Was Staying Up Until 2am Worth It

25 11 2010

Hooray, hooray the Ashes are being played again.  Sadly they are being played in Australia, but like all good England supporters I predict that we will retain them, which as we haven’t won on Australian soil for 17 years is no easy prospect.

I wanted to be up for the morning session of the first day, so I decided to hit the sack early and wake up in time for the midnight start.  This didn’t happen as I would have liked as I couldn’t actually get to sleep due to late night text messages and a housemate with what I think is Bronchitis.

So I got up at midnight, to watch the masterful 3 balls faced by Captain Andrew Strauss, and Jonathan trot not achieving much more than a bit of ploughing outside of the crease.  When I went to bed again at 2 am, KP and Alistair Cook were doing alright.  When I got up again at 7am, we had a bit of a collapse in the late-middle order, with only Ian 2The Flamethrower of Eternal Justice” Bell putting up any meaningful resistance, but then getting himself out to a ball that he shouldn’t have played.

Anyway, Australia are just edging it at the moment, but I still think that England can win this test.  We have the better bowling attack and I think this is where the match will be won.  Apart from Peter “Very Punchable Face” Siddle the Aussie bowlers didn’t really look like that much of a threat.

As for staying up until 2am, I am glad that I did, it’s not very often that a Test Series causes this much excitement.  Besides if I wanted to watch the highlights programmes I would still be up until 11, so what’s an extra 3 hours between friends.  Plus I do like the live text commentary.  Where else would you get a man breaking up with his girlfriend just so he can watch the game.





Random Diary

17 05 2010
This is a bit of a catch up Blog, as I have been on Holiday and got lots to tell you, about all sorts of different things.  I am going to do it diary style.
 
Saturday 8th of May – Celebration of Steam at the Historic Dockyard.
 
H and I decided that we would go down to the Celebration of Steam, not sure what it would entail, but we had a great day.   Our £12 ticket, got us entry to HMS Warrior, which I had wanted to go on for ages, a Harbour tour on a

Traction Engine

boat, where we got to see part of the British Navy that is docked in Portsmouth.  As well as this there was a collection of traction engines and steam powered memorabelia including the world record holding fastest steam car in the world, which took the record by going nearly 150 mph.

 
There was also an Ale and Sausage Festival where we had a local tipple and an Ostrich burger.  Which I can say is very nice.
 
Monday 10th May – Natural History Museum – London
 
As we were flying to Riga Early on Tuesday we had decided to stay at Stanstead the night before which gave us the opportunity to go to London.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur

  We had wanted to get to the Natural History Museum for ages and it didn’t disappoint.  It is spectacular but we could have done with having more time. 

 
After a swift meal in China Town we headed to Wimbledon to meet with May-Z who unfortunately wouldn’t be there for my birthday.  We had some great conversations about professional quiz-masters among others.
 
Tuesday 11th May – Riga
 
We flew to Riga from Stanstead on Ryan Air.  It was ok.  It was also my Dad’s birthday, so happy birthday to him.  I will write more about Riga in another Blog, but it was great fun.
 
Saturday 15th May- FA Cup Final
 
Pompey were in the FA Cup final, after a turbulent season with Relegation administration, numerous owners and players jumping ship, we had battled our way to Wembley. 
 
We defended brilliantly in the first half and were saved by the woodwork on 6 occasions and went in at half time 0-0.
 
Daring to dream in the second half, we had a penalty, which Kevin Prince Boateng scuffed and was saved, and then Didier Drogba scored the winner.  Not what the fairytale deserved.
 
Sunday 16th May – World Twenty-20 and Gigs.
 
Well done to England, World T-20 champions.  It was a brilliant final, with all parts of our team on fire.  Bowling was economical, Craig Kieswetter and KP were on fire, and we were finally steered home by Paul Collingwood and Eion Morgan with 3 overs to go, a huge margin in this form of the game.  To beat the Aussies was the icing on the cake.
 
As soon as this had finished I rushed out the door to go and see North Atlantic Oscilation at the Joiners. The Sarah Griffin Band were great, the Rebs were average and NAO were probably the best band that I had seen this year.
 
There you go, brief, but good.  I will catch you up on Riga later.  




Review of 2009

4 01 2010
I have been neglecting this blog for a while and concentrating on my photo blog, which I really enjoy doing.
 
So to kick off this year, I thought that I would do a kind of review of the year for 2009.  I don’t think I am doing a Spex awar this year, mainly because I can’t be bothered.  I am getting Lazy I think.
 
January started off with New Year in the most random pub in the world and a trip to a brewery for May-Z’s birthday, and then not a great deal happened, until February when I started going to Gigs again, Iglu and Hartley was the first of the year.
 
In March, not a lot happened again, but I saw a couple more bands.  April was great though, I met the wonderful H and we had a lot of fun.  I also formed the Victorian Gentlemans Amaretto Drinking Club (Fingers Up) in a pub in Worcester and went to Thorpe Park for the first time that year.
 
May was pretty good, my birthday was superb, we had a lot of fun, and then I went on Safari, this took me until mid June and was one of the most amazing things that I have ever done.  June came and went with more gigs and a trip to the Isle of Wight.  July flew past with Mark Cavendish winning 6 stages of the Tour De France and the Ashes starting.
 
August saw the completion of the Ashes, with England victorious, me failing to walk the Southdowns Way because of injury.  September included Bestival, which was superb, (Elbow were sublime) and Love Albert Road Day which was good too.
 
October was my month of blogging and to be honest it is some of the worst things ever written, I did start taking a lot of photos though.  In November I saw the Flaming Lips, which was about the only thing I did that month.
 
December flew past, with ATP and christmas, and I cooked for H on New Years Eve.
 
All in all, not a bad year.




Oh Bollocks (Haiku)

7 08 2009

The Ashes Fourth Test

Oh for the love of god no!

England are Dire.





Oh Bollocks

7 08 2009

First morning, 4th test.  England diabolical.  Oh for the love of God.





Draw

4 08 2009

A bloody draw.

Now watch us lose the next 2.  I blame Bimbo.





How D’you Like Them Onions

31 07 2009

I’m listening to the 3rd test from Edgebaston.  Graham Onions has taken 3 wickets in the morning session.  The sun is out and I finish early today.

Life is good, and Strongy, how do you like them Onions.





Excitement and Sledging

8 07 2009

The Ashes start today, which I am very excited about.  I missed the 2005 Ashes, I was working in France and that was supposed to be the best one ever.  I listened to the final day, and couldn’t believe that we had won.  It was great.  I think  this one could have the makings of a classic too.

The sledging has started from my Aussie mate Strongy:

Whats happening boys? Ready for the big one? Thought I’d just get us started. Firstly, you boys must be happy Brett Lee is missing for us. Was going to be one of those things that England do well, eg invent cricket, ping pong and perfect reverse swing and we were guna come back and do it better..like always…now your team….

Will Flintoff score any runs? No. He’ll get his little start of 20 or 30, have a brain snap n throw his wicket away. Has be ever scored a half century…? Maybe in first class cricket i guess.

If Pieterson could get a score as big as his ego we couldn’t chase it down in 2 innings it would be so huge.

Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood are boring. And hopeless.

I won’t mention anything about your bowlers as I’m not sure you have any????

While this email seems to be brimming with arrogance, its not so much that I think we’re great, just that you guys are worse.

All the best boys, may the best team win……Australia.

 

My reply:

 Just building up to what should be an excellent summer. Thought you might like to know that Flintoff scored a century against you in 2005, the 4th test.

As for bowlers, Graeme Swann, top test wicket taker in the world this year. Luckily for us Bell has been dropped to make way for Ravi Bopara and I would back him to be top scorer in this series….

Now all of your decent players have retired (I don’t count Ponting in decent players) it looks like your selector have picked any old dross that begins with the letter H.

Should be good, shame you seem to be pinning all your hopes on Brett Lee though….

 

So here we go… Exciting isn’t it!





Brief Interlude

22 06 2009

Sorry to disrupt the Safari blogging, but one of the reasons it has been taking so long is that I have been watching the ICC Twenty-20 World Cup.  This has been taking place in England, and despite another poor showing fromm the England Mens team, this has been a fantastic tournament.

There have been simultaneous tournaments for men and women, and Englands Womenas team have won their second tournament this year, after the 50 Over world Cup, so incredibly well done to them.  They have played brilliantly well all tournament and are deserved winners on home soil.

The Mens Tournament was won by Pakistan, a country where cricket is almost a religion, and a country that has been starved of success and international cricket due to terrorism.  When it first started, T-20 was seen to favour the batsmen, with long slogs over the boundry being the key to success.  This final showed how untru this is, the 2 best bowling teams were in the final, with Sri Lanka’s line up of Mulithiran, Mallinga and Mendis enough to scare any batsman in the world.  Equally though Pakistans, especially Umer Gul, Abdul Razzaq and the 17 year old Aamir.  The final was a great affair, with Pakistan running out deserved winners.

Now to get cricket back into their country.





Wisden Gets It Right

3 04 2009

Wisden announced its 5 cricketers of the year, and I am really pleased that the England Captain got a look in.  Not Andrew Strauss, as his tenure so far has been less than impressive.  This England Captain is Claire Taylor, the womens captain.  For the first time in 120 years a woman has been added to the list, and who can blame Wisden for picking her.  Captain of a team that went through last summer undefeated, retained the Ashes, went on a 17 match unbeaten 1 day winning streak and then won the World Cup.

Not bad really is it!  Congratulations, and keep on going.

The other names on the list are James Anderson (England fast bowler), Durham Captain Dale Benkenstein, Mark Boucher and Neil Mckenzie of South Africa.