimv1 wrote:
Meanwhile, at West Ham, they sing 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'.


Trivia of no interest whatsoever: The local icehockey club where I once lived had this song translated to Norwegian and used as a supporter song in the 80s.
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PostPosted: 18-07-2014 21:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the local priest afraid to dismiss such superstitions?

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Villagers call for demolition of cursed home after five deaths

Locals in the village of Lixnaw, County Kerry, are seeking the demolition of a cottage they believe to be cursed. At least five tragic deaths are associated with the property, including the violent murder of a woman in 2013.

Lixnaw’s parish priest said locals believe there is a “máchail” (defect or harm) or “mí-ádh” (bad luck) associated with the council-owned cottage on the edge of Ballynageragh bog. The local’s fears were brought to light at the first meeting of the Listowel Electoral Area meeting.

Five of the cottage’s residents have been the victims of tragic, accidental or violent deaths. Just last year, on November 27, Susan Dunne (62) was murdered in the house. Her autistic son, Patrick (20) is to stand trial for her murder, at the Central Criminal Court, on April 13.

Locals also say a man who lived in the cottage was stabbed in Wales, another resident died in a road accident, and in the past 20 years there have been three tragic deaths at the cottage, involving different families.

Sinn Fein Councillor Robert Beasley told the Irish Examiner that no one will ever live there again and said locals are concerned that the council will try to house another family in the house.

The council has confirmed that they are considering demolishing the cottage, however the recently deceased Dunne’s personal effects remain in the house. They are liaising with her family and have yet to make a decision about a refurbishment or demolition.

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Italy's Deputy Senate Speaker who compared country's first black minister to an 'orang-utan' claims he is 'cursed' by African spirits after spell of bad luck

Roberto Calderoli claims video evidence from the Congo shows Cécile Kyenge’s father - a tribal leader - putting a 'macumba' on him as punishment for the insult

The senior politician who caused outrage by comparing Italy’s first black minister to an orang-utan, now claims he is under siege from vengeful African spirits.

Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli invited national and international opprobrium last summer when he said the then Integration Minister, Congolese-born Cécile Kyenge, resembled an ape. He issued only a mealy-mouthed apology, however, and has refused to resign.

In November, he took legal advice when it became clear he was to stand trial in Brescia, charged with defamation aggravated by racial discrimination. The trial is ongoing.

But today it has emerged that he is also taking mystical advice, after claiming video evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo shows that Ms Kyenge’s father, a tribal leader, has put a “macumba” – an African curse – on him as punishment for the insult.

After a series of misfortunes since the “orang-utan” comment – six surgical interventions (two live-saving), the death of his mother, fractured bones and, just last week, the discovery of a 6ft snake in the kitchen of his house in Bergamo, northern Italy – Mr Calderoli is in no doubt about the magical nature of the threat, and has consulted a mystic. ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italys-deputy-senate-speaker-who-compared-countrys-first-black-minister-to-an-orangutan-claims-he-is-cursed-by-african-spirits-after-spell-of-bad-luck-9695231.html
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