Andrew Allen is deputy editor at sport.co.uk

Wednesday 6.58pm

Hmm, what should I write about this week for The DA? Have to focus…Shoes look a bit dirty; I’d better give them a clean.

I usually do my brain storming in Cafe Nero with a black Americano and a window to stare out of. This is a new challenge. I’m all out of kilter on the sofa.

Oh those ones look a little grubby too; I’ll give them a polish while I’m at it. You can tell a lot by a man’s shoes.

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Andrew Allen is deputy editor at sport.co.uk

International fortnight. Two words which send shudders down the back of a football writer. You spot the thing in the calendar weeks in advance but somehow never quite prepare yourself for how mind-numbingly tedious and painful it is. It’s like a two week stint in the dentist’s chair (unfortunately not the version made famous by Gazza) where day-by-day teeth are brazenly extracted from your mouth with pliers…but without anaesthetic.

While you might think we hacks would be glad for a few days respite in the middle of the season – a kind of winter break to prevent repetitive strain syndrome in the fingers – you’d be wrong. Very, very wrong.

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Andrew Allen is deputy editor at sport.co.uk

Twitter, the webpage where Stephen Fry makes you feel like you’ll forever come last in the pub quiz, has consumed me. Where once I was a cynic, now I am a disciple, or as the lingo goes – a follower.

It’s been four months since I started using the internet’s hippest social network and in that time I’ve already seen it recognised as the driving force behind sweeping revolutions in the Middle East, the relationship between Shane Warne and Liz Hurley…and the end of Ryan Babel’s Liverpool career. Beat that.

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