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Most hotels booking out rooms by the hour
probably have peeling wallpaper and more stains on the bedsheets
than a CSI crimescene.
But our course was in a fancy one: all air-conditioned
conference rooms, Sky News ticker-taping endlessly
on the flatscreens in reception, and a free lunch
that almost made the boredom worth it.
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After lunch, reclining on the sun-soaked patio,
we couldn’t help but notice the sudden influx
of Range Rovers, Beemers, the odd Porsche;
all vying for the few remaining spaces.
Out stepped Nicolas Anelka… Gareth McAuley…
Liam Ridgewell… Shane Long.
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We grabbed our under-used note pads,
ripped off the top sheet of idle doodles
and queued for autographs. First day of pre-season training:
all tans and flip-flops with socks… really? Socks?!