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Dudek saves from Shevchenko – and we all kept a few extra quid in our pocket, OR: How Istanbul was a victory over the world economy

Istanbul Oil

I'll save the Chelsea preview for later this week, the imminent DIC takeover is still just a waiting game and, frankly, there's not much to say about the Javier Mascherano affair. But world oil markets Tuesday reflected on the glory of Istanbul, in a sweet (crude) coincidence that brought a little smile to my daily grind in the journalism business.

I don't have a handy link to the business story that came over the wire, but here's an excerpt:

Oil prices drop
below $52 a barrel
NEW YORK – Oil prices dropped below $52 a barrel to new 19-month lows
Tuesday on a report that OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia said further
production cuts aren’t necessary right now.
...
Light sweet crude futures for February fell $1.59 to settle at $51.21 on the
New York Mercantile Exchange .... Tuesday’s settlement price was the lowest since May 26, 2005, when crude closed at $51.01.

Only supporters of of sides that have no European Cups will fail to notice that May 26, 2005, was the first day after Liverpool's European triumph. In my mind, the world's heavyweights, delirious from the greatest European final of all time, couldn't monitor their global domination while dealing with celebratory hangovers from toasting to a cracking match.

Am I ignoring the present-day dilemmas? Yeah. Do I care at all? Not when Liverpool has clearly shown (wink, wink; nudge, nudge) they are a side that can shake the world.