Australian Fishing Travel – Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge

The Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge offers one of the most amazing remote sport fishing adventures available anywhere in the world and continues to attract repeat guests year after year.

The wonders of Arnhem Land in Australia’s far north provide world-class fishing for Barramundi and more than 30 other sensational sport and reef fishing species. Catering primarily for those seeking an incredible fishing experience, the lodge also offers amazing bird watching and observance of some of the countries finest aboriginal culture.

The Location

Situated on the far north coast of Australia’s Northern Territory, Arnhem Land is the largest and most remote Aboriginal land reserve in the country. The Lodge is located on the coast near the Maningrida Aboriginal community, approximately 400 kilometres (60 minutes by air) to the north east of Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory.

Arnhem Land was declared in the 1930’s as inalienable Aboriginal freehold land, a unique title in its form. In the 1950’s the settlement of Maningrida was established at the mouth of the Liverpool River flowing into the Arafura Sea on Australia’s far north coast. Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge is located on a private escarpment just 20 minutes from Maningrida.

Getting There…

Although accessible by road, seasonal flooding limits this option as it regularly creates impassable road conditions. Guests are in most cases flown in and out on scheduled flights via the regional airline, Airnorth. A private airstrip is available for those who choose to charter a private plane.

The Local Environment

The landscape ranges from rocky sandstone plateau and escarpment to the south, down the catchment through to gently rippled lowland plains to vast floodplains and coastal terrain.

Virtually endless open Eucalyptus forests are the dominant vegetation of the region comprising almost 40% of the area.

Around the estuarine areas of Maningrida are some 34 Mangrove species, mainly occurring as a fringe immediately adjacent to the Liverpool River system.

The Climate

The Lodge is located in the seasonal tropics and has a distinctive wet and dry season. Typically of tropical environment, the summer season is wet with almost all rain falling between December and April.

The dry season between June and September is notable for its complete lack of rain. The between months of October and November are known as periods of temperature and humidity change as the monsoon troughs start to move in from the south.

The Fishing

While the infamous Barramundi is the best known of the northern Australian sport fish, there are countless other species on offer in the region. Hard-fighting species likely to strike your lines include Barracuda, Blue Salmon, Cobia, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally (GT’s), Longtail Tuna, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Red Emperor, Snapper, Saratoga, Spanish Mackeral and Threadfin Salmon.

A plethora of alternate reef fish can also found on the offshore reefs. Some species, including the famous Black Jewfish and Golden Snapper can be caught around the estuary rockbars similar to environments in which Barramundi are found. Trolled and jigged lures are extremely effective as well as live and fresh baits.

The Fishing Gear

The Lodge provides a wide range of quality tackle and equipment for guests including Shimano gear for Barramundi and offshore reef fishing.

Shimano Curado or Chronarch reels are mated to Shimano Barra Raider of Barra Raider Magnum rods. In some instances Shimano T Curve Tournament rods are also used. Reels are spooled with reputable brands such as Platil Millenium, Fins PRT or Platypus braided Lines.

Quality Shimano equipment is also used for offshore fishing including Stradi and overhead tgekota reels matched to a range of Shimano rods. Typically the reels are loaded with 15-20kg braided lines. Additionally, a variety of locally proven lures are provided. All tackle and equipment is provided to guests on a «replace if lost or damaged basis.«

No Tackle is provided but the following suggested tackle list is well worth considering before you pack your gear:

For Barramundi:

Rods : 1.8m (6 foot )Medium Heavy / Heavy action Graphite suit 6 – 10kg line such as Shimano Barra Raider, Shimano Tcurve Tournament.

Reels : Baitcaster reel ie; Shimano Chronarch, Calcutta or Curado 200 or 300 size or similar

Line : Good Quality Braid/ Gelspun Line 10 – 15kg (20- 30lb) is ideal, Platil Millenium or FINS are proven brands

Leader : 20- 30kg (40 – 70lb), 1 – 1.5m Wind on Monofilament or Flurocarbon.

Lures : Saltwater Grade lures ie Bomber Long A, Classic Barra 10 & 15+, Classic F18 Manta Ray, Rapala X Rap & Magnum, Killalure Barra Bait & Flatz Rat, Manns Stretch 12+, Halco Scorpions, Storm Minnows, Reidy’s Goulbourn Jack, Nilsmaster Spearhead, Rebel Poppers & Bill’s Bug Fizzers. Soft Plastic Shads 75 – 100mm & plastic prawns are also effective. Lures in the 70 – 150mm range are about right. Note: Heavy Duty hooks & split rings should be fitted to all lures.

Offshore (Blue-water) – Pelagic Fish:

Rods : 1.9 – 2.1m (7 foot) Fast action Medium Heavy / Heavy action Graphite suit 8- 15kg line

Reels : Threadline reel ie Shimano Stella, Stradic or similar 4000 to 6000 size alternately Shimano Calcutta 400 or 700 or Trinidad or Tekota overhead reels

Line : Good Quality Braid/ Gelspun Line 10 – 15kg (20- 30lb) is ideal. Platil Millenium & Fins PRT are proven brands

Leader : 20 – 30kg (40 – 70lb) Monofilament also single strand wire trace for Mackerel

Lures : Saltwater Grade lures ie Bomber Long A, Rapala Magnum, Rapala Countdown, Mackerel Mauler, Classic Bluewater & Classic 160, Reidy’s Judge, Halco Rooster Poppers, Raider Jigs & chrome casting slugs. Note: Heavy Duty hooks & split rings should be fitted to all lures.

Soft Plastic stick or jerk Shads 80 – 150mm (3.5 – 6″) & are also effective. Bluewater trolling lures in the 100 – 200mm range are about right. Also some casting slugs are also handy.

Fly Fishing:

Rods :9 or 10 wt outfit for Barra or 10 – 12wt for blue-water – 4 piece for ease of transport

Reels : Quality salt water grade aluminium disc drag reel that holds at least 150 – 200m of 15kg backing.

Lines : Floating WF, Intermediate WF & Hi-Density WF Sink tip lines will fit the bill.

Flies : Clouser Minnow 1/0 – 3/0, Pink Things, Black & Barred 2/0 – 5/0, Surf Candy, Fat Boys 4/0 – 6/0, Deceivers & Bendbacks plus some popper flies in assorted sizes.

Good colours include all white, Chartreuse over white, Gray over white & Fluro Yellow/ White, Yellow/Red, Pink/White or all Black. Make sure that you incorporate some flash material into your flies as well.

Leader : Anglers preferred leader configuration or standard IGFA configuration 8 – 10kg with a minimum shock/bite tippet of 20kg. Wire is only necessary if you wish to target mackerel species.

The Boat Fishing

The Lodge has a fleet of 8 boats currently for all guided fishing tours. They are superbly fitted out with new Evinrude E-Tec Motors, folding canopies, boarding ladders, VHF Marine radios, full safety kit (including life jackets) & EPIRB locating beacons. In addition; First Aid Kits, Rain Jackets and Satellite Phones are all provided on each boat.

For each guided tour a cooler complete with picnic lunch and soft drinks is packed fresh with ice. Large dispensers with fresh iced water are replenished daily on each boat.

The Lodge Accommodation

Accommodation at the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge is provided in two distinct options – Deluxe Ensuite Cabins and Tropical Habitat Safari Tents.

There are four purpose-designed cabins that provide all the comforts required including ensuite bathrooms and luxury king size beds. The cabins are situated right on the edge of the Tomkinson River Valley escarpment in a magnificent bush environment.

The cabins can be set up to accommodate couples (king size bed) or four individuals in extra long king singles.

Each of the cabins has a bar fridge, twin oscillating fans that are ideally positioned to take advantage of the interior breezy safari style design. There are six large fly-mesh windows that can be fully or partly closed down for privacy when required.

All of the cabins come equipped with spacious ensuite bathrooms with gas heated hot water, enclosed showers, porcelain basins and modern toilet facilities.

As an alternative to the cabins, the Lodge offers guests the option of safari tent accommodation set in a wonderful natural bush environment. These permanent tents can sleep up to four people. The safari tents have a shared bathroom with shower, basin, toilet plus hot and cold running water.

The Lodge Facilities

Perched on the fringe of a natural escarpment overlooking the Liverpool and Tomkinson River valleys, the Lodge offers a large communal living/kitchen/dining area with a bar and tasteful décor.

A massive 96 square meter timber deck patio extends directly out over the escarpment edge. The deck is ideally shaded and provides magnificent vistas and sunset views for guests as they enjoy a quiet cool drink after an adventurous day on the water.

A landline phone and fax is available to guests for emergencies and there are satellite phones provided on each of the eight tour boats. Given its remote location, there is no mobile (cell) phone service at the Lodge but there is coverage at the local aboriginal settlement (Maningrida).

The in-house chef prepares sensational culinary delights of fresh fish and mud crabs each day. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice. The local water is not only suitable for drinking it may well be the best spring water you will ever have the pleasure to try.

Pre dinner snacks are served at the bar on your return to the lodge after a day of fishing. Guests can enjoy a refreshing ice cold drink while savouring delicious barra bites or other delicacies while the chef prepares your dinner.

Speaking of dinner – a two-course meal is served each evening in the main dining area of the lodge. Guests will enjoy a range of local delicacies including chilli mud crabs, pepper calamari as well as fresh fish and oysters.

The main lodge area is fully screened, with inside dining for 16 plus a comfortable lounge area. The dining room and the balcony are cooled by a series of very effective overhead fans.

The Barramundi Bar is located on the patio together with additional outdoor seating & dining for up to 24. The bar is stocked with a selection of quality beer, wine & soft drinks that are complimentary to guests.

If you prefer spirits, specialty wines or premium beer arrangements can be made prior to arrival for special beverage orders though it will be at an additional cost.

No alcohol is to be taken to or consumed in the local community of Maningrida.

What Should I Pack?

It’s a warm tropical climate so clothing should be lightweight and comfortable, especially to fish in. Light shoes are also recommended such as sneakers or deck shoes. Open shoes such as sandals for evenings are a good idea.

A pair of good quality polarised sunglasses are essential. The crystal clear waters allow for plenty of visibility with at decent pair of polarised sunglasses. Don’t forget to pack a wide-brimmed hat as well for sun protection.

There’ plenty of amazing things to capture with a camera as well – fishing (obviously), wildlife, scenery etc.

Don’t forget to pack plenty of sun protection – block out, long sleeved shirts etc. It’s also worth taking good quality insect protection. There are mosquitoes around in the evenings though the cabins have good quality insect screens to ensure a good night’s sleep.

The only other thing you will need (apart from your fishing gear) is your personal necessities such as medications, toiletries etc. Soap, linen and towels are provided.

In Conclusion…

This has to be one of the finest Barramundi adventures available in Australia and comes highly recommended. The fishing is extraordinary, due not only to the location but also the experience and knowledge of the lodge guides.

The accommodation is comfortable and easy. The dining is excellent, particularly the snacks served in the bar area prior to the evening meal. Overall the entire experience will almost certainly surpass all expectations.

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Istanbul – Turkey

The city of Istanbul in turkey is sometimes also referred to «Constantinople». The city is the largest city in Turkey both according to area and population. Istanbul has approximately 12.6 million residents in its boundaries. The city is considered as Turkey’s main platform and hub for culture, architecture, history and financial strategies. Istanbul totally includes 39 districts. Istanbul is the city which is located on two different continents. The covered area of Istanbul is approximately about 707 square miles which makes the city the fifth largest in the world according to population density liver per square miles. The location of Istanbul city is North West side of the Marmara region in turkey.

Turkey has very mild summers with high percentage of humidity but winters are very cold, windy and snow is very often in the city during winter season. Istanbul is slightly hot and humid in the months of May to September. The city has a humidity percentage of about 79%. Winters start from October and remain until April. The city mostly receives the rainfall and snow during the months of December, January, February and March. Maximum temperature during summers can be up to 25 degrees while in summers mostly in nights it can also fall below freezing point.

Economically Istanbul is a very strong city as it has a very high impact in the overall Turkish economy. Istanbul is the city which is very rich in producing cotton, tobacco, silk and many other products. Istanbul has also gained importance economically because it hosts all the sea ports of Turkey and also international airports. Istanbul has some of the major industries of Turkey which includes Rubber industry, metal ware, chemicals, leather, transport vehicles industries, glass and many others. The city also generates its revenue from the tourism department.

Istanbul also plays an important part in the field of education as the city has a number of private and public institutions having high reputation in world. The city has almost 20 universities which allows student to specialize in many different fields. Public sector institutions are preferred more in the city because of their good results and reputation. «Istanbul University» was established in 1453 and is regarded as the oldest ever university of Turkey. Since then it has provided quality education to the students of not only Turkey but also students from different areas of the worlds. Along with Istanbul University «Istanbul Technical University» is also of great importance as it is the world’s third oldest university in the field of technology established in 1773.

In the field of sports Istanbul and Turkey have started to dominate in sports like football, basketball and volleyball. Ataturk Stadium is the biggest stadium in Turkey. The stadium has the honor of hosting UEFA champions League Final of 2005 between Liverpool FC of England and Ac Milan of Italy. Istanbul is also very famous for hosting many types of motor sport races. Out of which «Formula One Turkish Grand Prix» is the most important one.

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Conquer Stress and Anxiety Naturally With This Safe and Effective Method

Rhodiola Rosea is the latest natural remedy to join the arsenal

of natural anxiety and stress reducers.

Rhodiola Rosea, also known as Golden Root, is a native plant of

arctic Siberia. For centuries it has been used by eastern

European and Asian cultures for physical endurance, work

productivity, longevity, resistance to high altitude sickness,

and to treat fatigue, depression, anemia, impotence,

gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system

disorders.

The first recorded medicinal applications of rodia riza (renamed

Rhodiola Rosea) was made by the Greek physician, Dioscorides, in

77 C.E. in ‘De Materia Medica’. Rhodiola Rosea has been included

in official Russian medicine since 1969.

Despite its long history, the Western world has only recently

become aware of the health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. It has

come to the attention of many natural health practitioners

because of studies which tested its affects on combating anxiety

and stress.

Rhodiola Rosea is considered an adaptogen. This means it has an

overall stabilizing effect on the body without disrupting other

functions. Its ability to normalize hormones may be effective for

treating depression and anxiety.

Studies of Rhodiola Rosea show that it stimulates

neurotransmitters and enhances their effects on the brain. This

includes the ability for the brain to process serotonin which

helps the body to adapt to stress.

Since adaptogens improve the body’s overall ability to handle

stress, it has been studied to identify it’s effects on

biological, chemical and physical stress.

A study was performed to test the effects of Rhodiola Rosea when

stress is caused by intense mental work (such as final exams).

Such tests concluded that using Rhodiola Rosea improved the

amount and quality of work, increasing mental clarity and

reducing the effects of fatigue.

The effects of Rhodiola Rosea have also been tested on stress and

anxiety from both physical and emotional sources. A report by the

American Botanical Council states that «Most users find that it

improves their mood, energy level, and mental clarity.» They also

report on a study that indicated Rhodiola Rosea could increase

stress tolerance while at the same time protecting the brain and

heart from the physical affects of stress.

This report included details of studies which highlight the

overall health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea.

The generally recommended dose is 200-600mg/day. The active

properties should be a minimum 0.8 percent salidroside and 3

percent rosavin.

It is important for consumers to know that Rhodiola may be sold

using other species that do not share the properties of Rhodiola

Rosea, or at ineffective strengths for treatment. Anyone with

depression or anxiety should also check with a health

professional when treating these symptoms.

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes

only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any

disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any

health care program.

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Mastering Mathematics – Divisibility Rules

To master mathematics, you have to know the rules. The more tools you have in that tool shed, the more likely one will get the job done. Here, we explore divisibility properties for the numbers up to 11. Once you add these properties to your arsenal, you will be that much further along to mastering this most difficult subject.

Divisibility Tests for Numbers:

2: If the number is even, that is, if the number ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8, then that number is divisible by 2. Thus, 358 and 4,034,032 are divisible by 2.

3: If the sum of the digits of the number is divisible by 3, then the given number is also. Thus, 324 and 1,345,611 are both divisible by 3 since the sums of their digits, 9 and 21, respectively, are both divisible by 3.

4: If the last two digits of the number are divisible by 4, then so is the number. Thus, 312 and 1,024 are both divisible by 4.

5: If the number ends in 0 or 5, then the number is divisible by 5. Thus, 1,000 and 405 are both divisible by 5.

6: If a number is divisible by both 2 and 3, then the number is divisible by 6. You can test divisibility by 2 and 3 using the tests above. Once this is established, you are certain that the number is divisible by 6. Thus, 312 and 4,002 are both divisible by 6. Another way of saying this is if the number is even and the sum of the digits is divisible by 3, then the number is divisible by 6.

7: This rule is probably the most labor intensive of all. Yet, this rule works very well, especially when dealing with large numbers. Let us illustrate it with a specific example. Take the number 2,667. To determine whether this number is divisible by 7, we do the following: we take the last digit, namely 7, multiply it by 2 to get 14 and subtract this from the three digits, namely 266, that remain after we remove the 7. Thus 266 – 14 = 252. Repeat the procedure and we have 2×2 = 4; 25 – 4 = 21, and 21 is divisible by 7. Generally, repeat the procedure until you get to a number that is a few multiples of 7, so that you recognize the divisibility by this number.

8: If the last three digits form a number divisible by 8, then the entire number is divisible by 8. Thus, 4,096 and 1,016 are divisible by 8.

9: As with 3, if the sum of the digits forms a number divisible by 9, then the number is too. Thus, 108 and 3,240 are divisible by 9.

10: This is probably the easiest rule. Simply, if the number ends in 0, then it is divisible by 10.

11: If the alternate sum of the digits results in a number that is divisible by 11, including 0, then the entire number is divisible by 11. For example, take the number 5,082. Perform 5-0+8-2 = 11. Since 11 is divisible by 11, obviously, then the entire number is as well.

Learn these divisibility properties and I guarantee that your knowledge in and ability with mathematics will grow exponentially. For those parents who want their children to perform better in math, then see that your children master these rules. For then, the sky truly will be the limit.

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The Mystery of Mascherano and Tevez

West Ham’s capture of Argentinean duo Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez in August stunned the footballing world. The Hammers had pulled of a massive coup to land two of the games most prized assets, but their arrival came under a cloud of mystery.

Corinthians had a partnership deal with Media Sports Investment (MSI) who invested in the club and it is alleged that the company actually owned the rights to all of the clubs players (due to Corinthians being unable to afford the contracts). The partnership between Corinthians and MSI is thought to have gone sour and MSI are believed to haved wanted to ship-out their most prized assets in order to protect their investments.

Both players arrived from Brazilian club Corinthians within 48 hours after being sounded out about a move to West Ham and arrived for undisclosed fees. Speculation mounted as to who actually paid the transfer fees (if any were paid at all) and to who actually owned the contracts.

It is believed that even though the players are registered with West Ham, MSI still own the players contracts and are only using the London club as a shop window to maximise their investment. Before West Ham were offered the players, reports suggested that MSI approached Manchester United and Chelsea with a similar deal, both clubs are believed to have rejected their offer as they were not keen on the idea of not owning the players outright.

English newspaper The Guardian reported that should any club offer £35m for either player West Ham would be forced to sell them, but it is unclear who would pocket the transfer fee.

Since their arrival at Upton Park both players have failed to make any impact on the Premiership and have admitted that they have not fully adapted to life in England. Neither player is a first team regular in the Hammers starting XI and their arrival has coincided in the clubs slump in form. This is linked to reports that there is a rift in the dressing room and this has clearly had an impact on results as West Ham are flirting with relegation.

Newspapper reports suggest that both players will be sold in the January transfer and a host of top European clubs are thought to be showing interest. It is believed that Mascherano was set to join Juventus during the summer but their relegation to Serie B cut-short any potential transfer. The Turin club are still interested in the holding midfielder and are considering sounding out a potential move in the winter transfer window. Barcelona have also been heavily linked with Tevez as they currently have an injury crisis upfront. Carlos Tevez has insisted that he does not want to leave West Ham and has denied rumours of a rift within the Upton Park dressing room and has stated that he is determined to forge a career with The Hammers.

With mystery over who actually owns the players and their contracts, it will be out of Mascherano’s and Tevez’s hands where they end up in the near future.

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Souness – an Accident Waiting to Happen

Being a Newcastle fan you learn to live more in hope than expectation, yet the one thing we do demand is to be entertained. Graeme Souness was on the verge of the sack from Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 and yet Newcastle United’s walking public relations disaster and part-time chairman, Freddie Shepherd, in his infinite wisdom decided to PAY the Lancashire club for the man’s services! £1.65m later and with several lucrative contracts sorted for Souey’s entourage of a clueless old timer, a few well wishers and his ‘yes’ man Dean Saunders, Newcastle United proudly presented Souness to the media. The new manager spoke in glowing terms about the club and how proud he was that his son would grow up with a Geordie accent. In reality he was probably just amazed that someone had once again been daft enough to employ him.

With one of Souness’ best friends being camp crimper Dale Winton, there is no doubt that the fiery Scot could have got a gig on Supermarket sweep or something equally as testing of his remarkable ‘talents’. That is if he didn’t get angry with Dale hogging the spotlight and as a result launch into a two footed tackle on a shopping trolley. The one time I asked Dale Winton for a favour he didn’t come through for me, damn.

There wasn’t the same fanfare from the Tyneside crowd that was usually afforded to a new manager as Souness made his first appearance at SJP. Keegan and Robson had been hailed as saviours, Dalglish was warmly received and everyone got the wigs out for Ruud Gullit. Not this time though, although the Mags hammered Souness’ previous club 3-0 (Souness was officially on ‘gardening leave’). Blackburn Rovers were a shambles that day and many onlookers questioned how badly they must have been managed to get into such a state. Our new leader just sat in the stands beaming a wide smile next to his son who wore a full Newcastle kit, perhaps hoping that it would speed up the transition of his boy’s soon to be Geordie accent. Fans knew even then what the chairman apparently didn’t until the last few weeks of the Souness tenure – this was an accident waiting to happen.

In my mind there is no doubt that Sir Bobby Robson had passed his sell by date long before he was kicked out of his job as gaffer. Not because he was a 71-year old man who forgot people’s names, he was doing that in his 50’s as England manager (Once calling Bryan Robson ‘Bobby’ to which his captain replied «No gaffer, you’re Bobby, I’m Bryan!»), but because he was making no sense in his tactical decisions and had given his all but looked worn out. With that in mind Robson should have been told that his time was up at the end of the 2003-2004 campaign and could have gracefully moved on. Instead he was sacked just four games into a season, the third consecutive Toon manager to be ousted after a handful of early season games.

Despite all of the concerns over the new man, Souness started well and the club went ten games undefeated under his guidance. A number of fans were ready to accept him and yet there remained an overall feeling of scepticism in the North Eastern air. Mark Hughes was installed at Blackburn and immediately commented on how unfit his players were and that he was appalled with the stories he had heard about the training sessions before he arrived. Most people took his remarks with a pinch of salt at the time, only later did they seem apt.

It was only a matter of time before somebody upset Souness and that man was the volatile Craig Bellamy, the club’s most in-form player and also the most outspoken. Bellamy boasted to players that he would feign injury and refuse to play as he felt he was being wasted on the wings rather than his preferred role up front, Souness reacted by leaving him out of the match at Highbury against Arsenal. Souey claims he was willing to forgive and forget until the player did an interview with Sky Sports saying that his manager: «Went behind my back, right in front of my face.» Of course this showed two things – 1. Craig Bellamy is about as intelligent as a monkey with Alzheimer’s disease and 2. Souness’ man management skills are appalling.

So Bellers was packed off to Celtic on loan and in many ways this was the beginning of the end. The team now lacked creativity and pace. When Kieron Dyer’s old Hamstring/foot/liver/eyebrow injury inevitably recurred the team suddenly looked short of ideas and this is when Souness realised that a creative genius was needed and not content with just one, he managed to find three. Jean Alain Boumsong, to whom defending is such a complicated art, was the first. If £8.5m is what he’s worth then my Mum is the pope’s wife. Then came the great Amady Faye – to this day one of the most under rated players ever…. That is if he is rated as the equivalent of a bag of treacle being eaten by a diabetic man with no taste buds and false teeth. The third of these gems was Celestine Babayaro from Chelsea who is talented but gives about as much effort as Michael Barrymore trying to fish dead bodies out of swimming pools.

Out went talented players such as Olivier Bernard and of course Bellamy who ironically eventually ended up at Blackburn. The team slumped to 14th in the league, injuries mounted up (As they had at Blackburn under Souness) and the only potential saving graces were the cups. The FA cup always looked a long shot; we were in the semi-final but faced an in-form Manchester United. The UEFA cup was more likely to bring us our first major trophy in 50 years, hopes that were soon extinguished. The 2nd of April, 2005, was one of the darkest days in Newcastle United’s 113 year history. Aston Villa came to St James’ park to face a Newcastle side that was unbeaten in nine games; they left with a 3-0 win over the EIGHT players that remained in black and white shirts. Firstly Steven Taylor was sent off for handball (Despite a great impression of a dying swan) and then any hope we still had of salvaging our season evaporated into the overcast sky. Lee Bowyer walked towards Kieron Dyer and started to throw punches at his colleague. Both players were red carded and thereafter criticised heavily in the media, but make no mistake, this was Bowyer’s fault and fans were quick to see that. Be that as it may, it was Souness who was the fall guy as his team went out of both cups with a brace of 4-1 defeats to Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United in the same week. Now nothing was left to disguise the shortcomings of the manager in a miserable inaugural season on Tyneside.

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