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Love and dreams


Some real music heavyweights of love were in town for Valentine’s weekend. Freddie McGregor set the tone when he touched down at jjcs wine bar in leafy Harlesden on Friday night. Saturday was very much in the club when the Dominican UK Association (DUKA) held their red and white party at Seebos in east London. Sunday night was the real deal as some 2,500 people descended on the O2 Brixton Academy for a truly magnificent night of love which featured Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest and Millie Jackson. Between them they put on a performance befitting a Valentine’s weekend. If I were to pick my favourite, it would have to be Marcia Griffiths - classy. Monday, the big romantic day itself, was spent winding down with the wife and I made sure the flowers never came from the dodgy guy at the traffic lights! West Ham have now rubber stamped their dream of taking over the Olympic Stadium, but the big question is can they fill it ever week? Tottenham probably would have done, but it would have been ridiculous them moving from White Hart lane to east London. They would not have been welcomed. They can stay in the north and become Arsenal’s noisy neighbours. A name to watch out for is 17 year-old Jodie Willams who is already a world youth champion.  She won the 60m indoor trials in Sheffield with a personal best of 7.24 seconds. Already a sensation in the 100 and 200m, she steps up to the seniors next month for the European Championships in Paris. Has Britain unearthed a future Olympic champion, keep tabs! And so to the goal which seems to be the only thing being talked about in football. For 77 minutes Rooney did absolutely nothing then he scores a great goal and all hell breaks loose. Sir Alex Ferguson said it was the best goal he has seen at Old Trafford. The tabloids and television all went crazy. I say, let’s all calm down! In the context of the game no doubt it was a great goal but Nani’s goal was also superb. What Rooney has done now has heaped more pressure on himself to perform, something he hasn’t done all season. On another note, is it time for Rio to retire and open a take away? He seems to get injured opening his front door! For one of the best defenders I have ever seen in his prime, has the time come like the great Ronaldo to call it a day? Have a great week! Laters!