There is relative calm in Barcelona today. After a dramatic week with defeat to Real Madrid in La Liga, the Champions League exit against Chelsea followed by the bombshell of Pep Guardiola’s decision not to continue, one might expect the mood to be gloomier.

However, the positive reaction from the Camp Nou crowd after Tuesday’s disappointment and the knowledge that Tito Vilanova will be taking over as first team coach has left the sensation that the club is in a very good position and that we can look forward to continued success following the same philosophies and playing the same type of football. 

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It’s official. Pep Guardiola will not be FC Barcelona first team coach next season. President Sandro Rosell confirmed the news in a pres conference with Guardiola and Andoni Zubizaretta and also announced that Tito Vilanova will be the new coach! Guardiola confirmed that the decision was taken last autumn and that he informed the club directors though not the players. He apologised for the uncertainty created by keeping his decision a secret and confessed it may have been a mistake. He says he will now take a rest before deciding on what he will do in the future.

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I am not your Cruise Director Julie McCoy, but the following indeed comes from a vessel of love, my heart.

I’m a 44 year old Diabetic of 11 years, fighting a battle with Peripheral Neuropathy. I of course couldn’t be experiencing the numb pins and needles variety. I’m dealing with the burning, sharp, stabbing pain variety. While addressing some posts on my FB pages today, I decided that one of my responses should be shared outside of my circle. What you are reading today is what I consider to be my first blog post.

My wife Lynn and I own and operate a small gift shop in the heart of historic Salem Massachusetts. Working retail keeps you on you feet most of the day, and at 6′ 1″, 250 lbs (formerly 300 lbs) you find them sore at the end of the day. Adding to the soreness is that…

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