So, apparently Leonard Cohen was in a financial mess until recently because his former manager ripped him off (or something like that) but I guess it's going to be a great Christmas for him - who knows what the royalties are but if a song he wrote is in the top 40 three times over then he'll get something for that. Almost tempted to buy the Jeff Buckley version - and join the 70,000 strong facebook group supporting that campaign - seems somethings can overcome apathy. I'd vote for the school choir version I heard tonight as arranged by my wife, something she's been working on with the kids for a month. Genius really.
Meanwhile Paul Ince loses his job. Not because of the credit crunch and I guess unemployment for a former Premiership footballer isn't so bad as it would be for most of us. Sad though that he's not got received the patience that his former manager Alex Ferguson received - from which a world-beating club has been built.
Alex Ferguson's protege's may have dwindled in number recently (Ince, Keane) but Hughes and Bruce remain. Surely managers need to be given time - but they probably also need to learn their trade in the lower leagues, which Ince was doing before he overstretched himself... wouldn't have hurt to spend a couple more years learning with a smaller club. The Biblical principle of being entrusted with little before you get entrusted with much is true wisdom for a reason - it works. You'd hope Ince will drop a level and persevere but he can probably afford not to bother...
How people react to circumstances seems to count for a lot. Circumstances will change the life of Alexandra Burke and Leonard Cohen this week as they have for Paul Ince. Mostly circumstances are well out of our control - what can any of us do about the global financial situation really? - and if decisions are always made by the changing tides of circumstances then we'll try and re-invent and re-work things moment by moment. Something fueled by rolling news that expects there to be a story every hour... We have to have something more solid to hold onto. Something that allows us to perservere for a while. Something steady. Something better.