Monday, July 07, 2014

Roger Federer


We went to Wimbledon on Saturday for the women's singles final.

Disappointing as a match, it featured my favourite Petra Kvitova in Matrix like form as she destroyed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in 55 short minutes. 

A couple of doubles matches followed, but for me the real highlight of the day was at around 11am when, acting on a tip-off from a kindly official, we settled into the tiny outside Court Number 4 and saw Roger Federer practise with friend and hitting partner Fabrice Santoro and coach Stefan Edberg.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Best Week-End of the Summer is Over

This was a great week-end as it marks the highpoint of summer for me.

The reason? Wimbledon and Glastonbury coincide, this year along with a World Cup, although the less said of England's results in that competition the better. 

Glastonbury is the only time of the year I seriously pay attention to music these days, and I always make a list of artists that have impressed me. This year the list was:

The Horrors

The Bombay Bicycle Club, although M and I were impressed with them back in 2012 when we saw them supporting Blur in Hyde Park.

Ellie Goulding who comes from near Kington, a village I know on the Herefordshire border.

Kasabian who headlined Glasto this year in the prestigious Sunday evening top-of-the-bill slot.


* Strangely enough the performances weren't bad in a couple of the matches.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Holidays in the Sun


On Sunday we arrived back from a week in Benalmadena.

It was lovely to feel the hot sun on our backs, attempt some tennis and actually swim in an outdoor pool without flirting with hypothermia.

But work on Monday was brutal - I'd not sat at my desk for nine days and felt incredibly bored, distracted and miserable to be back. No change there then.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

49 Today

I can't believe I'm 49 but a fact is a fact.

It was a really beautiful sunny day and we went up to Norfolk to see a relative's paintings (lino prints, actually). But curses! 

The amateur community arts center only opens from 10 to 1pm on Saturday. So we left and found a cafe in pretty Woolpit and drank tea and ate cake instead.

My pressies included some wonderful Clarks Desert Boots, a belt, a tee-shirt, Hunger Games 2, Endless Summer and Gravity on DVD and money.

We've just got back from pizza and salad and it was a lovely day.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Latin is Shit

Here's a brilliant blog post from Donald Clark. He's someone far more educated than me who argues that teaching kids Latin is a complete waste of time.

I concur.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Saddest Country and Western Song

The saddest country and western song ever is sung over the titles of John Carpenter's sci-fi film Dark Star.

I've been humming and partially singing it for about 30 years now, and have finally discovered a full set of lyrics on the Internet (which is a wonderful thing, especially if your memory is a crap as mine). It's a song of love and loss and remembering. As you can see, it's even sadder than I thought:

A million suns shine down
But I see only one
When I think I'm over you
I find I've just begun
The years move faster than the days
There's no warmth in the light
How I miss those desert skies
Your cool touch in the night

Benson, Arizona
Blew warm wind through your hair
My body flies the galaxy, my heart longs to be there
Benson, Arizona
The same stars in the sky
But they seemed so much kinder 
When we watched them, you and I

Benson, Arizona
Blew warm wind through your hair
My body flies the galaxy, my heart longs to be there
Benson, Arizona
The same stars in the sky
But they seemed so much kinder 
When we watched them, you and I

Now the years pull us apart
I'm young and now you're old
But you're still in my heart
And the memory won't grow cold
I dream of times and spaces
I left far behind
Where we spent our last few days
Benson's on my mind

Benson, Arizona
Blew warm wind through your hair
My body flies the galaxy, my heart longs to be there
Benson, Arizona
The same stars in the sky
But they seemed so much kinder 
When we watched them, you and I

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Toughest Month is... Over!

February, cruel wet cold dark horrible February ends at midnight tonight.

Horay!

Now admittedly, since I met "M," (a.k.a THE ONE) a few years ago, February has improved loads (from a very low base). The reason being that M's birthday falls on the 26th. 

So there's the joy of giving and the pleasure of a nice meal in the evening. And my wonderful boss gave me the day off too, which was a lucky thing since M has been struggling with a nasty cough for several days and found the company and dog-walking help very welcome.

But.... despite all the above. That's just a single day out of 28. The toughest days of the year. Gone. Wonderful.

And finally, if you can afford it, the Yamaha MCR-042 is a wonderful mini hi-fi system and makes a great gift ;-)

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