Manchester City coach has bent or broken £460,000 worth of cars since taking over the team in 2016

Illustrating the financial might of the Premier League, it’s unusual to see a player rock up to work in anything other than a Lamborghini, Bentley, Mercedes or the like.

Managers also pocket an eye-watering wage of their own, the largest of which is the staggering £385,000 taken home by Pep Guardiola each and every week…

In their book Pep’s City: The Making Of A Superteam, Lu Martin and Pol Ballus write: “Today he’s behind the wheel of his black Mercedes…”He has a reputation from his Barcelona days of being a hapless driver and this is his fourth car he has owned since coming to Manchester…“His wing mirrors don’t survive for long and he’s also managed to fill a diesel Range Rover with petrol and mangle a silver Bentley.”

To be fair, the United Kingdom is the first country in which Guardiola has played or managed that drives on the left side of the road…It would take some time to adjust, but surely four years is long enough…But really, there’s no excuse for filling up a £150,000 Range Rover with the wrong type of fuel.

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If you knit or sew, you can help out animal victims of wildfires in Oz

The bushfires affecting Australia in recent weeks have sparked a global crafting effort, as thousands of volunteers unite to knit, crochet and sew shelters for animals affected by the crisis…

Young marsupials including possums, koalas and wombats require pouches to grow. Without their mothers they rely on hand-stitched products from donors. Other animals such as flying foxes also require pouches to help their recovery…

The Australia-based Animal Rescue Craft Guild put out a call for these products on its Facebook group, which amassed more than 120,000 members in the subsequent weeks…

The Rescue Collective, based in Queensland, has partnered with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild to distribute donated items to independent animal carers across the country…

They already have an abundance of mittens for koalas. Your best bet for doing something timely and useful is to go to the Animal Rescue Craft Guild‘s facebook site [I know, I know] and click on their top-of-the-page link to get timely info.

Boeing email re 737 MAX: “I’ll be shocked if the FAA passes this turd.”


737 MAX fuselages waiting to become finished airplanes

Boeing has been forced to publicly apologise after internal communications suggested employees were aware of issues with its now grounded 737 Max plane before disaster struck.

Boeing on Thursday published over 100-pages of internal communications as part of the US Federal Aviation Authority and Congress’s investigations into issues with the 737 Max.

The planes have been grounded globally last March following two fatal crashes that killed all passengers…

“This airplane is designed by clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” a chat message from April 2017 reads. Another message from the same exchange describes working on the plane as “patch[ing] the leaky boat.”

This is such a shit show,” one employee wrote to another on a chat system in mid-2018.

“Totally,” a colleague replied, “I’ll be shocked if the FAA passes this turd.”

Building crap – or just doing a crappy job of building something – means the same thing to the families of all the folks who died as passengers in 737 MAX crashes.