As we go into the Bank Holiday weekend, free of the fear of sunburn, West Ham United look forward to another away game.
Plagued by attacks from Tottenham on West Ham's move to the Olympic stadium, Hammers supporters - mindful of the riots in Tottenham that spurred the North East Londoners to attempt to wander eastwards - are preparing a welcome in the East of London which will try to minimise any ill feeling towards Tottenham Hotspurs.
West Ham, who gave the special Upton Park welcome to Aldershot this week, in a magnanimous display which recognised the Shots had only just finished target practice, are eager to put the Carling Cup away for this season in order to concentrate on getting promotion.
Sam Allardyce, feeling the true warmth of traditionsl Bubbles humour all around him, has welcomed the chance to win a home game this season. 'I feel sure we can do it' he told me...'eventually'.
Asking Uncle Sam when this might be he said a Christmas celebration should be planned. I hope when I pull a cracker this Christmas the joke will be better than that.