So I Decided To Be


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2015 is a year that I’m happy to wave goodbye to.

At the start of the year I posted the following and then failed to take any notice of what I’d written. So for the sake of my mental health I’m returning to the plan albeit without being any more convinced that I’ll stick to it second time around. Hey ho.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch Marvellous, “the inspirational and incredible true story of Neil Baldwin”, I’d suggest you head over to the BBC’s iPlayer sharpish, because you’re unlikely to be anything other than delighted by it.

The following exchange, that happens about two thirds of the way through the film, that sees Lou Macari (not the Lou Macari, but the actor Tony Curran, (although the Lou Macari does also turn up at one point, which must have been a little confusing on set) quizzing Neil (also known as Nello, and in this instance played by the mighty Toby Jones) on how he remains so upbeat is particularly affecting, and something I need reminding of on a disappointingly regular basis.

Lou How do you do it Nello? How do you stay so positive?
Nello I’ve always wanted to be happy, so I decided to be.
Lou Brilliant. I’m going to write some of this stuff down.
Nello If bad things happen you think about good things.
Lou Like what?
Nello Like, the best signing you ever made.
Lou Well I wouldn’t know where to start.
Nello With the shorts. The cleaner the shorts the better the player. It means they’ve stayed on their feet longer.
Lou If you don’t mind me saying that’s very much a kitman’s point of view.
Nello Cloughie thought it too.

So today I’m reminding myself of this, whether it’ll work or not remains to be seen, but whilst happiness holds host momentarily as the word of the day it would seem apposite to wish you all a very happy new year.

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