Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Peace On Earth

...And goodwill to everyone.
















Happy Christmas.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Down But Not Out?

8 Dec Southampton 1 - 0 Reading
11 Dec Sunderland 3 - 0 Reading
17 Dec Reading2 - 5 Arsenal
22 Dec Man City 1 - 0 Reading

Monday, 3 December 2012

Nearly

24 Nov Wigan 3 - 2 Reading
27 Nov Aston Villa 1 - 0 Reading
1 Dec Reading 3 - 4 Manchester United

Reading remain in the bottom three of the Premier League. :-( 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Too Much Time On Your Hands..?

Visitors to this blog may be aware I'm something of a Doctor Who fan. Though it seems at least I can't be described as a fanatic, unlike this person from Queensland Australia, featured in this article from the UK newspaper The Daily Mail.  

OK, so maybe I'm just a little envious LOL.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Mumbai Calling

Don't you just hate those annoying unsolicited sales phone calls that seem to plague our lives?

I mean most days when I get back from the office, there's usually at least one missed overseas call on my home phone. I don't get that many sales calls that originate in the UK since I registered with the Telephone Preference Service but those clever girls and boys in those pesky marketing companies have worked that if they subcontract the work to international subsidiaries or partners, they are not subject to UK law and there's not a thing we can do about it. Grrrr. 



Anyway today- in a rare occurrence- the caller actually left a message. Oddly it went like this (to be said with an Indian accent): "Customer speaking, message leaving... customer speaking, message leaving... customer speaking, message leaving." Click, end of call.

Can anyone care to explain LOL?

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A Bit Of House Keeping

As of the end of this month Webshots will in effect be closing. There's been some sort of change in ownership and the new model will be a paid site, with only invited guests able to view images. Needless to say I'm afraid that means my ceramic and other images will shortly disappear.

If in the next few months I find a suitable alternative public home for my pictures, you will be the first to know. Just so you know.




Saturday, 17 November 2012

17

The Royals finally today gained a win in the Premier league and have moved out of the relegation zone, up to 17th out of 20 teams. Well done, more of the same please.




















10 Nov Reading 0 - 0 Norwich
17 Nov Reading 2 - 1 Everton

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Heroes

We wear this to mark our gratitude.




















Read some more at notSupermum's page.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Remember, Remember The 5th Of November

Love a good bonfire...
















...And of course lots of lovely fireworks!




















Better wrap up warm.

27/10 Reading 3 - 3 Fulham
04/11 QPR 1 - 1 Reading

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Wellies

It's not much fun when the cold sea comes over the top of your Wellington boots. Or is it LOL?




















Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Who Ya Gonna Call?*




There's something very strange in the neighbourhood!











Have a fun and safe Halloween.



* From the theme to "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Postal Gold

Here they are at last, thanks to the British Royal Mail stamp club. Yes it's got a long, posh name but for the life of me I can't pronounce it let alone spell it!

29 individual first day covers for the Team GB Olympic gold winners and 34 of the same for our wonderful Paralympic winners. All in a lovely high quality* binder.















LL is so lucky I think and I know he will be so pleased with these. Which is a pity 'cos I rather like them myself and wish I could hang on to them but a promise is a promise. Ho hum...



6 Oct Swansea 2 - 2 Reading
20 Oct Liverpool 1 - 0 Reading


There's a story in the press that archaeology based programme Time Team has been cancelled, that after the 2013 series Channel 4 have decided it won't return. Noooooooo!



* Or pretty cheap looking LOL.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

What's Going On?

Is my Aloe Vera meant to do this?


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Nice Pair

I hate you ASDA* for stocking products I like, in irresistible packaging LOL.



Golden Syrup from Tate & Lyle in iconic tins.













There is more but it might spoil the surprise...

*And Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Morrisons etc.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Bake-tastic

Thought I'd share a couple of images from my baking session last night. First we have a Bread Pudding with orange marmalade (which seems to have risen to the surface!). Later I baked my Christmas Cake, courtesy of St Delia of Smith, nice and early this year.



This won't last long LOL.













Should I decorate, do you think?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Chocolate Thoughts

Seen on a wall outside a Reading shop...




Somehow it seems to make perfect sense.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Ahoy Me Hearties!

Isn't it odd the things children like and dislike? Take LL for example, for some strange undefined reason he doesn't care for pirates. In fact the sook (as the Aussies might say) is positively petrified of them. Don't know why.

You can imagine then his excitement on Saturday when he was given a new mini-figures LEGO character to open and then his disappointment when he realised what was inside the packet. What I hadn't expected was LL leaving the figure by my shoes so I could take it home with me that evening, well out of his sight.



Isn't he great?












22 Sept West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Reading
29 Sept Reading 2 - 2 Newcastle

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Chilli Boats

One sweet Corno di Toro Rosso chilli pepper, some cous cous, a vegetable OXO stock cube, a dash or two of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and a couple of home-made miniature sails.
















How sad am I LOL?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

10,004

According to Google, that's the total number of pages views this Blog has received thus far. Either that's a whole bunch of visitors or one person with far too much time on their hands...

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Chilli Vodka Recipe

Just add chilli peppers to taste. Need I say more..?



The skins are slit so the chilli oils mix with the vodka.












Won't necessarily make for a "blow out" drink but it should have a nice peppery flavour. And don't forget assuming you can get them out of the bottle, it's a neat way to preserve your peppers mmm.


22 Aug Chelsea 4 - 2 Reading
25 Aug Sunderland -postponed- Reading
16 Sept Reading 1 - 3 Tottenham

After 3 games, the Royals sit in 19th out of 20 on a single point.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

So Practical

How cool is this? A hat with a fitted beer bottle opener.




Will have to wear this on my holidays LOL.











Thanks Sam.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Green And Red

Thought I'd share this image of my crop of chili pepper plants, I have now moved into the conservatory for warmth with the pampered Aloe Vera. This variety is "de Cayenne" which is said to quite hot; they may be picked either green or red. By the way I have four other variety's growing alongside this one.




I'm thinking I might make some chili vodka...













My Aloe Vera is doing quite nicely, looking a little sinister now.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Great British Summer Of Sport

The 'weirwolf' David Weir struck again today adding a fourth gold, this time in the marathon T54. In the women's competition Shelley Woods came a close second, her first (silver) medal of these games. A great way for team GB to finish in London.

Even though the different classifications have been at first glance bewildering, these games have been absolutely brilliant; not just because of team GB's success (it does help though) but it has been a real showcase of sporting achievement. Every competitor who has come to London has clearly given their all and helped make the Paralympic games of 2012 one to remember. Personally I'm in awe of these people- a fantastic, positive example of everything that can be done.







 Time to celebrate a marvellous 11 days of achievement.












The final medal top ten looks like this:

RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
957165231
2
Russia
363828102
3
Great Britain
344343120
4
Ukraine
32242884
5
Australia
32233085
6
USA
31293898
7
Brazil
2114843
8
Germany
18262266
9
Poland
1413936
10
Netherlands
10101939

  
Tomorrow team GB's Paralympians and Olympians will tour our capital in a well deserved victory parade.

I make no excuses for being proud of my country and everything that has occurred this year- Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and the London games. It's been a great year to be British. However my Aussie readers will no doubt be relieved to hear the "annoying Pommie" will be going back into his box and a normal Blog service will resume shortly LOL.  

  

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Final Saturday

There's only a few events to go and then the closing ceremony will mark the end of our summer of sport. The team GB Paralympians have done themselves and this country proud, a real credit.

Here's how the medal table looks tonight:

RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
957165231
2
Russia
353828101
3
Great Britain
334243118
4
Ukraine
32232883
5
Australia
31222982
6
USA
30293796


Unfortunately LEGO didn't produce a team GB Paralympic set.











Today's team GB winners are:

Bronze

Jordanne Whiley & Lucy Shuker Women's Wheelchair Tennis Doubles
Harriet Lee
Women's Swimming 100 m Breaststroke SB9



Silver

David Smith
Boccia Mixed Individual BC1
Ellie Simmonds
Women's Swimming 100 m Freestyle



Gold

David Stone
Men's Cycling Mixed Road Race T1-2

Friday, 7 September 2012

Greedo

Another day and another clutch of medals for team GB.

Great Britain remains in second place with equal gold with Russia (32) but many more silver and bronze awards. For the record at the end of today team GB have a total of 114 medals, that's 42 bronze, 40 silver and 32 lovely golds mentioned above.

In the cycling road race team mates Karen Darke and Rachel Morris crossed the finish line hand in hand, in an act of sportsmanship, expecting to each be awarded bronze. In the end the judges announced Morris had crossed the line just ahead of Darke and awarded them third and fourth places respectively.

In athletics, Paul Blake secured bronze in the 800 m final. His father played Greedo in the original Star Wars film. Who shot first- Greedo or Han Solo?


Bronze

Susannah Rodgers
Women's Swimming 4x100 m Freestyle S7
Ben Rushgrove
Men's 200 m T36
Paul Blake
Men's 800 m T36
Ola Abidogun
Men's 100 m T46
Rachel Morris
Women's Cycling Individual Road Race H 1-3
Lucy Shuker & Jordanne Whiley Women's Tennis Wheelchair Doubles
Will Bayley & Ross Wilson
Men's Table Tennis Team Class 6-8 
Jane Campbell & Sara Head
Women's Table Tennis Team Class 1-3



Silver

Heather Frederiksen
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8
Dan Greaves
Men's Discus F44
Heather Frederiksen, Stephanie Millward, Louise Watkin & Claire Cashmore 
Women's Swimming 4 x 100 m Medley relay



Gold

Josie Pearson
Women's Discus Throw F51/52/53

Thursday, 6 September 2012

'Allo Vera

The news from the Paralympics is that today has been amazing, with team GB exceeding their target of 103 medals. The home team has moved back into second position on the medal table a long way behind China and on equal golds with Russia, but ahead on overall medals.

In the pool 15 year old school boy Josef Craig set a world record time of 4:42:81 in the men's 400 m freestyle event. Apparently he had been aiming to compete in Rio and had not really expected the win today. Instead he finished over 3 seconds ahead of the competition.

Hannah Crockroft left the rest of the field at a seeming standstill in women's 200 m T34 final.

Once again the former Paralympic swimmer turned cyclist, Sarah Storey has dominated, finishing the 46 km time trial course a full seven and a half minutes in front of the silver medallist. This is her fourth gold of these games, her 11th in total (she now has 22 Paralympic medals) and has equalled the achievements of British swimmer Dave Roberts and wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson.

In the men's 100 m final, Jonnie Peacock ran a time of 10:90 to take gold. Moments earlier David ("the Weirwolf") Weir took his third gold with victory in the 800 m final.

Out at sea Helena Lucas became GB's first Paralympic gold medal sailor. Well done.

You know despite going back to school this week after the summer holidays, LL has been rushing home each afternoon to catch up on all the Paralympic news. Love him for that; he can't get enough. Although I do fear at some point he might get upset when he realises the Olympics and Paralympics are over and probably won't come this way again in his lifetime. Still there's always the Commonwealth Games in two years time.

Anyway before I share the now customary list of team GB medals, I thought I would show you all this picture I took today of my potted Aloe Vera plant that lives in the conservatory (it has two "cousins" who live outside all year and only just survive). Anyway it seems the pampered plant might be about to flower for the first time. That or something very nasty and fiendish is about to occur LOL.





Day of the Triffids?















Bronze

Beverley Jones
Women's Discus F37
Alexandra Rickman & Niki Birrell Women's Sailing Two Person Keelboat
Louise Watkin
Women's Swimming 200 m IM SM9



Silver

Louise Watkin
Women's Swimming 50 m Freestyle S9
Bethany Woodward
Women's 200 m T37
Stephanie Millward
Women's Swimming 200 m IM SM9



Gold

Josef Craig
Men's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S7
Sarah Storey
Women's Cycling Individual Time Trials C5
Helena Lucas
Women's Sailing One Person Keelboat
Hannah Cockroft
Women's 200 m T34
David Weir
Men's 800 m T54
Jonnie Peacock
Men's 100 m T44



RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
706053183
2
Great Britain
313938108
3
Russia
31312385
4
Ukraine
27182368
5
Australia
25182669
6
USA
23212771

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Great Day

RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
584847153
2
Russia
27242071
3
Great Britain
25353191
4
Ukraine
22172059
5
Australia
22162361
6
USA
20182462


Sarah Storey won herself a third gold from these games today in the cycling road race time trials. She will be back tomorrow, looking for an eleventh career gold. While in the pool Oliver Hynd, in his first Paralympic games, added a gold in the swimming medley to go with the bronze and silver previously earned. His elder brother Sam finished in fourth but couldn't be happier for his brother when interviewed later.


Bronze

David Devine
Men's 800 m T12
Elizabeth Johnson
Women's Swimming 100 m Breaststroke SB6
Hannah Russell
Women's Swimming 100 m Backstroke S12
Robert Welbourn
Men's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S10
David Stone
Men's Cycling Mixed T 1-2 Time Trials



Silver

Charlotte Henshaw
Women's Swimming 100 m Backstroke SB6
Andy Lapthorne & Peter Norfolk
Men's Tennis Wheelchair Quad Doubles
Karen Darke
Women's Cycling Individual Time Trials H 1-2
Mark Colbourne
Men's Cycling Individual Time Trials C1



Gold

Sarah Storey
Women's Cycling Individual Time Trials C5
Oliver Hynd
Men's Swimming 200 m Individual Medley SM8

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

79

Today saw Ellie Simmonds back in the water, competing in (by her own admission) her weakest event. A spirited effort saw her take bronze position. Equestrian Sophie Christiansen become the most decorated Briton of the games taking her third gold. And 500 m champion David Weir added a 1500 m gold.

Team GB now has 79 medals and remain in second place.

What better way to toast all team GB successes than with a drop of home brew? Mmmmm.



Cheers!


















Bronze

Olivia Breen, Katrina Hart, Jenny McLoughlin & Bethy Woodward Women's 4 x 100 m Relay T35/T38
David Devine
Men's 1500 m T13
Zoe Robinson, Nigel Murray, Dan Bentley & David Smith Boccia BC1/BC2
Matt Skelhon
Shooting Mixed R6-R50 m Rifle Prone SH1
Matt Walker
Men's Swimming 50 m Freestyle S7
Ellie Simmonds
Women's Swimming 50 m Freestyle 
Ollie Hynd
Men's Swimming 100 m Backstroke S8



Silver

Mel Clarke
Women's Archery Individual Component
Paul Blake
Men's 400 m T36
Deborah Criddle
Women's Equestrian Grade 3 Freestyle Dressage
Sophie Wells
Women's Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test Grade IV
Stephanie Millward
Women's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S9



Gold

Danielle Brown
Women's Archery Individual Component
David Weir
Men's 1500 m T54
Sophie Christiansen
Women's Equestrian Grade 1a Individual Freestyle
Heather Frederiksen
Women's Swimming 100 m Backstroke S8

Monday, 3 September 2012

Double Double

Having won two golds at Beijing (at the age of 13), swimmer Ellie Simmonds today scored her second gold in London and broke her own world record with a time of 3:05:09 in the 200 m medley. This girl is so good,one the newspapers even published a her picture and commented they were doing this so her opponents could see what she looked like from the front...



Team GB remains in second place on the medal table with 19 gold, ahead of Russia and Australia with 16 each.
















Here are details of team GB's achievements from today:


Bronze

Stephanie Millward, Claire Cashmore, Susannah Rodgers & Louise Watkin Women's Swimming 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts
Susannah Rodgers
Women's Swimming 100 m Freestyle S7
Natalie Jones
Women's Swimming 200 m Individual Medley SM6
Lee Pearson
Men's Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test Grade 1b
Paul Davies
Men's Table Tennis Singles Class 1



Silver

Sascha Kindred
Men's Swimming 200 m Individual Medley SM6



Gold

Mickey Bushell
Men's 100 m T53
Ellie Simmonds
Women's Swimming 200 m Individual Medley SM6
Natasha Baker
Women's Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test Grade II
David Weir
Men's 5000 m T54

Sunday, 2 September 2012

54


Bronze

James Clegg
Men's Swimming 100 m Butterfly S12
Aileen McGlynn & Helen Scott
Women's Cycling Individual B Pursuit



Silver

Graeme Ballard
Men's 100 m T12
Libby Clegg
Women's 100 m T12
Will Bayley
Men's Table Tennis Singles Class 7
Jon-Allan Butterworth, Darren Kenny & Richard Waddon Men's Cycling Mixed C1-5 Team Sprint  
Deborah Criddle
Women's Equestrian Individual Championship Test Grade III
Neil Fachie & Barnie Storey
Men's Cycling Individual B Sprint
Stef Reid
Women's Long Jump F42/44
Sohie Wells
Women's Equestrian Individual Championship Test Grade IV



Gold

Sophie Christiansen
Women's Equestrian Dressage
Jessica-Jane Applegate
Women's Swimming 200 m Freestyle S14
David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches, Pam Relph & Lily van den Broecke Mixed Rowing Coxed Four LTAmix+
Anthony Kappes & Craig Maclean Men's Cycling Individual B Sprint
Aled Davies
Men's Discus F42

Congratulations to all of today's team GB winners.

RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
35242887
2
Great Britain
16241454
3
Australia
14111843
4
Ukraine
1381233
5
Russia
1213934
6
USA
981633
7
Brazil
73313
8
Germany
58821
9
France
47617
10
Nigeria
4408

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Record Breaking Saturday

Many new records were set at the games today including a European for Gemma Prescott and World for Ellie Simmonds, Richard Whitehead and Neil Fachie & Barney Storey.
















Team GB moves up to third on the medal table with a total of 36 medals, behind China on 56 and Australia on 29 (the Aussies have 11 gold to GB's 9). Don't forget if necessary team GB reserves the right to enforce this LOL.

Team GB's Saturday successes:


Bronze

Matt Whorwood
Men's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S6
Jody Cundy
Men's Cycling Individual Pursuit C4
Robin Womack
Men's Shot Put F54/55/56
Clare Williams
Women's Discus F11/12
James Bevis
Men's Shooting R5 Air Rifle Prone SH2
Gemma Prescott
Women's Club Throw F31/32/51



Silver

Sam Ingram
Men's Judo 90 kg
Claire Cashmore
Women's Swimming 100 m Breatstroke SB8
Matt Skelhon
Men's Shooting R3 Air Rifle Prone SH2
Jon-Allan Butterworth
Men's Cycling Individual Pursuit C5



Gold

Ellie Simmonds
Women's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S6
Sarah Storey
Women's Cycling Individual 500 m Time Trials C4-5
Natasha Baker
Women's Equestrian Individual Grade II
Richard Whitehead
Men's 200 m T42
Neil Fachie & Barney Storey
Men's Cycling Individual B 1 km Time Trials


Friday, 31 August 2012

Day Two

After two full days of the London 2012 Paralympic games team GB sits in 5th with 20 medals.

For team GB there were some notable successes and some unexpected disappointments. Our fabulous bronze, silver and gold winners from today are:


Bronze

Sam Hynd
Men's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S8
Aled Davies
Men's Shot Put F42/44
Darren Kenny
Men's Cycling Individual Pursuit C3



Silver

Aileen McGlynn & Helen Scott
Women's Cycling Individual 1 km Time Trials B
Jon-Allan Butterworth
Men's Cycling Individual 1 km Time Trials C4-5
Shaun McKeown
Men's Cycling Individual Pursuit C3
Ollie Hynd
Men's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S8
James Crisp
Men's Swimming 100 m Backstroke S9
Stephanie Millward
Women's Swimming 100 m Backstroke S9
Heather Frederiksen
Women's Swimming 400 m Freestyle S8
Aaron Moores
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14



Gold

Mark Colbourne
Men's Cycling Individual 3 km Pursuit C1
Hannah Cockroft
Women's 100 m T34


So here is how the top of the table currently stands:

RankCountry
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China
13101134
2
Australia
74819
3
Ukraine
65516
4
Russia
53311
5
Great Britain
411520
6
USA
41611

Mad Man In A Box

Look who's back*...




















Saturday 1st September BBC One, 7.20pm. Can't wait.


* Doctor Who (and the DALEKS) in case you didn't know LOL.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Word From Our Sponsor

The Paralympics got off to a great start today after the fantastic (but very long) opening ceremony, I'm currently watching team GB take on Germany in the wheelchair basketball. It's fast paced and kind of scary if you follow me.

One of the subtle differences I've noticed already is the inclusion of sponsorship branding within the games venues; the Olympic venues were all brand neutral. So we're seeing branding for a well known credit card and a telecoms company around the court etc. And don't get me started on the inclusion of advert breaks thanks to commercial broadcaster Channel 4 having the tv rights not the BBC.

Team GB have made a good start on their medal campaign and have a total of 7 putting them currenlty in third position behing China (15 medals) and Australia (9). Well done Team Oz LOL.

Here are the team GB winners:

Bronze
Zoe Newson, Powerlifting 40 kg
Ben Quilter, Judo 60 kg

Silver
Hannah Russell, Swimming 400 m freestyle
Mark Colbourne, Cycling 1 km timetrials
Nyree Kindred, Swimming 100 m backstroke

Gold
Sarah Storey, Cycling individual pursuit
Jonathon Fox, Swimming 100 m backstroke




Oh and apparently this summer has been the westest on record in the UK. Grrrr.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Greatest Show On Earth. Again

Four years ago at Beijing, the team GB Paralympians came second in the overall medals table. Today as the London 2012 Paralympics open, they have been set the goal of improving on that impressive 102 medal haul.













Apparently these games are the first to be pretty much sold out in Paralympic history. Certainly every time I've tried to buy tickets, I've been unsuccessful which I guess says a lot.

Now excuse me, I'm off to watch the opening ceremony. Looks good.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Brew

Home brew is now bottled and in storage. Should be ready to drink in about a week.




















Cheers (hic)!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

One (Small) Step Beyond*

Neil Alden Armstrong (5 August 1930- 25 August 2012).

A true pioneer. Read more here and here.




Would you believe I still have this building block kit from childhood and the instructions, held together in places by ancient sticky tape LOL.

















* Song.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Tubular

One of the (minor) consequences of watching the televised coverage of the opening ceremony of that London event is that I was reminded just how much I used to love the music of Mike Oldfield. What better way I thought to myself to be reminded how good it was- while brewing beer (more later)- than to dust down my trusty copy of Tubular Bells? Well a digitally remastered version on CD which was released a few years back to be truthful. I do still own a vinyl copy, from the dark ages, but nothing to play it on at present.






Number one with a sibling. That is in deed the voice of Severus Snape on the second one*. 













The main thing of course is to find time at actually sit and appreciate it, without disturbances. Oh and to play it very loud. Pity the neighbours LOL.

* Viv Stanshall of the wonderfully named Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band provided MC duties on the 1970's original, fact fans.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Over Paid Pretty Boys Return

The Olympics are only just over, the Paralympics yet to begin and cricket is still "in season," with South Africa currently taking on England. Thinking of London 2012, I can't help but notice the stark contrast between the best competitors drawn from across the globe and the so called professionals who play the "beautiful game" in this country. You know the ones: players who receive weekly salaries of more than most can dream of in a lifetime and yet spend most of their time fouling, rolling on the ground feigning injury and (in the case of the England/team GB squad) not really giving a stuff or trying their utmost*.
















Yes you've guessed it: The football season has started; it seems barely yesterday the old season had finished but there you go. Newly promoted (to the Premier League) Reading entertained Stoke at the Mad Stad. The final score being one apiece. Not a bad start.


* Obviously I don't include the boys of Reading FC in this assessment LOL.

Monday, 13 August 2012

It's Not That Bad, Australia


Just for my Aussie readers, I've done a little bit of basic maths, 'cos I know how much it must hurt to be "beaten" by the Mother Country at the last two summer Olympics.

Using the font of all knowledge that is Wikipedia I've compared the last 4 games, that's Sydney in 2000 through to the most recent and looked at the final medal tables to produce some simple averages. Here's what I found, assuming my maths/Excel skills are up to scratch :

Country           Av. Gold   Av. Silver   Av. Bronze   Av. Position
Australia         13.50        18.00         15.75           6.00
Great Britain   17.00        12.75         12.75           6.75

Bet you don't feel quite so bad now? LOL


Sunday, 12 August 2012

And Finally

The competitions are over, a number of records have been broken, and all that remains is tonight's closing ceremony and to look back on the games of London 2012. 

In the last day of action Anthony Joshua earned Great Britain's 29th gold in the Men's Super Heavyweight (+91kg) Boxing.

Here's how the top 10 medals table finished up:

Rank Country G S B Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 22 87
3 Great Britain & N. Ireland 29 17 19 65
4 Russian Federation 24 25 33 82
5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
8 Italy 8 9 11 28
9 Hungary 8 4 5 17
10 Australia 7 16 12 35

Our friends from Kazakhstan managed a creditable 12th position with 5 bronze, 1 silver and 7 gold.

As mentioned here this Olympic business will prove to be costly. The stamp first day covers will be going to LL as a keepsake, lucky boy. Sadly the Royal Mail say that due to unexpected demand (really?) and unprecedented success (you don't say?), the FD covers won't go in the post for a few weeks yet. Given the expense of it all, am I being unpatriotic when I say I hope we don't do too well at the Paralympics or at least those wins are covered in a separate FD cover scheme? LOL

Despite the above I did succumb and treat myself to some official London 2012 products courtesy of the UK's Royal Mint ...



Official money- £5 coins for the Olympics and Paralympics. You can spend these in the shops dontchaknow. If you're mad LOL.











I know this past two weeks this blog has focused on reporting team GB's gold winners and I make no apology for that. No one sets out in a competitive sport with the intention of aiming to come second and I'm certainly not of the view that it is somehow wrong to have winners and losers. Having said that as stated in a previous posting, I take my hat off to anyone deemed good enough to be picked to represent their country. In this spirit, here's a list to GB's bronze and silver winners:



BRONZE MEDALS




Athletics- Men's High Jump
Robbie Grabarz
Boxing- Men's Middleweight
Anthony Ogogo
Canoeing- Men's 200m Kayak Pairs
Liam Heath & Jon Schofield
Cycling- Men's Omnium
Ed Clancy
Cycling Road- Men's Individual Time Trial
Chris Frome
Diving- Men's 10m Platform
Tom Daley
Equestrium- Individual Dressage
Laura Bechtolsheimer
Gymnastics- Men's Pommel Horse
Max Whitlock
Gymnastics- Women's Uneven Bars
Beth Tweddle
Gymnastics-Men's Team
Sam Oldham, Dan Purvis, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas & Max Whitlock
Hockey- Women's Competition
Team GB
Judo- Women's +78kg
Karina Bryant 
Men's Triathlon
Jonny Brownlee
Rowing- Men's Eight 
Egington, Foad, Langridge, Partridge, Ransley, Sbihi, Searle, Louloudis & Hill
Rowing- Men's Pair
George Nash - Will Satch
Rowing- Men's Single Sculls
Alan Campbell
Swimming- Women's 400m Freestyle
Rebecca Adlington
Swimming- Women's 800m Freestyle
Rebecca Adlington
Taekwondo- Men's 80kg
Lutalo Muhammad



SILVER MEDALS




Athletics- Women's 400m
Christine Ohuruogo
Boxing- Men's Welterweight (69kg)
Fred Evans
Canoe- Men's Slalom C2
David Florence & Richard Hounslow
Cycling- Women's Road Race
Lizzie Armitstead
Cycling- Women's Sprint
Victoria Pendleton
Equestrian- Team Eventing
Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Zara Philips & Nicola Wilson
Gymnastics- Men's Pommel Horse
Louis Smith
Judo- 78kg
Gemma Gibbons
Rowing- Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Zac Purchase - Mark Hunter
Rowing- Men's Lightweight Four
Chris Bartley, Richard Chambers, Peter chambers & Rob Williams
Sailing- Men's 470
Luke Patience & stuart Bithell
Sailing- Men's RS:X
Nick Dempsey
Sailing- Men's Star
Iain Percey & Andrew Simpson
Sailing- Women's 470
Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark
Swimming- Men's 200m Breaststroke
Michael Jamieson
Tennis- Mixed Doubles
Laura Robson & Andy Murray