22/11/10 -- I'm indebted to my newest Irish chum James Loughran for emailing to inform me that, whilst on a recent business trip to China, he discovered that it was impossible to access Nogger's Blog over there.

Apparently I am considered to constitute a threat to "National Security and Civil Obedience" by the Chinese authorities. As James correctly points out "bless their melamine tainted socks."

If I'd have known that I may have thought twice before ordering that Fillet Steak Kung Po last night.

Which reminds me of the old quiz question: Who was the first Chinese footballer to play top flight English football? A virtual coconut to the first correct answer to that one.