ItOs time Brazilian fans faced up to the fact that the days of legendary players such as chain-smoker Dr Socrates, Eder, Pele and Jairzinho are but footnotes in history, and the current crop of players such as David OSideshow BobO Luis and OPretty BoyO Oscar simply do not cut the mustard.
I read with horror and incredulity about Samson gathering together three hundred foxes (now quite how did he do that?), setting fire to their brushes (the implication being that he did this rather as a chain-smoker lights one cigarette from another) and then letting them run loose, the poor panicking things, into the Philistine fields.
Detective Inspector Steel is going through her own personal issues, describing herself as "a forty-three-year-old lesbian chain-smoker who swears like a f***ing sailor and boozes it up every night." They make for an interesting team.