Late Kick Off, lost cashews and train rage
I am currently on a train travelling back from London-Upon-Thames. I wouldn't class this as one of my top 10 train journeys. The mad dash from the Tube didn't help, or the man with the largest amount of luggage in history blocking the escalator.
The fact that every ticket collection machine was broken only added to my misery, as did the bloke in the ticket office who seemed completely unfazed by the concept of time, refusing to speed up at any point and even stopping occasionally to sip his tea!
Despite all that, I managed to make the train with seconds to spare, only to drop my bag of cashew nuts down the gap between train and platform. Once the nut-based rage subsided, I realised that, to cap off a top travelling experience, I had also left my umbrella on the Underground.
Over the years, I think my "lost umbrella" to "train journey" ratio stands at about 1:8. I am considering constructing some sort of elaborate cranial harness that an umbrella can be clipped into to help address such alarming statistics.
Lost cashew nuts can't compare with losing in the Carling Cup semi-finals. Photo: BBC
I was in London to film the latest series of Late Kick Off. I am doing the London & South East version this season. It's a great show to work on and it also allows me to prove to Crystal Palace fans that I don't hate them.
The Palace massive were out in force last Saturday after Football Focus put out a piece on Cardiff reaching the Carling Cup semi-final... but not on their club. There were a few polite and reasoned complaints but I also got accused of being some rather rude words.
I can assure you that there is no bias in the Football Focus office. We'd love to fit more into the programme but our 45 minutes disappears quite quickly each week. We do try to wedge in at least one Football League piece each Saturday but we can't keep everyone happy. Someone suggested we do 30 seconds on every single club each week but I can't see that being a winning formula.
We do sometimes concentrate on one club, as we did at Wolves last Saturday. It was great to get Neil Warnock and Mick McCarthy together. I don't know about you, but I thought Mr Warnock showed impressive dignity and restraint in his response to Joey Barton's comments on Twitter the day before.
Not sure about this new tendency for interviewees to walk off while I'm introducing the next piece, though. First it was McCarthy, then Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey and finally Lee Dixon. Thankfully, no-one has tried that in the studio, although Paul Ince was tempted a few weeks back when Martin Keown kept interrupting him.
Dixon is on again this week. He is still unconvinced that Mario Balotelli intended to stamp on Scott Parker, so we'll be showing him the footage again and prodding him gently.
There is round four of the FA Cup to look forward to as well. After visiting Wrexham in round three, Robbie Savage has gone to see old boss Nigel Clough as Derby prepare to face Stoke City. Jonathan Woodgate will be giving us his views on the Potters.
We've also got Lawro's take on Liverpool and Darron Gibson on joining Everton, plus loads of other stuff. I might try to get a mention in for Crawley as well seeing I am hot-footing it to Hull after Saturday's show to watch, hopefully, the shock of the fourth round.
Get your comments down if you have any questions or queries. Don't forget, you can also find me on Twitter as twitter.com/danwalkerbbc
PS. If you see my uneaten bag of cashew nuts on platform two at St Pancras International, could you please ask a train official to hook the booty and send it to BBC Sport's new home in Salford.