By Simon Darby-Considering it is May next month, I've not known it as cold as this for the time of year for a very long time. Considering the cost of keeping warm nowadays, I would also speculate that the diversion of funds towards heating will have another adverse effect on the retail sector.
Meanwhile the row about a certain Italian footballer continues, with the Daily Mail bringing it rather closer to home this morning.
The British National Party, without success, have targeted Wearside in the past.
Anti-fascist protesters were out too on Saturday.
What does Di Canio’s appointment say to these different groups?
There are three pages towards the end of his autobiography, published in 2000, in which he discusses politics.
Sentences such as: ‘Perhaps because I am right wing, I am fascinated by Benito Mussolini’, left Miliband no alternative but to resign from Sunderland’s board on Sunday night.
It’s a big stride, even for a politician, from Mandela to Mussolini — though the New Labour man was comfortable with a venture capitalist in control of the club.
It is, however, too easy to pluck sentences without context.
Di Canio writes: ‘If we’re not careful, in 10 years’ time Italy could be a Muslim country.’
You can expect more of this as the Establishment's discomfort with non-conformist views is compounded by the respect and popularity of the "pariah" within the football industry.
Universal condemnation is what they require, but in the process they might just leave a few holes at the back.
If you wanted genuine racism however, you need look no further than to the NUT Conference in Liverpool where teachers have just pressed the green light on a "blacks only" conference.
Can you imagine what would be said if the PFA adopted a similar measure for under-represented white members within the game?
I am sure you can. Consider organising a conference or seminar, before Conference 2014, for black members, and other under-represented groups within the Union, to specifically address the issue of achieving greater participation;