As has been clear in the last six months since this blog has started we try and keep politics out of it (besides taking the piss out of Melih Gokcek, the mayor of Ankara and the man who closed down our pub).
In fact if politics ever did raise its ugly head on the blog I'm not sure how Sir Eski Kanka Jim and myself would be able to talk to each other. As my wife said to me once "the only thing you have in common with Sir Eski Kanka is football". I replied that most marriages are based on less.
So it is with that introduction that I ask for your forgiveness for introducing politics to the blog. The following passage is nicked straight from the Guardian's daily football e-mail.
"When Liverpool were paired with Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in the draw for Big Cup's third qualifying round this morning, there were predictable security concerns. Faced with a trip to a hostile war-zone echoing with gunshots and littered with burnt-out cars, you could understand why Maccabi Haifa's players might have been nervous."
Anyway, good luck to Kirkcaldy Kanka who is off to live in the sunny climes of Liverpool sometime next week.