Posts tagged ‘Chile’

A new home for Hicks and Gillett

I’m a Manchester United fan, but I’m really glad to see the backs of Hicks and Gillett. They are the former owners of Liverpool Football Club, and they placed the club into a lot of debt. They owed £237m to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and today was the deadline for repayment of the loan. They actually wanted to borrow more money to meet today’s deadline!

My club is also in debt. A lot of debt. According to this article in The Guardian, Manchester United owes £225m in high-interest PIK loans (no, I don’t know what a PIK loan is either!). We also have more than £520m in bond debt on our balance sheet. It sounds like a lot debt to me, but at least we are still winning trophies.

Anyway, now that the Chilean miners have escaped from the San Jose mine, I think it would make the perfect home for Hicks and Gillett. Not FOREVER, obviously! Just for a week or two, so they can have time to think about what they have done to the most successful club in English football history.

They bought the club in 2007 for £174m and now they are being forced to sell it for £300m (with most of the money being used to pay off the debts). Hicks and Gillett are going to lose A LOT of money in this deal. No wonder they were desperate to cling on to the club!

This is what all Liverpool fans have hoped for, and today I feel really happy for them. Only today though. Tomorrow, I’ll go back to my old Liverpool-hating ways. Good luck for the future, but I hope we continue to spank you guys home and away! 😉


Animals have feelings too!

I saw a video on Facebook of a heroic dog in Chile. Earlier, another dog had run into the middle of the motorway, and it got knocked down. The  hero dog somehow managed to evade several speeding cars, before reaching the first dog that had been run over.

It started to drag the first dog with its paws, and eventually dragged it to the side of the motorway. Some workmen saw what was happening, and they tried to help the hero dog. However, it ran away.

In the video I was watching, the news presenter said that both dogs lived. Unfortunately, I checked several other videos on YouTube, and they all said that the first dog had already been killed. While it’s sad to hear the story didn’t have a happy ending, it doesn’t take anything away from the brave and caring nature of the second dog.

YouTube always provides a list of similar videos, so naturally, I came across another heart-warming video involving injured dogs and motorways. By the way, I prefer cats to dogs, and I think that cats are way too smart to do silly things like running onto motorways! 😀 😉

Blog editor: I would suggest replacing the word “smart” with “lazy”!

Once again, a dog ran onto the motorway and (surprise, surprise!) it got knocked over – what is it with dogs and motorways, anyway??

What was so nice about this story was that one of the dog’s puppies ran onto the road after its mom, and STOPPED the traffic!

It was a puppy, but it was quite a big puppy (not a cute, easy-to-squish-with-your-car kind of puppy). The dog was running round its mom and it kept barking at the cars, so they all eventually had to stop.

Eventually, the police managed to take the injured dog to an animal hospital, and the owner (who saw the drama unfold on TV), came to take away the courageous pup.

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