Merseyrail have announced their new boss, and I for one welcome our new railway overlord. His name is Maarten Spaargaren, and he looks like this:
I have to be honest - there was a part of me that was worried that the departure of Bart Schmeink would mean the orange influence on Merseyside would disappear. I nervously anticipated the appointment of a "Bert Carr" or a "Sean Druckett" or a "Philomena Mellencamp" and we'd go all boringly English. But no: with the arrival of Maarten we have a man whose name is so Dutch it should come with a free bunch of tulips and some pornography. I couldn't be more pleased.
Sad though I am to see the great Mr Schmeink leave, I look forward to the arrival of the Spaargaren Regime at the end of the month. I'm available for a pint of Grolsch any time, Maarten.